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UFC’s debt financing is making rich fighters wealthier but the window is closing fast for everyone else

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Ari Emanuel and WME-IMG ownership is pushing more “super fights” in the UFC that are eye-catching due to name value but not necessarily competitive. The rich are getting richer but what about the rest of the fighters?

High-risk gamble by Mark Hunt attorneys to sue UFC for racketeering may be backfiring

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The strategy by Mark Hunt’s attorney to pursue a racketeering cause of auction in Federal court against UFC & Brock Lesnar over doping may backfire.

UFC’s Cortney Casey can sue the Texas athletic commission for libel but she only has a few weeks left

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Texas athletic commission says UFC fighter Cortney Casey failed a drug test and told a reporter. They claimed to use USADA standards and they allegedly did not fighter. The commission has not cleared Casey’s name. Will she sue for libel?

Oh no… California judge Marcos Rosales scored BJ Penn demolition a 28-28 draw

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Veteran MMA judge Marcos Rosales egregiously scored Dennis Siver’s massacre of BJ Penn a 28-28 draw. There is no excuse or justification for one of the worst judging decisions made this year in MMA.

“The greatest prospect in MMA history” got knocked down but changed the recruiting game

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

The Bellator NYC PPV at Madison Square Garden turned out to be a circus and that’s exactly the way Scott Coker likes to promote MMA.

If you can’t buy star fighters, buy the next best star power on TV

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo have signed with Bellator and that’s great news for fight fans.

A new report’s claim of median age of 49 for UFC viewers is flawed but potentially good news

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

A new Nielsen study commissioned by Sports Business Journal reviews that your average sports fan watching conventional TV is at least 40 years old and that UFC fans are nearly 50 years old. So now what for the 18-to-34 year old demographic?

Report claims Spike TV has lost nearly 7% of its households in a year

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Nielsen Ratings indicate that Spike TV has reportedly nearly lost 7% of households in a year. If Viacom can’t stop the bleeding, what will it mean for the Viacom-owned Bellator MMA promotion?

The TV industry buzz phrase UFC is banking on in new negotiations: “time poverty”

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Fox Sports executive Michael Mulvihill says it’s time for the TV industry to reconsider the value of the 18-to-34 year old demographic. What would that mean for UFC’s future?

Dana White secures UFC’s power in the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather negotiations

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Conor McGregor blinked in negotiations and reportedly signed off on a deal with Dana White to officially negotiate on his behalf with Al Haymon representing Floyd Mayweather. Dana wins whether or not the fight actually happens.

Ditching GSP/Bisping and McGregor/Mayweather is about UFC trying to regain control

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The new UFC let fighters like Conor McGregor and Georges St. Pierre attempt to make their own mega-fights in exchange for getting a big cut. Now UFC’s old guard is attempting to regain control. Is it too late?

UFC’s massive debt load is being used against them by fighters to create unforced errors

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The massive amount of debt required by WME-IMG to purchase UFC from Lorenzo Fertitta has put the MMA promotion in a very precarious business position. Instead of incrementally chipping away at the debt, the new UFC is all-or-nothing.

ESPN’s financial collapse ensures that Fox Sports is the only major TV player for UFC

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Money talks, BS walks. ESPN’s financial collapse will ensure that Fox Sports remains the top television partner for UFC in the years to come.

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