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McGregor Acquires 1.3 Million PPV Views

»Posted by on Dec 28, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on McGregor Acquires 1.3 Million PPV Views

McGregor Acquires 1.3 Million PPV Views

The most prominent figure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is Conor McGregor. His athletic personality draws millions towards pay-per-views hosted by the UFC. Eleven months have passed since McGregor last competed in the octagon, with his former opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January 2020. Supporters wanting to witness “Notorious” return won’t have to wait long, with Dustin Poirier confirmed for UFC 257 on January 23rd.

Conor McGregor isn’t entirely focused on his upcoming bout with Dustin Poirier, as recent interviews for UFC 257 has McGregor discussing fights that happened eleven pay-per-views ago. McGregor continues to bolster how UFC 246 was the highest-viewed PPV in 2020, emphasising that UFC 251 didn’t sustain the same level of popularity. Most haven’t forgotten that McGregor’s PPV with Donald Cerrone drew more than a million viewers, marking the highest seen for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. After those views, Conor McGregor claims UFC 246 was the highest-earning of 2020.

Social media posts have been released by Conor McGregor, who congratulated the Ultimate Fighting Championship on sustaining a profitable year & claiming the UFC was the premier sporting institution to make it through the Covid pandemic. Those claims were debunked in minutes by sports analysts, showing McGregor’s continued foolishness & lack of global intelligence. Institutions like Formula One, the Association of Tennis Professionals, International Cricket, and numerous others sustained formal seasonal events in 2020.

Proven Wrong

Conor McGregor didn’t hesitate to prove his claims that UFC 246 earned higher than UFC 251. UFC Analysts would debunk falsified proof released by McGregor, with accurate information showing that both pay-per-views sustained 1.3 Million viewers. Nobody is surprised that McGregor is lying to bolster his skillsets. When defeating previous opponents, Conor suggested himself the exclusive individual to acquire championships in two divisions across the UFC. One day after those claims, it’d be learned two others accomplished the task before himself. Conor McGregor’s reputation is dropping rapidly, with 2020 proving to become the UFC fighter’s worst. He’d lose his fiancé after committing domestic abuse against the mother of his child.

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Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

»Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

UFCs roster regularly employs social media to engage in verbal abuse & challenge each other to battles, providing UFC President Dana White an ample selection of fighting opportunities. Supporters have recently witnessed Champion Jon Jones verbally assault Israel Adesanya & Jan Blachowics, informing both competitors that they’re not viable opponents for becoming a Two-Division Champion. Few have accomplished this task & now with analysts questioning if Jon Jones is the GOAT, the American MMA fighter is looking towards a second championship. Maintaining two belts consecutively would cement Jones as the UFCs Greatest of All Time and not Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Twitter discussions were maintained between Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, and Jan Blachowics. It was Blachowics that prominently engaged in verbally assaulting the Light Heavyweight Champion, with Jones being forced to defend himself. It prompted Jones to discuss criticism from former rivals like Daniel Cormier & inform Blachowics that his presence in the octagon is pointless.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones mentioned to Jan Blachowics that before turning twenty-five, he’d begun earning millions & has accumulated a wealth most in the Ultimate Fighting Championship haven’t ascertained. Jones evoked that a “Super Fight” against Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowics wouldn’t benefit his career long-term. Jon is the divisional champ & has defended his belt multiple times while amassing monetary wealth that can sustain a lifetime. Money won’t sway Jon’s decision to compete.

Heavyweight Division for Jones

Stripe Miocic is the opponent Jon Jones wants to compete against at his next Pay-Per-View. Discussions regarding these two men battling in the octagon have been considered on several previous occasions. Jones competing against Stripe Miocic means moving up to the Heavyweight division. It should be clarified that Jon Jones hasn’t competed since the UFC entered their pandemic era, with his last PPV being in February 2020. Dominik Reyes was defeated horribly by Jon Jones at UFC 247 and marked Jones 11th title defence of the UFC Light Heavyweight Belt.

Supporters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship have clamoured for Jon Jones to return before 2021. Champions in the UFC are required to defend their title once-per-year, with Jones having accomplished that requirement in February 2020. Most analysts believe he’ll return by January to February in 2021, prolonging his run as champion.

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UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

»Posted by on Oct 30, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Foolish predictions for UFC 254 were made by President Dana White, who suggested that the Pay-Per-View would evoke the highest views to date. UFC 245 was slated to be the largest PPV that the Ultimate Fighting Championship had held at Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island. What Dana White was suggesting would’ve also broken all records for UFC Pay-Per-View history. Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov had been the previous record holder in October 2018.

That record wouldn’t be overtaken until Jorge Masvidal & Kamaru Usman fought this year. Dana White presumed history would repeat itself with Nurmagomedov’s battle against Justin Gaethje. However, viewership records were the lowest the UFC has seen throughout 2020. For the eyes of UFC President Dana White, it’s likely a failure & indication that new viewers must be approached.

The UFC 245 Pay-Per-View is reported to have acquired 675,000.00 viewers, meaning that hundreds of thousands paid $64.99 to witness the fight. That’s still an incredible profit for four hours of hosted entertainment. Without spending any respective fees & costs associated with hosting this fight, Dana Whites UFC would’ve made $43 Million. Its likely profit margins are roughly $30 Million. It should be clarified though that margins are lower than what would’ve been earned with Usman vs Masvidal ranking 1.3 Million viewers. PPV Costs were still the same at $64.99.

Details regarding viewership for the Ultimate Fighting Championship was provided through ESPN+. It was noted that 500 thousand viewers were obtained through America. The remaining 175 thousand PPV buyers were international supporters. What this shows is dwindling popularity in the UFC. Justin Gaethje last fought in May 2020 against Tony Ferguson, with that Pay-Per-View ranking 700k viewers.

The Nelk Boys

Preliminary fight viewership also saw its lowest ratings in 2020. The UFC 245 Prelims saw 343 thousand recorded viewers, with the demographic ageing between 18 to 49. It means the UFC must reach new audiences quickly to sustain future growth from 2021 to 2022. One method that UFC President Dana White has worked to create new viewers is with the NELK Boys, a YouTube Channel that averages 5.3 Million views per video. Dana White was seen on their latest video, with suggestive discussions indicating that members of the NELK Boys could join the UFC. Justin Gaethje & Khabib Nurmagomedov also appeared in this video.

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McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

»Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

Bellator MMA has received demanded from a fighter that isn’t contracted in their division. Conor McGregor from the UFC, a champion of two divisions, has required that Bellator MMA implement a drug testing program for their fighters. This follows after years of criticism for Bellator refusing to enforce a league-wide drug testing system. However, Conor McGregor wasn’t the first to prompt this argument. Bellator’s Sinead Kavanagh began the discussion of drug testing, with McGregor defending his friend’s stance & making a general agreement.

Sinead Kavanagh stated through his Twitter Handle that fighters are capable of getting tested for the coronavirus & cannot get tested for drug usage. Bellator Executives have ignored public outcries from Sinead Kavanagh, with his sentiments not gaining mainstream attention until Conor McGregor replied. Notorious claimed that Bellator MMA partnering with an international drug testing institution is long overdue. McGregor continued by evoking it’s destructive for Bellator MMA not to test for performance-enhancing drugs, that fighters getting addicted can result in lifelong battles & potential death. Conor McGregor has actively voiced keeping athletes safe from these addictive drugs.

Conor McGregor is contracted with the UFC, which received regular & unexpected testing from the “United States Anti-Doping Agency”. That’s been an active regulation in the UFC since 2015, which saw alterations to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Fighters were provided with a list of substances that cannot be used any longer and required each fighter to sign an agreement for random drug tests. Any competitor that was deemed an active user of performance-enhancing drugs was liable for suspension. The length & severity of that suspension is determined through a USADA Investigation. Multiple infringements will revoke those fighters right to compete in America.

Local Regulation

Bellator MMA doesn’t have any formal partnership with a governing regulator like the USADA. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs is engaged with local athletic commissions, which are easily swayed through financial compensation. This is something that Conor McGregor & Sinead Kavanagh has both disputed, with both men actively supporting mixed martial arts without performance-enhancing drugs. McGregor himself has never tested positive in any of his drug tests.

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Dana White Tightening UFC Roster

»Posted by on Oct 4, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Dana White Tightening UFC Roster

Dana White Tightening UFC Roster

The 4th Quarter in 2020 will look drastically different for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Dana White has announced that four fighters employed with the UFC for a prolonged period have lost their contracts. These individuals were formally ranked in the top ten, with their designing surprising the MMA community. Two notable athletes losing their UFC contract includes Mara Romero Borella & Iuri Alcantara.

Iuri Alcantara is an older fighter in the UFC roster, with his first appearance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship arriving after 2015. Alcantara is known amongst millions of MMA enthusiasts, with the Bantamweight Champion Contender previously compete in “World Extreme Cage Fighting”. Record statistics for Iuri Alcantara list him at 35 Victories, and Ten Losses. His last nine fights were in the UFC, with 4 Victories & 5 Losses.

Mara Romero Borella is another member on the roster that’s growing in age, with the female fighter aged 34. She started her career in the “Invicta Fighting Championship”, where her prowess & skillsets saw prominent popularity throughout the IFC. Her highest ranking in the IFC Flyweight Division was #9, which never could become replicated during her period at the UFC. Two submissions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship saw Mara Romero Borella lose her contract.

Jeff Hughes & Khadis Ibragimov are two other fighters that’ve been terminated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Hughes made his UFC debut on the Contender Series, where he’d become victorious & be permitted four opportunities in the Octagon. Jeff Hughes lost all official fights. Similar results were seen for Khadis Ibragimov, with Dana White demanding consistency over anything else.

The Kevin Croom Scenario

Mara Romero Borella, Iuri Alcantara, Jeff Hughes, and Khasis Ibragimov all maintained a lengthy persona with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. That wasn’t the case for another fighter recently terminated. Kevin Croom from Bellator was employed by the UFC for 24 hours, with CEO Dana White releasing him after determining his skillsets won’t be required. This is considered the embodiment of what Dana White has become, a man who refuses to honour his workforce & pay them adeptly for their time.

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Joe Rogan and Spotify at Odds

»Posted by on Sep 27, 2020 in General, MMA | Comments Off on Joe Rogan and Spotify at Odds

Joe Rogan and Spotify at Odds

An exclusive contract between Joe Rogan & Spotify is resulting in the two parties combating each other. What shocked headlines earlier this year has become the $100 Million Headache for Rogan. The UFC Commentator & Podcast Host signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Spotify, which promoted his growth across larger audiences. After months of this deal playing out for millions to see, Joe Rogan is finding it harder to locate viable guests for his podcast experience.

It’s become known that throughout several internal meetings, employed personnel with Spotify had expressed their discontent with controversial statements uttered by Joe Rogan. Controversial sentiments from Rogan wasn’t previously an issue, with the UFC Commentator exclusively hosting the podcast on his YouTube Channel & free podcasting services. Since Joe Rogan has made controversial statements on Spotify, the same employed personnel have demanded: “Direct Editorial Oversight” of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. That included the capability to remove sections of interviews, and effectively terminate episodes that are deemed problematic.

Other employed personnel was the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast to maintain trigger warnings, fact-checked articles, and corrections at the end of each episode. This all came after Joe Rogan spread incorrect information regarding the Portland Fires, which would later require a prolonged apology from the UFC Commentator. Rogan himself hasn’t addressed issues surrounding the Spotify contract, with some inside comedic sources close to Joe, suggesting that he’d strike any demands for “Direct Editorial Oversight.”

The Controversy

Spotify should’ve been aware of which podcast host they were hiring. The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast has regularly caused controversy, with that attribute being a substantial factor for his fan’s viewership. Controversial statements are made with athletic personalities, Hollywood elite, political representatives, and pop culture icons.

Spotify trying to remove lively controversy from the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast would ruin all hopes of their $100 Million investment becoming profitable. Spotify wouldn’t want to anger Joe Rogan either, with the UFC Commentator & Podcast host infamous for not conducting business with untrustworthy parties. Rogan could move his personality onto a competing podcast hosted by his friends, like Bill Burr & Bert Kreischer.

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