Friday, November 21, 2008

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Well, the Jon Fitch fiasco ended with a whimper. For a little while it seemed like a revolution was on the brim of the glass. Instead it is business as usual for the UFC. The way Fitch ended up signing the lifetime agreement shows the world once again that no one negotiates better than the UFC. Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta played the perfect game of Good Cop, Bad Cop. They are MMA's version of Riggs and Murtaugh from "Lethal Weapon". White, the crazy man who can't keep his mouth shut and is likely to do just about any thing. And Lorenzo, the logical partner who swoops in at the last possible moment to remedy the situation.

Many fans disagree with the UFC's tactics. Some make comparisons to other sports and how much better the athletes are treated. I do not think the comparisons hold any water. The UFC is simply a team operating within the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Some teams give athletes higher salaries and cater to their every need (Washington Redskins and Affliction). Others take a hard line and refuse to budge (New England Patriots and UFC). If the tactics were so bad, more fighters would leave the UFC to seek employment elsewhere. The reason it does not happen is because the UFC remains the best place for a fighter to make a living. Until that changes, expect more fighters to keep their mouths shut and walk the company line.

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