Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dollars and Sense - Potential UFC Super-Fight and Fighter's Union

After beating Carlos Condit in a bloody five round battle on November 17 at UFC 154 in Montreal, Georges St. Pierre had proven that he is unbeatable in the UFC’s welterweight division. That fight was St. Pierre’s first fight since tearing his ACL, and he still looked like his same dominant self especially when the fight went to the ground. 

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So what is next for the 31 year old Canadian?

St. Pierre’s next fight could very well come in a super-fight against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva. St. Pierre and Silva are arguably the top two fighters in the world. Being that they come from different weight classes (St. Pierre is a 170 lb. welterweight while Silva is a 185 lb. middleweight), the fight would probably be fought as a catch-weight bout somewhere in between. The significance of that is there would not be a title on the line.

Even in the catch-weight scenario where there would be no title up for grabs, a fight between St. Pierre and Silva would be huge for the UFC. Though it’s just speculation, it would most likely break the UFC pay-per-view buys record currently held by UFC 100 (Lesnar vs. Mir) with an estimated 1.6 million buys. It would also have the potential to break the gate revenue and attendance held by UFC 129 (St. Pierre vs. Shields) with over $12 million in gate revenue and attendance over 55,000 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. UFC President Dana White says that St. Pierre and Silva are the two biggest drawers.

Nothing official has come out yet, but the St. Pierre versus Silva super-fight scenario is worth monitoring going forward.

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In individual sports, there is a constant chatter about a player’s union. However, because the players are less organized than team sports and individual sports take on more of a survival of the fittest mentality, the organization of a union becomes quite an involved process.

The rumors have swirled in the UFC about a fighter’s union, but early last week President Dana White squashed pretty much all of that. In an ESPN SportsNation chat White said, It's going to be tough to see a day with Silva or GSP is giving up big chunks of their money to guys who won't make two fights in the UFC."

What White said makes complete sense. The UFC is very much a top heavy organization in terms of the top fighters earning the most money by far. It really doesn’t make any sense for the top guys to give up money for guys that will fight maybe one time and then be forgotten before they were even known.

It is also worth noting that Dana White is the one that negotiates contracts with the fighters for the UFC, so he can control where the money goes and who has it all.

The next UFC event will be UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday December 8 in Seattle where Benson Henderson will defend his lightweight title against Nate Diaz.

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