Now I’m not much of a football fan. Most of my non-MMA sports knowledge comes from mid-90’s video games, so if something wasn’t in Joe Madden’s NFL Football for the Genesis, I probably don’t know it. That being said, I do know that football is pretty much THE American sport, so when I hear that EliteXC tried to lowball former NFL player Jarrod Bunch, it makes me scratch my head:
When asked to clarify the amount offered, Bunch indicated that the money offered by EliteXC was significantly less than what he received for his first MMA bout.
“That’s about 10% of what I got three years ago when I didn’t know anything,” Bunch wrote. “Now that I’m a Jiu-Jitsu World champion, Pan Am champion, U.S. Nationals champion, U.S. Open champion, No Gi champion, and my acting career is going very well. I just guest starred on CSI: Miami three weeks ago. I know I bring a lot to the table worth more than $3,500 and $3,500.”
One of Bunch’s trainers ended up paying him what EliteXC offered simply NOT to fight, on account of accepting such a low offer would basically make him EliteXC’s bitch. And if you’re wondering about Bunch’s claims of BJJ championships, they check out, although the wins were at lower belt levels.