There’s a very interesting look into how things went down at BodogFight via the Fight Network care of former employee Paul Lazenby. Keep in mind you should take smack talk about old bosses with a grain of salt – god knows I often say my old bosses were Nazis, but the truth is they’re nowhere near as good at their jobs as the Nazis were. Not to say that the Nazis were good. They were just good at being evil. Anyways, check out the laundry list of smack doled out by Lazenby:
Matchmaker Miguel Iturrate was a glorified fanboy who spent Calvin Ayre’s money like Glen Quagmire in the world’s largest whorehouse. I knew that the company was in trouble after Calvin committed to spend 55 million dollars on bodogFIGHT, and an additional 55 million in the future, to which Miguel responded by talking about how he was going to spend the second 55 million!
Under president Peter Karroll, bodogFIGHT’s existence was a long slide into disaster, with any practical ideas about how to improve the company’s fortunes being either shot down completely or ignored until they died on the vine. Even when Jeff Osborne and Eric Nicholl put together a plan to sponsor 8 events per year for less than 4% of what was spent in 2007, the answer was still “no”. For whatever his reasons, it seems like Peter consciously wanted the company to die, and that is exactly what it did.
There’s no arguing that there weren’t a lot of stand-up people in Bodog, but there were also individuals whose word was worth less than nothing. While Bodog never failed to abide by the terms of a written contract, it almost invariably failed to keep its word to me when its word was the only thing I had to go on.
It’s kinda too bad that everyone kept their mouths shut until it was too late to save Bodog. Honestly, people: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Or is it the nail that sticks up gets hammered down? Hmm, if it’s that one then maybe I understand why people weren’t speaking up about their shitty bosses. But that’s why you’ve got people like me who don’t give a crap and will happily take your anonymous gripes or inside stories and post them up on this page. Consider me the whistleblower of the MMA blog scene if you want. I think that sounds a lot better than the “monkey that throws poop” of the MMA blog scene, don’t you?