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Old 08-16-2009, 05:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Haven't read the entire thread, but the reason they don't show the prelim fights on spike is simple. If they did this, they wouldn't be able to fill the time on the PPV card to take up all of the PPV time. Last night's strikeforce event finished like an hour early because they showed all of their prelim fights prior and their main event fights all ended quickly. Seriously, if I paid $50 to watch a UFC, and the event was over in an hour and a half because they didn't have prelims to show as fillers, I'd be pissed.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think the reason is the prelims provide a revenue stream for the website. The ONLY place you can see them is on UFC.com
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Buffer, Rogan, and Goldberg have to save their voices and energy for the three hour ppv broadcast.
I don't think that's an issue, because whenever you actually see a prelim fight, you have Buffer announcing and Joe and Goldie commentating, so obviously they do it anyway.
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the reason they don't show the prelim fights on spike is simple. If they did this, they wouldn't be able to fill the time on the PPV card to take up all of the PPV time.
Yeah, that's why I think they should put the unaired fights up on the website or show them on Spike right after the event is over.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The reason of which the UFC does not air the preliminary fights, as said earlier in this thread, is that people can catch up on the prelims on the UFC website, so the UFC can earn revenue money.

Personally, I think the UFC will keep it this way for a long time, so don't expect to see this change soon.


As for hyping th fights up in the prelims, I doubt the UFC will need to do that. After all, they have alot of advertising already, on their website, and through commercials on T.V, etc.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Plus if the prelims are shit, that wont help hype up anything.

I like to watch the prelims the next day, but if you watch say 6 or 7 fights in a row, and THEN the main card fights start, for the TV viewer might that not take a bit of the anticipation away? I know Japanese cards are often 10 or so fights long, and also people at the arena watch all the fights - I just wonder if everyone wants to spend 6 hours watching fights? To be fair I did this at 95 this year and it was awesome, but I was actually in the arena.

I'd prefer to see them fill in gaps with prelims as they always have, but then put the prelims up for free on the site afterwards. It's not like they lose anything by showing them. If they want to keep the pay scheme and the vault, they could maybe put them up for just a couple of days. In that time the hardcore fans will have had their fill.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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if you think about those that buy ppv are paying for the whole card..so why not air at some point?? either a mix or a spike speacial instad of all the repeats...just my 2cents
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if you think about those that buy ppv are paying for the whole card..so why not air at some point?? either a mix or a spike speacial instad of all the repeats...just my 2cents
I was at UFC 101 in Philadelphia and had the pleasure of going to the Q&A with Dana White before the weigh-ins. This question was brought up and Dana's response was something to the effect of the people at home pay for the PPV but what about the people who pay for the ticket to the events and the travel costs of attending etc. He said that since people go out of their way to attend these events (some travel from many hours away) and spend loads of money on hotels/tickets that they deserve to get something extra.

Personally I think he taylored his answer to the situation considering that most, if not all, of the people there were going to the event the following day and had done just what he said in spending loads of money to make that happen. He also noted that the undercard fights are eventually shown for free in the form of UFC Unleashed events on Spike.

Also it should be noted that there were ~11K people in the stands for the first fight of the night at UFC 101. The problem with the attendance for the undercard fights is mainly an issue in Vegas where there are many other things to do outside the arena other than watching two virtually unknown fighters go at it (although I beg to differ). In the other venues I don't think it is nearly as big of a problem.

I vote for either airing the undercard fights live on Spike or perhaps streaming them online at UFC.com. At the end of the day cash is king and I would venture to say it is most advantageous for the UFC to put them up on the web afterwards for a small fee and air them later on Unleashed than any of our suggestions but what do I know...
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Ya boney, this continues to piss me off as well. I'm paying $50 for PPV and don't get to see the prelims which if you bought it cheaper on UFC.com, you would see after the main event. I've paid thousands of dollars in PPV for UFC fights. I think I'm entitled to watch the prelims for the cash they cost. STOP THE GREED DANA!! GIVE YOUR FAITHFUL FANS WHAT THEY DESERVE!!! Couldn't even see my man Bones Jones fight at 100. That's bull!!
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