Lawler More Likely To Fight In Japan Than UFC Says Manager


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But before visions of Lawler and yet-to-be-tested UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva trading leather-wrapped gifts between each other start to dance through fans’ heads, Cox said he had no talks, informal or otherwise, with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva over the weekend due to time restrictions. Though the pair have a strong working relationship, Cox is mindful that the UFC might not want to pay Lawler’s price tag, which was $100,000 for his July win over Scott Smith, not including the $80,000 Lawler received in sponsorship monies.

“Unfortunately — and I don’t know if this is the case or not — the UFC has tons of stars,” said Cox. “There are a lot of organizations that don’t have any stars. A guy like Lawler might be worth a lot more money to someone else other than the UFC. It’s supply and demand.”

Cox said a Japanese associate has reached out to the nation’s two upper-echelon promotions — Fighting and Entertainment Group’s Dream and World Victory Road’s Sengoku. Stateside, Affliction Entertainment was also named as a possibility. Cox said salary numbers wouldn’t be discussed until EliteXC gets its 30 days to reply.


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