UFC on FOX: Finance, Blog Lessons

It has been a long road, but the UFC (mixed martial arts undisputed leader) finally made it to network television. Move over baseball and football, there’s a new kid in town. What does this historic event have to do with finance and blogging?

The Ultimate Fighter

It’s well documented that the UFC was on the brink of closing shop back in 2004. They were millions of dollars in the red. Dana White, UFC’s charismatic head honcho, had one last card to play. He capitalized on the reality show craze, partnered with Spike TV, and introduced mixed martial arts to the masses with a thrilling Ultimate Fighter finale featuring Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

MMA, Finances, and Blogging?

After years of putting on fantastic shows and building on momentum, the UFC makes an even bigger leap to the general public with a multi year deal with FOX. Whether you are under a mountain of debt or beginning the long journey to retirement, develop a strategy for where you need to go. Learn from your mistakes, build on what works and quickly throw out what doesn’t. Don’t get complacent. Once you are on firmer ground it is easy to go back to what got you in trouble. Enjoy your accomplishment, but push yourself to get to the next level. One day you will ascend your mountain just like how the UFC climbed up the global sports ladder. Like many things in life, this example also applies to your blog. Where do you want your blog to be? Do you have a strategy for getting there? Are you learning from your mistakes? Are you executing your game plan?

Final Thoughts

After 40 minutes of hype, Junior Dos Santos crushed the champion, Cain Velasquez with a powerful right just behind his left ear. Even in slow motion, the speed that Velasquez hit the mat shows the force of Dos Santos’ blow. In my opinion, Velasquez should win 9 out of 10 times because he is the more versatile fighter. He was tentative and let the challenger take his belt from him. Dos Santos is a one trick pony. Granted he is very good at that one thing. But he leaves himself vulnerable because he puts all his eggs in one basket. If I had to wage a bet, I would still choose the option that had more tools, more options, and more angles.

In planning your retirement or improving on your content creation, make sure to diversify. Look into different investments and passive income streams. Examine different forms of social media, ways to deliver your message, and think about other products you can offer your reader. If you follow these steps, I have no doubt you will one day be a champion of your life. In Cain Velasquez’s case, I have no doubt he will one day reclaim the championship belt.

Stay Inspired!

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18 Responses

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  2. PKamp3 says:

    Great analogy – now Im going to be thinking about retirement strategy as a fight for the rest of the day, heh. Heres to ascending the mountain!

  3. I have always had a hard time watching UFC. It is just so bloody and brutal to me. I actually find it disturbing. Interesting parallels to personal finance though. I never thought about it that way.

  4. krantcents says:

    Have you thought about Sports Commentator as a future career? Sports is a metaphor for life, isn’t it? Getting up after getting knocked down is a good lesson!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I thought about it when I was younger. I love my sports, but don’t think I could do it professionally. Who knows, maybe blog about it or do a podcast? We’ll see. I agree sports is a metaphor for life. Were you a coach as well? I know you wore many hats in your career.

  5. Fox knows how to bring some hype. I’m not a fan of this sport, but I understand the broader appeal. There has always been an intrigue for some kind of primal bloodsport where the athletes/gladiators put it all on the line.

    I like your PF parallels!

  6. Aloysa says:

    I don’t watch UFC. But now I will have to think about retirement as an extreme cage fighting game. The strongest gets to retire! lol

  7. CorinneC says:

    My husband’s a UFC fanatic.. And that’s why I learn to like it as well. We even bet who’s going to win when it’s live.

  8. Tony says:

    Everything I have read says that Dana White not only was not the person responsible for The Ultimate Fighter, but he was against the idea. I believe he has stated that himself.

  9. DavidRodwell says:

    I have to respectfully disagree with your position that Velasquez would win 9 out of 10 times. I don’t think Dos Santos is a one trick pony. He’s got a great takedown defense and well, he’s Brazilian, so you know he spends a good amount of time on his back working his jiu-jitsu. He is definitely the real deal and I think he will reign for the next few years. I can’t imagine anyone beating him! The only person I think that has a chance is Overeem, but still, Overeem has been beaten quite a few times by people much small than him (Liddell, Shogun, Fedor, etc.). What I’d really like to see is Jon Jones man up and quit cutting so much weight so he can fight in heavyweight where he belongs! Dominating smaller dudes at light heavyweight is going to get boring fast. I feel similarly about Anderson Silva, who should be fighting at LH. I’m interested in your prediction for Machida/Jones this weekend? I’m hoping Machida pulls through like he did with Evans and Couture, but I have a feeling Jones is going to take him down and submit him.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Hi David. I understand your position on JDS and agree that Cigano spends a lot of time on his back. My response was more focused on Cain and how tentative he looked. He has a larger toolbox and didn’t use it. I hope they set a rematch soon. Cain as a challenger looked like a totally different fighter than Cain the champion. Dominating forces like Jones and Silva do seem to be bored. Can’t imagine Bones as a heavyweight though. As for Machida/Jones? Dragon is on an upswing, but Jones looks unbeatable with his speed and unorthodox moves. Funny, the same thing was said about Machida a few moons ago… That’s the beauty of MMA, you never know what will happen. My guess is Jones will overwhelm Dragon much like how he did Shogun.

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