It seems like the UFC has sued or considered suing pretty much every MMA organization in areas they’re trying to expand into. Off the top of my head, this extends to the IFL, WFA, EliteXC, Cage Rage, and smaller UK promotion FX3. However, it seems like companies who bend over and pull trouser end up getting more lovin’ than fuckin’ from the UFC. Here’s what happened after FX3 complied with UFC lawyer demands:
A few weeks later, James received another letter, stating that the UFC had noticed alterations made to Web site, and that they found the changes acceptable, again stating that the UFC held the exclusive rights to the term, “Ultimate Fighting.”
However, no ill feeling appears to remain on behalf of the Berkshire, England-based FX3 promoter. “Although we kind of got a nasty letter originally, they’ve come back in a nice way,” said James. “Since this has happened, I have actually been contacted by (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva. And I received an e-mail from (UFC UK president) Marshall Zelaznik the other day, saying that he would have liked to have come to the [FX3] event, but was busy, so he’s going to try to come down to the November event.”
So it seems like the UFC just wants these smaller companies to bow down and be subservient. If they do, then things are rosy and the UFC will even work with them. If they don’t, the UFC will do whatever it takes to grind it’s competition into dust. Interesting.
California is fucking spoiled. They get Dynamite, Strikeforce, the UFC, and now another Fatal Femmes Fighting event. If I lived down there I would be busy sucking cock for ticket money, which would be really rough because I have a terrible gag reflex. At least in Japan they like it when you throw up all over their genitals, so maybe I should go there instead. Anyways, the point is this weekend’s FFF show looks pretty decent, dispite the fact that Fightlinker’s favorite female fighter Roxy Modafferri isn’t on this card. Alas, what can be done. I’ve already messaged them and said “ROXY RULES BRING HER BACK”, and if you’ve got two seconds you should do the same.
Check out after the jump for a nicely edited video of the first FFF event.
MMACalifornia is reporting on a casting call for a new reality show centered around Frank Shamrock’s gym. Zach Arnold wonders aloud if this is the beginning of Mark Burnett’s new reality show. Because there’s nothing I enjoy more than proving Zach wrong Wrong WRONG, I did a little bit of research into the situation.
The email included in the casting call leads us to outsidetheboxent.com, which is a cheap parked GoDaddy page … not exactly a good start. Checking out the registry, it shows up as private. The user registered the site in April of this year for one year only, with it’s administration company located in Arizona.
Doing a google search on “Outside the Box Entertainment”, I dug through a ton of different talent agencies, music labels, and other bullshit before finding this guy:
I created Outside the Box Entertainment back in 2000. In addition to my law enforcement career I have always enjoyed writing as a serious second hobby. Supported by an outstanding core of family and friends my writing dreams became reality when I was introduced to Jay Jacobs, a retired V.P. from the William Morris Agency (WMA). Under his leadership, guidance, and direction I was able to finally take all of my creative thoughts and turn them into a reality TV show pilot titled “Under Pressureâ„¢ “.
Unfortunately along the way the process of marketing this show (which allows average sports fans the opportunity to challenge professional athletes in numerous sports challenges) the idea was stolen by a television network and rushed into production under the name “Pros vs. Joes” which airs on Spike TV.
Fortunately for me my Under Pressureâ„¢ idea was copyrighted, trademarked and also registered with the Writer’s Guild of America- which legally protected all of my work. In May 2006 my legal team filed a Federal Copyright Infringement Lawsuit with the United States District Court against Spike TV and we are extremely confident that we will prevail. If you were a contestant (or anyone else affiliated) with the Pros vs Joes show I would love to hear from you.
Further down the page:
Currently I am planning the release of another revoluntionary reality television show, once that project is copyrighted and protected I will post an update as to what it is about as I love feedback from my viewing audience.
Interesting. Other connections include his interest in the UFC (his favorite show after the show SpikeTV allegedly ripped off him), and his connections to Arizona (connecting him tenuously to the URL provided in the audition calling). At this point it is obviously speculation, and all I have going for me are the facts listed above. But it’s food for thought. I’ve messaged the guy and will update when/if I hear back from him.
I like Jason Mayhem Miller a lot … he’s an exciting fighter with lots of personality, so how could you not? But I’m worried for this guy. Why? Because he’s playing a dangerous game. Miller is signed with the WEC and getting some good coin. However, on the side he’s been doing some stuff with ProElite, also known as EliteXC, also known as THE FUCKING COMPETITION. Yeah, it’s just promoted chats on the ProElite website and other mundane stuff like banner ads. But remember: Zuffa owns the WEC now and I have no doubt that Dana White will not look kindly on Miller fraternizing with the enemy, especially considering the media push they’re giving him.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the UFC from running this website is that they’re assholes. If there’s two things, it’s that they’re assholes and they value loyalty just as much as some dumb Italian mafia stereotypes. So please Jason … for the sake of your career, I’d make sure you’re not pissing in anyone’s Cheerios by working with EliteXC.
Here’s an interview Dana White gave to ESPN, which is interesting considering ESPN’s mixed martial arts section is normally handled by Dana’s mortal enemy Sherdog. One has to wonder what kind of machinations are going on behind the scene here … the UFC works hard to keep a leash on mainstream sports media … NBC and Yahoo both slurp at Zuffa’s cock. So is this one on one interview with ESPN just an interview or the UFC attempting to work around Sherdog?
Regardless, there’s a good amount of elaboration in this interview on the stuff Dana said at the post-UFC73 conference:
- He admitted the UFC originally agreed with SpikeTV to show the Thomas/Sims fight (something originally blamed on SpikeTV).
- They’re hard at work on Wanderlei/Chuck, making calls on it every day. This further cements my theory that Dana was just putting the squeeze on Wandy by telling people the fight wasn’t going to happen.
- He played down the competition and said Frank Shamrock didn’t look good in his fight against Phil Baroni. Then again, he said Sean Sherk was exciting, so maybe Dana White lives in Opposite Land. He also said Tito Ortiz would crush Frank Shamrock. Hmmmmmm. Yeah. Sure. No comment there.
- Being cheap with fighters isn’t something new. While the UFC shelled out 10 million bucks to produce The Ultimate Fighter season 1, all of the fighters were fighting for free. What’s really funny is Dana White says “I went down and gave them the Do You Want to be a Fighter speech” … proof positive that Dana White and Zach Arnold are super secret best friends who get together on Tuesdays to watch Puresuro and eat pulled pork nachos.
- Dana says that he hopes to have Fedor by the end of the year and basically implies it’s the small stuff that’s keeping him out right now. Of course, ‘the small stuff’ could be the whole ‘Thou shalt not fight anywhere else’ thing Fedor refuses to bend on.