Trivia:Which boxing match owns the biggest pay-per-view viewership in history?
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
⚽️ Cristiano Ronaldo took sole possession of the all-time men’s international goal record (110) on a strike which tied the game for Portugal in the 89th minute of World Cup qualifying.
Even better, he also scored the game-winner in stoppage time.
🏈 The NFL reached agreements with Fox Bet, BetMGM, PointsBet, and WynnBET to become approved sportsbook operators in partnerships with the league. The move is a near 180 for the league, who was staunchly anti-gambling just a few years ago.
🏈 The Jacksonville Jaguars walked back on head coach Urban Meyer’s statement that a player’s vaccination status was a factor in final roster decisions.
The NFLPA is investigating the matter as it would be a potential breach of league conduct.
⚾️ The Mets can’t seem to get out of the news, and for all the wrong reasons. Acting GM Zack Scott was charged with a DUI… on his drive home from the Mets’ owner’s house.
Jake Paul Beefs With The UFC
On Sunday, Jake Paul beat Tyron Woodley by split decision in their boxing match. Despite Tyron landing the best punches of the fight.
But here’s the interesting part: Both guys made $2 million for the match… without accounting for the coming pay-per-view payout.
The purse is four times higher than Woodley’s highest nightly earnings as a UFC champion -- $500K per title fight.
UFC fighter pay: In an antitrust lawsuit, the UFC was pegged at a ~20% revenue share with fighters. For reference, NFL players receive 48% of total league revenue.
Jake keeps hammering the point home. Here’s what he said leading up to the Woodley fight:
“I see how hard fighting is, I see how hard these fighters work, and the fact that it’s so skewed versus any other sport and it’s the most dangerous sport out of all of them? There needs to be a change there and I’m actually starting to affect Dana White’s business.”
“But look: the UFC fighters can’t talk about it. They can’t advocate for fighter pay because Dana White will just shunt them.”
Clearly, some of this is Jake going for attention. But he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The four undercards to the Woodley fight took home the biggest paychecks of their fighting careers, too.
It even affects the big names:Francis Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champion, made $730,000 winning UFC 260, the fight of the year.
Conor McGregor made more boxing Floyd Mayweather ($30 million) than he did in all of his UFC fights combined ($25 million).
The other side of the coin: The UFC kept fighting on the map even as boxing's popularity declined. It puts on fights every Saturday, doing all the promotion, marketing, event planning, and the majority of working with partners like Monster, Crypto.com, and ESPN.
As Dana White said, "Listen, there’s never gonna be a guy that’s coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, they’re paying me too much. They’re overpaying me.'"
The bottom line: Jake Paul brings 20+ million followers across YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok. He - and whoever he's fighting - don't need the backing of the UFC and ESPN.
For up-and-coming fighters, who don't have that built-in distribution, the UFC provides the platform they need.
Zoom out: The UFC is doing just fine. Endeavor, which acquired 100% of the UFC before going public in April, said it had "the biggest first half in UFC history" in 2021.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(1-0) UAB31vs. (0-1) Jacksonville State 0
FBS UAB handled the #8 ranked FCS team with ease, owning their first shutout win since 2018.
UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston went 17-21 for 320 yards and 2 TDs. Not bad.