UFC and ESPN

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by SinisterSpider, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. SinisterSpider

    SinisterSpider The weak suffer what they must

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    I don't know exactly when or how this started happening, but the UFC is finally getting some love from ESPN.

    There have been a couple of UFC appearances on "Top 10 plays"

    Also, the UFC has been getting featured more and more on the front page.

    Yesterday, and article about 155 and Varner was on 4/5 of the first page

    Now JDS and Cain are #1 on the front page of espn dot com.

    That's pretty cool, I wonder how this started happening.

    Any long time fan of MMA knows how little ESPN ever cared about MMA besides the occasional Jim Rome segment.

    :eek:
     
  2. bungyo

    bungyo Brown Belt

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    "Come on me bro"?
     
  3. spid3yo

    spid3yo Guest

    There is a beef there, and most ESPN personalities have no clue about MMA so they simply don't bring it up or talk about it.
     
  4. akutz1

    akutz1 ¯\_(--)_/¯

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    Its always on the front page right before a major event
    They been getting top plays for awhile
    ESPN isnt anti UFC like Dana would have you believe
    ESPN was pissed when Zuffa signed with Fox and released that bullshit hit piece about fighter pay but the coverage of the actual events has been pretty steady
     
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    thebaconator Brown Belt

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    i have noticed an uptick on there website
     
  6. Jblizzle

    Jblizzle Red Belt

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    Heavyweight Championship is probably the main reason mma a little more coverage than it usually does on ESPN
     
  7. TheRassler

    TheRassler ---- L E G E N D A R Y --------- p4p GOAT poster

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    I'm sure many of them are closet UFC fans.
     
  8. O H

    O H Purple Belt

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    They could only avoid it so long. More and more people are interested everyday, which is a GOOD thing although most sherdoggers don't seem to think so
     
  9. Jopo

    Jopo Gold Belt

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    Maybe the Fox deal made them feel it wasn't such a risk to start talking about combat sports.
     
  10. Edgar Friendly

    Edgar Friendly Taco Bell Heist Champion

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    I work at ESPN, and MMA is the only sport I watch. I guess I'm the odd man out...
     
  11. ShogunTBone

    ShogunTBone Ode to No One

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    I've noticed that a few MMA terms have made it into general analysis of other sports too. For example, "Ground and pound the football".
     
  12. SinisterSpider

    SinisterSpider The weak suffer what they must

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    maybe it could also deal with the ever rising stardom of bones jones and GSP

    I'd say anderson, but all he is good for is a highlight reel until he can speak english.

    JDS has learned a ton

    Tebow should cross over, we'd be huge

    :eek:
     
  13. MuyThaiTom

    MuyThaiTom Brown Belt

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    What's this "we" shit whiteman?
     
  14. Jimmy Reccard

    Jimmy Reccard Orange Belt

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    Queue the 'We got a badass jpg'
     
  15. FlyingSpladle

    FlyingSpladle Purple Belt

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    MMA is growing and becoming profitable so of course ESPN's gonna jump on it sooner or later. Jim Rome was always pretty good about it
     
  16. submiturass

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    You work in maintenance or something. ? :)
     
  17. misfitofscience

    misfitofscience Brown Belt

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    I too have noticed a thawing between them. Interesting to see what happens to this Fox contract though.
     
  18. oldschool281

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    The more popular the sport the more ESPN will talk about it. MMA is getting more mainstream love. Silva, Jones, JDS all have signed with Nike. GSP is with UnderArmour. That helps people who don't really follow MMA look at these guys as athletes like all the ball sport guys.
     
  19. LORD_OF_WAR

    LORD_OF_WAR Green Belt

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    That term was used in football years a go.
     
  20. ShogunTBone

    ShogunTBone Ode to No One

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    Maybe "Ground/Pound the football", but not the two together.

    I didn't start hearing that phrase 'till this year.
     

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