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Justin Gaethje was very clear about his desire to renegotiate his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship following his win over James Vick. Specifically, he wants to get rid of his win bonus and get all his money up front.
”It should get me a business meeting with the UFC, that’s what it should give me,” he said. “I want to fight the best. I’m happy with the UFC, I’m not unhappy with them. But the way I put it on the line, I need all my money up front. And that’s how it should work for people like me. They should use me as an example. If you want all your money, you fight like Justin Gaethje.”
Not every fighter is going to fight like Justin Gaethje, but he has a very legitimate point. He puts it all on the line every fight; he should be getting paid up front. But then again, so should all the fighters. Win bonuses have long been seen as a tool for promoters to seem to offer more, knowing they will only pay half the fighters their win bonus on any given card. As fighters are impossible optimists- you have to be in this sport- they are easy marks for this tactic. But, like Gaethje... okay, maybe not QUITE like Gaethje... they each put their health, mental and physical, on the line every fight. Fighters should begin negotiating for higher flat wages and not let the dangled promise of a win bonus end up netting them less.
Joe Rogan also made the point that judges frequently make mistakes or suspect calls; when they do, they end up costing fighters half their paycheck (and awarding a win bonus to another).
Update: Justin Gaethje himself chimed in; he doesn’t want anyone thinking this is HIS idea. The thought that all (or at any rate, more) fighters should negotiate for a flat rate, is my idea. Gaethje said what he said, above.
This headline is taken out of context. https://t.co/qXtSwMVE8t— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) August 28, 2018
I said you if you fight like me then you deserve all of your money.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) August 28, 2018
Tito Ortiz explained how many days a week he’s training for Chuck Liddell, and I can’t make massive bald heads or tails of anything he’s saying.
Tito Ortiz on how often he’s training for his third fight with Chuck Liddell: pic.twitter.com/KNHzpjVSOQ— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) August 26, 2018
I’ve torn my scrotum before too and no one knows what that word means. Nutsack is fine.
What you want him to say, Testicle Bag? It’s a fuckin nut sack. Deal with it. https://t.co/sKCYPqTHbv— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) August 27, 2018
Leslie Smith lays it out
No UFC fighter owes the promotion. The promotion exists because of the fighters. Anybody in business with the UFC knows how fighters get treated- sub par at best. The fighters I know HAD a lot of respect for Bruce Buffer. Too bad Buffer didn't have respect for the fighters. https://t.co/OSpI27cinX— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) August 27, 2018
I watched the Angela Hill- Cortney Casey fight and while it was close, it certainly seems like that decision went the wrong way, and the stats shown in the fight were far from accurate.
I see Fightmetric has updated the Casey-Hill stats... pic.twitter.com/E82OAhsVF4— King Typo (@BoxingBusch) August 27, 2018
Darren Till likes guns
Bruce Buffer tried to do some damage control on his recommendation that Nate Diaz ‘bow’ to Dana White.
With all respect Nate that is not what I meant by saying the word “bow”, I meant it as a sign of respect as in when greeting someone, not a sign of submission as I’d never expect you to do that for anyone @NateDiaz209 https://t.co/TkMUOTYnmX— Bruce Buffer (@brucebuffer) August 27, 2018
I’m mad because I was cheap, didn’t get the FS2 package, and thus missed the Cory Sandhagen fight with Iuiri Alcantara. I was a big fan of Sandhagen’s boxing styling before this, but he definitely seems like a prospect to watch going forward.
Who is Conor McGregor kneeing in the head?? That’s some concussion-inducing sparring
Dustin Poirier congratulates former opponent Justin Gaethje
Congratulations @Justin_Gaethje— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) August 26, 2018
Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi are fighting in RIZIN and that is going to be awesome.
Tenshin and Horiguchi sparring circa 2015 (source: Tenshin instagram) pic.twitter.com/shR39TDEfB— ageispolis (@lukeuidswords) August 26, 2018
Darren Till re-imagined as a mythical gorilla.
Schadenfreude is real, and it feels good sometimes.
Sometimes, the interwebz is just great. pic.twitter.com/2x3zNv6g70— Petey Passguarté (@PeteyandJia) August 26, 2018
Paige VanZant denied these rumors.
Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) vs. Rachael Ostovich (@rachaelostovich) in the works for January 18th UFC event on ESPN (per @MMAFighting) #UFC pic.twitter.com/mvC3l9Lcgy— Nolan King (@mma_kings) August 26, 2018
This cat has a right hook on it.
This is assault pic.twitter.com/LTVE5X1kaD— Molly (@Molly_Kats) August 26, 2018
I’m happy for Joanne Calderwood, who showed off an improved guard game to get a triangle/armbar submission.
McGregor is serious about this whiskey brand.
Working hard at my Whiskey distillery. It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island. We have the purest soil, with the freshest Irish spring water, and our golden Irish grain and malt is so golden, sun glasses are required to look directly at them I respect Jameson, the current number 1. But I am coming in strong. I am coming in passionate. I am coming to take over! 77 acres of un-matched Irish soil. Creating an un-matched Irish whiskey. We are producing nothing but liquid gold here. Proper liquid gold. I know my granda is looking down on me now, proud of my creation. I would love for him to be here to get his feedback. He was an avid, avid whiskey man. He was also one of the main campaigners for “early house pubs” before they were made legal across the country. He loved his whiskey more than he loved his breakfast and I KNOW that he would love this! One day Granda ❤
Justin Gaethje’s philosophy is perfectly tuned for fighting.
"I'm just living in the moment. My life didn't exist until after this. It didn't before this fight. I come to give the ultimate sacrifice whether that's...whatever." - @Justin_Gaethje #UFCLincoln pic.twitter.com/TspH8jpZ5W— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) August 26, 2018
Elias Theodorou turning his back on his sparring partner seems like a bad habit he hasn’t quite gotten rid of.
Now I miss soccer. Thanks, Glory kickboxer Tiffany Van Soest.
Joe Schilling was mad he did all that kickboxing with Mickey Gall only for Gall to use his grappling for a quick submission.
James Krause came up big with the win
KRAUSE!!!— UFC (@ufc) August 26, 2018
HUGE knee from @TheJamesKrause leads to the 2nd round TKO! #UFCLincoln pic.twitter.com/JcOXHJqHql
Max Holloway is getting his preferred year-end slot; hopefully this means his brain issues have been all sorted out.
Holloway/Ortega set for #UFC 231:— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) August 25, 2018
This will be the 3rd year in a row Holloway fights on the early December PPV.
It will also be the 3rd time Max has fought in Canada.
The early December PPVs have also been replayed on Fox on Christmas Eve the past two years.
How slick is @RaniYahyaMMA?!— UFC (@ufc) August 25, 2018
The Brazilian gets the first-round sub at #UFCLincoln! pic.twitter.com/HiCHDXC0g0
This must be a very cool and surreal feeling for Darren Till
John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be a ridiculous fight
Great! Let’s make it happen in the near future @seanshelby @ufc. I really want to share the octagon with you, I want tough and bloody fight that you can bring @johnlineker https://t.co/yfRkYHi5HJ— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) August 25, 2018
The best way to get money by fighting is to be famous beforehand.
"The purse for the fight will be split 50/50, and although official details for it haven't been revealed it is certain to be in the millions, and will be added to the lucrative sponsorship deals that the pair have signed." https://t.co/tMtb2C17DS— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) August 25, 2018
The PPV stream of the KSI-Logan Paul fight cost $10 and there are more than 800,000 people officially watching.— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) August 25, 2018
The Logan Paul-KSI fight card included some of this:
The pinnacle of boxing. #KSIvLogan pic.twitter.com/4fwE3GfNOP— Kevin Lipuma (@KevinLipuma) August 25, 2018
Muhammad Ali doing what he did
Muhammad Ali - beautiful counter punching pic.twitter.com/EXZHe4z24L— Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) July 20, 2018
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
These must REALLY have hurt
What a TKO by Viktor Kolesnik – leg kicks on the ground ! pic.twitter.com/OmHZCBM7P5— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2018
I’ve seen a lot of these spinning back kicks lately
DAMN. Spinning back kick to the body by Sergey "Honda" Khandozhko. Improves to 26-5-1. #PlotformaS70 pic.twitter.com/6BMsuQ8Fbp— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 22, 2018
That’s how you make an impression
OMG! 42 seconds KO for Vasily Kozlov, what a debut ! pic.twitter.com/UYqw0AXxmR— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 25, 2018
This head kick was smooth
Stanislav Klybik KOs Christian M’Pumbu in 1R (Plotforma S-70) pic.twitter.com/Yv0DE1KYDi— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 22, 2018
A warmup for Gaethje-Vick.
Fabio “Gasolina” literally faceplanted Paulo Leme in 1R (SFT4) pic.twitter.com/uEab8JTLWK— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 26, 2018
Saenchai has still got it
Every so often Muay Thai has these sweep-to-knee knockouts- Cosmo Alexandre also has one- and they make me cringe a little every time. This is how to fight if you don’t want to get your hands dirty:
When swarming goes wrong
This is how life has been lately, except I’m not balanced like this guy
The middle guy is how balanced I want my life to be pic.twitter.com/FDMbH6igwV— ᴘɴᴇᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ (@lkigai_) August 25, 2018
There goes another childhood fantasy
Oh there’s a lily pad - looks solid to me ♂️— Steve Trendall (@stevetrendall) August 24, 2018
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