Jon Fitch back in the UFC and will fight at UFC 94

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babalu2720
11/20/08 7:42:09PM
MMARated.com has the scoop:

“Communication kind of broke down with Dana (White) so we talked with Lorenzo. (I) just got off the phone with him and we came to an agreement. We’re going to move ahead and I’ll be back in the UFC. We’re going to sign off on the video game and I’m back. It was never even about the agreement or the contract. It was the approach that we felt Dana was being a little bit hot-headed and was threatening us right off the bat. It didn’t seem like a professional way of doing things.”

http://mmamania.com/2008/11/20/jon-fitch-back-in-the-ufc-and-will-fight-at-ufc-94/
iwannabesedated
11/20/08 7:45:03PM
Good Job Lorenzo.
ohiostate1016
11/20/08 7:45:41PM
Oh boy, I smell some bad blood brewing...
The_Metal_Maniac
11/20/08 7:47:11PM
The soap opera that is the UFC.
cmill21
11/20/08 7:50:07PM
Uh oh, maybe Dana will be losing some power
juanez13
11/20/08 7:57:57PM

Posted by cmill21

Uh oh, maybe Dana will be losing some power



I think that would be a good move. I think that would bring Dana back to ground level, instead of the "its my way or the highway" type of approach to everything.
cowcatcher
11/20/08 8:02:43PM
danas response to this turn of events should be interesting.....and profanity laden, cant wait.
StevenSeagal
11/20/08 8:05:21PM
10,000 Posts about this update...Begin,,,, NOW.....!!!!!!!

"dana is my fav again yipee"

"dana still sucks..."

lolol
nickcuc547
11/20/08 8:15:03PM
they were just playing good cop bad cop, and as everybody knows dana has no problem playing the bad cop.
jiujitsufreak74
11/20/08 8:26:38PM
scoozna
11/20/08 9:31:14PM
I wasn't there, but the way Dana talked afterward and the way Fitch talked afterward were very different. Fitch sounded shocked and respectful, whereas Dana was all hothead potty mouth and unyielding.

+1 for Fitch
-1 for Dana

Is it fair to say that there was an overwhelming response in Fitch's favor by the fans? Do you think Fertitta took notice?

At the end of the day Fitch is disposable. But you gotta admit that Zuffa would have paid a bit of a credibility price there, looking like the bad guys through and through.
Jackelope
11/20/08 10:03:41PM
I can only pray that the UFC took notice of the hardcore fans reaction and that this is all because of that reaction.
SpiderSilva
11/20/08 10:13:39PM

Posted by jiujitsufreak74


cj_striker
11/20/08 10:47:03PM
Thank God for Lorenzo, hopefully the uproar all of us (the mma community) made helped the situation a little. Lorenzo needs to take some power away from Dana for awhile so he realizes he isn't God. Dana has built up the UFC and MMA in general to unbelievable heights. But he needs to step back and realize that if he treated the fighters with a little more respect instead of bullying them around then he really would never have to worry about other MMA orgs coming up to challenge the UFC, because he would retain all the top fighters. They would never want to leave the org, if Dana would just pay them appropriately and stop trying to completely control every aspect of their lives. Chill out Dana, because if you attempt to cut another one of my favorite fighters I will Crush You!
prozacnation1978
11/20/08 10:52:53PM
i am glad lorenzo put dana in his place
put a collar on that wild dog already
finnish_line
11/20/08 11:03:26PM


All I see is that Fitch completely caved on his principles.
jgtribbett
11/20/08 11:23:41PM
i agree kinda, but at the same time.. who else is gonna make a video game with THQ using the engine of KO kings/Fight Night.....? no one!!!!!.

all the other ufc games suck, pride fc game was fun as hell and THQ made it.. not to mention that THQ droped Fight Night in favor of the UFC game. This is a pretty good decision by fitch. cause he'll never be in a nother good video game unless ufc makes another one while he's still fighting
Boo_Radley21
11/21/08 1:17:28AM
Good call UFC

Fitch is a good guy.
McBee
11/21/08 2:15:17AM

Posted by nickcuc547

they were just playing good cop bad cop, and as everybody knows dana has no problem playing the bad cop.



took the words right out of my mouth, Fitch signed the agreement didn't he and AKA found out the are expendable to a point.

Dana's quote in the other article pinned made the article, they were acting like they had Mel Gibson and this is the best movie out there. Fitch is a big deal to MMA fans but is not a huge draw. UFC holds all the cards and they know it but they brought Lorenzo over so people do not feel like like they were bitch slapped by Dana into submission
McBee
11/21/08 2:18:29AM

Posted by finnish_line



All I see is that Fitch completely caved on his principles.



principles?! it is business, he did not kill some kids in a foreign country by signing they contract Mr Miyagi
Bemin
11/21/08 3:14:55AM
Yup Fitch bluffed and stood up to Dana and the UFC. No way they would cut me, Dana's bluffing. You could hear his shock in some of his first quotes... How unbeleiving he was that they actually cut him. When I read those quotes I was pretty sure he was going to come back and sign on the dotted line.

We'll probably never really know how much this was about the UFC game or AKA's management pulling a power trip, but I'm glad Fitch is back with the UFC. How the whole incident will pan out over the next year or so we shall see, but the UFC made a strong statement today to all the camps and managers out there.

Good for MMA? Doubt it but we shall see, here's hoping for a smart contender to bring some compition to the UFC so they can't pull this crap so easily. (My money is on Strikeforce in a couple of years or so, Affliction I think will unfortunatly be gone in six months, poor management.)

And lol to all those saying Dana's going to be in trouble with the Lorenzo... As someone said above, Good cop bad cop played to perfection.
telnights
11/21/08 3:27:55AM
I find it funny that so many people blame Dana when they only have a small part of the story. In the end the UFC got what they wanted and showed AKA that they aren't the end all of fight camps. No matter how it plays out in the press what do you think this will make smaller fighters think when it comes time to sign. Well they cut almost all of AKA because the refused to sign. So just image what they would do to me. It was a smart move from a biz point of view and showed that no one is above being cut.
Bemin
11/21/08 3:46:20AM
I agree it was very smartly done by Zuffa, and as I said it was a VERY strong statement that they sent out to the fighters, camps, managers and agents over the last couple of days. Business wise very good move by Zuffa, and it solidifies them as the king of the MMA pile being able to get a major player in MMA to come crawling back so easily.

I admire and respect Dana and Zuffa, always have. In fact I am proably too quick to jump on their bandwagon, but something about "Lifetime rights" grates me the wrong way.

Here's a pretty good interview by MMArated with Fitch just after he worked things out with Lorenzo. Props to Arial, best interviewer in the business.

Link
mrsmiley
11/21/08 6:57:30AM
I think it had very little to do with the fans causing an uproar,and more a fear of a "union"
ziegler3334
11/21/08 7:41:18AM
This whole ordeal has just been a headache. It sucks that stuff gets that far, but this is a business. So you can't really apply any ideals or preferances. At the end of the day, it's strictly business. Everyone's (dana, lorenzo, fitch, etc) main concern is getting paid. They can all help each other get paid more right now. If finch shifted to more of a problem, i completely understand cutting him. It would've hurt at first, with people on the internet crucifying dana. But they would've been fine. I guess what i'm trying to say is this was blown out of proportion. Every business needs to make cuts they don't want to at some point. With the sport still not in maturity and the economy slumping, its understandable why zuffa and/or dana is on edge about people causing problems. If fighters start to act like they run the organization, they have to be put in their place. I don't mean to treat them like hired guns, but they are employees, not employers. If any one of us wasn't getting along with our boss we'd see consequences.
JWest12
11/21/08 10:36:53AM

Posted by ohiostate1016

Oh boy, I smell some bad blood brewing...



Maybe it will be aired on an hour Spike special where Dana White and Jon Fitch settle their score in a boxing match.
emfleek
11/21/08 10:47:06AM

Posted by JWest12


Posted by ohiostate1016

Oh boy, I smell some bad blood brewing...



Maybe it will be aired on an hour Spike special where Dana White and Jon Fitch settle their score in a boxing match.



Thanks for reminding me of that joke.
gsquat
11/21/08 10:56:36AM
This is good because it seemed really dickish that the UFC was trying to bully people into signing that agreement.
cmill21
11/21/08 1:16:10PM

Posted by telnights

I find it funny that so many people blame Dana when they only have a small part of the story. In the end the UFC got what they wanted and showed AKA that they aren't the end all of fight camps. No matter how it plays out in the press what do you think this will make smaller fighters think when it comes time to sign. Well they cut almost all of AKA because the refused to sign. So just image what they would do to me. It was a smart move from a biz point of view and showed that no one is above being cut.



I think everyone who blamed Dana was right in doing so, he strong armed it like he always does and was going to cut an entire camp for not signing their likeness away for life.
Jackelope
11/21/08 1:22:03PM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by telnights

I find it funny that so many people blame Dana when they only have a small part of the story. In the end the UFC got what they wanted and showed AKA that they aren't the end all of fight camps. No matter how it plays out in the press what do you think this will make smaller fighters think when it comes time to sign. Well they cut almost all of AKA because the refused to sign. So just image what they would do to me. It was a smart move from a biz point of view and showed that no one is above being cut.



I think everyone who blamed Dana was right in doing so, he strong armed it like he always does and was going to cut an entire camp for not signing their likeness away for life.



From a business perspective it was a smart move. Hell, it's practically right out of the art of war.

From a fan's perspective it was a dick move. That's why I buy every major PPV put on by any rival organization. I can't blame the UFC for doing business the way they do (even if I disagree with it) but I can do everything that's in my very limited power to ensure the system doesn't get monopolized.
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