Mark Pavelich, owner of Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion MFC (Maximum Fighting Championship), has always made efforts to stay out of the way of the bigger and more established UFC.
In interviews, Pavelich has gone to great lengths to state that he does not want to compete with the UFC. He has said he is content to one day become the number two promotion in the world (he admits that this is currently not the case).
He's always been pretty smart about not rattling the UFC's (or Dana White's) cage. That's why it's interesting that, this evening, he tweeted the following:
@MaximumFighting(Mark Pavelich): About 58% of tix sold for UFC 132: usat.ly/n6Nk2Q via @AddThis
If you're too lazy to look for yourself, the tweet links to a USA Today article that talks about poor numbers done by the UFC.
The article goes on to infer reasons as to why the UFC may be struggling with their returns, citing such factors as:
- over-inflation (too many events)
- injuries to key fighters
It's hard to think of a reason why Pavelich would have tweeted this unless he was trying to stir things up a little bit. It certainly does not come across as endearing.
So what do you think Maniacs? Is Pavelich trying to pick a fight? Is it wise for him to be calling out Zuffa and the UFC?
To mellow out the tension a little bit, here's a video of MFC fighter Ryan Jimmo doing the robot: