11.06.2008

UFC Crushes the Competition, and Gets the Recognition


Thanks to 3L for the heads up on this - if I still had a running stab count going on the blog, I'd retract one because he pointed this out.

After the jump you'll find a link to an article about the UFC on MSNBC - the writer analyzes it from the angle that the UFC has survived (and thrived) in a time when we see mma promotions dropping like flies.


From MSNBC.com:

When Johnny Drama is called into the eight-sided cage by Chuck Liddell during an episode of HBO’s hit series “Entourage,” the mixed martial arts fighter demands that the terrified Drama – who had mouthed off at Liddell in a parking lot – get down on his knees and beg for forgiveness.

In a nutshell, that is how Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – of which Liddell is a top star – has treated all competitors. Last month, mixed martial arts organization EliteXC failed. In the last few years, UFC has purchased a huge rival, Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships, along with
World Extreme Cagefighting and World Fighting.

Today, UFC is the undisputed champ of the mixed martial arts world. According to Forbes, UFC is likely to generate $250 million this year, about 90 percent of all mixed martial arts revenue. The matches often sell out venues, such as the 13,300-capacity MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, at an average ticket price topping $250. Three of its cable shows – The Ultimate
Fighter, UFC Fight Night and UFC Unleashed – are staples on Spike TV.

”They offer the highest level of product in the marketplace,” said Shawn McBride, vice president of Ketchum Sports Network. “UFC is laser-focused on mixed martial arts. It’s a great case study.”


The article goes on to talk about some of the UFC's sponsorships and the financial situation the UFC was in when the Fertittas bought it.

In spite of the fact that many people wouldn't be exposed to too many new things from this article, I wanted to point it out because of the exposure on MSNBC, and under the "Sports Biz" section.

In addition to that, we don't have a major news outlet talking about how brutal they think the UFC is, or how it's only rednecks that watch it, and so on and so forth. Instead, we have an intelligent commentary on the UFC, and its dominance in the world of MMA promoters.

While this isn't the first article of the sort, I can only hope it won't be the last - hopefully, the recognition of the financial success will lead others to recognize the athletes' successes in the combat sports world as well.

-PreView

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