"That's another thing that pisses me off, that he didn't have the balls to call me directly, he had some other guy call me. It's not like I'm going to lack any type of work. It's just that I really enjoyed working with the fighters and the people in the UFC. To get a nut shot by Dana in him not calling me and having the balls to call me, it just showed me the kind of characters that I was dealing with. Dana has definitely changed. Now it's all about the economics. It used to be a fighter-friendly environment."
Hey, remember when mixed martial arts (MMA) was all about the art of fighting and not the UFC brand? So does legendary cutman Jacob Duran (via MMA Fighting), who got his walking papers this week after getting screwed by the promotion's new Reebok deal. Under the terms of the contract with the sneaker and apparel giant, UFC fighters and employees are no longer allowed to represent outside sponsors during fight week and while the talent gets compensated for the new regime, the ancillary staff -- like "Stitch" -- gets squat. Fortunately, Duran was able to contact his union delegate about the ... oh wait, nevermind. Perhaps it would have been an easier pill to swallow if UFC President Dana White did the deed himself, but he instead passed it off to one of his underlings, which convinced Duran that White has "changed" in this new era of combat sports. Not that White or anyone else in UFC gives a shit, because the promotion can do whatever it wants. Why? It knows the hardcore fans are going to tune in regardless, and the casual fans are too detached to give a shit. Welcome to the big time!