Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
Did I say Dana didn't know how to run a business? Nope, I said he was a poor man's Bob Arum and I said he hasn't got a PPV to go over a million buys since Brock left, which is the truth. 'The biggest fight in UFC history' only got 900,000 buys.
Well, to be fair, organized boxing has about 183 years on the UFC, plus or minus 10 years for North American MMA in general. I don't doubt UFC fighters will be making pro boxing money within the next 10-20 years (assuming it's still around), which isn't bad for being 180 or so years behind its predecessor.
But if you wanna look at the last few years, you'll notice the UFC is in a pretty steep decline as far as North America goes. Ratings and Buys are significantly down, TUF is stale, the FOX deal hasn't lived up to expectations yet and the UFC recently had to cancel it's first ever PPV event.
Not to mention they have people bitching left and right about the Flyweights, Women's division, TRT, and injuries, although they can't control that last one.
I don't know the current financial standings of the UFC vs recent years, but I agree that it seems the ship isn't running quite as tight as it has in the past. However, I do know that Dana did help pull the UFC out of their near bankruptcy years, so I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt. I believe that ultimately, the UFC will continue to grow, regardless of the most recent mishaps and number of disgruntle fans.