UFC Fight Night 111 attendance, gate and bonuses

June 17, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses for UFC Fight Night 111 from Singapore.  The event was a Fight Pass only event taking place early Saturday morning in North America.

Holly Holm, Ulka Sasaki, Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho received the $50,000 bonuses.  Holm and Sasaki earned “Performance of the Night” honors while Jingliang and Camacho won “Fight of the Night.

The event drew 8,414 fans for a live gate of $839,300 ($1,1690,793 Singapore dollars) from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  The last time the UFC was in Singapore was for UFC Fight Night 34.  The event drew 5,216 fans without a reported gate.  The event featured Tarec Saffiedine and also had Max Holloway on the Prelim card.

Payout Perspective:

An impressive performance by Holm with a similar headkick to the one she delivered to Ronda Rousey to end Beth Corriea’s night.  The event did better than last time in Singapore.  It was on par with last week’s event in New Zealand.

The Ratings Buffet for the week ending June 16th

June 16, 2017

Welcome to the second edition of The Ratings Buffet.  This week there was a UFC Fight Night on Spike TV Saturday and a PFC on FS1 event on Sunday night in addition to TUF and various wrestling programs.


UFC Fight Night 110 on FS1:  923,000 viewers

UFC Fight Night 110 Prelims on FS1:  696,000 viewers

UFC Fight Night 110 Post Fight show on FS1: 351,000 viewers


PBC on FS1 Sunday: 374,000 viewers for Brandon Rios-Aaron Herrera


Monday Night Raw

Hour 1: 2.769 million viewers

Hour 2: 2.522 million viewers

Hour 3: 2.335 million viewers

Countdown to Bellator NYC on Spike TV:  200,000 viewers

24/7 Ward/Kovalev 2 on HBO: 153,000 viewers


SmackDown: 2.072 million viewers on USA


TUF 25 Episode 9: 422,000 viewers

Lucha Underground: 123,000 viewers for the first showing at 8pm and 51,000 for the immediate replay at 9pm


Impact Wresting on PopTV 327,000 viewers

TUF 25 Episode 9 draws 422,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night

June 16, 2017

TUF 25 Episode 9 drew 422,000 viewers on FS1 Wednesday night per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It’s the biggest ratings of the season.

The fight of the night featured Dhiego Lima and Gilbert Smith with Lima earning the victory and moving on.

The event drew 0.16 in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.  Per ShowBuzz Daily, an episode of House Hunters on HGTV drew 1.78 million viewers during the same time slot.

The episode was the highest rated episode for TUF since episode 7 for TUF 24 last season.

Payout Perspective:

No rhyme or reason why Wednesday’s episode drew so well.  Perhaps a lull in the schedule as The Finals and Stanley Cup ended.  Good news for TUF as they try to manage some buzz before the TUF Finale.

Show Money Episode 17 addresses Mayweather-McGregor fight

June 16, 2017

Show Money Episode 17 is back for the second time this week talking Mayweather-McGregor.  I join John and Paul to discuss the Mayweather-McGregor announcement.

Court issues Order on UFC Subpoena to Bellator

June 15, 2017

The Court in the UFC Antitrust case has issued its order with respect to the June 1, 2017 hearing.

Plaintiffs and Defendants submitted Proposed Orders but the Court decided to draft its own version.  Officially, the Court denied Bellator’s Motion to Quash the UFC Subpoena and the UFC’s Motion to Compel Documents but granted Bellator’s Motion to Modify the Subpoenas.

The Court ordered that Bellator will have until July 5, 2017 to produce the documents identified in the order and “all documents responsive to the subpoenas served by both parties on which agreements were reached during the meet and confer process.”

Notably, the Court requires that Bellator produce the following documents:

  1. A random sample of at least 20 percent of fighters under contract with Bellator between January 1, 2010 and the present. This will include any “amendments, modifications, side letters, or extensions that may exist with respect to any contract that is produced…”
  2. Bellator will produced “Anonymized contracts” with a unique identifier although identifying information “may be redacted.”
  3. The contracts “shall include the fighter’s gender, weight class, number of fights during term of agreements and any compensation to be paid.
  4. The Court limited and modified Bellator’s request for production to the following
    1. A list of all MMA events it promoted or co-promoted from January 1, 2010 through the present.
    2. An unaudited profit and loss statement through the quarter ending March 31, 2017 which will include Revenue, Expenses, Operating Income and Net Income.

Order on Motion to Quash and Motion to Compel 06.13.17 by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

Despite the Court clarifying the order, expect the parties and Bellator to squabble over the turning over of the documents.  For Bellator, the production of documents is bad, but it could have been worse.  Still, this is an additional expense for the company as it will need to look at all of the documents, determine responsiveness and redact identifiable information and then produce them.  The unaudited profit and loss statement through March 31, 2017 seems to be the hardest business item the company must give up since the UFC and Plaintiffs’ attorneys will have a chance to see their raw data.

Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order issued in UFC Antitrust Case

June 15, 2017

On Tuesday of this week, the parties in the Zuffa Antitrust Lawsuit filed its Discovery Plan and Scheduling Order.  The order is a result of the Motion to Compel and Motion to Quash earlier this month.

The order extends fact discovery to July 31, 2017.  Expert reports and expert deposition will go through the fall of 2017 with all expert reports in by 2017.  Class certification, the motion to determine whether or not the lawsuit will be a class action will commence on January 26, 2018 and the hearing on class certification will occur on the Court’s convenience.

Summary Judgment motions, motions that could dismiss the case, will be due on July 9, 2018.  Opposition to the motions will be due a month later, on August 8, 2018 and Reply Briefs will not be due until a month later, September 17, 2018.

You can expect dispositive motions (Summary Judgment) to occur with both sides filing something either the UFC dismissing all of Plaintiffs’ claims or Plaintiffs filing summary judgment on the UFC’s defense or defenses.  Both sides will likely request oral argument and sometime thereafter there should be a ruling.  Either the Court will grant or deny or issues partial granting or denial of certain issues.

After that, there will likely be a trial in the late fall of 2018 or early 2019.  Of course, recall that it took over a year for Judge Richard Boulware to issue a written opinion.  So, the timeline may be longer dependent on when the Court issues a ruling.  There’s really no hard deadline for the Court to issue an opinion, so this could take some time.

With fact discovery extended until July 31, 2017, it appears that new discovery (i.e., written interrogatories, request for production of documents, etc.) can be served.  Zuffa had argued that Plaintiffs should not have the opportunity to request additional discovery.

Discovery Plan 06.13.17 by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd

Show Money Episode 16 talks DJ controversy

June 15, 2017

Show Money is back. In episode 16, we talk strictly about “company man” Demetrious Johnson’s outburst last week and Dana White’s response.  As always, Paul Gift and John Nash of Bloody Elbow provided the key insight.

The show was taped on Tuesday prior to the Mayweather-McGregor announcement otherwise we would have talked about the event on August 26th.

Report: Mayweather-McGregor set for August 26th at T-Mobile

June 14, 2017

Kevin Iole reports that the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is set to happen on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena MGM Grand Garden Arena T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  The Las Vegas Review Journal has also confirmed the fight.  An official announcement may come as soon as Wednesday.

SECOND UPDATE:  Sorry folks, I was right the first time, it’s the T-Mobile Arena.  Possibly a Mayweather concession since the UFC is one of T-Mobile Arena’s anchor tenants while Mayweather usually fights at the MGM Grand.  TMZ has more of the details including both Mayweather and McGregor likely making over $100M each.  No news on what weight they have agreed upon.

UPDATED:  I guess it is official via Mayweather social media.  Note the “It’s Showtime” reference which means that Mayweather gets his way with the PPV provider.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved a date reserved by Mayweather Promotions for Saturday, August 26, 2017.  The news had Mayweather cancelling the commission review of the date, but that never happened as the commission approved the reservation Wednesday.

With that news, in all likelihood we now have a fight between Mayweather and McGregor.

Payout Perspective:

We will have more news on this as it comes.  But, I am impressed that the sides came to an agreement.  Recall, the prolonged negotiations for Mayweather-Pacquiao.  This happened sort of quickly.  No word on how much PPV will be but expect it to be $100 as both will likely be making over $100 million from the fight.

MMA journalists announce formation of MMAJA

June 14, 2017

A collection of MMA journalists has formed an association calling themselves the “MMAJA” as first reported by SI.  The officers for the MMAJA include writers from MMA Junkie, MMA Fighting, Bleacher Report and The Guardian.

The Board of Directors is comprised of Dann Stupp, Ariel Helwani, Chad Dundas, Marc Raimondi, Ben Fowlkes and Josh Gross.  The goal of the association is to promote a high standard of ethics and professionalism and help navigate working relationships with promoters, fighters and others in the MMA industry.

According to SI article, the thought of an association came out of the UFC 199 incident which Ariel Helwani and two others were ejected by the UFC from the event after a report made by Helwani.

Of course, the other side of the story is that Helwani was being paid by the UFC to cover the company.

According to the web site, MMA journalists are encouraged to join.  There is a fee to join for a one year membership.

Payout Perspective:

This is a good idea as there are these types of associations in other sports like football and baseball.  While it is unknown how much true power the association will yield, collectively coming together and establishing standards is a step toward more of a professional appearance similar to that of other sports.  For the cynic, it does appear that writers from big media companies (Vox, Bleacher, Guardian) control the board but this could change as these are the people that started the association.  It will be interesting to see who will join and how promotions deal with an association.  Certainly, MMA media and bloggers that cover the sport have been a scapegoat when it comes to reporting.

Sonnen and Silva will be drug tested prior to Bellator NYC

June 13, 2017

MMA Fighting reports that Bellator NYC main event participants Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will undergo drug testing prior to their matchup on June 24th.  The drug tests, which have already taken place, will be conducted by an independent third party and will be paid by each athlete.

The New York State Department of State confirmed that each athlete will pay for the costs of the tests.  No mention of the third-party agency that will administer the tests and the nature of the tests or how many.  Scott Coker stated that the results of the tests are expected to return before the bout.

Both Sonnen and Silva have had drug suspensions related to Performance Enhancing Drugs which is the likely reason for the extra emphasis on the main event.

According to the MMA Fighting report, Sonnen was tested four times prior to his fight against Tito Ortiz in California.  It will Silva’s first fight since he was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  His last fight was in 2013 in Japan.

Payout Perspective:

Drug testing validates the main event and it should be something the promotion should look to do in the future.  For those skeptical about the fight, the drug tests attempt to ensure that both fighters are clean.  Certainly, drug testing for Bellator athletes is a good idea and makes sense for these two.

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