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Notebook: Dana White’s new stance on (cleaning up) drug usage; Texas commission job opening (now confirmed)
By Zach Arnold | April 24, 2014
Lots of little odds & ends but no real in-depth news item, so here we go:
"PEDs have been cleaned up in the UFC." — Dana to Beadle on SportsNation. "The TRT was a nightmare thing for me." Points to less test fails
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I noticed that the new public relations line from the UFC is that they don’t have a massive drug problem because there are now less drug test failures than in the past. In other words, less fighters are failing the IQ test. When in doubt on fighters failing that IQ test, predicting dumb over smart is the safe bet.
The doomsday (to compel arbitration) hearing between Darin Harvey and Ronda Rousey happens next Wednesday (4/30) in Los Angeles Superior Court. The fight portion of the talent agreement has already been severed thanks to the recent California State Athletic Commission arbitration decision.
I know Dana White likes to wear his emotions on his sleeve, but there is a certain gleam in his eye when he talks about Ronda Rousey that you don’t see when he talks about other fighters currently on the UFC roster. I can only imagine he’ll feel the same way once Marina Shafir gives him a reason to sign her for the 145 pound women’s division.
Speaking of Marina, here’s hoping you listened to our interview with her on the latest edition of Fight Opinion Radio. On that same show, we had a discussion about whether or not Georges St. Pierre was underpaid at an alleged $5 million USD per fight (thanks Joe Rogan). When you compare what GSP made on top versus what Manny Pacquiao got paid for the Tim Bradley re-match ($20 million dollars), they’re not even in the same stratosphere. Does the UFC’s argument that the money they spend on undercard fighters (more money than boxing cards) hold up?
Keep your eyes open on what is happening with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Is Austin about to send out an invite to a current state athletic commission boss?
Interesting that an 8 AM conference call for today Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting would have well over 20 callers on the line. The Mayweather effect. Interesting how Francisco Aguilar, who is the Chairman and not the Executive Director, is the dominant voice at the meetings. Eric Gomez of Golden Boy & Leonard Ellerbe were on the phone to approve NSAC’s selection of officials. Tony Weeks will be the referee for the Mayweather/Maidana fight. He will get paid $8,150. The three judges for the main event will get paid $5,150 each. Kenny Bayless & Jay Nady passed over. Dr. Vicki Mazzorana got booked for the PPV show.
What event would draw better ratings for a non-PPV TV network spending $100 million on one sporting event: one NFL playoff game on ESPN or a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight on CBS?
Mike Mersch from UFC stated will be producing three new series of The Ultimate Fighter in Las Vegas. He was at the Nevada commission meeting Thursday morning for a limited waiver of regulations.
Update (4/25): Yesterday we noted that Austin was considering posting job openings at the Texas DLR (athletic commission). This morning, a new job listing for a top director position has been posted. $40,000 a year, bilingual, and a lot of travel.
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