MMA has been a passion of mine since 2004 when I first started practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I subsequently entered amateur MMA events, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ tournaments.
I am now too old to compete and therefore prefer being an armchair fan!
This page will be a work-in-progress, but I hope to link to some other sites that I have spoken to.
I believe MMA and it’s UK betting markets to still be in their infancy. I also believe MMA will grow faster than any other sport in the UK within the next 10 years.
MMA has two major organisations:
UFC – The [football] equivalent to Premiership, if you like …
BELLATOR – same as above, but in this analogy would be the Championship league, although has been improving rapidly since 2017.
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The first UFC event was back in November, 1993, in Colrado.
The Gracie family arranged this event. At first, they could not decide what to name it ... several names were thrown into "the hat", before deciding on UFC.
It is believed, also by myself, that the Gracies had no idea of how big this thing would [eventually] grow! And that their original objetcivew were to promote Brazilian Jui Jitsu [BJJ] wordlwide.
That first objective was successful adn BJJ exploded in USA and subsequently in Eurpe.
A few years after the first event Rorion Gracie sold the UFC for a tiny percentage of the $4.4 billion it was eventually sold for in 2016 ... largely thanks to Conor McCregor [discussed later].
However, there were a few bumps in the road. Dana White - the UFC president - was asked to see how much he could sell UFC for in 2005; and he was offered 1.8 million.
The owners, the Fertitta Brothers decided this was not enough, despite the UFC looking like it was going to fail - as was accruing losses in revenue.
So they decided to take a chance in 2005 and make a reality show called the "Ultimate Fighter" - Spike TV in USA would screen this.
Thank god it was a success!
Back in 2013 the UFC President Dana White was looking for “a Superstar” to catapult the UFC. Dana spent many months travelling and searching for the next big star amongst other organisations, such as Bellator and Cage Warriors, it was there he found Conor McGregor.
Dana White was amazed with Conor’s natural charisma when he went to visit him in Dublin in 2013. It did not take Dana long to be eager to sign Conor up to the UFC; Knowing that HE COULD make Conor into a star.
True, Conor was a natural showman, as well as subsequently becoming a double UFC champ. However, it is questionable about the opponents he faced during his career. I believe Conor was not only brave, but stupid taking the Khabib fight that he lost. He should have simply retired after the Floyd Mayweather boxing match.
Despite is mad behaviour I still remain a Conor McGregor fan – purely for what he has done for the sport and the UFC.
In my opinion, he single-handedly increased the UFC’s [ultimate fighting championship] revenue and company worth. The owners (Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta] were quick to waste no time in “cashing in” on this opportunity.
They sold their shares for around $4billion at the height of the Conor McGregor hype era.
What a Trade!
As mentioned above the Fertitta brothers sold their $4billion worth of shares, that they originally purchased for around $2million in 2001! The company was [then] pretty much bankrupt – the Fertitta Brothers were prepared to take the gamble on though.
They were big Boxing fans and felt MMA would prove popular – and they were right!
But not everything was plain sailing!
Around 2004 things were not going right for the company – they reached-out to contacts and tried to sell UFC, yet no one wanted to know! They were offered well under $1 million – so they felt they’d have one last stab at making it popular …
The Ultimate Fighter series
Between them they figured that if they were to make MMA popular – it would be better if the public see a “human” side to these [appearingly] barbaric warriors.
So they created a TV reality series – published weekly – where there would be around 16 fighters – all living in a house together – while they trained to become “the Ultimate Fighter”.
The tournament was a knockout tournament.
The winner would receive a large purse + a UFC contact.
The house would be a very plush setting – with all the luxury healthy foods, gym, personal professional trainers et Al!
They had everything! … except contact with the outside world! This was similar to the UK TV programme Big Brother.
So … 16 guys living in a house together – no access to girlfriends/outside world, yet access to alcohol – is gonna cause frictions!
These frictions would make great TV. You would see them getting drunk, misbehaving, crying, getting evicted from the house sometimes too.
But we also saw the emotional side these fighters had to go through.
The series proved a hit. It is widely believed that if this series did not work – then that would be the end for the company! As no one wanted to buy it!
CONOR McGregor COMEBACK FIGHT [19 Jan 2020]
Conor McGregor has been widely accused of lacking heart due to tapping on several fights and giving in
Conor recently (Jan 2021) fought Dustin Poirier, whom he last fought in 2014.
However, Dustin brought a completely new strategy, with help from his trainers at American Top Team. They studied Mcgregor hard and realised he has a wide stance, almost like a karate style … leaving him exposed to the fron tleg to be kicked. Conor planted a lot of his weight on this front leg during this fight and had no answer for the calf kicks Dustin was using.
It was this genius strategy that won the fight. Conor was so immobilised from them in the 2nd round, that he could not even move fast enough to react to Dustins boxing.
Dustin saw an opportunity and put the pressure on Conor and Conor folded.
In 2014 they fought at Featherweight (145lbs). Conor was an extremely large featherweight … especially due to his huge reach of 74″.
A reach of this kind is usually found in Middleweight/Light Heavy weight fighters at least!
Conor was also riding the crest of a wave during 2014–2016, he was hungry and never took time off.I genuinely do love Conors unique charisma, and know he is a true student of the game still, despite his mega Millions in the bank.
I do feel he will never again reign with such dominance, and probably never again become UFC champion … but the whole MMA game is a lot brighter with him around and he will be remembered for a long time as a super star.
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