Another day, another list of fighters FEG has stiffed. Fresh off blaming K-1 for the cancellation of his Amsterdam Arena event, It’s Showtime head Simon Rutz is now sharing who on his roster still hasn’t been paid.
LK: We’ve heard a lot about K-1 not paying fighters, and I know Giorgio Petrosyan had problems with that last year. Are there It’s Showtime or Black Label fighters who are waiting to be paid by K-1?
SR: Yes, the following fighters have not been paid for a fight: Melvin Manhoef, Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Hesdy Gerges, Gago Drago, Pajonsuk, Dzevad Poturak, Chahid, and Giorgio Petrosyan still needs his win bonus from the last K-1 MAX tournament. It is a lot of money! I never let our fighters fight before they are paid for their last fight. I hear that some other fighters haven’t gotten their money for 4 fights. It is a sad situation for all the fighters.
So if you were wondering why Melvin Manhoef was conspicuously absent from Dynamite!! 2010, there you go. It’s also interesting to note that it’s not just DREAM fighters getting stiffed – Rutz just named off a good chunk of K-1 competitors, including 3 from last year’s K-1’s World Grand Prix.
Again, it’s kinda surprising that people were still willing to fight without first getting paid – FEG has been fucking people over for nearly half a year now. After hearing It’s Showtime’s apparent policy of only withholding talent after the first screwjob, I think I’ll put together a giant one night tournament of my own. But perhaps that only works when you’ve got crime buddies around to keep pissed off Dutchmen and their Eastern European friends from stabbing you in the face.