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  • 02-04-2014, 04:35 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    UFC may have used a convicted sex offender to help get MMA legalized in New York
    Now it appears the UFC placed their own obstacle in their attempt to get MMA legal in New York by allegedly appointing a convicted sex offender Michael Boxley as a representative to get MMA legal in the Big Apple. Check out this excerpt from the New York Post about the gargantuan PR blunder.



    The promoters of Ultimate Fighting have damaged their chances of legalizing the sport in New York with a knockout p.r. blunder — having convicted sex offender Michael Boxley participate in an Albany reception aimed at winning votes from state lawmakers, sources told The Post.

    Even supporters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts were stunned to see Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s disgraced former aide at the Jan. 27 pro-legalization campaign event.

    Boxley was convicted in 2003 of sexually abusing a legislative staffer but has re-emerged as a lobbyist. The firm that employs him, Brown & Weinraub, represents UFC-Zuffa Entertainment, the main promoter of MMA bouts.

    Needless to say, Michael Boxley will most likely have an adverse effect on getting MMA legal in New York, at least that's what Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal told the NYPost.

    Regardless of if Michael Boxley was used by Brown & Weinraub to represent the UFC, don't be surprised if the Culinary Union leaches on to this NYPost news item and create another bizarre anti-UFC campaign.
  • 11-23-2013, 12:10 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. MMA View Post
    I would say Dana is also pretty much as busy. Also, most of the press conferences that Dana does speak at, Lorenzo is there somewhere but usually backstage.

    You're right though that Lorenzo doesn't have the inclination to be in the spotlight whereas you know Dana loves it. It's just too bad that he represents himself as a child some of the time showing disrespect. Some people love it, calling it "Dana is real". That's unfortunate that showing disrespect and disdain for many fighters is considered "real". You can be respectful and "be real" at the same time.
    Would you not agree that Bjorn Rebney does a better job at public relations? I find that he handles himself considerably better and thoroughly shows respect for his fighters.
  • 11-22-2013, 11:29 PM
    joeodd2
    Sniggles What dafuq is that picture? It disturbs my soul....
  • 11-22-2013, 09:46 PM
    Dr. MMA
    Quote Originally Posted by Rise View Post
    I've always just figured Lorenzo was to busy with other stuff and didn't really have the inclination to be in the spotlight all the time like Dana does.
    I would say Dana is also pretty much as busy. Also, most of the press conferences that Dana does speak at, Lorenzo is there somewhere but usually backstage.

    You're right though that Lorenzo doesn't have the inclination to be in the spotlight whereas you know Dana loves it. It's just too bad that he represents himself as a child some of the time showing disrespect. Some people love it, calling it "Dana is real". That's unfortunate that showing disrespect and disdain for many fighters is considered "real". You can be respectful and "be real" at the same time.
  • 11-22-2013, 01:24 PM
    Sniggles
    Eat a bag of dicks, Sheldon Silver.
  • 11-22-2013, 01:23 PM
    Ginmortal
    GSP, Jon Jones, Anderson, Fedor, CroCop... at some point they were all young up and comers that needed a chance to show their skillset... those "waterdowned" cards will be full of hungry young guys fighting to be the next main eventer...
  • 11-22-2013, 01:00 PM
    Sniggles
    You can choose to look at them as watered down fights or as up-and-coming talent.
  • 11-22-2013, 12:46 PM
    FFFRpickup
    the ufc has to put on watered down shows to keep people on the roster and fighting. we can't have top ten fights all the time. The UFC has an obligation to fighters and fans. the UFC has to put on a lot of shows and keep people fighting, regardless of rankings. that way they don't just keep cutting talent that's not top ten. Dana has to stop putting his nose in everybodys business and stop playing dr phil as well.
  • 11-22-2013, 09:48 AM
    Cat--Smasher




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  • 11-22-2013, 08:02 AM
    SickNasty
    Honestly, I'm not a fan of calling more shows per year "watering down the sport". This sport is in a unique stage; we're beyond the introduction; past the regulations (sup New York?) and now MMA needs to really take hold and achieve the same normalcy and greatness of the big four, NBA, MLB, NHL, and the NFL. More shows will built more talent and will generate more exposure and more opportunities for everyone involved with MMA. Not every show can be the best card ever, and not ever fight can be Shogun vs Henderson, we all know this; but the point I'm trying to convey is that having more fights on a regular basis will do more good than harm.

    The MLB plays 4,860 games between 30 teams, the NBA 2,460 between 30 teams, 512 games are played amongst 32NFL teams and the NHL has 2,460 games shared by 30. That's a lot of sporting events. They are also so far ahead of what the MMA community is trying to accomplish its crazy. I really think people get stuck on the nostalgia of watching Pride and the early UFC's because it was more raw, and almost magical when you first experienced it. I can remember watching Wandy DESTROY fools in Pride on grainy ass internet videos, on my parents dial up connection, who doesn't? Now, everything is getting better, fighter skills are developing at a younger age, strategies are now being studied, utilized and adjusted with a higher and more effective focus. All of this progression will just get better and advance more rapidly with more shows and the opportunities they provide.
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