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Big black man stiffed by small Japanese men

How can you hate a face like that?

No that’s not a title to one of those zany Japanese porn films, though Multiple Black Rape is also a shoe in. No instead it’s basically what happened to Bob “The Beast” Sapp on New Years Eve. Unlike most rape stories Bob was not drugged but he was lured with fantastical promises.

Sapp on Monday evening told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that promoters were supposed to pay him $30,000 to fight Shinichi Suzukawa in a modified-rules bout at the year-end show in Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Instead, he claims FEG executive Sadaharu Tanikawa offered him $15,000 shortly after he arrived in the country the week prior to the event. He refused and made a counter-offer of $25,000, a sum which he claims is half of what the promotion owed him for previous services.

Bob Sapp really is one of the smartest fighters out there, he is basically the highest paid shitty fighter except for maybe Tito. In fact he used to get paid like $400K for fights back in the day. Knowing how sketchy money matters with some promoters can be he usually has a solid plan.

Usually, Sapp requires promotions to put his purse in an escrow account long before fight time to avoid financial disputes. This past July, he was pulled from a fight card for the startup Impact FC promotion after officials failed to do so. With DREAM, he decided to press his luck, which was a decision he now regrets.

Some might say “Hey, Bob why not just take the money and fight anyways?” How would would like it if you were promised some money but later the guy tried to pay you half as much. It’s down to setting precedent and self respect. He might not be the huge draw he used to be, still 100% freakshow, but he deserves to be paid what was promised.

He is but one of many fighters who have been either paid late or not at all by FEG. Basically the company is on its way out and can’t pay fighters. The long awaited Chinese investors have for the most part moved away from this dying whale. Even the President of FEG thinks the ship is sinking.

“The current course is that FEG will die,” Tanikawa said. “There are probably staff members that will leave as well. The event name will be left but the promotion will change. If the current structure remains as it is it will be impossible to continue. If many investments from companies overseas do not come in we can’t survive.”

Maybe Strikeforce can come to the rescue… or the UFC will buy Zombie Pride to complete the set.

13 COMMENTS
  • GoldenArms says:

    watch out Clint, subo and his night class ged edumuhcation is going to spell check dat ass

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Clint + Editing = win

    It’s sad man. They don’t have a good chance if Zuffa buys them because a lot of their fanbase loathe Zuffa’s promotional system and are likely to abandon the shows. Perhaps It’s Showtime! might buy ’em? Maybe buying FEG is how Strikeforce plans to run a Japanese show?

  • Oontyex says:

    Hope zuffa buys it, then strikeforce crumble and they buy it out too and finally we can have all the top fighters (instead of just most) fighting each other with no question marks

  • Omomatta says:

    ^….and then fighter’s salaries will drop and there will no longer be a competitive market. Good call.

  • Symbul says:

    From what I hear FEG’s Chinese investment bank buddies backed out of financing them after FEG refused to change management as a condition of the venture capital injection. I sincerely doubt there’s that much of value for any US-based promotion in FEG other than maybe a few contracts, but Japanese stars are not stars in the US so it’s probably not even that.

  • Jim says:

    sapp vs batista. make it happen scotty

  • Rad_Brad says:

    This post title cold also double for an interracial gay porn flick title… just sayin’.

  • frickshun says:

    SOMEONE TEACH “RAD BRAD” WHAT A DOUBLE ENTENDRE IS.

  • G Funk says:

    Brad’s not Rad!

  • CAP says:

    I can’t believe he is still a draw. $0 should be his going rate these days.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    For years, the was sticking it to them by charging them $300-400k to fight. Now it’s only fair for them to stick it to him.

  • subo says:

    Awesome title.

  • Predator8u says:

    damn now MMA will soon be died in japan. It really shows you how much nationalism plays into the sport.

    i hope Strikeforce co-promotes with FEG(HW GP?) and its a huge success.

    WE need more serious MMA promotions so that The UFC doesnt control all of the MMA narrative the sports is still in its infancy and NEEDS TO EXPAND TO MORE THEN 40-50(UFC) Big events a year.

    R.I.P WEC you were the best MMA around 2008-2010

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