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  • 02-08-2013, 06:22 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Greg Jackson expects no backlash over assuming Fight Master role

    Greg Jackson expects no backlash over assuming Fight Master role - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Damon Martin, writing for Bleacher Report, says Greg Jackson does not anticipate any repercussions over his participation as a coach in the Spike TV reality series Fight Master:, which will be competing with the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter.

    Jackson will join Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as coaches. Filming is expected to being in a few weeks, ahead of a Summer debut.

    "I don't think so," said Jackson during a media conference call on Tuesday. "Because like Randy I've worked with Bellator before, and I don't think it should be a problem. My fighters are my fighters, and I'm me and like Frank said as well, I think it's good for the sport,."

    "Even Dana would admit that it's good for the sport to have other organizations around. So I don't foresee any problems."

    This year, with Jon Jones coaching The Ultimate Fighter in Las Vegas, Jackson opted not to be a part of his staff, due to the sheer amount of competitors getting ready for fights who needed his undivided attention.

    Jackson explains that he will still be able to travel to shows on weekends and help corner his fighters, and even when the show is filming, his time commitment isn't so serious that he will be away for long stretches.

    "IIt's very doable," said Jackson. "The great thing is you know you have great assistant coaches and that's always been one of my strengths as a team are the coaches around me, they're much better than I am, but just having that support system allows me the freedom to kind of move around a little bit. So I'm very, very blessed and lucky for that."
    Couture: "Had some interesting texts from Dana"
    http://www.fightersonlymag.com/conte...xts-from-danaq

    Randy Couture has made some comments on the increasingly bitter fall-out between himself and the UFC following his decision to take a broadcasting job with would-be rivals Bellator MMA, as he tells Sherdog:

    On communication with UFC president Dana White:
    “I had some rather interesting and classic texts that came to my phone. This was kind of a couple weeks ago when things started leaking.”

    On White saying he was happy Couture is gone:
    “I’m happy to not have to put up with and keep my mouth shut and deal with Dana as well. It goes both ways. I have a ton of respect for the UFC. In a lot of ways, I still have respect for Dana and the passion that he has for the sport and the things that him and Lorenzo have managed to do for the sport over the course of their tenure since 2000... certainly there’s plenty of things I don’t agree with.”

    On Viacom owning Spike TV and Bellator:
    "At the end of the day, they’ve never shied away from competition and I think that’s what’s got them on their heels a little bit now and Dana especially, is that I think they see Viacom and this whole platform as a threat and serious competition to them being considered the only brand in the marketplace in this sport.”

    Bellator made its Spike TV debut last month and is set on becoming a thorn in the side of the UFC. It seems Spike TV also has an axe to grind, seeing as the fallout between it and the UFC also had some sharp moments.

    Spike claims to be responsible for building the UFC to its current stature and it wants to do the same for Bellator. Part of that involves a reality television show - ‘Fight Masters’ - which on the face of it is not a million miles from The Ultimate Fighter.

    Aside from Couture, coach du jour Greg Jackson has also signed up to lead a team on the series, sure to endear him even further to the UFC. He was labelled “a sport killer” in the press release announcing the cancellation of UFC 151 last year.


    No Love Lost: Dana White Has No Respect for Frank Shamrock
    http://www.mmaweekly.com/dana-white-...frank-shamrock

    “Frank Shamrock is a (expletive). Frank Shamrock literally never shuts up. He’s always popping off about something. He’s always got something stupid to say,” said White following the UFC 156 post-fight press conference.

    “Frank Shamrock came out with a statement the other day and wants to fight me. Give me a (expletive) break. The guy is a clown. I just have no respect for Frank Shamrock,” said White.

    Randy Couture: My Deal is with Spike TV, Not Bellator; That’s Maybe Lost on Dana White
    http://www.mmaweekly.com/randy-coutu...-on-dana-white

    “I have to clarify that because my deal is with Spike. It’s for TV shows, both scripted and unscripted potential shows. I’ve never been to Bellator. That was the first time I’ve ever met Bjorn (Rebney), was at the press conference, so I’m not involved in any way, shape, or form with Bellator, just to clarify that,” Couture told Knockout Radio, an MMAWeekly.com official content partner.

    “My deal is to train athletes for this reality show that will get the opportunity to fight in the tournament for Bellator, and that’s about the extent of my commitment, at least at this stage of things, with the organization and the promotion of Bellator,” Couture added.

    “I think that is a distinction that is largely misunderstood and maybe lost on Dana (White). He’s not one for details. But at the end of the day, that’s the reality of it.”
    “I think there are some opportunities for some scripted series. Spike wants to develop some new stuff that’s their own, their own cable-type shows. You’ve seen FX and a lot of other places that are developing those types of things: The Walking Dead, Justified. There’s a ton of shows like that out there that are scripted television that are fun. I enjoy a lot of those shows, so if I get the opportunity to continue to refine and hone my acting skills in that type of setting, it would be crazy for me not to get on board and be part of it,” he said.

    UFC president Dana White was not happy with the way Couture handled his transition from the UFC to Spike TV, but Couture and Spike TV knew it would be this way going into the deal.

    “I think they understood when they came to me and asked me to get involved in this what it meant to me and what kind of trouble we were in for and what I was in for with regards to Zuffa and Dana. They had a longstanding, six-and-a-half year relationship with Dana. They know Dana as well as anybody.

    “I think they’ve respected that. They’ve stepped up with the offer they made me and the commitment they made to me is genuine and very solid,” said Couture. “So I’m happy to be involved.”
  • 02-07-2013, 04:38 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    Rebney is so full of shit, he's a fucking Winnebago conman and this is all just bluster and bluff. If they go to PPV with the roster they have, they'd draw a horrible number.

    Not going to happen.

    The longer this shit goes on, the more I wish Eddie had just sat out like Vinny did, who was terrified M1 would pull some of the same shit....
  • 02-07-2013, 04:37 PM
    trustkill
    The "Bellator PPV" is a complete bluff fabricated to counter the UFC's offer to Alvarez. UFC included Eddie's first PPV booking as a means to offer him something that Bellator could not logistically match, since they haven't booked a single PPV event.

    By all accounts, Eddie has now missed out on two UFC PPV bookings because of Bellator's stalling tactics. I think his strategy is to let both the first and second UFC PPV dates pass, with Bellator not putting any PPV events together in that time span. This will be used as evidence against Bjorn to show that Bellator can not legitimately offer him the same opportunities as the UFC.

    I don't think that Bellator's tactic of saying, "Well, we would have done a PPV with Eddie," will hold any water after those UFC PPV dates pass.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    Rebney is so full of shit, he's a fucking Winnebago conman and this is all just bluster and bluff. If they go to PPV with the roster they have, they'd draw a horrible number.

    Not going to happen.
    Exactly, total bluff. But I wouldn't call him a conman, just a business man flexing his muscle for his own best interest, no different from any other promoter.
  • 02-07-2013, 04:25 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Couture: White sees Viacom as a threat - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Randy Couture was interviewed Wednesday on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show about his recent move to Bellator and the controversy around it.

    On communication with UFC president Dana White:
    “I had some rather interesting and classic texts that came to my phone. This was kind of a couple weeks ago when things started leaking.”

    On White saying he was happy Couture is gone:
    “I’m happy to not have to put up with and keep my mouth shut and deal with Dana as well. It goes both ways. I have a ton of respect for the UFC. In a lot of ways, I still have respect for Dana and the passion that he has for the sport and the things that him and Lorenzo have managed to do for the sport over the course of their tenure since 2000... certainly there’s plenty of things I don’t agree with.”

    On Viacom owning Spike TV and Bellator:
    "At the end of the day, they’ve never shied away from competition and I think that’s what’s got them on their heels a little bit now and Dana especially, is that I think they see Viacom and this whole platform as a threat and serious competition to them being considered the only brand in the marketplace in this sport.”

    On the role of a coach:
    “The coaches that I’ve had in my life have been in a lot of ways that standup male figure that I lacked. Having a father that was never around, those were the guys that I turned to. They guided me. They shaped and molded me in a lot of ways, so I have a ton of respect for that position and that title.”

    Frank Shamrock says Bellator's value lies in its eye toward MMA's future
    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...rd-mmas-future

    Frank Shamrock said he is where he is because he chose his own destiny.

    Agreeing to fight Tito Ortiz inside the circa-1999 octagon, he took a step that would forever change his life.

    Shamrock (23-10-2), who took the belt from Ortiz and then walked away from the sport, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he hasn't coached for years. But he agreed to shepherd fighters on Bellator MMA's new reality show because he sees the promotion promotes the way he lived.

    "Bellator's got the past and future in mind," Shamrock said. "That's why I'm here. Otherwise, I'd be at home on my couch."

    Shamrock joins Randy Couture, Greg Jackson and Joe Warren on the inaugural season of the show, which begins filming this weekend in New Orleans and airs later this year on Spike TV. Thirty-two welterweights, experienced and new, will compete for a spot on the promotion's fall tournament, which pays out $100,000 to its winner.

    The coaches will guide four squads of four men apiece following elimination-round fights. Spike executives said a large part of the show's appeal will come from the interplay between coaches and fighters, who are allowed to choose who they fight in two-round professional bouts.

    Shamrock's last high profile coaching gig came in 2006, when he led a squad of up-and-comers in the defunct International Fight League.

    But while there's plenty of competition to be had, there's also a branding opportunity for the fighter, who segued into commentary after going 1-3 in his last four fights.

    "I'm in the TV business – I get that," said Shamrock, who was on the first team for the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion before UFC parent Zuffa folded the company this past month.

    But Shamrock, who fought sporadically after beating Ortiz, also believes it's his job to steer the sport away from its current course, which he said favors controversy over worth. A longtime critic of UFC President Dana White, he said tournament formats do a better job of building interest than superfights, which place more emphasis on out-of-the-cage promotion.

    "We've sucked all the juice out of these fans," Shamrock said. "They've got to cough up $50 every time to watch a bunch of guys fighting that, 'Why are they fighting again?' Because Dana said they could and so-and-so had a big mouth.

    "There's nothing that says if I try hard and live the martial arts lifestyle, I'm going to get to here. Right now, it's finding a gimmick. There's nothing that speaks to our past and our future."

    Shamrock saw through one gimmick when reality show was met with hostility by his chief antagonist, White, who blasted Couture's move to Spike after serving as a UFC analyst on FOX.

    "The best part about him is he's consistent," Shamrock said of the UFC president. "You can always rely on him for consistent media, and you can always rely on him to be angry. And I bank on it. When I do deals, I go, 'Oh, don't worry about it. I can get Dana to say whatever I want.' It's wonderful.

    "I think it's shortsighted and immature of him (toward Couture), but if that's the way he wants to run his company, and that's the way he wants to build his brand, I think we're OK with it."

    Shamrock also wasn't bothered by the thought that White would try to erase him from the UFC history books, as the executive largely did when their relationship soured almost immediately after the promotion was purchased by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta in 2001.

    "I don't feel much about it," Shamrock said. "It was my personal journey. I love the sport because of what it gave to me personally. That's all that mattered to me. I came out of it healthy and a good person. If we can get anybody else on that journey, that's more than enough for me.

    "My ego's fine. I've got more than enough money, belts, and all that stuff. What I want is to help this community, because if you're not helping people and you're just taking from them, eventually people will wear down and not be real supporters any more."

    Bellator's move to Spike TV comes at a crucial moment for the sport, which has seen reality show tournaments stagnate. "The Ultimate Fighter," which features a group of vets and newcomers competing in a tourney for an octagon contract, is up slightly in its 17th season, but although it continues to perform strongly in young male demographics, its overall viewership is down.

    "We need more depth," Shamrock said. "We need more human interest in a person. We can't get it in a big superfight. It doesn't work. For me, I want to hear how the guy struggled, I want to hear how he got hurt and recovered, and I want to see the process. Otherwise, I turn on the fights, I go, 'Eh, that guy,' and then I turn him off. Then Dana comes out and yells and screams, and why would I want to be assaulted by that?"
  • 02-07-2013, 04:11 PM
    ckauffman28
    only reason he wants to do a ppv is so they can match the UFC's contracts... i enjoy most bellator shows but i wouldnt pay for them
  • 02-07-2013, 03:59 PM
    Sakara=Excitement
    The dispute he himself started? Riiiight.
  • 02-07-2013, 03:31 PM
    goodtimes
    Ugh I hate the PPV model. With the internet it's becoming increasingly obsolete. Why would Bellator move towards it? I get the feeling with Spike in control the promotion is going to go to shit.
  • 02-06-2013, 11:45 PM
    Rumble
    If he wants to venture into the PPV realm, then why is he suing everyone who leaves his promotion? That has to be such a huge waste of time, money and other resources that he could be using to help take his promotion to the next level (albeit, no time soon). Here's an idea, stop suing people you bitter fuck. Invest your time and money more wisely and maybe then you'll start seeing some results.
  • 02-06-2013, 10:45 PM
    joeodd2
    Ok I'd been defending Bjorn throughout this ordeal but this is just plain creepy! Eddie wants to fight in the UFC, so just let him go! Why force a man to fight for your organization. He has said repeatedly that he wants to fight for them and not for Bellator anymore. It's time to have some pride and wish Eddie the best of luck, hell they let Hector Lombard sign with the UFC, and he was destroying contenders in Bellator for years. I don't see what makes Eddie more special than Hector, who was undefeated in the promotion. This smacks of desperation and it worries me. If Bellator really feels that it has to waste time and money trying to make Eddie Alverez fight for them, then there are deeper lying issues within this organization. I think the strategy of building a brand around a few "big names" is the wrong idea. They can make new names by signing up in coming exciting fighters who people will pay to see. I hope Bellator isn't as desperate as it seems right now, because it would be a shame to see Bellator closing it's doors.......
  • 02-06-2013, 10:40 PM
    mmawolverine
    viacom aint no joke, those creeps are going to do everything in their power to snatch up page and barnett and keep alvarez if for nothing else but a inaugural ppv they would be wise to pickup some of the 1fc and jmma strays maybe even flirt with m-1 alittle
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