I am not a fan of sports. I follow the UFC, but my interest lies more in the lives of the fighters outside of the octagon than inside it.
I’ve been watching UFC since 2008 and I’ve noticed how it has grown since then. It has now become a worldwide brand that is watched by all walks of life, gender and age.
It used to be just an American sport, but now when you watch events held outside America, you see banners of other countries supporting their local heroes. The UFC is no longer just an American thing, it has become a worldwide thing.
The UFC has been a staple of American sports since 1993. It has changed the way we view fighting and it was founded on the idea of pitting different styles of martial arts against each other in order to see which is the most effective. This has led to new and effective techniques being developed, but it’s also given rise to an entirely new sport that has become extremely popular all over the globe.
The first UFC event drew in 86,592 people, while the most recent event held in Brazil sold more than 42,000 tickets in just three days. In 2011, the UFC held a fight in Rio de Janeiro that sold out within just minutes. These numbers are amazing for a sport that was once considered “barbaric” by many people in the United States.
One reason for this spike in popularity could be attributed to the fact that there are now fighters from all over the world competing against each other. The UFC started off with mostly American fighters but now you can find competitors from Mexico, Brazil and other countries such as England or Australia just to name a few examples.
Another possible explanation could be due to its increase availability on television networks around the world like ESPN or Fox Sports which broadcast these events live on their channels every week or so depending on when they occur
The UFC’s current TV deal with Fox Sports will come to a close at the end of 2018, and the promotion is currently in negotiations for a new contract. At least one offer has already been made and rejected, per ESPN:
The UFC has already received an offer from Fox that was turned down. The Fox offer would have paid the UFC $200 million per year, which is more than double its current deal but lower than the reported bid by WME-IMG.
The UFC is seeking at least $450 million annually, according to sources, and there are indications that ESPN may be willing to go higher.
The UFC’s television deal is worth roughly $120 million annually. Outside of pay-per-view events, it is the organization’s biggest source of revenue.
This would be a massive payday for the UFC if they could negotiate a contract of that magnitude. In 2015, the average annual value of their deal with Fox was estimated to be around $100 million per year. That would be more than quadrupled with this new deal.
The news also comes on the heels of President Dana White saying that he was looking to return to network television again with this new contract after spending time as cable programming on Fox.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is owned and operated by parent company William Morris Endeavor. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters on the roster. The UFC produces events worldwide that showcase twelve weight divisions and abide by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. As of 2018, the UFC has held over 400 events. Dana White has been UFC President since 2001. Under White’s stewardship, the UFC has grown into a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
The first event was held in 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions was to identify the most effective martial art in a contest with minimal rules between competitors of different fighting disciplines like boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sambo, wrestling, Muay Thai, karate, judo, and other styles. In subsequent events, fighters began adopting effective techniques from more than one discipline, which indirectly helped create an entirely separate style of fighting known as present-day mixed martial arts. In 2016, UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, was sold to a group led by William Morris Ende
UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva (also known as UFC Fight Night 40) was a mixed martial arts event held on May 10, 2014, at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The event was the second that the organization has hosted in Cincinnati and first since UFC 77 in 2007. The card was headlined by a welterweight bout between Matt Brown and Erick Silva.
Matt Brown was originally scheduled to face Carlos Condit at this event. However, after Condit suffered an injury, he was replaced by Erick Silva.
A middleweight bout between Lorenz Larkin and Costas Philippou served as the co-main event.
In February 2014, it was announced that The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate welterweight winner Dhiego Lima would make his official debut against Zak Cummings at the event. However, Lima pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Yan Cabral.
A lightweight bout between Daron Cruickshank and Erik Koch that was originally booked for UFC 173 was moved to this event after Koch pulled out of his fight at UFC Fight Night 39 with an injury.[14
The UFC went from being a money-losing venture to a $1 million-dollar-a-year business. The first UFC event was held in November 1993, and it wasn’t much of a spectacle. It was held inside the octagon, but that was about the only thing you’d recognize if you watch UFC today. There were no judges, there were no rounds, and there were very few rules. There were no weight classes.
The fighters wore no gloves. And fights ended only when someone quit or got knocked out or submitted. In other words, early UFC events looked a lot more like prison brawls than professional sports events.
So how did this kind of spectacle get on pay-per-view? Well, it didn’t happen overnight. There were just two pay-per-view providers at the time, so the UFC’s owners decided to focus on cable providers first and worry about satellite later.
But convincing cable companies that Americans would want to pay $14.95 to watch men fight each other with no rules proved difficult — almost impossible actually. In fact, both HBO and Showtime turned down the chance to show these events on pay-per-view because they thought they’d be too violent for American audiences.