Let’s just say that when you put out lame facts about the, inaccurate statements, and spoil the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter, you’re destined to become a permanent enemy of the biggest organization in the sport of MMA, that is the UFC. Is that a fate you’re willing to face? Especially if your career depends on covering the UFC?
Well, we all know Dana White takes shit personally, and won’t easily back down from a war. White’s least likely to back down from a fight with ESPN, who’s been on White’s radar for sometime now because of slanders against his ever-growing empire. The most recent low blow by ESPN is the “UFC Fighter Pay Expose,” which headlined last week on the award-winning investigative series Outside the Lines. The interview with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta was about fighter pay issues and was drastically edited to under 10 minutes without any hard facts, salary figures, or even a fighter name to back up the story. We could conclude the whole thing was a major fail, and was far from being as “tight as a nuns asshole.” The 20 odd UFC fighters who aren’t cashing in still remains a mystery, until now…
Yes, the shocking missing footage is here, courtesy of illustration artist Bryan G. Brown (@bryangbrown) of Monsters of MMA. It’s ESPN’s one and only Josh Gross interviewing UFC fighter “John Doe,” who you can clearly see lacks nutrition, strength, and is desperate for a salary increase.
Now, can we all say that this ESPN story has no weight?