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UFC on FOX Broadcast Opinions and Impressions

Tallica19812011-11-19 02:22:20 +0000 #1
I'm sure several people have already made comments on the look and feel of the broadcast, but I really wanted a place to discuss the presentation and ideas for changes specifically.

I think Luke Thomas makes some good points in this article suggesting 10 changes for the future.

mma.sbnation.com/201...improvement-mma-news
Tallica19812011-11-19 02:37:26 +0000 #2
I think the 2 biggest mistakes on the broadcast were deciding to show only 1 fight, and Dana's post fight meltdown.

Aside from those 2 things, I was really impressed with the overall presentation. I thought Curt Menefee was a great addition to the broadcast, ana I thought Brock would be a trainwreck, but actually did very well.

The multiple fights are needed to avoid exactly what happened, and it seems that is the plan for the future. It's too bad that the 1st impresson was marred by so much hype with such a short fight.

Also, Dana was terrible post fight. As a promotor, he needs to be pumping up his new HW champ who just won in dominating fashion. not being visibly pissed that Cain lost.
BulldogWrestler2011-11-19 02:55:11 +0000 #3
I was always under the impression that the "one fight tonight" plan was strictly a one time thing and was set up just as an "intro" type deal.

Dana was pretty bad too.
RPD2011-11-19 02:51:10 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler

I was always under the impression that the "one fight tonight" plan was strictly a one time thing and was set up just as an "intro" type deal.

Dana was pretty bad too.

Yep, I thought it was pulled off pretty well. It was very clear from the get go it was only 1 fight for only this first time. They were trying to appeal to potential new MMA fans. Watching a lot of NFL on Fox I felt right at home.

There was no way it was going to be perfect, going in I thought they had the right idea. I do think it showed that Dana was upset at SOMETHING in the post fight interview, at what exactly (or combination of things) showed.

Brock filled his role just fine and so did Dana in the pre-fight stuff. Afterwards Dana should have either kept quiet about what he felt Cain did wrong or atleast look less bothered by it. I say this BECAUSE we all know if this was on PPV and the same thing happened. We'd all see this on his twitter "HOLY SHIIIIIITTTTT".
Tallica19812011-11-19 03:51:14 +0000 #5
The plan going forward is to definitely have more than 1 fight. However, many people criticised the opinion to show 1 on their big unveiling, and those criticisms proved true. Dana knew it was a mistake, and continued to act like an idiot at the post fight presser when asked about it.

The rumor is that the future shows will air 2 fights, but that is unconfirmed. If they are getting a 2 hour block, I really hope they air more than 2.

More fights is a good thing for multiple reasons:

1) it avoids puting all of your eggs in one basket. If there is only 1 or 2 fights, and they end being a letdown, the whole broadcast, ergardless of how good seems spoiled.

2) More fights is one of the things that has always set MMA apart from Boxing. If you are onbly fitting in 1 fight per hour, you are taking away one of the things that makes MMA great. Concentrated action is key to the sports growth up to this point.

3) It allows the newcomers to have more time to get familiar and comfortable with the sport. Once the actual live broadcast is on, all the personal interest pieces should be kept to a minimum. At that point the best way to grab the audience is to show them the product.
BulldogWrestler2011-11-19 02:59:50 +0000 #6
I agree and personally, I think having an extra fight or two air would have been a great thing.

That said - I could see WHY they chose to do it this way - whether it was the right choice or not. The reasoning behind it was sound.

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