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22 May 2013
18 May 2013
Yep, that’s the title of my master’s project, which I have recently defended (successfully). I’ll spare you 40 pages and give you the quick and dirty.
1. MMA salaries are efficient, meaning that the more you pay out in salary per fight card, the more revenue you are likely to make. This is a no-brainer that I’ve proved with the data; the higher quality fighters get (demand?) higher salaries and consumers pay more for higher quality.
2. If a fighter gets ~200k show and 0 to win, that fighter is likely getting a cut of PPV.
3. The system of PPV revenue sharing works; giving guys a cut of PPV sales drives up PPV buys.
4. The art of matchmaking matters. From a salary perspective, you’d think that compelling match-ups would consist of taking the top quality (paid) guys and matching them up against each other. However, there is no “balanced ticket effect” – salary fairness/equality between fighters doesn’t boost PPV sales or Live Gate numbers (attendance). Fans may bemoan Joe Silva’s match making, claiming XYZ fighter needs to fight ABC fighter, but from a revenue standpoint, they are doing things right: the UFC is making money.
5. MMA fighters are underpaid, and I can prove it. (Monopoly/Monopsony market effects on salary, inter-sport comparisons, etc)
There is a lot I still don’t know, and plenty more research to be done. However, I’m happy to field questions about any of these points or various MMA salary issues in general. I’d love to hear your thoughts and theories of MMA salary too!
16 May 2013
13 May 2013
In this day and age, where it seems like kids feel so entitled, it is easy to overlooked the fact that this doesn’t necessarily translate into actual self-esteem.
I have a son who is ten years old. Like many 10 year olds, it’s a struggle to get him to do much of anything that doesn’t involved a mouse or a game controller.
After various stints of Judo attendance over the years, we just recently got him going again. I have been hoping, that as he nears his 11th birthday, that some of the testosterone will kick in a bit more, and the draw of Judo and Jiu Jitsu will as well.
He did pretty well in class. As we walked out to the car though, Sensei followed us out. Mike walked out to the car, and leaned down to my son. He told him how impressed he was with his efforts, and how well he was doing. He told my son that he would like to take him and a few of the other boys over the next few weeks, and have them work on some specific moves in order to prepare to test for the next belt.
My son was thunderstruck. He looked in shock, and said one of the most heartfelt “thank you”‘s I’ve ever heard.
As we drove away, he informed me that he was actually proud of himself.
It may sound like a small thing to you, but I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to hear those words from my son. to see him really happy with himself.
He sang along to the radio all the way home. So did I.
Thank Sensi Mike Hermosillo for all that you do.
10 May 2013
9 May 2013
It sucked. I was going to review it, but couldn’t help myself from sleuthing into the details. Basically, Dave or Kevin Howell or Tim Ferris (of 4-hour fame) paid for something, very very dirty.
And by that I mean paying for positive reviews on the book to help it sell. And not prostitutes. Although that would be an even spicier story.
Before I dive right into a rant about how I can nearly 100% prove this allegation, let me say that I think Dave Camarillo is an amazing instructor. I hope that he had nothing to do with the dubious promotion of a book I think he had actually little to do with in the first place. I give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m not here to bash him, nor the book (seriously). I have a fascination with publishing, Tim Ferris, and other shenanigans Basically, I just wanted to look into it.
So onto the meat.
As of today, there are 46 reviews for his book:
40 are five-star
3 are four-star
1 is two-star
2 are one-star.
32/40 five-star rating are given by reviewers with one one review to their name. Fishy.
22 of these 32 five-star reviews were submitted on or before the day of the book’s released (Jan 4 2012). Did these people read the book? Likely not.
4 additional five-star reviews are highly dubious,with the reviewer’s public history suggesting they are a comment spammers.
In total 38/40 five-star reviews are probably paid spam.
The most popular is a 1-star review that 93/101 people “found helpful” – ie, the review the crowd unanimously voted as the best. The review is pretty scathing and spot on. The second most popular, 19/24 people found useful is another 1-star.
I believe Dave probably was approached by a ghost writer to make this book happen and Dave consented. Then, the book gets pumped up on Amazon with false reviews and a foreword by Mr Ferris. Tim plays an interesting role in the plot; Tim has been accused cheating the Amazon review system before* (94% likely) and is kinda a weird dude/crazy person who is awesome at promoting stuff. Why oh why would Tim Ferris lend his largess to a jujitsu book in the first place? Tim “won” a small kickboxing championship by hacking the system – ensuring he was heavier than his opponents and then pushing them out of bounds, forcing a win via disqualification. A warrior to be feared, no doubt. Surely this spirit of gamesmanship put some coin into his pocket, and the Submit Everyone book is likely no different.
The Sum Up
Dave’s book has some redeeming content and I’d probably give it a 2-star rating. See for yourself, buy the book or read the reviews here.
* This is kind off topic, but I could go over all the details of Tim’s marketing success through “cheating”, a point he would likely not deny as he’s all about life hacking. I don’t blame him, but do think its a silly way to live.
9 May 2013
Just found out that two MMA Brits have ridiculously low resting heart rates.
And of course when I found out, I thought of you.
7 May 2013
This past weekend Kaizen Dojo put on a great Judo tournament (which they do every year).
It has actually been a couple of years since I’ve been to a Judo tournament, and going to this one reminded me how much I have been missing. It is such a great environment when compared to Wrestling, Grappling, or Jiu Jitsu competitions (all of which I also love). Some of the key differences:
- Judo matches tend to end a lot quicker. They don’t drag on and on, and break a person’s spirit. As such, it’s a lot less threatening to try out, because you’re really not signing up to be brutalized for minutes on end, or have the hell choked out of you.
- They are more controlled, and a lot more fair. With three skilled judges on each mat who collaborate on point given it tends to be a lot better than most sports.
- It’s much more kids friendly. Many Grappling or wrestling events are made up of hard core people and kids. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that there were not skilled competitors at the event. But it is a lot less threatening and hard core of an environment for those”newbies”.
In short, if you have thought about trying out something like this, Judo really is a great place to start. Additionally, rather you want to stick with Judo, or head into MMA or Jiu Jitsu, all of the skills you have learned will lead directly into those areas and make you even better.
Thank you so much to Kaizen, and to all of those who came out to support the event!
3 Apr 2013
2 Apr 2013
One of those young men is Roy Nash and was the ONLY undefeated wrestler in the state of Utah this year. I’m really excited about the athletes on our club right now. Richard Larsen and Aaron Thomson will be competing at the High School Senior Nationals this week and I know they will have great stories to share when they get back. I’m looking forward to our guys getting the chance to qualify for the US Nationals in Freestyle and Greco in a few weeks.
Here are some quick vids to see what we’ve been up to.
If you would like to know more about our club hit me up here: info@RuizCombatGrappling.com