WSOF VP Says Cross-Promotional Card AXS TV Not Likely Happen
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.13.2014
Plus his thoughts on WSOF's challenge to Bellator...
World Series of Fighting executive vice president Ali Abdelaziz recently spoke about his promotion's challenge to Bellator for a cross-promotional card, AXS TV laying out the same challenge to WSOF and more. Check out the highlights:
On AXT TV's CEO throwing out a challenge for a cross-promotional card: "Mr. Andrew Simon, he's a good guy, and I have no problems with him. If anybody issues a challenge to World Series of Fighting, we will take it. But one of the things I'm going to make sure is that the card is going to make sense...It needs to make sense for the fans to watch, for the fans to enjoy. I'm not going to bring a guy from XFC to fight a guy like Marlon Moraes. That would be a mismatch. Nobody is going to watch. Tell me one guy in XFC who can fight Marlon. Tell me at 205 (pounds) who can fight Anthony Johnson. Tell me anyone who can fight Rousimar Palhares and give him a good match the fans will care about it. It has to make sense."
On AXS TV's influence: "AXS TV is a big part of MMA. Without AXS TV and guys like Ring of Combat and Ring of Fire, it wouldn't be possible to have UFC, WSOF or even Bellator. These guys are the heart of the sport, and they should be very proud of it – not challenging us."
On WSOF's challenge to Bellator: "They have 48 hours to accept the challenge. It's good for the fans, good for the fighters. Let's do it. You challenged Strikeforce before. They didn't take it, but we're willing to take it. We'll give you a run for your money. We can win this challenge."
On whether he thinks the Bellator card will happen: "I don't think any of these guys will come on the show because they're in their shells. They're closing their eyes, and they have blankets over their faces."