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I get what Fighters Only is TRYING to say, but am I the only one who finds this headline endlessly amusing?

Showtime has called off Monday’s ProElite asset auction, so that means everything is still way the fuck up in the air regarding the fate of all those under contract with the organization. That doesn’t mean all of the fighters are stuck spinning their wheels, though. There’s a few guys who are going ahead and breaking away one way or another:

Paul Daley: He hasn’t explained how he’s doing it, but Paul has announced that he’ll be fighting John Alessio in Canada on December 5th

Scott Smith: Again, who knows how … but Strikeforce has locked up Scott Smith to take on Terry Martin at next week’s Destruction card. Strikeforce and EliteXC had a unique relationship on account of legal wrangling that resulted in a few co-promoted events. They might be using the clout from that to pull some strings.

KJ Noons: We all laughed at him when he burned his bridges with EliteXC and declared himself a free agent. And while his behavior and the history of his agent might have other promotions feeling wary about working with him, he seems to have broken away scott free.

Antonio Silva: A steroid suspension and the ProElite contract debacle hasn’t stopped Sengoku from talking to the giant Brazilian.

Jake Shields: Jake’s management have already announced that they’ve notified EliteXC with a breach of contract, which might mean he can go ahead and find some individual fights if he needs to. Don’t expect the UFC to step in though so long as there’s the possibility of litigation.

Nick Diaz: Nick shares management with Jake so the breach of contract situation is similar. Plus, Nick has terms in his contract that allows him to fight in Japan so long as it’s not 30 days before an EliteXC event.

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I’m sure Dana, Brock, and Randy are all crossing their fingers and hoping the UFC’s mad scientists were right about this whole 1.2 million PPV buys thing. But it’s worth noting that the dudes projecting numbers for boxing have been off by around 50% recently:

According to Dave Meltzer, Bernard Hopkins vs. Kelly Pavlik did 195,000 buys, while Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe did 225,000 buys.   Some at HBO expected the latter to do half a million based on the great 24/7 preview series.

The WWE’s Jim Ross, no stranger to PPV estimates and whatnot, is also saying that 1.2 million seems pretty retardedly optimistic:

UFC officials are predicting north of 1M PPV buys but I don’t see it. The American economy is deplorable, the event isn’t sold out, and with PPV buys being discretionary purchases I would suggest that if UFC 91 gets 500,000-750,000 buys it should be considered a major success. Any one who argues that the economy won’t affect the number of buys is fooling one’s self.

I hate to keep bringing up Dana’s “friends, beer, pizza” line as to why the economy won’t be affecting the UFC’s pay per view numbers. But while Dana’s argument holds water to a degree, it also explains exactly why numbers will go down. Figure this: whereas before you’ll have four or five friends coming over, now you’re gonna see people tightening their belts and really piling over to their friends’ places. If most people had 4-5 friends watching the PPV before and now they have 9-10, that’s the UFC’s buyrate cut in half right there.

You know the drill: the always packed and endlessly entertaining chat room will be up at 9:30 PM EST, we’ll be posting breakdowns and thoughts on all the televised fights as they happen, and following the show we’ll be doing a live radio show. So don’t feel too bad if you’re not “getting together with friends, beer, and pizza” as Dana White loves to say. We’ve got your back.

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