April 23, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from this past Saturday’s UFC on Fox 11 from Orlando, Florida. The disclosed payroll released by the Florida State Boxing Commission was $974,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Fabricio Werdum: $175,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $50,000
Miesha Tate: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $17,000
Donald Cerrone: $114,000 (includes $57,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $29,000
Yoel Romero: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Tavares: $19,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $21,000
Thiago Alves: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Seth Baczynski: $20,000
Jorge Masvidal: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Pat Healy: $25,000
Alex White: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Estevan Payan: $10,000
Caio Magalhaes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Luke Zachrich: $8,000
Jordan Mein: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Hernani Perpetuo: $8,000
Dustin Ortiz: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg : $8,000
Mirsad Bektic: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chas Skelly: $8,000
Derrick Lewis: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jack May: $8,000
Werdum’s last official reported salary was in February 2012 at UFC 143 when he earned a win over Roy Nelson and was paid $100,000 with no win bonus. Since then Werdum has received a $25,000 raise and a $50,000 win bonus. His opponent, Travis Browne received a nice raise as well. At UFC 168, he earned $28K/$28K for his win against Josh Barnett. Browne received $50,000 to show and presumably may have received another $50,000 for the win. No raise for Miesha Tate as she earned the same pay rate $28K/$28K for UFC 168.
April 22, 2014
MMA Payout has learned from a Fox source that the Live plus Same Day ratings for Saturday’s UFC on Fox 11 event raised the initial overnight of 1.99 million to 2.5 million viewers. The peak of 3.3 million viewers occurred during the main event between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.
The main event received a 2.0 rating with a 4 share and averaged 1.4 for Men 18-34 and a 2.0 with Men 18-49. Per the Fox source, “[T]o put those demo ratings in better perspective, Saturday night’s Fox UFC Saturday Main Event would have placed within the Top Five Primetime programs of the week among the Broadcast Networks on Men 18-34 and within the Top 10 with Men 18-49.”
Saturday’s show drove Fox to win the male demos (Men 25-54 and Adults 18-49) in primetime among the networks and second to ESPN’s NBA coverage on cable.
In terms of the overall event it drew a 1.6 rating and a 3 share based on the adjusted ratings. The Live plus Same Day includes the time slot overrun and the number of viewers who watched the event the same day but not live (i.e., via DVR). The DVR +3 numbers will not be out until later this week.
The significant bump was due to factoring in the overrun for the main event. The numbers may not be pleasing overall but Fox likely is interested in how it is doing among its key demos (i.e., males and adults 18-49). Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting pointed out that Fox events outside of the NFL and college football season have not done as well as those within football season due to the promotional push during football. While the numbers are still at the bottom of the curve for UFC on Fox shows, it’s unlikely that network executives are going to pull the plug.
April 22, 2014
MMA Payout has learned from a Fox source that the UFC on Fox 11 Prelims received an average viewership of 521,000 viewers. In the male 18-49 category, the UFC Prelims received 244,000 viewers.
The three hour Prelims event went up against the first day of the NBA Playoffs, the NHL Playoffs and MLB games during this time period.
UFC on Fox Prelims on FS1
UFC on Fox 9 – 613,000 (Dec. 2013)
UFC on Fox 10 – 713,000 (Jan. 2014)
UFC on Fox 11 – 521,000 viewers (April 2014)
The ratings are disappointing but were up against an afternoon full of other sports on Easter weekend. Notably, the NBA first round games on ESPN lead the way on Saturday for cable ratings according to TV By Numbers. The Prelims featured the return of Thiago Alves as he fought Seth Baczynski in the eventual Fight of the Night. There was also Khabib Nurmagomedov who we will likely see in a main event (or co-main event) in the near future.
April 21, 2014
Bloody Elbow reports that MMA sponsor Americana is offering a fighter $5,000 if they are the first to KO UFC’s women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
You may recall that Americana MMA was the same brand that claimed the UFC priced it out of sponsoring three women fighters that were leaving the independent ranks to be a part of the newly forming UFC women’s straw weight (115lb) division. It appears the reason for the offer is based on Rousey’s statements about Cris “Cyborg” Justino and the lack of a reprimand for them.
Americana MMA would not be the first sponsor willing to motivate a fighter to beat Rousey. Dynamic Fastener offered Miesha Tate a little more than its standard sponsor payout ($6,500) and a $10,000 bonus if Tate beat Rousey at UFC 168.
This is a nice bit of PR for Americana MMA. Although it cannot afford the UFC sponsor fee, it is getting publicity (including this site here) by offering less than what a sponsor normally has to fork over to the UFC. So, the question is whether the UFC will allow its (independently) contracted fighters to collect on a “bonus” from a sponsor not associated with the UFC. Alexis Davis may have the first shot at this July 5th.
April 20, 2014
Television By Numbers reports that the overnight ratings for UFC on Fox 11 received 1.99 million viewers for a 0.8 rating and 3 share for Saturday night. It was the lowest rating for a UFC network show and was last in terms of average viewers in its time slot among network shows.
UFC on FOX Ratings:
UFC on FOX 1: 5.70M viewers (3.1 rating)
UFC on FOX 2: 4.70M viewers (2.6 rating)
UFC on FOX 3: 2.42M viewers (1.5 rating)
UFC on FOX 4: 2.44M viewers (1.4 rating)
UFC on FOX 5: 4.40M viewers (2.5 rating)
UFC on FOX 6: 4.22M viewers (2.4 rating)
UFC on FOX 7: 3.70M viewers (2.2 rating)
UFC on FOX 8: 2.38M viewers (1.5 rating)
UFC on FOX 9: 2.80M viewers (1.8 rating)
UFC on FOX 10: 3.22M viewers (1.9 rating)
UFC on FOX 11: 1.99M viewer (0.8 rating)
Average UFC on FOX Viewership: 3.45M viewers.
The ratings are disappointing considering the card and the fact that the event was a sell out in Orlando. Winning the time slot for network television was the annual Easter tradition of ABC showing of “The Ten Commandments.” The movie scored 5.87 million viewers and 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 with a 4 share. In terms of overall viewership, UFC on Fox 11 lost out to a rerun of Mike and Molly on CBS which received 2.20 million average viewers.
The numbers do not account for the overrun which was about 20 minutes but the first look at the ratings is definitely not what people expected. It could be that the UFC is running too many shows together that viewers are either picking or choosing what to watch or just inundated with the amount of shows that they cannot keep track. Yesterday’s network show was very entertaining yet was the lowest rated UFC show on Fox so far. MMA Payout will keep you posted of adjusted ratings as they become available.
April 19, 2014
In addition, the bonuses were handed out and were the standard $50,000.
Fight of the Night: Thiago Alves-Seth Baczynski
Performance Bonuses: Donald Cerrone and Alex White
Cerrone used a jab to stun and floor Edson Barboza and immediately took his back for the rear-naked choke.
The attendance and gate figures pleased the UFC since Florida has been a tough sell for the company in past events. The UFC sounded bullish on a return similar to that of its back-to-back returns to Seattle as mentioned in an Orlando Sentinel article. The UFC actually used Shaquille O’Neal’s house for a pre-fight press conference.
As for the bonuses, Cerrone’s seemed the most out of nowhere as Barboza looked sharp until the quick jab by Cerrone. Notably, Cerrone sports the Budweiser logo as one of his sponsors. He was sponsored by the company in the past, but this time around the company was more prominent with his walkout shirt and trunks. Also of note, he was represented by Bell helmets.
April 18, 2014
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has named Bob Bennett as its Executive Director. Bennett, a former Marine and FBI agent replaces Keith Kizer who stepped down earlier this year.
Bennett is a current boxing judge in Nevada and will take over one of the most high profile jobs in fight regulation with an annual salary of $94,000 a year. Notwithstanding the pay, 350 applicants sought the position which will have a great deal of oversight into the MMA and Boxing events in the state.
Bennett served as a judge on the undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley II last week as he scored the Sean Monaghan-Joe McCreedy fight.
BREAKING NEWS: Las Vegas’ Bob Bennett selected as new executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Vote was unanimous 5-0.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) April 18, 2014
Bennett was chosen from three finalists and was the unanimous choice on Friday. He has pledged to be a proactive Executive Director and we will see what he does to improve MMA judging and drug testing in the state.
April 17, 2014
MMA Payout has learned from a Nielsen source the ratings from Wednesday night of UFC programming. Notably, the debut of TUF scored just an overnight average of 595,000 viewers.
Preceding TUF was the UFC TUF Nations Finale from Quebec City. The Prelims which started at 2pmPT/4pmET received a viewership of 263,000 viewers whereas the main card starting at 4pmPT/7pmET received 641,000 viewers.
TUF Nations Finale (April 2014) FS1
TUF Nations (prelims) 263,000 viewers
TUF Nations (main card) 641,000 viewers
TUF Finale 18 (December 2013) FS1
TUF 18 Finale (prelims): 938,000 viewers
TUF 18 Finale (main card): 1,129,000 viewers
TUF Finale 17 (August 2013) FX
TUF 17 (main card): 1.7 million
TUF Finale 16 (December 2012) FX
TUF 16 (prelims on Fuel TV) 104,000
TUF 16 (main card): 1.3 million
According to a Fox source, the main event of the TUF Finale was the most watched program on FS1 on Wednesday.
The two hour season debut of TUF 19 featuring coaches Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn drew only 595,000 viewers although the show was delayed until 7:19pm/10:19pm for the TUF Finale overrun.
TUF 18’s season average was at 639,000 viewers in its first season on FS1. Notably, TUF 17: Jones v. Sonnen scored an average of 1.2M in its last season on FX.
First TUF featured the 2 hour debut with fights to get in the house. I always find this an entertaining episode although ratings do not show it. It may be MMA fatigue as FS1 had 7 hours of UFC (more if you watched on Fight Pass and then watched the 1 hour special on an MMA fighter after). As previously noted Fox Sports execs are looking at the TUF franchised differently when evaluating ratings. Last year it noted same day viewership was down 22 percent last season which featured Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Live +7 was down only 10 percent but increased in viewership in the male demos of 18-49 and 25-54. We’ll try to keep track of the reruns and compare how it does during different time slots. Yet, the opening night numbers have to be a little disappointing.
Some odds and ends from TUF 19:
-Will Dana wear different MMA web site’s shirt each episode? Last night was Fightland.
-Bellator champ doesn’t even get into the house and then is buried. Ouch.
-Too bad the guy with the Polar Bear ears didn’t make it into the house. He would have been interesting to watch.
As for the ratings from TUF Nations, Wednesday nights may not be the night for these events. It will be interesting to see if FS1 considers Sundays for TUF when it is not carrying MLB or NASCAR. Wednesday had a number of good matchups and notable names on the card but the ratings did not reflect this despite being the most watched show on FS1.
April 17, 2014
The event which started Wednesday afternoon took place at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec. Tim Kennedy defeated Michael Bisping in the main event of the card. The official attendance announced at the post-fight presser was 5,029 and a live gate of $340,000. There was no breakdown as to comp tickets.
In addition, the bonuses for the night were announced post-fight and included Dustin Poirier, Akira Corrasani, K.J. Noons and Ryan Jimmo. Each received the standard $50,000 bonus on top of their salaries
Fight of the Night: Poirier-Corrasani
Perrformance Bonuses: Noons and Jimmo
Poirier, Noons and Jimmo all scored stoppages to earn their bonuses. Even in a losing effort, Corrasani was entertaining having fought off a Peruvian necktie attempt late in the first round.
While it may have seemed like the attendance at the TUF fights last night were more than the attendees in Quebec City, the UFC has acknowledged the tough sell to put on fights mid-week. It is especially difficult when the card starts mid-day when most fans are at work. But, these fights are mainly for television (and Fight Pass). It was the first time the UFC traveled to Quebec, so one might question why more people would not come to the fights even if they showed up later. As for the bonuses, Poirier, Noons and Jimmo were all very impressive and there’s no debate with their bonuses.
April 15, 2014
Last year, EA Sports announced that Jon Jones would be on the cover of this year’s EA Sports UFC video game. Alexander Gustafsson also joined Jones after being voted in by the fans after defeating GSP in the finals. Below is the finished cover for the game.
Amazon.com currently lists the EA Sports UFC video game for the PS4 and Xbox One for $60 USD with a release date of June 17th. Here are the features for the game:
- Real Damage: Every fighter knows that one good shot can ruin your day. EA SPORTS UFC introduces a non-linear damage system which can result in big damage coming from a single strike. The system produces a greater variety of cuts and contusions.
- Dynamic Striking: A mixed martial artist uses the environment to his advantage and for the first time in a UFC game, you can too. A dynamic environment allows you to pull off jaw-dropping moves using the Octagon, including roundhouse kicks, superman punches and much more. Combine those abilities with the best striking technology in the industry and that one perfect strike could change the fight.
- Real-Time Exertion: A UFC bout is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet requiring mixed martial artists to give it their all with every movement. Real-Time Exertion brings each moment of that action to life in your gameplay experience. Through real-time vein popping, skin discoloration, muscle flex, as well as signs of fatigue setting in through the course of each round, you will witness the effort it takes to be one of the best fighters in the world.
- Strategic Submission Battles: To own the belt, you have to be dominant on your feet and on the mat. EA SPORTS UFC re-invents the ground game to create a battle for position and control that captures the strategy of a submission battle. Like the real sport, in EA SPORTS UFC fighters will work through multiple stages as they work to advance or escape from a fight-ending submission.
- Fighter Likeness and Facial Animations: EA SPORTS UFC will set a new bar for character likeness and emotion in gaming. For the first time in an EA SPORTS game, every single licensed athlete in the game has been created from high resolution 3D head and body scans to deliver revolutionary character likeness and authenticity. Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE, new facial animation technology delivers more expression, emotion and will communicate greater sense of awareness and intelligence in the Octagon.
The UFC’s debut from EA Sports is scheduled for June 17th, which is roughly about two months from press release. Not much promotion has occurred for the game yet other than private demos and slow leaks of features and scans for the game. That figures to change as we get closer to launch date.
E3 will take place on between June 10 and June 12, so just a week before the release. Expect a big UFC presense during the event. Also, it is expected that a EA UFC demo should be available before the release date, which would be available at E3 as well. The UFC will also push the game’s release on the UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov PPV, though it’s a shame that event will likely receive little exposure.
A few weeks ago, MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn did a developer Q&A with the EA UFC team, which is a very good read for those interested on the developers thoughts and their process to making the game. There was also some controversy a week ago when it was announced that Bruce Lee would be a pre-order bonus in the EA UFC video game. The inclusion of the martial arts icon was not the issue, but the labeling of him as “the Father of MMA” in the game did appear to ruffle some feathers within the MMA community.