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SHOW SUMMARY: On this special edition of MMA Talk for Pro Wrestling Fans, MMATorch.com’s Robert Vallejos and Rick Monsey take an in-depth look at the new television deals for the UFC and WWE’s Smackdown. On the UFC side: Robert gives Rick an abridged ESPN history lesson, they discuss the legacy of the UFC’s relationship with Fox, whether non-MMA pundits will embarrass themselves on ESPN, the UFC’s influence over ESPN, the significance of the UFC being lowballed, will fighters get a raise, and the current relevance of pay-per-view and UFC Fight Pass. On the WWE side: how valuable is the hardcore WWE fanbase, the difference between critical and commercial success, the idea that the current crop of stars landed the new deal while the Rock and John Cena were the headliners prior to the previous deal, should the analysis of TV ratings be recalibrated, the amazing subtle legacy of Ronda Rousey, and more.
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