Well, and don’t you agree with him? would you take on a former champion with less than an month of preparation for the same purse?
Dana White is the devil regarding his employees, he always have the leverage, mostly because the fan-base is stupid and will always take his side: “What? aren’t you fighter? you must fight for honor and pride, not money.” And the thing is, fighters are just pieces to the system, nobody cares about yesterday, it’s about the brand, you can create the next star with the snap of a finger and the right marketing.
i will laugh the day someone who works for him won a cause for suing him for that kind of attitude.
In Dana’s mom book she tells how he acts when things don’t get in the way he wants, i don’t agree with that mechanical approach to business, but it is working and i must give credit were its due. No fighter shall be bigger than the org itself.
Not in the least bit. If what I’ve read is true, Machida accepted the fight initially and then when the UFC called back to confirm he basically told them “Pay up, bitches” Does he deserve more money for stepping up? Absolutely, but you have to pretty simple to approach Dana with those kind of negotiating tactics.
What Machida should have done is make weight (he’s one of the lighter fighters in the division at this point) beat a guy he’s already beaten and would handle again due to having the perfect style to neutralize Rashad’s strengths. Then after the fight be like “Hey, I saved your card and (likely) dropped another awesome KO on the world, maybe you should slide me some more cash.” That’s when Dana is more then happy to pay up.
As far as Dana being the devil, he may be, but he’s operating a business that went from nothing to something in a matter of years and is giving his “employees aka fighters” the chance to do what they love for a living and live a reasonably comfortable to extravagant lifestyle depending on your standing in the division. Fighters should be grateful they’re not fighting in a fucking bingo hall somewhere.
I’m going to laugh when Machida now has to take the long road to the title again, he might as well change his name to Jon Fitch at this point.[/quote]
I don’t think he Jon Fitch’ed, but i think he will need to rack at least 2 more impressive wins in order to put him in track again.