Dizz Rants; Who’s not paying their fighters?

 

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It seems recently that some weepy eyed nostalgics have put the UFC under fire over fighter pay issues.  There are constant complaints on how much money UFC President Dana White and company are making, and not paying the fighters.  However, in order to build a brand, you have to put money back into the business for it to expand.  Everyone’s so aware of UFC’s numbers, but what about Viacom?  Well, since Viacom MMA wants to legitimize themselves as competition, here’s some numbers that you’d find interesting in regards to Viacom.

Viacom’s Salaries in the last Fiscal Year of 2012:
CEO, Phillippe Dauman: $33.45M;
COO, Tom Dooley $26.3M;
Chairman Sumner Redstone: $20.4M.

Viacom’s Chairman, Sumner Redstone is also Chairman to CBS and hold controlling interest there. Viacom splits his travel pay with CBS. If Dauman is banking $33.45M/yr and writing himself $60M (according to UFC President Dana White in a post fight media scrum) in bonus pay last year. I’d like to know how much Dooley and Redstone get in bonuses. If you take Viacom’s salaries + bonuses paid out to Dauman, Dooley, and Redstone, that’s more than of their annual network profits.

According to Indeed.com (http://www.indeed.com/salary/Viacom.html), the average salary at Viacom is $92K and they have some 10,500+ employees. Using avg salary + guess-timate # of employees, Viacom’s round about pay roll is $966M + Dauman/Dooley/Redstone’s Salary + Bonus = $3 billion?  That’s to the employees…..not the fighters.

Viacom’s chairman Sumner Redstone’s networth (as of 2012 reports) is $4.1B…which is more than what Viacom profit in 2012’s fiscal year. Just punching in Viacom’s numbers, think about it. Bellator has the #1 125 WMMA’ist on the planet and she doesn’t make $10k/fight.  That’s just one example.

People talk shit about UFC pay. UFC was supported by the Fertitta’s casino’s for many years before it was able to stand on its own. At one point, they were even $40 million+ in the hole.  UFC alone doesn’t have the networth Viacom does. But Viacom’s issue with shitty pay is because it’s so spread out with other shows. Bar Rescue, Cops, Ink Master, Bellator, Impact, Auction Hunters, Blue Mountain State, Fight Master, Tattoo Rescue, and that’s just on Spike. That’s not including what they have running on MTV Networks.  With the money being so spread out, Bellator fighters who get paid the best are the ones who take the “Company Tag” with it.  All the rest of the fighters have to work regular blue/white collar jobs or find other ways to make ends meet.

If you look at the salaries that are paid out in the UFC, who has a solid performance based pay scale, it works for those whose name is being spoken about the day after each event. It’s all up to each individual and the sacrifices they make.

Now tell me, who’s  not paying their fighters.

 

*All numbers posted are courtesy of Hollywood Reporter, NY Post, and Indeed.com*

RAMPAGE VS ROY JONES JR HAPPENING?!?!?

Articles online have been circulating that Rampage vs Roy Jones Jr is set to happen at the end of this year.  I remember Rampage talking about doing something like this a while back but thought it was an idea that just fizzled out.  I guess not… maybe he was setting something up like this the whole time?!?!  Check out the video above with OUR interview last September while he was still fighting in the UFC talking about how MMA got boring and he wanted to try other things like Boxing.

MMA stars such as Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, King Mo and several others have expressed interest in boxing matches but nothing has come to fruition.  Boxers like James Toney have tried coming over to the octagon but got smashed (beating starts at :54).  The argument is that MMA Fighters are just more well rounded and can take the fight anywhere.  I wonder how a MMA Superstar that trains boxing will do on their playing field.  Boxing coach Freddy Roach said in an article once that his top 5 mma boxers were Anderson Silva, GSP, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, and KJ Noons saying they could be successful.  Is this the start of a new breed of mixed MMA / Boxing promotions?  Is this this is good for MMA?  You think Rampage will win?  How do you think other MMA fighters would do in boxing?  What fighters today do you think would fair well?  Leave your thoughts and comments below!   Well.. not before checking out OUR interview (well we set it up but King Mo did the interview..) with rampage a while back of him talking about wanting to go to boxing and how MMA has gotten boring.. You guys agree?

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UFC on FOX 8 Predictions

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Tapology.com is a great site for the fans, to pick and predict their winners and see how they rank among all the participants. You can even win $500 cash prize for each event. Select your winners, way of victory (KO/TKO, Decision, Submission) and the rounds. It will also keep track of all your picks and rank you accordingly.  I’m throwing down the gauntlet to start a friendly competition amongst my MMAElite peers, and you the readers.

A quick summary of my predictions in the main card…

1) I think Mighty Mouse Johnson will be able to utilize his quickness and frustrate Moraga for all five rounds.  Moraga will showcase his impressive combinations, but Johnson just won’t be there on the receiving end.

2) I think Ellenberger is hugely underestimating MacDonald, and I believe this will be his downfall.  Despite coming back from injury, I expect Rory to take this fight anywhere he wants to, and simply dominate.  He’s not ranked #3 as a welterweight for nothing.

3) Ruthless Robbie Lawler is the heavy favorite given the fact that Voelker took this fight on a 2 week notice.  They both like to bang, which should make this an exciting fight.  I believe the toughness of both fighters make this a 3 rounder.  This is actually a fight I’m looking forward to most, behind Ellenbergers vs MacDonald.

4) Andrade has relentless power and she is a BJJ specialist, with all of her submission victories coming by guillotine chokes.  But I feel like the UFC jitters will get to her and affect her performance.  Carmouche on the other hand has already fought the biggest name in Ronda Rousey, and I expect a seasoned Carmouche to squeeze out this win.

So what are your predictions for UFC on FOX 8? Make your predictions and share!

Daniel Cormier Wants to “Cut the Line”

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Daniel Cormier wants a light heavyweight title shot immediately after his bout with Roy Nelson. Does he deserve to “cut the line?”

Cormier doesn’t want to fight Cain Velasquez since they are training partners. Instead, we wants the winner of Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier would first have to get past Roy Nelson at UFC 166. This is not an easy task due to Big Country’s knockout power.

Glover Teixeira is next in line for a title shot, and if Cormier wants to move down the LHW, he should still have to climb the ladder to get a title shot. Let’s see him get past Lyoto Machida or Rashad Evans first.

In the heavyweight bracket, if JDS beats Cain in their third bout, Cormier would probably stay in the HW weight class. With Fabricio Werdum next in line, should Cormier be allowed to leapfrog ahead if JDS wins? He will most likely need a stunning knockout in his upcoming fight. Comment below with your opinion on all these fighters “cutting the line.”

Crowning the King Mo Lawal

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You’re only as good as your last fight, which is a statement everyone has heard. That being said, Mo Lawal should be crowned knockout artist of the year (2013). Lawal defeated former ultimate fighter contestant and UFC fighter Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 96 on June 19th 2013 via KO (punch) at 1:35 in the first round. Petruzelli is most notable for being the man to KO former street fighter Kimbo Slice and has a TKO (punches) loss to Lawal’s next opponent Jacob Noe. It seems as if Lawal was looking to redeem himself after his last appearance where he was stopped at Bellator 90 on February 21st, 2013, in the first round at 2:35 via KO (spinning backfist). Lawal came into this fight and finished in such a dominate fashion that many people are speculating that it will win the KO of the year award. With this win, Lawal advances to the final round of the 2013 LHW tournament leaving Lawal to face Noe at Bellator 97 set for July 21st 2013.

Lawal was a NCAA Division 2 National Champion wrestler in 2002, then transferred to a Division 1 school. His senior year of college, he became the Big 12 Conference champion and Division 1 All-American in 2003 for Oklahoma State University; he was also the University Freestyle National Champion. Lawal also holds medals: after his collegiate accomplishments, he won silver at the 2007 world cup for wrestling and gold at the Pan American Championships in 2007. Lawal also competed for the United States Championships and won gold in 2008, silver in 2007, gold in 2006 and 2005, bronze in 2004. With all his wrestling accolades, Lawal is no stranger to competition. In the recent years, Lawal has redefined himself as a devastating striker known for incredible striking and vicious KO’s.

One of the scariest combinations is a wrestler with the wrestling mentality who has heavy hands. Men such as Dan Henderson, Josh Koscheck, Rashad Evans, Daniel Cormier, and Johnny Hendricks have all proven the mentality of a wrestler cannot be overlooked. These men were also all notable high level wrestlers who possess incredible KO power. Noe’s last outing was at Bellator 96 as well; he defeated long time veteran Renato (Babalu) Sobral at 3:32 of the 3rd round via TKO (referee stoppage) and will now be known in his MMA career as the man to retire Babalu.

After the fight, Lawal had some memorable quotes about Noe’s performance stating, “I wasn’t impressed at all. It was tied up 1-1, and Jacob was complaining about low blows. One was low, but the other one wasn’t even low. That’s all it was. Dude got tired because Babalu touched him up to the body, and hit him with the fast jab. He didn’t have no answer for it, then he got hit in the stomach, and tried to claim it was low.”

This was just a coal added to the fire between these two competitors as Lawal blames Noe that he is no longer affiliated with Syndicate MMA stating that when Noe started training there Lawal was asked to leave by head coach John Wood. Lawal was quoted stating “The beef is: I think he’s fake. He talks behind my back, but when I see him, he always looks away, the owner of the gym Jason Lucas said I could train there, but this other guy John Woods, Noe’s friend, said I couldn’t train there so I just left. I thought it was a joke… There’s no secret to fighting, I could have come earlier or later. I don’t care to see what he’s doing in training. I know he’s a “pro boxer” with a 0-1 record that got stopped in the second round of a four-round bout by a guy from Colorado Springs, Joey Montoya. He thinks he’s a banger, more power to him. If he thinks he’s a good striker, more power to him.”

There is absolutely no love lost in this rivalry and one that is sure to be a fan favorite when these two square off on July 31st 2013 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, at the Santa Ana Star Center. Be sure to tune in as Lawal looks to be crowned the king of Bellator and wear the Bellator light heavy weight championship belt for a long time. Go live or tune into Spike TV to watch this fight!

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PERFORMANCE = MONEY

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“You don’t like the structure? All right, we’ll pay the lower-level guys more money – no more (explicit) bonuses,” UFC President Dana White said in an interview with mmajunkie.com

It’s no secret that the organization has come under fire in recent weeks with criticism from current fighters displeased with pay as well as former fighters. Most notably was the recently released and one time welterweight contender Jon Fitch going as far as to publicly call his time with the organization as “hostile”. Propelled by the backlash Dana White reluctantly conjured up a plan to ultimately eliminate performance bonuses given to fighters for “Knock Out of the Night”, “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” in an effort to further compensate its disgruntled lower tier fighters. Based on the live gate of a UFC event, bonuses have been known to skyrocket as high as $129,000 per from the standard $50,000.

“The bonuses are something we’ve been doing out of the kindness of our (explicit) heart, It was something we liked to do. Apparently, people don’t like it. They want the lower-level guys to get paid more money.” White added.

Taking exception to the attacks to the UFC, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, having had a successful career inside the octagon and the former two-time Light-Heavyweight Champion, sent a clear message to those individuals looking to obtain a raise in pay:

People got to understand, the fighters at the top are the fighters that are supposed to get paid because they’re the guys that are bringing people in,” Liddell told Sirius 92 XM’s Fight Club Radio when asked his opinion on the state of the UFC’s pay structure adding “You want to get that? Beat everybody. Be good enough. If you’re not good enough to get there — sorry. It’s not a welfare state.”

Another fighter that recently came to the aid of the fighting organization in light of the decision to keep its “Fight Night” bonuses in place, a recipient of a record 12 fight night bonuses (Tied with Anderson Silva), Joe Lauzon recently sat down with The Metro South Morning Show and touched on the issue as well:

“We’re paid fighters, so getting in to the UFC doesn’t mean you’re gonna have this cushy job. You get paid based on how your performance goes. I’ve been very fortunate where I have had some great fights and I’ve been rewarded with some bonuses. I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure. It all comes down to people wanting to see you fight.”

Of course the first thing to pop into one’s head would be “It’s easy for them to say money troubles are the furthest thing from their minds,” especially for a decorated fighter such as Liddell, who holds a position with the UFC as executive vice president of business development, and Lauzon, who has cemented himself as a staple of any main card both seem to have climbed the ranks from the bottom up with the full understanding..UFC cuts the check, but it’s your performance that gets you PAID!

 

Talk MMA Radio Ep 26: King Mo and Tecia Torres

Wednesday, June 24, 2013, Talk MMA Radio brings you Bellator’s “King” Mo Lawal (10-2-1) and Invicta Fighting Championship’s rising strawweight Tecia Torres (3-0).

Lawal is coming off of a 1st round highlight reel knockout of Seth Petruzelli in Bellator’s Light Heavyweight semifinal Summer Series tourney at Bellator 96.  He heads into Bellator 97 in hopes of claiming rights to the title of Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tourney Champ as he will face off against Jacob Noe.  Noe advanced into the finals the same night as Lawal with a surprising TKO stoppage of now retired MMA veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  The two will collide next week, July 31, at Bellator 97 at Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

“The Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres looked impressive in her stand up and submission defense as she gave media’s favored Rose Namajunas her first MMA defeat.  Torres looked clean in her stand up and displayed patience in her grappling as she disappointed media as they mostly favored Namajunas.  The American Top Team product now awaits the challenge as she stops in to chat with us.

Talk MMA Radio can be viewed tomorrow evening at 9pm EST/6pm PST, July 24, 2013.

Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkmmaradio/2013/07/25/ep-26-king-mo-tecia-torres

Photo: Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas courtesy of http://invictafc.com/photos/?album=6&gallery=168

Silva In Tears

Anderson Silva in tears is a scary sight—especially when those tears are a product of defeat. For those still alleging Silva threw the fight against Weidman, I have but one thing to say: If Spider did throw the fight, it is by far the biggest regret of his professional, and perhaps his personal, career. Several questions will hang in the air before Silva/Weidman II, but this clip has decidedly answered one—come the rematch, we will all be privy to the very best version Anderson’s body and mind will allow.

Tragically enough, the antics pulled by Silva in his first fight with Weidman have placed him in a perilous hole. Silva must defeat Weidman twice, while Weidman only has to win once. Even if Silva eviscerates Weidman in the rematch but loses a razor thin decision in the rubber match, Anderson’s legacy will incur significant damage. Silva needs to win twice, and both wins must occur in devastating fashion. I’m excited. Watching Silva fight with his back against the wall is a spectacle I’ve yet to witness. I hoped a superfight between Anderson and Bones would extract the very best from Silva. Needing two decisive victories over the new UFC Middleweight Champion is respectable consolation.

 

Renzo Gracie Teases Return to Fighting

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Hi sports fans.  Renzo Gracie (13-7-1 (1)) mentioned on MMA Junkie Radio today that he will be “ready [by] the end of the year to have some fun.”  Sounds like to me that he’s thinking about making a return to fighting.

Renzo hasn’t stepped inside a cage, octagon, or ring to compete since his TKO loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 112, back in 2010.

Gracie went on to say. “The UFC, they became a machine… so if you’re name is not out there and you’re not fighting, it’s difficult to keep yourself (busy)…  So it’s like if I don’t fight there, I don’t mind. I’ll be fighting for ONE [FC]; I’ll be fighting a Japanese organization. This for me is fun, and thank god I don’t need the money to do it.”

So what do you think?  Should Renzo return, and if so, what are his chances of success in the UFC or a smaller promotion?