Posted by Jackelope
Exactly, bro. Arguably they already have with Sherk. (if he was innocent) He was stripped of the title, lost a ton of face with fans, and had to go a year without collecting big paychecks. In a sport where you've only got a couple years to make your money that can be hugely damaging. Sherk is lucky he's still got the name he does to be honest. It's only a testament to how hard the man works and how good of a fighter he is.
In the case of Bigfoot Silva they stole the thunder right out from under him. He was demolishing competition in the U.S. and starting to really make a name for himself. Hell, I personally consider him a legitimate contender with lots of room to grow.
It frustrates the hell out of me too bro.
I don't get how they can have the final say as to who listens to the appeals. In any other sport they would have been investigated right away when Sherk challenged them the first time and they refused to hear him. Could you see anything like this happening in Basketball, Baseball or Football? They would have been kicked off the ASAC right away!
I genuinely think their should be a board of appeals governing the whole continent that has the right to withdraw any decisions they feel have been wrongly upheld or passed without proper investigation.
I agree with you 100% when you say the window of opportunity to make money in the sport is small. Bigfoot was one hell of a fighter and at 29 when he is just entering his peak they have seriously limited the amount of money he can make. This is someone's lively hood, it should be treated as if it is and not just a opportunity to flex their power.