Way to go Wand! That lifetime ban? gone. $70k fine? gone. Judge Kerry L Earley ruled that Mr. Silva’s punishment was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence”.
We all know that Wand ran from the test, which he admitted to, so he’s not getting off scot-free. The court agreed that the NSAC had jurisdiction over Wand (which his lawyer will be appealing) and ruled that there shall be a new hearing with the commission to impose a more reasonable punishment for fleeing a drug test.
No word yet on when this new hearing will take place.
This is the breakdown of the sponsorship pay for fighters based on how many fights they’ve had in the UFC – and it’s absolutely horrific. I really don’t know what to think looking at these numbers… Is this a joke? Before I have a full meltdown, let’s see what the Vegas gangster has to say.
I can tell you this – all of the revenue we are receiving from Reebok is being distributed to the fighters. We essentially looked at the compensation tiers and they were based on the distribution of the revenue from the Reebok contract to the athletes over the next five and a half years. The only revenue that is coming through from Reebok that is not included to be distributed to the fighters will be used to cover direct operating costs for this program.
– Lorenzo Fertitta (Vegas Gangster)
I went ahead and highlighted the most important part of that quote for you guys. So, Bugsy Seigel, exactly how much are these “operating costs”? – If it’s anything less than 85% of the money they are getting from Reebok, I would be very surprised.
So let’s think about this… Remember that little sponsor tax thing? Where the UFC was forcing companies to pay for the right to be able to sponsor one of their fighters in the cage? Here’s a quick refresher on that. The UFC was charging anything they wanted (based on a company’s size) to allow them to then have a fighter wear their gear in the cage. One vocal example was Americana MMA Apparel, who paid the UFC 50K+ per year to sponsor Cain Velasquez – and that’s a clothing company. How much do you think Nike had to pay to sponsor fighters in the cage? and every other company that wanted to sponsor a fighter for that matter?? This sponsor tax was stealing money directly out of the fighter’s pockets, and it amounted to millions of dollars for the UFC over the years.
Let me get this straight Lorenzo, not only is ALL this Reebok money (minus expenses) going right to the fighters, you’re also abandoning all the sponsor tax revenue that you’ve been siphoning off this whole time?
“Listen mac, I’m losin’ money on this deal, I tell’s ya”
I think we can all agree that this was the worst stoppage in UFC history to date.
Commentator and 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, Kenny Florian, was in the middle of explaining that Drew Dober had successfully defended the guillotine – when suddenly! – just as Silva released the choke in order to reassert his grip on Dober, referee Eduardo Herdy stunningly called a halt to the bout, even though there was no tap, and Dober was still in full command of his faculties.
I might sense some foul play at work here with Herdy, but he bungled another fight earlier on the same card, allowing Jorge Oliveira to be nearly choked unconscious after ignoring multiple taps without taking action. Skip ahead to 4:30 of the video below for the finish.
This was just sheer incompetence on the part of the referee, and even ignorance of BJJ doesn’t excuse calls that any of us could have made with the untrained, naked eye. It’s definitely a tough job, but when people’s health and careers are on the line, we need the best possible officials in that cage as we can get.
On the plus side, Dana White stated that Drew Dober will be receiving his win bonus, and the loss will not be viewed negatively as far as the UFC is concerned. Expect this result to be challenged with hopes of the bout being ruled a no contest.