NFT developer Dapper Labs launched the UFC Strike nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace on Feb. 18, contributing to a 50% increase in NFT sales on the Flow blockchain over the last 24 hours.

Dapper Labs is the company behind NBA Top Shot, CryptoKitties, and the Flow blockchain.

UFC Strike, another product from the firm, is a collection of NFTs based on fighters and moments from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Now, fans can trade their NFTs in the UFC Strike Marketplace dedicated to the collection.

The new launch has helped Flow climb to third place among blockchains by NFT sales volume, according to CryptoSlam. At the time of writing, Flow trails behind Ethereum and Ronin with $2.1 million in sales volume over the last 24 hours. This is a 50% increase since the same time on Wednesday.

Also contributing to the sudden rise in sales volume on Flow is the new NBA All-Star VIP Pass NFT collection which launched on Feb. 17 through NBA Top Shot. Each of the 30 NFTs in this collection grants holders access to the next five all-star games.

Spooky NFTs from Crypt TV

Metaverse content curator Metaversal has partnered with monster story producers Crypt TV to issue nonfungible tokens (NFT) based on characters from the Monster Universe intellectual property (IP).

Monster Fight Club is the name of the new NFT collection containing 10,000 NFTs. The jump into the NFT space will help Crypt TV transform into a Web3 company “fully embracing NFTs as the future of IP creation and ownership,” according to the Feb. 17 announcement.

Collectors can mint up to 10 unique Monster Fight Club NFTs from a single wallet. Titles included in the collection are The Birch, Brute, Cakeman, Fluffy, Harclaw, Look-See, Miss Annity, Mordeo, The Thing and Walter. The sale days will be March 9, 16 and 23.

Holders will be able to assign their NFT as a profile picture or as a monster avatar to use in the Metaverse.

An NFT that guarantees free travel for life

A new initiative from travel startup Travel Tribe issues 50 proof of attendance protocol (POAP) NFTs to people who book trips to Southeast Asia through their service.

The POAP grants holders annual free trips to Thailand, Bali and Cambodia. Through this effort, Travel Tribe hopes to drive sales as the world begins to open back up from COVID-19 restrictions.

Travelers can also rest assured that revenue from customers goes to support the growth of the local industry. Travel Tribe founder told Cointelegraph today “Our tours support the local community by ensuring that local guides are employed, and local businesses in the supply chain are supported with regular audits and quality controls.”

The artistic process as an NFT collection

Famed Hollywood photographer Frederic Auerbach has begun auctioning his Master Series of NFTs that captures images of Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Tyson, Sharon Stone, and Natalie Portman.

Each star’s items in the collection will be sold as a set of NFTs. The sets contain a high-res digital photo NFT of a star, a dynamic NFT displaying various edits of the image, a high-res and autographed print of the master photo and a 1/1 video NFT of the behind-the-scenes interview detailing Auerbach’s creative approach to each shoot.

They are currently being auctioned on the NFT gallery and minting platform Accursed Share.

Other Nifty News

Vivid Labs CEO Halsey Minor told Cointelegraph that NFTs “can be more valuable if connected to real-world products.” There is a big difference between static art like songs or artwork and dynamic assets that can be updated as NFTs.

Youtuber Coffeezilla published a video showing how an NFT scam worth $20 million was thwarted before it went to market. The Squiggles NFT project had 230,000 followers on Twitter before being exposed as a scheme perpetrated by serial scam artists.