China’s to start with-ever UFC winner was the strawweight division’s Zhang Weili (21-2). After undertaking in the UFC 261 co-key occasion, the promotion’s owner, Ari Emanuel, didn’t show up to know who she was.
On Thursday, the UFC went general public as an group. To talk about the news, Emanuel obtained in entrance of the cameras for a modify just times taken out from the enormous UFC 261 celebration in Jacksonville, Florida.
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“Well, here’s what I would say to you, even all through the pandemic—we did not have live audiences, we didn’t have industrial PPVs—we defeat our EBITA [earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization] variety by 10 %,” Emanuel informed CNBC (H/t MiddleEasy).
“Now with the re-opening, you just saw we experienced stay audiences for the to start with time. In Houston, we’re going to have a dwell audience. In July we’re having a further dwell viewers. Our direct-to-consumer business on Combat Go is up 40 percent. Our commercial quantities and advertising figures are up. China is heading to be more substantial than at any time.
“Actually, simply because of the fight—even though our Chinese champion missing, Li Na—there was over a billion video sights out of China.”
Certainly, the Chinese winner Emanuel is referring to is Beijing’s Zhang – there is not or has hardly ever been a Li Na in the UFC. Whether or not it’s reputable ignorance or just confusion on Emanuel’s component, Liang Na did compete in the event’s opening bout against Ariane Carnelossi.
Zhang went into UFC 261 as the 115-pound weight class’s champion subsequent her initial title protection in an fast classic with the legendary Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Unfortunately for China’s finest, she remaining 261 in only a moment and 18 seconds immediately after coming up limited on the acquiring end of a photo-fantastic head kick from former champion Rose Namajunas.
Right away following the loss, Zhang expressed her fascination in rematching Namajunas as did UFC President Dana White. If that will basically happen remains to be determined.
This short article appeared initially on BJPENN.COM