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The anger about WWE’s business dealings with Saudi Arabia and financing of combat sports

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

There’s a lot of anger towards WWE working with the Saudi Arabia government. In the process, there’s been some revisionist history about previously dirty financing in combat sports.

ESPN buys the rest of UFC programming and it makes sense if they’re ditching the NFL

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Disney has gone all-in with UFC, paying $450 million a year for the next five years to help boost ESPN’s survival.

Pre-suading the public for full blown WWE/Fox Sports, UFC/Amazon marriages

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

WWE and Fox Sports are playing footsie while UFC & Amazon start dating each other with PPV distribution.

Will ESPN or Fox Sports buy UFC or WWE to survive on cable?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Television rights fees for sports programming has brought ESPN to its knees. Is the next step for survival a plan to buy sports leagues like UFC?

A new report’s claim of median age of 49 for UFC viewers is flawed but potentially good news

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

A new Nielsen study commissioned by Sports Business Journal reviews that your average sports fan watching conventional TV is at least 40 years old and that UFC fans are nearly 50 years old. So now what for the 18-to-34 year old demographic?

UFC 199: Lifetime media bans, Brock’s back, Stockton Street Fight II, champion Michael Bisping

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

What was supposed to be a quiet UFC 199 Southern California ended up with Michael Bisping knocking out Luke Rockhold to become champion, Ariel Helwani and his crew getting lifetime UFC bans, an announcement of Brock Lesnar for UFC 200, and Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II signed.

How Ronda Rousey symbolizes the UFC’s tumultuous relationship with WWE

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Ronda Rousey’s appearance at Wrestlemania 2015 melted the Internet down on Sunday night. It’s the perfect symbol for what has become a tense but mutually beneficial relationship between UFC & WWE.

What Brock Lesnar could have been for UFC in 2015 & what he will be for WWE now

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

We know Brock Lesnar will be sticking around with WWE after deciding not to return to UFC. The question: how did he manage to build up so much leverage?

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?

Could Ronda Rousey become a crossover pioneer like Brock Lesnar & take over WWE?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Guest writer Brandon Engel says that Ronda Rousey has all the potential in the world to crossover from UFC into WWE and Hollywood. However, will she be viewed as a traitor to the MMA business for being a “part-timer”? Will she be looked at as a pioneer for women’s MMA or will she be another generational trend like Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg?

Gym Rescues, Skullbusters, and the value of classic fights

Monday, August 11th, 2014

If Randy Couture & Frank Shamrock can take reality TV by storm like Steve Austin has, there will suddenly be more opportunities for retired fighters to do something other than fighting tomato cans on the local independent circuit.

How quickly will WWE return to PPV? What does it mean for UFC?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The WWE is struggling to deal with the fallout from angry stockholders about disappointing numbers from their new TV deal with NBC Universal & WWE Network subscriptions. How soon will WWE return to traditional PPV?

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.

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