World Series Of Fighting Executive Vice President Talks About Holding A Show On The Same Day As UFC 175
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.02.2014
And their extended deal with NBC...
In an interview with MMA Fighting, World Series of Fighting executive vice president and matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz spoke about the company holding an event on the same day as UFC 175 (July 5), which is also the same weekend as The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale.
On holding an event the same day as the UFC: "I think it would be not very wise to go on the same day as the UFC, but we got the date, July 5, maybe six or seven months ago. We'll go out there right before the UFC goes on Fox Sports 1 [for its UFC 175 prelims]. I wish we had a different date, but NBC, this is the first time gave us a date, and they don't have any other dates open to give us. We made sure it's early. We go from 4-6, and I'm not sure what time the UFC starts, but we'll go out there and go before they start."
On Nick Newell main eventing against Justin Gaethje: "I think everybody should have an equal opportunity to show his case, and it doesn't mean because he has one arm that he cannot perform," Abdel-Aziz says. "We brought [Newell] in and every time he did he delivered. He has a lot of courage and I have so much respect for him because the guy really worked hard, and to be honest, if anybody deserves the title shot in the World Series of Fighting, Nick Newell deserves it. I think he'll bring a lot of attention to WSOF, and that he's a world class athlete, and on July 5 we're really going to know. Justin Gaethje's fighting style is coming forward with pressure, and Nick Newell is a submission artist. I think it's classic striker versus grappler."
On extending their deal with NBC: "At the beginning, NBC Sports, [president of programming at NBC] Jon Miller, and [director of business development at NBC Sports] Gary Quinn, they gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves. Our first show we delivered, and after that we made a deal. Our deal was over, and so we made a new deal, a much better deal. I believe NBC Sports is the biggest media network in the world, and we are happy to be part of that family. We couldn't ask for a better partner at this moment than them. I think the sky's the limit."