Tim Kennedy was on The Fighter and the Kid podcast and spoke about the...
What do you guys think about ranking the greatest MMA HW champions?
How that ranking should look like and what would you use to create that ranking?
As a staring reference I will show historical time line with all fights for the most prestigious HW belts.
On those graphs full colored line represents reign timeline.
Each box is one month. Orange is used for UFC champion.
Letters that are used on the timeline graph represent championship fights :
v - captured vacant title (first championship for the organization, or previous champion was stripped of the title)
c - captured belt by fighting current champion
d - defended the belt
i - interim belt
"." - dot symbolizes losing championship fight.
"?" - future championship bout
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
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