The Star That Is Conor McGregor

Connor McGregor at the UFC Dublin press conference. Photo courtesy of Darren Heitner, Sports Agent Blog.

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor had an outstanding debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9 where he knocked out Marcus Brimage in 1 minute and 7 seconds. Before his debut, McGregor had a lot of hype behind him and told the media, fans, the UFC, anyone who would listen that he was going to bring the…
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Economic Impact Of The UFC/Combat Sports


MMA and Boxing both call Las Vegas the capital of their respective sports. To analyze the economic impact these sports have on the world we will look at recent fights in Las Vegas by boxing superstar Manny Paquiao and MMA superstar Anderson Silva and how those fights and future fights affect the economy. On fight…
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The Departure of Bjorn Rebney

Bellator chief executive officer Bjorn Rebney at the post fight press conference after the Bellator MMA fight night at the Long Beach Arena. Alvarez won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced yesterday that Bellator Fighting Championship founder and CEO, Bjorn Rebney as well as President and COO Tim Danaher have stepped down effective immediately from their roles with the company. This is huge news for the MMA world. While Bellator has never been friendly with the UFC, the ‘beef’ was mainly between UFC…
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Contracts In The MMA World

UFC fighter Randy Couture (left) demonstrates a choke hold on Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton (right) before the game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Contracts are involved in almost every business. Whether it is employment contracts, independent contractor contracts, promotional contracts, the list goes on and on. However, contracts in the MMA world can be very “shady”, “sticky”, “fake”, and down right “criminal”. In 2007, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture was involved in a very public contract dispute with…
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Controversy Will Continue With The 10-point Must System

Robbie Lawler (blue gloves) is declared the winner after his welterweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

On May 3rd, 2014 Floyd Money Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana in one of the closest fights in recent history. Undoubtedly, the closest fight Money Mayweather has been in… quite possibly his entire career. While that fight was insanely close, fans throughout the world screamed controversy that Maidana was robbed, that boxing is corrupt, that something…
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MMA: Tweet Right And Get Paid

Dana White

Over the past few years it has become apparent that social media will play an important role in the MMA community. Everyday people are passed over on jobs because their prospective employer searched their Facebook profile and found an inappropriate picture, post, or anything that may be considered a “red flag.”  However, social media can…
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Mainstream Mixed Martial Arts Leads To Decline In Sponsorship Dollars

Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With major MMA leagues airing on network television including FOX, NBC sports network, CBS, and Spike T.V. one would assume that fighters are being paid more to represent companies in and out of the cage. Well that assumption is dead wrong. In the last few months we have seen fighters such as Mac Danzig voice…
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Mega Brands Enter Into The Mixed Martial Arts Market

Jon "Bones" Jones. Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

On August 18, 2011 the UFC announced they had reached a seven-year agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. Within minutes of that groundbreaking announcement both managers and fighters began to wonder what major brands would enter into the MMA market now that the UFC had secured a network television deal. Fast forward to 2014 and…
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Six Questions With NFL And MMA Agent Audie Attar


The following “Six Questions” short interview with Audie Attar, NFL Player Agent, MMA Agent, and President/Founder of Paradigm Sports Management, was conducted by Belmont University Law School student and aspiring sports/entertainment agent Mark J. Burns.  Connect with Audie on Twitter and LinkedIn. 1. You founded your very own sports agency in 2009 with Paradigm Sports Management. Why did you decide to…
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The UFC Boasts Big Earnings


In 2008, Forbes magazine valued the UFC/Zuffa LLC at 1 billion dollars. Since then, according to an interview UFC President Dana White did with the Indianapolis Star, that figure has nearly tripled with White estimating that the company is now worth around the 2.5 billion dollar range. This is an impressive growth margin for a…
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