Posted by gartface
Posted by emfleek
Posted by gartface
Hey, Dana...let's compare your paycheck with the guys' from AKA,
Not really a fair comparison. The guy is the president of a huge company, and you're asking him to compare his paycheck to up and coming(For the most part) fighters. From both sides none of this has to do with money, but we'll have to wait and see when more details come out. Dana is just trying to say he makes the same sacrifices being away from his family, which can be hard on anyone no matter the size of their paycheck.
Edit: Didn't read the whole article first. Fitch said early in the interview it wasn't for the money, but later on goes on to say it was about the poor compensation of both the merchandising and likeness rights.
You're right, but I'm pissed and reading Dana saying that he sacrifices this and that as if fighters sacrifice nothing really pisses me off. If this wasn't ultimately about money, the UFC wouldn't have cut him.
Basically, what I'm saying is this...if the shoe was on the other foot and Dana was in the same position as Fitch and the other guys from AKA, do you think for one second that he'd agree with this without even attempting to negotiate? Hell f'ing no.
Well as far as the negotiating goes, that's why these guys have agents. And apparently the AKA agent doesn't even allow his fighters to negotiate with him. Because according to Fitch he hasn't even talked to Dana. I hate sports agents because of this, because they don't allow their clients to have that much input as they'd like.
All Fitch is hearing is what his agent told him and the other guys at AKA. At least that's how it sounds to me. If Fitch was in on the negotiation process there might have been room for some real negotiations.
The way it was explained to me by someone under UFC contract is that it is not REALLY a lifetime contract. The "lifetime" part of it refers more to name rights (for things like video games), and the use of their fight videos. Fighters can still leave and go anywhere they want once the number of fights they are contracted for (or time limit) expires.
It seems that this is very standard in UFC contracts, and AFA wants them to make a special exception just for their fighters.
However, I will not take sides here. It is a contract dispute, and if both parties do not agree to the terms, then a contract is better for both sides unsigned.
It also seems to me that something could be worked out if they would just talk to eachother rather than AFA. Or do these guys have a contract with AFA too?