When it comes to sketchy promotions, there’s two main kinds: the ones that run their shit on Indian reservations to avoid pesky ‘laws’, the the kind that book freakshow matches involving a former boxer (AIDS optional) or felony fighter.
Today’s story is about the CFFC, who is the latter of the two sketchy promoters. Their event on October 12th featuring Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott was rumored to be canceled yesterday, but the promoters have come out and clarified that:
Martinez believes rumors of the event’s demise coincide with the news that CFFC’s deal with iNDEMAND Pay-Per-View had fallen through recently. The show will instead be carried live on the Web, according to Martinez.
“We just lost the iNDEMAND deal,” Martinez said. “I can’t get into [specifics], but we had an investor who backed out.”
Martinez believes the absence of a PPV deal will ultimately work to his promotion’s benefit, both from a financial standpoint and in regards to viewership.
“It’s expensive to be on pay-per-view; it’s going to cut cost,” Martinez said. “I got so many complaints about pay-per-view. A lot more fans will get to see it live now.”
Man, I’m sick as shit of these events being carried ‘on the net’. The last thing I want to do on a Saturday night is hunch over my computer and watch MMA on a window the size of a playing card. I did it for the Strikeforce show and I’m not doing it again. Maybe in 10 years when everyone’s TV is connected to the net and it’s as easy as switching the channel to htwebtv://1129482 then maybe I’ll check it out again. For now though, fuck this shit.