Interesting article from Yahoo! Sports. Seems like this could be the first legit threat to the UFC on Spike TV. Also, Mark Cuban and Oscar De La Hoya have become involved with starting organizations and possibly signing fighters; Bud Light has signed a 3-year deal with the UFC. MMA is quickly becoming more widely accepted. And now with the good possibility of EliteXC on CBS Saturday primetime, the sport could draw huge ratings. There’s also word that Kimbo Slice may headline the first card! Click the banner to check out the story.
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Yawwwwn. I can’t believe they are going to do this to us again. Date on www.boxrec.com has the fight on September 20, 2008. I suppose Floyd deserves a gimme fight and a nice pay day; but this isn’t the fight that needs to be done at this stage for us boxing fans. Two words: Miguel Cotto. Hopefully they can make that fight for early 2009. Oh and expect another huge buildup to PBF-DLH II including an additional 24/7 series.
The following is a brief breakdown of how well the UFC and HBO Boxing did in 2007 by way of PPV numbers. Obviously the popularity of both sports runs deeper than simply pay-per-view figures. I couldn’t locate a list of HBO numbers as far as each event went, but you have to take into account that De La Hoya and Mayweather are probably responsible for a majority of the PPV buys. Similarly, Rampage and Chuck had a lot to do with boosting the UFC numbers. The UFC events combined for 4,885,000 views totaling $194.5 million. UFC 70 & 75 were SPIKE events. Boxing did 4,795,000 PPV’s for $239.75.
UFC 67 – Silva v. Lutter – 400,000
UFC 68 – Slyvia v. Couture – 540,000
UFC 69 – St. Pierre v. Serra – 400,000
UFC 71 – Liddell v. Jackson II – 675,000
UFC 72 – Franklin v. Okami – 200,000
UFC 73 – Ortiz v. Evans – 425,000
UFC 74 – Couture v. Gonzaga – 520,000
UFC 76 – Liddell v. Jardine – 475,000
UFC 77 – Franklin v. Silva II – 325,000
UFC 78 – Evans v. Bisbing – 325,000
UFC 79 – Liddell v. Silva – 600,000
HBO Boxing – 4,795,000 (total) among main events including:
Mayweather v. Hatton
Cotto v. Mosley
Pacquiao v. Barrera
Hopkins v. Wright
De La Hoya v. Mayweather
Cotto v. Judah
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who absolutely does not want to see the rematch of the most over-hyped fight of recent memory. How are they gonna promote the second bout when the first one was worse than disappointing? I’m predicting the PPV numbers will be less than half of what the Cinco De Mayo fight were. Shame on whoever is responsible for not getting a Miguel Cotto or Paul Williams date for Floyd Mayweather. Two fights that would be worth the hype and would actually be competitive.
On a side note, click the pic to see what IFL members had to say about Floyd making a possible transition to MMA haha…