Posted by Brain_Smasher
Exclusive contracts is the smartest thing to do. Without them a promotion is worthless. JUst because they prevent you as a fan from a couple fights you want to see dont mean its bad bussiness. ALL sports team have exclusive contracts. Lebron james cant just go play for a different team when ever he feels like it.
There have been a few fighters who have had then and then went and got hurt fighting in another show only to have to cancil their fight in another. You cant run a bussiness like that.
He does lie now and then. That has nothing to do with bussiness.
Banning sponsers has turned out great for the UFC. It forces companys to pay the UFC to get on board. Its how the UFC now owns a piece of Tapout, Cage fighter and many other companies. Just because you dont like it dont mean it isnt good bussiness.
Dana white has honored his contracts. If he didnt he would be in court. The UFC has clauses in their contract that allow then to part ways if curtain standards arent met. Just like every sports team. Most players can be cut, traded, or options for more years not picked up if they dont perform, etc.
About Pride. You are making a lot of assumptions. He stated he wanted to bring some of the top Pride guys over. Isnt that what we all wanted? But he said they would fight in both. No matter where the fighters fought, Zuffa would profit. Why would they care which promotion it was? Im sure they would have kept all the big names from Pride in Pride but 1 fight per year Shogun or Silva might fight in the UFC on a big PPV where the money is.
I think it is non-supportive of fighters' needs to sign long fight contracts that have exit clauses for the promoter and nothing for the fighter to make ends meet in the event something happens (injury or whatever). The big team sports contracts you speak of are totally different than the ones in the UFC. In hockey if a player gets injured, he still gets his money. If a fighter is injured and forced to withdraw from a fight, he doesn't get his fight purse. If a player is under performing the coach may not play him, but he still gets paid. In the UFC, if you are under performing you may have to sit on your contract for many months before the UFC either gives you a fight or releases you from your contract. (see Shonie Carter). I understand what you are saying that these are all steps Zuffa makes to ensure they maximize their profit, etc. but that doesn't make them right and it doesn't make them any less shady.
Banning sponsors may be good business for the UFC, but it isn't good for the fighters that (according to Dana who says they get lots of sponsorship money) have to use sponsorship money to feed their families because they don't get enough money for the fight. I really feel for these guys that are living paycheque to paycheque and their hands are tied because of decisions made that benefit the company they work for, but not the guys that support the company.
Dana's lies have everything to do about his business. Almost 100% that comes out of his mouth is directly related to his business. When he is not honest about anything how could one assume he is an honest business man. I am not saying he is breaking the law, but I don't think he is an honest business man.
The point I was trying to make about Pride was that Dana (like he usually does) makes situations difficult (business wise) but in the public eye tries to make it look like problems are the result of someone else's doing. I mean, of course Zuffa can do what they want with their assets, but I don't like how they criticize others for their (Pride Japan) particular decisions, when it was their (Zuffa) doing that put them (Pride) in the awkward situation.
In the example I gave, and these are not assumptions, but rather the chronological order of events:
Zuffa states intent to own Pride and run it with UFC and WEC with cross promotions
Zuffa buys Pride
Zuffa then states they don't know what they want to do with Pride
Zuffa pulls all popular fighters under contract away from Pride into the UFC
Zuffa states that they can't get business done in Japan (can't get TV deal) becaues of the Japanese. - It doesn't surprise me that nothing could be materialized because nothing was left in Japan for Pride.
Anyhow, to summarize, I think Dana runs the UFC with an iron fist that I think is bad for the fighters (maybe I'm wrong, but I am not yet convinced otherwise). I think his monopolizing ways are good for the blossoming of the UFC, but not necessarily for MMA. In turn I think we'll reach a point where his ways are hindering the expansion of MMA. I also don't like how he is totally two-faced regarding his business dealings and am totally shocked how people do business with him.