This is pretty crazy:

When Spencer Fisher was 15 years old, his foundation crumbled beneath his feet. Within the same calendar year, he lost his parents in separate tragedies – his father to a train accident, his mother to a brain aneurysm. Orphaned before he could legally drive, Fisher soon faced the possibility of being separated from his two sisters. His family was on the brink of collapse before his grandparents stepped in to pick up the pieces.

That has to be the worst combo in the world : ‘train accident’ is one of those softened terms that really doesn’t imply how brutal it is. And brain aneurysms are just as bad simply because they tend to come out of nowhere and strike you dead. One minute you’re looking forward to UFC Fight Night, and the next your skull is stitched up like a softball if you’re lucky.

If you hadn’t heard already, all around cool chick and my super secret love-crush Roxanne Modafferi won the 10,000$ K-Grace women’s MMA tournament two weeks ago, beating 3 chicks in one night (hot). I’ve been trying to track down video but it’s proving elusive. Today however I got some pics from the show.

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I piss all over the IFL every chance I get, and it definitely looks like they’re hemorrhaging cash and won’t be around much longer. But this past weekend there was a little glimmer of hope that appeared for the troubled company:

6,977 spectators were in attendance to witness the IFL’s first show in Everett, Washington. The number in attendance was the highest to watch a MMA or boxing event in Washington.

Of course, the real question is how many people actually paid? Apparently their Chicago show stunk balls and tanked pretty badly attendance wise. But is there the possibility that while Battleground isn’t burning up the ratings chart, it’s still creating fans of the IFL who are willing to check out the show when it’s in town?

Rory Singer thinks he’s got Jason MacDonald’s number. An amusing excerpt from an interview where he discusses his opponent’s nickname:

MMANews.com: What are your opinions on Jason calling himself the “TUF Killer”?

Rory Singer: TUF Killer? I think that is hysterical. I don’t think the nickname should count if you give it to yourself so I don’t agree with that but he has beaten two guys from TUF. He got smashed by Franklin and now he’s about to fighter another guy from TUF. I plan on putting an end to that, so, I don’t know what kind of nickname he’ll have to come up with, maybe “I was the TUF killer of two TUF alumni and then I lost to Rory Singer”. That’s a long nickname so I don’t know if it will work out for him or not but it will certainly end with me on June 16th. He’s just not going to win that fight.

I love it when guys are in denial. Watching Rory Singer get his shit jiu-jitsued into another dimension is one of the only reasons I plan on watching UFC72.

Apparently Josh Koscheck went on a rant about fighter pay:

UFC and boxing ppv dollars?

UFC Prez Dana White is always quick to pull out the “boxing promoters are crooked” line during his frequent discussions about boxing. I would argue that the UFC Czar is just as crooked.

Why did Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson only make about $500,000 for their recent UFC 72 showdown. UFC 72 did about 1 million pay per view buys at $40 a pop, Zuffa made 40 million alone in ppv dollars. Not to mention the live gate, over seas viewing rights, and sponsors that ponied up money for this fight. Why do UFC fighters get such a small piece of the pie in a sport that’s supposedly on the upswing? With the rise in of popularity of the UFC why aren’t their fighters paid MUCH more.

I’m not saying there aren’t boxing promoters that don’t short change their fighters, but boxers can make alot more money over a career than a UFC fighter can. Shannon Briggs was paid 1.8 million for his meaningless title defense against Sultan Ibragimov last weekend. GO ahead UFC fans, defend your boy Dana White.Additional Details

Nice try, as demand for the sport builds up so should the fighters salaries. I’m not buying that one. Zuffa is keeping as much as they can of the 100 million they made for UFC 72. They should be ashamed paying two of their top fighters $500,000.

Best answer

White and the UFC basically want to pay the fighters like a third rate sport but at the same time want to claim to be a legitimate sport. The average UFC fighter doesn’t even make a middle class living it is ridiculous. Even the elite MMA fighters are way behind other professional sports.
White wants to say that Mayweather wouldn’t make it in the UFC and he is right Mayweather wouldn’t step in the UFC ring for the peanuts they pay. Why would he take about 1/20th of his normal pay?

UFC fans are in serious denial about this issues. They will say things like well athletes shouldn’t make that kind of money. Well somebody is making it so why should it all go to the promoters? Or they will say that it takes time but again the revenues MMA is generating is huge so it is a matter of changing the structure not time.

UFC fighters need some kind of union to make a larger share of the pie since it is the fighter that literally rolls the dice with his future health and even his life not the promoters.

Keep in mind this was on MySpace, which is possibly the most hacked site in the universe. So I must hope that Koscheck isn’t actually stupid enough to write this stuff. Why? Well for one thing, it’s pretty fucking stupid to criticize the person who’s signing your checks, especially about the size of those checks.

Another thing: he makes comparisons to how boxers are paid, which is pretty dumb. Boxing is in a shambles specifically because the big guys are retardedly overpaid. The last thing MMA needs is to adopt other sports’ out of control pay structure.

This isn’t to say I’m against fighter pay raises, but who in their right mind is wasting their time bitching about how ‘little’ Rampage and Chuck made? How about a few fucking tears for the guys in the undercards and dark matches getting paid less than a trailer trash stripper makes on an average Saturday night?

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