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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Dana White Says UFC is 'Neck And Neck With Football (Soccer)' On A Global Basis


UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta recently sat down with Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal to talk about the company. The interview is about five minutes long, and sticks mostly to the business side of things. They discuss each of their roles in the company, and why they bought it in the first place.

There are two interesting quotes that came out of the video - first, Dana said that 70% of their fighters have a college education (something he's repeated often, but I'm not sure anyone's actually sat down to verify that). The other is a whopper - according to Dana, on a global basis, they're bigger than the NFL and "neck and neck with soccer". That's a pretty dubious claim to me. They might be able to get away with the NFL claim because the sport has little presence outside North America. But soccer? Come on now.

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I like DW, but he is delusional here. UFC 100 got 1.6m viewers... Championd league final last year got 7.5mil in England alone...

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We'll talk when the UFC draws 45k people into a stadium 300 times a year and has 2,6 million subscribers watching from their homes (not necessarily alone). And that's just the average numbers for Germany. The Bundesliga alone is bigger than all of the UFC and it's limited to Germany whereas the UFC is international.

Not bad for the least talented sport in the world.

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post #4 of 70 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 06:53 AM
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Not even close Dana, not even close lol
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ok Dana...

this can't be serious surely?
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Classic Dana. Those numbers he mentioned are still stained brown from being pulled directly out of his butt.

The UFC might be close to, or even passing Soccer in North America, but nowhere else.
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Not even close Dana White

I dont know if he's saying it as a point only in the USA but if he's talking about Worldwide he smoking something the UFC is nowhere near.

In the USA alone maybe im not sure what the numbers are but i know they like American Football and Baseball a lot more but worldwide nowhere ******* near Dana.

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More stupid shit from a bald guy who got lucky.
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I thought he meant US football and I was like, globally sure, NFL doesn't have that large of an international following. But then I reread and saw soccer and had to laugh.

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More stupid shit from a bald guy who got lucky.
How did he get lucky? Working your ass off on something and it pays off is luck?
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