Today’s business blunder comes from Montreal fighter Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet:
Speaking out recently against his manager and TKO CEO Stephane Patry, Goulet said he feels he has been neglected in recent months. Goulet also believes he will be a champion within the year, regardless of who his manager is, and that he will not fight for TKO again now that his contract is up with the Canadian organization.
Unfortunately, Goulet is forgetting one thing: reality. Stephane Patry is the Canadian Dana White, right down to the ultra-buffed bald head. While he’s not the only way for a Canadian fighter to get into the UFC, he’s definately one of the main guys the UFC turns to for Canadian talent. And Patry is also known as one of few managers the UFC actually likes.
If Goulet hadn’t made a big stink about the split, it may not have been that bad of an idea. Sticking with Patry would mean fighting once every 3-4 months. Now that he’s dropped Patry he’s back at it with two fights in two months. It’s not too far fetched to think a few impressive KOs on the road could bring him back to the UFC sooner. However, when it comes to business I think the best policy is “Slow and steady wins the race”. Another good policy is “Don’t burn your bridges”. ‘Cause you never know if you might have to cross them again, dummy.