Sports FAQ
Home / Mixed Martial Arts

UFC Double-Booking: UFC Japan & UFC Vegas the same night

Onion2011-10-01 05:21:56 +0000 #1

A LOT more at the link:

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Fresh off a day full of meetings to discuss international expansion, UFC president Dana White laid out ambitious plans Tuesday for future international live events and overseas versions of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

White, who was in town to promote the Nov. 19 UFC 139 event at the HP Pavilion, envisions multiple, simultaneous UFC shows, perhaps as early as February.

“When we go to Japan next year, we are going to be putting on a show at the same time in Las Vegas,” he said.

While he didn’t confirm the date, UFC is scheduled for a show on Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The show would take place in the early afternoon in Japan, so it would air in the U.S. on Feb. 25, a Saturday night, live in the usual 9 p.m. Eastern pay-per-view time slot.

When asked how the company was going to handle a dual-show evening from a television standpoint, White just smiled and said, “You’ll see.”

There have been multiple-location, pay-per-view events staged in the past, most recently for the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 17. The co-headlining bout on that event was the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“We’ll be doing a lot of that in the future,” White said.

The most notable attempt was World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania II in 1986, which ran one-hour segments each in Uniondale, N.Y.; Rosemont, Ill.; and Los Angeles. The show was such a logistical nightmare that promoter Vince McMahon never attempted it again. But White, who didn’t know about the event that took place in 1985, said the idea of airing fights from another location into the live venue as part of the show was not part of the plans.

Among other ideas talked about for 2012 are market-specific “Ultimate Fighter” shows to develop and expose new talent, with plans to put together different seasons in the Philippines, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

As for how they’re going to pull that off, White admitted they haven’t hashed out the details yet.

Best80smovieRAD2011-10-01 05:38:15 +0000 #2
My thing is if the UFC is planning these dual shows, don;t they need to fill the roster more now? They are spread thin it seems already when fighters get hurt
LordZardoz2011-10-01 05:48:23 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Best80smovieRAD

My thing is if the UFC is planning these dual shows, don;t they need to fill the roster more now? They are spread thin it seems already when fighters get hurt

I would say it is a 50 / 50 shot that Strikeforce is no longer a factor by then.

Also, Japan has alot of MMA fighters available, and the local promotions are not really doing so well. I expect that the UFC would have no problem fleshing out a Japan event with more local talent than usual if needed.

Ash2011-10-01 06:33:31 +0000 #4
They don't need to hire more guys, but rather cut less of them. Make guys that'll fight at the drop of a hat (Doerksen, Hague, etc) a roster fixture. Also, give guys the fights they want. So many guys complain about being on the shelf for too long for seemingly no good reason, so more shows will hopefully fix that. Let the hungry guys fight.
BulldogWrestler2011-10-01 06:51:46 +0000 #5
They're only spread thin when a main eventer gets hurt - and that's because there's not a lot of people that could take their place without it looking ridiculous (i.e. if Henderson were to get hurt for the upcoming fight with Shogun - they would have to either move someone who is booked for a fight already, or bring someone like Tito in on short notice).

I like the idea of this show. They can use the headliners that they have in Japan (who aren't really headliners in the US) and do a dual deal. I'm hoping the UFC Japan airs for free on here (maybe Fox?)
Roundhouse2011-10-01 07:40:50 +0000 #6
Could be free on Fox, followed by PPV, but I have doubts. Wouldn't that seem to de-value the Fox event? Just a hunch, but I think both FOX and the UFC want those fights/shows to come off as big time. Promoting a PPV for later that evening would seem to take away importance from the free fight.

I'm guessing it's more of a joint PPV, where they switch venues and give us one big super show.



Other posts in this category