Parties stipulate to legal briefing schedule contesting Matt Hume deposition

July 31, 2017

The Motion to Compel the deposition of Matt Hume and have him produce documents has been given dates for legal briefing.  But, Plaintiffs seeking the deposition will also face a Motion to Quash from Hume’s attorneys and OneFC.

The parties in the discovery dispute agreed to a briefing schedule.  Originally, the Motion to Compel was to be submitted on July 28th.  However, Hume’s attorneys also filed a Motion to Quash the Deposition as they believe that the deposition notice and subpoena are not valid despite the Nevada court ruling.  With a looming discovery deadline and the parties having dueling motions, they came together to stipulate to when the oppositions and replies would take place.

The briefs will be due July 31st with the reply briefs due August 4th.  It does not appear that there will be oral argument although its not clear.

Plaintiffs are seeking over $21,000 (and perhaps more) in legal fees in addition to commanding Hume sit for a deposition and produce documents.  Hume’s attorneys are seeking to invalidate the subpoena and request for documents.  Hume’s attorneys had offered him for deposition on a limited number of documents.  But, Plaintiffs did not agree to the limited scope.

Order on Stipulation between Plaintiffs and Matt Hume by JASONCRUZ206 on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

One would assume that the Court will have a decision shortly after submission of the briefs since the discovery deadline for fact discovery was/is today, July 31st.  Expect an order which will allow the deposition with some disclaimers.  MMA Payout will keep you updated.

PFL Everett: Shields tops salaries; slightly over 3K in attendance

July 31, 2017

MMA Payout has obtained the attendance, gate and payouts from PFL Everett held in Everett, Washington on Saturday night.  Jake Shields led the roster of salaries with $100,000.

Shields soundly defeated Danny Davis, Jr. and earned $50,000 to show and a $50,000 win bonus.  UFC veteran Yushin Okami earned $50,000 total ($25,000 plus $25,000 win) for his win on the show.

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, there were 489 paid tickets with 2,542 comps.  The total attendance was 3,031 with a gross gate revenue of $19,444.  The PFL held a promotion where U.S. veterans were given free entrance which might account for the number of comps.

Per the Washington State Department of Licensing the rest of the purses are as follows:

Punahele Soriano $1,000 ($1,000 win bonus) = $2,000 def Jon Gover $1,000 to show

Miles Hunsinger $3,000 ($3,000 win bonus) = $6,000 def Andy Nigretto $1,000

Jared Torgeson $2,000 ($2,000 win bonus) = $4,000 def Dale Sopi $3,000

Louis Taylor $8,000 ($8,000 win bonus) = $16,000 def Zach Conn $4,500

Luiz Firmino Carvalho $17,000 ($17,000 win bonus) = $34,000 def Eddy Ellis $5,000

Jared Rosholt $16,000 ($16,000 win bonus) =$32,000 def Nick Rossborough $6,000

Josh Copeland $10,000 ($10,000 win bonus) = $20,000 def Mike Kyle $15,000

Bruno Santos $8,000 ($8,000 win bonus ) = $16,000 def Rex Harris $7,000

Jake Shields $50,000 ($50,00 win bonus) = $100,000 def Danny Davis, Jr. $10,000

Yushin Okami $25,000 ($25,000 win bonus) = $50,000 def Andre Lobato $5,000

Andre Harrison $17,000 ($17,000 win bonus) = $34,000 def Steven Rodriguez $5,000

Payout Perspective:

The total reported salaries for PFL Everett came to $376,500.  Harrison, the main event earned as much as Carvalho, who was on the prelim show.  Shields and Okami, as expected earned the most.  The gate was more than I expected although I thought there were more paid attendance.  But with the veteram promotion and UFC 214 the same night (even though you could have gotten home to watch the co and main events) the number of paid attending seems very low.

Cormier tops UFC 214’s salaries

July 30, 2017

Daniel Cormier tops the list of the UFC 214 payroll as disclosed by the California Athletic Commission.

Via MMA Junkie:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)

def. Daniel Cormier: $1,000,000

Tyron Woodley: $500,000 (no win bonus)

def. Demian Maia: $110,000

Cristiane Justino: $200,000 (no win bonus)

def. Tonya Evinger: $100,000

Robbie Lawler: $300,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)

def. Donald Cerrone: $155,000

Volkan Oezdemir: $110,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)

def. Jimi Manuwa: $120,000

Ricardo Lamas: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)

def. Jason Knight $31,000

Aljamain Sterling: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)

def. Renan Barao: $53,000

Brian Ortega: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)

def. Ricardo Moicano: $23,000

Calvin Kattar: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)

def. Andre Fili: $24,000

Alexandra Albu: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)

def. Kailin Curran: $20,000

Jarred Brooks: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)

def. Eric Shelton: $10,000

Drew Dober: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)

def. Josh Burkman $54,000

Payout Perspective:

11 fighters made 6 figures at UFC 214 according to the disclosed.  Cormier’s $1 million is the highest disclosed pay since Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz’s pay last August.  Notably, Robbie Lawler is making $200,000 plus another $100,000 for his win over Cerrone.  The Cowboy made $155,000 in a losing effort.  Also, Tonya Evinger made $100,000 despite her loss to Cyborg (who made $200,000).

UFC 214 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 30, 2017

The UFC announced the attendance, gate and bonuses for UFC 214 in Anaheim Saturday night.

Jon Jones, Volkan Oezdemir, Brian Ortega, and Renato Moicano earned the $50,000 bonuses.  Jones and Oezdemir won for their stoppages and Ortega and Moicano earned the Fight of the Night.

The event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California drew 16,610 fans for a live gate of $2,448,870.  It was the best gate for the venue in the 7 UFC events held at the venue.

Payout Perspective:

The Curran-Albu fight could have drawn the FOTN bonus but Ortega’s stoppage probably gave the fight the nod.  Southern California is a great region for MMA and the attendance and gate reflects the fact that when there are solid fights, people will come.  Clearly, this card was the strongest of the year.

UFC announces mainland China event on November 25th

July 30, 2017

The UFC announced Saturday night that it will hold its first event ever in mainland China on November 25th.  The event will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

General Tire is the presenting sponsor for the event.  It is the official tire partner of the UFC in the Asia-Pacific region.  The press release announcing the event states the event “will give Chinese fans the opportunity to experience the highest level of MMA competition, in an event packed with international and homegrown UFC stars.”

Via UFC press release:

“We anticipate an exciting future in the China market and we look forward to teaming up with the UFC to bring General Tire customers the “Anywhere is Possible” spirit of adventure that speaks to UFC fans worldwide,” stated Mitchell Golledge, Head of Marketing Re PLT Tyres APAC.

“WME | IMG China is delighted to present UFC – the world’s most recognized MMA brand – to Chinese audiences this November,” remarked Michael Ma, WME | IMG China CEO. “MMA is developing rapidly in China and amassing a large fan base; this is an exciting first step to making the sport a mainstay here.”

Payout Perspective:

The breakthrough in the China market is big news from a business perspective because of the potential for growth in China.  There has been many attempts for US promotions to get into mainland China but none have been sustained.  Expect the UFC to put its best foot forward.  While there will be local fighters, I would assume that we will see some well-known names fighting on this card.

Payout Exclusive: PFL’s Ray Sefo and Carlos Silva

July 28, 2017

MMA Payout had the opportunity to speak with Professional Fighters League (“PFL”) President Ray Sefo and PFL CEO Carlos Silva right before weigh-ins on Friday afternoon ahead of its Saturday night event: PFL Everett.

The main card from the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington includes MMA veterans Jake Shields and Yushin Okami.  In addition, former UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt will be in action against Nick Rossborough.  The main event features undefeated Featherweight Andre Harrison facing Steven Rodriguez.  It airs Saturday night with the main card on NBC Sports Network starting at 6pm PT which means that it will run up against UFC 214.  The prelims begin at 3pm PT and will be online on the PFL website and the FITE TV app.

The Professional Fighters League had its debut earlier this month in Daytona, Florida.  Everett, which held a World Series of Fighting Event last July, will be the second event under the new PFL structure.  The format has fighters divided into seven weight classes competing throughout a regular season schedule, with winners advancing to a win-or-go home playoff tournament.  Each tournament winner will be crowned PFL champion for that weight class and will collect $1 million.  An additional $3 million will be divided among other regular season and playoff competitors.

In speaking with Sefo, he noted that fighters are excited about the new structure.  “I’m a product of that format,” said Sefo, who referred to his K-1 background.  “It was very similar as to how K-1 was run.”  Sefo noted that the new structure addresses a main concern of fighters.  “The most complaints I get [from fighters] is that fighters don’t fight enough.”

Silva sees gradual growth for the PFL.  “Like any league, we are laying the foundation,” said Silva.  “We are big believers that this sort of transition from promotion to sport is what’s needed in MMA.”

“As you look over the next 3 seasons, you are going to see a lot of development.”  Silva added, “Fighters will know when they are going to fight and they will be able to plan out their season and will be treated like professionals.”

Sefo emphasized that the key word from Silva’s comment was that fighters are being treated as “professionals.” The athletes will know when they are fighting and will train and condition accordingly.

As for business, Silva stated that talks with companies to be sponsors are ongoing.  “There’s a lot of active conversations going on,” Silva indicated.  “You’ll see between now and January that a couple of these really interesting title sponsors that we’re talking to that will give the brand equity to the league which we’re excited about but we’re not ready to talk about it.”

Unfortunate for the PFL, but the Saturday event coincides with the big UFC 214 main event in Anaheim with Jon Jones finally facing Daniel Cormier.  This fight has overshadowed the PFL’s second event but Silva is taking the competition in stride.  “It’s a big night for MMA,” Silva stated about UFC 214 on the same night as PFL Everett.  “We’ve had other big nights up against Bellator and up against the UFC.  There are going to be collisions in professional sports whether it is NASCAR or baseball or the football season starting in a couple weeks.”

“What we tell everybody is that you should buy the pay-per-view, but before you do that you should tune in free on NBCSN watch some great [PFL] main card action.”  Silva advised MMA fans that after watching the PFL on NBCSN you can click on your PPV.

WWE announces Q2 2017 financial results

July 27, 2017

The WWE beat profit forecasts as it announced its Q2 (ending June 30, 2017) 2017 results on Thursday.  It announced that revenue increased to a record $214.6 million.  The WWE Network average more than 1.63 million average paid subscribers over the second quarter.

WWE stock was up slightly in after hours trading to $21.94.  The company reported net income of $5.1 million or $0.06 per diluted share as compared to $0.8 million or $0.01 per share in 2016.

The WWE’s shares have climbed 18 percent since the start of 2017.  The revenue for Q2 2016 was $199 million.

The increase in revenue was driven by the monetization of video content across the Company’s Television, Network and Digital Media business segments according to the Company.  Television rights fees appeared to be the main revenue driver in this segment.

As for the network, the subscribers are up from year to year with last year subscribers at 1,560,000.  As of the end of 2016, there were 1,473,000 subscribers.  However, the increase in subscriptions changes when contemplating the actual paid subscriber base.  At the end of Q2 there were 1,568,000 subscribers versus 1,511,000 subscribers at the end of Q2 in 2016.

It also announced that WrestleMania this past April broke the attendance record for the Orlando Citrus Bowl with 75,245 fans and reached 1.95 million global households on the WWE Network.

New weight classes voted in by ABC

July 26, 2017

The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sport approved the addition of four new weight classes.  The new weight divisions are an attempt to address the health and safety issues with weight cutting.

The news came at ABC’s annual conference.  The new weight classes are 165, 175, 195 and 225 according to several in attendance.

Fight promotions such as the UFC and Bellator do not have to open up these weight divisions as it is the company’s choice.

Payout Perspective:

The vote to approve these weight classes is a step toward safety in weight cutting especially with smaller fight promotions and fighters that do not have all of the help to cut weight.  With that being said, even in the UFC and Bellator, fighters do damage to themselves when they cut an extreme amount of weight in a short period of time.  With these new weight classes, it will be interesting to see if the UFC and Bellator take a look.

Mayweather-McGregor will be shown in movie theatres

July 25, 2017

Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced that the two have partnered to put the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight in movie theaters.  The event appears to have a list price of $40 per ticket not including tax.

The PPV is $99.99 in HD, but for those not willing to shell out the money they can watch the undercard and main event in a local movie theatre.  The list price is less than half the PPV price.

Still, it is higher than the usual price ($30) for UFC PPVs that are shown in movie theatres.

The fight is set for Saturday, August 26th

Payout Perspective:

Prices may vary but it’s likely that the $40 price is the suggested price point.  One might infer that since Mayweather Promotions was involved in this announcement and not Conor McGregor’s promotion or the UFC, that Mayweather will get the cut of this revenue.  It’s unusual for live events to get much traction in movie theatres, but due to the $100 PPV price and huge marketing push, this could be different.

Adjusted UFC on Fox 25 ratings: 2.046M, Prelims draw 1.137M

July 25, 2017

UFC on Fox 25 drew 2.046 million viewers in adjusted overnight ratings to include the overrun per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The UFC Prelims which preceded the main card on Fox drew 1.137 million viewers.

UPDATED: According to Nielsen, Fox was the #1 network in all of television Saturday night among A18-49 from 8-10:30pm.  The peak was at 2.714 million from 10:00-10:30pm ET.

The main card featuring Chris Weidman’s victory over Kelvin Gastelum drew 924,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.  The prelims drew 468,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.

The adjusted ratings bests UFC on Fox 24’s low of 1.996 million viewers earlier this year.

The UFC on Fox 24 prelims drew 1.105M viewers.  The UFC on Fox 23 prelims aired on FS1 and drew 619,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings were a disappointment but with the adjusted ratings, it was able to creep over 2 million viewers as many tuned in for the main event.  The Prelims did slightly better than this spring’s UFC on Fox 24 which shows that the Prelims on the network do much better as a lead-in to the main card.

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