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MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Wed May 13, 2015 8:11 pm

Several prominent mixed martial arts (MMA) managers for fighters from various organizations are set to convene in Las Vegas next week during the upcoming UFC 187 pay-per-view (UFC) event, which is set to pop off from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2015.


While meetings are nothing to rave about, this one in particular may raise a few eyebrows, as this will be the first of its kind. Plus, the timing is quite impeccable, as the backlash from the recent announcement of the UFC/Reebok payout structure is still in full effect.


Jeff Meyer of MMA Inc., who along with his partner Mike Roberts, organized the meeting of the MMA minds and revealed to MMA Fighting how and why it all came about.


"We are pretty excited about it because this has never been done before. While the managers usually see each other independently at the fights, we've never sat down as a group to discuss common issues that affect us all. This is long overdue. This came about through a couple of unrelated phone calls between a few managers. It was suggested that we should all get together some time. Since quite a few managers will be in Las Vegas over Memorial Day, we decided to put something together. An invitation was sent out to about a dozen managers. The response was very positive and a few managers that were not on the original invitation have asked to attend as well. And they are welcome to do so."


As far as the Reebok controversy, which will essentially cost many fighters thousands of sponsorship dollars, Meyer said that is only one of the topics that will be tackled.


"Reebok is only one component of a multitude of issues managers should be talking about. There has been some speculation in the media as to the agenda of the meeting. The only agenda item is for management to get together and share insights over a variety of topics, with the hope that we can make our industry better for the benefit of our respective clients and our respective agencies. That's it."

Also, Meyer sated that the meeting is not intended to pick on just one promotion and they are not being secretive about their planned event.


"We're not trying to hide the fact that we're meeting next week, and we're not trying to pick on any specific promotion. It's just long overdue that management sits down and has a collective conversation about the state of the business. It's amazing that we haven't done this yet."





http://www.mmamania.com/2015/5/13/8599339/ufc-several-mma-managers-to-have-meeting-in-las-vegas-over-ufc-187-weekend-mma
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Re: MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by Hamilcar on Thu May 14, 2015 6:28 pm

OP: "MMA Mangers Joining Forces?"

Doubt it. It's probably over-glorified beer drinking with the UFC supervising.

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Re: MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Thu May 14, 2015 6:34 pm

Lol...

Their bar bill will be paid for on a Zuffa company credit card.
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Re: MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by stu3ufc on Thu May 14, 2015 7:40 pm

any names with who's in the meeting?

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Re: MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by Hamilcar on Thu May 14, 2015 8:37 pm

stu3ufc wrote:any names with who's in the meeting?

From MMA Fighting.com
Out of respect for his peers, Meyer wouldn't disclose which managers would take part in the meeting. He said he expected at least ten to attend but was hoping for more.
Junior dos Santos' manager Ana Claudia Guedes confirmed that she will be attending....

Two others who are planning on attending: Robert Roveta of Denaro Sports, who manages Matt Brown, Dustin Poirier and Shawn Jordan, as well as Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, who represents Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig and more. Others contacted by MMAFighting.com politely declined to confirm their involvement.
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Re: MMA Managers Joining Forces?

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Fri May 15, 2015 12:01 pm

Buddy Albin should be there.
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