There were 1001 questions regarding Brock Lesnar on the UFC conference call yesterday, and most of them were fawning fanboy questions without any teeth which resulted in very little ‘red meat’, as Zach Arnold likes to say at least 15 times a week.
The main facts coming from the call are that Brock will most likely be fighting on the Superbowl show in February, and that ‘no opponent has been chosen’. I put that last bit in quotes because the day before this call Brock Lesnar said he DID know who he was gonna fight. Hmmmmmm.
Well, one thing is for sure: if the UFC plans to do their Superbowl show in Vegas like they did last year, they could have serious trouble sanctioning anything but the lamest of bouts. What you say? Someone set us up the bomb??? Yep! There’s this thing called the NSAC, and their job is to suck all the fun out of everything relating to combat sports. One thing they definitely don’t let happen is matches between guys with a large disparity in their MMA records.
So say you’ve got a guy with 1 MMA fight worth of experience … the NSAC definitely isn’t going to let him fight anyone with more than 10 MMA fights under their belts. Hell, the NSAC wasn’t even going to let Frank Mir fight Tim Sylvia again (yeah they denied they ‘officially’ said it but ya know they did, those cocksuckers).
And of course, the NSAC were the ones that canned Butterbean vs Mark Hunt on account of Hunt’s ‘superior ground skills’. Haha, the only time Mark spends on the ground is if he’s licking crumbs off the floor. Or nearly subbing Fedor, but we don’t talk about that for fear Fedor’s lovers will attack us.
There’s oodles of examples where the NSAC has denied fights based on record differences or general skill assessments. On the other hand, last year’s Superbowl show had some controversy over the fact that they sanctioned Eddie Sanchez (7-0) to get executed by Mirko Crocop (21-4). Perhaps it’ll be a Superbowl tradition that the NSAC bends the rules every year to allow fights they really shouldn’t.
Continuing on yesterday’s edition of Randy Math, we now have a copy of Randy’s fight agreement which includes his PPV breakdown. Because it’s kinda hard to figure out without a calculator, here’s how it works:
Up to 100k buys= Nothing
100k – 175k buy = 75k buys @ $1 = 75k
175k – 300k buys = 125k buys @ $1.50 = 187k
300k – 330k buys = 30k buys @ $2 = 60k
330k+ buys = 170k buys @ $3 = 510k
Total amount = 832k
Randy mentioned that he still hadn’t received all the money from the UFC regarding the Sylvia fight (something about residuals still coming in), so perhaps this explains why his contract says he made 300,000 dollars more than he said he made during the contract.
What’s funny is that Kevin Iole said he made 1.1 million and Randy said he made half a million. Both parties are off by roughly three hundred thousand dollars according to the above contract. It amuses me to think they’re both just as wrong as the other.
*UPDATE* I should get a C- in Randy Math … I had the $1.50 buys adding up to 156 rather than 187. Thanks Leland for pointing out my ineptitude with Microsoft Calculator!
Surprise surprise, it’s time for another article talking about what total cockheads the guys at Yahoo Sports are. I know it’s getting a bit repetitive, but I’ve been told by a lot of people that I’m an ‘influencer’, and as terrifying as that concept is, I might as well use this lame ass ‘power’ to make the world a better place. With great power comes great responsibility, as Uncle Ben always said. Well, he used to say until he was killed by the Sandman. Now I just think of him whenever I microwave rice. It’s sad.
I’ve gotten over the fact that the writers at Yahoo are shills. Sure, it’s not exactly something I respect about them, but I can understand it. While licking the toe jam off Dana’s feet, you also get fed whatever crumbs of info or propaganda Daddy White feels like sharing. Yahoo wants exclusive content that will draw readers, and they definitely get it. *Everyone* knows that Kevin Iole is the mouthpiece for the UFC, so Yahoo has established itself as the place to go to hear Dana White’s opinions on whatever story is in the news.
But what I haven’t gotten over is the fact that Kevin Iole consistently reports shit for facts. He sticks to the lies told to him by the UFC even when it’s in direct contradiction of reality. And he’s not even quoting Dana White as backup for these lies … he writes them directly as if they were facts. The latest and greatest example of this was his bullshit calculation of Randy Couture’s contract, valuing it at 4 times more than it really was.
Even in his follow up article Iole fudges the numbers Couture gave, adding an extra half a million dollars to what Couture said he made on the Sylvia fight. Couture said 250k flat, 500k PPV bonus, and 500k locker room bonus. Iole said Randy got a million off the PPV. And that dumb fuck was front fucking row at the fucking conference. The rest of the MMA world managed to get it right and most of us were listening to a ProElite stream that sounded like someone talking through a 10 foot metal tube full of socks.
Don’t even get me started on Kevin’s retarded hyperbole into a fictional Plan B Couture apparently has in his head to break his contract and fight for M-1. Things have gotten to a point now where Kevin Iole has about as much legitimacy in the MMA world as a midget fight league would. So it’s not even really necessary to try and discredit what he says … most MMA fans know he’s full of shit before they even read his articles now. Fuck, almost all the people I know read his columns specifically to see what dumb wrong shit he’s going to say next.
Yahoo’s MMA reporting has all the legitimacy you’d expect from a second rate search engine trying to break into the news world. It’s pretty sad when Yahoo has to hire a PRO WRESTLING writer to try and bring legitimacy back to their coverage. But that’s exactly where we are. Dave Meltzer is another “Friend of Dana”, and while you can say he’s got a generally positive bias towards the UFC, I haven’t heard of any incidents where he’s taken a steaming shit all over his integrity like Iole seems to on a weekly basis. So I guess we’ll see what happens. But one thing is for sure … I’m not about to get tired of calling these morons out for their bullshit ‘journalism’.
Oh acronyms … where would we be without you, LOL. Pretty much the only highlight of yesterday’s borefest of a conference call with the UFC was the news that Spike had commited to 12 live fights a year. Fuck yeah! Add in the fact that it looked like that didn’t even include the UK shows and random extra shows, and it looked like we were finally going to get the comprehensive free TV package UFC fans deserved!
Alas, it was not to be. About an hour later, SpikeTV execs corrected these statements and said the plan was actually for 12 Ultimate Fight Nights over the course of 3 years … so only four a year. Balls.
The UFC has two big problems right now, in my opinion. Okay, they’re not really big problems for the UFC, but they’re my two pet peeves:
- There’s too many times in a year where there’s no new shows for over a month.
- There’s too many new UFC guys that need developing, and not enough shows to develop them in.
An increase in the number of Ultimate Fight Nights would deal with these issues perfectly … we get more content, and more content means more fights to establish real contenders. A regular fight night on a consistant basis would give the casual fan something they could keep track of. Plus it would make me happy. And isn’t that enough, really?
Honestly, what good reason is there to only have 4 Ultimate Fight Nights a year? That seems downright miserly. Considering the amount of TUF and Unleashed that’s gonna be forced down our throats, I would hope the UFC would at least give us a few extra.
As it stands, here’s what we’re getting from Spike over the next few years in terms of real fight events (fuck reality shows and Unleashed episodes):
- 4 Ultimate Fight Nights a year
- 2 Ultimate Fighter Finales a year
- If Spike keeps picking up the UK shows (they choose on a per event basis), that’s 4 more events right there.
So we’ve got six guaranteed cards, and potentially up to 10. Okay, so that’s not too bad … but it could still be better!
The title of this post pretty much sums up the Randy Couture press conference. Nothing too new came out of this conference except clarification on Randy’s compensation for his last two fights. Where our original Randy Math had Couture making $2.50 per PPV, Randy states he only got 500 grand on 500,000 PPV buys … $1 per PPV. That means he only made $750,000 on the books for his past two fights.
Couture added that after the Sylvia fight the UFC came and gave him an additional half a million dollars as a bonus. The fact that he wasn’t given a “locker room bonus” after the Gonzaga fight was apparently a big deal for Couture.
Oh, and that thing Sherdog was spreading around re: Randy not getting a % of PPV for the Gonzaga fight? Yeah … about that. Turns out he is getting a % of the PPV. He just hasn’t gotten it yet because it takes 90+ days for the PPV numbers to come in and be calculated. Congrats to Sherdog for their selective fact reporting, you guys are awesome.
Over and over he said it wasn’t about money, but over and over Randy kept on using examples where it was about money. I can see how money and respect are tied together … if the UFC respected Randy, they would treat him like a superstar and cover whatever he wants. On the other hand, leaving the UFC because they “didn’t do the small things” like give him extra tickets would be retarded. So rationally, it was the big stuff like the lack of bonus after the Gonzaga fight. And that means it WAS about the money.
Couture’s press conference did serve an important purpose though. Even though his claim that it’s “not about the money” rang more hollow than ever, his claim that he’s being underpaid seems pretty valid now. The fact that he presented all his issues to UFC management two weeks before his resignation and nothing was done is pretty damning too. Finally, he made it clear that he would rather resign and simply make his reasons clear than stick around and create a huge stink. Which is classy in it’s own way, and definately a POV I hadn’t considered before.