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Things aren’t looking too hot for Randy

For those of you who didn’t read the novel of a live blog we did earlier today, let me summarize the UFC press conference for you: It was 10 minutes of facts and then 45 minutes of rhetoric. Mixed in were 5 minutes of stupidity from random douche ‘journalists’. Nowhere to be seen at this conference was Kevin Iole, who no doubt was off somewhere kicking the ass of the source who led him so astray.

I have no doubt that the press sheets the UFC was handing out will be appearing online soon … for now though, the main numbers you need to know are the totals: 1.186 million for the Sylvia fight and 1.127 million for the Gonzaga fight. This does not include a 200k a year employment salary and 50k in commentating fees.

Past those numbers, the message sent by the UFC was clear: their plan is to offer Randy another fight this week. That fight will be for sometime early 2008 and most likely be against Big Nog. If Randy doesn’t accept that fight then they’ll consider him retired and have other guys fight for the vacant title. If Randy simply does not intend to fulfill his contract, it looks like the UFC is locked and loaded for sexy court action. Wait a second … court action isn’t sexy at all. Shit.

This isn’t looking good for Randy. I’m ‘on his side’, but even I think the UFC is in the right with this situation. He signed the damn contract, he should give them the damn fights. On top of losing the press battle, it looks like this thing is set to go to court if Randy doesn’t either return to the UFC or retire from fighting all together.

32 COMMENTS
  • steve24 says:

    Fact is money got to his head and I guess making almost 3 mill for 2 fights isn’t good enough. After all, Hollywood will pay you multi-millions for no skill and talent.

  • Stirling says:

    Don’t forget the 500k signing bonus Randy lied about.

  • Xavier says:

    They did a good job laying things out today, they didn’t have to do that, but they did. Couture looks like an asshole. Still though, I wish they’d do more to address the “only wants to fight Fedor” bullshit. This is a sport, he should be a fighting champion… not picking and choosing his fights for whatever reason. It’s disrespectful to the heavies that the UFC has in line to challenge for the title.

    When did Randy Couture become “too good” to fight the likes of Nog, Kongo, Sylvia and Vera? Imagine if Tim Sylvia had said he was too good to fight Randy Couture when he came out of retirement?

    Fuck money, Couture doesn’t even respect the sporting component of MMA and his potential opponents.

  • jeff aka whaledog says:

    “This isn’t looking good for Randy. I’m ‘on his side’, but even I think the UFC is in the right with this situation. He signed the damn contract, he should give them the damn fights.”

    Luckily, indentured servitude was abolished with slavery, and Randy’s free to stay out of the cage if he chooses. Let freedom ring!

  • “Luckily, indentured servitude was abolished with slavery, and Randy’s free to stay out of the cage if he chooses. Let freedom ring!”

    Yes, but that just makes Randy a complete douche-cock for taking a $500k signing bonus in exchange that he would fight four fights for the UFC. I think the UFC should have the right to take back half of that signing bonus if he’s only going to fight half the fights on the contract.

    I actually do think Randy must be getting some REALLY bad advice from his people. And apparently he didn’t even know what his contract and payouts were – maybe his agent is F-ing him on some financials and it’s all starting to catch up to him or something.

  • Andrej says:

    “Luckily, indentured servitude was abolished with slavery, and Randy’s free to stay out of the cage if he chooses. Let freedom ring! ”

    hahahahahahaha no, He chose to sign so that count’s as freedom right?

  • hbdale309 says:

    I could see the pain in Lorenzo’s eyes when he said the following statement:

    “To have Randy use the platform we gave him to try and damage us hurts very much.”

  • nem0 says:

    Man, I love that photo of Dana. He looks like he’s contemplating a particularly delicious pie.

    I’m sympathetic to Randy on the lack-of-respect issue, but the way he’s going about this is ridiculous and unprofessional.

  • Tommy says:

    Captain ‘only in’ America. (Don King) He wouldn’t even help the sport back to life six years ago without pay? Yeah he gives his all for the love of the sport.

  • Tommy says:

    Where would he be right now without the UFC or Fertitta brothers? Surely not a multi-millionaire or a living legend.

  • hbdale309 says:

    Here’s my favorite part: Lorenzo said the UFC had set up a $10 million marketing campaign to push Randy Couture(and a couple other fighters) to help make him famous so people would want to see him fight. Randy refused this b/c he wanted the UFC to pay him for using his likeness. LOL

    After hearing the above combined w/ what Randy is doing currently(destroying his career/image), I have come to the conclusion that Couture is not a very smart guy although he plays one on TV. Like my dad used to tell me about Rice University students, “smart enough to make it rain but too dumb to know how to get out of it.”

  • Mobb Deep says:

    Lorenzo: “To have Randy use the platform we gave him to try and damage us hurts very much.”

    Translation: “Fuck you asshole, we made you and now we will destroy you”

  • Michaelthebox says:

    hbdale309: Is that for real? I think he’s on the wrong on this topic, but if its true that he refused to let the UFC do that, its an indication that he’s wrong on this topic because he’s dumb as a bag of hammers when it comes to business.

  • Matthew Watt says:

    Fightlinker, I don’t know if you have listened to the last episode of the FightOpinion broadcast, but they give a good legal breakdown of Randy’s contract and what his chances are. From what I interpreted, it sounds like Randy has a fair bit of legal room to work with, more then I thought he had that is for sure.

  • jeff aka whaledog says:

    “Yes, but that just makes Randy a complete douche-cock for taking a $500k signing bonus in exchange that he would fight four fights for the UFC. “

    Randy explained that the $500k was the bonus he’d normally get for his first fight, but it was structured as a signing bonus so he could get 1/2 up-front.

    He also said from the start that he’d handle everything on a fight-by-fight basis, so the UFC knew damn well there was a bigrisk he wouldn’t fight 4 times. They gave him the bonus anyway.

    The bonus issue is a red herring IMO.

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    A week ago Dana was bragging about how he “bitch-slapped” Couture’s agent. Now he’s shedding crocodile tears and talking about hurt feelings because Couture snapped back. That’s quite a turn of events.

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    As for the threats of a lawsuit, assuming Randy waits 9 months to fight again, the UFC has more to lose than gain by suing to claim that its contract was extended into eternity because Couture refused to fight. I think that’s the losing argument. Plus, I hear rumblings about skeletons in the closet and other dubious terms of the agreement that could be tested if they go to court. And, never forget, discovery is a bitch (remember the Pride lawsuit settled right before the Zuffa boys were scheduled to be deposed).

    If the two sides do not kiss and make up, I predict Randy will be a free agent in 9 months. If a lawsuit is filed, it will be settled quickly.

  • jeff aka whaledog says:

    Fightlinker, I don’t know if you have listened to the last episode of the FightOpinion broadcast, but they give a good legal breakdown of Randy’s contract and what his chances are. From what I interpreted, it sounds like Randy has a fair bit of legal room to work with, more then I thought he had that is for sure.

    You have good taste in radio shows, my friend. 😉

  • Tommy says:

    An extra 500k for his first fight? Not a second or third, just a free 500k for his first huh? Sounds like a signing bonus to me. Randy is screwy with the numbers man. If he fights somewhere else after signing a contract stating he will fight 4 times with them, cashes the checks, then sits out just to let his contract expire, he will be sued and lose. This is the USA not Japan. He has got some real bad people leading him I believe. Course they weren’t around when he said no to letting them spend ten mill to promote him and the sport without a little something extra to line own pocket with.

  • ajadoniz says:

    That would be some turn of events if Mr. Hollywood was screwing him and his wife.

  • Matthew Watt says:

    I too love how dana went from bitch slapping the agent to feelings of veing violated. Maybe it has to do with Matt Walker represent also Big John and Bruce Buffer, or that Dana has his own “Hollywood Agent” (aka Scumbag)

  • Matt says:

    That picture of Dana looks like the bitch stole my fish kid.

  • phismx says:

    RESPECT=MONEY
    MONEY=ROOT OF EVIL
    ROOT OF EVIL=HOLYWOOD AGENT

    Randy, yu do the math.

  • Tommy says:

    I wonder if Randy has intention of fighting at one of his Smoker Fights. That would be kinda funny to me. Takes the UFC’s loot to start his own company figuring people would come because he’s Randy and would better understand the fighters needs. Yet it really is hard to sell this shit outside the Octagon. Only real fans even call this sport MMA, otherwise it’s still called UFC fights.

  • KilerBootsMan says:

    This all seems like a WWE storyline.

    If Randy comes back he will play the greedy villian who loses in the end (akin to Ted Debiassi), and Nog will play…i dunno…Shaka Zulu??

    Randy should think about wearing a bow-tie into the octogon and stuffing hundred dollar bills into Nog’s mouth after a slam.

  • islandguy says:

    Ya that’s it.. I heard that Din offered Randy ten bucks and a beer to fight on one of his cards.

    Over a million per fight. 200k per for some odd jobs. 50k to stand around and smile on tv once or twice a month. And he quits the job. It’s all relative I guess. By the way, are they interviewing? I’d like to apply.

  • [quote]RESPECT=MONEY
    MONEY=ROOT OF EVIL
    ROOT OF EVIL=HOLYWOOD AGENT[/quote]

    ROFL!!!

  • oh well – I took a wild guess at how to do the quotes on here. =\

  • crappy says:

    if randy is all about money, why he is not asking for it?
    this is very stupid,,,if he wanted more money he could easily signed another contract with the UFC, and if all this goes to court,,, he is gonna need to pay for the whole process.. this very dumb… he still need to pay to his Agent…

  • crappy says:

    yeah for sure he is all about the money!!!… that he is gonna leave the UFC the company who is paying him to fight…

  • miller says:

    wouldnt it be funny if randy just agreed to fight the 2 fights and just walked in octagon and tapped at the start of the fight, that would really make a fool of dana and he will soon be out of his 2 fight contract and done with the ufc, not to mntion his contract ( that dana keeps mentioning) would still require the ufc to pay him

  • jazzn says:

    Probably wouldn’t get his bonus tho..

  • Michaelthebox says:

    Great idea miller. Every single one of Randy’s careers would probably be over if he ever did anything like that. I have no idea of the legal ramifications, but throwing a match usually makes a person a societal outcast.

  • Ruggertenthousand says:

    I am a HUGE randy fan…..but I have to say he really looks like a tool here after this press conference. Whoever put him up to all this is a village idiot. If he wanted to renegotiate his deal – he should have said ” give me more ‘quan’ and I want to re-trade my deal “. Instead, he comes out looking like a pussy saying it’s not about the money when clearly it is. He should get back in the Octagon and kick the shit out of NOG and any other bum that they throw in front of him and honor his contract.

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