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Promoter fight!

I have no idea how I got on Maximum Fighting Championship’s mailing list, but I’m pretty glad I’m there. Every so often I get a gem delivered directly into my inbox, like the MFC press release accusing a fighter of owing child support. Now I just got some kind of editorial thing from the MFC’s crazy owner, Mark Pavelich, accusing Dana White of messing with his sponsors:

I am disgusted by the way MMA clothing brands are buckling to “DW’s” handling of contracts regarding the sponsorship of specific fighters.

It’s almost comical – not on his part but on the part of these clothing companies. They cave in and pay his organization a great deal of money just to have the opportunity to sponsor fighters, who they then pay an individual fee to as well. What these clothing brands fail to understand is that the entire organization that “DW” runs is sponsored by a competing clothing company.

These other brands are paying to represent themselves, yet they will never get the brand recognition they are seeking since the company itself has what would be considered a title sponsorship with another clothing brand – probably the most-recognizable brand in the industry. You are competing in an uphill battle that you can never win.

Now “DW” has instructed these other clothing brands that they have to stop sponsoring other MMA events or they will not be allowed to sponsor fighters in his event – even after fully paying him for the right to sponsor and paying the fighters individually. He is collecting money by the armored truck full from these companies, and yet he’s still able to tell them where to spend the rest of their money at the same time. Has he or anyone in his company ever heard of something called “restraint of trade?”

There have been rumbles in the past that the UFC has actively engaged in killing sponsorship deals for other MMA companies but this is the first time a ‘reputable’ promoter has come out and accused the UFC of breaking competition laws. Still, it’s no secret the UFC likes to crush it’s competition and hear the lamentation of their women. So personally I think it’s a great idea for Mark to poke them with a stick. I’m sure it will help a bunch.

The full email after the jump.

 

YEAH I SAID IT! MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich:

I am disgusted by the way MMA clothing brands are buckling to “DW’s” handling of contracts regarding the sponsorship of specific fighters.

It’s almost comical – not on his part but on the part of these clothing companies. They cave in and pay his organization a great deal of money just to have the opportunity to sponsor fighters, who they then pay an individual fee to as well. What these clothing brands fail to understand is that the entire organization that “DW” runs is sponsored by a competing clothing company.

These other brands are paying to represent themselves, yet they will never get the brand recognition they are seeking since the company itself has what would be considered a title sponsorship with another clothing brand – probably the most-recognizable brand in the industry. You are competing in an uphill battle that you can never win.

Now “DW” has instructed these other clothing brands that they have to stop sponsoring other MMA events or they will not be allowed to sponsor fighters in his event – even after fully paying him for the right to sponsor and paying the fighters individually. He is collecting money by the armored truck full from these companies, and yet he’s still able to tell them where to spend the rest of their money at the same time. Has he or anyone in his company ever heard of something called “restraint of trade?”

In a million years, you would never get away with this is other sports. I would like to see Nike, Adidas, or Reebok be told how and where they can spend their sponsorship dollars. It would never happen.

Maybe it’s time the Maximum Fighting Championship stopped helping MMA clothing brands build their business, and for these businesses to be bullied into these types of situations, caving in, and walking away from what helped them get launched in the first place. These companies are compromising their long-term futures and don’t even realize it.

Right now they are not even running their own companies.

“DW” is running his show … and yours.

 

6 COMMENTS
  • agentsmith says:

    I’m not sure I believe anything that douchebag says, but on the other hand I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one day the UFC gets its knuckles rapped by the authorities for unfair/illegal competition practices.

  • G Funk says:

    The guy could be scum, but this doesn’t sound outlandish.

  • Symbul says:

    Sounds par for the course for Zuffa and its owners.

  • glassjawsh says:

    “who the fuck is Mark Pavelich?”

  • glassjawsh says:

    dumb

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    In a million years, you would never get away with this is other sports. I would like to see Nike, Adidas, or Reebok be told how and where they can spend their sponsorship dollars. It would never happen.

    I know some of you Jackals watch other sports and can correct if I’m as wrong as the police always say I am, but wouldn’t this fall under the realm of an exclusive sponsorship contract?

    Diet Pav makes everything sound like bullshit so it’s got my antennae goin’ crazy.

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