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Tito Ortiz thinks that his trilogy bout with Chuck Liddell this Saturday should garner at least 200,000 Pay-Per-View (PPV) buys- and that’s being conservative.
To be a real success… a low number, 200? I mean, that’s shootin’ super low. If me and Chuck do 200,000 PPV buys, we shouldn’t even be in the business. I think this thing knocks it out of the park, I think we have a home run ahead of us, and I think all the fans at home will be interested in this fight because they want to see how this thing turns out.
As the reporter, Aaron Bronsteter, pointed out, no non-UFC Pay-Per-Views have broken that mark in MMA for some years, an objection Tito responded to with ‘glass half full’ optimism. There are some factors weighing in favor of Tito. Liddell and Ortiz do have considerable name value, and as Tito said, he has drawn big numbers on free TV for Bellator. There is no competition with the UFC Saturday night either- the UFC’s fight card, headlined by heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou, is streamed online from China early Saturday morning. Golden Boy 1, the event headlined by Liddell-Ortiz, normally costs $39.99, but it will be half off on Black Friday for 2 hours, only $19.99. The big question is, after all this time, do fans still care about this rivalry? How powerful is nostalgia, exactly?
Liddell also gave his thoughts on the bout and said it will be a test whether the ‘boxing model’ of selling PPVs can work in mixed martial arts (MMA). The Ultimate Fighting Championship has had the PPV market in a death grip for some time in MMA, using a near-monopoly over the sports’ top talent and their name value to capture most of the revenue the sport generates.
This amateur fighter, Jack Culshaw, thinks he blew out both his knees jumping down from the cage after his win.
Sometimes freak accidents happen no matter how finely tuned the athlete
I might agree with Tito Ortiz and ‘Steven Jobs’ about kids and phone use.
Amanda Nunes is a sucker for cute dogs- and who isn’t?
Leave your kids with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, they said. It will be fine, they said.
Johnny Walker does have a vice-like Thai plum.
Justin Scoggins seems to have a grasp on what’s going on with the UFC flyweight division, and his career:
Scoggins also said the only reason Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw is happening at 125 is if Dillashaw wins, the UFC can market him as a two-division champion. Added that Dillashaw is fighting for a “phantom title” in a division that doesn’t exist anymore. https://t.co/XYqxbGDCye
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) November 20, 2018
Platinum Mike Perry is back with the Platinum Princess
Georges St. Pierre has some serious snowman-building skills
The memes of the Florida man with the cartoonishly thick neck are still circulating
Sometimes the martial arts are rougher than the stuff they are supposed to teach you self-defense for.
Numbers for UFC Fight Night prelims have been up two weeks in a row.
Well that was unexpected- Jamie Varner is now working in stem cell therapy
You know who I spoke to recently? Former WEC lightweight champ @jamievarner. It’s one of the more interesting conversations I’ve had in some time.
After fighting, he went back to college. Now he works in stem cell therapy: https://t.co/t37d0YmjE6
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) November 20, 2018
I enjoy watching Curtis Blaydes fight, and I’ll definitely be tuning into his bout with Francis Ngannou this weekend. I think fans as a whole care far more about personality than fighting style, but very few are good at presenting themselves as larger-than-life figures in that way.
Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips
This was a hard-fought match
I personally don’t enjoy the gi, but it does open up a lot of possibilities
There is something beautiful about watching someone get intense leverage on a choke.
This is stunning
While we are on skating…