In a report issues by Standard and Poor’s recently, the UFC is expected to see its EBITDA decline by 40-percent.
The EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The number is “due to a change to a marquee fight card in the fourth quarter of 2014, a result of another fighter injury causing anticipated pay-per-view buys and event ticket prices to decline further, as well as higher remarketing expenses for the event, and additional costs related to the company’s international expansion.”
Many things hampered the UFC to end the year, an entire August card was canceled after Jose Aldo went down with an injury. Cain Velasquez was forced out of a planned main event fight in Mexico with an injury, while Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort was moved from December to February – again, due to an injury.
Zuffa, which owns and operates the UFC, saw its rating downgraded from BB- to BB. They purchased the promotion in 2001 for $2 million.