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Darkwraith 11-23-2009 11:50 PM

Shane McMahon's possible Role in the UFC
New article from about this...

Quote: was able to dig down into the Shane McMahon/UFC talks and exactly what his role would be for the promotion. Some of what they were able to gather from their sources was very interesting:

But five years after the initial explosion of popularity built by The Ultimate Fighter reality show, you don’t see a strong UFC brand in the marketplace. While you might expect a thriving brand of UFC t-shirts and hats to be sold in Wal-Marts nationwide, instead you find-almost nothing.

Here, more than anywhere else, is where the UFC can use McMahon’s help. Not only has he witnessed firsthand the WWE’s slow march to wrestling ubiquity, he has personally secured much of the company’s foreign business deals. McMahon has successfully made millions in the United Kingdom and German markets, even successfully taking the WWE into the heart of Western Europe, and can likely replicate that success for the UFC.

It does remain amazing to me that the UFC has yet to really crack the consumer market effectively. "UFC" is a household word (household acronym?) at this point and yet as my wife and I were out doing Christmas shopping this past weekend the only time I saw any strong MMA presence in any store was walking past a Spencer's Gifts and seeing a gigantic Tapout display.

If Shane McMahon can help get the UFC a bigger presense in stores such as Wal-Mart it would have to be considered a huge win. His potential to get such deals done far outweighs the cries we're going to hear from some MMA fans that his involvement would "ruin the legitimacy" of the sport.

Of course, money does remain a bit of an obstacle as it appears Shane wants to buy into the promotion rather than simply be an employee. We will have to continue to monitor the situation to see if this is a dealbreaker or if something can be worked out that is in the best interest of all involved.

michelangelo 11-24-2009 12:52 AM

Dana F'in' White made an announcement several months ago that the UFC was seeking a financing deal with another partner. "Finance" meaning an investment to the tune of $100 million in cold cash. How much input would the new partner have? Nada. Zilch. Zero.

I find it difficult to believe that someone with as much swag as Shane O' Mac would simply accept a role as a go'fer, after paying $100 million to buy into the company.

Who knows, anything's possible. Maybe Shane is that sick of the 'E.

Jesy Blue 11-24-2009 01:21 AM

his dad is mostly a self made billionaire.... maybe shane wants to prove he can do it also?
Pride is a deadly thing.

joshua7789 11-24-2009 01:27 AM > UFC > Dana White Talks About Selling Part Of UFC
Posted by Randy Gordon on 10/21/2009 at 02:14 PM

Dana White talks to Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports about how he felt presured during his appearance on Bloomberg to say he'd sell a stake in the UFC:

“This is [expletive] bad; it’s not what I said. Here’s the bottom line: Basically, it was a longer story and he kept asking if we would sell this thing or not. I kept saying ‘No. No, we won’t sell it,’ and I’d go through this whole [expletive] thing about how we’re all 40 years old and we’re young and we’re the visionaries for this thing. We know where we’re taking this thing. We know where it’s going. We have no interest in selling it. And going public? We don’t need the [expletive] money. You go public when you want to raise cash. You raise capital to do something bigger. We don’t want to do that. We’re not looking to do that. He kept [expletive] pushing and pushing. He said, ‘OK, hypothetically speaking, would you ever sell a piece of it?’ I said, ‘I guess we’d sell a tiny little piece. We’d probably sell a tiny little piece.’ But, here’s the thing: I want it to be known that this guy kept pushing me and pushing me. I said ‘No, we wouldn’t go public. No, we wouldn’t sell it.’ At the end of the day, we’re the guys who are driving this thing. We have the vision. We know where we want to take this thing. We’re not interested in selling a piece of this to anybody. Me, Frank and Lorenzo are the three owners. We have an awesome relationship. Everything runs smoothly. It’s perfect. And for us to even offer somebody a piece, it would be the biggest compliment in [expletive] history because they’d have to be a serious strategic partner. It’s the only [expletive] way we’d do it.”

Once again, the UFC is not actively seeking any outside investors.

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