'The Grass Is Greener': UFC-to-Bellator Signees Speak Out

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'The Grass Is Greener': UFC-to-Bellator Signees Speak Out

Post by Kinosis on Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:27 pm

For one UFC fighter, a conversation with one of the promotion's top executives sealed his already-evolving decision to test free agency.

The two sides had been engaged in a discussion regarding issues related to the Reebok sponsorship deal when the fighter tried to punctuate his point by reminding the executive that the 500-plus fighters on the roster are the UFC's product. As he recounts it, the executive looked at him quizzically before responding that, no, the production and show are what the company is selling.

The fighter could not believe what he was hearing.

"Without us, all you have is a cage, cameras and lights," he recalled saying, before the conversation continued in circles, ultimately ending in no resolution.

This is the type of story you sometimes hear behind the scenes or read reported through anonymous sources, but the shifting dynamics of MMA free agency have changed both the opportunities available to fighters as well as the sport's power structure. As a result, athletes now have alternative options and an increasing willingness to voice their collective concerns.

That conversation, which heavyweight star Matt Mitrione told Bleacher Report took place between him and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, was just one of many things that Mitrione said led to his decision to hit the open market, where he eventually signed a multifight deal with Bellator, the company that has firmly established itself as the UFC's top rival for talent.

For the rest of the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2630256-the-grass-is-greener-ufc-to-bellator-signees-speak-out

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Post by Kinosis on Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:46 pm

It's a long read, but worth it. I think the fall of the ufc has started and Bellator, Rizin and the rest are going to keep taking great fighters.

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Post by CDF47 on Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:15 am

^I think they might as well, especially since the Reebok deal

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