Originally Posted by nhenry87
I hope they drug test. M-1 is going to have a drug testing system in place correct?
They will have to test for shows in the US that have athletic commisions that require testing. I have no idea about Chicago's standards since they just recently legalized MMA.
However I doubt they test during their European shows and shit of that nature.
Originally Posted by maxp84z
Lol no!!! I don't even think M1 has realistic goals of being the next Pride. That would be delusions of gradure. Haha I just think M1 just wants a small piece of the MMA pie. No one can stop the juggernaut that is the UFC that holds 90 percent of the MMA market fighters.... M1 has fedor and even still that would be like 5 percent of the mma market that is relevant
Actually I think I remember Finklestein claiming that they were going to be the next Pride, in an interview after the Yarrenoka show. But then again Finkelstein says alot of shit, I think Cox is actually smarter than to think that they are going to dive in and go head to head with the UFC.
Originally Posted by Kansas
These things can be like a tree. So Randy leaves and five follow say. Each of thse five ed up causing three to leave. A few others just leave over disputes, etc from the UFC. In a year or two's time we have another organization that has the draw to pull in the ifghters. M-1 doesn't need to be all that attractive to fans at the moment. They need to be attractive to fighters and they really only need to be more attractive than the UFC which has a way of really permanently pissing people off.
The problem is those top names demand top dollars. M1 needs to be attractive to fans before forking out that top money or they are going to burn through cash too fast and collapse. Fedor himself is getting $2Million per fight (plus the signing bonus and other shit). In order to make just that $2million they need 100,000 ppv buys, which for an org which has very little exposure is pretty much impossible.
If you throw another big money name in there and then on top of that add all of the administrative fees (which are typically much more than the fighter pay itself), they put themselves in a position to pay out much more than they gain. That I beleive is why they are so big on copromotions. A different org does all of the work and M-1 simply makes a fee for allowing them to use Fedor.