Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione hopes the increasing incentives of free agency force the UFC to change the way it treats fighters.
Matt Mitrione is trying to change the way the MMA world does business.
Recently, some of the free agent signings for Bellator have been vocal in the media about the benefits of setting off from the UFC, citing more financial opportunities and more flexibility. In an interview with Inside MMA, Mitrione sat down with Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten to talk about his reasons for leaving the premier fighting promotion.
“The biggest part [of leaving the UFC] isn’t the money part, it’s the freedom to go get your own money. You can now express the fact that the emperor is not wearing any clothes…It’s sponsorships, it’s being able to voice an opinion without fear of getting your back end bonus that may or may not come anyway.”
The UFC has a somewhat dubious history of dealing with malcontents; for instance they released Jon Fitch for a total of 24 hours for refusing to sign a lifetime release of his likeness rights to be used in UFC video games. For Mitrione, a boisterous and outspoken personality, there is a very obvious benefit to not being subject to those kinds of repercussions. However, as with all things, money was a major factor, specifically the Reebok deal which effectively ended a majority of fighter sponsorships.
“It’s just in general like, who the hell are you to take away my money, my sponsorship money, to take that away from me without even a conversation about it? Knowing that we don’t fight hard for our contract money because the contract money was far outweighed by the sponsor money. But now all of the sudden you take that away from me and now I’m depending upon the 8 and ….View full article
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