Wednesday, October 11, 2006

UFC Does a 3.1

Wow! I totally didn't expect it to go that high. It will be very interesting to see if there is any residual effect from this on UFC, or if it just ends up being a peak rating for a particular fight. The story of people having more interest in a well promoted fight than false teases of nudity is all too easy.

10 Comments:

Anonymous tyson smith said...

I went out of my way to see that Final Chapter. I watch some Ultimate Fighter, and I like UFC, but that's as much as I watch. So I think they definitely drew in some casual interest into the show. Good for UFC. I was a little disappointed about the Ortiz/Shamrock fight though. Shamrock looked like he knew he was gonna lose and just wanted to get it over with. Why would he start this match exactly like the second one? Oh well. Interesting to see them bury the hatchet.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous tyson said...

It is absurd and ridiculous to compare anything WWE does to anything UFC does. Just because UFC wants to be like WWE does not even put them in the same ballpark. Apples and Oranges. Unless some of MMA is worked, which surprises as many brainless folks as the MLB steroid scandal.

6:26 PM  
Blogger 17Haze said...

I'm really glad to hear that...Even though the fights weren't great the show was very enjoyable and thats tons more than i can say about the wwe product right now.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous tyson said...

Just caught Tito on "Quite Frankly", I gotta say one thing, if UFC can get ESPN to buy into what they're selling it will be the biggest and best thing to happen for the company. They have everything ESPN is looking for, the only question is, why has ESPN been so reluctant to pull the trigger?

9:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

UFC only promotes products that they are in bed with. It's shameful, really. If you're the leader in sports news, you shouldn't spend most of your time getting yourself over rather than the news, and you shouldn't vary your coverage based on who you make money off of. But that's what they do. If UFC signs a deal with ESPN or one of its affiliates, it will get significantly more coverage. But I'd rather they do it on their own, myself.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

The first word should read ESPN, obviously, not UFC.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous tyson said...

I completely agree as ESPN has become a disgusting entitity and it makes me beg for competition. Take for example the coverage of the Bonds scandal, I mean is there a reporter out there with a more personal vendetta than Pedro Gomez? Yet when it came to Clemens, Pettite, their personal trainer, who actually was in fact the New York Yankees team trainer supplying players with avenues to get illegal supplements, the story was buried and only available on ESPN 'Insider'. Its fucking disgusting. I hope Barry hits 760 and his name holds forever. People have been using steroids in baseball since the 70s, how could they be so idiotic and nieve and just hate someone because they are superior to everyone else who is using? But again, ESPN coverage for UFC, with ESPN currently kicking ass in the cable ratings because of grabbing the NFL, would hands down be the best short term business decision for them. ESPN only shows K-1 because it doesn't go to the ground or get nearly as brutal. Question Todd, do the fighters in UFC have cutmen? It really seems like sometimes when a guy is really messed up they have the trainer or coach just working on swelling.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

People do have their cuts worked on in UFC. I'm not totally sure, however, how it works. I know there is a guy hired by the athletic commission that will look at cuts and determine if the guy can continue. That person will also sometimes wipe off blood and try to get it to stop bleeding very quickly. I assume that guy is different than the ones who will sometimes be working on cuts in the corner. It isn't as much of a focus as in boxing, though.

6:28 PM  
Blogger sdwhitt said...

Getting a 4.3 for the main fight was real suprising. Of course I know so many peole that said "who cares" about the fight but ended up watching it anyway. What ever happened to UFC negotiating with HBO for a couple of specials?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

As far as I know UFC is still interested, but obviously negotiations stalled or someone had second thoughts. Best case scenario is UFC realized they were planning on too much programming.

10:40 AM  

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