UFC Pay-per-view Revenue Up, Buys Flat; UK Expansion Turns Profitable
On Friday S&P released its latest credit rating assessment for Zuffa, parent company of the UFC. The headline was a change from negative to stable in the company’s rating outlooking with its BB- rating affirmed. However, beyond the headline, the report contains a valuable glimpse into the current industry environment and the financial standing of the company.
According to the report, “overall pay-per-view (PPV) revenues, which represent nearly 75% of total revenues, have trended up in recent quarters, albeit largely due to an increase in the number of events, higher pricing, and more favorable contract terms, rather than an increase in the number of buys.”
Fight Biz Quote: Tom Atencio
–Affliction VP Tom Atencio, speaking to Gary Herman of 15rounds.com
The Strikeforce pairing would certainly be an intriguing one. Strikeforce currently has a deal with NBC and is rumored to be in negotiations to do a live event with the network. For Strikeforce, partnering with Affliction would certainly boost the star-power they could put on display if they are able to put on a live show for the Peacock. For Affliction, a deal that got them on network TV would boost the profile of their Affliction brand in general and also increase the visibility of their fighters. The deal would also serve as a way to hype up their next PPV offering.
UFC 90: Silva vs Okami
According to Wikipedia, Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Yushin Okami at UFC 90 on October 25th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
I don't know how accurate this is, but I figured I'd post it.
*MMATraining Affliction Write up (Funny + Pics)
These guys did a write up that had me laughing pretty hard plus a bunch of pics.
Check it out here
This made me laugh:
1. Megadeath. I mean really ugly. These guys sucked in the 80’s and it turns out they continue to suck. That being said, the crowd seemed in to it… until they realized it really was Megadeath.
UFC Fight Night 14 medical suspension and injuries from NSAC
ames Irvin – “The Sandman” is suspended until September 3 with a right cheek laceration and there in no contact allowed until August 19.
Hermes Franca – The charismatic Brazilian fighter is suspended until August 19 and there is no contact allowed until August 10.
Frank Edgar – “The Answer” is suspended until August 19 with a chin laceration and there is no contact allowed until August 10.
Jake O’Brien – “Irish” is suspended until September 3 and there is no contact allowed until August 19.
Cain Velasquez – The up-and-comer must have a meniscal/ligament tear in his knee cleared by an orthopedic doctor or no contest until January 7, 2009. His minimum suspension will last until August 9 and there is no contact allowed until August 10.
Anthony Johnson — “Rumble” must have Johnson must have a right eye conjunctiva laceration cleared by an ophthalmologist before he can return to action. His minimum suspension and no contest will last until August 19 and there is no contact until August 10.
Vitor Belfort KO’d Terry Martin with a Broken Hand
When Vitor Belfort knocked out Terry Martin at Affliction: Banned (see above video, in case you didn’t get the FSN broadcast), it was hard not to think that “The Phenom” was back. But what we didn’t know was that he did it with a broken hand. As he told the Xtreme Couture blog, he basically fought the whole bout that way:
XC: When did you break your hand?
Vitor: The first punch I threw. It was a straight left. I knew right away it broke. But I had to keep going. I couldn’t throw my combinations I had worked on. Coach Tompkins was yelling at me to throw my combos. At the end of the first round I went back to the corner and Tompkins was yelling at me, “Why don’t you throw your combos?” I said, “My hand is broken”. He said, “Ok” and Randy said, “Just go first. Go for it and finish the fight”.
I said to myself, “Ok, I’ll do that”. It was great chemistry in the corner. I went out and I did what they said. I was looking to land a big shot and get it over with. It’s my left hand, which is my power hand. I went out and threw the kick at Terry. When he caught my kick I let him take me down so I could soften him up with the elbows. I knew I could get back to my feet when I needed to. Then I set him up for the knee. After that I was able to pick his head up with the uppercut and end it with the straight left.
Couture: ''Contractual Status Could Be Sorted This Week''
Current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture had indicated that a court is expected to rule on the status of an emergency stay filed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He added that if he wins his appeal, the decision on his contractual status will revert to a Texas court and that a declaration of his status would be made soon after.
Couture revealed the news in a new interview with Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com.
UFN 14 Fighter Payouts Revealed
The UFN 14 fighter payouts have now been revealed by the NSAC. The total disclosed payouts were $623,000 with the lion's share-$400,000-split evenly between Anderson Silva & Brandon Vera.
Tim Sylvia On Fedor: "I've never been hit that hard."
Fedor Emelianenko looked absolutely dominant in his performance against Tim Sylvia. The popular Russian fighter no doubt re-secured his position at the top of the worlds pound-for-pound rankings making quick work of one of the best fighters in the world.
"I was very pleased with my performance,” said Fedor after the fight. "Everything I wanted to do, I was able to do. I was prepared to stand up, but I knew I had a better chance to end it on the ground.”
Joe Riggs fighting just to fight
For some fighters, rebounding from a loss can prove to be a difficult proposition. For Joe Riggs (27-10 MMA), just getting a fight to put himself on that comeback trail has proved to be an even bigger challenge.
The Arizona native, who has seen his last five scheduled bouts fall apart, discussed his frustration about not being able to "provide for his family" while a recent in-studio guest of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Riggs most recent challenge was being denied licensure for a scheduled bout on the undercard of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" after admitting to taking the prescription pain medication Tramadol, which the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) classifies as a blood thinner.
Anthony Johnson responds to Kevin Burns eye poke at UFC Fight Night 14
“They didn’t say nothing [about why the fight wasn’t ruled a no contest]. Nobody has given me an excuse. The only thing I’ve heard from fans and even the staff of UFC was that it’s bullshit…. All I know I turned around and I was screaming. Honestly, his finger went in my eye. It hurt like hell. I’ve never had that happen before, not that deep at least.”
Anthony Johnson talks about the technical knockout loss to Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last night. “Rumble” received an accidental finger in the eye in the third round, which caused him to crash to the floor in agony. The referee thought he was dropped because of an uppercut (which grazed him) and waived off the fight. It was controversial; however, the officials don’t have the benefit of instant replay. And Johnson’s reaction to the eye poke made it appear that he was hurt with a punch and not a finger. Regardless, both fighters were classy after the bout. Perhaps we will see a rematch down the road sometime soon.
MMA Quick Quote: Is Fedor next fight against Randy Couture?
“I was very pleased with my performance [against Tim Sylvia]. Everything I wanted to do I was able to do…. Yeah I was hoping I would end the fight then (first time he took Sylvia to the mat). I was prepared to fight standing up, but I knew I had a better chance to end it on the ground…. You never know how short or long the fight will be, but I just wanted to end it as quickly as possible. I just wanted to show the fans my skills…. I was very pleasantly impressed by how many people came out and I hope to come back soon…. I would be very honored to fight Randy Couture.”
EDDIE ALVAREZ WANTS TO PUSH INTO TOP 10
Eddie Alvarez attempts to break into the lightweight division Top 10 on July 21 as he vies for the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix title. He will have to fight twice that evening in order to become the victor, but that doesn’t seem to bother him.
Alvarez recently appeared on MMAWeekly Radio and explained his thoughts and preparations for his semi-final match against Tatsuya Kawajiri.
“I've been busting my ass and it's finally here,” said an elated Alvarez.