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Archive for July, 2013

The bright side of Tito/Quinton: At least Roy Jones won’t destroy Rampage

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Tito Ortiz vs. Rampage Jackson in November 2013 — a fight that will draw PPV buys?

Why UFC isn’t catching on with traditional sports fans

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The UFC continues to struggle when it comes to drawing solid ratings on broadcast/network television in the United States.

Less excited about prospects of GSP vs. Rory MacDonald?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Two fight cards in July before the big avalanche of shows in August.

Criticize UFC pay & get booked as a heel against a top steroider on enemy turf

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Tim Kennedy may be paying a price for criticizing UFC fighter pay and fighters in the organization who use testosterone.

The seduction of Rampaging testosterone

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Rumors of Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones in a boxing fight have social media aflutter. However, ESPN’s story hook about possible MMA fighters getting caught up in the Biogenesis drug scandal is worth your attention.

Of long-term contracts and low(er) UFC PPV buy rates

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The PPV buy rate news for UFC in 2013 has not been great. The company is having to adjust to new economic realities.

Bellator 2013 Summer Series fight cards

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Some interesting fights coming up on Spike. Not a lot of volume, however.

Cashing in with Bloodstain Lane, the future of MMA sponsorship?

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Bloodstain Lane has a new sponsorship deal. Time to take notice about the future of sponsorship money in the MMA space?

Fox Sports 1: We won’t focus on drug usage in sports (like UFC)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

When a scandal hits the UFC in the future, will Fox Sports 1 have the guts to cover the story with aggression? Recent comments from management indicate the answer is ‘no.’

Injuries, retirements, and rematches: Just another week for the UFC

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

When you are running as many fight cards as the UFC is now with their Fox television deal, there is constant chaos and upheaval.

A big shoe drops at the California State Athletic Commission: Che Guevara resigns

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The era of Che Guevara as the political power player at the California State Athletic Commission is soon coming to an end… but what does it all mean?

How big is fan interest in an Anderson Silva rematch with Chris Weidman?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The automatic assumption is that Chris Weidman’s proposed rematch with Anderson Silva will draw huge numbers on PPV. So, why is all the focus on Anderson Silva and very little on Chris Weidman after his title win at UFC 162?

Where does the UFC really stand financially?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Given all of the turmoil in the UFC right now with fighter relations and fighters losing, where does the company stand in terms of revenue? And should the fighters be asking for more money from the Fertitta empire?