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Dave Meltzer

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Bellator's television audience Saturday was strong

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Leading up to its first pay-per-view, Bellator had 712,000 viewers on average for two hours of prelim fights on Spike, peaking at 962,000 viewers for Cheick Kongo vs Eric Smith.

Questions remain about Bellator and pay-per-view

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Thus far it looks like Bellator's first pay-per-view show was a success, because more people are talking about the promotion than ever before But the big questions remain if the public will support...

History shows PPV success is a low odds game

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Bellator, in joining more than two dozen companies, past and present, that have tried to promote MMA on pay-per-view, has one advantage - weekly television with a reliable audience. But in other...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 40

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Going from a fighter who lost four times by submission in a string of five fights, the reborn Matt Brown has a potential fight-of-the-year under his belt, and is perhaps one win away from a...

Professor tries to revamp the MMA scoring system

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A Bakersfield professor, upset that MMA used the same scoring system that he felt had taken boxing down, figured in time, MMA would come up with a better system. Years later, tired of waiting, he...

Much to learn from regarding UFC Fight Pass

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UFC Fight Pass, a concept in its infancy, is well ahead of company projections as far as subscribers go, but at this point, they are not considering it as something that will change the way they...

Stefan Struve returns to action at UFC 175

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Stefan Struve finally has a date for his return. He will face Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight contest at UFC 175 on July 6 in Las Vegas.

PPV numbers are in for UFC 171, UFC 172

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With departures and serious injuries and to both Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, UFC has been unable to get the new top stars to the same level as pay-per-view draws this year. But the second...

Bellator, Glory ratings up slightly over weekend

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As Bellator heads to its first pay-per-view event, its television ratings have increased slightly from last season. Friday's show, with Joe Warren's interim bantamweight title win, did 701,000...

Sonnen credits Paul Heyman for saving TUF: Brazil

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While in Brazil, Chael Sonnen felt things were spiraling out of control during the Ultimate Fighter filming a few months back. So he sought contact information for pro wrestling's Paul Heyman, who...

Wanderlei Silva blames editing for popularity loss

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Wanderlei Silva was one of the original MMA fighting heroes from Brazil with his aggressive and all-out style. But as his career winds down, public opinion has changed on him. Ironically, it was...

Velasquez to defend title against Werdum in Mexico

UFC's debut event in Mexico was officially announced on Tuesday, as UFC 180, in Mexico City, will be headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum for the heavyweight championship. Both men will...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 172

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Before Saturday, the general consensus was that Anderson Silva was the greatest UFC fighter of all-time, and that Georges St-Pierre was right on his heels. After Saturday, Jon Jones has earned his...

UFC on FOX 11 does 2.5 million viewers

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Saturday night's UFC on FOX 11 show ended up as the second-highest rated show the company has done on the network outside of football season. It finished second to the NBA playoffs on ESPN in the...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC on FOX 11

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It's been 13 years since UFC was purchased, and from day one, the goal was to run big shows in Mexico. But the company was slow to get the necessary deals in place. Now that a show is imminent, the...

Rich Franklin considers VP role in Asian promotion

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One of UFC's first stars created by television, Rich Franklin, who started with the promotion in 2003, said on Saturday that he will be meeting with officials of the Singapore-based ONE FC...

UFC ratings continue Wednesday pattern

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There is a reason UFC has gotten away from running a lot of live events on Wednesdays, now usually limited to helping kick off TUF seasons. The 641,000 viewers for Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy...

Fortunes changed for five at TUF Nations Finale

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Michael Bisping looked at Tim Kennedy as his stepping stone to an elusive title opportunity. Instead, suffering a loss, at 35, may have cost him his last shot to get a title match.

Bisping: Kennedy is just a 'stepping stone'

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Michael Bisping realistically can't guarantee a finish against a durable Tim Kennedy, so he's saying he'll treat him like a human punching bag in Wednesday's TUF Nations finale.

Sonnen: Crime committed during TUF: Brazil brawl

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The short brawl between coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen on Ultimate Fighter Brazil, teased on endless clips the past few months, will finally air Sunday, and Sonnen gives his thoughts on...

'What if' question still surrounds Lesnar's career

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The Brock Lesnar era, the high-point of the UFC on pay-per-view, is looked back on this week by UFC on Fight Pass.

WSOF, Bellator score strong ratings

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The World Series of Fighting scored its second best numbers on history on Saturday night with 242,000 viewers. The night before, Bellator did its fourth best Friday night numbers, with 711,000...

Does Cyborg's loss hurt a potential Rousey fight?

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There may have been no fight bigger in MMA today than a potential Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg fight. But with Cyborg losing on Friday night, the question becomes was her aura of being untouched...

Cyborg targets late summer for a debut at 135

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Cris "Cyborg" Justino, who would be Ronda Rousey's opponent in what has the potential to be the biggest woman's combat sports fight of all-time, has targeted the late summer to prove she can fight...

UFC on Sunday night peaks at 1.25 million viewers

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The experiment by UFC and Fox Sports 1 of doing a Sunday night live event, headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, averaged 936,000 viewers, the third-highest total for a Fight Night...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 38

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Dan Henderson came from behind to beat Shogun Rua, but until the finish, age very much seemed to be a factor for one of the sport's last surviving pioneers.

UFC 170 does better PPV numbers than UFC 169

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UFC 170, headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann, is currently estimated at doing 340,000 buys. The number is in the same range as shows of late headlined by both heavyweight champion Cain...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 171

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New champion Johny Hendricks had just one the title when challenges were coming from every direction. There are three strong active contenders, Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley and Hector Lombard,...

Johny Hendricks has big shoes to fill

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Johny Hendricks walks into the cage as the heir apparent to Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre, two of the greatest champions in UFC history. What exactly does Hendricks have to do to garner the...

Hendricks evolves from wrestler to KO artist

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When Johny Hendricks started fighting six years ago, he was one of the country's best wrestlers. Today, he's more known as one of the UFC's most feared KO threats

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