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Phoenix Series 3


Invicta Fighting Championship hosted their Phoenix Series tournament at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas on March 6th on UFC Fight Pass:

Bantamweight Julija Stoliarenko def. Lisa Verzosa Decision (split) (46-49, 48-46, 49-46) 5 5:00
Bantamweight Taneisha Tennant def. Taylor Guardado Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Strawweight Kay Hansen def. Liana Pirosin Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Taneisha Tennant def. Hope Chase Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Taylor Guardado def. Serena DeJesus Decision (split) (10-9, 9-10, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Mitzi Merry def. Morgan Hickam Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Kelly Clayton def. Florina Moeller Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:51
Bantamweight Taneisha Tennant def. Brittney Victoria Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Hope Chase def. Julia Ottolino Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Taylor Guardado def. Claire Guthrie Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00
Bantamweight Serena DeJesus def. Kerri Kenneson Decision (unanimous) (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) 1 5:00

UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero

The UFC hosted an event at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday, March 7th that was broadcast on the ESPN+ pay-per-view:

Middleweight Israel Adesanya (c) def. Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 49–46) 5 5:00
Women’s Strawweight Zhang Weili (c) def. Joanna Jędrzejczyk Decision (split) (48–47, 47–48, 48–47) 5 5:00
Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose KO (punch) 2 1:00
Welterweight Neil Magny def. Li Jingliang Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Alex Oliveira def. Max Griffin Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Sean O’Malley def. José Alberto Quiñónez TKO (head kick and punches) 1 2:02
Lightweight Mark Madsen def. Austin Hubbard Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Rodolfo Vieira def. Saparbek Safarov Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 2:58
Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert def. Deron Winn Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 2:13
Featherweight Giga Chikadze def. Jamall Emmers Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Danaa Batgerel def. Guido Cannetti KO (punches) 1 3:01

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Bellator 241: Pitbull vs. Carvalho


Bellator MMA will be hosting an event at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut that is to be broadcast online on DAZN:

Featherweight Patrício Freire (c) vs. Pedro Carvalho
Featherweight Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
Welterweight Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi
Heavyweight Matt Mitrione vs. Ronny Markes
Middleweight Anatoly Tokov vs. Fabio Aguiar
Featherweight Leandro Higo vs. Dominic Mazzotta
Lightweight Killys Mota vs. Nathaniel Andrews
Lightweight Nick Newell vs. Zachary Zane
Women’s Featherweight Leslie Smith vs. Jessy Miele
Welterweight Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Billy Goff
Middleweight Romero Cotton vs. Justin Sumter
Middleweight Jordan Newman vs. Pat McCrohan
Catchweight (140 lbs) Michael Kimbel vs. Kenny Rivera
Catchweight (160 lbs) Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Kaheem Murray
Welterweight Ion Pascu vs. Mark Lemminger
Lightweight Vladimir Tokov vs. Marcus Surin

UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira

The UFC will be hosting an event at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasília, Brazil on Saturday, March 14th that will be broadcast online on ESPN+:

Lightweight Kevin Lee vs. Charles Oliveira
Welterweight Demian Maia vs. Gilbert Burns
Lightweight Renato Moicano vs. Damir Hadžović
Light Heavyweight Johnny Walker vs. Nikita Krylov
Lightweight Francisco Trinaldo vs. John Makdessi
Flyweight Jussier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno
Women’s Strawweight Randa Markos vs. Amanda Ribas
Welterweight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Alexey Kunchenko
Bantamweight Rani Yahya vs. Enrique Barzola
Women’s Flyweight Maryna Moroz vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Flyweight Gustavo da Silva vs. David Dvořák
Women’s Bantamweight Veronica Macedo vs. Bea Malecki
 

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The NBA suspended its season after one of its players tested positive for corona.

I can't believe Khabib vs Tony might not happen again.
 

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My understanding is that this weekends fight night is going to be a closed door event like what they were originally planning for the March Madness tournament. Also they would probably still make enough money from pay-per-view numbers to break even.
 

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I think the live gate is their smallest revenue stream. The UFC has their tv deal, merchandising, ppv, reebok deal. All of which bring in more $$ than live gate numbers. The only reason I bring up live gate is to compare MMA to sports like the NFL and NBA. Where the average NFL game will do 60,000+ spectators and more than $10 million on the gate alone. I think the day when the UFC does a $10 million dollar gate on every event, is the day when fighters start making the big bucks everyone wants to see them earning.

A fighter's union won't turn a 7,000 attendance into 50,000 or a $400,000 gate into $10 million.

It seems to me like the sport has to grow more.
 

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Well the NFL holds its games in stadiums with as you pointed out tens of thousands of spectators and also remember that they have a 17 week season with maybe an extra week being contemplated, then a four week postseason. The UFC has events constantly in smaller venues.
 

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The NFL has 32 teams. 4 preason games and I think each team does 16 regular season games. In the normal season they do 16 games * 16 weeks of events. Which comes out to 256 total games in the regular season. More than 256 events annually. The UFC by contrast only does around 50 something events per year.

On top of this, the NFL average gate, concessions and other income will do better than one of Conor's UFC PPV. Not only do they do almost 5 times more events per year, their average event does better than the UFC's best events.

Salary by revenue is a terrible way of breaking this down. Cost of liabilities, operating expenses and tax breaks are all key there. The NFL could have liabilities close to the UFC's with significantly higher profit margins allowing them to pay their athletes more. Salary by revenue doesn't take this into account. Bellator is also not a good model for anything as as far as I know they're losing millions of dollars in their normal day to day operation.
 

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Yeah the NFL can afford an union because they make the money to involve all of that extra stuff that involves all the union work. It's also amazing how much money the NFL makes considering their short season compared to all the major sports and the few games they play compared to the other major leagues.
 
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