The only problem here is that the UFC make their money through US PPV events and ad money from TV deals during non PPV events, so the $$$ wouldn’t be there since holding events outside of ordinary peak US tv watching time zones reduces viewership in the US. Also most good fighters out of the Russian sphere are Daghestanis who leave the country and come to America the moment they become remotely good (assuming they qualify for American visas), so the idea of building some sort of infrastructure in Russia, while a good idea, wouldn’t result in Russia being the new Brazil since most good Brazilians immediately move to the US as well.
Absolutely correct evaluation imo. I think it’s a bit of a vanity project for Putin. He has hard-on for any sport that involves a lot contact. Maybe he gay?
@Raoul Good points. But can’t both be true? ie: encouraging many more fighters from grass roots Russia, who can then follow the established path into US based training, creates more fans from Russia (and Muslim countries) which is in addition to current USA base audience. To do so would require expanded facilities and promotion inside Russia and Caucuses.This is also true and again it sounds like a throwaway comment about building something which is thriving already. It’s not as if Khabib is even close to Karelin or even Fedor. Once he retires and if Zabit doesn’t fulfill his talent, then there’s only Petr Yan left that could engage the casuals in Russia.
I agree that these ‘strongmen’ are using UFC to project their desired image. But I don’t agree with the ‘sportswashing’ comment.Pretty good article - can be applied to Putin just as it could his Chechnyan henchman.
I agree. There’s a balance that has to be struck between the two extremes. On one hand it’s counterproductive to attempt to completely ignore the dictators while attempting to do business in their country. On the other it’s also also counterproductive to allow them to use the UFC to boost their cult of personalities among the population.I agree that these ‘strongmen’ are using UFC to project their desired image. But I don’t agree with the ‘sportswashing’ comment.
As I said MMA is not a vehicle for morality or political correctness, it’s about men and women kicking the shit out of each other, and so is a natural bedfellow for an assorted range of hooligans, mafia and ‘strongmen’.
Those 4 minutes before he gassed, was some of the best fun I've had as of late. It was like an MMA comedy special, fecking hilarious.
Do you have YouTube link to the full fight?Those 4 minutes before he gassed, was some of the best fun I've had as of late. It was like an MMA comedy special, fecking hilarious.
I hope he manages his energy better next time. the fecker probably spent more energy doing his backstage pre workout and walk out, than actually fighting.
Thanks so much for sharing. That was fun and definitely worth watching!
Is he back? What about the rape allegations?
UFC 245 scheduled that night in Vegas. Maybe he’s boxing?
Irish boxer Luke Keeler claims fight with Conor McGregor for December ‘agreed’Maybe that's the date of the trial
I'm looking forward to this fight. I only wish they hated each other so there would be more verbalsTrust Ariel to ask the dumbest questions. Not sure who I'm rooting for here...
I'd put my money on Luke.Irish boxer Luke Keeler claims fight with Conor McGregor for December ‘agreed’
Dana doesn't like him (and rightly so) but he's far from frozen out. He still gets the biggest guests.on his show, still gets interviews etc it's just Brett Okamoto does the UFC powder puff ones that go on YouTubeHe's such an insufferable wum. Glad Dana has frozen him out for the most part.
He gets the guests because of his show, which has nothing to do with the UFC. Many of them continue to go on because they consider him the best known UFC journo who has been there along the way as their careers developed. Dana and the UFC want nothing to do with him due to his constant attempts to instigate drama among the fighters. Okamoto is far better at asking normal journo questions which is why he is now the go to guy. Ariel could’ve had that but he squandered it with his insatiable desire to wind the UFC up. I’m no fan of Dana either but his assessment of Ariel is spot on.Dana doesn't like him (and rightly so) but he's far from frozen out. He still gets the biggest guests.on his show, still gets interviews etc it's just Brett Okamoto does the UFC powder puff ones that go on YouTube