Mark Cuban wants in on MMA
I think some people already know about this; especially since ESPN is a widely read site. (HanktheTank even alluded to it in the UFC 75 thread.) Mark Cuban is looking to get into MMA by developing a TV network for MMA. The article doesn't directly say he's starting another competitor league to the UFC, but the plans seem to involve using a conglomerate of regional leagues to provide content. So in my mind, it does seem to boil down to supporting a competing league by being the "SpikeTV" of that league. He does seem to have some impressive resources to get it going, not just in terms of money, but arena venues and TV infrastructure (HDnet). So, do you think he can pull it off? Or does Dana White have the advantage being a former boxer with better knowledge of fighters and fighting? Is this the beginning of a downward slide towards the organizationally fractured apathy inducing world of boxing?
I think there's a risk that Cuban might not understand the raw combat appeal of the UFC, and try to package things with too much slickness. It would also be regrettable if fighters between the two leagues never got to face each other, and we have a constant state of frustration for fans. If I were him, I'd stay away from partnering with Vince McMahon on this... (XFL anyone?) The best scenario would be for Cuban's league to drive up the salaries of fighters all around in the UFC as well as the professionalism of the whole sport, while we somehow still get to see the best fighters match up with each other.
I will say this, Dana White vs. Mark Cuban in the business and PR arena will be an entertaining match up in itself, while it lasts.