By Zach Arnold | September 26, 2007
A big two-hour radio show this week. First, we are joined by Tomer Chen to talk about the fallout from UFC 76. Our focus is on how the current North American MMA judges could be trained better and what ways could be implemented to improve the effectiveness of the 10-point must system.
Second, we have a lengthy recap of all the major MMA show activity from the month of September. Some questions to ponder… Is Robbie Lawler now in the Top 5 list of 185 pound fighters (Middleweights) in the world? Was the Gina Carano weigh-in issue handled poorly or not? Why is Kenny Florian disliked by a lot of the Internet hardcore MMA fans? (We don’t understand it.)
Third, we have a very entertaining interview with Frank Shamrock. Topics discussed include how rehab is going for his knee injury, his thoughts on the current MMA landscape, his new reality show coming up (Frank Shamrock’s school of hard knocks), philosophy on ‘doing business’ in MMA, his desire to fight Tito Ortiz one more time, why he thinks Renzo Gracie faked the injury in their February Elite XC fight, and why the Vale Tudo Japan ‘97 fight against Enson Inoue meant so much to his career and life.
Fourth, we have a true insider hardball MMA segment with special guest Jeremy Goodwin (CPA). Jeremy joins us to break down the BB- credit rating that Standard & Poors received assigned to Zuffa LLC, the parent company of UFC. Why is some financial data of a private company available through public means? What types of loans and lines of credit did Zuffa LLC take out? Plus, discussion about the differences between debt vs. stock financing. We’ll never have access to the financial books of Zuffa LLC, but what information is made available publicly is interesting. Hint: They’re doing really, really well. (Reply to Jeremy’s thoughts here).
We close out the show with the world-famous grab bag, the highest quarter-hour rated segments in all of MMA radio. What kind of drawing power could JZ Calvan develop in Japan? What should we make of Vancouver’s declaration to no longer sanction MMA?
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