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Vince McMahon on UFC: “Their ratings are abysmal”



hollywoodreporter.com posted an interview with Vince McMahon ahead of the 1,000 Raw episode. In the interview, McMahon is asked about UFC, he replied:

We’re in show business, they are a sport. Their ratings are abysmal. They are in the pay-per-view business, and they do reasonably well there. We just set a record for WrestleMania. We had 1.3 million buys for this year’s WrestleMania, and our pay-per-view numbers for our shows have been up 30 percent since then. So, we are looking pretty good.

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15 Responses

  1. Em says:

    Mr. White, your rebuttal?

  2. Nick says:

    He’s telling the truth about TV ratings. The change to FX killed the Ultimate Fighter. But I think Vince is pretending that UFC is in the free TV business, and they aren’t really.

  3. AJ Starr says:

    Wow Vince, so Wrestlemania set a record? Good for you… when I compared the PPV buyrates between the two companies a few months ago, I believe both 2010 AND 2011… UFC did more than double the buyrates.

    And talking about ratings? WWE has been in the same rut for more then a decade… never faltering from the usual 2.9 to 3.4 in the ratings.

    Perhaps when WWE does SOMETHING to change the monotony, Vince won’t sound like a fool.

  4. Jamie says:

    Well vince is right about one thing and that’s wwe is show business. It used to be a sport, now it’s just bad acting, kayfabe breaking, non-wrestling people who don’t even try to pull a rivalry off (like bre bella tweeting that daniel will go home to her after pretending to marry Aj). Thanks guys.

  5. Hipnosis says:

    Who cares UFC is FAKE and SCRIPTED anyways. I watch A REAL SPORT. IMPACT WRESTLING!

  6. Science & Violence says:

    Yawn. Just die already you old queen.

  7. Kerry says:

    He can’t die just yet, then Mr. & Mrs. Levesque will be in charge.

  8. fairfax says:

    Ive thought for a long time that the UFC was a work. Im not saying all MMA is but didnt Dana White come out and say that UFC was indeed more entertainment than sport? I think UFC was facing some of the same problems the then WWF was with state athletic commisions and just like Vince, Dana testified that the UFC wasnt actually sport but sports entertainment rather.

  9. M.J. Wright says:

    Dana White as already said he’s not trying to compete with Vince in interviews before but I think Vince is taking his respect for him as a weakness! We’ll see how well your ratings do after the run of 3 hour Raw’s cause if your ad revenue aint good enough, its back to two hours before the end of the year!

  10. Dave says:

    Vince should worry about how the 3 hour RAWs will hurt and overextend the company. Ask Eric Bischoff. Frankly I am getting sick of WWE. They are badly overexposed. I am liking the new TNA and am watching some Japanese wrestling now. So good to watch something that isn’t part of Vince’s kooky Empire.

    And UFC is way bigger than wresting now. Only little kids care about the WWE in any numbers. Adults and teenagers care about the actual sport of MMA/UFC.

  11. -J- says:

    bah Vince stays in his lane of sports entertainment, he knows its not combat sport like MMA of course he is going to put his product over afterall they do battle in the ppv market.

    That being said, it would be nice to have a legit competitor to make wwe step its game up, at this point wwe seems bored with itself.

  12. Chris James says:

    McMahon is a shark, you guys. Business not just show business not just sports entertainment but BUSINESS is in his blood. nobody has a right to degrade this man or his company. I get it though you guys will find a way to still talk shit. It’s okay. McMahon just bought a Ferrari the other day. Just thought I’d let you all know.. UFC is great, tons of money flooding in and tons of fans. But Vince is the bear of these here, woods.

  13. Chris James says:

    Half the time.. Fans are bitching that they can’t even hear the microphones because UFC forgets to fix the volume.. By a production and marketing standpoint… WWE is miles ahead of UFC… Your rebuttal, Mr. White? And yes. McMahon senses White respecting him as weakness.

  14. Chris James says:

    I always laugh at people who say they are tired of the WWE. As they read and comment on a WWE related story. You idiots must be TNA fans ha ha ha ha Austin Aries! Austin Aries! Best in the world!! Hahahahahahaha

  15. Jake says:

    Isn’t it a fact that UFC does more domestic ppv buys than WWE does globally?

    I’m sure Wrestlemania always sets records and does extremely well. But banking your entire company on one ppv a year while another company destroys them on the average is pretty ludicrous.

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