January 18, 2010
- Boxer’s treatment costs spur look at injury fund
- One on One With Shari Spencer
- Looking at Japan in 2010
- Get an inside look at how Illinois legalized UFC
- Fighting for MMA
Boxer’s treatment costs spur look at injury fund
The creation of a fund earmarked for catastrophic injuries to boxers and martial arts fighters is being studied by the Nevada Athletic Commission, its chairwoman said Tuesday…
Lundvall said to prevent taxpayers from paying the medical bills of fighters in the future, she is asking some of the “best minds in insurance” to devise ideas “along the lines of an annuity.”
Lundvall, a Reno attorney, said she envisions a monetary pool for catastrophic injuries being funded through a small percentage of both ticket sales and pay-per-view sales in Nevada.
How much that percentage would be, she said, “needs much more study.” She said the question of how to fund a catastrophic medical pool will be on the commission’s agenda in February.
A recent study done by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on the nongaming economic effect of 20 major fights since 2005 found that nearly $200 million was poured into the community by visitors… (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
One on One With Shari Spencer
Just as his accomplishments inside of the UFC’s Octagon can be attributed to hard work, dedication, and the continuing improvement of a skill set that is already amongst the most formidable in any weight class, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre’s accomplishments outside of the cage can almost exclusively be attributed to the efforts of his personal manager, Shari Spencer. Aside from defending his title twice in 2009 against two of the best fighters in the welterweight division, St-Pierre became the first MMA fighter to truly break into the mainstream of sports advertising when he signed exclusive sponsorship agreements with marketing juggernauts Gatorade and Under Armour last year, two of the largest sports-related advertisers in the world… (Tapology)
Looking at Japan in 2010
Michael Schiavello: I think 2010 will be a resurgence year for K-1. We’ll see K-1 do some big things in Europe, such as the rumored four European shows including possibly a European Grand Prix in a major European city (I can’t say which city just yet, but if the rumor comes true, it’s a city K-1 hasn’t been in yet and one that would be very exciting). Also I believe we’ll see K-1 return to mainland USA this year, with at least one show but maybe as many as three, which is big in itself and has a lot to do with the enormous popularity K-1 has garnered on HDNet.
Michael Schiavello: I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to do a show in Japan unless you’re working in with FEG. They’re the big power in Japan. They hold all the aces in their pockets with television, marketing, the best fighters, venues, etc. Scott Coker is a smart cookie and has tremendous experience with the Japanese market from his many years working with K-1. A Strikeforce show in Japan done with the blessing and partial assistance of FEG could be successful depending on which fighters were utilized. The key to capturing the Japanese fans is using Japanese fighters, not American fighters. Strikeforce and FEG have a working relationship which I believe is very healthy. My dream scenario would be for a joint Strikeforce/Dream series doing one show a piece in the USA and in Japan, not unlike Dynamite was a DREAM/Sengoku series… (MMAFighting)
Get an inside look at how Illinois legalized UFC
It didn’t take any punches or kicks or choke holds for mixed martial arts to be legalized by the Illinois Legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, just the usual mix of political clout and a little campaign cash, according to a portion of Blagojevich’s new book, The Governor.
Other key players declined to talk about Blagojevich’s version of the story, but public records back up key portions.
Blagojevich writes of his distaste for the sport, which takes place in an octagonal steel cage and combines boxing, karate, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts. But he says he put that distaste aside and signed the legislation legalizing mixed martial arts to score points with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel, the real-life model for the character Ari Gold in the HBO series “Entourage.”
And why might Ari Emanuel care about mixed martial arts? Among his Endeavor Talent Agency’s clients: Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas company that owns UFC… (Chicage Sun-Times)
Fighting for MMA
According to mmafacts.com, a website devoted to spreading the word about MMA, an HR&A study conducted in 2008 analyzed the economic impact one Ultimate Fighting Championship (a company that hosts MMA caged bouts) event would have in Buffalo and Downstate New York.
According to the study “$1.7 million of direct spending is leveraged three times to result in $5.2 million of total activity in the local economy,” which means one event “could increase direct sports-related activity in Buffalo by 20 percent.”
Every dollar spent planning, promoting and staffing the event, along with every dollar spent on ticket sales, merchandise, food, travel, hotels, and entertainment will has a three-fold impact on the community.
By attracting event-goers and employing locals to work at the event, just one UFC or MMA event will bring money in to the community and keep it there. The money is leveraged because it will continue to circulate within the community even after the day of the fight.
Furthermore, the direct revenue benefits, or taxes, to New York State could total $320,000, and that’s from just one event.
The impact on Downstate New York is even greater: findings indicate potential for $11.3 million of economic output,” which is 15 percent of the [region’s] economic activity over a single weekend.”
“The Times Union Center in Albany anticipates a single MMA event generating close to $1 million in economic impact for Albany businesses and an additional $100,000 in tax revenues for Albany County” the study reported… (Saratoga Today)
- Herschel Walker isn’t joking about MMA (ESPN)
- Expectations rise for Strikeforce’s Bobby Lashley (USA Today)
- Report: Floyd Mayweather to fight on May 1st, would go head-to-head against UFC PPV (Fight Opinion)
- UFC president says May 1 card in Montreal could be moved to another date (The Canadian Press)
- Sanchez contemplates return to 170 (Yahoo! Sports)
- Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione targeted for UFC 113 in Montreal (Yahoo! Sports)
- Derrick Noble vs Yves Edwards Heads MFC 24 (MMAWeekly)
- Weekend Rundown: Monson Wins; Houston Alexander Loses (Sherdog)
- ESPN to air UFC: Best of 2009 on free-to-air weekend (Mirror.co.uk)
- Kongo vs. Buentello, Ludwig vs. Fisher Added to UFC on Versus (MMAFighting)
- Kampmann vs. Saunders set for UFC 111 main card, two bouts official for prelims (MMAJunkie)
- Bellator Signs GSP Training Partner Mike Ricci (MMAWeekly)
- Koscheck vs. Daley at UFC 113 in Montreal (MMAWeekly)
- Update On Bobby Lashley’s Strikeforce Opponent (MMANews)
- HDNet Fights Presents K-1 Classics (Asian GP 2008) at 8 PM ET on HDNet (01/22/10)
- InsideMMA (Ed Soares, Jose Aldo, Jon Fitch, & Randy Couture) at 9 PM ET on HDNet (01/22/10)
- HDNet Fights Presents Best of 2009 K-1 World MAX at 10 PM ET on HDNet (01/22/10)
- Best of Pride FC at 10 PM ET/PT on Spike (01/22/10)
- Strikeforce Miami: Diaz vs Zaromskis at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime (01/30/10)
- FCF 39: Women’s 135 lbs Grand Prix: Opening Round on TBD (01/30/10)
- KOTC: Toryumon from Okinawa, Japan on PPV (01/30/10)
December 10, 2009
Countdown to UFC 107 aired Tuesday night on Spike TV to an average audience of 618,000, which is the highest rated Countdown show since UFC 101 (805,000 viewers) in early August. It’s a good sign for the UFC, because the interest levels in Countdown ratings tend to have a ballpark correlation with the actual PPVs they’re meant to promote.
However, the pre-fight indicators are generally mixed when it comes to UFC 107. It was reported earlier this week that just over 10,000 tickets had been sold one week out from the event, which isn’t spectacular for a new market. Barring any strong sales in the last week the attendance should fill out to an average 14,000 or 15,000, and would probably translate into a $2.0-$2.3 million gate.
Gregory Saks of Tapology.com also talks about the general interest activity surrounding BJ Penn, Diego Sanchez, and Frank Mir being somewhat average:
October 20, 2009
The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 began airing in September, featuring a cast of heavyweights including Kimbo Slice vying for a UFC contract. The fan interest and buzz surrounding the show was palpable, leading to a huge jump up the rankings for Kimbo as well as several other participants. The Youtube sensation-turned legitimate MMA fighter rose 10 spots to first place from August to September, yet another example of his star power as an athlete.
Also enjoying a major boost in September was UFC 103 participant Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, who returned to the organization and defeated Rich Franklin in a convincing first round stoppage. Belfort’s victory clearly resonated with fans, driving the Brazilian veteran up 21 spots to second place in the buzz rankings.
TUF 10 particpants including Roy Nelson and Wes Sims also enjoyed a significant ‘Spike’ in exposure, climbing 150 and 205 spots, respectively. Seth Petruzelli, the fighter who ended Kimbo Slice’s run in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion, rose to 33 in the rankings despite having no involvement with the show. A rematch between Petruzelli and Kimbo could be a ratings winner for the UFC.
Other notables include Lyoto Machida receiving increased fan buzz despite inactivity in September, a sign that the Brazilian Karate expert could be a casual fan favorite in the making. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Demian Maia, Brian Bowles, and Miguel Torres all suffered unceremonious drops in September after their prior month bouts.
|Fighter||August to September
|1||Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson||Up 10|
|2||Vitor Belfort||Up 21|
|3||Fedor Emelianenko||No Change|
|4||Anderson Silva||Down 2|
|5||Quinton “Rampage” Jackson||Up 13|
|6||Lyoto Machida||Up 4|
|7||Brock Lesnar||Down 3|
|8||Roy Nelson||Up 150|
|9||Chuck Liddell||Down 2|
|10||Rich Franklin||Up 33|
|11||Rashad Evans||Up 9|
|12||Bobby Lashley||Up 1|
|13||Randy Couture||Down 5|
|14||Shane Carwin||Down 5|
|15||Tito Ortiz||Down 3|
|16||Wes Sims||Up 205|
|17||Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic||Up 30|
|18||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||Down 2|
|19||Frank Mir||Up 14|
|20||Ken Shamrock||Up 10|
|21||Brett Rogers||Up 5|
|22||Diego Sanchez||Up 3|
|23||Andrei Arlovski||Up 5|
|24||Tim Sylvia||Up 14|
|25||Mauricio “Shogun” Rua||Up 10|
|26||Forrest Griffin||Down 21|
|27||Dan Henderson||Down 10|
|28||Wanderlei Silva||Up 6|
|29||Gina Carano||Down 28|
|30||Junior Dos Santos||Up 45|
|31||Jason “Mayhem” Miller||Up 21|
|32||Royce Gracie||Up 26|
|33||Seth Petruzelli||Up 48|
|34||Matt Hughes||Up 3|
|35||Keith Jardine||Down 14|
|36||Georges St. Pierre||Down 21|
|37||Efrain Escudero||Up 82|
|38||Paul Daley||Up 166|
|39||Thiago Silva||Down 12|
|40||Bob Sapp||Up 15|
|41||Roger Huerta||Up 15|
|42||Frank Shamrock||Down 6|
|43||Melvin Guillard||Up 63|
|44||Frank Trigg||Up 49|
|45||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||Up 45|
|46||Thiago Alves||Down 6|
|47||BJ Penn||Down 33|
|48||Nick Diaz||Down 16|
|49||Ricardo Arona||Up 79|
|50||Cain Velasquez||Down 6|
Dropped out from August to September:
Alistair Overeem (#56), Kenny Florian (#59), Mark Coleman (#61), Renato “Babalu” Sobral (#62), Brandon Vera (#66), Nate Marquardt (#68), Gegard Mousasi (#76), Jon Fitch (#80), Gabriel Gonzaga (#81), Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (#92), Miguel Torres (#127), Chris Leben (#137), Demian Maia (#200), Brian Bowles (#219)
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