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#661

Posted 2 weeks ago

Yea it's good thing though. I was tired of the champs never changing. Aldo, GSP, Silva, Jones, Cain cause he would never defend it.

I think Dillashaw beats Cruz next time they fight. I don't think MM will lose his anytime soon though.

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Posted 2 weeks ago Edited by Majestic81, 2 weeks ago.

Eddie Alvarez should fight Khabib next. That's a tough fight so the belt could change hands.. Also RDA will be back. He just closed in on a guy with a knockout power and got caught. But he did land some good shots before, that Eddie couldnt evade or block.

 

Holy sh*t.. UFC 200 is gonna be awesome.


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Posted 2 weeks ago Edited by Tommy., 2 weeks ago.

That was a great fight. Claudia did well in the first couple of rounds but she was completely f*cked by the 4th and was just eating big punches from Joanna. Joanna is an incredible fighter. Her strikes are amazing.

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Posted A week ago

Man, DC vs Silva was pretty lame. Silva clearly out of shape and not prepared for the fight, and DC just taking his time, saving himself because he knew this fight was already his.

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Posted A week ago Edited by Tommy., A week ago.

What the f*ck was up with Miesha? She did not look into it last night she straight up quit before she even entered the octagon. But I'm really pleased for Nunes she went in there and stole the show. She f*cked up Miesha pretty bad. If Holm beats Shevchenko later this month then I definitely see Nunes v Holm happening later this year maybe at UFC 205. I thought Brock did really well tbh. He controlled the range when standing with Hunt and didn't seem to take many shots from Hunt. Hunt just couldn't find his range. Brock's wrestling is nasty there was no way Hunt was going to defend them takedowns his best chance at winning was landing a big shot but like I said he could not find the range to do that. Brock looked a little raw to me on the ground, he was smashing Hunt up pretty bad but he had a lot of chances to either transition or lock in a submission. He was content with just sitting in half guard and smash Hunt with them big fists of his but I think he could've finished Hunt off.

 

One word to describe Anderson Silva. Legend. DC was actually pissing me off a lot I mean yeah his key to victory was using his word class wrestling and power to take Silva down but come on, Silva took that fight on less than 48 hour notice and hadn't trained properly in two months. DC didn't want to take any chances. Jumped right out of my seat when Silva landed that kick to DC's liver at the end of round three, thought Silva was going to stop him with 15 seconds to go but DC managed to tie him up. Jose Aldo looked very good yesterday. I really hope McGregor v Aldo 2 happens.

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Man, DC vs Silva was pretty lame. Silva clearly out of shape and not prepared for the fight, and DC just taking his time, saving himself because he knew this fight was already his.

I dont think it was lame. It wasn't the most exciting fight for sure but everybody gotta do what they're good at. Neither had a lot of time to train for one another and DC did what he would excel at. I was actually impressed by Silva.. He was good standing and im thinking.. Imagine if this was a five round fight.. Silva had DC hurt at the end of the fight with that leg kick.. Goddamn.. Silva is just a great fighter.

 

Aldo looked f*cking amazing. He was ducking those f*cking shots like a boss. Great game plan and his body looked way better than his previous fight. He was just manhandling Edgar. However.. He did get caught a few times with some shots. Conor hits harder than Edgar. While he looked great tonight, im not sure thats enough to beat Conor. But we'll see. The rematch should be good. I dont think Aldo is gonna be stressed from the trash talking no more now that he's already been through it.

 

Brock is a f*cking good athlete. Its interesting to see where he goes from now in the UFC.


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Posted A week ago

200 had tons of big names but was average at best.

Maybe because there were no TAM guys on the card and that's my main rooting interest. Although, I still always root for Dillashaw so that was my main event last night.

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So Bisping v Henderson is happening later this year. I like Hendo and it's a shame to see him finally retire but I don't think he deserves this title shot. He's 13th in the rankings and I don't think it's fair that the UFC are over looking Jacre, Weidman and Rockhold.

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Posted A week ago Edited by GTA3Rockstar, A week ago.

White and Co. bought UFC back in 2000 for $2million and sold it today for $4billion! Not a bad 200,000% profit. lol

 

Which is also the most expensive sports transaction, ever.


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Posted A week ago

I hope this doesnt change the sport. White is saying the sport is moving forward that way.

 

I think its just the Fertitta brothers making profit and moving to other businesses.


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Posted A week ago

Yeah let's hope nothing drastically changes and it's just business with the UFC as usual.


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Posted A week ago

Man, DC vs Silva was pretty lame. Silva clearly out of shape and not prepared for the fight, and DC just taking his time, saving himself because he knew this fight was already his.

the whole thing (prelims and main event) was very lame, good thing i didn't pay for it.  The only fight i liked was tate vs nunez  UFC is starting feel like how Boxing did when it started to go downhill, the brothers sold at the right time. Dana will kill it now


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Posted A week ago Edited by feckyerlife, A week ago.

White and Co. bought UFC back in 2000 for $2million and sold it today for $4billion! Not a bad 200,000% profit. lol

 

Which is also the most expensive sports transaction, ever.

White never bought the UFC the Fretitta brothers did, they gave him 9% stake in the company to manage it (which he did make some nice change off the sale) The issue is now, Lorenzo is out of the UFC, you can say what you want about Dana, but Lorenzo is the guy who made the UFC what it is today and with him gone, it can only start to go down hill.


I hope this doesnt change the sport. White is saying the sport is moving forward that way.

 

I think its just the Fertitta brothers making profit and moving to other businesses.

Word is they wanna buy the Raiders, so makes sense to sell


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White and Co. bought UFC back in 2000 for $2million and sold it today for $4billion! Not a bad 200,000% profit. lol

 

Which is also the most expensive sports transaction, ever.

White never bought the UFC the Fretitta brothers did, they gave him 9% stake in the company to manage it (which he did make some nice change off the sale) The issue is now, Lorenzo is out of the UFC, you can say what you want about Dana, but Lorenzo is the guy who made the UFC what it is today and with him gone, it can only start to go down hill.

 

 

 

Without White being in the UFC prior to their purchase, I doubt it would've thrived like it has the last 15 years.

 

His high school buddies just had the money to purchase it. If White had the money himself, I bet it would've did just as well as it has been. The brothers just had the money to purchase it.

 

 

People just want to see people fight, I'm sure it will keep doing well.


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White and Co. bought UFC back in 2000 for $2million and sold it today for $4billion! Not a bad 200,000% profit. lol

 

Which is also the most expensive sports transaction, ever.

White never bought the UFC the Fretitta brothers did, they gave him 9% stake in the company to manage it (which he did make some nice change off the sale) The issue is now, Lorenzo is out of the UFC, you can say what you want about Dana, but Lorenzo is the guy who made the UFC what it is today and with him gone, it can only start to go down hill.

 

 

 

Without White being in the UFC prior to their purchase, I doubt it would've thrived like it has the last 15 years.

 

His high school buddies just had the money to purchase it. If White had the money himself, I bet it would've did just as well as it has been. The brothers just had the money to purchase it.

 

 

People just want to see people fight, I'm sure it will keep doing well.

 

this is a good article to read about Lorenzo's importance

 

https://sports.yahoo...-000000551.html

 

When a sports franchise sells, generally it doesn’t lose its franchise player in the transaction.

But the UFC lost its franchise player and most valuable member when it was sold for $4 billion Sunday to a group headed by the powerful talent agency WME/IMG.

Not Dana White.

Lorenzo Fertitta.

As president, White is the public face of the UFC, the man who believed so passionately in the sport of mixed martial arts that he convinced his billionaire friends Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to invest $2 million in it in 2001.

More than 15 years later, that $2 million turned into $4 billion, making the UFC one of the most valuable sports properties on Earth.

White will remain on to run the company. He told Yahoo Sports he expects it to “go to another level” in the next three years. And he said he’s going to be guiding it along the way.

“This is me. This is who I am,” he said. “The UFC is my passion and my baby. I’m in and excited for the future.”

He should be excited. He made $360 million for the sale of his nine percent share on Sunday. And because of his presence, much of the UFC will retain the same look and feel as it has had the past few years.

But without UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the brilliant visionary whose role in the company’s success has been so underrated for the past decade, it’s going to be vastly harder.

In 2008, White for weeks tantalized the MMA media with the prospect of a “big announcement.” It set off all sorts of wild speculation, but when Yahoo Sports broke the news that Fertitta was resigning his role in the casino to work full time with the UFC, it was largely met with a yawn.

 

But Fertitta is the most significant reason this company has ascended to the heights it has. It has created massive global stars such as Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. It has become a pay-per-view juggernaut.

It has filled arenas around the world. Its digital streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, has been called the Netflix of MMA and it is sort of an unofficial history of the sport.

UFC 200 on Saturday was the fifth event in the past year to sell 1 million or more on pay-per-view. By way of comparison, boxing has had zero shows sell that many in the past 12 months.

It has a national television contract with Fox, media that covers it around the world and a passionate and expanding fan base in the young demographic that advertisers love.

Lorenzo Fertitta and White worked perfectly together. White was a long-time fight guy. He used to hang out in boxing gyms in Las Vegas and Boston, where he trained fighters, refereed a bit and ultimately got into managing them.

He knew what made fighters tick because he was one of them, a tough guy who wasn’t good enough to make it in the ring himself but who understood innately how a fighter thought and felt.

He was a brilliant recruiter and was able to bring in talent from around the world. He had a great sense for who had the talent not only to win, but to become a star.

 

Fertitta was the guy who could see around the corner, who thought in the long view, who knew how to promote a fight.

White and the Fertitta brothers were long-time boxing fans when they bought the UFC in 2001, and they love that sport to this day.

When they purchased the UFC, they essentially took what they thought was right about boxing and kept it. What they felt was wrong, they eliminated and built a nearly dead sport from the ground up.

It was Lorenzo Fertitta who understood how a series of matches needed to be put together to reach a climax in which the public was clamoring for two of the company’s stars to meet.

When most promoters are worried about the next show, Fertitta was always looking a year, two years, ahead. It’s why Rousey and McGregor became such iconic stars.

They had the fighting skill and the charisma it took, and Fertitta put them in a position where they could succeed.

He fixed problems and managed White, a powerful, dominant force-of-nature personality whose passion and intensity is his best attribute and his biggest failing.

White would literally say and do anything to get what he felt he needed for the UFC, and sometimes it got him into trouble. That was when Fertitta was there to bring him into line and make sense of things.

When a reporter would suggest that some rival promoter was a competitor to the UFC, White would always laugh. No matter who it was over the years, from Pride to the International Fight League to Affliction to Strikeforce and many others, White would sneer and insist they were no threat.

He’d say “we live this 24/7/365 and none of the rest of them do.” That was why he was so convinced that none of those groups would be serious long-term competitors.

He was right, and the UFC purchased them all, swallowing them up and several others to make a mega-promotion that became the major leagues of mixed martial arts. The UFC is to MMA what Kleenex is to tissues.

But with Fertitta out of the picture – the sale is expected to close before UFC 202 on Aug. 20 – White no longer has that edge.

The new ownership isn’t expected to take a major role in day-to-day operations. That is going to be up to White.

White is an extremely smart man who understands the business like no one else now that Lorenzo Fertitta is out.

But without his long-time best friend, the major piece of the formula for success is no longer there.

The show, as they say, must go on and in short order, White will be on to promoting UFC 201 at the end of the month. He’ll talk about how excited he is to see Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley go at it for the welterweight title, and all the talk of the sale and private equity firms and the rest will fade into the background.

White’s big announcement in 2008 was indeed big, even though no one truly understood it at the time.

Without Lorenzo Fertitta, it’s not going to be business as usual.

With his departure goes the heart of the UFC.

It’s a void that may never be filled.


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#676

Posted A week ago

Lesnar popped by USADA. I am shocked. Never would have seen this coming in a million years.




















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Posted 5 days ago

Holy sh*t.


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Posted 5 days ago

His ex wife really made a gofundme ad.. https://www.gofundme...borgBellatorMMA

 

A - They're millionaires.

B - They're engaging in a violent sport that can cause serious injuries.

C - People are dumb enough to donate

 

Already at $16k of the $20k goal..

 

 

Anyways, here's the best part of the fight.

 

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Posted 5 days ago

Especially now since Bellator is paying all the medial bills.


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Posted 2 days ago Edited by Majestic81, 2 days ago.

He is not going to fight anymore after this so the gofundme page is for that. At least thats what they're saying..

 

Damn.. the next guy to fight MVP has got some huge f*cking balls. Fighting a guy who broke a man's skull with his knee. Going in there while knowing something similar could happen to you is.. scary.

 

I know MMA is always dangerous but how many times severe injuries like this happen? Very rarely.

 

MVP has a reputation now.. I think it would also be really badass if someone defeats MVP and beats the hell out of him. He would immediately receive the badass badge.

 

"I beat the sh*t out of someone who shatters skulls with his knee" You can boast all day with that.

 

I'd like for him to come to the UFC, so we can see what his skills are worth there.


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