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Old 08-24-2012, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC and FOX: Now what's your opinion?

This is a rehash of an old thread but now more then ever it seems to be relevant.

Since the UFC and Fox have joined up there has been a popular trend arising of mediocre cards and not to mention the injury bug becoming a plague.

I've voiced my opinion on the subject before but with the cancellation of UFC 151 and the obvious trend of weak PPV cards I'm really starting to think that this Fox deal has so far proven to have negative results. The fact that we're already getting too many PPV's to begin with, which is something I've felt for the past few years, along with how the Fox cards have been balanced seems to exploit the fact that the product at this point is becoming far to watered down.

Injuries aside, UFC in Calgary was on paper a garbage PPV, and ended up being that way. UFC 151 at least to me was not interesting at all and I wasn't going to buy it and UFC 152 was another one that I was going to pass on. The Fox cards are now getting all the fights that the matchmakers are 90% sure will be barn burners because they want to reel in more viewers and expand their business. I can't fault the UFC for being ambitious and I can't fault Fox for demanding that because they are the "big deal" that the UFC was apparently looking for.

Although most of you know it already I'll post some examples.
UFC on Fox or FX
JDS vs. Cain for HW Title, Guida vs. Bendo (which wasn't on main telecast, Miller vs. Guillard, Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, Davis vs. Evans, Bisping vs. Sonnen, Maia vs Weidman, Hendricks vs. Koscheck, Barry vs Johnson, Belcher vs Paul Harris.

The list goes on.

Sure some of these would have been on a fight for the troops or UFC fight night but I think a lot of people on here would agree that most of these fights are PPV worthy and make a PPV much more attractive. The way the PPV's are presented now we're getting (sometimes) an attractive main event, a co-main event that is mediocre and then three fights that may or may not be good and has fighters that we're not particularly familiar with.

Anyways if I haven't lost most of the readers by this point I really do feel like the growing pains of the UFC/Fox deal have made a lot of cards unwatchable for me at least and is in my opinion the leading issue in mediocre PPV's and the root cause of the UFC 151 failure and cancellation. (I'm not defending Jones, trust me)
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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FOX reaches out to a much wider audience.

For example, FOX 5, great card right? Well, there's no way that it's gonna do a million buys, it might do a good buyrate, but it's not hitting 1 million. It will atleast hit 2 million on FOX, and with PROPER promotion during football season for both the NFL and College Football, I feel this event could easily and should be the most watched FOX event yet, and get 5/6 million and peak with about 10 million viewers or more and that's a lot more than it would on PPV. On the plus side for PPV Buyers like myself 152, 153, 154, and 155 are all good cards.

The FOX deal imo, isn't all that great, I still FOX is only in the UFC business to boost FUEL which they are doing so I doubt it gets cancelled anytime soon, the big reason for "watered down cards"(I planned on buying both 151 and 152 which is why I put quotation marks) is the Strikeforce deal, the person that even came up with the idea of renewing that deal should have been fired.
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