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Fear The Fighter (Twitter: @Fearthefighter) provided a silver lining in the dark cloud that surrounds UFC 151.
After Dan Henderson withdrew from the UFC 151 main event and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones declined a match against Chael Sonnen, which threw the event into jeopardy, UFC 151 was cancelled. Shutting down the event in light of Jones’ selfish decision caused financial distress to the remaining combatants on the card.
The UFC offered the fighters scheduled to compete at UFC 151 their show money or an immediate match on one of the UFC’s upcoming cards. It was the least they could do to accommodate the athletes who will suffer a loss of revenue, but it doesn’t cover all the losses they will incur.
When a fighter competes they are given the opportunity to earn show money, win bonus money, a possible event bonus based on performance and sponsorship money. With so many competitors taking a loss due to the cancellation of UFC 151, Fear The Fighter stepped up and compensated their fighters on the card.
Fear The Fighter president David Makdessi (Twitter: @Teambullmma), brother of UFC lightweight John Makdessi, knows firsthand what a fighter goes through and how dependable they are on sponsorship income. He said he knew right away that Fear The Fighter must pay the combatants they had competing at UFC 151, therefore, there was zero hesitation in compensating them.
UFC 151 was set to have Eddie Yagin and Takeya Mizugaki sporting FTF t-shirts, so the financial blow suffered is not incredible. For Makdessi, whether its two combatants or a dozen, there’s no question in paying them because Fear The Fighter is team oriented.
“We have a team,” Makdessi told MMADiehards.com. “I don’t like to sponsor a fighter for one fight; I like to have them as a team member. Basically they’re not a billboard for one day, we help each other out. They help build FTF up and I help them build themselves up.”
Dealing with sponsorships in any sport is plagued with horror stories of shady business deals. Makdessi is no stranger to how some sponsors conduct business and he does not want Fear The Fighter to be placed in the same class as some of his dishonest competitors. By paying Yagin and Mizugaki, Makdessi is taking a stand and he hopes other companies will follow suit.
“Unfortunately a lot of sponsors do screw fighters over for their pay,” Makdessi said. “That’s, as they say, some people pay for other’s mistakes. By doing this I don’t want fighters to be afraid of Fear The Fighter. At the end of the day we will come through and everybody will be happy.”
An exuberant evening of fights allows fighters and fans to both win. With UFC 151 extinct, fans and fighters both lose. There is a relationship between mixed martial artists and fans that makes it impossible for one to exist without the other.
Makdessi is aware of this unspoken arrangement and he is pleased with the reaction fans have had from Fear The Fighter’s kind gesture to pay their UFC 151 would-be combatants. He appreciates the fans and athletes equally, but thinks the spectators don’t get commended enough for their loyalty to the fighters.
“It’s really about the fans,” Makdessi said. “It’s amazing to see how fans support the fighters. Without them, fighters wouldn’t be able to do what they love. It’s the fans that do this. If it wasn’t for them there wouldn’t be the fighters, so the fans deserve a big shout out.”
UFC 151’s cancellation is considered a major disappointment, but for two fortunate competitors on the card, things are looking a little brighter thanks to Fear The Fighter.
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Hieron (Twitter: @JayHieron) returns to the UFC for the first time in nearly seven years when he takes on Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event of UFC 151 next week in Las Vegas. Hieron has won 11 of his last 12 fights, with the only setback being a somewhat controversial split decision loss to Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. For UFC 151, he finally gets back in the big show for a short-notice fight after Josh Koscheck had to pull out with an injury. The fight with Ellenberger is a rematch – Hieron outpointed him in the IFL way back in June 2006.
Hougland (Twitter: @JeffHougland) also gets some TV time on FX next week in Vegas when he takes on former bantamweight title challenger Takeya Mizugaki. Hougland had his nine-fight win streak snapped by Yves Jabouin in May, so he’ll be looking to get back in the win column. The first and only time Hougland fought in Las Vegas, he picked up a win in his UFC debut against Donny Walker. Mizugaki also is in need of a win, having dropped two of his last three fights.
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James Te Huna brought some old-school power pack to the birthplace of the UFC to kick off the undercard Saturday night at UFC 135 in the Pepsi Center in Denver,
Te Huna scored a 47-second knockout of Ricardo Romero in their light heavyweight bout in the city where UFC 1 took place, kicking off the event. The other prelim winners were Tim Boetsch, Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner Tony Ferguson, Takeya Mizugaki and Junior Assuncao.
Te Huna blasted Romero with an uppercut in the early going and watched him struggle for takedowns from long range for the next few seconds. When Romero tried to hold a leg, Te Huna blasted him to the side of the head, and Romero went face-down to the canvas. Te Huna delivered a couple more shots while Romero was out before the bout was called.
Te Huna, Mizugaki and Assuncao’s fights were streamed live on Facebook, while the Spike TV audience got to see Boestch and Ferguson.
Boestsch took Nick Ring from the ranks of the unbeaten by scoring a unanimous decision victory, using a takedown just outside the final minute to seal the win, his second in as many tries since moving down to middleweight.
Ferguson improved to 2-0 in the UFC, including his win over Ramsey Nijem to win TUF 13. He clubbed Aaron Riley with a right hand that broke Riley’s jaw and left the veteran to be counted out after the first round as blood poured from Riley’s mouth.
Mizugaki continued his streak of following a loss with a win since joining Zuffa, as he finished off Cole Escovedo with an array of punches at 4:30 of the second round. Mizugaki is now 4-4 in Zuffa, going 1-4 in matches against fighters who have held a UFC or WEC belt. Escovedo was the WEC featherweight champ from 2002-06 before losing the belt to Urijah Faber.
Assuncao made a successful return to the UFC after four years away by earning a unanimous decision victory over debutante Eddie Yagin. Assuncao was never threatened, even by what appeared for a moment to be a deep guillotine, but he was giving the thumbs-up vehemently to the referee and popped out. Assuncao won 30-26 on two judges’ scorecards and 30-27 on the other.