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When you’re running 10 shows in 8 weeks like the UFC is this Summer, that’s not simply asking the fans to treat watching your shows like homework: that’s an invitation to tell them to tune out for good. And there is a price to pay for this insanity. The UFC is experiencing the costs right now. The question is whether or not they will humbly & publicly admit the errors of their ways or will they continue to double-down and leave themselves even more vulnerable than they already are. They can draw respectable numbers still for “major” shows like UFC 175 but everything else is in decline. Decline is a choice. The UFC has some tough decisions to make about their future. Can they make the right calls?
Fight Opinion Radio featuring Monte Cox’s words of wisdom on negotiating with the UFC: the good, the bad, and the uglyMonday, June 23rd, 2014
No one understands the current business climate of Mixed Martial Arts better than Monte Cox. He’s seen it all as a veteran manager of champions in the sport. In a honest & candid interview for Fight Opinion Radio, Monte speaks out about what it takes to negotiate the right kind of deal for a fighter in the UFC and what the company expects. Plus, why has the quality of fighter representation stagnated? Monte shares his thoughts on what many super agents lack in skill and why they often fail to deliver for their clients.
Fight Opinion Radio: Steve Kim on mutual assured destruction between Oscar De La Hoya & Richard SchaeferThursday, June 5th, 2014
Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com joined us on Fight Opinion Radio to talk about the divorce between Oscar De La Hoya & Richard Schaefer and what it means going forward for Golden Boy. Will Oscar DLH go to court to reveal the skeletons in the closet and create a situation for mutual assured destruction? The biggest boxing story yet to come may be taking place outside of the ring.
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.
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.
No one has a better view of the circus surrounding a Floyd Mayweather fight better than Mauro Ranallo. What is Showtime doing right that others in the combat sports landscape should be paying attention to? Mauro joined us this week on Fight Opinion Radio to break down the science of promoting a Floyd Mayweather fight and how that experience differs from the atmosphere of some of MMA’s biggest fight cards ever.
Fight Opinion Radio: A chat with the uniquely skilled, colorful, and ruthlessly efficient Marina ShafirTuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Marina Shafir, elite member of The 4 Horsewomen, joins us this week to talk about her journey from judo into Mixed Martial Arts and the stories beyond the generic press clippings regarding her relationship with Ronda Rousey and her individual path in the women’s MMA scene. What will the landscape look like in five years? Will we get to see Marina vs. Cyborg? An excellent interview worthy of your attention this week on the show. Plus: why Ronda Rousey & The 4 Horsewomen are the complete opposite of Jon Jones (in a good way).
Fight Opinion Radio: Mad genius Eddie Bravo has a high-stakes tournament concept destined to grab attentionWednesday, April 16th, 2014
Eddie Bravo joined us on Fight Opinion Radio to talk about his big plans for a new grappling tournament this Summer where the financial incentive is big to win and put on a show that could lead to bigger & better career prospects.
Fight Opinion Radio features the best: Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. on the evolving combat sports sceneTuesday, April 8th, 2014
One of our best interviews ever on Fight Opinion Radio as we got the chance to talk with the best ring announcer in the business, Jimmy Lennon Jr. His father was a king of the ring and Jr. isn’t far behind in terms of accomplishments. Everything you wanted to know about growing up in the fight business and father/son relationships, including comparing & contrasting Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. with JCC Jr. If you appreciate the modern history of combat sports and how it has impacted today’s business landscape, then this is an interview you must check out.
Fight Opinion Radio: Judo Gene LeBell on Ronda Rousey’s UFC success & stories on the late Billy RobinsonWednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Back with a bang, Fight Opinion Radio has a very informative & entertaining interview this week with the legendary Judo Gene LeBell. Gene is back to talk about the rise of Ronda Rousey as UFC’s top ace and stories on the late Billy Robinson, Karl Gotch, and Ed “Strangler” Lewis. You’d be hard pressed to find a guest who can weave the past with the present in combat sports like Mr. LeBell. Truly one of a kind.
We recently sat down with Showtime play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo to talk turkey about PRIDE’s past and about the future of combat sports on PPV. Plus: Should the UFC consider starting their own minor-league promotion?
The legendary John Hackleman (thepit.tv) stops by to talk about the latest happenings at his school and how training is progressing for UFC Light Heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira. John has produced some prolific champions in the past and he’s not stopping any time soon.
Plus: After a five year hiatus, Fight Opinion Radio is back with a vengeance and we hold nothing back when it comes to addressing some of MMA’s most controversial topics including testosterone usage amongst fighters and random drug testing. Issues we were talking about five years ago have flared up into the mainstream press for consumption. Clairvoyance or just plain dumb luck? You decide.
Caleb of The Fightworks Podcast joins us this week on Fight Opinion Radio to discuss the fallout from UFC 95, along with thoughts on a myriad of other MMA topics.« Previous Entries