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UFC in free fall

Postby philphan » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:57 pm

What do UFC on FOX 30’s low overnight ratings mean for the sport of MMA?
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UFC on FOX 30, especially the main card, was the very best the sport has to offer: High level technical skill, meaningful fights, ridiculous violence. The main- and co-main events ended in incredible technical knockouts, Jose Aldo putting Jeremy Stephens away with a bodyshot from hell and Dustin Poirier overwhelming the durable Eddie Alvarez with an insane 50-strike combination in the second round.

And yet, UFC on FOX 30’s overnight ratings are the worst in the series’ history, even lower than the Jacare-Brunson ratings three events ago. Television ratings have been trending down since the FOX deal began; the sport is no longer growing, and UFC should shoulder much of the blame. By filling the airwaves with cards like UFC: “Hamburg,” it loses viewers even when its show is amazing, as this past weekend was. It doesn’t care, because the promotion is making money hand over fist even as MMA shrinks back into the niche it came from.

None of this will hurt UFC right now. It just signed a $300 million per-year broadcast deal with ESPN, which insulates its revenue stream through 2024. It will be interesting to see how being on ESPN affects popularity. The problem thus far has been saturation. Just as with their pay-per-view (PPV) events, which have seen their base levels drop from nearly a half-million to little more than 100,000 buys since the days of Machida-Shogun, television ratings have suffered a gradual decline year over year. However, on ESPN, more fights will be live streamed than will be on television. This may have the effect of creating tiers, with many fans only tuning into the television events and the hardcores — who still number in the hundreds of thousands — tuning in for most or all of it.
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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby PBells » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:12 pm

I think the only word for this is clusterfuck

- The Reebok deal took a significant portion of earnings away from the fighters and took away their self-expression/individuality.

- USADA took away almost everything used to aid recovery and weight-cutting so we've been plagued with more injuries and weight-misses than ever before. Fighter performance has also suffered across the board.

- WME's willy-nilly matchmaking and Oprahesque handing out of interim belts has devalued almost every championship and pissed off a lot of the fighters. Letting the champions decided who and when to fight has led to a torrent of rematches and cherry-picked defenses.

Although UFC on Fox 30 did give us this cool picture:
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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby TheMadTitan » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:30 pm

They need to stream all the fights for 20.00 a month,

Do big PPV's 4 or 5 times a year.
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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby DeceptaCon » Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:04 pm

When you build your brand around 5 fighters that never fight that's what happens. It would be like the NFL without the Eagles, Cowboys, Patriots, Steelers and DA Rayderrrs. The NBA without the Lakers, Spurs, Bulls, Celtics and now the Warriors/Cavs.

In the Golden age of the UFC

Penn
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Anderson
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Mir/Arlovski/Sylvia/Couture were wrecking shit and fighting nonstop

Right now Conor, Gypsy, Ronda, Brock and Jones are MIA
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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby Shuck » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:33 pm

Is Linker directly connected to the UFC..

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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby DeceptaCon » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:17 pm

Shuck wrote:Is Linker directly connected to the UFC..

Simultaneous Freefall

Never seen this place this quite / dead in all mi years :skullsad:

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The fans are starting to wake up. . .

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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby philphan » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:57 am

Shuck wrote:Is Linker directly connected to the UFC..

Simultaneous Freefall

Never seen this place this quite / dead in all mi years :skullsad:

Came back from a 6 month hiatus & its a straight ghost town... :rip:

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Asked and answered. Don't stay away for so long. :mrgreen:
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Re: UFC in free fall

Postby jblaze » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:18 pm

The viewing public obviously sucks. Anyway not everyone has cable. Which is retarded because I have an 80 inch tv and I watched those fights the next day on my laptop.
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