Bellator 183 draws 598,000 viewers on Spike TV

September 26, 2017

Bellator MMA 183 drew 598,000 viewers on Spike TV Saturday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The event featured Benson Henderson as he took on Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.  Pitbull defeated Bendo via split decision dropping Henderson to 1-3 in Bellator.  Henderson’s only win was against Freire in August 2016 when Pitbull suffered a leg injury.

Payout Perspective:

Bellator did slightly better in the ratings this weekend that the UFC show from Japan on Friday night.  The 598,000 viewers is below the average of 2017 shows but is better than the two previous shows.  It also competed with college football and HBO Boxing on Saturday night.

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Friday night draws 706,000 viewers

September 25, 2017

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Friday night drew 706,000 viewers on ESPN according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The event featured title defenses by Oscar Valdez and Gilbert Ramirez.

The ratings for the event are the best thus far for Friday night boxing on ESPN since the agreements with Golden Boy and Top Rank went into place earlier this year.

The Valdez-Genesis Servania ended the night of fights which started at 11:42pm ET.

Payout Perspective:

The ratings are promising as these Friday night fights are used to promote up and coming fighters.  Those that tuned in to see Valdez-Servania saw a great action-packed fight.  Notably, Top Rank Boxing did much better than the UFC on FXX Friday night which drew just 502,000 viewers for its main card and 416,000 for the prelims.

UFC Fight Night 117 draws 502,000 viewers, prelims 416,000 on FXX

September 25, 2017

UFC Fight Night 117 from Japan drew 502,000 viewers on FXX Friday night according to Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.  The prelims drew 416,000 viewers on FXX.

According to Nielsen, the main card which aired from 10pm-1am ET on Friday night drew 0.20 in the A18-49 demo and 0.27 in men 18-49.  It drew 0.16 in the A18-49 and 0.17 in the male 18-49 demo.

The prelims, which preceded the main card on FXX drew 416,000 viewers from 8-10pm ET.  It drew 0.15 in the A18-49 demo.

In addition, the UFC Fight Night Prefight show drew 139,000 viewers on FXX and the post-fight show drew 158,000 viewers.

 

 UFC Fight Night 2017
Main Card A18-49 demo Prelims
UFC Fight Night 103 1,090,000 612,000 824,000
UFC Fight Night 104 1,158,000 590,000 834,000
UFC Fight Night 105 907,000 435,000 760,000
UFC Fight Night 106 946,000 531,000 860,000
UFC Fight Night 108 745,000 415,000 320,000
UFC Fight Night 109 496,000 353,000
UFC Fight Night 110 923,000 696,000
UFC Fight Night 111 (Fight Pass) FP FP
UFC Fight Night 112 819,000 427,000 319,000
UFC Fight Night 113 402,000
UFC Fight Night 114 859,000 633,000
UFC Fight Night 115 (Fight Pass) FP FP
UFC Fight Night 116 872,000 653,000
UFC Fight Night 117 502,000 416,000

 

Payout Perspective:

 It’s the second-lowest ratings for a UFC Fight Night this year.  Only a Sunday morning card during Memorial Day weekend in Sweden did worst (UFC Fight Night 109).  FS1 had college football on Friday night and that’s the reason for the bump to FXX which likely hurt.  The card from Japan did not have great attendance and since it aired Friday one might think many may have confused with the usual UFC Fight Nights on Saturday.

 

Washington state court moves Hume/OneFC discovery dispute to Vegas

September 25, 2017

A federal district court in Washington state has decided to grant the plaintiffs motion to transfer the discovery dispute it has with Matt Hume and OneFC to Las Vegas.  The magistrate handling the Zuffa lawsuit discovery issues will determine the outcome of plaintiffs’ motion to compel Hume’s deposition and documents from OneFC.

Similar to a federal court in LA transferring Bellator’s dispute with the plaintiffs and the UFC in a discovery dispute earlier this year, the federal court judge determined that the complexity of the case and the familiarity with the subject matter were defining reasons why the case should be transferred to Nevada.  Hume, who resides in Washington state, filed a motion to quash a subpoena and objected to document requests by the plaintiffs in the UFC lawsuit.

In addition to being the trainer for Demetrious Johnson, he is an officer within OneFC.  The plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit filed against Zuffa had requested documents from OneFC and Hume’s deposition as it relates to their litigation.  Hume had provided a written declaration in which he stated that “One Championship is not a minor league or feeder league for the UFC” and it “competes with Zuffa to sign professional MMA fighters.”

Plaintiffs wanted documents supporting Hume’s statement and also to depose him.  Hume’s Washington state attorneys objected to the deposition and document requests citing that it was an attempt to make an end around from requesting documents from the Singapore-based company.  It also argued that Hume did not have access to the documents requested.  In response, plaintiffs filed a motion to compel and requested attorney fees in excess of $21,000 dollars.

Payout Perspective:

Once again, a federal court decides not to intervene in a nonparty discovery dispute despite the fact that one of the residents in its jurisdiction is seeking relief.  While I understand the court’s reasons to punt the motion to Nevada, it appears that this type of hand off is oppressive for the non-party resident.  However, unlike the Bellator case, Hume did avail himself to the lawsuit by submitting a declaration.  It is within the right of the plaintiffs to seek Hume out for his deposition as well as documents related to the statements.  With the case moving to Nevada, we shall see how the magistrate determines the dispute.

UFC Fight Night 117 attendance and gate

September 23, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the attendance and bonuses from UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.  It was the lowest-attended UFC event from Japan.

Ovince St. Preux, Gokhan Saki, Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha earned $50,000 bonuses.  OSP stopped Yushin Okami in the first round via Von Flue Choke.  Gokhan Saki stopped Henrique da Silva in a wild back and forth striking match.  Saki looked like he was in trouble but landed a punch right on the button knocking da Silva down and ending the fight.  The Fight of the Night went to Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha in a bloody three round affair that went to Andrade.

It was the fifth UFC event in Japan and drew 8,571 fans.

UFC 144:  Edgar-Henderson – 21,000

UFC on Fuel TV 8:  Silva-Stann – 14,682

UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt-Nelson – 12,395

UFC Fight Night 75 Barnett-Nelson – 10,137

UFC Fight Night 117:  St. Preux-Okami – 8,571

Payout Perspective:

No issues with the bonus winners as each deserved the bonus.  Andrade and Gadelha was a great affair and one of the best ever in the 115-pound women’s division.

The Ratings Buffet for week ending September 22nd

September 22, 2017

The Ratings Buffet for the week ending September 22nd.

Friday

ESPN2:  Golden Boy Boxing 1:41 am-2:38 am ET : 133,000 viewers, 0.06 A18-49

ESPN2:  Golden Boy Boxing 9:30pm-10:00pm ET: 145,000 viewers, 0.06 A18-49

Saturday

 FS1: UFC Fight Night Pre Show 7:00pm-8:00pm: 224,000, 0.08 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night 10:00pm-12:50 am ET: 872,000 viewers, 0.32 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night Prelims 8:00pm-10:00pm ET: 653,000 viewers, 0.23 A18-49

FS1:  UFC Fight Night Post Show 12:50pm-2:00am ET: 361,000 viewers, 0.15 A18-49

Monday

USA:  Monday Night Raw  9:00pm ET 2.844M viewers

USA:  Monday Night Raw  8:00pm ET 3.123M viewers

USA:  Monday Night Raw  10:00pm ET 2.532M viewers

Tuesday

USA WWE Smackdown 8:00pm-10:00pm ET 2.51M viewers, 0.74A18-49

Wednesday

FS1 TUF 26 Episode 1 10:00-11:00pm ET 261,000 viewers, 0.10 A18-49

El Rey:  Lucha Underground 8pm ET 79,000 viewers, 9pm ET 28,000

Thursday

 PopTV: Impact Wrestling, 8:00pm-10:00pm 277,000 viewers, 0.05 in A18-49

H/t:  Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily

 

Report indicates McGregor willing to testify in support of Ali Act expansion

September 22, 2017

According to a report from Reuters, Conor McGregor may address the U.S. Congress in support of the expansion of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform (aka “Ali Act”) to combat sports.  Congressman Markwayne Mullin, the Oklahoma legislator that is sponsoring the bill told the news outlet.

The Republican congressman indicated that McGregor’s team wanted to come to Capitol Hill to talk about the Ali Act.  There is no date certain for McGregor to speak before Congress nor is there another date for the Ali Act Expansion.

However, supporters of the Ali Act has racked up supporters with 49 congressman, both Republican and Democrat, signing on in support of the bill.

Payout Perspective:

McGregor’s support and possible testimony would lend some positive public relations in support of the legislation.  McGregor, who has indicated that he would like to both box and compete in MMA, could testify about his experiences in both sports and would be able to convey the differences in each since he was in the ring against Floyd Mayweather in August.  McGregor’s experience is different from MMA fighters since he would have been subject to the current Ali Act when boxing but not covered by the Ali Act when competing in MMA.  Will it turn the tide for the bill?  It would provide some more momentum to move this along through the house.

TUF 26 Episode 4 draws 261,000 viewers

September 22, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter episode 4 on FS1 Wednesday night drew 261,000 viewers per Nielsen via ShowBuzz Daily.

The fight of the show featured an upset as Nicco Mantana upset Lauren Murphy in the fight of the episode.  Murphy is a UFC veteran but lost via decision.  But, in his post-fight comments, it appeared that Dana White was complimentary of both fighters.

 

Payout Perspective:

 It has been a rocky start for this season ratings-wise as episode 2 was pre-empted in part by major league baseball.  This season has yielded some of the lowest-ratings of the franchise.

Bellator introduces Flying Cage Saturday

September 21, 2017

Bellator announced that it is revealing the Flying Cage” at this Saturday’s show in San Jose according to a press release.

Via Bellator press release:

A must-see spectacle, the steel structure is suspended from above and lowered to the platform beneath allowing the Bellator Kickboxing ring to completely transform into the Bellator MMA cage in less than 15 minutes. Having been featured at previous events in Florence, Italy, Torino, Italy and Budapest, Hungary, the Flying Cage has never before been utilized in the United States. Bellator is proud to bring this unique experience to its Bay Area home at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on September 23.

Payout Perspective:

 In the press release, the Flying Cage has a TM next to it indicating it is a trademark that has yet to be filed with the USPTO.  Notably, upon reviewing the USPTO web site, I could not find the application for the Flying Cage.  It’s not that Bellator will not file for the trademark (or has), it’s just that it is not on the web site yet.  Maybe a novelty that will be visually pleasing on television, it does not do anything to add to what happens inside the cage.  Yet, Bellator believes that the addition will be something for the production on television.

Nick Roehrick accepts 1 years suspension from USADA

September 21, 2017

UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick has accepted a one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.  Roehrick was notified last month of a potential UFC anti-doping violation stemming from an August 8th test.

Roehrick tested positive for the presence of clomiphene, an estrogen blocker banned year-round, and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene.  The suspension is retroactive to August 17, 2017, when the provisional suspension was imposed.

Via the USADA release:

Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the male population, meaning such off-label clinical use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.

Payout Perspective:

The 30-year-old fighter had just one fight in the UFC, a loss to Jarod Cannonier at the TUF 25 Finale in July.  The maximum sentence for a first offense is 2 years so the 1 years suspension mitigates a prolonged appeal process.

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