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You can sell a lot of things as a Mixed Martial Arts promoter, but selling tickets today is the hardestWednesday, September 24th, 2014
If you’re wondering why there isn’t a rush of money marks in the MMA business, there are many reasons why rich people are staying away from “investing” their cash on a volatile joy ride.
Jon Jones is the classic idiot savant. A savant in the UFC cage and an idiot outside of it.
The shit hit the fan for the NFL & Roger Goodell with an ill-fated New York presser on Friday. The UFC was lucky because the shit hit the fan for them on the same day with fighters Thiago Silva & Anthony Johnson.
So far, so boring. The first two episodes of TUF 20, the all-female edition of The Ultimate Fighter, is less than impressive in portraying top female MMA fighters as the natural stars they are & should be in the UFC.
It was karmic justice to see Andrei Arlovski knock out Bigfoot Silva on a UFC Brasilia card that Zuffa wanted fans to pay to watch on an internet stream. It perfectly symbolizes what is exactly wrong with UFC right now.
If Roger Goodell’s meltdown in mishandling the Ray Rice domestic violence case doesn’t shock Lorenzo Fertitta & Dana White into creating a coherent policy of dealing with talent involved in domestic disputes, then nothing will ever serve as a Come to Jesus moment.
Sean Wheelock, voice of Bellator MMA on Spike TV, stopped by to talk about his new book with UFC founder Art Davie and also to talk about Bellator’s new creative direction. Sean thinks the MMA audience can and will grow. Is he right?
The UFC wanted to go head-to-head against Spike TV and Bellator. They got their wish. The battle lines have been drawn and the creative direction of both companies could not be any clearer.
Bellator MMA commentator Sean Wheelock says that Scott Coker has a chance to inject some “fun” into an MMA scene where fans are fatigued by UFC’s one-size-fits-all approach to matchmaking.
The UFC cannot stop itself from running four more cards this month. And their aggressive move to run against Bellator in Connecticut on the same night is quite a message to send.
TJ Dillashaw stepped up to the plate on a horrific UFC 177 Sacramento card but Dana White made sure to do everything possible to trash the press and to rip into any critics in an over-the-top crass manner.
The UFC is doing big things in Mexico. And Spike is focused on hiring Stephan Bonnar. There’s a disconnect here. Bellator needs a battle plan in a hurry.
Does the UFC have a grand plan for expanding their business into mainland China? It doesn’t look like it, on the surface.« Previous Entries Next Entries »