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Man: WWE, part of the TKO Group is riding a wave of
momentium. Strike while the iron is hot. Global domination
of the professional wrestling landscape continues.
Premium Live Events is the newer term what previously
were called Pay-Per-View (PPV) events. Under leadership
of Nick Khan and Triple H WWE is powering ahead in
a very much global major event direction, as well
as presenting amazing storytelling and in-ring action,
while the marketing, merch and media arms keep powering
ahead, frequently breaking and smashing records. Back
in our Optus TV PPV and Main Event TV collaboration
work at Optus we always saw the potential of massive
WWE growth, but certainly never saw it getting this
big. - Greg Tingle, Media Man Group
Sports Pay-Per-View News
- Foxtel Group Pay-Per-View Partnership
Sports (part of The Foxtel Group), out of Australia,
and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
have officially commenced a new multi-year agreement
from January 1, 2024, which sees Main Event
available only on Kayo Sports and Foxtel
become the exclusive home of UFC Pay-Per-View events
down under in Australia aka Terror Australis! The
readership knows we like media on the edge, so we've
got to slip the Aussie slang in every now and again
to suit the theme right.
first Pay-Per-View (PPV) exclusive event will see
UFC middleweight Champion Sean "Tarzan"
Strickland make his virgin title defence against South
African Dricus "Stillknocks" Du Plessis
as they marquee UFC 297 direct from Toronto on January
partnership casts Main Event as the undisputed home
of PPV in Australia, with a prized tradition of showcasing
the biggest UFC fights across the globe, as well as
being a key part of seeing up and coming top range
fighters climb to the top since 2008.
the terms of the new agreement, fans looking to hit
up a buy of a UFC PPV will be redirected to Foxtel
and Kayo Sports Main Event platform for exclusive
access to world class matches. UFC Fight Pass will
continue to broadcast live UFC fights, including the
Preliminary bouts to UFC PPV events and each UFC Fight
Night event in its entirety, in addition to live and
on-demand combat sports and unforgettable archived
bouts from around the world.
addition to all the UFC PPV events, sports fans can
expect a full menu of UFC content, including UFC Fight
Nights, UFC Pay-Per-View Prelims, UFC Countdown, DC
& RC, plus selected titles from UFCs Fight
Library on ESPN, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.
of the UFCs first PPV event in 2024, Australian
foodie critic, MasterChef Australia judge and self-confessed
fanatic Melissa Leong will host UFC Fight Week on
Wednesday, January 17, available on Kayo Sports and
Foxtel. Melissa will be joined by panellists Tyson
Pedro and Dan Hooker as they break down UFC 297 and
interview Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland and
Dricus Du Plessis. The show will be replayed daily
leading up to the event.
popularity has boomed since it was first broadcast
in Australia in 2008. There are now in excess of 700
million UFC fans across the globe. In Australia and
New Zealand, UFC counts more than 4.3 million fans
and features the youngest fan base of any professional
sport in Australia with 48 per cent aged between 18-39.
These stats are gold to the business of sports marketing,
sports media and other associated business arms.
excited to strengthen and expand our relationship
with the UFC, the fastest growing sport in the world,
and 2024 will deliver a line-up of epic battles, kicking
on January 21 with UFC 297, said Rebecca McCloy,
executive director of commercial sport at Foxtel Group.
and Kayo Sports are the best sports broadcasters in
the country and they have backed UFC in Australia
since the beginning. Together, we will continue to
grow UFC in Australia and they will be the destination
for the biggest and baddest fights we put on year-round,
said UFC president Dana White.
will be a full UFC schedule on Main Event in 2024.
Following UFC 297, all eyes will turn to Australias
fan-favourite UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander
Volkanovski for his much-anticipated title defence
against Georgian Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 in California
on February 18.
Man: Combat sports PPVs certainly have boomed in Australia
since circa 1996 to 2000 when we most closely collaborated
and cross promoted with Main Event while working for
Optus Vision/Communications in a full-time capacity.
The UFC continued to build upon the earlier success
of pro boxing and pro wrestling on pay-per-view. The
YouTube and social media based features are great,
but there's nothing quite like a main event MMA match
on PPV for those who live and breath combat sports.
Many fighters and former fighters these days even
have their own channels across the internet. Exciting
times for combat sports fans as well as for those
who work in and around the industry. Another chance
to ground and pound and KO with the best of them thanks
to the UFC, Kayo Sports and Main Event.
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The battle between boxing and UFC - June 2018
On Saturday the two premier combat sports on the planet
boxing and the Ultimate Fighting Championship
(UFC) go head-to-head via two world championship
pay-per-view (PPV) bouts featuring rising Australian
superstars, Jeff Horn and Robert Whittaker.
undefeated Horn, 30, is the former schoolteacher who
shocked the world and 50,000 people packed
into Suncorp Stadium in 2017 when he defeated
boxing legend and WBO welterweight champion Manny
Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the "Battle
weekend he defends his WBO title in Las Vegas against
former unified lightweight world champion Terence
Crawford, who is unbeaten in 32 fights and ranks in
the top three pound-for-pound boxers globally. Betting
markets pitch Horn as a rank underdog, with a scant
11.8 per cent chance of winning.
the same evening in Chicago the UFC's middleweight
world champion, Whittaker, puts his title on the line
in the 70-square-metre "Octagon" against
explosive Cuban contender Yoel Romero. In July 2017
Whittaker unexpectedly captured Australia's inaugural
UFC belt when he prevailed in a close decision over
Romero, who was a silver medallist at the Sydney Olympics
in freestyle wrestling. A rematch was booked after
Romero knocked out the other top middleweight contender
at the UFC 221 event in Perth in February 2018. This
time bookies have made Whittaker the slight (60 per
the punches, the trash talk and the title belts, the
big fight night shapes as an important if somewhat
unintended test of the primacy of these sports.
With local heroes in each, which fighting "code"
will inspire the most Australians to pay $49.95 to
view the Horn fight or $54.95 to see the UFC? The
winner of that battle will be sitting pretty.
boxing is bifurcated by numerous conflicting federations
(the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO and WBO to name but a few),
the UFC is unusual in sporting terms insofar as one
company owns its entire league. Other global exceptions
along these lines include the multibillion-dollar
Formula 1 and MotoGP franchises that run the premier
auto and motorbike racing competitions.
soccer, baseball, NFL, basketball, rugby and cricket,
teams are individually owned and the contest governed
by associations that may or may not be controlled
by their sport's participants. The UFC's ownership
of the world's richest mixed-martial arts (MMA) league
allows it to compel the very best athletes to go toe-to-toe
with one another (or else get kicked off the roster).
This brutal meritocracy contrasts with boxing where
leading fighters regularly accumulate long win streaks
by avoiding one another for years, much to the frustration
August 2017 the two domains temporarily combined in
the world's most lucrative PPV contest when Irish
UFC superstar Conor McGregor fought the best pound-for-pound
boxer of all-time, Floyd Mayweather. The event was
held under boxing rules in what was McGregor's first
professional bout. While Mayweather eventually triumphed
in the 10th round, experts gave McGregor the opening
fight itself was a staggering commercial success,
generating a record 6.7 million PPV buys. Coupled
with the gate, this produced more than $US655 million
($856 million) in revenue. Mayweather, 41, took home
$US300 million while 29-year-old McGregor walked away
with $US100 million.
an exclusive interview with AFR Weekend, the UFC's
long-time president, Dana White, reveals that Mayweather
will likely enter the UFC's Octagon in a rematch against
McGregor. Asked about this extraordinary possibility,
White says, "I think it is probably going to
sporting rivalry will explode again on Saturday when
Horn and Whittaker's world championship PPV contests
collide. According to both sides this embarrassing
scheduling conflict was never meant to happen. And
everyone blames Horn's legendary promoter and Top
Rank CEO, Bob Arum, who has had a notoriously toxic
relationship with the UFC.
frustrating," Horn tells AFR Weekend. "We
will definitely lose [financially] as a result,"
he says, pointing to Top Rank. His trainer and manager,
Jeff Rushton, who also runs $40 million in global
funds at Rushton Financial Services, confirms the
"annoying" clash "will cost Jeff",
suggesting the "promoters should have organised
a better date".
tried to change the date, but Top Rank said 'no way'
and we now accept we will lose some monetary value."
arguably one of the top non-tech trades of this century,
White and his two billionaire buddies, casino magnates
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, bought the UFC in 2001
for $US2 million and flipped it 15 years later for
$US3.8 billion (they retain small minority interests).
UFC's president does not pull his punches when asked
why PPV buyers must choose between two Aussie world
championships on the same night. "Bob Arum has
dementia and probably didn't even know that we were
staging a huge UFC event featuring several high-profile
Australians on that date," White claims.
is one of the guys who helped kill boxing," he
continues. "He's talked shit about me and the
Fertitta brothers for years: how much money we were
making; how this sport would never work; and after
decades of our success he's now trying to copy every
f---ing thing we do."
promoters are indeed trying to emulate the UFC's event
management approach that sells an entertainment experience
41 times a year in cities around the world rather
than two specific athletes. Whereas a UFC card normally
has 15 fights, including multiple headlining acts,
boxing tends to focus on promoting a single bout,
like Golovkin versus Canelo or Joshua versus Klitschko.
If either athlete drops out, the event is cancelled.
While it's also common for UFC cards to lose their
main event in the days prior due to injury, the show
always marches on, thanks to the UFC's deep roster
of more than 600 contracted athletes.
what could be a disruptive shake-up for the industry,
White says the UFC's parent entity, Zuffa LLC, plans
on taking on boxing's incumbents with a new league
that it will own and control. "We will not work
with the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, and WBO organisations,"
interest is definitely there all the fighters
have reached out, other promoters have contacted us
and everybody's keen," White says. "The
question is how I make it work with bandwidth maxed
out right now running the UFC's business."
Whittaker's UFC 225 title defence on Saturday there
are two other Australians on the main card: undefeated
Indigenous heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who fights ex-UFC
champ Andrei Arlovski; and Megan Anderson, a world
champion at the female promotion, Invicta, who will
take on another former UFC champ in Holly Holm.
'Rough and tough'
what explains the wave of Australian fighters ascending
the UFC's ranks, White offers a primal response: "I've
said this for a very long time ever since we went
to Australia that it is a really rough and
tough land that breeds equally tough people."
things that live on this planet that can kill you
are found in Australia from great white sharks
to snakes, spiders, jellyfish and crocodiles,"
White says. "Aussies love the fight culture
whether it is becoming a fighter or being a fan
and it has quickly become our third biggest PPV market."
explanation is that Australian fighters, who are normally
powerful strikers, often have backgrounds in rugby
where the main game is avoiding being taken to the
ground. Whittaker, Mark Hunt, Tuivasa, and Alexander
Volkanovski were all professional or semi-pro rugby
fact I spent years playing footy trying to stay on
my feet helps a lot and creates a good athletic base
to defend takedowns for guys like us who don't have
the same grappling experience as opponents from the
US, South America and Europe," Tuivasa says.
barrel-chested Tuivasa, known as "Bam Bam",
has won all seven of his professional fights via dramatic
first-round knockouts. The 25-year-old was born in
Sydney to an Indigenous mother and a Samoan father,
and is proud of this heritage, carrying an Aboriginal
flag into the Octagon with him.
to play for the Sydney Roosters at age 17, Tuivasa
found "living away from family and friends hard"
and "started gambling more than I should have".
He left rugby league to return home and pursue a full-time
MMA career, and is now married to the sister of another
Aussie UFC prospect, Tyson Pedro.
biggest casualty of this weekend's clash between the
boxing and UFC tribes will inevitably be their diluted
PPV revenues. Horn's trainer, Rushton, who was ironically
a five-times national MMA champion, hopes most pubs
will screen both events simultaneously.
need not, however, lose sleep over the fighters' financials.
Horn will earn $2.5 million for stepping into the
ring against Crawford, making him one of Australia's
best-paid athletes. The relatively unknown Whittaker
took home $573,000 in his first UFC title challenge
in 2017. That number will multiply given he has now
negotiated a cut of the lucrative PPV pie in addition
to significantly higher base money.
the long run it is conceivable that we see these sports
combine into a single league if Zuffa achieves its
goal of taking over boxing, which could have a limited
half-life as a distinct discipline.