Posted 02-27-2008 at 08:33 AM by MalkyBoy
Recently there have been lots of threads and general attention drawn to the UFC’s negotiation of contracts. Now Dana’s abrasive style is well known and that could and may well be the cause of this, however there may be others factors at play.
I think money may be a driving force, and the recent downgrading of Zuffa’s credit stance has been well documented and I have a feeling that the UFC may not have a great cash flow currently. I’m a football (soccer) fan and I follow the Scottish and English leagues. When a football team has hard times the first thing to disappear is spending power. The teams can not buy players or even offer top wages to player. The big earners are either sold or let go. I think something similar may be happening at the UFC as many fighters are having a hard time getting what they feel is a satisfactory deal. I know they splashed out of Lesnar and he brought a lot of attention to the UFC so I say its money well spent, but if money is a problem, then its tough luck to the other fighters.
I may be looking to hard at this as the UFC is the biggest MMA org in the world right now and they may feel that the fans will get behind who ever the UFC push. This may work in the short term, but other orgs are becoming stronger and there talent pools will become bigger and better.