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UFC 187 prelims do average numbers at 780000 viewers
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Although there were two title matches at UFC 187, and it was generally considered the deepest show so far this year, the prelim numbers were slightly below average with 780,000 viewers. Pay-per-view prelims on FS 1 average about 800,000 viewers, but …

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Mark Hunt’s “average” payouts from the UFC have landed him at No. 17 on the top 20 list of highest-paid athletes in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the Super Samoan’s new six-fight deal with the UFC is worth around a guaranteed $350,000 per fight. With Hunt averaging around two fights per year, his annual income is listed at around $890,000, a number he doesn’t seem particularly proud of.

On Sunday, the heavyweight contender took to Twitter and questioned his spot on the list, given the “average” payouts in the UFC. According to Hunt, the champions in the UFC are the only fighters making the real money.

This isn’t the first time Hunt has complained about his earnings.

A little over a year ago, he posted a link to MMA Manifesto’s UFC Career Fighter Earnings on his Facebook page (h/t BloodyElbow.com), claiming the UFC had “cheated” him out of money. He even went as far as to question the reason anyone would ever consider fighting for the UFC.

Keep in mind, the totality of the payouts doesn’t even include the possibility of earning fight bonuses, which typically add up to an extra $50,000 apiece.

The UFC acquired Hunt’s contract as part of its acquisition of Pride Fighting Championships in 2007. Instead, of sitting around and collecting a paycheck, Hunt opted to finish out his contract by competing in the UFC. Coming off a five-fight losing streak, Hunt was defeated in his debut by Sean McCorkle.

He has since gone on to win five of his last seven fights, drawing with Antonio Silva and losing only to former heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos. His last outing ended with a spectacular second-round knockout win over Roy Nelson.

 

Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon.

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Jacob Volkmann isn’t expecting any surprises from Luiz Firmino when they meet Saturday in a lightweight bout at World Series of Fighting 6.

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Bellator returned to Spike TV on Wednesday night with one of its most stacked cards in history, and the ratings went up dramatically from the last show but were still not close to the numbers that the promotion reached just two events ago.

Bellator 97 featured two title fights in the main and co-main events. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler blasted Dave Rickels, while welterweight champ Ben Askren picked up a TKO victory over Andrey Koreshkov.

The show also featured former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal as well as the announcement that the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view would pit Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against former UFC light heavyweight king Tito Ortiz.

The Nielsen ratings system released the final numbers on Thursday in an email to Bleacher Report. Bellator 97 averaged 697,000 viewers over the three-hour broadcast.

The show peaked at 856,000 viewers just after the announcement was made about the Bellator pay-per-view on November 2 starring Rampage and Ortiz.

Those numbers are much higher than those from Bellator 96 on Spike TV in June, which averaged 480,000 viewers while going up against the Stanley Cup Final in hockey. Bellator 95 in January had a much better final number, however, averaging 901,000 viewers and peaking with 1.046 million viewers at one point during the broadcast. 

This show didn’t have any sports competition on Wednesday night, and the numbers reflected a much higher viewership but still didn’t reach Bellator‘s previous numbers on Spike TV when it was running in tandem with TNA Impact Wrestling on Thursday nights.

Bellator‘s first broadcast season on Spike TV saw the upstart promotion average 793,000 viewers, with peak numbers reaching well over one million viewers on a couple of occasions. The shift in times and nights has forced Bellator to start over again as it approaches the full schedule that will kick off in September.

The increase in numbers from the last show is encouraging, but Bellator 97 still had about 100,000 viewers less than it was averaging last season when alongside the professional wrestling show also airing on Spike TV. The ratings for Bellator 97 were lower than any other single Bellator show that aired on Spike TV during last season. The lowest previous number was 705,000 average viewers for Bellator 87.

Summer does present harder times for ratings, as witnessed by lower-than-average ratings for the UFC on Fox 8 show that aired last Saturday night.

The next Bellator card will take place on September 7 from Connecticut. It will be the last Saturday night broadcast before the remainder of the season shifts to Friday nights starting on September 13.

As for Bellator‘s reality show, Fight Master: Bellator MMA, this week’s episode averaged 629,000 viewers.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

 

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Long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan had some harsh words for boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Talking with Inked, a magazine dedicated to all things tattoo, in their August issue, the MMA aficionado had this to say:

MMA for sure is more of a realistic contest, more of a realistic test as far as using the body in martial arts competition. Although not considered a martial art, boxing is really a martial art. It’s a very limited martial art as long as you agree to just box…but in an actual physical fight against someone who’s just a wrestler, you’re going to get killed. Floyd Mayweather would get killed by an average college wrestler. There would be no competition. If you took Floyd Mayweather today and made him fight against your average college wrestler, that college wrestler is going to shoot on him, pick him up, drop him on his head and knock him out. There’s nothing Floyd can do about it…A judo guy would do the same thing to him. A JuJitsu guy would strangle him, no question about it.

The MMA vs. boxing debate has persisted for years, and Mayweather and his outspoken handler, Leonard Ellerbe, have helped fan the flames for years. The two tend to get harsh responses from noteworthy members of the MMA community.

The most famous example of this came in 2009, when Mayweather, while talking with CBSSports, stated, “there’s no white fighters in boxing that’s dominating, so they had to go to something else and start something new.” That sort of story, by the way, has popped up every two or three months for the last four years.

Boxers have had a few chances to ply their trade in the cage in the past. Ray Mercer knocked out former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in just nine seconds in 2009. Truer to what Rogan discussed, in 2010, former two-division UFC champion Randy Couture dominated James Toney on the ground en route to a first-round submission victory.

Historically, when practitioners of single combat sports have met head-on, grappling-focused arts have typically beat out those that focus on striking. The original UFC, UFC 1, was dedicated to having fighters from different backgrounds square off. During the event, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Royce Gracie would make at-the-time 29-5 boxer Art Jimmerson tap and would later beat Dutch kickboxer Gerard Gordeau.

Additionally, a substantial portion of the UFC’s roster over the years have come from either college or high school wrestling backgrounds. A substantially smaller number have come from boxing backgrounds.

While Mayweather is unquestionably the best boxer in the world today, there are few observers who would disagree with Rogan‘s assertion. That likely matters very little to “Money,” though, as he continues to rake in tens of millions of dollars each year.

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UFC 162 prelims beat average, but post-match coverage blows up
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The ratings for Saturday's UFC 162 programming before and after the pay-per-view seemed to echo the feelings going in. The show itself had above average interest coming in, but created tremendous talk coming out because of Anderson Silva's winning 

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UFC 160 prelims draw average ratings
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For the second week in a row, the UFC television programming on FX did average ratings. On May 18, it was for a live show from Santa Catarina, Brazil, where a card headlined by Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold, did 1.33 million viewers. This past
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Ratings Report: UFC on FX 8 pulls average numbers
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Saturday night's final UFC main card on FX did right at the viewership average for that type of show. UFC on FX 8, from Santa Catarina, Brazil, headlined by Vitor Belfort's first-round TKO of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold
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The UFC 155 preliminary card averaged 1.4 million viewers during Saturday’s broadcast on the FX network, according to an industry source.

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UFC on FX 6 ratings: Main card, prelims fall below average
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In UFC on FX 6's main event, Ross Pearson (14-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) knocked out George Sotiropoulos (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in their fight following stints as coaches opposite each other on the second international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter," "TUF:
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  • Jose Aldo Releases X-Rays Of Injured Ribs, Calls UFC Interim Title A “Toy”
    Following criticism from the MMA community for pulling out of what was likely to be the biggest fight of 2015 at UFC 189 against Conor McGregor, UFC Featherweight Champion released the X-Ray photos on his injured ribs, as well as a lengthy official statement on everything that is going down. You can check out photos […]
  • Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader Expected At UFC 193 In October
    It looks like Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader is a likely match for UFC 193 in October. Evans had stated that he feels Bader would be a good opponent for his Octagon comeback, while Bader himself has recently claimed that "Suga" Rashad would be a good next opponent for him as well. Both Evans and […]
  • Chad Mendes: “I’m Looking To Seriously Injure Conor McGregor”
    During Wednesday's UFC 189 media conference call, we got our first taste of friction between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, the new headliners for the July 11 pay-per-view in Las Vegas. As the call went on, the two traded shots, but it was Mendes who explained why the issue between he and McGregor is a […]
  • Ken Shamrock Tells Backstage Stories Of Beating Up Two Well-Known WWE Stars
    During a recent appearance on ESPN's "Highly Questionable," UFC Hall Of Famer "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock told a few behind-the-scenes stories about beating up some of WWE's most recognizable Superstars backstage in the 1990s. Shamrock, who was appearing on the ESPN program to promote his Bellator fight with Kimbo Slice last month, […]
  • Photo Gallery: Ronda Rousey’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Outtakes
    If you enjoyed Ronda Rousey's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photo shoot, there's a good chance you're going to like the photos of the outtakes from the shoot just as much -- if not more. Below and across the next several pages are photos of the outtakes from Rousey's S.I. Swimsuit Issue shoot, which Sports Illustrated […]
  • Former Middleweight Champion Predicts Jon Jones Will Go Back On Cocaine
    Former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho has made a very bold prediction regarding the alleged drug problems of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Filho, a former cocaine addict himself, explained to Brazilian outlet Tatame.com why he feels it's only a matter of time before Jones is hooked on blow again. "The medications didn't […]
  • Dana White To Yoel Romero: “Love Jesus All You Want, Just Not In Public”
    At the UFC-Reebok Fighter Kit launch on Tuesday, Dana White addressed the Yoel Romero "Jesus comment" controversy, and as always, the UFC President did not disappoint. "No, it wasn't controversial at all," said White about the comments Romero made while talking to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com. "But the reality is this: [Romero] just won the […]
  • WWE Superstar Calls Out UFC Champion, Tells Him To “Man Up”
    WWE performer Jamie Noble, who recently suffered broken ribs at the hands of former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar on WWE RAW, is calling out UFC Champion Jose Aldo for pulling out of the fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 189. Noble, who is part of a unit called "J&J Security" on WWE programming, took to […]
  • Jose Aldo Out, Chad Mendes In Against Conor McGregor At UFC 189
    Well, what we feared most has happened. UFC 189 is not what it has been advertised to be for several months now. UFC President Dana White appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter to break the news that UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is officially out of the UFC 189 main event. As reported previously, UFC Featherweight contender […]
  • Jose Aldo Postpones Training, Will Decide UFC 189 Fate On Friday
    While the original belief was that Jose Aldo was going to train on Tuesday and make his decision regarding whether or not he is going to compete at UFC 189, it appears that is not going to happen -- yet. According to various sources, Aldo opted not to train today as planned, and has pushed […]
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