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Arbitration hearing lifts curtain on backstage world of the UFC

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A contract offer scrawled on a blue Post-it note. A disgruntled fighter. A manager whose cut is one-third. A powerful promoter in hardball negotiations to tie up a young heavyweight star.

The California State Athletic Commission arbitration hearing into the dispute between mixed martial arts heavyweight Brandon (The Truth) Vera and his former manager, Mark Dion, lifts a corner of the curtain on the backstage world of the UFC.

The San Diego hearing came about as a result of Vera's desire to get out of his management contract with Dion because he was irate at an alleged misrepresentation of a UFC signing bonus. This week, Dion posted the 135-page transcript of the arbitration hearing on his website, as well as the arbitrator's ruling and a slew of exhibit documents.

Privately owned by billionaire brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and outspoken president Dana White, the UFC does not like talking money. But the Vera hearing sheds some light on UFC contract negotiations, suggesting that the battles outside the cage can be just as hard-nosed.

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Post #1   3/21/08 10:42:38AM   

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dunno if this is how things are done now, just how they were done back then when Vera started

Post #2   3/21/08 1:49:50PM   

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Posted by slappywhite

dunno if this is how things are done now, just how they were done back then when Vera started



The post it note was when Vera resigned before his fight with Big Tim, October of 07... that wasn't really that long ago

Post #3   3/21/08 4:00:18PM