If Bellator and PFL actually did try to co-promote an event with Cyborg and Harrison headlining I’m thinking they could manage about 70k or 80k PPV sales and Cyborg and Harrison could laugh all the way to the bank while the promotions took a bath.
Cyborg, Nunes and Harrison talking about fighting each other while under different exclusive contracts is just clickbait chatter. This became popular with Bellator fighters a while ago, discussing “superfights” with UFC fighters they knew had no chance of happening. UFC has nothing to gain by working with Bellator. The only upside is for Bellator.
“I’ve been in a lot of big fights in my career,” Cyborg said. “I think she really needs one biggest fight for her career too. I’m happy with my career. I can finish my career and not fight Kayla. But it’s going to be great if this fight happens. If people would like to watch the fight, it’s going to be great. But just not on the internet, they have to make it happen.”
Cyborg said there had been no serious negotiations between the PFL and Bellator over a potential fight, while Harrison said PFL execs had reached out to Cyborg with a lucrative offer.
Too bad the yakuza guys behind PRIDE can’t join forces with like the KSW people and get the kind of funding the PFL is getting. I feel like the KSW crew and the yakuza could bring us a great PRIDE 2.0, call the promotion, HONOR FC or something. Let em juice to the gills, run GPs, keep it LW through HW, get rid of the 265 lb limit, keep the WMMA out, sign Lenne Hardt and buy lots of fireworks and stuff. We would be all set.
Not anywhere near enough to be a profitable venture, that’s for certain. Not sure who exactly thinks this would be a good business decision for either company to go forward with. There isn’t enough star power/name recognition for this to even be close to profitable at a lower $19.99 price point. It’s just not a good idea.
The whole concept of their point system is terrible. The casual fans care about narratives and personalities and so do the hardcore fans who also happen to care about technique and skill.
The casuals will never tune in to see who earns the right amount of “points” in the summer to then fight in the fall in the “playoffs”.
Tournaments work fine by themself in combat sports. The point system terrible. Big finishing bonuses would have achieved the same thing without annoying the viewer with having to follow a point system that has no place in MMA.