MMA Frenzy notes something significant that hasn't been commented on in all the excitement of the last month:
Zuffa, LLC. has just completed a string of four consecutive weeks where they put on a ten fight card (Zuffa, LLC. is the parent company of both the UFC and the WEC). That’s forty fights in four weeks folks. Each fight takes two combatants, so that’s eighty fighters. They take a week off for Valentine’s, then they have another three week stretch with events every week. Two of those cards have eleven fights scheduled, and one has ten.* That’s a further thirty-two fights, and sixty-four fighters.
If you’re following along and doing the math, you’ve figured out by now that by March 8, Zuffa, LLC will have put on seven events in eight weeks. The total number of fights will be seventy-two, and fighters involved one hundred forty-four. I don’t care who you are, that’s impressive. Some people have complained about the lack of big names on the cards of some of these events, but all of the events still include/d intriguing match-ups. But what the people that make those complaints fail to realize is the sheer magnitude of one company being able to put on seven MMA events in eight weeks. The magnitude of this accomplishment grows even more when you realize that just five years ago, in 2004, Zuffa put on a sum total for the whole year of five events. They had the same total in 2003, and only had six in 2002.
The sheer volume of fights that Zuffa is mounting in 2009 is really impressive. Especially when you remember that they are putting on each event at a profit. Even the UK events are in the black.
No promoter has come close to matching the pace of quality and profitable fights that Zuffa is putting on right now.
Even PRIDE at their absolute peak never came close to this.
As of 2009, Dana and company are the biggest and best MMA promoters of all time.