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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.

  • 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.