Despite what you may have read earlier, the Frank Shamrock / Cung Le fight isn’t until next week – and no, the first post about that wasn’t some kind of prank, I’m just a stupid idiot. Apologies to everyone who ran out and picked up nachos and dip … I’ll try and get my dates correct down the line.
Anyways, with the fight coming up, Frank Shamrock has been doing what Frank Shamrock does best: talk trash. And while he hasn’t really hit the same stride with Cung Le as he did with Baroni, he’s still managing to make some waves with comments like “Ken Shamrock has done steroids his entire career.”
I’m not really gonna comment too much on that because we all pretty much think it, but without him getting caught what’s the use in playing a guessing game? Frank Shamrock admitted in this follow up interview that he rarely sees or talks to his brother, so I doubt he’s in any position to know what he’s been up to the past 10 years.
The quote I wanna talk about is below, regarding a new kind of business model for MMA:
If (though it appears now to be a case of “when”) the fight happens, Frank said he sees the bout as a chance to change the financial landscape of MMA, and introduce a business model more commonly seen in boxing. In short, the fight will be promoted by the Shamrocks rather than an organization.
“I think that’s the business model of the future, is having the talent be in the place of the promoter, cut the deals, and do the shows themselves,” Frank said. “I think that’s how (the fighters) can maximize it… It’s a good business model, and I think the promoters have enough money in the sport. I think the companies have plenty of power, and now it’s time to shift a little of that to the talent.”
No matter how much Frank Shamrock tries to dress this up as fighters taking power from the promoters, the truth is it’s just one or two fighters BECOMING the promoters, and underpaying the rest of the fighters just like everyone else does. Not only that, but then you have guys running the show who think they deserve to pocket all of the profits rather than sink them back into the sport.
There’s not many talking points of Dana White’s that I agree with, but his assessment of boxing’s woes are one of them. In order for a sport to succeed you need people in charge who are willing to invest in the future of the sport, people who are working to run regular consistent events of a consistent quality. Not someone who’s looking to turn the financial model on it’s head and put the money into their own pockets.
I’m not claiming the UFC are saints or anything in this regard but they’ve certainly done a lot to steward the sport to the next level. If you see the Shamrocks succeed with this plan, there’s a chance they could fuck everything up and put the fighters in charge, which might sound great but in reality would be a disaster. You just have to take a look at boxing to see how that turned out.