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Five questions after Jon Jones cements GSP-esque status in the UFC world

Monday, January 5th, 2015

It’s always been fashionable to hate Jon Jones but even his biggest detractors now agree that he has reached GSP-level in terms of status as an ace in the world of UFC.

Eight years later, the more things change the more they stay the same

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Eight years after launching Fight Opinion, it seems the more things change in MMA the more they stay the same even with a high injury & burnout rate.

The fishing expedition that could scare potential business clients away from UFC

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

UFC was sued on Tuesday in San Jose (Northern District of California federal court) over alleged anti-trust violations. Even if the plaintiffs don’t win, they may be greasing the skids for future lawsuits against Zuffa.

UFC 181 perfectly displayed the company’s potentially bright yet complicated future

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The UFC is going to get a lot of heat for signing CM Punk, even on a night where Anthony Pettis showed why Las Vegas is all-in on marketing him as the pound-for-pound best MMA fighter.

What you need to know about California & new Therapeutic Use Exemption proposal

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

California is in the finishing stages of passing a new Therapeutic Use Exemption for combat sports athletes.

The Feds may really get their show trial regarding allegations of extortion of California athletic commission

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We may actually end up getting a show trial involving California state senator Leland Yee vs. the United States government in relation to allegations that Yee supposedly coerced bribes from individuals trying to keep the California State Athletic Commission alive.

The view from 30,000 feet regarding the health of the Mixed Martial Arts industry

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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.

How many fights does the body of a UFC champion possess in 2014?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Cain Velasquez is injured again. Injury seems to be the only thing preventing him from competing and winning on a regular schedule. Enjoy his fights while you can.

Fight Opinion Radio discussion: How can UFC be growing so much, yet face so much uncertainty?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The UFC is supposedly experience a 50% growth in revenue from international TV deals and yet Standard & Poors has just downgraded their debt risk from BB to BB- due to future volatility. What is really going on here? Jeff Thaler & Zach Arnold compare & contrast the headlines regarding UFC’s future on this week’s edition of Fight Opinion Radio.

Has UFC lost all credibility drug testing their own fighters for self-regulated shows?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The UFC royally screwed up the protocols on Cung Le’s HGH drug test and have now opened up a major can of worms. Even if you believe Le was using HGH, the process was terribly flawed.

UFC scoffed at WWE’s PPV abandonment strategy but will they end up doing the same thing?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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?

UFC discovered the hard way they’re not a #1 priority on Fox against a major sporting event

Monday, September 29th, 2014

October will be light for activity on UFC’s fight schedule but most of the names on the fight cards will be unrecognizable to casual fans.

The state of the MMA union after UFC 178 (w/ audio discussion)

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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.

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