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Eight years later, the more things change the more they stay the same

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Eight years after launching Fight Opinion, it seems the more things change in MMA the more they stay the same even with a high injury & burnout rate.

The view from 30,000 feet regarding the health of the Mixed Martial Arts industry

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A long-term absence forced me to look at the Mixed Martial Arts scene from outside the bubble. And what I see isn’t very encouraging for long-term growth.

UFC scoffed at WWE’s PPV abandonment strategy but will they end up doing the same thing?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

According to Sports Business Journal, PPV makes up 30% of the revenue pie for UFC. What will this mean for future negotiations between UFC & fighters? What is UFC’s future on PPV given their insane events schedule?

The state of the MMA union after UFC 178 (w/ audio discussion)

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Those bullish on a return to momentum in the MMA scene pointed to UFC 178 in Las Vegas as a real launching point for big fights in the next six months. Are those prognosticators correct? Fight Opinion Radio discusses what we’re bullish (and bearish) on in regards to the MMA scene heading into 2015.

After Goodell meltdown, UFC/Bellator must establish policy for domestic violence cases

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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.

Fight Opinion Radio: Will Spike TV’s 2005 MMA marketing playbook win fans over a decade later?

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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?

Spike TV goes all-in with a pro-wrestling vision to battle UFC & Fox Sports in the MMA space

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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.

The current zeitgeist for UFC, Bellator, and what Sean Wheelock says is missing: fun

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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.

A preview of UFC vs. Bellator in Connecticut and UFC’s busy September schedule

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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.

As UFC goes big in Mexico, Bellator needs a battle plan & Stephan Bonnar fighting won’t cut it

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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.

Seven fight stories we’re watching that might interest you

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The fallout from The Desert Sun going after the California State Athletic Commission continues. Cole Miller says he doesn’t want to fight in California any longer. Is Jon Jones negotiating a new contract? A lot of turmoil in MMA right now.

Fight Opinion Radio: Josh Gross (@yay_yee) on media honesty, MMA drug usage, oversaturation

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Josh Gross joined us on Fight Opinion Radio for the first time ever in the show’s history and it was a great interview. We had a chance to talk to him about what mainstream media outlets think of the MMA scene and what are some of the roadblocks that writers have to overcome in terms of attitudes & access to do your job in the field. Plus, our simple-to-understand breakdown of recent reporting by Bloody Elbow on Bellator’s alleged contracts of adhesion. Fighters should take note of what we have to say here.

Viacom, Bellator PPV debut delivers some bizarrely intriguing moments with a yo-yo consistency

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The Bellator PPV debut was a hell of a memorable event for all the right reasons and the wrong reasons.

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