Originally Posted by thewinfella
Its strange because Dana had a real hard on for the UK at one point, and Ireland too!
BJ Penn made a long awaited comeback to 155 which could of sold out any arena in the U.S. and the UK got it, Rich Franklin made a tough defence of his MW title in Ireland with Forrest on the card as a young pro!
Then what happened ???, who knows
But the UK deserve better than this
The couldn't get a decent TV deal, so there's not much revenue coming from the region. They don't run PPVs there anymore because the time difference loses screws with North American PPV buys, which is where the bulk of their revenue still comes from. Additionally, in any mainstream news report in print or on television that I've seen from the UK, MMA is derisively referred to as "cage fighting" and treated the same way that it was by the US media back in the 90s when it banned from PPV here. They tried for years to gain a serious foothold, and it didn't work out.
It was even worse in Germany. MMA got banned from German television after they went over there. I don't blame them at all for not going back.