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Jason Cruz of MMA Payout is reporting that the UFC is asking a high price to carry it’s product- but it may have trouble getting it. 450 million dollars per year is a steep increase from the current FOX deal, 120 million.
The Sports Business Journal reports the UFC’s current state of negotiating a new media rights package once its deal with FOX is up. Currently, the new asking price of $450M per year is a stiff increase that is not garnering a lot of interest at this point.
The current deal with FOX is worth $120 million per year (with it jumping to $160 million for the last year) for the 7 year deal which ends at the end of 2018. The UFC is looking to increase its rights fee to $450 million per year. Traditional media companies appear to be weary of the hefty ask.
The UFC has been considering other options- Amazon, for instance, might be a potential contender to carry the UFC product on it’s all-digital platform. That would be a move without precedent, and a risky one.
There is another concern for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s negotiating power: they might have competition from the WWE.
SBJ notes that with the WWE’s media rights deal coming up in the fall of 2019, the market and bargaining leverage might be hindered for the UFC. WWE has met with Fox earlier this summer as part of the pro wrestling company’s road show with various networks “to show the power of its programming.” The WWE’s deal with NBC in 2017 is estimated at $180 million.
Dustin Poirier’s life is pretty good right now
Gainzzzz for Demetrious Johnson
I do believe this is Edmond Tarverdyan’s actual account. At least some of the people Werdum gets into it with tend to be some of the least likable people in MMA.
@FabricioWerdum is a punk who only talks shit to smaller people. Fake tough guy.— Edmond Tarverdyan (@EdmondTarverdy) November 21, 2017
Justin Buckholz, Team Alpha Male’s (erstwhile?) striking coach, is hinting that all is not well at Team Alpha Male.
Pretty soon I'm gonna be called a racist etc. Same smear campaign that was run on @DUANEBANGCOM wonder who's doing it??— Justin Buchholz (@JustinBuchholz) November 20, 2017
Comment when you see it...
This is a good account if you like MMA memes
Jacare tried to forestall Brunson saying anything about the time and location... but Brunson went ahead and named a different time and location.
UFC offered me Derek Brunson to fight on February 3rd at UFC FN 125, Belem do Para, Brazil. I already agreed to fight on Belem do Para, Brazil, now is up to Derek Brunson, I hope he doesn't come up with escuses about the location and date of event. @ufc— Ronaldo Jacaré (@JacareMMA) November 20, 2017
That’s weird . I accepted for Jan 27 in Charlotte, NC. I’ll be in touch after this weekend’s fight! See you in NC. https://t.co/IrA88q4kEu— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 20, 2017
Because what are the keys, really? I would be happy to be wrong, but this seems like a brutal matchup for Holly Holm. I hope she’s getting the millions she wanted.
Ariel Helwani asked Holm what are the keys to beating Cyborg and there was like 40 seconds of awkward silence. It was a bad phone connection but still, if you're Cyborg's team you have to clip that and use it for promotion. #TheMMAHour— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) November 20, 2017
Why would Cyborg post a picture on her own Instagram with Wanderlei’s face photoshopped onto hers??
It looks like the fans of @hollyholm are excited for Dec 30th #ufc219 today is the start of week 6 from the fight! I am more motivated in training for this fight than I have ever been in my career! I feel this new contract with the @UFC is the start of a new career for me! =========================== Parece que os fans da Holly estão animados para a luta! Faltando 6 semanas! Vamos que vamos Nação Cyborg! Motivação a mil! #criscyborg #cyborgnation #ufc219 #chuteboxe
Good question- that’s one of the biggest things the Ali Expansion Act would change.
If my income is public information. Why isn’t my promoters? I believe Fighters and their management should be able to see the numbers of all revenue generated— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 17, 2017
Uriah Hall is grumpy in the morning.
Uriah Hall is not happy with the early morning USADA wake up call. (Via his Instagram story). pic.twitter.com/47vVYIveRA— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 20, 2017
Volkan is out of jail.
It appears as if Volkan Oezdemir has posted bond ($10,000) and is now out of jail in Broward County, Fl. Still no context available over the arrest, other than it was for statute 784.045-1.a.1: aggravated battery. pic.twitter.com/bIt0VmNXiR— Tim B. (@timothybissell) November 19, 2017
The McGregors are getting in the Christmas spirit
Matt Brown got himself into some trouble this weekend. Don’t mix alcohol and watching your kids!
Need some help from twitterverse here... Can all my peeps tweet @Mrs_Immortal and ask her not to kill me when she gets home for buzzing my kids hair? #scaredofwifey #alcoholisahelluvadrug pic.twitter.com/pOemnPervh— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 19, 2017
Safe to say, Werdum liked his gift
My dad sent me a picture of a buck he killed recently, and I do miss being outdoors this time of year.
This photo is making me a little nostalgic. pic.twitter.com/MzjE5CHpfm— Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) November 18, 2017
“Watch Vasyl Lomachenko play tennis with himself” is just the latest Lomachenko addition to impossible feats
This shouldn’t be real either:
Gina Carano is going to be shouting at this match like Loki watching Thor get slammed around by Hulk: “That is how it feels!!” (If you haven’t seen the latest Thor movie, trust me, worth it)
Good gator wrestling on display here:
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Sure, whatever you say, bro. Colby Covington blames a concussion for throwing a gay slur at Werdum.
- John Nash takes a dive into what the Ali Expansion Act might mean for this... wait... is MMA really a sport? He discusses that too. Read the whole article, not just the headline.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
This rolling wheel kick/scorpion kick knockout is absolutely unbelievable.
Bizarre scene at Enfusion 56. Fighter eats left hand after the bell and pretends he's out (and wins by DQ). pic.twitter.com/muQquDkHDp— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) November 18, 2017
I love me a good body shot.
perfectly placed, uhhh— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 17, 2017
Patryk Beszta KOs Apidech Lookiaoporsornchai in 1R (MX) pic.twitter.com/n8eAxBABK7
snapped— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 18, 2017
Numkabuan Sitkongwet KOs Yai Loukprachristmaxma (The Champion MT) pic.twitter.com/ZiyrhzimPW
Holy shit. He picked him up and threw him on his head. Buren Wuliji TKO's Beno Adamia. Superstart Fight 7 pic.twitter.com/RCyMmYVGQN— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 13, 2017
That was quick
Rustam Madoyan KO's Mikhail Lebedev in 30 seconds (FNG) pic.twitter.com/D1XwZG0V82— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 19, 2017
This would have been amazing
close, a standing Ezekiel - rare thing pic.twitter.com/vr2V88fAeG— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 19, 2017
Great moment from this weekend’s UFC card
When the referee is like... ah, forget it.
Pretty much a 6 second KO. My guess is the Ref was just counting for practice pic.twitter.com/m71D6DzJTM— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 21, 2017
Footwork isn’t just about getting from A to B. Watch how Joe Louis generates power by pivoting his feet (putting out a cigarette). This allows him to better rotate his hips and shift his weight from one foot to the other. Joe was as perfect a puncher as you’re ever likely to see. pic.twitter.com/gZdcEuMBSI— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) November 20, 2017
This made me reflexively angry, yet I also laughed out loud.
This made me frustrated too, but less so.
can someone explain why japanese game show 'slippery stairs' hasn't made its way to our part of the world yet pic.twitter.com/cd1BHvvoKl— juan (@juanbuis) November 20, 2017