When UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) bought Pride Fighting a Japanese fight league for $70 million dollars, a MMA shift broke out. Pride evaporated and a new fight league called Dream Fighting came to replace Pride. Fighters were mixed around and conflict by the fans had an up-rise.
As new Pride fighters like superstar Wanderlei Sylva, Dan Henderson and Rampage Jackson entered the Octagon, the MMA business became a whole new game. As UFC and Pride emerged many devoted fans of both Pride and the UFC didn't like the idea. Some believed that Pride fighters deserved better than the low paying fight league the UFC. For example, Dan Henderson a Pride Middle Weight Champion turned down an UFC extension contract.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Former PRIDE Champion Dan Henderson turned down a recent contract extension offer with the UFC. The reason, he’s holding out for better pay and better fights.
As UFC and Pride held hands, an ultimate anticipating fight broke out. Fedor Emelianenko will fight Tim the "Maine-iac" Sylvia which they will go toe to toe on July 17th. Who is hosting the fight? The new MMA fight league called Affliction. Affliction recently became partners with multi-millionaire Donald Trump. Can this be competition for the UFC?
Also, there was news about Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell an IFL former heavy weight champion signing with Adrenaline a new MMA League. Not to mention the new resignation of Randy the "Natural" Couture.
UFC heayweight champion Randy Couture is severing all ties with the organization, giving up his title belt as well as his role as an announcer.
One reason that he's walking away is simply that he's running out of opponents, and the one guy everyone wanted to see him fight, Fedor Emelianenko, isn't coming to UFC. But the other reason is interesting: He doesn't like how his boss is treating him.
"I know Fedor (Emelianenko) just signed with another organization and that's the only real fight that makes sense for me at 44 years old as the heavyweight champion of the UFC. That's the fight I wanted and if that can't happen it doesn't make sense for me to compete with all these other guys. And then obviously that's not going to happen now. And, two, I'm tired of being taken advantage of, played as the nice guy and basically swimming against the current with the management of the UFC. I have a lot of other things going on in my life that I'm doing just fine with. I don't need the problems. I don't feel like I get the respect I deserve from the organization, and that's motivation No. 2 for the letter of resignation that was sent today."
After Tito Ortiz lost to Lyoto Machida, Tito was done with Dana White and the UFC. "I've worked so hard for (the UFC) and put my ass on the line. I've fought injured and with a torn ACL and a bulging disc and still put my ass on the line, and they still don't show me respect... Dana's like Don King. The only thing that separates him and Dana White is the color of their skin."
Tito is deciding where to go but there is a high chance of Tito to join Elite XC. If that contract ever becomes official, Elite XC will then have legend Tito Ortiz AND uprising superstar Kimbo Slice.
Along with these new MMA leagues, AFL, IFL and the WEC are trying to make big hits in the MMA Industry.
Dana White losing very important fighters can be the cause of the deline of the UFC.
How will UFC and Dana White fight off these new contenders?
By Ian Sim
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