MMA in the U.S. Is Far from Its Peak

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MMAcca
6/5/08 1:02:30AM
By way of Leland Roling of MMA Analyst I found Dave Meltzer's list of the top 10 most viewed MMA fights in Japan -- all of which had more viewers than Kimbo/Thompson. Here's the list:

1. Akebono vs. Sapp (K-1 2003): 42.5 rating, 54 million viewers
2. Masato vs. Kid Yamamoto (K-1 2004): 31.5 rating
3. Lebanner vs. Sapp (K-1 2004): 28.6 rating
4. Ologun vs. Abidi (K-1 2004): 28.1 rating
5. Kaneko vs. Bennett (PRIDE 2005): 27.7 rating
6. Rulon Gardner vs. Yoshida (K-1 2004): 25.9 rating
7. Ologun vs. Akebono (K-1 2005): 25.8 rating
8. Yoshida vs. Ogawa (PRIDE 2005): 25.5 rating
9. Sakuraba vs. Akiyama (K-1 2006): 25.0 rating
10. Kid Yamamoto vs. Majoros (K-1 2006): 25.0 rating




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mrsmiley
6/5/08 7:01:56AM
MMA in Japan has always been bigger than it is in america.I'm mean a crowd of 20,000 was considered a bad turnout for a PRIDE event.That's a crazy amount of people!
AchillesHeel
6/5/08 11:02:28AM

Posted by mrsmiley

MMA in Japan has always been bigger than it is in america.I'm mean a crowd of 20,000 was considered a bad turnout for a PRIDE event.That's a crazy amount of people!


Wikipedia says that the Saitama Super Arena seats 22,500 for most sports events. By comparison, Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center seat less than 20,000 for basketball games.
thatfedorsohotrightnow
6/5/08 12:09:57PM
But fans that aren't casual American fans don't matter, didn't you hear? Thats why Zuffa paid 65 million for Pride. Just like Dream and Sengoku are no threat to UFC and will never have good fighters. They will go bankrupt with out selling PPV's in USA.
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