By Zach Arnold | October 30, 2007
Well, we know the Couture vs. White feud has jumped the shark when Time Magazine starts covering it.
Here is the video of ESPN’s E:60 TV segment yesterday covering Miletich Fighting systems.
Meet Matt Gudgeon, who is coming to Las Vegas soon.
The ongoing UFC vs. Randy Couture saga… We’ll start with an article from UFC’s HP. Second, here’s MMA Weekly’s write-up on the situation. The Fight Network has a recap of UFC’s Tuesday afternoon press conference. Steve Cofield has lots of audio highlights. Dana White continues to disparage Fedor. Dave Meltzer has an article at Yahoo Sports about the press conference, and notice this disclaimer in the middle of the article:
(Editor’s note: Yahoo! Sports reported Couture is slated to earn between $13 million and $15 million, including potential bonuses, over the course of his deal. Yahoo! Sports did not make any claim about the specific amount of money Couture would receive for any one individual fight.)
Kevin Iole was in Dana White’s office on Monday. It looks like UFC is winning the PR war. Just ask Steve Sievert and Tom Kim. MMA Opinion compares Couture vs. White to what happened with Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair in WCW. Luke Thomas on Fight Network Radio (audio here) says UFC has brought this trouble upon themselves.
Inside the UFC bonus system.
One interesting note – this is really the first major LA Times article (that I can recall) covering the story, and it happens to be coverage of UFC’s press conference. The same with The Canadian Press and NBC Sports. UFC has been successful in getting their side of the story out there in the mass media without those media outlets contacting Couture or anyone associated with him for comment on the latest press conference.
Fightlinker has posted a PDF file of Randy Couture’s checks and paystubs from Zuffa LLC. The biggest potential bombshell comes from Sam Caplan and Steve Cofield, which is that UFC may be in the process of re-writing some fighter contracts. This is important news, given that we may start learning more details about what a standard Zuffa contract looks like. Here’s an interesting thing to consider about the issue of free agency regarding players in Major League Baseball vs. fighters who fulfill their UFC contracts. Curt Schilling said that the Boston Red Sox have up to 15 days in exclusive rights to negotiate with him after he filed for free agency. With UFC contracts (according to Adam Swift’s Sherdog article), the organization has up to 60 days of exclusive negotiations and a full one-year period to match any offers made to a fighter coming off of a finished UFC deal.
A significant feature of the standard contract is the exclusive negotiation period and matching period that follow the expiration of the term. The fighter agrees to negotiate exclusively with Zuffa for 60 days following the term. Following expiration of the exclusive negotiation period, Zuffa has a one-year period in which it has the right to match any offer made to the fighter.
The IFL is getting rid of city-based teams and will instead focus on the various fight camps. Eddie Goldman has an audio Q & A with Jay Larkin. An interview with John Gunderson. Vladimiri Matyushenko has re-signed with the promotion.
Shooto Finland returns on November 17th.