Just wanted to put this out there, since the UFC seems to be getting off with all sorts of **** lately.
Most people would probably have heard of how the UFC treats their fighters, and many people have probably heard Dana going on and out about how "they(the fighters) all just want more money".
Well, I want to shed a bit of light on this topic, so I went and googled a few articles to find out about the UFC and their less than ethical practices. I remember reading the contract and some lawyer saying how the UFC contracts are just downright ridiculous and one sided, but I can't find it right now, if anyone would point it out I would appreciate it.
Here are the fighter's I've found who have complained about the UFC and their unethical behaviour.
Fedor on the UFC
http://www.fightopinion.com/2007/12/26/ ... contracts/ SOURCE
“I never met Dana White, never spoke to him on the phone, never exchanged e-mails,” Fedor said. “However, I did read a lot on the Internet about what he said in regard to me and Vadim . I also read e-mails that he sent to Vadim; all of his correspondence was very upsetting. The contract that we were presented with by the UFC was simply impossible, couldn’t be signed — I couldn’t leave. If I won, I had to fight eight times in two years. If I lost one fight, then the UFC had the right to rip up the contract. At the conclusion of the contract, if I am undefeated, then it automatically extends for an as yet unspecified period of time, though for the same compensation.
“Basically I can’t leave undefeated. I can’t give interviews, appear in films or advertising. I don’t have the right to do anything without the UFC’s agreement. I could do nothing without the OK from the UFC. I didn’t have the right to compete in combat sambo competition. It’s my national sport. It’s the Russian sport, which in his time our president competed in, and I no longer have the right to do so. There were many such clauses; the contract was 18 pages in length. It was written in such a way that I had absolutely no rights while the UFC could at any moment, if something didn’t suit them, tear up the agreement. We worked with lawyers who told us that it was patently impossible to sign such a document.”
Matt Lindland on the UFC
The UFC contracts are illegal. Based on the Muhammad Ali (Safety) Act, you cannot be the promoter and the manager at the same time,” Lindland said, “If they are telling you who and when you are going to fight, they are the manager as well as the promoter.”
The UFC and their sponsorship
http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewr ... mma,137108
As the system stands now, fighters can be sponsored by whoever they want, though the sponsors need to approved by the UFC.
The UFC reserves the right to rebutt any sponsorship a fighter could have, this was the reason affliction(originally a clothing brand), started their own show and named it BANNED. The UFC can reject a fighters sponsorship, thereby depriving the fighter of his sponsorship.
The UFC seeks more control over sponsorship
http://mmajunkie.com/news/13828/mmajunk ... rships.mma
In an attempt to exert even more influence over the flow of marketing dollars into the promotion, the UFC is exploring new ways of controlling the fighter-sponsor relationship.
Traditionally, UFC fighters have been able to cut their own sponsorship deals with companies for the rights to their fight shorts, T-shirts and caps they wear before and after bouts. These agreements, which can often land regional and local companies on fight gear, provide an additional source of revenue to supplement fighters' UFC contracts. The UFC has policed this practice, preventing some sponsorships from happening, but it has not owned the deal-flow process.
However, the days of fighters' managers cutting those deals appear to be ending.
MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) has learned through an industry source that the UFC is considering a new sponsorship business model, which would require any company interested in sponsoring a fighter to work directly with the UFC. The UFC would negotiate the deal for the fighter and charge the sponsoring company a promotional fee for the right to have its brand on display on fighters in the octagon.
In theory, that new fee could reduce the value of the deal for the fighter, especially since sponsor dollars are going to be in shorter supply in the foreseeable future due to the economic downturn. Hypothetically, if the UFC charges a 15 percent promotional fee, that's 15 percent less revenue from the deal earned by the fighter.
The potential move makes good business sense for the UFC. The promotion wields even tighter control of what companies obtain access to its increasingly global marketing platform, protects its brand and generates additional revenue as a result. At minimum, the impact on fighters is loss of control over sponsors with which they associate. In addition, with the UFC calling the sponsorship shots, the role of fighters' managers is downsized significantly.
As another option, the UFC also is considering taking a page from the music industry by establishing "***-degree contracts" with its athletes. As first reported by MMAPayout.com, these contracts would give the UFC access to a portion of all dollars generated by fighters outside of the octagon.
Under this scenario, the UFC would not only dictate what sponsors appear on fighters' gear, but the promotion also would help fighters secure additional sponsorship revenue and take a sizeable percentage of the related dollars.
The industry source MMAjunkie.com spoke with said neither of these strategies has been officially put in place, but he believes it's only a matter of time before the UFC makes a move to further control what a fighter can and cannot do on his own to produce additional revenue.
The UFC and Jon Fitch
http://www.fighting-mma.com/articles/20 ... he-ufc.php
“I had two fights left on my contract, but they always put a clause in the contract that if you lose a fight, they’re able to release you at any time after a loss,” Fitch told “Sports Rage” host Garbriel Morency. “That’s pretty standard with any organization, but it’s pretty incredible that they’d go to those lengths for something like this, over a video game.”
Jon Fitch was let go from his UFC contract because he refused to sign an agreement that would have relinquished his likeness rights for the upcoming UFC video game by THQ. Fitch was quoted as saying “The video game agreement that they have that they wanted us to sign was basically we don‘t get anything for it”.
The UFC and Ken Shamrock
http://forums.mmanews.com/general-mma-f ... wsuit.html
Well, I’ll tell you what happened was one, I talked to Dana White when I was fighting with Tito Ortiz on the Ultimate Fighter show and let him know there was an opportunity to get some of the Lion’s Den fighters some fights on the team concept in the IFL. Dana kind’ve flipped out on that, saying he was gonna squash them and kill them, and that they’re nothing but scumbags and he was gonna crush ‘em. And it just kind of took me off guard, and he was very upset at them. And I guess he took them to court and lost a lawsuit to them, so he was pretty upset about that, because he thought that they had taken some things from him or whatever, but they were found innocent of all that. So, I told him, “You know, it’s not like I’m fighting and it’s not against my contract to coach my fighters on a show.” And he said, “Well, if you do that, even if it’s not in your contract, you will never work for us again.” Which I thought was kind of a threat - it had no bearing on my contract and that he was just trying to push me around. And at that point, I went ahead, and - because I didn’t want to cause a problem at that point in time - I went ahead and said, “Alright, I’ll just wait until I’m done with the fight with Ortiz.” So, I finished the fight with Ortiz and then I went ahead and coached in the IFL. At that point, Dana White decided that he was going to go ahead and breach my contract and cut me loose.
These are not the only fighters who have been screwed over by the UFC.
Think Tito Ortiz, Frank Shamrock, and probably many many other fighters.
Dana is a fat cat sitting in a big office, lying his way through and ripping off the fighters. Anyone who doesn't realize this ought to look it up. This is the information age, we have the Internet.