Updated GGG-Jacobs PPV buy rate now at 170K PPV buys

March 25, 2017

Yahoo! Sports reports the update PPV buys of Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs drew 170,000 PPV buys.  The buy rate was confirmed by Tom Loeffler.

The initial estimate of the PPV ranged from 130,00 to 150,000 PPV buys.  Loeffler indicated that GGG’s 2015 PPV against David Lemieux drew 153,000 buys.

Payout Perspective:

The additional buys are spun as an improvement and due to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  The improvement shows that there is a fan base for GGG but not ones that are willing to pay $60-$70 for a PPV.  GGG’s PPV draw may be something that might hurt him going into contract negotiations for a fight with Canelo Alvarez.

Kickboxer’s estate sues Roufusport

March 25, 2017

The Estate of Dennis Munson, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against the Roufus Sport and other entities as a result of his death during an amateur kickboxing event in Milwaukee.  John Diedrich of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the lawsuit and previously wrote about the errors that occurred on the night the amateur kickboxer died.

In addition to Roufus Sport, the estate sued the ring side doctors on hand among others that failed to stop the unregulated amateur fight.  At the time, amateur kickboxing was not covered by the state of Wisconsin – only boxing and MMA.  A law was passed after the unfortunate incident to include kickboxing as a regulated sport in the state.

Since kickboxing was unregulated at the time, the state did not investigate the event.  An investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and the district attorney’s office did not bring criminal charges.

Payout Perspective:

The lawsuit, filed this past week, was likely to occur due to the safety failures surrounding the event.  It’s not clear that regulation would have saved Munson’s life, but there would be a greater likelihood that with safety rules in place, the fight would have been stopped earlier and/or the measures to ensure the medical attention needed might have prevented his death.

After UFC release, Michael McDonald signs with Bellator

March 24, 2017

ESPN reports that Michael McDonald has signed with Bellator.  The Bantamweight was granted his release from the UFC despite having fights left on his contract.  He stated that he felt like he could trust the UFC’s motives.

In an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto earlier this week, he detailed the reasons why he turned down a fight with the UFC.  He has been outspoken about not going into debt to train for a fight.  He stated he needed $10,000 to put on a training camp.

In the interview with Okamoto, McDonald stated that he was making more money woodworking than fighting.  McDonald made approximately $53,000 from his last fight in July 2016.  McDonald stated that he talked to the UFC’s Sean Shelby as to why he could not take a fight.  The negotiations were prolonged and Sean Shelby offered McDonald $10,000 more for win and show (so $20,000 total assuming a win) than his current contract but he’d have to take a fight within two months.  If he could not do so, his salary remained the same.  McDonald, who had not been training, stated that he could not take the fight at that point so there was no real help being given to Mayday.  He eventually received his release.

McDonald now goes to Bellator where you’d think he’ll be a part of the June 2014 card in New York.

Payout Perspective:

The release and immediate signing shows that Bellator is taking advantage of the UFC letting fighters walk or not matching their contracts once they become free agents.  McDonald is only 26 and with a 17-4 pro record can still be heading into his prime as a fighter.  You have to think that McDonald is getting more money to head to Bellator which is good news for the fighter since it sounded like he was just getting by with work.  Certainly, for a fighter, maximizing his earning potential for the short time that you are in the business is important.

Lesnar served in Hunt lawsuit

March 23, 2017

Brock Lesnar has been personally served in the Mark Hunt lawsuit according to court papers filed today.  The UFC heavyweight filed the lawsuit in January in Nevada.

Earlier this week, Hunt’s attorneys filed its opposition brief in the UFC and Dana White’s Motion to Dismiss.  Lesnar had not yet been served according to a footnote in the brief.  The attorneys for Hunt had been working to serve Lesnar but had been unsuccessful.

Proof of Service by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd


Since Lesnar is a Canadian citizen and he was unwilling to accept service voluntarily, Hunt had to serve him pursuant to the protocol of the Hague convention.  While this might sound daunting, it shouldn’t be.

Payout Perspective:

One would have to think that Lesnar join the Motion to Dismiss brought by the UFC and White.  Although this Lesnar’s claims differ from the UFC and White, expect the current WWE star’s attorney to proclaim the lawsuit as without merit.  MMA Payout will have more on this in the coming weeks.

More on Bellator’s debut in New York

March 23, 2017

MMA Junkie reports that Bellator will promote its June PPV separate from Bellator 180, which will be at the same venue on the same night.

The PPV, which is being branded as “Bellator:NYC” is scheduled to be 5 fights which is headlined by Chael Sonnen taking on Wanderlei Silva.  In addition, the rescheduled bout between Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko will serve as the co-main.  Also on the PPV portion will be a lightweight title fight between Brent Primus and Michael Chandler.

Bellator 180 will preceed the PPV fight card at MSG in New York City.  It will be a 2-hour card on Spike TV on Saturday, June 24th.

Payout Perspective:

This won’t confuse anyone.  Essentially, Bellator 180 will serve as a “UFC Prelims-type” show to entice viewers to purchase the PPV.  With the 5 fight PPV card taking shape, one hopes everyone stays healthy and can make the fights.  Also not yet announced, expect newly signed Ryan Bader to make his debut on the PPV or on the Bellator 180 card in addition to Bellator’s top names including King Mo, Rampage Jackson (assuming they are healthy to turnaround that quickly) and Spike TV’s ratings magnet Cheick Kongo.  Notably, Lance Pugmire reports that Lorenz Larkin will face Douglas Lima on the June 24th card.

Hunt lawyers fire back at UFC, White

March 22, 2017

Attorneys for Mark Hunt have filed its opposition to Zuffa’s Motion to Dismiss its lawsuit.  It rejects the motion and provides more information on Hunt’s damages.

A footnote to the opposition brief notes that Brock Lesnar has not accepted service of the lawsuit since he resides in Saskatchewan, Canada and will not accept service.

Taking issue with the UFC’s characterization that Hunt’s lawsuit is speculative at best, Hunt’s attorneys state that the New Zealand heavyweight has actual damages despite the fact that this is not the standard for dismissal in a Motion to Dismiss.  Hunt’s attorneys aregue that the UFC and Dana White are seeking Hunt to prove his claims at this stage of the lawsuit but the standard for a Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment differ.

Among the issues of note in the lengthy response, Hunt’s attorneys note that he is the owner of a clothing brand, Juggernaut, and his loss impacts his brand.  The opposition brief plainly states that losing is bad for business as despite the UFC’s assertions that Hunt’s damages are merely speculative, Hunt’s claims are real.

As another example, Hunt claims that his contract with the UFC has a clause which grants a step up in pay from $850,000 to $1,000,000 in title fights.  Although his contract is lodged as an exhibit to his Complaint, that part of the lawsuit is sealed from the public’s view.

In its conclusion, Hunt’s attorneys request that if a the Court finds in favor of the UFC and White that it have a right to amend its Complaint which may be done pursuant to the court rules.

The hearing is set for May 15, 2017.

Opposition to MTD by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

The opposition goes on to debunk the arguments made by the UFC in its brief.  Reading the section on Hunt’s contract claims, its hard to decipher whether that clause in his contract is based on title fights in which he is a challenger or if he becomes a champion.  Due to its vagueness, it might be the latter.  As for his claim that his brand would be diminished, this may be true.  It also might not be true.  However, as Hunt’s attorneys point out the allegation is concrete enough to survive a Motion to Dismiss.  After discovery, and a Motion for Summary Judgment, that might not be the case.  MMA Payout will keep you posted.

NSAC-McGregor agree to settlement from UFC 202 pre-fight incident

March 22, 2017

Conor McGregor’s punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to his involvement in a pre-UFC 202 news conference has been reduced.  The NSAC approved the settlement on Wednesday.

McGregor is fined $25,000 and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service within six months in addition to paying court costs.  The original punishmen t was $150,000 and 50 hours of community service.

McGregor filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada seeking judicial review of the original punishment.  The lawsuit was the normal means of appealing a ruling from an administrative body.

The commission voted to re-hear McGregor’s case today during the NSAC’s monthly meeting.  McGregor did not appear but was represented by his attorney Jennifer Goldstein.  McGregor had met with NSAC chair Anthony Marnell and NSAC executive director Bob Bennett earlier this month which led to the re-hearings.

In December, Nate Diaz reached a settlement with the NSAC for a $50,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Payout Perspective:

This makes good on a horrible overreach by the commission.  Diaz should also look for a re-hearing on his fine and community service as well.  It also paves the way for clearing McGregor to obtain a boxing license in Nevada for the possibility of a fight with Floyd Mayweather.  This would obviously benefit Nevada if (and that’s a big if) that fight actually happens.

Welterweight receives 2-year ban from USADA

March 22, 2017

UFC welterweight Viscardi Andrade was issued a two-year suspension from USADA after testing positive for stanozolol and its metabolites, 163-hydroxy-stanozol and 3’-hydroxy-stanozol following an out-of-competition test.

Andrade, 33, was a contestant on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter.  He had a 3-1 record in the UFC including a win in his last fight in Brisbane, Australia.

Andrade’s period of ineligibility began on March 20, 2016, a day after his last bout and when the results of his out-of-competition test were discovered.  The flagged test occurred on March 7, 2016.

Via USADA’s announcement:

Andrade’s two-year period of ineligibility began on March 20, 2016, the day after his most recent bout, a victory, at the UFC Fight Night event in Brisbane, Australia, on March 19, 2016. Per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an Anti-Doping Policy Violation occurring during, or in connection with, a bout may, upon the decision of UFC, lead to disqualification of all the athlete’s results obtained in that bout. Here, because Andrade’s violation resulted from a sample collection that occurred prior to his bout, all information surrounding Andrade’s positive test and sanction has been provided to UFC to make the determination concerning his competition results.

Since there is no athletic commission in Australia and the UFC regulates itself there, the UFC will determine whether Andrade’s win will be overturned.

Payout Perspective:

It doesn’t appear that Andrade will appeal this ruling.  Stanozol is an anabolic steroid used in PEDs and is banned from use per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.  The discovery of his out-of-competition test also reveals the continuing issue with the drug policy in that tests prior to a fight are not known until after the fight takes place.  This is an overarching issue that should be addressed.

Haymon attorneys seek close to $35K in legal costs from Golden Boy

March 21, 2017

Al Haymon’s attorneys filed its Bill of Costs with the court in the antitrust lawsuit brought by Golden Boy Boxing.  As the prevailing party at the trial court level, its entitled to its costs which is slightly under $35,000 but they may not see this amount.

Golden Boy filed a Notice of Appeal to the Federal Circuit Court as the trial court dismissed its lawsuit against Al Haymon in February.  Under Federal Rule 54(d)(1), legal costs (not attorney legal fees) should be allowed to a prevailing party. The costs include almost $30,000 in deposition costs for the lawsuit which lasted a year and a half.

Application for Costs by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

In addition to the legal costs it incurred during the lawsuit, Golden Boy might be hit with $35,000 it will need to pay Haymon.  Of course, even if there was not an appeal, Golden Boy probably would have disputed this amount.  Since it is going to be appealed, Haymon might have the right to recoup this fee plus attorney fees if it wins on appeal.  If the trial court decision is overturned, it will likely see none of this amount.

ARod purchases UFC GYM in Florida, rights to open more

March 21, 2017

Former major league baseball player Alex Rodriguez has purchased a UFC GYM in Kendall, Florida and has acquired the development rights for the creation of more UFC-branded gyms in Miami-Dade County.

Rodriguez, the former Seattle Mariner/Texas Ranger and New York Yankees shortstop/third base man, takes over the only UFC gym in Miami-Dade County.  Technically, the UFC GYMs will be owned by A-ROD Corp. which has Rodriguez as CEO.  There are six UFC GYM locations in Florida and more than 100 fitness centers in the US and Canada according to a report in the Miami Herald.

The UFC Gyms are franchises and anyone with the financial strength and business acumen to open a franchise can apply to open one.  According to the UFC Gym Franchise page, the franchises will look at areas “where there are 100,000 people within a five-mile radius and with a median household income of $50,000-$75,000.

Rodriguez owns gyms in Mexico which are on the high-end and cater to professionals.  The UFC GYM offers affordable memberships starting at $49 per month.

Payout Perspective:

Don’t look for ARod to be leading a cardio kickboxing class at the UFC Gym.  The acquisition is an investment opportunity for Arod and he carved out the region for UFC GYMs.  The fitness industry has shown an increase with it reaching an all-time high in 2015.  Perhaps ARod will follow in the footsteps of Peyton Manning, who owns over 30 Papa John’s Pizza places in the Denver area and accumulate businesses a source of passive income.

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