July 30, 2009
Remember the days when Dana White said he hated talking about money? Part of it was the secrecy with which the UFC likes to operates but this week is really the reason why. Top end UFC contracts are starting to rival major sports, with that comes media scrutiny and very public negotiations. With all the info coming out what do we believe?
Lance Pugmire from the L.A. Times started the week by jumping the gun with reports that a UFC-Fedor deal was done and it would be announced tomorrow during a teleconference. He backed off by sending out a tweet yesterday. I'm sure the tweet didn't get the same linkage as the initial story. Pugmire did pen an updated story this morning for the L.A. Times website.
- The UFC offered Fedor a 6 fight, 30 million dollar contract. That's 5 mil a fight
- The UFC offered Fedor an immediate title shot
- Lesnar/Fedor would be the biggest PPV in MMA history (we assume), and the UFC offered M-1 Global a cut of the PPV on top of Fedor's purse.
- Fedor was free to wear as many M-1 logoed items as he wished.
- The UFC also relented on allowing Fedor to compete in combat sambo.
Fight Opinion says the report is likely phony because CD is a White mouthpiece:
It’s the David Axelrod graduate school of marketing here, but it also helps to have willing participants ready and able to carry your water. (Carmichael Dave is on KHTK in Sacramento and Dana White is a frequent guest.) Have you noticed how the campaign of information and misinformation online is working to discredit Fedor and try to paint him in a bad light?
However, this idea that web sites and blogs should participate in an explicit active role of ‘being used’ for spread information/misinformation in regards to what UFC is ‘allegedly’ offering to Fedor’s camp is silly. It plays right into Dana White’s hands. Hey, if the MMA web sites say anything negative about him, he has ammunition to not give them media credentials for live events. And if the web sites start astroturfing in order to generate good press for UFC, well he has his cake and can eat it too.
Fun stuff. Just like with contract nonsense in MLB, NFL and the NBA, come back to us when the deal is done. The constant updates are overkill and mostly inaccurate.
One more update:
Ariel Helwani from AOL Fanhouse says the deal is nowhere near what CD reported. Helwani says Fedor turned down a guaranteed three-fight deal with an upside of six fights and 30 million.
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