UFC 163: Payout Perspective
August 4, 2013
Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective. This time we take a look at UFC 163 which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where Jose Aldo defended his Featherweight title against The Korean Zombie, Chan Sun Jung.
Zombie’s shoulder pops out leading to Aldo victory
It would have added to the lore and nickname of KZ if he had actually popped his shoulder back in and continued to fight. But this is reality and Aldo took advantage. Even if the fight continued, Zombie’s confusing decision to stand, literally, in front of Aldo was perplexing. Moreover, his corner’s encouragement that he was doing great was just as confusing. The only times Zombie did well was when he was the Zombie. Moving forward and throwing shots. Aldo was very good and despite the shoulder injury he was heading to a unanimous decision.
With a possible broken foot, the Featherweight division may be stalled unless we see an interim champion. If that’s the case, Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas would be a good matchup. Then again, could we see Anthony Pettis reemerge here?
Phil Davis wins…really
Sure it was controversial, especially in Brazil, but Mr. Wonderful pulled off an upset over hometown favorite Lyoto Machida. Despite the upheaval, it was a close fight and Davis scored takedowns at the end of the rounds to secure a victory. The win keeps Davis relevant in the Light Heavyweight division while is a setback for Machida who was generally upset about the decision.
The announced attendance at the HSBC Arena was 13,873 although it was clear that there were many empty seats. This might have been a reason that the gate number was not released.
Bonuses were $50,000 each and were as follows:
Fight of the Night: Ian McCall-Illiarde Santos
Submission of the Night: Sergio Moraes
KO of the Night: Anthony Perosh
As with the Brazilian events, there were a healthy amount of Brazilian sponsors in the Octagon including Gillette, Head and Shoulders, IntergralMedica, Sky HDTV and TNT Energy Drink. Also, Harley Davidson, SafeAuto Insurance, Corn Nuts (not usually in the Octagon) and Bud Light in the center.
Machida’s main sponsors were Venum and Head and Shoulders. Davis was sponsored by GenOx, a company specializing in the transportation of gases.
Aldo wore Monster head phones to the Octagon and his soccer kit inspired Venum walk-in shirt.
Interesting note that several fight banners including Zombie and Aldo had a black tape over what appeared to be a sponsor at the top of their fight banner. Not sure what happened but its likely that the sponsor did not pay.
Odds and Ends
Brandon Vera f-bombed Brian Stann based on his critique of Phil Davis winning. Vera, a friend and training partner of Davis was taken to task by many posters since many backed Stann as an announcer (and of course he’s a military veteran). Vera on the other hand has not fought in a year and could be facing his last fight in the UFC if he does not beat Ben Rothwell on August 31st.
Uncle Creepy versus John Lineker? Do it.
Not related to UFC 163 except for the fact it was posted on the same day as the PPV. But, if you get denied UFC media credentials, this can happen. Deadspin potshots UFC reminding readers of Chuck Liddell falling asleep during an interview.
“Hands of Stone” John Lineker, “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis…I didn’t realize there was such a love for 1980s pro wrestlers.
Speaking of wrestling, there was a one hour special of this past year’s Wrestlemania on NBC and NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night opposing the PPV.
Don’t expect a big PPV number here. Not even a mediocre number. With another PPV at the end of the month and a world tour promoting the rest of the PPVs for 2013, this was a PPV most skipped. Add the fact that lower weight classes do not do well on PPV and this was a Brazil card (lower buy rates). Thus, we will likely see a number around 140,000 which was the buy rate for UFC 147.