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Old 06-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't blame him for not taking the deal, it sounds like it would have cost him.

I personally wouldn't take moderately less money to fight much harder opponents under the assumption that in a year or two I could make possibly more money if everything goes my way.

Imagine he grows in popularity out of the ufc over the next 1-2 two years, while making more money doing less. Now we get to the same point in time, but hes made more money and the UFC is offering him more bank than he would have been offered if he had originally joined the ufc.

While I wish he would join, I think his refusal is the best choice for him.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There's also no reasonable reason to suggest that American sponsors would be banging down his door trying to give a deal to an unknown foreign fighter.

Matt Mitrione won like 3 fights and was on TUF and said he was making 8k for a fight with his sponsors.

There's no telling how much Mamed makes from sponsors in his native country...probably something significant if he finds a 20/20 deal "laughable".
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He's pretty dumb for not taking this deal, 20/20 is just the guaranteed money, he's the type of fighter that should be in the mix for bonuses everytime he goes out so he should likely make six figures a year.
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He is probably making the most he will ever make where he is fighting now, in the UFC you have the opportunity to potentially make millions. He is basically saying to everyone that he isnt anywhere near the best MWs and would rather make mediocre money fighting mediocre opponents for the rest of his life.
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He wants more money - good on him, i dont think he is saying he cant/wont fight the top fighters, he just wants more money to start with.

He should go back to KSW win a couple more fights, the UFC will come back with an improved offer.
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He's about his money... if he can get more elsewhere that is good..

I'm not mad at him at all for trying to make sure that he's financially compensated to the best of his promotions ability.
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Nothing wrong with wanting to make more money, everyone does. Just my opinion, but if he'd have claimed to be entertaining the UFC's offer he might have been able to get a raise from his current employers.

Not too mention insulting the UFC isn't the best idea. What if he does go there eventually? Dana has a tendency to hold a grudge. A simple response like "sorry I make about the same where I'm at" would've been smarter.
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Sometimes we forget that fighting is these guy's choice of career and that they need to make financial decisions based on that. A 20/20 deal for this guy is kind of a joke considering he has to make a huge change in his life :/ in this guy's particular situation he is making the mean of what the UFC is offering win or lose, plus good sponsors, this guy is comfortable where he's at. I think him bringing up money shows he's not really interested in proving anything at this point in his career.
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20 grand? what a joke. What does he end up with after expenses? 5 grand? I made that last month and I still have all my teeth.
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20 grand? what a joke. What does he end up with after expenses? 5 grand? I made that last month and I still have all my teeth.
That's the down side, that isn't counting the back end money, sponsorships (someone is going to sponsor him) and bonuses. If he fight's twice a year and goes 1-1 that's $60,000 if he earns one bonus that's between $100,000-$135,000. Also it isn't as if he has to travel to the US, most European Fighters tend to get a first crack at European cards.
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