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.