MMAterial Facts 07/23/10: THQ Blames Competitor For Poor UFC Undisputed Sales

July 23, 2010

– THQ Blames Poor UFC Sales on Red Dead Redemption

– The Lights Are on and Lesnar’s Home

– World Title Muay Thai Fights to Broadcast on G4  on July 23rd

– Pound for Pound: Another Banner Year for UFC?

– CAMO Launches California State Tournament for Amateurs

THQ Blames Poor UFC Sales on Red Dead Redemption

In an interview with MCV, THQ’s UK marketing director had the following to say:  “Our sales were softer than where we would have liked them to be,” Rooke told MCV. “We know our UFC and MMA fans have bought it, but we haven’t delivered the broader sales yet. That’s largely down to Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar have probably taken a fair amount of our market share. They shipped 5m units, taking a lot of consumer dollars.” (PastaPadre)

The Lights Are on and Lesnar’s Home

James ‘Lights Out’ Toney was once known as a hard-nosed, rugged, relentless and merciless world champion boxer, a liquid stylist capable of making opponents miss punches by millimeters and then immediately pay for their inadequacies.  (Huffington Post)

World Title Muay Thai Fights to Broadcast on G4  on July 23rd

RISARC PRODUCTIONS and the Champions of Champions Elite fight series are positioned to take Muay Thai to new heights. Starting with the much anticipated premiere of the show on July 23rd at 8pm on G4, a new generation of fight fans are anticipated to join the established base ringside. Champions of Champions Elite look forward to presenting the true sport of Muay Thai to a waiting American audience. The series will introduce some of the most respected and revered fighters ever brought together in a series of championship fights. (PRESS RELEASE)

Pound for Pound: Another Banner Year for UFC?

The haters didn’t miss the opportunity late last year to gleefully point out the UFC’s slumping pay-per-view buy rates.
After setting a high watermark with its gala UFC 100 show last July, America’s largest mixed martial arts promotion limped down the stretch into 2010. Numbers were down, great fights few and far between and with the bankable stars of its early-decade rise to prominence starting to get a little long in the tooth, the critics pounced. (Crave Online)

CAMO Launches California State Tournament for Amateurs

The California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization Inc. on Thursday unveiled plans for a statewide single-elimination tournament that will culminate with a series of state championship bouts on Dec. 4.

Open to all qualified CAMO fighters, the tournament will encompass 37 events over a three-month period and will crown amateur champions across eight weight classes. Open registration begins on Aug. 7 through the CAMO Web site (www.camo-mma.org), and brackets will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  (Sherdog)

VIDEO OF THE DAY

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Coker on putting an MMA show in Russia: “There is possibility of that. I know they have a big event they’d like to throw in Russia. They’d like to feature Fedor. It’s a big political summit [in the fall] and they want to showcase Fedor as the athlete in Russia. There’s ongoing dialogue about that. “Being good partners, if [M-1] wanted to do it, we’d do it.” (Josh Gross, Sports Illustrated)

QUICK HITS

  • Local fighters are part of Strikeforce card Friday in Everett (Seattle Times)
  • Strikeforce martial arts combat comes to Comcast Arena tonight (HeraldNet)
  • MMA superstar Emelianenko hands out awards at Moscow M1 Selection (RT)
  • UFC continues anti-piracy campaign, subpoenas Justin.tv and Ustream.tv (MMAJunkie)
  • Gerald Harris steps in for injured Jorge Rivera, faces Alessio Sakara at UFC 118 (MMAJunkie)
  • Strikeforce’s Roxanne Modafferi “riding the wave” (MMAJunkie)
  • With no opponent available, Thiago Tavares pulled from UFC  fight card (MMAJunkie)
  • Fighters on Weight for Strikeforce Challengers 9 (Sherdog)
  • Werdum vs. Anderson: The Paintball Diaries (Sherdog)
  • Building a Road to the Future for Japanese MMA (MMAFighting)
  • Strikeforce Set to Meet With Fedor’s Reps (MMAFighting)
  • VANCOUVER ON UFC’S 2011 RADAR DESPITE CHANGES (MMAWeekly)
  • ALVES’ BRAIN ANOMALY WAS WITH HIM SINCE BIRTH (MMAWeekly)
  • Gerald Harris Replaces Rivera, Takes On Sakara At UFC 118 (Heavy)
  • For Brian Stann, It’s About The Journey (Heavy)

TV LISTINGS

  • HDNet Fights Vault: 2009 World GP Final HL’s at 8:00 PM ET on HDNet (07/23/10)
  • Fighting Words with Mike Straka (Frankie Edgar) at 8:30 PM ET on HDNet (07/23/10)
  • Inside MMA at 9 PM ET on HDNet (07/23/10)
  • HDNet Fights: K-1 World MAX 2010 at 10 PM ET on HDNet (07/23/10)
  • Strikeforce Challengers: Del Rosario vs Mahe at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime (07/23/10)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Strikeforce Challengers: Del Rosario vs Mahe at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime(07/23/10)
  • HDNet Fights: K-1 World Max 2010 Final 10 PM ET on HDNet (07/23/10)
  • HDNet Fights: K-1 World GP 2010 at 10 PM ET on HDNet (07/30/10)
  • UFC on Versus 2 : Jones vs Matyushenko at 10 PM ET on Versus (08/01/10)
  • UFC 117 : Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen at 10 PM ET on PPV (08/7/10)
  • Bellator 24: Lombard vs Goodman on FSN (08/12/10)
  • Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs Taylor 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime (08/13/10)
  • HDNet Fights: KOTC: Imminent Danger at 9 PM ET on HDNet (08/13/10)
  • WEC 50: Cruz vs Benavidez at 9 PM ET on Versus (08/18/10)
  • Bellator 25 on FSN (08/19/10)
  • Strikeforce: King Mo vs Rafael Feijao at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime (08/21/10)
  • Bellator 26 on FSN (08/26/10)
  • HDNet Fights: Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 on HDNet (08/27/10)
  • UFC 118: Edgar vs Penn 2 at 10 PM ET on PPV (08/28/10)
  • Bellator 26 on FSN (09/2/10)
  • UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Belcher at 9 PM ET on SPIKE TV (09/15/10)
  • UFC 119 : Minotauro Nogueira vs Frank Mir 2 at 10 PM ET on PPV (09/25/10)

5 Responses to “MMAterial Facts 07/23/10: THQ Blames Competitor For Poor UFC Undisputed Sales”

  1. larsenator on July 24th, 2010 5:17 AM

    URGH. Mentioning RISARC inbetween the MMA news makes me think you are not aware of their previous (two) events from Jamaica (Champions of Champions I and II) which were streamed in extremely poor quality hence NO happy customers (nobody could watch the event from start to finish!!!!!).
    RISARC later came out and posted some nonsense on a forum about a return policy but using the website and form which they instructed us to do DID NOT WORK hence NOBODY got their money back.

    Now they are trying to make even more money by showing the fights again; creating awareness for their next show etc.

    I know most people involved and was contacted by the match maker with the promise that I was going to do the English PPV commentary so I gladly handed out a lot of my manager’s contacts to the match maker only to never be contaced (or thanked) again and THe Voice did the commentary (HORRIBLE commentator).

    Yes it is personal BUT I know that 99.9 % of the Muaythai community globally dislikes this promotion to put it mildly!

  2. Jose Mendoza on July 24th, 2010 7:52 PM

    larsenator:

    Thanks for bringing that up, it completely slipped my mind. The real focus of the story was that G4, a pretty well known channel amongst the MMA demographic, was showing Muay Thai and tying in MMA in their press release. It got some people talking here in the states, but to tell you the truth, not many people here are exposed to Muay Thai matches so there won’t be many who know what happened with RISARC. The Kickboxing we are exposed to here is K-1 and that was just recently due to HDNet, though not many people have that channel.

    Thanks for bringing it up,
    Jose

  3. larsenator on July 25th, 2010 2:13 PM

    NO problemo buddy! And thanks for covering a bit of Muaythai. 🙂

  4. Jose Mendoza on July 26th, 2010 1:15 PM

    larsenator:

    I may work on a follow up story on the whole RISARC issue 😉

  5. larsenator on July 26th, 2010 11:31 PM

    😀 😀

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