Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher
Is it in Nick's job description though?
Is Nick obligated to attend promotional events outside of press conferences, weigh ins and post fight events?
I would imagine signing a title or main event fight contract includes the obligations to show up and participate in whatever publicity the UFC deems necessary to sell the fight.
I think (not saying it is in Nicks contract) a fighter should be able to be a top level fighter and not be obligated to jump through all the monkey hoops the UFC asks... Really, is it required to be spilling your guts on camera to hype a fight and pulls fans heart strings by talking about your dad committing suicide?
I think or any fighter has the option of how in depth the actual interview goes. They are always in control of the answers.
Nick should be able to fight in the UFC, fight for main events or title fights and not have to put himself out there on all the promotional stuff the UFC does if he is willing to be paid less.
Unfortunately from a business standpoint it doesn't really work to have fighters just show up to fight at high levels. Even with a reduced pay it doesn't offset the losses in PR. With the UFC trying to continually expand they want all the exposure they can get and having people not show up for this hurts things in the long run.
I have no clue if Nick is obligated to do so or not but think for less pay, fighters should have the option to not participate in media obligations. What other sport requires players to participate in major media obligations if they want to compete for the championship. |
Would the NFL boot a team from not playing for the championship because one of the teams QB would not do a promo show?
Every major sport has media requirements for the players and coaches involved. I can't speak for every single one but there are penalties to the players for not making themselves available to the press. The NFL for instance hands out pretty significant fines to players that no show media days during the lead up to the Superbowl.
It seems very clear Nick has anxiety issues and struggles in very public and social environments, true mma is not about the press.[/QUOTE]
Personally I don't buy the anxiety thing. Consider that he can fight and do interviews post fight in front of 15,000 or more people on a given night and has no hiccups in doing so. He also teaches classes to several people at once. Has no problem putting himself out there when it suits his personal needs. I don't really see it as being anxiety there are certainly social interaction issues there but it's not anxiety or a fear.