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Frank Shamrock wants to kill the sport

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.

  • Atom says:

    Just a hunch, but if Jackal-Nation is running out to get supplies before a fight, nachos and dip probably aren’t the FIRST things on the list.

  • Yeah, but beer is an ‘all the time’ kind of supply.

  • Atom says:

    But that supply only makes it through the night if your friends ‘are not moochers’.

  • Asa says:

    One need not even gaze as far as boxing, all anyone has to do is look at Frank’s “career” of late. Hand-picked opponents who are no threat to him but pad his record with melodramatic victories.

    While I think their contracts need to improve, they’re at least running a league where the best are fighting the best to a large degree.

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    While I don’t see how this business model is any better for the sport, I don’t think it’s fair to say that boxers self-promoting themselves has killed boxing. Don King and Arum were the top 2 promoters for awhile as far as I know. De La Hoya and Mayweather only got into the promotion biz recently and while their fight sucked, I don’t think it’s fair to say that these two are largely responsible for killing boxing when other boxing promoters (who aren’t boxers themselves) have contributed a lot more to the destruction of the sport. The main things killing boxing: too many “world championship” belts, too many weight classes, corrupt promoters, too much emphasis placed on main event fighters and not enough substance on the undercard and lack of exciting fighters.