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Old 06-11-2008, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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So your starting your own promotion, what do you do?

As the title says your starting your own MMA promotion to try to compete with the big dogs, what do you do to set yourself apart,

Please note, You cant change the rules (Unless you want to remove something, ex Elbows) thats the athletic commisions job, this isnt a fantasy roster game either



Me I would stagger my weight classes with a 150 pound, 165, 180, 195, 215 and a 215 - 285, which may screw up my fighters from being ranked but would change the structure of weight classes making fights possible that arent in current promotions while helping some fighters who are near the low end of there weight class come in at the top, guys like Wandy and Rashad for example could easily make 195 and wouldnt have to deal with opponents who are much larger. I'd also keep the cage but with 2 cards a year in a ring that would have no title fights but the main card would be filled with catch weight superfights.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First thing I would do is make sure my bank was suffiecient enough to sign top notch fighters and get the marketing needed to be an upstart promotion. Possibly attempt to get a tv deal, doesn't matter, HBO, FOX, whatever to show some fights maybe monthly to get the name out there. Charge less then the UFC for the PPV. Bring back the tournament ala Pride's grand prix's.
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Sorry to bring this one back from the dead.

Every Friday I play the lottery and this is definitely on my to-do list whilst I'm off in neverneverland.

Even with huge resources I'd be frugal and probably look to build the promotion off local names beating has-beens at first, picking up ex-UFC vets on the cheap to garner interest.
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Sorry to bring this one back from the dead.

Every Friday I play the lottery and this is definitely on my to-do list whilst I'm off in neverneverland.

Even with huge resources I'd be frugal and probably look to build the promotion off local names beating has-beens at first, picking up ex-UFC vets on the cheap to garner interest.
So basically you're running Bellator.
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So basically you're running Bellator.


That's harsh, Bellator are big spenders, my top earners would be $4000 to show $4000 to win.

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Sorry to bring this one back from the dead.

Every Friday I play the lottery and this is definitely on my to-do list whilst I'm off in neverneverland.

Even with huge resources I'd be frugal and probably look to build the promotion off local names beating has-beens at first, picking up ex-UFC vets on the cheap to garner interest.
Lottery ay...it's damn challenging. Ninety percent of the promotion companies go out of business within a few years. I've broken it down on numerous occasions. BAMMA GUY can tell you the ins and outs.

You're right about one thing you need deep pockets. But that didn't save Affliction, Pro Elite, and Bo Dog. Collectively they lost $150+ million. Staggering...

I would go with a tag team format and just completely out of the blue stuff even though some may be done already. But I'd probably head towards Mexico and hit the South American markets or even parts of Asia. Besides Brazil it's virtually an untapped market.
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