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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?

Conor McGregor proves to be Floyd Mayweather’s lifeline to the IRS

Monday, July 10th, 2017

We knew money was the root of Floyd Mayweather’s motivations in fighting Conor McGregor. What we didn’t know was what role Uncle Sam and the IRS played into the equation.

ESPN’s telecast of Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn was the clearest warning to UFC not to leave Fox

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

ESPN’s telecast of the Manny Pacquiao/Jeff Horn fight from Australia gave UFC every warning sign possible not to jump ship from Fox Sports.

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 over/under on PPV buys for Mayweather-McGregor is 5 million. Take the under – barely

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The over/under prop bet on how many buys Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather will attract on PPV is 5 million. This is not as insane as it first looks.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor set for August 26th at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match is booked for August 26th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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?

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.

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