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Post-Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor’s marriage with UFC demands a piece of ownership

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Conor McGregor proved that he is as big, if not bigger than the UFC after his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Jon Jones is the kind of UFC drug user that American sports fans hate: a lying drug user

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Jon Jones is incapable of staying on the straight and narrow. The only consistency in Jon Jones’ life is that he’s a screw-up who creates collateral damage.

Self-financing is accelerating manipulation & political pressure on Nevada’s athletic commission

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The state of Nevada cutting its athletic commission off of general funding has relegated the AC from upper echelon to ham-n-egger status in bending over backwards to high stakes manipulation.

Unusual anxiety about the biggest “money” fight ever not selling out in advance

Friday, August 11th, 2017

There’s a chance that the Floyd Mayweather fight with Conor McGregor may not be sold out come fight time and Mayweather’s camp is sending mixed signals in public about it.

ESPN begins its march away from cable and the ramifications are huge for combat sports

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Disney is cutting the cord with Netflix and building its own streaming operation. ESPN is heading to a streaming platform. Cable is dying but the future of American broadcast television is big with 4K and streaming options coming.

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.

The spin stops here: ESPN underachieves with Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn drawing 3M viewers

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

The Manny Pacquiao/Jeff Horn fight on ESPN drew less than three million viewers. It bombed… but you wouldn’t know that reading the spin from ESPN and other sports media sites proclaiming that it was ESPN’s best boxing rating in a decade.

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.

Golden who? ESPN labels Bob Arum, Top Rank “the NFL of boxing” and recycles Al Haymon spin on exposure

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Four months ago, ESPN decided to play footsie with Golden Boy. Now they’ve turned on a dime and are going all-in promoting Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

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.

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