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Benson Henderson: Bellator’s Big Waste of Money?

When you buy junk at a yard sale, the prevailing hope is that the junk you’re buying is secretly something of great value.

That’s the underlying theme with all the acquisitions of UFC veterans by Bellator in recent years. Sure, these fighters are often being discarded because their contracts are up and their best days are behind them and there’s little chance of sufficient return on investment, but still…

…Why pass up on a TUF winner like Ryan Bader? He’s potentially got some good fights left in him.

…Why not sign Phil Davis, who carved out a little niche for himself as the gatekeeper to the elite class of the Octagon’s light-heavyweights?

…Why ignore Chael Sonnen, whose physical decline will always be out-weighed by the outrageous trash he talks?

Sometimes these items purchased at the grand MMA yard sale do have value.

And sometimes, like in the case of former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson, they end up being a big waste of money.

These are the facts:

  • After the WEC was gobbled up by the UFC, it wasn’t long before “Bendo” became champ. But he could never quite handle the heat Anthony Pettis brought in the WEC cage, and he couldn’t handle it in the Octagon, either.
  • Subsequent losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone had Henderson seeking solace at welterweight. Which is fine, there’s no shame in losing to those guys. And at welterweight, Henderson notched wins against the likes of Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. But his contract was up, and the UFC didn’t like the math involved in a Benson Henderson equation, so it was on to Bellator…
  • …Where Bendo has laid a gigantic egg.

In his first outing in the Bellator cage, Henderson was given a title shot against welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov. The former UFC champ looked like total crap, and lost handily.

Henderson beat Patricio Freire after that, when the Brazilian suffered a leg injury, but then came decision losses to Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Chandler and Freire are among the organization’s best, but an elite Henderson would’ve smoked them. Bellator didn’t purchase the elite version of Henderson, though. They got the discarded, yard-sale version.

You have to think their return on investment is going to be nothing more than a whole lot of disappointment.

Anyway, Henderson is fighting Roger Huerta at Bellator 196 in Budapest, because why not. Here’s a little hype reel they put together for him.

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Midnight Mania! Reebok Money Now Has Strings Attached, and Fighters Are Using It to Push For a Union

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The highly criticized Reebok deal just got worse for UFC fighters.

As if having their right to negotiate independent sponsorship deals on banners and fightwear stripped away unilaterally was not enough, a move that cost many fighters tens of thousands of dollars per fight, now, getting the remaining pay is dependent on following both media obligation and a fighter code of conduct- all without any input from the fighters themselves. This change has, in fact, been in place since the beginning of 2018. Via MMAFighting.com:

The altered policy is now called “promotional guidelines” and is an amalgamation of all three things: conduct, media obligations and outfitting, per a document obtained by MMA Fighting. Fighter compensation for this is no longer called Reebok pay or outfitting pay — it’s called a “fight week incentive payment.” The changes went into effect Jan. 1.

The UFC alleges that these obligations are what fighters are required to do during fight week anyway, and thus don’t represent any change. In fact, the altered payment tiers do bring a little extra money to the bottom two classes of fighters, those with five fights or fewer in the Octagon. It’s a far cry from the earning potential they used to possess, but it’s something.

“The UFC Promotional Guidelines is a policy that groups together policies and procedures already adopted and followed by UFC athletes during fight week, therefore these guidelines are not introducing any new elements aside from a new associated incentive payment,” the official said. … “This compensation model is new and compensation was allocated based on available funds and strategically placed to support the largest number of athletes.”

However, some of the fighters are not happy with the new requirements being tied to their Reebok pay. A group of them, headed by Leslie Smith, are attempting to gain reclassification as employees, and see this as added incentive for this push, and evidence that they are not being treated as independent contractors.

“I strongly believe that we are employees,” said Smith, a UFC women’s bantamweight fighter. “Strongly believe. In fact, the promotional guidelines that just came out show an astounding amount of control. That’s definitely something that when we get to that point, we will be entering as evidence of one of the reasons that we are employees.”

According to the UFC, the fighters, despite not being able to wear their own sponsors during fight week, are not getting paid to wear Reebok. That’s simply not the way the company sees it.

“Athletes were never compensated for wearing Reebok,” the official said. “Athletes received Athlete Outfitting Policy payments for complying with UFC’s Athlete Outfitting Policy. Athlete Outfitting remains an important pillar of the fight week experience.”

However, the potential for this money being withheld from fighters does seem to run counter to Dana White’s promise when the Reebok deal was signed that all the money would go to the fighters.

“[Fighters] are getting all the money from the Reebok deal,” White told TSN in 2015. “All the money goes to them. What better of a deal could you cut for the guys? It’s an investment in the future of the sport.”

When asked last week if that was still the case, if all the money from the Reebok deal was going to fighters, the UFC official gave a non-answer.

“UFC’s partnership with Reebok, the global brand’s official outfitter, will continue to focus on the creation and development of world-class MMA product and the global outfitting of all UFC athletes and their cornermen and women,” the official said.

It is no wonder Project Spearhead is using the latest Promotional Guidelines as fodder for their union campaign.


Insomnia

I cannot wait to see the rematch between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.

Important fight at featherweight! My money is on Joe Benavidez.

Dana White and Brock Lesnar were talking over the weekend and I have to say, this picture threw me for a moment.

I’ve tapped to worse.

I love a good takedown:

Rampage Jackson isn’t taking Joe Schilling seriously

Darrion Caldwell defends his bantamweight title in Bellator this weekend- here is what he is capable of.

Speaking of Bellator, it has worked out pretty well for Gegard Mousasi so far.

“It’s all about balance” for George St. Pierre. Balance and puns.

What I think I look like at the gym:

What I actually look like:

Paige VanZant decided to get real on social media. Being injured does suck.

Andre Fili is critical of Dominick Cruz’s commentary on his teammate Jeremy Stephens’ controversial finish.

Derrick Lewis found this and yes, this guy is stone cold.

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Sage likes Quinoa because of course he does.

Murder.

Weird video time.

Head butts.

I would watch Ronda Rousey in any real contest over scripted acting, any day of the week.

Nick Diaz has the support of his people.

#209 @nick_diaz_academy #diaz #bathroomart #someart

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Paddy Pimblett got a monster flying triangle/armbar over the weekend.

This throw-to-knee transition is so pleasing to watch

This leglock battle was intense!

Raymond Daniels is a talented fighter

Don’t try this at home… or in an MMA fight where soccer kicks are legal.


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

I spoke with economist Marshall Steinbaum about monopsony and the UFC lawsuit. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

UFC on Fox 28 post-fight show! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Hour

Al Iaquinta talks Project Speahead and future fighting plans

Alex Volkanovski is one of the most promising featherweight prospects in a division full of them.


Random Land

Because of all the children that work there?

I wish I was as athletic as this dog.

Tag a friend #Destination_wild

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Lucky squirrel

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Blaydes To Bellator? Show Him The Money

UFC heavyweight up-and-comer, Curtis Blaydes, is coming off the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after turning away Mark Hunt in the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event last weekend in Perth, Australia (watch the highlights here).

As a result, “Razor” is now one step closer to contending for the heavyweight strap.

That might be a big deal to most aspiring 265-pounders, but Blaydes isn’t trying to become a household name. He just wants to show up and bust some heads — and get paid handsomely in the process.

Call him Big Heathen.

And if he can do it by recycling cans on the Bellator roster, then he’ll gladly have that conversation with Scott Coker and Co. after his UFC deal expires, which as it stands, has just one fight remaining.

Blaydes breaks it down for MMA Junkie:

“They’ve been offering guys fat, fat contracts, and those heavyweights aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the UFC. So the enticement is there – lesser competition for more money. I don’t care if no one ever learns my name, as long as my bank account is full. Because I’m not getting hit in the face just because I like it. I know there are guys who enjoy getting hit in the face. I don’t. It pisses me off. I’m in it for the money. I don’t feel bad about that at all. I get why [Francis Ngannou] got the hype train, and I get why I’m not getting the hype train. I don’t have the eight-pack. I don’t look to stand and bang with my chin high and my hands below my waist. And I’m an American – and there are over 100-plus Americans in the UFC. I’m sure once I show the UFC I deserve it, I’ll get my due money too. I’m only 26. Most guys my age aren’t making half what I’m making, so I’m fine with that. For now.”

Blaydes wants a “decent offer” from UFC prior to his last fight.

Prior to knocking around the “Super Samoan” at UFC Perth, Blaydes (9-1, 1 NC) put together four straight wins, one of which was overturned by the Texas Athletic Commission after he flunked for weed.

Smoke Water under the bridge.

In fact, his only loss to date came against top contender Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86 back in April 2016, a technical knockout loss that occurred when the cageside doctor rules Blaydes medically unfit to continue.

It will be interesting to see how UFC matches him up (as well as how it plans to pay him) moving forward, but the heavyweight division is in dire need of young, talented contenders, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

For much more on UFC 221 click here.

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John Dodson will receive portion of show money after UFC Belem fallout

Despite not competing this weekend at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, UFC bantamweight contender John Dodson will receive a portion of his show money after opponent Pedro Munhoz failed to make weight.

The payout was originally reported by MMA Junkie and then later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Dodson, who was pegged to fight Munhoz in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 125, was not expected to bank any money after Munhoz came in four pounds over weight, but the promotion has changed its mind. It comes as a little bit of a surprise considering UFC rarely pays out show money when a bout doesn’t occur, especially if both fighters are offered a chance to still compete.

In this instance, Dodson could have accepted to fight Munhoz at a catchweight of 140 pounds but ultimately felt that the Brazilian probably weighed closer to that of a featherweight.

“He came in five pounds over weight,” Dodson said, according to MMAWeekly.com. “Originally, they told me he was three pounds (over), and I gave him the benefit of the doubt and said, ‘Oh, he’s 139?’ They said he’s more like 140-point-something. I’m guessing he’s in the ballpark figure around 141. He’s not bantamweight now, he’s a featherweight, first. Second, I made all the sacrifices and did my job to make weight, and he chose not to.”

Already in fight shape and eager to get back into the Octagon to shake off a recent split-decision loss to Marlon Moraes, look for “The Magician” to schedule a quick turnaround in the next month or two.

For complete UFC Fight Night 125 results and coverage click here.

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Midnight Mania! Dana White tells fighters to become stars themselves instead of begging for money fights

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It’s always a good look when the promoter just tells the fighters that promotion is up to them. That’s precisely what Dana White, the UFC president, did on Sunday after the St. Louis fight card. He was asked how relevant rankings are in the era of the money fight. White’s answer wasn’t completely coherent (via MMAJunkie.com).

“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings,” White said. “A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five. When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”

White may be confusing correlation with causation here. Fighters and fans certainly use rankings as a proxy to assess their place in the division, but what drives those rankings is their wins, which also (along with charisma and a compelling story) drives fan interest, and has done so since long before official UFC rankings were implemented. Dana White then pivots the discussion to the two most recent superstars whose combination of talent, charisma, and a compelling story generated tremendous casual interest. Those are interesting examples, because McGregor’s appeal never relied on rankings. McGregor ultimately had to look outside the UFC for his money fight against Floyd Mayweather. Never taking a step backwards, jumping divisions and even sports to seek the biggest matchup possible, Conor is the poster child of looking for the money fight and being the superstar. This becomes important when reading White’s next quote:

“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said. “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star. Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”

White’s comments fall apart on several levels. Firstly because, of course, he, the promoter, is telling fighters if they just promoted themselves they would never lack. It’s both true, and a sad admission of the UFC’s inability to do their core job. UFC viewership is declining across the board and has been for years now, both in terms of pay-per-views (PPVs) and cable TV numbers. McGregor is their only superstar, and his lone boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, along with stringent employee and budget cuts that further atrophied the UFC’s promotional muscle, is the only reason White can claim the UFC had their best year ever.

The Reebok deal both enforces bland uniformity, and works as a disincentive to fighters’ self-branding efforts. That is because, without independent sponsorship money, fighters will only receive about 15% of the gross revenue of whatever self-promotion effort they put forth. With the promotion keeping 85% of the profits, anyone with any level of charisma might as well sell real estate or live off marijuana sponsorships instead.

That’s the really perverse reality under Dana White’s statements: the money is actually there. It’s just being hoarded to undergird the bottom line and, they hope, trigger payouts for the executives and owners. Without a successful lawsuit, legislative action or collective bargaining, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon, either.

It really no coincidence MMA only has a couple stars, much less superstars; fighters really have very little agency, either in terms of matchmaking, or in terms of opportunities to stand out. That’s why only champions really have the opportunity, however obnoxious, to demand money fights. Only holding a belt gives fighters any opportunity, however slim, to try to pick their opponents. Meanwhile, when the promotion does choose to get behind a blond, promising fighter such as Sage Northcutt or Paige VanZant, their efforts can work in terms of building an audience for such athletes- but those lucky few fighters may not actually pan out as championship caliber talent.

Even the ones that have every ingredient for superstardom, such as Francis Ngannou, find themselves criminally underpaid. This is very smart of the UFC and Dana White in the short and medium term, maximizing profit and minimizing cost, but it could be a core reason why their audience is declining long term. Without investment in both properly promoting and paying their fighters, the UFC will most likely continue to see its audience shrink, and the sport it dominates to languish on the sidelines of the mainstream.


Insomnia

Woodley is learning to use his left while his right arm is out of commission

Al Iaquinta Parody- but in all honesty, this is just another amazing fight at lightweight with Paul Felder.

Francis Ngannou will make half a million dollars for his next fight- a good sum by UFC standards, but not even on the same scale as a boxer in a similar situation.

Dustin Poirier is confident 2018 is his year

Nate Diaz has a different focus

Great photoshop work

@stipemiocicufc ‘s twitter lately #ufc220 #stipemiocic vs #ngannou

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pre-Madonna. Jessica Eye would be proud of Colby’s spelling.

Bellator did Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald dirty. I understand the decision, but they could have at least kept their fighters in the loop about it.

Alexander Gustaffson had a good birthday

Thank u all for all the b-day wishes ❤️ means a lot to an old man

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Kamaru Usman clarifies his 30% comments, but Emil Meek is having none of it:

VanZant said the spinning backfist she threw in the first round was what broke her arm.

This was a tremendous head kick, but Jessica Eye absorbed it and finally snapped her losing streak

Michael Chandler and Kamaru Usman practicing the skill that won Usman his fight: wrestling

Chandler loves his wrestling throws:

Dana White: nerd! (okay, I enjoyed it too)

This is SO BAD ASS!!!!

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Rose Namajunas tweeted this surprising video:

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Joe Rogan is an avid bow hunter

Hashtag just Florida things.

Nate Diaz, a real American ninja.

Super ninja from the Westside

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I mean Tyron Woodley does try this every time, so this doesn’t feel like a reach from Rafael Dos Anjos.

Robert Whittaker dropping out of his fight with Luke Rockhold was one of the saddest things to happen this weekend, but Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold means I can’t be too upset.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The answer: No. No, he does not.

Highlight reels you can enjoy

MMA veteran Pat Healy retired after this fight.

Invicta puts on a great mix of martial arts:

See this thread for more action like this:

Could be fun:


Podcasts and Video

UFC Fight Night 124 Highlights

The MMA Hour:

Monday Morning Analyst:


Random Land

Awwwwwe

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Kevin Lee ‘changing up whole style’ for 2018, open to ‘easy money fight’ with Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee saw his five-fight win streak come to an end when he was submitted by Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 for the interim lightweight title.

In hopes of regaining some ground in the talented 155-pound division, “Motown Phenom” is changing up a few things for 2018. Not only is Lee taking some time off to refine his skills inside of the cage, but he’s mixing things up on the management side, too.

“I’m taking some time, I’m changing up my whole style,” Lee said during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM.I’m changing up my team around me. You know, there have been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I’ve had to make changes (for). But it’s a new me, it’s a new start, when I come back the folks are going to see a new me.”

When Lee is ready and willing to step back inside of the Octagon he may find himself in a lightweight clash with fan favorite Justin Gaethje, who is coming off a third-round knockout loss to former champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 218. Gaethje recently took aim at “Motown Phenom” when he said he’d love to beat up a “loudmouth.”

“I mean, absolutely,” Lee said when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Gaethje. “I think the best thing about 155 is that there are so many options. The division is right open now. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

That said, Lee insists that “Highlight” needs even more time off than himself to heal from the beating he sustained opposite Alvarez, as well as Gaethje’s menacing UFC debut against Michael Johnson back in July.

“If it’s going to be against Justin, I like easy money,” Lee said.

“Justin likes to take a lot of damage. I like to give a lot of damage – it seems like a good match to me.

“I’m trying to look out for Justin’s health, too. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of bad beatings over the last couple of months. I don’t think he wants another one right here, right now.

“If he does then so be it, but for now I’m just taking my time. I’m still young in the game. I got a long time to go. I want to make some necessary changes to my camp. I’ve just changed management, too. There are going to be a lot of changes coming and I think people are going to be excited about it.”

Whether or not Lee draws Gaethje his next time out (that seems like one of the more plausible matchups), fight fans better get used to “Motown Phenom” competing atop the UFC’s 155-pound division. Every time he has lost inside of the Octagon Lee has seemingly come back stronger, so there’s no telling how far the Grand Rapids native can take it in 2018.

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With no money fights on the horizon, Tyron Woodley decides to get his shoulder fixed

The welterweight champion may be out for a while as he rehabs his injured shoulder with various therapies.

Tyron Woodley has kinda sorta been on the shelf due to a shoulder injury, but there’s a twist: he keeps waffling on whether or not he’ll get it fixed before accepting a fight or not. The general vibe? That he’ll take a fight if it’s a big money fight. Otherwise, he’ll do the shoulder repair.

Considering a fight with Nate Diaz or Georges St-Pierre isn’t about to drop into his lap, it sounds like he’s deciding to get the shoulder sorted. Woodley laid out what sounds like his final decision in an interview with TMZ Sports.

“I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired,” Woodley said. “I’ve been saying you know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired. But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk of not being 100% with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired.”

“They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some platelet rich plasma, some stem cells. I’m doing everything.”

There’s no timetable laid out for when Woodley could be back, but we wouldn’t be surprised if his recovery seems tied to a decent welterweight contender appearing on the horizon. Looks like we’ve got another Michael Bisping style situation on our hands, folks.

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UFC Middleweight Vet Scott Askham Signs Three-Fight Deal with KSW ‘Based on Money’

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki has snapped up another Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran.
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UFC Middleweight Vet Scott Askham Signs Three-Fight Deal with KSW ‘Based on Money’

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki has snapped up another Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran.
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Boxer Wants to Make That Conor McGregor Money

To fight Conor McGregor is to accumulate more wealth than you’ve ever imagined. This is true in MMA, and this is apparently true in boxing. So of course boxer Manny Pacquiao is making some vague allusions to some sort of bout between him and McGregor. Of course. Keep in mind that McGregor is the UFC’s […]

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