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Another Fedor hug, this time with Jean Claude Van Damme. This isn’t the first hug these two have shared, and while I’m not against guys hugging (actually I like to consider myself very pro-hugs), the look Jean Claude gets when he latches onto Fedor is just … something else.

By the way, the MMA Ninja (sweet) has an interesting article of why B-grade actors like Jean Claude are revered by guys like Fedor. That’s where I got this pic.

When the UFC decided to slide their best friend Chris Lytle another undeserved bonus for KO of the Night, they basically screwed Tim Boetsch, who knocked his opponent out with a vicious display of redneck judo. There’s a silver lining in this cloud though, as Boetsch said he did receive some extra greenbacks for his assault:

Boetsch said his fight was considered for both the KO of the Night, as well as Fight of the Night honors, either of which would have brought him and additional $60,000 in pay.

“That would have definitely been the icing on the cake, for sure, but I was just glad to get in there, handle my business and come out of there with the win,” Boetsch said.

Boetsch, though, did indicate he got additional pay on top of his normal salary, confirming the UFC “takes care of you if you put on an exciting fight.”

I just don’t get the UFC. They don’t like talking about money, yet they’re forced by the Athletic Commissions to reveal salary details. So they release pittance pay to the government which makes us fans think they’re fucking assholes screwing over the fighters. How does this seem like a good idea???

All this backroom wheeling and dealing just makes everyone much more suspicious that there’s a screwjob going down. A lot of other sites have called for more transparency in the UFC’s dealings and I don’t disagree. This hush-hush shit simply causes more problems than it solves. If the UFC is treating it’s fighters fairly in pay, they should be willing to put the numbers out there. The current situation just creates mistrust towards the organization with the fans AND the fighters.

Of course since the UFC is probably using secret pay to create a smokescreen where they hold all the cards in salary negotiations, I don’t see changes happening any time soon. But don’t worry. Everyone’s ‘being taken care of.’

While things sure seem pretty good for the UFC at the moment, I’m starting to get this nervous feeling like Zuffa is playing a dangerous game of jenga and the tower is starting to get mighty unstable. Forget all that piddly shit I wrote a few days ago regarding rising costs and lowering returns. There are now two scandals that could very well change the future of the UFC forever:

1. The DSE lawsuit
At first glance, the lawsuit against DSE seems more like a face saving exercise. Who knows much money Zuffa will be able to squeeze out of the company in American courts? But now people are starting to talk about implications relating to the Fertittas’ gaming license. And that’s a big fucking deal:

Pride FC Worldwide is a company that was formed by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta – the majority owners of Zuffa, LLC and the Ultimate Fighting Championship – to purchase the Pride brand name and related assets from Dream Stage Entertainment, Inc.

Because the Fertittas are involved in the gaming industry – they are part owners of Station Casinos – Dream Stage was supposed to go through a background check and drug testing to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements of the Fertittas’ gaming license in Nevada.

Things are still foggy at the moment, but trust me when I say the UFC is but another amusement in the Fertittas’ toychest compared to their casino license. If shit starts smelling because of their involvement in MMA, I don’t doubt they’d drop everything to clear their names and hold onto their gambling empire.

2. The Xyience debacle
If the Fertittas dumping millions of dollars into a failing company that dumps it right back into the UFC isn’t fishy enough, now we have the latest accusation:

In order to secure a $325 million loan, the UFC needed to prove a certain amount of annual revenue from sponsors. So, they passed Xyience a bunch of money through questionable means, and Xyience passed it back to show that the UFC was taking in sponsorship revenue; without this arrangement, the UFC wouldn’t have gotten the loan.

So basically if you claim you’ve got big sponsors but the big sponsor is actually just you behind the curtains, then you don’t really have big sponsors. And that means you’re not being truthful. And what’s it called when you’re not truthful on a loan application? Fraud. Oh me oh my.

These two stories haven’t exploded yet and who knows, maybe nothing will come out of them. But I’m not about to ignore two stories which have the potential to affect the Fertittas’ gambling license. Because if it’s the license vs the UFC, you better believe the Fertittas will pick their license. Hell, who knows if they’d even be willing to tarnish their reputation at all in order to try and ride these out?

Big John McCarthy demonstrates one of the most effective submissions out there.

**UPDATE** Man I’m fucked. I posted the wrong video. Although the ” target=”_blank”>Watt Miman video was funny too

 

People are always talking about how MMA is all blood and guts and violence and smashing. Never do they talk about the sensitivity and sensuality in and out of the ring. Today I’ve decided to spend a bit of time digging up some tender moments in MMA history. First off, here’s Fedor hugging a distressed Hong Man Choi.

(thanks for the find, Fighters Only)

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