Susan wrote:Not getting into the Ali stuff, he's clearly a sleezeball and it's never been in hiding but one of my old teammates is now a decently large manager in the MMA game and he said that Bellator is significantly easier to work with than the UFC.
That's probably true, except for Ali. Because Dana has been notorious for giving Ali's fighters special treatment. So I guess that's one reason why the UFC would be tougher to work w/ for the other managers. It's a zero-sum game and they lose out.
Plus, what came out in the anti-trust lawsuit was Bellator shares 40% of its revenue w/ fighters whereas for the UFC it's 19%. It's a much bigger pie but the fighters get half the pieces. In addition to often being financially less lucrative, that's disrespectful to the fighters for them to not be able to share in the success they mostly made. You have to concede to being heavily exploited.
Incidentally, comedian Theo Von was relatively new to the sport and pushes back on a lot of racism accusations in today's culture, but upon meeting Dana he said he just reminded him of a slave owner.