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A long-term absence forced me to look at the Mixed Martial Arts scene from outside the bubble. And what I see isn’t very encouraging for long-term growth.
According to Sports Business Journal, PPV makes up 30% of the revenue pie for UFC. What will this mean for future negotiations between UFC & fighters? What is UFC’s future on PPV given their insane events schedule?
Those bullish on a return to momentum in the MMA scene pointed to UFC 178 in Las Vegas as a real launching point for big fights in the next six months. Are those prognosticators correct? Fight Opinion Radio discusses what we’re bullish (and bearish) on in regards to the MMA scene heading into 2015.
If Roger Goodell’s meltdown in mishandling the Ray Rice domestic violence case doesn’t shock Lorenzo Fertitta & Dana White into creating a coherent policy of dealing with talent involved in domestic disputes, then nothing will ever serve as a Come to Jesus moment.
Sean Wheelock, voice of Bellator MMA on Spike TV, stopped by to talk about his new book with UFC founder Art Davie and also to talk about Bellator’s new creative direction. Sean thinks the MMA audience can and will grow. Is he right?
The UFC wanted to go head-to-head against Spike TV and Bellator. They got their wish. The battle lines have been drawn and the creative direction of both companies could not be any clearer.
Bellator MMA commentator Sean Wheelock says that Scott Coker has a chance to inject some “fun” into an MMA scene where fans are fatigued by UFC’s one-size-fits-all approach to matchmaking.
The UFC cannot stop itself from running four more cards this month. And their aggressive move to run against Bellator in Connecticut on the same night is quite a message to send.
The UFC is doing big things in Mexico. And Spike is focused on hiring Stephan Bonnar. There’s a disconnect here. Bellator needs a battle plan in a hurry.
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.
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 Bellator PPV debut was a hell of a memorable event for all the right reasons and the wrong reasons.
Bellator has a PPV in one week and if they draw 50,000 PPV buys, they should call it a success.« Previous Entries