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UFC FN 132: Who’s Watching What?

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After a one week break, the UFC is back in action this Saturday with a card that’s going down in Singapore. So who is going to be tuning into watch UFC Fight 132? Will the Donald Cerrone headlined card be able to pull decent numbers for the promotion?

The Prelims

Now, the first big thing to address, in terms of North American fans, is the fact the prelims are going to get underway on Fight Pass at 4:30 AM/ET – 1:30 AM/PT. So, ya, unless you’re a West Coast night owl, an East Coast early, early riser, or just to plan to pull an all nighter, then you’re probably not catching the prelims live.

There are some interesting bouts scheduled, as Jake Matthews is going to take on Shinsho Anzai, and the undefeated Naoki Inoue will battle Matt Schnell. In addition, Teruto Ishihara is scheduled to face Peter Yan, so there’s definitely some match-ups the hardcore base probably wants to see.

But, in terms of the casual fan? Even if they have a subscription to Fight Pass, chances are not too many are going to be hitting up the service to watch the prelims Saturday.

The Main Card

So, here again, time is something to consider. The main card will get underway at 5 AM/PT and 8 AM/ET. So, one would think a lot of avid fans are also going to be watching the main card after they’ve concluded.

As far as the bouts themselves, there’ certainly fights that should peak the interest of the diehard community.  Li Jingliang is in action against Daichi Abe, Jessica Eye is going to battle Jessica Rose-Clark, and then there’s a very compelling bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Tyson Pedro scheduled. Of course, pretty much anytime Donald Cerrone fights you’re good to go, and he’s set to take on the rising Leon Edwards.

But, at the end of the day, when you consider the lack of established vets and main stream draws, plus the time of the event, it would be pretty shocking if UFC FN 132 pulls a lot of views. Whether those come live or not.

The June 23rd card will be hosted by the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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UFC 225: Who’s Watching What?

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UFC 225 is going down on Saturday night in Chicago, and the card will feature two championship fights and several, all-star competitors. But, will the event bring in the mainstream masses? And generate some big pay-per-view numbers?

The Fight Pass Prelims

Typically speaking, the Fight Pass prelims are assigned to ‘just the hardcore fans will be watching’ bin. More recently, however, even die-hard observers may have been taking a pass on some of the Fight Pass line-ups.

But, this time around, the Fight Pass prelims feature several compelling bouts. Case in point, #1 ranked flyweight Joseph Benavidez will take on the #5 ranked Sergio Pettis…on Fight Pass. A decision that didn’t sit too well with one of the greatest 125’ers the game has ever known.

Now, in addition to that must-see bout, the Fight Pass stream will feature former light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans taking on Anthony Smith, and Clay Guida facing fellow vet, Charles Oliveira. So, with a line-up like that, who knows? Maybe some casual fans will be signing up for the service.

The Televised Prelims

The televised prelims includes a bout between strawweight contenders Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza, as well as an interesting featherweight fight between contenders Ricardo Lamas and Mirsad Bektic. Those fights probably won’t buzz a lot of part-time, MMA fans, but the feature bout for the prelims probably will. That’s because it will feature decorated heavyweight, Alistair Overeem, taking on the rising Curtis Blaydes. When you consider what Overeem has done throughout his career, and how many high stakes fights he’s been involved in, it would be pretty surprising if the ratings tanked.

The Main Card

UFC 225 is probably on the ‘must watch’ lists of a lot of dedicated fans. After all, it will feature middleweight champ Robert Whittaker taking on Yoel Romero for a second time, Rafael dos Anjos facing Colby Covington for the interim welterweight belt, and the Octagon debut of Megan Anderson, who will battle one of the greatest, female fighters of all time, in Holly Holm.

Not only that, former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will face the fast rising, and heavy hitting, Tai Tuivasa. So, it’s hard to imagine too many hardcore fans taking a pass on this event.

But, what could move UFC 225 from a decent selling, PPV, into impressive sales numbers, is the CM Punk – Mike Jackson fight. Yes, because Punk’s first UFC fight was a wash for the pro-wrestling star, you would think there won’t be as much interest in his second bout. But, the guy is still a pretty, pretty big name. So when you factor that in, along with the rest of the line-up, UFC 225 could end up being one of the top drawing cards thus far in 2018.

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UFC 225: Who’s Watching What?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

UFC 225 is going down on Saturday night in Chicago, and the card will feature two championship fights and several, all-star competitors. But, will the event bring in the mainstream masses? And generate some big pay-per-view numbers?

The Fight Pass Prelims

Typically speaking, the Fight Pass prelims are assigned to ‘just the hardcore fans will be watching’ bin. More recently, however, even die-hard observers may have been taking a pass on some of the Fight Pass line-ups.

But, this time around, the Fight Pass prelims feature several compelling bouts. Case in point, #1 ranked flyweight Joseph Benavidez will take on the #5 ranked Sergio Pettis…on Fight Pass. A decision that didn’t sit too well with one of the greatest 125’ers the game has ever known.

Now, in addition to that must-see bout, the Fight Pass stream will feature former light-heavyweight champ Rashad Evans taking on Anthony Smith, and Clay Guida facing fellow vet, Charles Oliveira. So, with a line-up like that, who knows? Maybe some casual fans will be signing up for the service.

The Televised Prelims

The televised prelims includes a bout between strawweight contenders Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza, as well as an interesting featherweight fight between contenders Ricardo Lamas and Mirsad Bektic. Those fights probably won’t buzz a lot of part-time, MMA fans, but the feature bout for the prelims probably will. That’s because it will feature decorated heavyweight, Alistair Overeem, taking on the rising Curtis Blaydes. When you consider what Overeem has done throughout his career, and how many high stakes fights he’s been involved in, it would be pretty surprising if the ratings tanked.

The Main Card

UFC 225 is probably on the ‘must watch’ lists of a lot of dedicated fans. After all, it will feature middleweight champ Robert Whittaker taking on Yoel Romero for a second time, Rafael dos Anjos facing Colby Covington for the interim welterweight belt, and the Octagon debut of Megan Anderson, who will battle one of the greatest, female fighters of all time, in Holly Holm.

Not only that, former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will face the fast rising, and heavy hitting, Tai Tuivasa. So, it’s hard to imagine too many hardcore fans taking a pass on this event.

But, what could move UFC 225 from a decent selling, PPV, into impressive sales numbers, is the CM Punk – Mike Jackson fight. Yes, because Punk’s first UFC fight was a wash for the pro-wrestling star, you would think there won’t be as much interest in his second bout. But, the guy is still a pretty, pretty big name. So when you factor that in, along with the rest of the line-up, UFC 225 could end up being one of the top drawing cards thus far in 2018.

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Bellator 199 vs. UFC 224: Who’s Watching What?

(This post first appeared on MMA Frenzy)

 

It’s not too often that a night features both a Bellator and UFC card, but that’s exactly what’s going down on Saturday. So, can Bellator 199 pull views from UFC 224? Or vice-versa? And who’s going to be watching what?

UFC 224 Prelims

The prelims for UFC 224 will get underway on Fight Pass at 3:15 PM/ET, and most of the folks tuning in will be of the ‘MMA is my life’ variety. One of the more interesting bouts scheduled for Fight Pass will see former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites taking on Jack Hermansson. Alberto Mina will put his undefeated record up against Ramazan Emeev, which is also an interesting scrap.

The FX prelims will begin at 8 PM/ET, and it would be surprising if the line-up grabbed a ton of casual fans. The Cezar Ferreira –
Karl Roberson bout is probably compelling to hardcore folks, and the Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos – Sean Strickland scrap should be as well. But, in comparison to the earlier days of the FOX broadcast deal, the prelims have no mainstream pop… at all.

UFC 224 Main Card

The pay-per-view will be headlined by a bout between bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes and rugged challenger Raquel Pennington. In the co-headliner, Kelvin Gastelum will throw hands with fellow middleweight contender “Jacare” Souza, and the main card will also see Vitor Belfort face fellow Brazilian legend Lyoto Machida.

In addition, the card will feature highly-touted prospect Mackenzie Dern taking on Amanda Cooper, and a potential banger of a bantamweight scrap between John Lineker and Brian Kelleher.

So, will hardcore fans be willing to shell out cash to see this PPV? Ya. You would think a decent amount of them will. But, are any of these ‘I absolutely have to see the fight live – with no spoilers’? Maybe Gastelum – Souza is? Maybe?

When you look at the card via that lens, then it’s hard to imagine that UFC 224 will move truckloads of PPVs. One would think the UFC will be over the moon if it sells over 300,000.

Bellator 199

The televised main card for Bellator 199 will begin airing at 9PM, and that also applies to West Coasters in the U.S. (via delay). Avid fans are likely invested in seeing Aaron Pico’s latest bout, and you can say the same for the Paul Daley – Jon Fitch bout.

The headliner is a fight between light-heavyweight champ Ryan Bader and former Strikeforce champ “King Mo” Lawal. The winner will move on to face Matt Mitrione in the semifinals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix. So, even if you haven’t jumped on the grand prix wagon yet, there’s no denying that Bader – Lawal is a compelling bout. After all, it features two of the best light-heavyweights on the planet.

But, is this a scrap that will pull a lot of casual fans? Not long removed from Bellator 198 and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir? It would be pretty surprising if it does.

So, when you consider all the above, could Bellator 199 ding the UFC’s bottom line? It might, somewhat.

If you’re a mainstream fan, who feels like watching fights on Saturday, and you realize you can do that via Bellator 199 for free, instead of coughing up cash for UFC 224, you’ll likely pass on the latter. But, when it’s all said and done, there’s a  good chance neither of these cards will draw droves of fans.

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After Watching History at UFC 193, Cris Cyborg ‘Knew’ She Was Eventually Going to Face Holly Holm

For the longest time, Cristiane Justino had Ronda Rousey in her sights, but her focus began to shift following one historic November night in Melbourne.
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After Watching History at UFC 193, Cris Cyborg ‘Knew’ She Was Eventually Going to Face Holly Holm

For the longest time, Cristiane Justino had Ronda Rousey in her sights, but her focus began to shift following one historic November night in Melbourne.
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Donald Cerrone’s message for fans not watching his fight with Robbie Lawler: ‘F*ck you’

LOS ANGELES — The UFC these days is a $ 4B entity broadcast on network television, with all the headaches and controversies that go with sport as a big business.

But all that should be shoved aside on July 8, when Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone square off on the main card of UFC 213 in Las Vegas.

This is an old-school fight, with old-school excitement, the sort of throwdown fans used to get excited about back when there was little money in the sport and people watched because of their passion for fighting.

And Cerrone knows it.

“I’m f*cking pumped,” Cerrone said during a UFC 213 press event on Wednesday. “It’s going to be exciting, you know? I don’t even know why they need me to keep selling this fight, it’s already, if you’re not a f*cking MMA fan and watching this fight, then f*ck you.”

This bout was briefly scheduled for UFC 205 in New York last November before Lawler, the former UFC welterweight champion, had to withdraw.

Cerrone went on to knock out Matt Brown at UFC 206, then was finished by Jorge Masvidal in January. Coming off the loss, Cerrone was simply itching to get back into action, so getting that opportunity to fight Lawler which he thought has forever passed was a bonus.

“This is a fight that I think everyone’s going to want to see,” Cerrone said. “It’s like a fighter’s fight, you know? Two old-school boys getting down, I gotta say, my mentality was it doesn’t matter who they give me. I just got my ass whipped, coming off a hard fight, and now I’ve got another one. It’s good, man. It’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”

With 45 career finishes between the two of them, Cerrone knows the duo has a reputation to live up to, but he’s not sweating it.

“I don’t think you have to gas this up, Cerrone said. “We’re already full tanks, man. You know, Robbie’s old school. He’s been around forever, so have I. Someone’s going to lose, but I don’t think Robbie looks like at it like and neither do I. …

“I’m going to fight, fight one of the best brawlers in the standup, f*cking throw down and put on a show,” Cerrone added later. “This fight’s for me. This is what I love, there’s no place I’d rather be than in that motherf**ker. And then throwing down with one of the greatest? C’mon. I’m loving it, every minute of it.”

Your ordinary fighter might feel intense pressure coming into the Lawler fight. Cerrone’s had 70 pro fights between MMA and kickboxing, is 34, coming off a loss, and already had a title shot. A win over Lawler could put him right back into the mix.

But Cerrone says that if it ever was his motivation, it isn’t now.

“Some people are like born, and their sole purpose is they love the belt, that’s their mission in life,” he said. “Me? I enjoy having fun and doing what I love. Fighting is just something I do, man, it’s not who I am. It doesn’t complete me. So the end of the day if I get the belt, f*cking great. If I don’t, I had such a good run and I love it. There’s literally no place I’d rather be July 8 then in the fucking ring throwing down. I love it. It’s my passion. So for me, it’s the highest pinnacle of my life, It’s my passion, doing what I love every f*cking day. People are like, Cowboy, you should probably quit drinking, you should probably quit partying. I’m like no, f*ck you all, I’m doing it my way. This is what I want to do.”

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Dan Hardy declines Mickey Gall’s callout – ‘I don’t want to beat up a kid that I enjoy watching’

After submitting Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 22 inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., (watch highlights here), Mickey Gall continued his tradition of immediately calling out his next opponent. This time around, Gall asked for a bout against former Welterweight title challenger, Dan Hardy, in a fight that would be contested at Lightweight. “The Outlaw” had a brief and comical response via social media, but during a recent stop on “The MMA Hour,” Hardy respectfully declined the call-out … while Gall was on the other line listening.

He explains:

“I almost spat my tea out, it was like four in morning and I wasn’t expecting it. I appreciate the call-out and I appreciate the respect that you’ve shown me, but I have never fought anybody with less than eight fights, not even in my first pro fight. We are at different phases in our careers. I’m not looking at knocking off a future contender that I’m possibly going to be commentating for in the future. At the same time, if I was going to fight, I want to fight a veteran. I want to fight someone that has had 20 or 30 fights and has matured in their game and is sure of their fighting style, not one that is still developing. I like to see the development of these young fighters and I don’t want to interfere with that in anyway. I’m 10 years older and we are at different phases in our careers.”

After getting shut down, Gall responded by saying that he respected his decision and still considers the British brawler a legend of the sport before hanging up the phone. Hardy proceeded to say that if he does return, he wants to face a long-time veteran who he can really get motivated for.

“It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t want to beat up a kid that I enjoy watching. There are a lot more older guys out there that have mature in their style and know their capabilities. There are a lot of fighters out there that I would be motivated to fight. And Mickey is a kid, I appreciate where he is in his career, four fights, and he is an exciting future prospect and I don’t want to play a part in the building of his career in any way.”

And that’s that, though Hardy did say he wouldn’t be opposed to a grappling match with the young up-and-comer down the road. Of course, Hardy’s still unsure that he will even return to the cage anytime soon, as he has one final test to go through in January to see if he is able to sustain the rigors of a training camp and a fight after he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome back in 2013.

But, just a few months ago, “The Outlaw” teased an MMA comeback, declaring that if and when he does return, he’ll be doing it at 155 pounds. It’s a division filled with plenty of battle-tested veterans who can clearly fit “The Outlaw” criteria of a motivating challenge.

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