February 28, 2017
Bellator 173 on Friday night on Spike TV drew 557,000 viewers per Sports TV Ratings. The event also drew 237,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.
The event featured Liam McGeary and Brett McDermott with McGeary taking the decision in the light heavyweight matchup. The event took place in Belfast, Northern Island.
The rating is the lowest since Bellator 168.
It wasn’t the best event and did not receive a back-to-back week boost from last week’s Bellator event. The Bellator viewer average for 2017 sits at 865,000 viewers.
February 27, 2017
Attorneys for Golden Boy Promotions have filed a Notice of Appeal and Representation Statement to appeal the Court Order dismissing its antitrust lawsuit against Al Haymon and his various entities
The deadline to appeal the decision was Monday and they just met it. This could mean that Golden Boy is ready to take it to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals or determine whether there is a possible settlement. Based on the opinion, Golden Boy has some hurdles to overcome to persuade an appellate court to find fault in the judicial opinion dismissing the case.
February 26, 2017
PBC on Fox drew 1.76 million viewers Saturday night per Sports TV Ratings. It finished third out of three sports on the networks on Saturday night.
The NHL on NBC drew 2.02 million viewers and the NBA on ABC drew 2.34 million viewers Saturday night. ABC drew the most in the adult 18-49 demo on Saturday night as it featured the Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers in prime time.
The PBC event featured Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington. It drew a 0.5 in the adult 18-49 demo and a 2 share for its 2 hour time block. Wilder KO’d Washington.
Last January, PBC on Fox drew 2.24 million viewers and finished behind Bulls-Cavs on ABC and US Figure Skating on NBC.
PBC on Fox this past July drew 1.45 million viewers.
A rough night for PBC but it does improve from July’s showing. PBC went up against two other sporting events on the networks and finished third. Notably, UFC on Fox is doing much better than PBC events which have yet to catch on.
February 25, 2017
UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante was issued a retroactive therapeutic use exemption by USADA which clears him of a potential anti-doping violation.
Via USADA release:
Villante, 31, declared the use of a Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol) inhaler during an out-of-competition urine test conducted on January 18, 2017, and subsequently tested positive for vilanterol. Vilanterol is a prohibited substance in the category of Beta-2 Agonists and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Following his disclosure, USADA advised Villante that absent a valid TUE, the use of the inhaler was prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Thereafter, Villante submitted a TUE application documenting that his physician prescribed a 14-day course of the inhaler to treat conditions associated with airflow restriction and asthma.
Notably, the same day that Villante was granted the TUE exemption, Tom Lawlor, who beat Villante, agreed to a two-year suspension.
Villante’s reasons for the retroactive TUE is the purpose of the retroactive exemption. From the story, it sounds as though he did what he was supposed to do in declaring the use of the prohibited substance and followed up with the physician prescription and application for the retroactive TUE. Obviously, the best practice may have been to contact USADA ahead of time for the exemption rather than apply retroactively.
February 25, 2017
UFC’s Tom Lawlor has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after a positive out-of-competition test for the banned substance ostarine. Lawlor will be out until October 10, 2018.
The out of competition test took place on October 10, 2016.
Lawlor, 33, did not make a formal attempt to appeal the flagged test which put him on provisional suspension.
Via the USADA release:
Ostarine, also known as MK-2866 and Enobosarm, is a non-FDA approved selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) which is illegally sold in the United States and globally as a performance-enhancing substance. Ostarine is not currently available as a prescription medication in any country, and its unauthorized use may carry serious side effects. Nonetheless, ostarine has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements sold in the United States, which has prompted the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warning letters to specific dietary supplement manufacturers stating that ostarine is an unapproved new drug and that selling the drug is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
Lawlor responded to the two year suspension on twitter with his lab results:
Anyone that knows how to analyze lab results, go ahead and have some fun=) Career ending levels of ostarine! pic.twitter.com/JgIH8qONLb
— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) February 25, 2017
It’s a tough suspension for the popular 33-year-old although it seems that he may be embarking on a pro wrestling career. Without a formal appeal, it might seem that despite the levels found in his test were low, the probability of a successful appeal was as low.
February 24, 2017
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports that the Showtime Boxing event Saturday night featuring Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados drew 779,000 viewers making it the best event on the network since the Deontay Wilder-Bermane Stiverne fight in January 2015.
The event was held during Showtime’s free preview weekend although the free users are not included in the calculation, just the paid network subscribers.
The event also broadcast on twitter.
The fight peaked at 859,000 viewers.
A good showing by Showtime. Broner is coming back after nearly a year away from boxing and I wouldn’t consider him a big draw. Still, the event was the highest-rated event since 2015. Hopefully, this bodes well for the network as it ramps up for the big fight on March 4th with Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on sister network CBS. The following week Showtime will headline a boxing event with Clarissa Shields.
February 23, 2017
Bellator 172 this past Saturday on Spike TV drew 873,000 viewers in DVR +3 ratings per Nielsen. The event peaked at 1.2 million viewers.
This past Saturday featured Patricky Freire and Josh Thomson as the original main event was scrapped due to an injury to Matt Mitrione.
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February 23, 2017
On Wednesday, Bellator filed a Motion to Quash a Subpoena served on it by the UFC in its antitrust lawsuit filed in Nevada. MMA Payout has obtained the documents related to the motion to quash.
Bellator is not a party to the lawsuit. There is no date set for the hearing. Since the pleading was filed in California, it’s not known at this point whether Zuffa will make Bellator file in Nevada or make an appearance in California.
The motion essentially is a court order relieving Bellator of its duties under the UFC-issued subpoena.
The requests are outlined by Bellator in its motion. It made attempts to compromise by providing certain information but the UFC would not do it.
The filing includes a Declaration of Scott Coker. In the 8 page Declaration he states that the reasons why Bellator cannot provide the requested information to Zuffa.
Notably, he states that providing athlete contract information, competitors would be able to anticipate Bellator’s recruitment strategies. Also, “[d]isclosure of Bellator’s fighter contracts to the Plaintiffs…and to other MMA athletes would place Bellator at a grave competitive disadvantage in its negotiations with athletes. With comprehensive knowledge of Bellator’s existing deals, price points, negotiating tactics, and business development priorities, athletes and their management would have more leverage to drive their own desired deal terms and precipitate disputes among athletes already under contract.”
This is the general dealing in discovery fights. The subpoena request is broad, the one producing the documents wants to limit, while the requester always wants more information. The Motion to Quash is the relief that Bellator has to avoid the subpoena in order to not be in violation. From Bellator’s perspective, it does not want to release the information as the UFC and other competing organizations can use it in the future. MMA Payout will keep you posted.
February 22, 2017
Bellator has sued Zuffa in federal court in California to prevent the UFC from obtaining key financial and contract information on fighters in its possession. The Viacom-owned company is seeking to quash the subpoenas served by the UFC to obtain information that is part of the antitrust lawsuit it is involved with former fighters.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District for the Central District of California. The antitrust lawsuit’s current venue is in Nevada federal court.
Bellator claims that it has already “produced in excess of two thousand pages of responsive documents” related to the lawsuit. It argues that the UFC’s request for additional information seeks confidential information, seek trade secret and other sensitive information.
This was an obvious result from the discovery in this lawsuit. It was clear that the UFC or Plaintiffs would request information on contracts and finances from its biggest competitor. It was also clear that Bellator would not provide this information. It does appear that Bellator has complied to a certain extent. The UFC will likely say that some (maybe most) of the information provided by Bellator was irrelevant and a document dump and it has not provided the information provided in its subpoena requests. With Bellator intervening, the process for the Le plaintiffs to go to trial will take much longer due to the fight over documents.
MMA Payout will have more in the next day.
February 22, 2017
MMA Fighting reports the payouts from Bellator 172 this past Saturday night. The salaries were released by the California State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Fighting:
- Patricky Freire ($40,000 + $40,000 = $80,000) def. Josh Thomson ($10,000)
- Cheick Kongo ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Oli Thompson ($25,000)
- Anatoly Tokov ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Francisco France($12,000)
- Veta Arteaga ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($8,000)
- Mauricio Alonso ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($75,000)
- James Terry ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. J.C. Llamas ($2,500)
- Nikko Jackson ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Cesar Gonzalez ($1,000)
- Juan Cardenas ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Luis Vargas ($1,000)
- Bobby Escalanate ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Anthony Do ($1,500)
- Jeremy Murphy ($1,200 + $1,200 = $2,400) def. Matt Ramirez ($1,800)
- J.J. Okanaovich ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Zach Andrews ($1,500)
- Justin Tenedora ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Roque Reyes ($1,000)
- Martin Sano ($2,000) vs. Diego Herzog ($2,500) ruled majority draw
- Gaston Bolanos ($4,000 + no win bonus = $4,000) def. Abner Perez ($1,000)
- Abraham Vaesau ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Dominic Sumner ($1,000)
Freire, Kongo and Koscheck were the big money earners with each making at least $75,000. Freire earned $80,000 with his win bonus. Notably, no one else made over $20,000. One has to think that Fedor and Mitrione would have also made over $75,000 with Fedor likely making the most for the night. One has to think that Koscheck’s pay might not be commensurate with his skill at this stage in his career.