Joe Rogan and John McCarthy were discussing the differences between two UFC eras – WME-IMG current ownership, and Zuffa. John McCarthy was a long-time referee, a fan of classic, and his answers are everything but surprising. Looks like when old-school blood runs through your veins, there are some things you simply can’t get rid of.
But even from a perspective of a regular fan, the differences between current WME-IMG-ran UFC and previous Zuffa LLC management are visible from an airplane. During the JRE MMA Show Podcast, John McCarthy was speaking with Joe Rogan about the differences. He also has more critics than praises towards the current management. (via bloodyelbow.com)
“The greatest thing that the UFC had was Lorenzo Fertitta,” McCarthy said. “I’m just being honest. Dana White was fantastic for the UFC as far as his work effort and the amount of work he put into it and non-stop just going after deals, trying to make things happen.”
“He was the workhorse for it, but Lorenzo is the brains behind it. And the loss of him is great. You’ve already seen things.”
UFC ratings are getting lower and lower. The expectations are high, the results are… well, unsatisfactory is a very light word. UFC 224’s preliminary card that were held on Saturday night in Brazil had a low average score of 574,000, which is, unfortunately, the lowest PPV prelims broadcast of 2018.
Joe Rogan pointed out that too many events during the year might create a tremendous problem. After all, people don’t know what to focus to, and various events every week could mean they might watch “a bit of something”. John McCarthy agrees when it comes to this topic.
“(Having too many events) is part of the problem,” McCarthy said. “For a while there, they were almost competing against themselves with pay-per-views. You had two pay-per-views in a month, and you went and said ‘I’ll buy that one, I’m not gonna buy that one.’”
“You can’t be in business against yourself.”
WME-IMG spent 4 billion dollars to buy UFC from Fertittas. What do you think, is this the real price? Should someone listen to John McCarthy and decrease the number of events?