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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Legacy Fighting Championship, UFC work out deal following Jamie Varner's withdrawal

Mick Maynard will never fault a fighter who takes an opportunity to fight in the UFC.*

But the Legacy Fighting Championship promoter sure would appreciate some notice if the fighter is already booked for one of his events.*

The situation arose this week when former WEC champion Jamie Varner – who was slated to fight at next week's LFC 11 event on HDNet – instead took an injury-replacement opportunity at this month's UFC 146 event.*

Maynard recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he only learn about Varner's withdrawal after he logged onto MMAjunkie.com, where we passed along news that Varner (19-6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has replaced injured (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and now meets Edson Barboza (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at the May 26 event.*

"They way I found out was through MMAjunkie.com, reading it there," Maynard said. "That's just not really the way to go about doing things. Although I'm really, really happy for him and I'm glad he's getting back in there with the UFC, there are other ways it should have been handled."*

The UFC announced the Varner vs. Barboza bout late Tuesday night. Varner's reps left a message about the same time, Maynard said, but the promoter was already fast asleep and didn't get it. Again, Maynard stressed, he's happy when one of his fighters gets into the UFC. LFC middleweight champ Andrew Craig and featherweight/lightweight champ Daniel Pineda, for example, recently signed with the UFC and picked up wins on MMA's biggest stage.*

It's validation the regional organization is developing top talent. But with LFC 11 taking place just next week on May 11, consideration must be given to ticket-buyers and opponents.*

"With the contracts that we put in place for people who are on the cusp like that, we do give them a Zuffa out – a UFC out," he said. "But we do ask that they give us 30 days' notice. I can't go around promoting people all the way up to the edge of the fight and then they bail on me – because it's more than just me who's affected."*

Maynard ultimately found a replacement for Varner – Lee King (16-16-1) will now fight late replacement Evan Cutts (3-0) – but it was only after lawyers got involved. Basically, Maynard needed compensation as reimbursement for travel bookings, new marketing materials and other costs associated with Varner's withdrawal from the LFC 11 card.*

"I will say, unfortunately, we did have to get our legal team involved because of the way it was handled," Maynard said. "Our legal team got incolved with the UFC's legal team and also with the (Texas) Department of Licensing (and Regulation).*

"The UFC was great to deal with. They weren't being bullies at all. They were working with us and allowing us to come to a resolution before they could [finalize] the fight. They were very businesslike, and I think (they) took care of it the right way. It's all worked out pretty nicely."*

Still, he hopes the situation can serve as a lesson to other top regional-show stars.*

"I guess in hindsight, the way I think it should have been handled was, of course, a conversation should have been held with me first and then negotiate from there," he said.
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That article gives quite a look at the behind-the-scenes between the UFC and other orgs.
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Sounds to me like Maynard's a little pissed but doesn't want to get on Zuffa's bad side.
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I think Maynard handled it very well, very professional and understanding that the UFC is the dream of every fighter out there.

I was impressed actually.
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