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December 11, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Impact management changes, UFC 218 thoughts


UFC ran three shows over the past two weeks, all notable for a variety of different reasons.

The first show was 11/25 in Shanghai, China, at the Mercedes Benz Arena, a show far more notable due to its location, and for the surprising crowd reactions, than pretty much anything that took place on the show.

The second show, on 12/1 from Las Vegas at the Park Theater, was built around crowning the company’s first champion in its 12th division, the women’s flyweight (125 pound) weight class.

The lesson of the show, hardly a secret if you’ve followed the business patterns, is that even though from a sports standpoint there are actually too few titles, not too many, for fair competition, from a business standpoint the opposite is true.

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