Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Turn the UFC into the NFL

For whatever reason, the more dangerous and physically challenging sports seem to be the worst the athletes have it. Baseball players have guaranteed un-capped deals. NBA players will see a proportionate amount of money from a bigger TV deal in that the salary cap will rise concurrently.

NFL players have a 100% injury rate, the same as the UFC. Concussions and sub-concussive trauma are huge concerns. NFL players see 47-48% of revenue from the league. They get an offseason. They can qualify for a pension, have comprehensive health care, doctors, trainers, coaches, gym, food. On the other hand, an NFL team can release a player at any point, in some cases paying out an injury settlement.

UFC COACHES AT UFC APPROVED AFFILIATE GYMS

The UFC would set practice guidelines that each fighter must follow under the direction of a UFC hired coach at a UFC approved gym. Once a fighter has a bout agreement, the fighter has to practice at the gym of an approved coach. Rules would be set for all gyms in how many days can be full contact, how long a fighter can train per day and how many people may be practicing on the mat when a UFC fighter is out there. The gyms would have cleanliness guidelines and several other rules including who can train/spar with a UFC fighter. In theory, we should see less injuries if the fighters aren't overtraining.

UFC RIGHTS

The UFC can cut a fighter at any point for any reason. The UFC can veto any sponsorship deal a fighter might get during employment. Fighters can be disciplined and fine a fighter for a list of possible infractions. Fighters can be fined for conduct detrimental to the league. UFC can set fines for excessive celebration, equipment violations and fouls that might occur in the cage. For example, a knee to a grounded fighter costing a fighter $1,000.

FIGHTER RESPONSIBLIITES

UFC Fighters must subject themselves to media questions once per week during a fight agreement. Fighters must have conference calls with media once per week during the last month of camp. Fighters to be paid a set amount to attend UFC autograph and meet and greet sessions. The fighters are obligated to attend all practice sessions depending on health.

CONTRACT AND BENEFITS

UFC approved trainers would be paid by the UFC at a rate the UFC would negotiate with them. Free meals while under an active fight contract delivered to them by (pick food service that would sponsor). They would be under full comprehensive medical coverage from the point of signing their deal. All fighters would negotiate a signing bonus, monthly stipend and per fight purse in any other additional bonuses. There would be a minimum signing bonus, a minimum bi-weekly amount and a minimum per fight amount. Fighters will a stipend for promotional appearances. Fighters get a set amount of free tickets for friends and family during fights.

RESIDUALS

UFC Fighters would get a share of video game revenue, apparel sales, sponsorship advertising and television revenue. Active fighters get a share of the Fight Pass revenue. Former fighters with injuries suffered in UFC competition can get free health care from those injuries. Pensions are available based on certain amount of fights in the UFC.

HOW WOULD IT WORK FOR DIFFERENT FIGHTERS?

Your 10-1 Iowa welterweight prospect who is signed to replace an injured fighter. He gets $5,000 bonus, $2,000 monthly contract and a $10/10K bout agreement. He currently trains out of a small gym in Des Moines. He chooses out of a list to train at Roufus Sport. The fighter is responsible for finding a place to live, in theory with his signing bonus. The UFC pays Roufus all training expenses, pays for all medicals and gets him a free gourmet healthy meal delivered each day. At the fight he does well, but loses a decision. He goes back to Iowa, collects $2,000 for the month after the fight while training in Iowa. He then signs another bout agreement and but decides on training with Greg Jackson this time as a spot opened up at his gym.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Denis Goltsov versus Paul Buentello

Here is Denis "The Russian Bogatyr" Goltsov fighting UFC veteran Paul Buentello at ACB 41 - Path to Triumph which took place on 6/15/16 in Sochi, Russia.

Goltsov is a 6'5" legit kickboxing prospect whose 13 fight win streak includes stoppages over Mike Kyle, James McSweeney, Brett Rogers and Roy Boughton. With heavyweight prospects in short supply, Goltsov is a interesting guy to keep an eye on.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nate Diaz versus Ryan Hall - US Open Gi

Here is Nathan Diaz grappling against Ryan Hall in a purple belt US Open Gi match in 2007.

Ryan Hall (5-1, 1-0 UFC) recently was crowned TUF 22 champion by defeating Artem Lobov at the season finale.

Diaz (19-10, 14-8 UFC) is coming off a huge submission victory over the UFC's defacto golden boy Conor McGregor. The two will fight again at UFC 202 on August 20th.

Jacare's Pro Debut Against Jorge Patino

Here is Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza fighting Jorge Patino at Jungle Fight 1 which took place in Manaus, Brazil on 9/13/03.
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Souza (23-4) is fresh off a TKO win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 198. The former ADCC and Strikeforce champion has career victories over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami.

Patino (38-18) is a heavy hitter who has wins over Pete Spratt, Efrain Escudero and Beau Baker in his career while fighting in WSOF, Bellator, LFC and once in the UFC.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Video of the Day - Lesnar v. Kim

Here is Brock Lesnar's debut fight against Min Soo Kim in K-1 Dynamite which took place on 6/2/07 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Lesnar returns to fight Mark Hunt tonight at UFC 200.




Friday, July 8, 2016

Video of the Day - Miesha Tate versus Zoila Frausto

Here is Miesha Tate fighting Zoila Frausto at Strikeforce Challengers 7 which took place on 3/26/10 in Fresno, California.

Tate (18-5, 5-2 UFC) defends her 135 pound championship tonight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.




Friday, July 1, 2016

Kimbo Slice v. Bo Cantrell

Here is Kimbo Slice fighting Bo Cantrell at Elite XC - Renegade which took place on November 10, 2007 in Corpus Christi, Texas.