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 Problem:UFC PPV prices were raised by $10. Viewers are not happy. Find a solution for UFC’s recent PPV buyrate issues.

SOLUTION: The UFC has raised the prices for the upcoming UFC 168 Weidman vs. Silva 2 from $44.95 to $54/95 and $49.95 to $59.95HD. Obviously, this is not sitting very well with the millions of fans that pay for these events on a regular basis. Whether or not this price increase is for this event only is still in question. However, this brings up many questions regarding future UFC events to come. Before writing this I brought the idea of a price raise up to many friends of mine to get their opinion, and I believe they share a similar one as most. They wouldn’t have a problem with a price rise if all of the fights were worth it, and were resounding in their opinion that all fights that were worth watching were only on PPV. Although the UFC tries to compensate by having a small amount of title fights free on T.V. such as the upcoming Mighty Mouse vs. Benavidez bout. The bottom line is that fans want more fights for free. They don’t want to be obligated to have to throw down on a fight with now SIX of their friends, or go to the local “b-dubs” or Hooters just to see three to four fights on the entire card. If the UFC were willing to show more title fights on UFC Fight Nights and UFC of Fox events then it might ease the blow of a price increase. Now, away from the logistics and down to the slap in the face from UFC President Dana White.

In 2009 White was quoted in saying that he would never increase the prices on Pay Per View. What are UFC fans left to think? How can we have faith that this is only the beginning of the PPV price increase? Only time can tell, but now how can we believe anything that Dana White has to say? - Daneul Summers

BUY or SELL: Tate’s stock will suffer if she loses in Round 1.
UNDERDOG or FAVORITE: Anderson Silva (vs. Chris Weidman)
THIS or THAT: Josh Barnett or Gabriel Gonzaga (More Likely UFC Champion)
GRAND FINALE: Can WSOF Become a Major Player Despite Signing UFC “Rejects”?

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