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Archive for May, 2014

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Verdict on first UFC double-header: insufferably long

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The UFC is starting double-headers and if you think fan burnout is bad now, it’s going to pick up more steam. Saturday was a dreadful and interminably long watch.

The minor shake-up at DCA & impending 2015 shake-up at California State Athletic Commission

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Changes are coming at the Department of Consumer Affairs and the California State Athletic Commission in 2015 but don’t get your hopes up regarding an increase in quality regulation.

The UFC, Nevada State Athletic Commission, and Wanderlei Silva’s future

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

What is left for Wanderlei Silva’s future in the UFC?

Seven fight stories we’re watching that might interest you

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The fallout from The Desert Sun going after the California State Athletic Commission continues. Cole Miller says he doesn’t want to fight in California any longer. Is Jon Jones negotiating a new contract? A lot of turmoil in MMA right now.

Taxpayers stuck with massive medical bills due to inadequate fighter insurance in California

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The California media is waking up to what is happening with the state Athletic Commission and the results make for brutal, must-see reading.

You won’t have to write any more “Renan Barao can’t draw as UFC champion” articles

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

We’re down to one Brazilian UFC champion. And Duane Ludwig is on his way out of Alpha Male right as TJ Dillashaw is paying tribute to his training efforts for beating the previously-invincible Renan Barao.

Fight Opinion Radio: Josh Gross (@yay_yee) on media honesty, MMA drug usage, oversaturation

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Josh Gross joined us on Fight Opinion Radio for the first time ever in the show’s history and it was a great interview. We had a chance to talk to him about what mainstream media outlets think of the MMA scene and what are some of the roadblocks that writers have to overcome in terms of attitudes & access to do your job in the field. Plus, our simple-to-understand breakdown of recent reporting by Bloody Elbow on Bellator’s alleged contracts of adhesion. Fighters should take note of what we have to say here.

The story on Andy Foster/California approving an over-50 female fighter versus a 300 pounder; Byars wins unanimous decision

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

There have been some bad boxing mismatches approved in California over the last couple of years but this one may truly take the cake.

Dana White’s final act with Keith Kizer & Steve Mazzagatti on The Ultimate Fighter

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Dana White blew a gasket over Nevada judges & officiating on The Ultimate Fighter. But this incident featured officiating & scoring that had to be seen to be believed.

How quickly will WWE return to PPV? What does it mean for UFC?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The WWE is struggling to deal with the fallout from angry stockholders about disappointing numbers from their new TV deal with NBC Universal & WWE Network subscriptions. How soon will WWE return to traditional PPV?

Viacom, Bellator PPV debut delivers some bizarrely intriguing moments with a yo-yo consistency

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The Bellator PPV debut was a hell of a memorable event for all the right reasons and the wrong reasons.

Will WWE fight the California State Athletic Commission over taxation of Wrestlemania?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The WWE has $135,000 potential reasons to put up a court fight against the California State Athletic Commission when it comes to the Athletic Commission targeting them and not other pro-wrestling promoters in the state over a 5% gate tax.

Fight Opinion Radio: Herb Dean answers your questions on MMA officiating & fan criticism

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Famous MMA referee Herb Dean has seen it all. When he isn’t busy working top-level MMA fights, he’s training new officials who will make an impact on the business. There isn’t anyone better to talk to when it comes to addressing fan suggestions & criticisms about the current state of affairs for MMA referees. Herb was gracious & candid in addressing some of the toughest questions we asked.

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