UFC & MMA MID-WEEK NOTEBOOK
“REAL DEAL” CHAEL SONNAN GETS SILVA REMATCH
San Francisco, CA– Remember the old adage, “It ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings.” At the August UFC PPV, the fat lady was about two minutes away from singing for underdog Chael Sonnan in his UFC middleweight (185 lbs) duel with champion Anderson Silva of Brazil. Dominating Silva up to the point (almost 23 minutes of battle) where “The Spider” got a choke hold on Chael, Sonnan of Portland, OR gets Silva again February 5, 2011 in “Sin City.”
UFC HURTING “LIVE” PRODUCT WITH CURRENT CAGE
Unless you’ve got an elevated seat or are in the first row, watching a UFC even live at an arena means watching it on the big screen. Look at the crowd during the fights, they are more likely to watching the big screen than looking at the caged Octagon. If Dana White wanted to really improve their live product, they’d convert the cage to a more conventional cyclone fence.
OR DEVELOP A PLASTIC FENCE THAT IS SEE-THROUGH
Those little holes in the Octagon have your eyes messin’ with you after a while, thus you are back to looking at the screen. If not the conventional old cyclone fence cage from the 70’s pro wrestling era with big holes, go all plastic with no holes at all in the fencing surrounding the Octagon.
TOP UFC MONEY FOR CARD IN BOSTON
After you add his PPV cut, the now defeated twice by UFC lightweight (155) Frankie Edgar, BJ Penn will gross $1 million. Randy Couture had a $250,000 base pay and will walk away with an estimated $950 grand. There are conflicting reports, $500 K, $800 K, $1 million with some PPV bonus involved, nobody knows for sure. Frankie Edgar got $96,000 with no upside details available. The estimated PPV buy rate is said to just shy of 600,000 homes.
ARE UFC FANS CHEAP COUCH POTATOES?
According to the great David Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the gifted one says brought up one problem that the UFC has when it takes their act on the road. The people throwing out $44.95 for a group of friends to watch a UFC PPV, seems they are not inclined to shell out $250 per live seat when the UFC comes to town.
UNLIKE BOXING, UFC GIVES LAST MINUTE FOES GET BREAK
Dana White and the UFC have an “unwritten” rule that gives 99% of the guys called in at the last minute another opportunity. In other words, if you do something for the company and lose, the UFC gives you another fight even if your contract said you would be cut. On the flip side, a last minute opponent in boxing is lucky to get transportation from the airport!
WWE FEELING PUNCH FROM UFC & IT’S MMA MINIONS
The web action surrounding Vince McMahon’s WWE has dropped 15% in the last year. Another bad sign for the company is that their online sales have dropped 17%. If that wasn’t a sign of bad things soon to get worse, according to early reports, their July PPV from Kansas City did only 93,000 buys in the United States!