Posted by Dave Walsh on 22nd October 2008
Posted by Alan Conceicao on 20th October 2008
As Josh Gross details in his SI news piece , EXC is apparently all done. From a personal perspective, I’m somewhat surprised that the talk with Showtime Sports proved fruitless given the talk in the last week or so. The combination of the lack of brand awareness (thus justifying the continued existence of EXC in particular) with the poor financial states of both the company and the markets were enough to ultimately bury it, however. It doesn’t necessarily prove that MMA on CBS or Showtime are dead, but it seems likely that its definitely hit a speed bump. If there any consolation to the independent fighters in the sport, EXC was never able to relate itself as a strong brand (in part, because of the style of promotion it chose), which would seem to make any resulting replacement startup from Showtime or CBS fairly painless when it comes to replacing it should they choose to soldier on.
Another interesting aspect to think about is the talk of Strikeforce getting live fights on NBC. As far as replacements go, its tough to think of a better promoter that could come along to snatch up some of the mid and high level talents once promoted by the organization. Time will only tell.
Posted by Alan Conceicao on 8th October 2008
After a few days of shock, surprise, and then apparent rage, it seems that to review the event virtually everyone on the internet who would read this has already watched would seem to be senseless. However, the reaction to the event and the aftermath are clearly very strong and omnipresent. Maybe that will change after yet another “world changing” episode of TUF tonight, who knows? But for now, its worth noting what’s happened in the aftermath.
Posted by Dave Walsh on 4th October 2008
Exclusive Ken Shamrock Interview: On Kimbo, Wrestling Deaths, and his long history as a top star in the world of MMA.
Posted by Jonathan Snowden on 3rd October 2008
Exclusive interview with the biggest star in the history of the sport.
Posted by Jonathan Snowden on 25th September 2008
We talk with the sport’s brightest star about sex, talking trash, and even her period. Oh yeah, and fighting.
Posted by Alan Conceicao on 24th September 2008
In a move that has to be considered stunning at the least, its been announced that Affliction is loaning out Roy Nelson and Andrei Arlovski to EliteXC for the October 4th event roughly two weeks away. Its a move that pleases Arlovski by giving him a fight and a lot of money, it gives EXC a fight for hardcore fans, it provides CBS one of the top heavyweights in the world and a recognizable name for UFC fans, and so, so much more. How much more? Well, depends how much speculation you want to put in to all this.
Posted by Jonathan Snowden on 28th August 2008
Sport or Spectacle? Total MMA’s Jonathan Snowden and Kendall Shields argue it out.
Posted by Dave Walsh on 28th August 2008
This right now is a pivotal point in history for the fledgling sport of Mixed Martial Arts. In the past few months we have seen one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s self-proclaimed rivals, the IFL crumble to the ground, with EliteXC looking like it might follow. Both are publicly held companies, and if anything, there are lessons to be found in each one, as every aspect of their business plans are available for us to view. There is still no word if Zuffa has outright purchased the IFL or if they have simply bought out a few fighter contracts and licensed some footage to use for highlights for said fighters. The IFL announced earlier today that they are 35.7 million dollars in the hole, with a grand total of 4 remaining employees right now. It is safe to say that the International Fight League was an interesting approach to capitalizing on the MMA boom, but an untimely failure.
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Posted by Dave Walsh on 26th July 2008
That’s right, we’ll be here live to give you the play-by-play and analysis on tonight’s EliteXC/CBS Saturday Night Fights!
The Showtime portion of the night has kicked off, so no rest for the wicked!