I just read the testimony of Jed Leist that was posted on Matt-Hughes.com, in their forums section. (Original post.) This is a gentleman who at one point in time filed a false law suit against Hughes claiming permanent injury after being placed in a submission hold he requested for a picture. (more details can be found by following the link) After the jump I am going to include the letter that Leist recently sent to Hughes, in its entirety as posted at Matt-Hughes.com
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A lot has gone on in the world of MMA in the last four weeks.
- Mauricio Rua looked less than impressive in getting back in the win column against the aging, and clearly out of gas Mark Coleman.
- Dan Henderson fought Rich Franklin at Light Heavyweight to garner yet another decision victory. This victory locked in his position as the US coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 9: US v. UK” which will presumable lead to a bout at Middleweight against UK coach Michael Bisping.
- Fedor Emelianenko obliterated yet another former UFC champion, who the UFC no longer saw fit to employ.
- Vitor Belfort showed that he can still be a devastating fighter with his scary KO of Matt Lindland, but then immediately showed he doesn’t care about stringing together wins and called out Fedor.
- Jens Pulver got beaten for the third consecutive time, leading him to consider calling it a career.
- A controversial illegal knee put Jamie Varner’s career at risk, but at this point no news seems to be good news for his return.
- Nate Diaz finally lost, hopefully the first of many.
- Eight Consecutive fights went to a decision.
- Lyoto Machida finally put on an exciting showing. KOing Thiago Silva just before the bell at the end of round 1
- BJ Penn got obliterated by GSP, then we got “Grease Gate”.
- ProElite Assets were sold, but ProElite still exists, but now Strikeforce has a lot more fighters, and now the fighters are (presumably) out of limbo.
- Dan Miller stepped in and won on short notice, again.
- Anthony Johnson once again confirmed that he’s got a lot of potential.
- Mac Danzig is working on securing his position as one of the worst TUF winners, he has now lost twice consecutively.
- Joe Lauzon confirmed that he’s a real contender at 155
The point of listing all that is to show just how many significant things have taken place in the past four weeks alone, in the world of MMA. You’ll notice, however, that the title of this entry is “Under the Radar.” The reason for that is, that something has flown in, “under the radar.” In the midst of everything that’s gonna, with all the coverage of both the ProElite/Strikeforce deal, and “Grease Gate”, there is one story that no one seems to be covering:
Zuffa, LLC. has just completed a string of four consecutive weeks where they put on a ten fight card (Zuffa, LLC. is the parent company of both the UFC and the WEC). That’s forty fights in four weeks folks. Each fight takes two combatants, so that’s eighty fighters. They take a week off for Valentine’s, then they have another three week stretch with events every week. Two of those cards have eleven fights scheduled, and one has ten.* That’s a further thirty-two fights, and sixty-four fighters.
If you’re following along and doing the math, you’ve figured out by now that by March 8, Zuffa, LLC will have put on seven events in eight weeks. The total number of fights will be seventy-two, and fighters involved one hundred forty-four. I don’t care who you are, that’s impressive. Some people have complained about the lack of big names on the cards of some of these events, but all of the events still include/d intriguing match-ups. But what the people that make those complaints fail to realize is the sheer magnitude of one company being able to put on seven MMA events in eight weeks. The magnitude of this accomplishment grows even more when you realize that just five years ago, in 2004, Zuffa put on a sum total for the whole year of five events. They had the same total in 2003, and only had six in 2002.
A lot of people seem to want to jump on the “Bash UFC/Zuffa bandwagon” because they claim that they “don’t pay their fighters enough.” These people claim that Zuffa, LLC should follow in Affliction’s footsteps and off the fighters larger purses. What these people are ignoring, is the sheer volume of fighters who are getting paid to do what they love. Affliction only has a stable of just over twenty fighters, and has only put on two events in the course of seven months, while Zuffa puts on seven events in two (a very striking comparison of ratios events:months Affliction – 2:7 Zuffa – 7:2). Affliction may be raising the bar of pay for the top tier fighters, but Zuffa is raising the bar for the number fighters getting paid. If you are a true fan of the sport of MMA, I think you’ll find the latter to be more beneficial.
*Portions of these cards remain rumors at this point, as they are not officially posted on the organizations’ websites.
This post is also available at MMAFrenzy.com
This week, a one hour show documenting the training, and background of MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko aired on FSN. The show was titled “Fedor: Baddest Man On The Planet”, but I really have to question that title at this point. Yes, Fedor is 29-1 with his only loss coming by a cut in a promotion that stopped the fight if you were cut, regardless of the severity of that cut. Yes, he’s fought a who’s who of fighters over his career. But, lets take a look at the last three and half years of that career. He has fought three legitimate opponents in that time frame, which that number is even up to debate. The three I include as legitimate are CroCop in August of 2005, Matt Lindland (who normally fights at 185 lbs), and Big Doofy (aka Tim Sylvia). A lot of people don’t even deem Tim Sylvia a legitimate opponent for the “Pound for Pound” best fighter in the world. As a matter of fact, Sylvia had a 1-2 record on his last three fights going into the Fedor fight, the one win coming against an undersized, and recently under performing, Brandon Vera. So, that takes it down to two legit opponents, but as I already mentioned, Lindland fights at 185lbs, so he was considerably undersized against Fedor, but in actuality, did pretty well against him before Fedor grabbed the ropes long enough to get top position on Lindland, and eventually submitting him.
Fedor has consistently taken six months off between fights, and fought lower caliber fighters since that August 2005 fight with CroCrop. He also keeps sustaining mysterious hand injuries in his fights. Then we have to consider that, outside of Quinton Jackson, most of the former PRIDE fighters that have made their way to the UFC have been less than impressive. Jackson, is the exception to that rule, I believe, because he is a far better fighter now than he ever was in PRIDE. This calls into question the actual ability of many of Fedor’s previous opponents, further diminishing his record.
Fedor’s fight Saturday, with Andrei Arlovski will go a long way in restoring some of his mystic, if he can pick up the victory. However, Arlovski himself was cut from the UFC. I personally think that there are at least three fighters in the UFC that could beat Fedor, if not more. I even think that Matt Lindland would have done better in the Octagon than he did in their fight, which took place in a ring.
Fedor is a bad man, and he has a strong record to back that, but in this writer’s opinion, his most recent fights have not served to further the mystic that he is the “baddest man on the planet.” Also, the recent record of many of his previous opponents in PRIDE serves to dull some of the luster of those victories. In order to regain some of that mystic, Fedor needs to either fight Josh Barnett, or drop his managers and sign the exclusive contract to fight in the UFC (and win) … that is, if he gets past the Pitbull Saturday. A loss Saturday would clearly support the claims of this article, and firmly remove the “baddest man on the planet” title from Fedor’s shoulders.
North Carolina’s new Governor, Beverly Perdue gets sworn in on Saturday, becoming the first female governor for the state. I didn’t vote for her, and I don’t agree with her politics, but a first anything is usually something worth celebrating.
Israel is finally retaliating against Hamas for the tens of rockets that were lobbed daily into Israel, and for some reason a lot of people want to say that Israel is wrong. My stance is that if there were people in Mexico launching tens of rockets into the US every day, we would invade Mexico, so I have no problem with what Israel is doing.
One of PEBO’s (President Elect Barack Obama) cabinet picks has recounted his selection, due to investigations into his character. Is it just me or is this guy surrounded by corruption?
Global sea ice levels are now equal to those recorded 29 years ago. So much for Global Warming.
There is growing talk about placing GPS units in our cars to tax us on road usage. This is due to decreased revenue from gas taxes, resulting from more fuel efficient cars, and American’s driving less. First of all, I’m totally uninterested in paying by the mile. Secondly, I don’t want the government to be able to know where I’m at at all times.
The UFC is scheduled to hold six events in the next ten weeks, meanwhile T-Shirt guy has yet to put on his second event, though one is scheduled for January 24th. Yeah, they’re gonna bring down the UFC real soon. Also, I’m glad I never bought one of their over priced shirts.
I forgot one thing. Thursday is the game to decide the NCAA disputed champion. Florida will be facing Oklahoma, as a result ESPN has several stories about the different teams. One story in particular caught my attention, its about Tim Tebow and the fact that he is the Christian he says he is.
Actually, that title has nothing to do with the post, its just a line from a Taking Back Sunday song that popped into my head when I was thinking, “Hmm I need a title.”
On to the meat and potatoes so to speak. UFC/MMA fighter/legend Matt Hughes (to who’s blog I have a link over there –>) has come out with his thoughts. He has, in fact, endorsed John McCain as his presidential pick, and given the reasons why. Good on ya mate!
This is yet another reason why I am a fan of his, in addition to our shared Christian beliefs.
This was written, mostly in response to, a comment on MMAFrenzy. Enjoy…or not, whatever.
I’ll say it a first time, I’m tired of the Dana White bashers!! All this talk about “Dana doesn’t pay the fighters enough.” “The fighters need health care.” If it wasn’t for Dana White and Zuffa, these guys wouldn’t be getting half what they’re getting right now, at least not fighting in this country. When MMA was a dying sport (in the US) they believed in it, and put in the money and the work to get it (re)legalized, “legitimized”, and laid the ground work to bringing it to the mainstream. If none of those things happened, neither the Shaws nor T-Shirt guy would have been interested in MMA. As a matter of fact, T-Shirt guy probably made half his money off of Dana, and the UFC fighters wearing his shirts on TUF. I honestly remember thinking at one point that Zuffa must own Affliction because Dana was wearing their stuff all the time, as were all the fighters. I forgot which season it was, but Affliction was everywhere. If it wasn’t for that, T-Shirt guy would have had half the money that he used to start his organization. So, T-Shirt guy can think Dana for at least half of the money that he has from selling T-Shirts, and the fact that Dana and Zuffa spent the money and time to make MMA what it is today.
Do I think competition is bad? No. Am I glad that the UFC has competition? Yes. Am I glad that the competition that has gotten the most interest has been T-Shirt guy and the Shaws? Not at all. Do I think that the UFC still has some growing to do, and that there are improvements that will need to be made? Absolutely. But lets think about this, the NFL got its original beginnings over 100 years ago. Are the players treated better today than they were then? absolutely. Are they treated better today than they were 10 years ago? absolutely. The last “legitimate” competitor to the NFL was over 20 years ago.(XFL was a joke) MMA is only 15 years old, and its current form is around a decade old, it will take time for the athletes in the UFC to get paid on the level of athletes in other sports, but it will come. You can’t bankrupt the organization trying to pay the fighters “what they deserve” (cough Affliction cough ProElite cough) and really do any benefit to them in the long run. If you do that, then where do they fight? Do they just bounce around from failing organization to failing organization until the sport dies?
Just think before you go crying and moaning about how terrible of a person Dana White is, and how terrible Zuffa is because they “don’t pay their fighters enough.”
I wanted to start this off with some good news. ProElite has folded, and the Shaw’s will no longer be able to give MMA a bad name. For more on what led to this check out this article at Sherdog.com. Hopefully the UFC can pick up some of the better fighters, like Lawler, Radach, and Shields out of this deal. I’m not sure if Kimbo will find a new MMA home, Tito, who was soooo proud of his upcoming contract with Elite will be on the hunt again. I also suspect that the women will end up with StrikeForce for right now.
Another good news. I found this guy on youtube. He’s a black republican that’s got several funny, and provocative videos regarding this years presidential beauty contest, as well as politics in general. I have not watched all of his videos, but I recommend The Diddy Retort, The Vote Reaper, and The A-TEAM ( Actually The “O” TEAM ).
Finally, some more fun stuff about Obama’s “Tax Cut” for 95% of Americans. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal on the subject.