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Bellator PPV buys for ‘Sonnen vs Silva’ in NYC could reach 130,000

Bellator 180 “Sonnen vs. Silva,” also known as Bellator NYC, went down June 24, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the company’s first return to pay-per-view since Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014, headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

Early prognosticators and Bellator officials were hoping that Bellator 120 would do a solid buy rate that would double the approximately 100,000 purchases of their first PPV. Estimates at MMA Fighting suggest otherwise. The current trends put the show at between 90,000 and 130,000 buys which is basically on par with Bellator 120 — no better or worse.

Even though those numbers might seem disappointing, Spike Senior VP David Schwarz touted the entire Bellator event at MSG as a big success.

“I can say we are all very pleased with everything from the Bellator PPV – that, of course, includes the record gate, record domestic attendance, strong numbers for Bellator 180 (the two hour prelims on Spike) and great exposure for the brand, and great momentum as we plan our next PPV. Details coming.”

Bellator can also take comfort in the fact their competition did not fare much better. A boxing pay per view that followed with Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev is estimated at 130,000 buys, while the UFC 213 card headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero did 125-150,000 buys.

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UFC President Dana White, Conor McGregor Reach Deal for Floyd Mayweather Bout

One half of the contract for the proposed boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is complete. Now it’s up to Mayweather and his team to follow suit.
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UFC President Dana White, Conor McGregor Reach Deal for Floyd Mayweather Bout

One half of the contract for the proposed boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is complete. Now it’s up to Mayweather and his team to follow suit.
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NAC to Reach Out to Nate Diaz for Possible Rehearing Regarding Water Bottle Throwing Fine

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed Conor McGregor a reduced punishment for the infamous UFC 202 pre-fight press conference bottle-throwing melee, and now it wants to look into doing the same for Nate Diaz.
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Midnight Mania! White and Woodley reach a tenuous truce, Woodley and Wonderboy not so much

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Today we’ve got Tyron and Dana reaching an uneasy truce, Tyron and Stephen not reaching any truce, Ferguson and Khabib facing off, a fighter who talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, puns, knockouts, Ngannou insulting Derric Lewis, and much more


Insomnia

Woodley and White have had some things to say about each other lately. Woodley has gone on record saying he’s the worst treated champion in UFC history- quite the claim, considering champions like Randy Couture- and White responded by calling Woodley a drama queen. Woodley laughed at that, considered White’s history of making dramatic statements himself. It looks like they are still on speaking terms, but you can feel the tension.

1 drama queen or 2?

UFC welterweight champ Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley is arguing drama queen status with Dana White. #PROcast

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Thompson and Woodley had quite the interview. Thompson stayed really chill, while Woodley was a little edgier. Woodley went after GSP’s praise of Wonderboy as the best striker he had ever seen.

“It’s kinda funny he would say that, given that you got outstruck by me in the fight that we had in 205.” Woodley remarked.

“It’s alright, man. You hit me twice.” Thompson responded.

Woodley didn’t agree, saying he knocked Wonderboy down four times, and said perhaps Thompson should have gone to college. Woodley continued going in on Thompson, saying that he was fooling himself, and that Thompson was the one who had been running his mouth.

“Why you gotta be so mean?” Thompson joked.

It will be a fascinating rematch. According to Fightmetric, Woodley outlanded Thompson overall, 61-43, while Thompson outlanded him at distance, 42-23. Fightmetric only counted one knockdown, but depending on how you judge a knockdown, it was somewhere between the two and four that each fighter alleged, respectively. Woodley will be looking to finish the fight this time, while Thompson has bulked up to counter Woodley’s raw strength.


Bobs and Weaves

Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov had a tense staredown, one that startled Dana White.

What was really going on:

Khabib throwing shade on Tony’s shades.

Forrest Griffin is my spirit animal.

Khabib made this young girl’s day.

That scene makes the meme going around today seem relevant to Khabib.

I can’t resist an awful pun.

Tyrone Woodley and Stephen Thompson may have had a dramatic welterweight title bout, but those welterweight title fights have been absolutely inspired ever since GSP left the division. This was possibly the best round of them all:

Francis Ngannou insulting Derrick Lewis fight after Lewis called him out. The rising heavyweights seem to be on a collision course.

Tony dishes on being overlooked, finally facing Nurmy on the third attempt, and says he can’t wait to derail the hype train. He also speaks on inspiration and the reasons he fights.

A fighter who speaks like Arnold so that Americans can understand him? Sounds counterintuitive, but I guess whatever works.

This is an intense handshake.

Instant knockout.

What sport is this? Because that ref ain’t boxing.


Quick Hits


Random Land

If you haven’t seen this yet it’s pretty awesome.

#dpTBT w/ the @gouldbrothers

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Nate Diaz, Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar Reach Settlements with NAC Ahead of Thursday Hearings

The Nevada Athletic Commission announced the schedule for its forthcoming meeting on Dec. 15 and the docket features hearings for Nate Diaz, Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar, all of whom will have discussion and potential approval of their “proposed adjudication agreements” regarding outstanding infractions.
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Nate Diaz, Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar Reach Settlements with NAC Ahead of Thursday Hearings

The Nevada Athletic Commission announced the schedule for its forthcoming meeting on Dec. 15 and the docket features hearings for Nate Diaz, Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar, all of whom will have discussion and potential approval of their “proposed adjudication agreements” regarding outstanding infractions.
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UFC TRIMS THE FAT: COMPANY LAYOFFS REACH A NEW HIGH

OUT WITH THE OLD…

In case you haven’t heard the UFC is going through some spring cleaning. Layoffs have been coming from all angles. From their Las Vegas headquarters (where it is reported 60-80 employees will be fired) to Asia, Brazil, Canada,  and Latin American offices. Officials have confirmed layoffs are happening.

 ”It was less than 15 percent of our workforce,” -UFC official

UFC was bought out WME-IMG  last August in a sale that was reportedly worth 4 billion dollars. Since then it seems like the company has taken a no nonsense business mind that has cut off former superstars like Rory MacDonald, and most recently GSP. If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

Trimming the fat by cutting people who aren’t up to par make sense, but cutting people because you don’t think they will sell enough doesn’t. While we appreciate the Ronda Rousey’s, Brock Lesnar’s, and the Conor McGregor’s, it’s a fighting organization at the end of the day. Not everyone should have to be fan favorites to be signed to the premiere fighting championship in the world. Is it really all about the money? Whether it’s just about the money or not, no one knows for sure, but it does seem UFC plans on ruling with an iron fist. If you like the contract, then great. Don’t like it? Hit the bricks kid; unless you make us boatloads of cash.

UFC insiders have described the morale at the Vegas headquarters as “very bad” almost like a “morgue.”

Another way to look at these recent actions is maybe they’re trying to build up there other companies. The UFC owns other outlets companies and maybe they’ll head lower tier promotions. Almost like a UFC farming system if you will.  Either way Scott Coker and Bellator have to be licking their chops as free agents like  GSP will be there for the taking.

Bellator is owned by media giant Viacom so their bankroll is significant. If the promotion can find a way to market themselves attractively the UFC could be in for some real competition. Maybe seen as the true martial artists promotion. What will the face of MMA look like in the next 3 years? That’s what we’re all guessing at but you can guess it will be a lot different than today.

Hit us up with your thoughts and comments on the recent UFC firings below.

 

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UFC TRIMS THE FAT: COMPANY LAYOFFS REACH A NEW HIGH

OUT WITH THE OLD…

In case you haven’t heard the UFC is going through some spring cleaning. Layoffs have been coming from all angles. From their Las Vegas headquarters (where it is reported 60-80 employees will be fired) to Asia, Brazil, Canada,  and Latin American offices. Officials have confirmed layoffs are happening.

 ”It was less than 15 percent of our workforce,” -UFC official

UFC was bought out WME-IMG  last August in a sale that was reportedly worth 4 billion dollars. Since then it seems like the company has taken a no nonsense business mind that has cut off former superstars like Rory MacDonald, and most recently GSP. If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

Trimming the fat by cutting people who aren’t up to par make sense, but cutting people because you don’t think they will sell enough doesn’t. While we appreciate the Ronda Rousey’s, Brock Lesnar’s, and the Conor McGregor’s, it’s a fighting organization at the end of the day. Not everyone should have to be fan favorites to be signed to the premiere fighting championship in the world. Is it really all about the money? Whether it’s just about the money or not, no one knows for sure, but it does seem UFC plans on ruling with an iron fist. If you like the contract, then great. Don’t like it? Hit the bricks kid; unless you make us boatloads of cash.

UFC insiders have described the morale at the Vegas headquarters as “very bad” almost like a “morgue.”

Another way to look at these recent actions is maybe they’re trying to build up there other companies. The UFC owns other outlets companies and maybe they’ll head lower tier promotions. Almost like a UFC farming system if you will.  Either way Scott Coker and Bellator have to be licking their chops as free agents like  GSP will be there for the taking.

Bellator is owned by media giant Viacom so their bankroll is significant. If the promotion can find a way to market themselves attractively the UFC could be in for some real competition. Maybe seen as the true martial artists promotion. What will the face of MMA look like in the next 3 years? That’s what we’re all guessing at but you can guess it will be a lot different than today.

Hit us up with your thoughts and comments on the recent UFC firings below.

 

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UFC TRIMS THE FAT: COMPANY LAYOFFS REACH A NEW HIGH

OUT WITH THE OLD…

In case you haven’t heard the UFC is going through some spring cleaning. Layoffs have been coming from all angles. From their Las Vegas headquarters (where it is reported 60-80 employees will be fired) to Asia, Brazil, Canada,  and Latin American offices. Officials have confirmed layoffs are happening.

 ”It was less than 15 percent of our workforce,” -UFC official

UFC was bought out WME-IMG  last August in a sale that was reportedly worth 4 billion dollars. Since then it seems like the company has taken a no nonsense business mind that has cut off former superstars like Rory MacDonald, and most recently GSP. If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

Trimming the fat by cutting people who aren’t up to par make sense, but cutting people because you don’t think they will sell enough doesn’t. While we appreciate the Ronda Rousey’s, Brock Lesnar’s, and the Conor McGregor’s, it’s a fighting organization at the end of the day. Not everyone should have to be fan favorites to be signed to the premiere fighting championship in the world. Is it really all about the money? Whether it’s just about the money or not, no one knows for sure, but it does seem UFC plans on ruling with an iron fist. If you like the contract, then great. Don’t like it? Hit the bricks kid; unless you make us boatloads of cash.

UFC insiders have described the morale at the Vegas headquarters as “very bad” almost like a “morgue.”

Another way to look at these recent actions is maybe they’re trying to build up there other companies. The UFC owns other outlets companies and maybe they’ll head lower tier promotions. Almost like a UFC farming system if you will.  Either way Scott Coker and Bellator have to be licking their chops as free agents like  GSP will be there for the taking.

Bellator is owned by media giant Viacom so their bankroll is significant. If the promotion can find a way to market themselves attractively the UFC could be in for some real competition. Maybe seen as the true martial artists promotion. What will the face of MMA look like in the next 3 years? That’s what we’re all guessing at but you can guess it will be a lot different than today.

Hit us up with your thoughts and comments on the recent UFC firings below.

 

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