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End of an Era: Fighter-Manager Handshake Deals Die as MMA Grows
(sherdog.com)
Widely regarded as the dean of MMA managers, Monte Cox has always relied on handshake deals with his fighters. That just might change in the near future. As MMA continues to grow, so does the money in the sport, attracting a new breed of fighter representatives -- agents, as opposed to managers -- from outside the game. These agents attempt to jump on the MMA gravy train, Cox and others contend, by poaching fighters from their existing managers with inflated promises of bigger paydays. Cox, a 13-year MMA veteran who boasts the biggest stable of name fighters in the game, of late has lost a couple of those handshake clients to other managers or agents. And thus, he said he is seriously considering switching to written contracts. “It’s becoming more of a business than a sport,” said the Bettendorf, Iowa-based Cox, whose 60 some fighters include Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia, Rich Franklin, Jens Pulver and Robbie Lawler. “I’m an odd character in that I don’t do contracts,” he said. “For 13 years, I’ve gone on a handshake. But now, it’s become a little different in that you take somebody that you’ve developed and you’ve built and they’re making a lot of money and then they jump to somebody else. And it leaves you holding the bag. “So now I’m definitely thinking about” going with written contracts, said Cox, who is also a veteran promoter with Extreme Challenge, which he owns, and other promotions. While Cox does not believe that the few fighters he lost, most notably Roger Huerta, were actually poached, he said he hears poaching horror stories from smaller managers all the time. “All the smaller guys tell me how bad it is,” he said. Chad Bergmeier, based in Waterloo, Iowa, is one of them. Like Cox, he too has lost some fighters, including Kevin Burns, with whom he had handshake deals. Bergmeier said he also is going to start instituting written contracts with his fighters. “It’s so strange,” said Bergmeier, who manages about 30 fighters -- including Rob Kimmons, Ryan Thomas and Travis Fulton -- though none with quite the star power of Cox’s A-listers. “I’ve been involved in this sport for about 11 years now and it definitely has changed a lot, gotten bigger. And naturally, as that happens, you do have more of the poacher-type people showing up.” Another smaller fighter rep is Mike Camp of F1 Management in Akron, Ohio, whose biggest name client is Dave Herman. “I’d like to do all my business with a handshake,” Camp said. “But in this climate, you just can’t do that. The sport has changed where you gotta be more guarded with your clients...
Submitted Jan 13, 2009 10:28AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
Pros Pick: Coleman vs. Shogun II
(sherdog.com)
Coleman and Rua are set to square off again this Saturday at UFC 93. Sherdog.com contacted dozens upon dozens of pros for their thoughts on the rematch, but not many were brave enough to put their reputations on the line:
Submitted Jan 13, 2009 5:02AM by Wolfenstein - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
PETE SELL VS MATT BROWN AT UFC 96
(mmaweekly.com)
In what could be a sleeper nominee for Fight of the Night, MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to Pete “Drago” Sell that he will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship return on March 7 against Matt Brown at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio.
Submitted Jan 13, 2009 4:58AM by Wolfenstein - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Interview with Art Davie - Wow
(mmatraining.com)
His new sport is ridiculous. He actually comes off as not that big of an idiot, but this sport makes MMA looks just horrible. Anything to make a buck I guess.
Submitted Jan 13, 2009 12:06AM by JimmieDD - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz signed for UFC 96
(warriorid.com)
Former NCAA All-American Mark Munoz is scheduled to make his UFC debut at UFC 96 on March 7 against season three veteran from The Ultimate Fighter Matt Hamill. SHould be a good fight if Matt can keep it on the ground!
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 6:02PM by kastro_316 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Antwain Britt to Face Former IFL Standout Jamal Patterson at UWC 5: Man O' War on February 21st
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bloody Elbow can exclusively confirm with word directly from the UWC that Mid-Atlantic rising star Antwain "The Juggernaut" Britt will lock horns with Team Renzo Gracie and IFL standout Jamal "The Suit" Patterson in a light heavyweight fight as the co-main event on UWC 5: Man O' War on February 21st at the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, VA.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 5:07PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Tom Atencio: "No truth" to rumors of poor Affliction ticket sales
(mmajunkie.com)
Although Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is tight-lipped about specific sales totals for the Jan. 24 "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event, he maintains sales are "comparable" to its first show that took place in July 2008. However, despite his satisfaction, many reports in the past week have pegged actual sales numbers for the event at just 1,500 to 2,000 of the 15,000 available tickets for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 4:55PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown set to defend his title against Leonard Garcia at WEC 39
(mmamania.com)
New WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown (20-4), fresh off his stunning upset over company poster boy Urijah Faber at WEC 36 in November, will defend his title for the first time on March 1 against Leonard Garcia (12-3) in the co-main event of WEC 39 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 4:53PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: WEC
 
Denis Kang’s best day may still not be enough against Alan Belcher
(mmamania.com)
“If I could fight the guys in the UFC in a Muay Thai fight, I think I would destroy them, it wouldn’t even be close. I wouldn’t have to hold back. But you’ve got to worry about the takedowns and stuff like that…I’m getting to the point where it’s hard for anybody to take me down. I mean [Kang’s] going to have to work really hard. If he’s on his best day, his best performance, it’s still going to be hard for him to take me down at all and then if he does then I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve for him. You never know, I’m might slap a triangle or something on him.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 3:51PM by MMAcca - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko Crocop Surgery Complete
(dreamfighters.com)
Once recovered from a virus which has been hit by the return from Japan, Mirko Filipovic today undertook surgery right knee. As was announced two weeks ago, Cro Cop has decided to repair the injury which he had since 2004. and the fight against Alexander Emelianenko, and the surgery was performed doctor Damir Hudetz in Zagreb clinic for trauma. The orthopedic surgeon a few months “sredio” Filipovicevo left knee, and today they came to the red cross and lateral ligaments and meniscus right knee.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 3:44PM by Wolfenstein - 8 comments
Filed under: Dream
 
Mark Hominick off Jan. 24 Affliction card with pneumonia, replacement secured
(mmajunkie.com)
A bout of pneumonia has forced veteran featherweight Mark Hominick (16-8) off the Jan. 24 "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" card, Affliction Entertainment today announced. Hominick was set to meet L.C. Davis (12-1) on the event's HDNet-televised preliminary card. The main card for the event, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., airs on pay per view. Tom Atencio today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a replacement for Hominick has been secured, and he said the fighter will be revealed in the next few days once a bout agreement has been signed.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 1:58PM by MMAcca - 11 comments
Filed under: Affliction
 
Fight Biz: American Fighter growing beyond the fight game/ Affliction II ticket sales on a par with first event
(mmajunkie.com)
What began as a T-shirt worn by one fighter has evolved into a brand for the fighter in all of us. Rich Franklin was the first mixed martial artist to wear an American Fighter T-shirt after he and Ohio karate school owner Jeff Adler dreamed up the brand that stylistically pays homage to one of the all-time ultimate guy movies, American Pie.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 1:10PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen scheduled for UFC Fight Night 18
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Middleweights Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss are now scheduled to square off during the eighteenth installment of UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1. MMAjunkie.com first reported that the matchup was possible for UFC 96 but FiveOuncesOfPain.com has since confirmed that verbal agreements between both fighters have been secured for UFN 18.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 1:06PM by MMAcca - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: “I’m still the same fighter I was in the past”
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
Once known as the best fighter in the world at 205 pounds before a series of nasty injuries and surgeries that forced him to the sidelines, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is driven to show the world that he is same great fighter he was in the past.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 1:05PM by MMAcca - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
 
Hendo Anticipates Technical Battle At UFC 93
(mmaweekly.com)
Eleven years into a fighting career, Dan Henderson takes improvement in bits and pieces. “It’s just a matter of who’s in front of me and what my game plan is, and that’s kind of the things I focus on for those few months,” Henderson tells MMAWeekly.com. “There’s so many things in MMA that need improving that it’s hard to get to everything at once, so I think it’s good to take one fight by one fight and improve on certain skills.” His impending battle with Rich Franklin at UFC 93 has been a fan dream ever since the two were champions in rival organizations. No title is at stake, however, and both fighters have options at middleweight or light heavyweight. It’s just another tough fight on a road the 38-year-old former Olympian sees himself walking for another two years, give or take.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 1:01PM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Spike Announces TV Fights For UFC 95
(mmamania.com)
Ahead of it's free tape-delayed broadcast of UFC 95, Spike has revealed the 5 fights scheduled to air on TV on February 21 at 9 PM ET, headlined by the main event of Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Stevenson.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 11:12AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Carano On Fight Future, Female MMA Future, More
(mmamania.com)
Despite being stuck in limbo due to the EliteXC collapse and currently unable to fight, Gina Carano still thinks the future looks great not only for her career, but for female MMA in general. Those were a couple of topics she touched on in a recent interview.
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 11:06AM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
 
UFC Quick Quote: Michael Bisping would prefer to fight Dan Henderson
(mmamania.com)
“For me personally I’d prefer Dan Henderson to win. Number one because it would be great to fight such a true legend. And number two, simply because Franklin is a southpaw, and southpaws are a bit of a pain in the backside. Chris Leben, my last opponent, was a southpaw and it changes everything — you have to change your footwork, it mixes everything up. When you’re not used to the fighter it makes it quite difficult. It didn’t really bother me last time for the fight, it was the training that was a pain in the arse. It adds an a extra hassle, an extra different dimension you have to take care of.”
Submitted Jan 12, 2009 7:35AM by SmileR - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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