January 22, 2017
Tito Ortiz made $300,000 in his final fight of his MMA career at Bellator 170 Saturday night. Ortiz defeated Chael Sonnen in the first round of the main event.
Sonnen made $50,000 for his part in the main event.
The California State Athletic Commission disclosed the following payouts for Saturday’s event (via MMA Junkie):
ito Ortiz: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Paul Daley: $50,000 (no win bonus)
def. Brennan Ward: $50,000
Hisaki Kato: $30,000 (includes no win bonus)
def. Ralek Gracie: $33,000
Emmanuel Sanchez: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Georgi Karakhanyan: $24,000
Derek Campos: $34,200 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Derek Anderson: $7,800
Jacob Rosales: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Ian Butler: $1,500
Mike Segura: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Tommy Aaron: $2,000
James Barnes: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Rob Gooch: $2,000
Curtis Millender: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Johnny Cisneros: $2,000
Colleen Schneider: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Chrissie Daniels: $4,500
Henry Corrales: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Bollinger: $2,500
Guilherme Vasconcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Mercurio: $2,000
Keith Berry: $3,000
vs. Kevin Casey: $10,000
Alex Soto: $5,400 (includes $3,000 win bonus)*
def. Demarcus Brown: $2,300
Chinzo Machida: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamar Ocampo: $1,500
Jalin Turner: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Green: $2,000
Jack May: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Dave Cryer: $2,000
Daniel Rodriguez: $3,075 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Christian Gonzalez: $1,350*
It looks like Tito’s Bellator contract had him making $300,000 per fight if you look back at his other fights with the organization. His last fight in the UFC he earned $250,000. Unfortunately for Christian Gonzalez, he missed weight and had to forfeit a portion of his purse. He was one of the lowest paid fighters on the card which makes it worse. Notably, a pattern of top of the card Bellator fighters with no win bonus and others on the mid-card making a win bonus which is half their show money.
January 20, 2017
Eric Winter, the UFC Fight Pass executive that was hired to spearhead the growth of the digital over the top network announced that he was leaving the company Friday. Wither cited family reasons as the need for the departure.
Winter wrote a lengthy note (via MMA Junkie) as for his reasons for his departure, namely his two young children. He also spoke glowingly about the UFC. He was hired from Yahoo! Sports in June 2015 to oversee the content and growth of UFC Fight Pass.
There is no word as to his replacement.
It will be interesting to see how the new owners address the opening. Fight Pass has expanded since Winter arrived and the news of Netflix a robust increase in subscriptions in its latest earning report should mean that the platform has more room to expand with more individuals becoming comfortable with the over the top platform. Then again, there has been a push to curb costs so we shall see if there will be continued original content of a pull back from the expansion.
January 20, 2017
Chris Liddell, the global CFO at WME-IMG has taken a post with the newly installed Trump Administration as reported by Deadline.com and the Hollywood Reporter.
As we know, WME-IMG purchased the UFC this past summer. Ari Emmanuel, the former Hollywood agent for President Donald Trump, met with Emmanuel shortly after he was elected president. The substance of the discussions was not made public. Despite their relationship, Emmanuel is considered someone that supports Democrats.
Liddell will take on the role of adviser and has been named an assistant and director of strategic initiatives for the new administration. He had provided advice to President Trump in appointments during the post-election transition.
The appointment is key if you are one to connect dots. The expansion of the Ali Act to include combat sports (i.e., MMA) is still an active bill in the House. The UFC is opposed to this legislation and has lobbied against it. The appointment of Liddell to a post within the Trump Administration might be the death knell for the success of passing this bill. While we might believe that all parties will have an open mind on the bill, you have to wonder if a former executive of the company that owns the UFC would advise the President to veto such legislation if it got to that point. More likely, the bill gets buried before even getting to the Senate.
January 19, 2017
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a request by attorneys for World of Boxing, L.L.C. to continue the February 6, 2017 trial date.
For background on the case, see our post here. Essentially, the parties are suing each other over a failed fight in Russia due to an alleged failed test by Povetkin and Wilder’s subsequent actions after he learned of the drug test. There is also an issue of over $7 million held up in escrow due to the failed fight.
Notably, the court order identifies a September 26, 2016 hearing in which the parties wanting an “expedited trial” and agreeing on the February 6th trial date. The parties agreed to the sole issue of whether Alexander Povetking ingested Melodonium after it was formally banned on January 1, 2016.
World of Boxing has complained of discovery issues in which Wilder’s attorneys claimed privilege for certain emails between purported agents of Wilder and his attorney.
MMA Payout will keep you posted on the case as it heads to trial.
January 18, 2017
UFC Fight Night 103 drew 1.090 million viewers on FS1 Sunday night per Sports TV Ratings. The prelims drew 824,000 viewers on FS1.
UPDATED: The show peaked with 1,604,000 viewers between 12-12:15am. It was the No. 1 viewership in the A18-49 category from 8pm-12:15am ET. The postfight show averaged 364,000 which is tied for the 3rd largest-viewed FS1 UFC Fight Night Postfight ever.
The prelims aired from 8-10pm ET and scored 361,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo. The main card drew 612,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.
The main card featured BJ Penn’s return against Yair Rodriguez. The prelims main fight featured Drakkar Klose and Devin Powell.
The Fight Night ratings are the best since September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95. The event featured Cristiane Cyborg Justino from Brazil. The event did well considering it went up against the NFL game featuring the Chiefs-Steelers and we thought that it might affect viewership. Certainly, the ratings appear to not be affected.
January 17, 2017
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC Fight Night 103 on Sunday. The payouts, disclosed by Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission, released the payouts totaling $841,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Yair Rodriguez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Joe Lauzon: $116,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus)
def. Marcin Held: $20,000
Ben Saunders: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Court McGee: $35,000
Sergio Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. John Moraga: $28,000
Drakkar Klose: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Devin Powell: $10,000
Augusto Mendes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Aleksei Oleinik: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Viktor Pesta: $10,000
Tony Martin: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Alex White: $14,000
Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Walt Harris: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chase Sherman: $10,000
Joachim Christensen: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bojan Mihajlovic: $10,000
Cyril Asker: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dmitrii Smoliakov: $10,000
Rodriguez equals Penn’s pay as he also received a Performance Bonus. $150,000 is the same amount Penn received in his last fight against Frankie Edgar in July 2014.
January 16, 2017
The next season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature bantamweight coaches T.J. Dillashaw and newly crowned champ Cody Garbrandt according to a UFC press release. The long-running series will continue with former competitors from past seasons on the show.
The new season begins on FS1 on April 19th with a two hour premiere.
No date yet for a fight between Garbrandt and Dillashaw although the press release indicated that they would fight after the season of TUF so this might put us at the July show of International Fight Week which would be a great co-main event. As for the series, I’m not sure if these two as coaches will garner more viewers than previous seasons although the curiosity of seeing past TUF fighters serves as a “Where are they now” sort of feel for people that have watched past seasons.
January 15, 2017
Yair Rodriguez led the bonus winners after demolishing B.J. Penn.
Aleksie Oleinik, Augusto Mendes and Frankie Saenz were the other bonus winners. Mendes and Saenz drew Fight of the Night while Rodriguez and Olenik won for Performance Bonuses.
UFC 103 in Phoenix drew 11,589 for $913.372. The event took place at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Arena).
January 14, 2017
Due to weather conditions in Kansas City, Missouri the NFL has decided to push the divisional playoff game between Kansas City and Pittsburgh to a 5:20 p.m. PT kickoff rather than a 1:05 pm PT start. The delay will come at the cost of UFC as its event in Phoenix airs at the same time.
UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn takes place from Phoenix, Arizona at 7pm PT. Of course, most sports viewers will be watching the Steelers-Chiefs game.
The UFC Prelims will air on FS1 prior to the main card.
The UFC had hoped that they would capitalize on NFL Football this weekend but not with a game occurring during its main card. Now, you might see a decrease in viewership due to the competing game unless there is an extreme blowout.
January 13, 2017
Dana White has made a counteroffer to Floyd Mayweather’s offer of $15 million to Conor McGregor. On FS1’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, he offered to pay the fighters $25 million each and a split of the PPV revenue.
During his ESPN “car wash” earlier this week, Mayweather stated he’s interested in McGregor but as the “A” side would want $100 million plus his PPV cut. He would grant McGregor $15 million.
White chimed in today with his offer.
Of course, but its far less than Mayweather had been suggesting. Thus, TMZ caught up with Floyd who gave his response.
Let’s be honest, this fight will not happen if the UFC wants to co-promote. Mayweather garnered a 60-40 split in his Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao. He’ll be sure to want a 70-30 split against an unproven commodity. Sure, the UFC PPVs and attendance/gate are good for McGregor, but Mayweather knows his worth and there’s no reason for him to fight unless he gets what he wants.