AXS TV Fights CEO Says He'd Put His Fighters Against WSOF's
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.10.2014
If Bellator doesn't want to...
AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon recently spoke with MMAjunkie about World Series of Fighting wanting to face Bellator in a joint PPV event. Check out the highlights:
On whether AXS TV would face WSOF: "We would do it in a second. I have guys from Pedro Munhoz to Holly Holm to Cris ‘Cyborg' (Justino). I am very confident our network could put five fighters against all their champions, and we would come out very well in that fight."
On WSOF's response to his suggestion: "They said, ‘Oooh, crap.' They know it, too. It's not something they would jump at, but we would do it in a second. Everybody likes to puff, but we've been doing this for more than a decade. We put more fighters into the UFC than any other organizations. We put more fighters that are in the top 5 of all the weight divisions, from Daniel Cormier to Vitor Belfort to Benson Henderson. They've all fought on our network."
On his promotion's talent-building skill: "Our network is where the stars are born. These other guys, they take a lot of our fighters and put them over there (in WSOF), and our guys go back to the UFC...We're grooming the next generation of fighters on AXS TV. All these other organizations are running around about how great they are and challenging each other. I talked to the folks from the World Series [of Fighting on Wednesday], and I told them our fighters across our board can take any of their fighters."
On finding success within the industry: "The reality is everybody likes to think that the newest promotion should get the most press and that's the greatest thing of all time, whereas you have promotions like Legacy FC, MFC and RFA making money that are building fighters. Everybody loves a promotion that comes out with a lot of marketing glitz and spends a lot of money. But it's not a business. You can't run a business that loses money in perpetuity. So we have built promotions that are built to last, and they're building the best fighters in the world. I was starting to take insult that every other article I read on other websites is (saying), ‘Wow, they have a new deal with this network,' and they start writing about fighters who were on my network a month ago, and they didn't want to write about it. Some websites focus, I believe, on who pay them to advertised on their website. That's just my opinion."