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Jarrod Bunch paid NOT to fight

Now I’m not much of a football fan. Most of my non-MMA sports knowledge comes from mid-90’s video games, so if something wasn’t in Joe Madden’s NFL Football for the Genesis, I probably don’t know it. That being said, I do know that football is pretty much THE American sport, so when I hear that EliteXC tried to lowball former NFL player Jarrod Bunch, it makes me scratch my head:

When asked to clarify the amount offered, Bunch indicated that the money offered by EliteXC was significantly less than what he received for his first MMA bout.

“That’s about 10% of what I got three years ago when I didn’t know anything,” Bunch wrote. “Now that I’m a Jiu-Jitsu World champion, Pan Am champion, U.S. Nationals champion, U.S. Open champion, No Gi champion, and my acting career is going very well. I just guest starred on CSI: Miami three weeks ago. I know I bring a lot to the table worth more than $3,500 and $3,500.”

One of Bunch’s trainers ended up paying him what EliteXC offered simply NOT to fight, on account of accepting such a low offer would basically make him EliteXC’s bitch. And if you’re wondering about Bunch’s claims of BJJ championships, they check out, although the wins were at lower belt levels.

10 COMMENTS
  • godzillad says:

    As long as Dana doesn’t do it it’s OK.

  • dragomort says:

    I’m hoping it’s just an initial figure EXC was throwing to see if they could get it. Perhaps he just has bad management? That is a pretty shitty offer though with the details given.

  • DamonD says:

    *sigh* I guess its my obligation as friend and sports radio host to chime in here: Its John Madden Ryan, John Madden.

  • ilostmydog says:

    This must be inaccurate. Only the UFC underpays fighters. Promos like EXC, DREAM, and the like pay fighters $100k minimum.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    Nah, that’s only Affliction, ilostmydog. And the minimum is more around 500k.

  • Popetastic says:

    (Joe) Madden. Classic.

  • Popetastic says:

    That’s probably why Affliction will be gone this time next year.

  • Popetastic says:

    Irrelevant sidenote on Jarrod Bunch: His brief NFL career was at fullback for the New York Giants, which have been the epitome of the sports world to me since birth. I remember wearing number 33 on my Pop Warner football team while JB wore it as a Giant. Good times.

  • Gina's boy toy says:

    Damn I remember JB from his Giants days here in Jersey.

  • Mike_N says:

    Sorry, but in failing to properly kick Michael Westbrook’s ass, Bunch deserves all the lowballing he gets from Elite.

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