Tuesday, December 30, 2014

UFC 182 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 1

Jon Jones 'You sound like a girl calling me fake'

“No one wants to be the bad guy, but a the same time, people tag me to be the bad guy, and I’ve learned to just let go,” Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) said during a media call . He attempts his eighth title defense when he meets Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“When I read my comments on Twitter and Instagram, I realize I really do inspire people, and people really appreciate who I am as a martial artist. And then when I look at some of the people who write me negative messages, it’s always so dumb. It’s so dumb. ‘Dude, you’re fake.’ I’ve been hearing I’m fake for so many years, it’s like, OK. Who cares if I’m fake? I win fights, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

“I’m not here to win you over with my personality; I’m here to fight,” Jones said. “That’s ultimately my job. I look at the people who hate on me, and it’s never anything solid. It’s like, ‘Dude, you poke people in the eyes in your fight.’ OK, that’s an accident. Or, ‘Hey, you’re fake.’ Or, ‘You’re bigger than the other light heavyweights.’
“It’s just always real stupid stuff, so I’ve learned to kind of laugh at it, and I’m just waiting for the person who really hates me that gives me a legit answer or reason, and no one has ever given me anything solid, outside of calling me fake. I’m like, what are we, in high school? I’m a grown man. You’re calling me fake? You can’t call my work ethic fake, and the things I’ve achieved fake.
“I just find it funny. I’ve just learned to laugh at it and go with it. That’s the best thing you got on me; that’s not a bad thing. You sound like a girl calling me fake. So yeah, that’s that.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Key allegations in the class action lawsuit against the UFC

A group of attorneys and MMA fighters today filed a major class action lawsuit that accuses UFC parent Zuffa of conspiring to monopolize the MMA industry and engaging in anti-competitive practice.

“This is an anti-trust suit,” said attorney Rob Maysey, a chief architect of the litigation. “The anti-trust laws of the United States were designed to prevent a firm from dominating a market, artificially stifling competition, and hoarding super-competitive profits for themselves, and that’s exactly what happened in this market.”

 Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry, as well as current UFC fighter Cung Le are involved in the suit.“I’ve received so many messages from fighters who wish to remain anonymous, but who are putting their full support behind this case,” said Quarry. “This lawsuit really is about fairness. It’s about a fair market value for the athlete.”

Here are some key allegations against the UFC 
* Engaged in an “anticompetitive scheme” to “maintain and enhance” its monopoly on promoting MMA events and held “monopsony power” in the marketplace for fighters.
* Enforced its monopoly by signing fighters to long-term exclusive contracts “and other exclusionary and anticompetitive acts.”
* Exerted control over fighters by leveraging potential title bouts.
* Used its monopoly and monopsony power to artificially “suppress compensation” for UFC fighters and “to expropriate UFC Fighters’ identities and likenesses inappropriately.
* Required fighter sponsors to work exclusively with the UFC and refused to contract with a sponsor that worked with a rival MMA promoter.
* Created and held a dominant position in the business by purchasing competitors or driving them out of business by raising costs on acquiring talent and resources.
* Refused to co-promote with other potential promoters in an effort to increase control on fighters.
* Left the MMA marketplace with “fringe competitors,” which, “as a general matter, do not and cannot successfully compete directly with the UFC — or entities that have essentially been conscripted by the UFC … into acting as the UFC’s ‘minor leagues,’ developing talent for the UFC but not competing directly with it.”
* “Publicly touted” its success in stifling competition.
* Forced major venues where fights are held to contract exclusively with the promotion.

UFC 182: Extended Preview - Jones vs Cormier

Monday, December 8, 2014

UFC 181 salaries

The full UFC 181 payouts included:

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000

Todd Duffee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Hamilton: $10,000

Tony Ferguson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Abel Trujillo: $14,000

Urijah Faber: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $20,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Gordon: $15,000

Corey Anderson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Jones: $8,000

Raquel Pennington: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000

Sergio Pettis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Hobar: $10,000

Clay Collard: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alex White: $10,000

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Anthony Pettis: 'The best revenge is massive success'

Critics were starting to doubt his legitimacy as UFC lightweight champion. He  knew there was one way to shut their mouths.

“The best way is to prove them wrong,” Pettis said after Saturday’s title win in UFC 181’s co-main event. “For me, I was injured, so I couldn’t really prove myself or fight. I had to be quiet and just let them talk. Tonight, I was able to prove everybody wrong.”

“Last year was a long year for me,” Pettis said. “Fifteen months off was a long time. The Wheaties contest was going on, I had my fight coming up, so there was a lot of pressure on me going into this fight. I just feel like I locked in on training, and I fell in love with the sport again.
“I believed in myself, and I performed again to the best of my ability.

Johny Hendricks on UFC 181 title loss: 'I didn't fight'

“I thought I did pretty good the first three (rounds),” Lawler told MMAjunkie after the fight  “In the fourth round, I started slowing down a little bit. But you can’t take nothing away from Robbie. What did I say the whole time? He’s a tough fighter. He’s a guy that you’ve got to put away. I wasn’t able to do that tonight, and the judges gave it to him."

“What can I do except for come back like he did, pick myself up and get that belt back?”

“Look at the fourth and fifth round; I just didn’t fight,” Hendricks said. “I didn’t come out the fourth and the fifth like I normally do. It is what it is.
“I’m going to be my worst critic. I don’t need you guys to sit there and say, ‘Oh, he looked like sh-t,’ or, ‘He looked like this.’ That’s my job. That’s what it was. I didn’t stay light on my feet like I should have. I should have done a couple other things to secure my win, but you get lost in the moment. That happened to me, but I’ll be back. I’ll be back.”