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Midnight Mania! Fighters Should follow Justin Gaethje, End ‘Win Bonuses’ (Opinion)

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Justin Gaethje was very clear about his desire to renegotiate his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship following his win over James Vick. Specifically, he wants to get rid of his win bonus and get all his money up front.

”It should get me a business meeting with the UFC, that’s what it should give me,” he said. “I want to fight the best. I’m happy with the UFC, I’m not unhappy with them. But the way I put it on the line, I need all my money up front. And that’s how it should work for people like me. They should use me as an example. If you want all your money, you fight like Justin Gaethje.”

Not every fighter is going to fight like Justin Gaethje, but he has a very legitimate point. He puts it all on the line every fight; he should be getting paid up front. But then again, so should all the fighters. Win bonuses have long been seen as a tool for promoters to seem to offer more, knowing they will only pay half the fighters their win bonus on any given card. As fighters are impossible optimists- you have to be in this sport- they are easy marks for this tactic. But, like Gaethje… okay, maybe not QUITE like Gaethje… they each put their health, mental and physical, on the line every fight. Fighters should begin negotiating for higher flat wages and not let the dangled promise of a win bonus end up netting them less.

Joe Rogan also made the point that judges frequently make mistakes or suspect calls; when they do, they end up costing fighters half their paycheck (and awarding a win bonus to another).

Update: Justin Gaethje himself chimed in; he doesn’t want anyone thinking this is HIS idea. The thought that all (or at any rate, more) fighters should negotiate for a flat rate, is my idea. Gaethje said what he said, above.


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Tito Ortiz explained how many days a week he’s training for Chuck Liddell, and I can’t make massive bald heads or tails of anything he’s saying.

I’ve torn my scrotum before too and no one knows what that word means. Nutsack is fine.

Leslie Smith lays it out

I watched the Angela Hill- Cortney Casey fight and while it was close, it certainly seems like that decision went the wrong way, and the stats shown in the fight were far from accurate.

Darren Till likes guns

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Bruce Buffer tried to do some damage control on his recommendation that Nate Diaz ‘bow’ to Dana White.

I’m mad because I was cheap, didn’t get the FS2 package, and thus missed the Cory Sandhagen fight with Iuiri Alcantara. I was a big fan of Sandhagen’s boxing styling before this, but he definitely seems like a prospect to watch going forward.

Who is Conor McGregor kneeing in the head?? That’s some concussion-inducing sparring

Dustin Poirier congratulates former opponent Justin Gaethje

Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi are fighting in RIZIN and that is going to be awesome.

Darren Till re-imagined as a mythical gorilla.

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Schadenfreude is real, and it feels good sometimes.

Paige VanZant denied these rumors.

This cat has a right hook on it.

I’m happy for Joanne Calderwood, who showed off an improved guard game to get a triangle/armbar submission.

“I have a green belt. Read it and weep”

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McGregor is serious about this whiskey brand.

Justin Gaethje’s philosophy is perfectly tuned for fighting.

Elias Theodorou turning his back on his sparring partner seems like a bad habit he hasn’t quite gotten rid of.

Now I miss soccer. Thanks, Glory kickboxer Tiffany Van Soest.

Joe Schilling was mad he did all that kickboxing with Mickey Gall only for Gall to use his grappling for a quick submission.

James Krause came up big with the win

Max Holloway is getting his preferred year-end slot; hopefully this means his brain issues have been all sorted out.

Nice

This must be a very cool and surreal feeling for Darren Till

John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be a ridiculous fight

The best way to get money by fighting is to be famous beforehand.

The Logan Paul-KSI fight card included some of this:

Muhammad Ali doing what he did


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Body work

These must REALLY have hurt

I’ve seen a lot of these spinning back kicks lately

That’s how you make an impression

This head kick was smooth

A warmup for Gaethje-Vick.

Saenchai has still got it

Every so often Muay Thai has these sweep-to-knee knockouts- Cosmo Alexandre also has one- and they make me cringe a little every time. This is how to fight if you don’t want to get your hands dirty:

When swarming goes wrong


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This is how life has been lately, except I’m not balanced like this guy

There goes another childhood fantasy

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Reebok payouts for UFC ‘Lincoln’: Jake Ellenberger banks big bucks, Justin Gaethje does not

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Sat. night (Aug., 25, 2018) with UFC Fight Night 135 from inside inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, airing live and free on FOX Sports 1, and now it’s time to see who went home with the biggest piece of the Reebok pie.

Leading the list of payouts was Jake Ellenberger, who racked up one final sponsorship check of $ 20,000 after getting knocked out by Bryan Barberena in the very first round in what proved to be his final fight of his career (recap here). Rani Yahya, meanwhile, also took home $ 20,000 from Reebok after submitting Luke Sanders.

The biggest winner of the night, Justin Gathje, only managed to collect a $ 4,000 check from the sports apparel giant following his first-round drubbing of James Vick ($ 10,000) in the headlining bout (relive it here).

But that’s not all. Take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.

Justin Gaethje: $ 4,000 James Vick: $ 10,000
Michael Johnson: $ 15,000 Andre Fili: $ 10,000
Cortney Casey: $ 5,000 Angela Hill: $ 5,000
Bryan Barberena: $ 5,000 Jake Ellenberger: $ 20,000
Deiveson Figueiredo: $ 4,000 John Moraga: $ 10,000
Eryk Anders: $ 4,000 Tim Williams: $ 3,500
James Krause: $ 5,000 Warlley Alves: $ 5,000
Cory Sandhagen: $ 3,500 Iuri Alcantara: $ 15,000
Andrew Sanchez: $ 4,000 Markus Perez: $ 3,500
Mickey Gall: $ 4,000 George Sullivan: $ 5,000
Joanne Calderwood: $ 5,000 Kalindra Faria: $ 3,500
Drew Dober: $ 10,000 Jon Tuck: $ 5,000
Rani Yahya: $ 20,000 Luke Sanders: $ 4,000

TOTAL: $ 188,000

According to the payout structure (see it), the more fights you have combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions, the more coin you have for your combat sports piggy bank. And the less fights you have under the ZUFFA banner … well, the less you get. If you have a problem with the structure, take it up with UFC … not Reebok.

According to the report, fighters will also receive royalty and payments up to 20-30 percent of any UFC-related merchandise sold that bears his or her likeness. That’s a great way for the Internet “morons” to help the cause.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once!

Justin Gaethje will climb into the Octagon yet again this weekend, with UFC Fight Night 135 putting him in the driver’s seat opposite James Vick.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the fourth time the former WSOF champ will make the walk to the hallowed UFC cage, and given his propensity for fighting with reckless abandon and not a single care about the damage he’s sustained – and given the ungodly amount of damage he’s sustained in his recent fights against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier – you have think the UFC is letting this guy kill himself.

Consider this: Given the standard human brain’s capacity for absorbing trauma, there is a set amount of punishment any person can take before they become a vegetable. It would seem the UFC is keen on using up all the Justin Gaethje there is in the shortest amount of time.

Sure, Vick isn’t exactly a world-beater. But Vick is a dangerous striker, and right now, taking punches to the noggin’ is about the last thing he needs.

Anyway, here are a trio of preview vids for the fight.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once!

Justin Gaethje will climb into the Octagon yet again this weekend, with UFC Fight Night 135 putting him in the driver’s seat opposite James Vick.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the fourth time the former WSOF champ will make the walk to the hallowed UFC cage, and given his propensity for fighting with reckless abandon and not a single care about the damage he’s sustained – and given the ungodly amount of damage he’s sustained in his recent fights against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier – you have think the UFC is letting this guy kill himself.

Consider this: Given the standard human brain’s capacity for absorbing trauma, there is a set amount of punishment any person can take before they become a vegetable. It would seem the UFC is keen on using up all the Justin Gaethje there is in the shortest amount of time.

Sure, Vick isn’t exactly a world-beater. But Vick is a dangerous striker, and right now, taking punches to the noggin’ is about the last thing he needs.

Anyway, here are a trio of preview vids for the fight.

The post UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once! appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once!

Justin Gaethje will climb into the Octagon yet again this weekend, with UFC Fight Night 135 putting him in the driver’s seat opposite James Vick.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the fourth time the former WSOF champ will make the walk to the hallowed UFC cage, and given his propensity for fighting with reckless abandon and not a single care about the damage he’s sustained – and given the ungodly amount of damage he’s sustained in his recent fights against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier – you have think the UFC is letting this guy kill himself.

Consider this: Given the standard human brain’s capacity for absorbing trauma, there is a set amount of punishment any person can take before they become a vegetable. It would seem the UFC is keen on using up all the Justin Gaethje there is in the shortest amount of time.

Sure, Vick isn’t exactly a world-beater. But Vick is a dangerous striker, and right now, taking punches to the noggin’ is about the last thing he needs.

Anyway, here are a trio of preview vids for the fight.

The post UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once! appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once!

Justin Gaethje will climb into the Octagon yet again this weekend, with UFC Fight Night 135 putting him in the driver’s seat opposite James Vick.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the fourth time the former WSOF champ will make the walk to the hallowed UFC cage, and given his propensity for fighting with reckless abandon and not a single care about the damage he’s sustained – and given the ungodly amount of damage he’s sustained in his recent fights against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier – you have think the UFC is letting this guy kill himself.

Consider this: Given the standard human brain’s capacity for absorbing trauma, there is a set amount of punishment any person can take before they become a vegetable. It would seem the UFC is keen on using up all the Justin Gaethje there is in the shortest amount of time.

Sure, Vick isn’t exactly a world-beater. But Vick is a dangerous striker, and right now, taking punches to the noggin’ is about the last thing he needs.

Anyway, here are a trio of preview vids for the fight.

The post UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once! appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once!

Justin Gaethje will climb into the Octagon yet again this weekend, with UFC Fight Night 135 putting him in the driver’s seat opposite James Vick.

If you’re keeping score, this will be the fourth time the former WSOF champ will make the walk to the hallowed UFC cage, and given his propensity for fighting with reckless abandon and not a single care about the damage he’s sustained – and given the ungodly amount of damage he’s sustained in his recent fights against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier – you have think the UFC is letting this guy kill himself.

Consider this: Given the standard human brain’s capacity for absorbing trauma, there is a set amount of punishment any person can take before they become a vegetable. It would seem the UFC is keen on using up all the Justin Gaethje there is in the shortest amount of time.

Sure, Vick isn’t exactly a world-beater. But Vick is a dangerous striker, and right now, taking punches to the noggin’ is about the last thing he needs.

Anyway, here are a trio of preview vids for the fight.

The post UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: Hey, Let’s Use Up All Our Justin Gaethje At Once! appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Retire? It’s Belt Or Bust For Justin Gaethje Ahead Of UFC Lincoln

Coming off a two fight losing skid, Gaethje wants to show the world – and himself – he’s still championship material.

Justin Gaethje is in a strange place with his career. On one hand, he’s at the height of his fame, with many UFC fans considering him one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport. On the other, his UFC record currently sits at 1-2 with two bad knockout losses in his last two fights. He’s now facing James Vick at UFC Lincoln on August 25th in what many consider a softball match up — relative to facing Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier back to back, anyway.

Gaethje previously said that he’d retire if he got outclassed by Vick. Now in a new interview with MMANYTT he’s clarifying that statement somewhat, saying he’ll retire if he feels he’s no longer UFC champion material.

“100-percent. When that’s not my goal, I will retire,” Gaethje said. “I want to be the best. I want to be the best in the world.”

As far as Gaethje is concerned, those two losses were valuable experience that will make him a better fighter down the road.

”Fighting on a UFC card, there is nothing like it,” he said. “Experience is a hell of a trait to have and now, with some experience under my belt, it will do a lot of things for me.”

And if James Vick wants to dismiss him because of his recent losses, he does so at his own peril.

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a B-league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it. I’m painting a pretty clear picture of what pure effort can achieve in this sport and if you don’t want to pay attention, that’s not my problem.”

Gaethje has talked a lot about the changes he’s making leading into this fight, and it certainly seems like Saturday in Nebraska could be a make or break moment for his career. Will we see a new and improved Gaethje 2.0? Or will he throw caution to the wind as usual once the leather starts flying? I’m not even sure which way I want it to go.

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: The Justin Gaethje Brain Damage Countdown

We knew, based on his dominant run in the World Series of Fighting, that Justin Gaethje would make a welcome addition to the Octagon.

He fights with great intensity and violence, gives his all every time, and – perhaps most importantly – is willing to take ungodly amounts of damage to win. And when he finally made his UFC debut, he certainly delivered against Michael Johnson. But then he took on Eddie Alvarez, who slaughtered him, and then Dustin Poirier, who nearly bashed his head in, and now it seems like where watching a countdown clock on Gaethje’s brain trauma.

The next UFC event on tap is UFC Fight Night 135, and Gaethje headlines against James Vick. Vick has been steadily climbing the ranks, and his height, reach and knack for hitting opponents repeatedly make him a threat to anyone. Is he at Gaethje’s level, though? Maybe, maybe not, but all that is moot if Gaethje’s noggin’ is mush…

…Which it very well could be on its way to becoming after the damage it’s taken.

Ponder this while you watch Gaethje take out Johnson.

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Midnight Mania! Al Iaquinta Eyeing Late Summer Tango With Justin Gaethje

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It’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight. The UFC’s deepest division is brimming with scintillating talent- even the guys coming off losses are easy to get excited about. No two fighters represent that more than Justin Gaethje and ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta. On his podcast, Iaquinta hinted that he might be in talks with the UFC to face Gaethje this summer. He was asked about a possible matchup with Gaethje, and his response indicated that the idea was not new to him. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“We’re hoping for sometime in August,” Iaquinta said. “August, September. I think (the UFC) wanted it to be sooner, but that guy needs a rest. I was looking out for his health with that one. He needs a break for a minute. If it goes down the way it’s supposed to, it’ll be a good fight, a tough fight.”

It’s peak Al to say that he’s looking out for Gaethje’s health by pushing a potential matchup back to late summer. But is the fight actually being discussed? “Little bit”, was all Al would say.

It would be a near-perfect matchup for Gaethje, and one fans would have an easy time getting behind. Iaquinta had won five straight before his high-profile decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov; Gaethje is on the most exciting two-fight skid in UFC history, coming agonizingly close to beating Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez before going out on his shield in both fights. He needs a step back, but not too far back; someone that keeps him relevant with a win, and doesn’t consign him to the dust-bin with a loss. Iaquinta is in a similar space; his short-notice loss to Nurmagomedov may have dampened any title hopes, but he hung tough with the Russian for all five rounds. Both men are known for wanting to throw hands in the pocket in a fan-friendly manner; neither are known for meticulous risk avoidance.

Of course, it’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight; Edson Barboza’s manager has also thrown his hat in the ring for a fight with Gaethje.


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