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UFC Negotiates New PPV Split Worth $60+ Million A Year

The UFC just got a little more profitable.

It makes sense that cable companies make their money off pay-per-view by taking a cut of the sales, but you might be surprised to know how big of a cut they get. Up until recently, the UFC has had to split revenue with the big providers 50/50. But according to the Sports Business Journal, they’ve just renegotiated that number to a much more reasonable 70/30 split in favor of the fight promotion.

How’d this all come about? It’s due to the UFC’s status as one of the last companies standing in the pay-per-view market. Porn is everywhere on the internet. The WWE switched to their own subscription network. And major boxing pay-per-views are happening less and less often, especially with new streaming networks like DAZN snapping up rights.

In a detailed breakdown on MMAFighting.com, PPV insider Dave Meltzer broke down the numbers and estimated the UFC should pull in around $ 65 million extra a year based on current PPV figures. That’s money that goes right into the UFC’s pocket, as the few fighters who receive a cut of PPV sales make a set price per unit sold.

That’s not an insignificant sum. Let’s compare it to the UFC’s new broadcast deal which sees ESPN pay UFC $ 1.5 billion over 5 years. Keep in mind the UFC has to produce 30 events a year for that money. Over that same 5 year period, the UFC could take in $ 325 million off this one simple change, with no extra work or expense involved.

Chalk that up as another win for UFC parent company Endeavor. And as another sign that UFC fighters really, really, really need to unionize in order to get themselves a piece of this action.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Stephen Thompson Eyeing Fight With Robbie Lawler Early Next Year

Fans will have to wait to see the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division after the champ Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his fight with Colby Covington due to a thumb injury he suffered in his win over Darren Till. However, there could be another high profile welterweight bout joining them in early 2019 between former champion and knockout artist Robbie Lawler and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
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Re-live 2017’s ‘Fight of the Year’ Ahead Of UFC ‘Lincoln!’

Before Justin Gaethje attempts to get back into the win column when he takes on James Vick in UFC Fight Night 135’s FOX Sports 1-televised main event this Saturday night (Aug. 25, 2018) in Lincoln, Neb., let’s take a look back at his explosive Octagon debut.

Back in July 2017, Gaethje stepped into the eight-walled cage for the very first time after spending the majority of his combat career fighting for World Series of Fighting (WSOF). And he wasn’t given a warm-up fight, either, when he was matched up opposite long-time veteran, Michael Johnson, in the headlining bout of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What ensued was an all out barn-burner, as Gaethje and Johnson wasted no time exchanging haymakers, with “The Menace” connecting early on. In true “Highlight” form, Gaethje took it on the chin and kept pushing forward. In doing so, he clipped Johnson with a few solid strikes to let him know he wasn’t going to back down an inch.

And he let him hear about it throughout the fight, too.

Still, Johnson didn’t back down, either, calling for Gaethje to come in after each strike, which only encouraged “Highlight” to do what he does best: Stand and bang. In the closing seconds of round one, Johnson rocked Gaethje with a huge right hand and proceeded to follow up with haymakers in an attempt to end the fight. Instead, the round came to an end and Gaethje survived.

In round two, though, Gaethje proved to be too much for Johnson, as his relentless pace was simply more than “The Menace” could handle, as he was visibly exhausted. After Gaethje connected with a flying knee, he proceed to pound out his foe on the feet to ultimately force a referee stoppage … and ultimately earn 2017’s “Fight of the Year” honors from us fine folks at MMAmania.com.

While his Octagon debut was impressive, Gaethje went on to drop his next two outings against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Now, he faces the up-and-coming James Vick in a crucial bout for both men.

To get up-to-speed with the latest UFC Fight Night 135 fight card click here.

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UFC on Fox 29 Salaries: Dustin Poirier Earns Event-High $170K in ‘Fight of the Year’ Contender

Dustin Poirier earned every bit of his salary against Justin Gaethje in the
UFC on Fox 29 headliner.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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