Monday, March 14, 2011

UFC purchases Strikeforce, Arum and King team up: are MMA and boxing in economic survival mode?

Cotto takes it to "Wild Man" Mayorga in twelfth round.

While MMA's big players, Dana White and and Scott Coker, opted for back office deals over the weekend, the boxing world's top business veterans and long-time rivals Don King and Bob Arum came together to co-promote Saturday night's "Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga" fight.

Arum's fighter, light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, and King's fighter Ricardo Mayorga, threw down at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the WBA World Light Middleweight title. Despite putting the brakes on Mayorga in the twelfth and final round, the bout showed a much less impressive Miguel Cotto. Still, the win sets up a July 16 rematch with Antonio Margarito. Margarito defeated Cotto for the WBA Welterweight title back in 2008. Cotto's Light Middleweight title will be on the line in July.

The Bigger Picture.

This past weekend tells the story of combat sports promoters coming together. Dana White and Zuffa purchased their primary competitor, Strikeforce, while promotional boxing competitors Bob Arum (Top Rank) and Don King (Don King Productions) came together to present a major professional boxing card. Are fight promotions in survival mode, and the current economic slump is forcing promoters/promotions to join forces? Or is 'change of heart' becoming a reality in boxing and mixed martial arts? Or, are we simply witnessing a good ole' case of 'if you can't bet 'em join 'em'? Whatever the case may be, I believe the will to work together can only be good for boxing and mixed martial arts fans. If anything, some really good matchmaking can should come out of all of this. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Showbox's Al Bernstein wraps up the action from Cotto vs. Mayorga:

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