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Just because he avoided the Zuffa myth, that does not mean he got the facts straight

This Canada.com article actually tells the history of Zuffa’s taking over the UFC the way it should have been presented all along. But, even though the UFC appears to have shied away somewhat from the Zuffa myth with this reporter, it still seems like it was too much to ask that the reporter get all the facts straight:

The turnaround started in 2001 when Dana White and brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta bought UFC. Rather than running from athletic commissions, they ran to them. They stressed that rules to make the sport legit had long been in place — round-by-round scoring, mandatory gloves, drug testing, no biting or headbutting (which, despite what critics have said, were never allowed). Finally back on pay-per-view, a 2002 fight between Ortiz and Ken Shamrock helped UFC get onto Spike TV, where The Ultimate Fighter has shown how much work goes into combining wrestling, boxing and submissions.

I’d bet that there are a few Mark Coleman opponents who would be surprised to find out that headbutts were never legal.

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  1. Anonymous said

    The author of that article is a fool. Boxing isn’t doing that well, but HBO’s boxing PPV’s have drawn great numbers and are on track to break their PPV record.

    “Through six events in 2006, the network has garnered $131 million in revenues, and it has at many as six more events on tap for the rest of the year.”

    http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6355149.html?display=Search+Results&text;=boxing