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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.

Put up or shut up time for California in recruiting the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

The state of California has been talking big for the past year about recruiting a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Now that a date has been set for September 16th, it’s put up or shut up time for California.

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.

Spike TV drops PBC; what’s next for Al Haymon and the major athletic commissions?

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Spike TV has dropped Al Haymon’s PBC programming. Boxing reporters claim that more television networks will do the same. What’s next for the future of PBC and boxing programming on cable television?

Devil’s advocate on Dan Miragliotta at UFC 210 — ABC has fault for confusion on grounded fighters

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Referee Dan Miragliotta found himself in regulatory hell when Chris Weidman got kneed by Gegard Mousasi. Was Weidman a downed opponent? It depends on if you use the new or the old Unified rules.

The legal war in Kansas over Al Haymon’s hedge fund money heats up

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A partial victory for defendants today in Kansas state court fighting off a shareholder derivative lawsuit to claw back money that hedge funds set aside for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions project.

Golden Boy’s ESPN debut consisted of Teddy Atlas dumping on matchmaking & California commission

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Golden Boy debuted on ESPN and the theme of the show ended up being all about Teddy Atlas.

ESPN’s brutal weight cutting video package demonstrates the incompetence of the fight industry

Monday, March 20th, 2017

There is a full-blown crisis in combat sports over the issue of weight-cutting, especially in the field of Mixed Martial Arts. Fighters are sacrificing long-term damage to their internal organs. Taking away their money isn’t going to solve this problem.

California State Athletic Commission seeking permission to spend $200,000 more on athletic inspectors

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The California State Athletic Commission is seeking to get permission from the California Legislature to spend an extra $200,000 on athletic inspectors and inspector training.

Boxeo Telemundo and Florida’s boxing commission deliver the crazy on Friday night

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

One of the great things about ESPN’s Friday Night Fights was the fact that on any given card, you could see something totally wild and crazy happen. Friday night’s Boxeo Telemundo delivered one of those surprises.

Jumping from the California State Athletic Commission to running California’s most powerful agency

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Why do so many California politicians obsess over the machinations of the California State Athletic Commission? Because it’s a launching pad to gain future power in other state agencies.

What? WME-IMG forms mega Hollywood PAC against Trump & now gives him a motive to sign Ali Act

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

UFC and WME-IMG carefully crafted a triangulation strategy to navigate the rough 2016 American political waters. Now WME-IMG and Hollywood is going after Trump and has opened the door for him to sign an Ali Act for MMA.

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