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Has UFC’s competition been priced out of the MMA market?

By Zach Arnold | May 27, 2008

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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ralek Gracie at DREAM 4 in the dream grappling match you’ve all waited for.

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. Steve Cofield: Audio of UFC 84 post-fight insanity
  2. AOL Fanhouse: Dana White rips reporter who called him ‘The White Don King’
  3. TMZ: Jacko enjoys smacko through cracko
  4. Josh Gross: Many star fighters, but just one star class for White & Co.
  5. Bloody Elbow: Does cost stunt MMA’s growth?
  6. MMA Payout: Stadium shows in UFC’s future?
  7. The Fightworks Podcast: #118 Xande Ribiero talks 2008 BJJ Worlds
  8. WEC HP: Urijah Faber hungry to pad legacy
  9. MMA Weekly: Video w/ Urijah Faber
  10. MMA Betting Blog: WEC 34 odds for Faber vs. Pulver
  11. Five Ounces of Pain: Wanderlei Silva not moving to middleweight
  12. MMA Predictions: 81% of online predictors thought BJ Penn would beat Sean Sherk
  13. Fightmetric: UFC 84 stats bonanza
  14. MMA Canada: Interview with Canadian MMA promoter Dave Houshiar (formerly of Hardcore Championship Fighting)

Topics: Canada, DREAM, Japan, Media, MMA, UFC, WEC, Zach Arnold | 9 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

9 Responses to “Has UFC’s competition been priced out of the MMA market?”

  1. catch says:

    Might want to take a second look at the headline.

    Ed. — Thanks.

  2. cyph says:

    Wake me up when Crocop actually KOs somebody good.

  3. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    I think an interim step might be soccer stadiums. Suckers are popping up all over the place, including in regulated states (actually primarily in regulated states, how convenient).

    The Home Depot Center (27k for soccer, more for concerts or fights certainly) out near LA, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (26k for concerts, so probably similar) near Denver, Pizza Hut Park near Dallas (21k for soccer), Crew Stadium in Columbus (23k for soccer) are all options in the summer that are larger than most arenas but still not WalMart sized like the LA Colosseum.

    You’ll also have new facilities opening up soon in the Bay Area, New Jersey, etc and you have existing venues of similar size in the Chicago area and Toronto when they get on board.

    You could always bring Cro Cop back for a third fight against Wanderlei. It’d be a catchweight, but I’d think you could probably pull it off in the UK. It’d be a big draw.

  4. Whomever says:

    CroCop/Gracie could be decent.

    It’s always intresting when K-1 does special rules matches. Yoshida/Gracie was cool, same thing with LeBanner/Sapp.

    I would expect CroCop to still face LeBanner at DREAM.5.

  5. 45 Huddle says:

    If anybody has a chance to watch Dong Hyun Kim’s fight, I recommend you do so. I have not been this impressed with a first time UFC fighter since watching GSP in his debut.

    Not sure if he is a future champion, but he definitely has the potential to be.

  6. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    Looks like Adrenaline and HDNet have actually agreed to let HDNet run their first three events now. Official-like.

  7. Grape Knee High says:

    45 is right. And unlike most of the Asian fighters that have been coming over to the UFC barely cutting weight, Kim looks like he cuts a decent amount of weight for 170.

    Could be a player. Nasty elbows, too.

  8. catch says:

    I’m surprised Kim is getting paid 20+20 right of the bat.

  9. cyph says:

    Korean TV showed the entire UFC undercard because of the popularity of Kim. He’s worth every penny considering he’s the UFC’s weapon for penetrating Korea.

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