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Archive for April, 2014

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Business takeaways from UFC’s booking of Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum for Mexico City

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The UFC is booking Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum for Mexico City on November 15th. After trying to promote Cain as a big star in California, the UFC is deciding to move his fights outside of California.

The UFC begins two-a-day events starting with their busy May schedule

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

If you think the UFC’s regular event schedule is crazy, wait until they start running two shows in one day. It’s beginning.

So much for the UFC’s ham-handed attempt of prodding Phil Davis to trash Jon Jones

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Dana White said that Phil Davis wasn’t acting like a title contender, so he prodded him into trashing Jon Jones on a conference call. Yeah.

The press (like ESPN & Dan Le Batard) is bumping into some uncomfortable trends for the UFC

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Dana White is getting over-exposed in media matters and can’t handle serious, legitimate questioning very well. This is becoming a bigger liability for the UFC.

Notebook: Dana White’s new stance on (cleaning up) drug usage; Texas commission job opening (now confirmed)

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The UFC’s new public relations stance that they’ve cleaned up drug usage in the promotion because less fighters are failing drug tests is … interesting.

Fight Opinion Radio: A chat with the uniquely skilled, colorful, and ruthlessly efficient Marina Shafir

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Marina Shafir, elite member of The 4 Horsewomen, joins us this week to talk about her journey from judo into Mixed Martial Arts and the stories beyond the generic press clippings regarding her relationship with Ronda Rousey and her individual path in the women’s MMA scene. What will the landscape look like in five years? Will we get to see Marina vs. Cyborg? An excellent interview worthy of your attention this week on the show. Plus: why Ronda Rousey & The 4 Horsewomen are the complete opposite of Jon Jones (in a good way).

Over/under on Fabricio Werdum odds versus Cain Velasquez: 5-to-1 underdog?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Fabricio Werdum won relatively easily over Travis Browne at the UFC Fox event in Orlando. But it won’t be that easy against Cain Velasquez.

Lame duck & bad luck: Andy Foster will face Sacramento sabotage after Nevada interview

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Andy Foster, unknown to many of his allies, applied for the Nevada State Athletic Commission job after telling everyone he would stay in California. And now that he’s not getting the Nevada job, returning to Sacramento is going to be hell.

Fight Opinion Radio: Mad genius Eddie Bravo has a high-stakes tournament concept destined to grab attention

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Eddie Bravo joined us on Fight Opinion Radio to talk about his big plans for a new grappling tournament this Summer where the financial incentive is big to win and put on a show that could lead to bigger & better career prospects.

UFC can’t ignore the public relations nightmare with Jon Jones any longer

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Some athletes can’t handle social media, no matter how much you desire having all your athletes online. Jon Jones falls into that category.

One month away from finding out if Bellator will sink or swim on PPV

Monday, April 14th, 2014

What’s at stake for Bellator on PPV? If they succeed, Viacom will open up the checkbook for real.

Bizarre interview process for Nevada athletic commission will lead to Friday decision

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

The politicos in Las Vegas still haven’t made up their mind as to whether or not they will hire Andy Foster as the Athletic Commission’s new Executive Director.

Bob Arum’s unintentional symbolism at Wednesday presser for Pacquiao/Bradley fight

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Bob Arum said the hell with it and shots were fired against MGM executives over the casino’s desire to promote the Floyd Mayweather/Marcos Maidana fight more boisterously than Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley.

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