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Boxing Promoter Bob Arum says UFC has limited growth, no appeal to Hispanics and Blacks

“It’s the same audience over and over,” Boxing promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday at USA TODAY’s headquarters in northern Virginia during a roundtable and interviews with journalists. “It’s white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic.”

“I don’t want to demean UFC, because they’ve done a marvelous job of marketing. But it’s the same audience over and over. It’s white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic.

“The Hispanics don’t care anything for it. Most African-Americans don’t watch it. Hey, this country is becoming more and more Hispanic, and it’s growing African-American (in the) audience.

“So the future success of UFC is limited. The success of boxing is not, because boxing reaches those groups. The only demographic that boxing has lost is the white, young males, period.”

Do you agree with the 80 year old boxing CEO? Has the UFC yet to tap into the Hispanic and Black demography? I happen to be a Hispanic and a fan of MMA and the UFC. Anyone else a minority and a fan of the sport or am I the only one?

Source: USA Today

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  • Fearfactory279 says:

    Not one bit do I agree with that ignorant old man,being Hispanic myself,there is a huge market down here in South Texas,the majority being Latinos,I order UFC ppv’s at home lots of times,and if not,I head down to our local Buffalo Wild Wings to watch a UFC event,every time it is packed to the brim,and then some with Hispanics,people even willing to stand on their feet cause the place is packed to watch the entire event! That’s how popular it is down here,so that ignorant viejito(old man) does not have one bit of an idea how big the UFC’s audience has expanded,he needs to shut his yap,case the Hispanics obviously do care for te UFC immensely,we are hardcore avid UFC viewers! Haha………..Joey Garcia

  • Byers says:

    I’m black and a fan of both MMA and Boxing. I’ve become more a fan of MMA over the last few years. Over time and if done right, I think MMA will pass boxing in all demographics.

  • Rob C. says:

    I’m Hispanic and I have more Hispanic & black friends that watch MMA than white friends. So, yet again, Bob doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s nothing but a senile old man.

  • Losduarte90 says:

    Bob Arum is a dumbass!!!!! hes the annoying white dude that trys to stick up for the “minority”
    i am hispanic & i love mma! & i can think of 1000 other people that are not white that love mma!
    this dude needs to take his meds & quite talking outta his ass!

  • Anonymous says:

    My friends and I all love MMA, and we’re all mostly Dominican, Puerto Rican & black. Some even train in Muay Thai & other disciplines. This man is a tool.

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