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During Jon Anik and Kenny Florian's podcast, a caller asked about revenue split between the owners and fighters compared to the percentage the athletes get in the big three of the NBA, NFL, and NHL. He guessed it's around 10% or less for the UFC fighters, and cited how Rory MacDonald just made $59,000 for his title fight against Robbie Lawler.

This sparked a spirited debate. Both Florian and Anik responded and here's how the conversation went.

Florian: I want to see fighters get paid more, obviously. There's one thing that is being overlooked though. There's what's shown on the books, and there's a lot of bonuses. It's a lot of money and no one knows about it. That's one thing. Some fighters want it that way, because they don't want people knowing how much they make.

With a guy like Rory MacDonald... I can guarantee you that he was happy after that fight.

Anik: There's a good chance they cut Rory MacDonald a check for half a million dollars. There's 1 or 2 points I also want to make before we bring in B. Schaub. The percent of money that goes to the fighters, I believe it's higher than 25%. Maybe it's 30%, maybe it's 35%. But one thing that people fail to sort of inject to the conversation is that Zuffa got this company out of bankruptcy not that long ago.

It was in 2001. There has been a build up to this point is in time. Now (they're doing) 45 shows, they have 600 fighters. You have to look at where this sport is, relative to it's own history, and relative of the century long histories of these other sports... I do think we are moving into the right direction...

When their guest, Brendan Schaub joined the show, he immediate gets right into the issue.

LINK: Do UFC fighters get just 7% of the pie? Anik and Schaub debate salary, revenue share - Bloody Elbow

For the 3rd time in less than a year, Patrick Cummins will be travelling to Brazil for his next UFC...

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was never afraid of a challenge inside the Octagon and it appears he's still not afraid to go head-to-head with UFC president Dana White when they share a difference of opinion.

Recently, White was involved in a back-and-forth argument with a fan on Twitter while discussing the pay-per-view prices for UFC 190 when Ronda Rousey took on Bethe Correia.

The argument stemmed from a fan defending the WWE Network, which costs $9.99 a month and includes all of the company's pay-per-view cards, as White fired back about the realism of professional wrestling versus the fights that actually take place in the UFC.

"Fake s--t should be $9.99," White wrote. "Trust me, my friend it's fake.

"Not disrespecting what they do. All the WWE guys I have met are awesome people, but yes, it's fake."

Lesnar fired back at his former boss when appearing on ESPN SportsCenter on Tuesday while promoting his appearance at WWE SummerSlam this weekend. Lesnar was asked about White's comments and while the former UFC champion isn't going to deny that professional wrestling is staged, his argument is that the promotion behind WWE and what takes place in the Octagon are exactly the same.

"Of course, Dana, it's fake. Everybody knows that, but you're promoting the same thing we're promoting. Dana White is promoting fights -- we're promoting fights. It just so happens that we get a little more longevity out of our fight and out of our fighters because of the circumstances.

"It is a staged arena. Everybody knows that. Dana, probably in his defense, is promoting fighting -- but it's the same thing. He's trying to sell pay-per-views, he's trying to sell money fights. It's the same racket."

Lesnar took it one step further when comparing his current boss Vince McMahon to White and stated that part of the UFC president's problem with WWE probably stems from the fact that somebody else is doing the job better than him.

Lesnar has worked for both and says ultimately McMahon is just a better promoter than White and that likely gets under the UFC president's skin.

"The business model's the same, it's identical. I think Vince McMahon's better at it than Dana and that might rub Dana the wrong way," Lesnar stated.

"Vince is the pioneer of it. He's been doing this his whole life and he's damn good at it."

LINK: Brock Lesnar: Vince McMahon is a better promoter than Dana White | FOX Sports

Bellator announced a pair of signings Monday, as the company brings a former King of Pancrase and a fighter from a familiar gym into the fold.

Japanese standout Isao Kobayashi has been added to the featherweight roster. With a record of 18-2-4, Kobayashi has won two straight and five out of six and was King of Pancrase at lightweight.

The other signing is of Brazil's Thiago Jambo Gonsalves, who trains out of the Pitbull Brothers Academy, home of longtime Bellator standouts Patricio and Patricky Freire. Gonsalves (18-4, 1 NC) is a welterweight who has won eight out of his past 10 fights.

LINK: Bellator announces new signings, including former King of Pancrase - MMA Fighting

Originally published here - South Carolina Becomes First State to Approve “Two vs Two” Mixed Martial Arts | Combat Sports Law

Titled “Arena Combat”, a two on two variation of mixed martial arts hosted in an arena that resembles that of American Gladiators, has recently been approved by the South Carolina Athletic Commission.

The SCAC has the distinction of the being the first North American State or Provincial commission to approve such a professional combative sport. While a similar event has been previously hosted in Virginia, that was an amateur event that escaped scrutiny of the State’s athletic commission.

When approving events outside the norm commissions sometimes take liberties with the application of their rules but a quick analysis of South Carolina’s regulatory scheme shows that their State Commission is created with powers broad enough to approve novel forms of combative sports.

Unlike many jurisdictions that have a defined list of combative sports commissions can approve, South Carolina has taken a more open ended approach defining regulated combative sports as “any professional sport where participants intend and actually kick, punch, and use other techniques to injure or disable an opponent in an event or exhibition before an audience on a platform, a pad, or in an area surrounded by ropes or other markings.

The Regulations go on to not require contests to be one vs one (though they did think of reducing to writing the fact that you can’t fight an animal in the Palmetto State with regulation 20-24.3 reading “The Commission will not sanction events involving animals, other than human beings, nor issue permits for events in which they participate“.)

Moving on, Regulation 20-24.4 specifically allows the SCAC to approve an event for whcih “No Regulations Exist” reading as follows:

When an application for a permit is received and no regulations exist for that type of event, the Commission may: 1. Deny the permit 2. Designate that regulation for a related combative art be used 3. Designate that acceptance of regulations of a licensed school be used, unless they conflict with the State’s laws and regulations.

So, the lesson being, if you are looking to push the boundaries of modern combative sprots, South Carolina may welcome you so long as you don’t want to fight a kangaroo.

Here are the minutes specifically approving this Event –

Event Permitting Hearing: Arena Combat/Casey Oxendine

The Commission held an event permitting hearing regarding Arena Combat with the CEO of HipShow, Casey Oxendine, to approve Arena Combat under MMA. Blake Grice, head referee in South Carolina and Georgia, joined the meeting via teleconference to provide his input regarding an arena combat event that he 6 refereed. Discussion ensued regarding the safety of the fighters, rules of the event, number of doctor’s and EMT’s present and event insurance.

MOTION: Mr. McCullough made the motion to enter Executive Session to obtain legal advice. Mr. Shoemake seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

MOTION: Mr. Shoemake made the motion to grant a one time approval for an event permit upon compliance of the following conditions: Removal of Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight weight classes from the events, the presence of three (3) fight doctors, a 3 – 4 hour training session for participating referees, requirement of referees to use football style whistles, the head referee would have a microphone and that South Carolina’s Rules and Regulations are adopted as reference. Finally, HipShow has thirty (30) days to submit an application for an event permit.

It was announced this week that UFC 194 would be headlined by Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo, a fight that was previously booked this year for UFC 189 on July 11th.

One of the first things on a fan’s mind when a new events get announced is ‘how much will a ticket cost me?’. Unfortunately this isn’t information that is released until much further on closer to the ticket sale date, though this doesn’t stop us all speculating at the pricing tiers. Here’s MMALatest’s best guess:

Following July 11th’s UFC 189 event Dana White announced an attendance of 16,019 with a live gate of $7.2 million – a record for the UFC. This was an event that sold out originally on the premise of McGregor vs Aldo, so why not a second time!? It would therefore make sense that they stick with the same pricing strategy they had back for the fight in July:

Floor = $1,042.32
Lower-Lower = $791.35
Upper-Lower = $534.15
Lower-Upper = $377.15
Upper-Upper = $244.70
Bleachers = $141.45
(includes all sales tax/venue & credit card fees per ticket)


LINK: UFC 194: What will ticket prices be? Here’s a good indication … | MMA Latest