Sponsor Says Breached Agreement, Not Rick Hawn’s Performance, Prompted Stop Payment
HTFU founder Mark Gingrich found himself in a difficult spot this past Tuesday.
Gingrich, who launched his lifestyle apparel brand in 2009, recently told Sherdog.com that he received a multitude of verbal and physical threats after news broke on Tuesday that he had put a stop payment on a sponsorship check issued to Rick Hawn for his appearance at Bellator 85.
Hawn, who challenged Michael Chandler for Bellator’s lightweight strap in the Jan. 17 main event on Spike TV, announced the development via Twitter on Monday night, though he did not specifically name HTFU in his post. Nevertheless, Gingrich says that his office and website were bombarded the following day by phone calls and emails.
“I’ve been threatened. My girlfriend has been threatened. People who work for the company have been threatened. [Some were] death threats. I lost an employee because of this. I have never seen anything like this in my entire life,” Gingrich recently told Sherdog.com “I would have happily paid $10,000 for that not to have happened -- for my girlfriend and for my employees to not have had to go through that. At the end of the day, I’m pretty disgusted at how [those individuals in the] MMA community conducted themselves.”
At least one FOX affiliate cut off the main event to air 'The Big Bang Theory'
The UFC started and ended tonight's FOX event with fights getting cut off at the turn of the hour. On Facebook, the Simeon Thoresen vs. David Mitchell fight was cut off at 5 PM ET, which was the time FX was supposed to go live with the other 6 prelims. In tonight's main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson, at least one FOX affiliate apparently switched off the UFC broadcast to go into the 10 PM ET rerun of an episode of "The Big Bang Theory". Here are some tweets from disgruntled viewers.
UFC on Fox 6 results - Johnson defends against Dodson in a 5 round treat
As far as Demetrious Johnson was concerned, the scouting report on John Dodson was to take him into deep waters, sure that Dodson could not carry his explosiveness into the final moments of a tense fight. And as the UFC on FOX 6 flyweight title bout began, it soon became clear that Johnson would have to be right. As Dodson got off to a strong start, Johnson's room for error narrowed until there was almost none left.
When Johnson was knocked down in the second, his challenge grew. But slowly, the tide turned. The spring in Johnson's legs lessened, and the explosion on his punches turned to a lesser pop. And that was Johnson's time to take over. Time to shine.
Those final 10 minutes -- the "championship rounds" -- were all his. Johnson is one of the rarest breeds in fight sports who can fight at maximum RPMs from beginning to end. And when Dodson couldn't keep up, Johnson took total control.
Battering Dodson from the clinch with knees to the head and body, Johnson dominated the fourth and fifth rounds, and captured a unanimous decision at the United Center in Chicago.
Women’s Group Assisted by Culinary Union Wants Rampage Pulled from UFC on Fox 6
Have you ever heard of the Culinary Union? It has nothing to do with the Culinary Academy, a place for cooking that Jared Allen likes to joke about when introducing himself on Sunday Night Football.
The Culinary Union I am talking about is an adversary the UFC has gone up with many times before. It is the group that is currently ensuring that the UFC stays out of New York.
However, this time around, they are leading the charge with other women’s groups to try and get Quinton Jackson taken off of the UFC on Fox 6 card in Chicago.
Jon Jones: Quinton Jackson is a ‘wuss’ and a ‘baby’ when things don’t go in his favor
According to Jon Jones, "Rampage" Jackson's "tough guy" persona is all a front because in reality, he's nothing but a "baby" and a "wuss" that spends his time complaining about everything.
"Yeah, the oblique kick, Joe Rogan named it. I don't know, he's a wuss, he's a wuss. He has this tough guy persona but he complains about anything that doesn't go in his favor. ‘Oh, my contract. Oh, he wants to take me down, that's not real fighting.' He is such a baby, he's a baby."
UFC Considering Luke Rockhold vs. Vitor Belfort for Later This Year
The middleweight division is going through more than a few changes lately with some of the top contenders losing and new challengers emerging at the top.
One familiar face that planted himself back in the race was former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, who took care of Michael Bisping in dramatic fashion earlier this month with a head kick knockout at UFC on FX 7.
While Belfort is still likely a couple of fights away from possibly earning a rematch with champion Anderson Silva, he can still climb the ladder by beating other top contenders along the way.
The fighter most likely to find himself standing across the Octagon from Belfort next is former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold...
Early returns indicate Ultimate Fighter move made a big difference
The move of Ultimate Fighter to Tuesday night, with bigger name coaches in Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, led to a significant increase in viewership.
The two-hour debut episode, which showed the fights to get into the house, did 1.51 million viewers based on the fast nationals. That would be significantly ahead of any episode of the show since moving to FX, but still below the levels the show generally did in its previous incarnation on Spike. The final daily numbers were not yet available at press time due to delays caused by a Monday holiday.
If those numbers hold up, it would be 59 percent ahead of the 947,000 viewers for the open of season 16. That season finished averaging 796,000 viewers, barely half of what the first episode of season 17 did...