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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-11-2008, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Is Boxing still bigger than MMA???

I was just wondering because I find it hard to believe boxing is still making bigger PPV buys than MMA.




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With TV, Internet, random advertisement and friends talking, you hear about the current events of the UFC. I never hear or see anything about what's happening in boxing. I'm constantly being reminded of the next UFC main event without event looking. Every morning I sign in on MSN messenger and for the past month it had a Lidell VS Evans add. Walking down the street I see a "Chuck Lidell VS Rashad Evans PPV shown here" at a local bar. While having beer with friends someone brings up out of no where "Did you hear about Chuck Lidell got knocked out". If a friend came to me and said, "hey did you see that sick boxing fight this weekend", I would look it up, but that conversation never happens.

MMA is bigger than Boxing today.

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Well you can look at the question in many MANY different ways.

But on a PPV scale, the biggest fights in boxing are more.
Mayweather/De La Hoya last year - 2.4Million buys.
I can't imagine MMA getting close to this in a while.

MMA's biggest so far is Chuck vs. Tito II at UFC 66 - Just over a million buys.

That's still some way off.

Fedor fights I want to see..

Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia - DEMOLISHED
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski - DEMOLISHED

hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..

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I think boxing is still bigger among the older crowd of people, their ppvs do acually somehow get more buys, but it is only a matter of time till everyone realizes that mma is better. also the contender shows finale got way more vierers than any other Tuf finale, also they had the staples center as their venue, UFC couldnt even sell out the staples center for their super fight hueghs vs Gracie

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but it is only a matter of time till everyone realizes that mma is better.
It's what YOU like.

The facts would show that Boxing is better than MMA in PPV/Money Department.

From a fighting aspect, which has better fights MMA or Boxing - That is opinion. You may like Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling, but when I bring mates round to watch a UFC, they get bored very quickly when the fight hits the ground. When I bring them round to watch Boxing, they don't get bored, they understand punching.

Fedor fights I want to see..

Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia - DEMOLISHED
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski - DEMOLISHED

hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..

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I would have to agree with you on the punching part. It's just a lot more exciting to see to guys swinging at each other trying to knock each other out than 2 guys wresting on the ground. Though I do like MMA very much it's just the shock factor of the knockout that makes stand up so exciting.
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I would have to agree with you on the punching part. It's just a lot more exciting to see to guys swinging at each other trying to knock each other out than 2 guys wresting on the ground. Though I do like MMA very much it's just the shock factor of the knockout that makes stand up so exciting.
I don't necessarily agree personally about punching being more exciting. I was just saying that alot of people do, and that it's opinion - neither is correct. I can definitely appreciate either way though.

Fedor fights I want to see..

Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia - DEMOLISHED
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski - DEMOLISHED

hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..

2007
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Well lets just say that the biggest ppv sell seemingly is gonna be Randy/Brock and that fight is going to pale in comparisions to the numbers that DLH/Pacquiao will do.
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UFC/WWE/HBO breakdown

You always see these questions regarding which sport is the bigger sport, UFC, WWE, Boxing, etc... and HDNet had a pretty good breakdown of how each company is doing and I thought I'd share. I'll post the stats for those that don't want to watch the video. Its 48 minutes into the video.

http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2008/09/...eo-inside-mma/

Total # of PPV buys for 2008
UFC- 2,945,000
WWE- 2,933,000
HBO- 1,350,000

Avg buys per event for 2008
UFC- 420,714
WWE- 405,571
HBO- 337,500

Events left/Total for 2008
UFC- 5/12
WWE- 7/14
HBO- 4/9

There are some more stats, so check out the video. As far as PPV buys the UFC is leading the pack apparently, but thats not counting the weekly/free shows that are put on. I just thought it was a good breakdown and thought I'd share
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Thanks for the breakdown.

Honestly it still boggles my mind that so many people pay for Wrestling PPVs to watch a fake "sport". Though I have plently of red-neck relatives in the South so I shouldn't be so surprised.

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