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Report: UFC 93 set for Ireland

By Zach Arnold | September 30, 2008

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Eurosport UK is reporting that UFC 93 will take place on January 17th at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Proposed main event? Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell or Mauricio Shogun.

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16 Responses to “Report: UFC 93 set for Ireland”

  1. sprewell says:

    They’re looking at Franklin vs. Henderson and Serra vs. Hughes.

  2. David says:

    Wow, those would be big fights, but I am more interested in newer talent… not the same ole guys šŸ™

  3. 45 Huddle says:

    I can’t believe nobody has brought this up yet… This is the same night as Affliction’s second PPV.

    This is Vince McMahon 101… Make the Cable companies choose… And you know they will back the UFC who is one of the top PPV sellers.

    For me, I have more then 1 PPV channel, so it makes no difference. For the millions of people with just one PPV channel, this spells DOOM for Affliction.

  4. The Gaijin says:

    I assume you’re referring to overseas PPV viewers 45?

    Because I’m pretty certain all of their UK shows are SPIKE TV content and not PPVs in North America. Does Affliction even consider foreign PPV buys? Regardless, if an Affliction card features Fedor in the main event (as rumoured, and I strongly emphasize rumoured) I’d have to think Russia, Asian and many European ppv carriers would likely prefer Affliction.

  5. 45 Huddle says:

    It could be on PPV or SpikeTV. Either way, it is going to hurt Affliction.

    The UFC put Penn/Stevenson from January ’08 on PPV. Same with Franklin/Okami from June ’08. So there is no guarantee it will be on either.

    People always say competition is BETTER for the fans… I am starting to disagree. If this is a PPV, then we have 3 PPV’s within a 40 day window. and all thanks to competition. Not good.

  6. The Gaijin says:

    Yeah actually having it on SPIKE TV is probably far more damaging to Affliction at this point.

    Free vs. $40, regardless of who’s fighting will make it a lot tougher to justify the $40 outlay. Many of Afflictions “die-hard” fans are of the computer savvy generation that would watch the free UFC show and d/l the $40 show later.

    At least if you had PPV vs. PPV, I could see Affliction having the chance of attracting people based on having the HW dream fight(s) and some high profile names.

  7. The Gaijin says:

    Though the “competition” will likely “fix itself”, in that very few people will be willing to pay for all three and something will have to give. Then we’re just back to where we started…at least it might finally start leading to consolidation.

    Kind of off-point here but I’m seeing some rumours on Mouassi vs. Belfort. It got me wondering if Belfort puts together a few more solid efforts at 185, whether we’ll start to hear some noise being made for Belfort to step up against the Spider? I think that would actually be a pretty good fight – though I don’t know if they might be in the same Filho-Silva, Wandy-Shogun boat we see brazilians in from time to time.

  8. joe says:

    It’s not certain there will be an affliction show on the 17th.

  9. zack says:

    Hughes/Serra & Franklin/Hendo seem like two pretty big fights to waste on a Euro card that won’t get the big domestic PPV buys. I’m not complaining though…I love the noon PPVs.

  10. Mr. Roadblock says:

    I’ve been wanting to we hendo v franklin for awhile. Great fight. Brilliant move by UFC. Put this on spike and no one will buy the ppv.

  11. b.d.w. says:

    ive read that Afflictions next show will be on the 24th of jan,and that it could be anytime in the 1rst quarter of next year, but thats not set in stone. if fedor fights in japan on nye, i can see them moving it back even further than jan, to accomidate him.

  12. 45 Huddle says:

    Wow, at this rate, you have to wonder if they will ever have a second show.

  13. D.Capitated says:

    Iā€™d have to think Russia, Asian and many European ppv carriers would likely prefer Affliction.

    PPV isn’t really part of anyone’s serious business plan in Asia or Europe, especially given how low penetration is there for cable or even pay DSS.

  14. IceMuncher says:

    I didn’t realize GSP and Penn was pushed back from New Year’s to Superbowl weekend. That’s a long time to have two of the UFC’s best champions sit out of action.

  15. David says:

    The competition will also be determined by the influence of sports bars PPVs.

    Would they rather show Spike TV or Affliction non stop PPV?

  16. Ross says:

    The event has been confirmed by the UFC’s homepage.

    Franklin vs Henderson and Shogun vs Coleman (both at LHW) to headline the card.

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