Lee fight removed from UFC 216

September 30, 2017

The UFC has pulled the late-announced fight of Andrea Lee-Kalindra Faria due to Lee not being in the USADA testing pool due to testing positive for diuretics in March 2016.

Due to the prior violation which she served a nine-month suspension, she would have had to undergo a minimum of six months of testing before she could fight in the UFC.

In a social media post, Lee explained that it was not the UFC’s fault “because they didn’t know about this USADA rule.”

Prior to changes to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, an exemption could be made for fighters to receive a waiver so that they would not have to enter the testing pool within 6 months.  But since Brock Lesnar, this has changed.  This situation is a little different since Lee was previously.

Payout Perspective:

While Lee doses not blame the UFC, it’s hard not to.  Certainly, the UFC should know its own anti-doping policy and the corresponding USADA rules.  Moreover, this fight was a late add to next Saturday’s UFC 216.  It’s example of an oversight that should have not taken place as we know that Faria and Lee are probably not going to be compensated despite probably expending money to start the process of training.

USADA flags light heavyweight newcomer

September 30, 2017

Earlier this week, Azamat Murzakanov was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.  The Russian was supposed to debut this past June but withdrew due to injury.  He now faces a 2-year suspension from the organization before event beginning.

Murzakanov was flagged for an out-of-sample competition stemming from a September 2nd test.  The light heavyweight was 7-0 prior to the UFC.

Payout Perspective:

Murzakanov was signed by the UFC but has yet to appear in the octagon.  He may never do so due to the flagged test.  He was in the testing pool since he was scheduled to fight in the UFC but had to withdraw due to injury.

Golden Boy says GGG-Canelo drew more than 1.3M buys

September 28, 2017

Golden Boy Promotions has issued a statement in response to the report that the GGG-Canelo PPV drew 1.3 million pay-per-view buys.  It refutes the report stating that it is “north” of the reported number.

Via Dan Rafael of ESPN:

“While everyone at Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions appreciate the media’s recognition that the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was an enormous success, the figure that is being cited by some news outlets is simply inaccurate. Not only are satellite operators and cable companies still in the process of compiling data, that number does not include online PPV sales through RingTV.com, Sony Play Station and Sling TV, which far exceeded any previous fight featuring Canelo or Golovkin. The bottom line is that we expect the final numbers to be well north of current reports, and we will make a decision on reporting those numbers when we know they are accurate.”

Payout Perspective:

From the last sentence, it’s not clear if we will ever see the final PPV buys as Golden Boy states it will “make a decision” regarding reporting the final numbers.  Still, the 1.3 million PPV buys is an overwhelming success and I would think that if the number hits 2 million PPV buys we will hear that information.

TUF 26 Episode 5: 220,000 viewers

September 28, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter Episode 5 on FS1 Wednesday night drew 220,000 viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  It brings the season average to just 238,000 viewers.

The event drew 0.07 viewers in the A18-49 demo per Nielsen.  In the fight of the telecast, Sijara Eubanks defeated Maia Stevenson as the higher seed scored an upset.

Notably, Stevenson is the spouse of TUF alum Joe Stevenson.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are definitely down this season and on a night where there was not much else on sports-wise, the live viewership is low.  Even taking that into account, the DVR viewership is also down over the last couple seasons.

TUF 26 Episode 4 draws 381,000 in adjusted viewership, tops for season

September 28, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Episode 4 drew 381,000 viewers in DVR+3 adjusted ratings per Nielsen.

Episode 4’s overnight rating was 261,000 viewers.  It was the highest-rated episode of this season.  It is still below ratings for Episode 4 for TUF 25 (348,000; 510,000) and TUF 24 (397,000; 584,000).

Payout Perspective:

 We should have the ratings for yesterday’s episode 5 later today.  But it’s clear that this season is the least watched of the series but there is incremental signs that people are starting to watch.

GGG-Canelo draw 1.2M PPV buys

September 27, 2017

The LA Times’ Larry Pugmire reports that the GGG-Canelo fight taking place on Saturday, September 16th drew 1.2 million PPV buys.  Chris Mannix of SI has also confirmed the number with industry sources.

The fight ended up in a draw which only means that the two fighters should do it again sooner than later.  For Canelo, it’s his second fight this year in which he has been featured and the PPV has gone over 1 million buys.  His fight against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. this past May drew 1 million PPV buys.

Payout Perspective:

The PPV buys show that GGG-Canelo were not affected by the The Money Fight which took place a couple weeks before.  Thus, the casual boxing fan was willing to purchase this fight regardless of the Mayweather-McGregor fight taking place a couple weeks prior.  The buy rate shows the immense popularity of the fighters especially Canelo who is becoming the PPV boxing king.  GGG has not had great success on PPV prior to this.  But, the two should draw similar numbers for their anticipated rematch.

Court denies World of Boxing’s post-trial motion for new trial in Wilder case

September 27, 2017

The trial court in New York has denied the World of Boxing’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law or in the alternative, a New Trial.  It held that the jury did its job in evaluating the evidence and the credibility of witnesses and based on it was able to produce the jury verdict.

The case arose out of a failed fight between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin.  MMA Payout has been the only source that has covered this legal case extensively.  You can find some of the background here.

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You may recall, the sole issue at trial was whether Povetkin ingested Meldonium post January 1, 2016.  When the trial took place in February of this year, the jury did not take long to determine that Povetkin had ingested the drug which was prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency on January 1, 2016.  Attorneys for World of Boxing (Povetkin’s promoters) and Povetkin filed a Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law, or in the alternative a new trial.  Additionally, in June, the attorneys for WOB claimed a new study may give cause for the Court to open the case back up to litigation and/or set up a new trial.

via Wikimedia Commons

via Wikimedia Commons

Judge Andrew Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York determined that World of Boxing’s efforts amounted to an attempt to re-litigate the case.  Judge Carter indicated that the jury made the verdict based on the evidence presented and there was no miscarriage of justice or conclusion not based on evidence.  He opined that WOB was asking to take as truth the testimony of their experts only in coming to a jury verdict.  The Court also determined that the jury based its decision on their impressions of Alexander Povetkin as he was able to testify at trial.  Bluntly, the Court stated in its opinion that the jury flat out did not believe his testimony. Moreover, the new study that was produced by WOB attorneys in June was available online on February 6, 2016, which was the first day of trial.  Yet, it was not brought up at trial.

Payout Perspective:

The Court ruling comes over 8 months after the jury verdict.  The case may not die yet as WOB still has an opportunity to appeal to the 2nd Circuit.  If it does not, the issues of court costs and fees arise.  Also, there is the case of what happens to the money that has/had been in escrow which is one of the forgotten issues here.  In reviewing the case, it appears that the first issue with the handling of the case was the agreement to limit the case to just one issue regarding the use of Meldonium.  The carrot of having a shorter discovery schedule and a trial date sooner than later was likely a reason why the parties decided.  However, as we saw, the case involved issues related to the late production of discovery and experts.

The litigation was marred by contentious behavior as the order included a sentence about the parties’ behavior stating, “The Court takes exception to the behavior of both parties throughout the pendency of this litigation.  The parties are once again ordered to proceed with civility and in conformance with the Court’s local rules.”

MMA Payout will have more on this as it comes down.

 

 

Nevada Court denies Zuffa’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment dismissing Nathan Quarry…for now

September 26, 2017

Judge Richard Boulware has denied Zuffa’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment to dismiss plaintiff Nathan Quarry from the lawsuit.  However, the Court has indicated that Zuffa may refile at the close of discovery.

In a minute order issued on Tuesday, the Nevada Court determined that the motion for summary judgment to dismiss one of the plaintiffs in the Zuffa antitrust lawsuit was premature.

“The arguments raised in these motions would be more properly considered with the full set of motions that will be filed at the close of discovery,” stated the minute order issued by the Court in denying the motion at this time.  “IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Motions for Partial Summary Judgment are DENIED without prejudice to being refiled at the close of discovery.”

In this context, without prejudice is legal terminology which indicates that a party’s rights are not precluded from refiling.

Oral arguments were heard on September 21st for a little over an hour.  Zuffa claimed that due to antitrust statute of limitations, Quarry’s alleged claims of injury were barred by his promotional agreement.  The former UFC fighter argued that his claims still exist as the UFC still use Quarry through the selling of merchandise on its web site and showing his fights on UFC’s Fight Pass.

Payout Perspective:

It appears that Judge Boulware would like to see all of the facts that may come out in fact discovery prior to hearing the dispositive motion set forth.  It’s also clear that he anticipates Zuffa to file a motion for summary judgment on all of the plaitniffs.  At this point, he believes that the motion was premature.  In my opinion, dismissing a plaintiff on summary judgment prior to the close of discovery is rare considering the information that may surface during the fact-finding process.  It’s not clear if there will be any further opinion released past this minute order.  MMA Payout will keep you updated.

Pitbull tops Bellator 183 paydays

September 26, 2017

MMA Fighting reports the salaries from Bellator’s event held in San Jose on Saturday night.  With his win, Patricky Pitbull was the top earner for the night making $110,000 for his split decision over former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson.

The California State Athletic Commission released the purses for the San Jose, California event.

Via MMA Fighting:

Patricky Freire ($65,000 + $45,000 = $110,000) def. Benson Henderson ($50,000)
Paul Daley ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Lorenz Larkin ($40,000)
Roy Nelson ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Javy Ayala ($50,000)
Aaron Pico ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Justin Linn ($4,000)
Goiti Yamauchi ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Adam Piccolotti ($18,000)

Tony Johnson ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Ortega ($1,500)
Kaytlin Neil ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($3,000)
Brandon Laroco ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Gaston Bolanos ($4,000)
Corina Herrera ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) vs. Jaymee Nievara ($1,500)
Fernando Gonzalez ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Alex Lopez ($2,500)
Ricardo Vasquez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Justin Tenedora ($1,500)
J.J. Okanovich ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Luis Jauregui ($1,500)
Daniel Gonzalez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Anthony Castrejon ($1,000)

Payout Perspective:

Notably, Henderson made just $50,000 in a losing effort.  Roy Nelson made $30,000 to show and another $30,000 to win.  Nelson’s last official reported payout was in July 2016 when he lost a decision to Derrick Lewis.  Nelson made $100,000 that night.  Similarly, Henderson’s pay has dropped as well since being the UFC lightweight champ.  Also, Lorenz Larkin’s second fight in Bellator gave him $40,000.  His last fight at UFC 202 gave Larkin $39,000 to show and another $39,000 to win

GGG-Canelo replay on HBO draws 726,000 viewers

September 26, 2017

HBO’s Boxing telecast which included a replay of the GGG-Canelo fight drew 726,000 viewers via Nielsen.  The live fight of the telecast drew 687,000 viewers.

Saturday night’s event which replayed GGG-Canelo peaked at 840,000 viewers and drew 0.24 in the A18-49 demo.

The fight between Jorge Linares and Luke Campbell peaked at 726,000 viewers and drew 0.23 in the A18-49 demo.  Linares won via split decision.

Canelo PPV replays on HBO:

Canelo-JCC, Jr:  769,000

Canelo-Khan:  767,000

Canelo-Smith: 459,000

Canelo-Cotto:  901,000

Payout Perspective:

Despite the hype for this fight it is only third on the above list in terms of replay viewership.  This is surprising considering the draw and how most thought this

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