Gracie (3-0) told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Monday afternoon’s edition of “The MMA Hour” that the FEG-backed promotion has not paid him a single penny of what he’s owed for his win over Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream.14 on May 29. And after waiting patiently for more than four months for the check to arrive, Gracie is through keeping quiet about it.
“I fought [Sakuraba] on May 29 and under my contract I was supposed to be paid 30 days after my fight, in full, and I haven’t been paid yet,” Gracie said. “The Dream organization puts on a wonderful show. They’re, in my opinion, the top show in terms of production, but on the back end, as far as handling the finances, they haven’t really taken care of me in a way that I expected and a way I feel is honorable and a way they should.”
Unfortunately for Ralek, the squeaky wheel express left the station about a month ago when DREAM paid a bunch of complainers so they could still book DREAM.16 up. But there’s still hope on the horizon … Dynamite happens on December 31st and there’ll probably be another batch of overdue bills paid leading up to that event (double your chances with a devil’s bargain to fight for them again!).
If Ralek still doesn’t get his money then I’d suggest sounding the Gracie watermelon warhorn and storming Japan with his entire clan. Many will die, but that’s okay. The Gracies aren’t as important as they used to be.