Fight Mafia promises to make good on debt by mid of Jan. Believe me, I will be just as loud when he honors his agreement.
1. 2nd check from Fight Mafia has bounced. its now three months since my fight without receiving a dime from them. this is truth. not slander. 11:44 PM Dec 23rd from txt
2. nows the part where fight mafia says they're big fans and have nothing but support for me. to bad my mortgage co doesn't take good wishes. 11:50 PM Dec 23rd from txt
3. It's sad cuz it was such a cool shirt. He bragged about selling 1000 shirts in 4 days of listing them for sale. that's $38,000 folks. about 16 hours ago from web
4. if Fight Mafia intended to pay they would've sent a certified check. sendin 2 bad checks is amazing. about 7 hours ago from mobile web
5. when you write a check you either have the funds or you dont. so write a certified check if you do.dont send bad checks. especially not two about 7 hours ago from mobile web
6. a published story will be coming out with fight mafias responses and false promises to me. i've done my job. i deserve to be paid. about 7 hours ago from mobile web
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Statement from Fight Mafia
December 25, 2009
To whom this may concern…
My name is Noel P. Brooks and I am President and Founder of The Fight Mafia Apparel Brand. A lot of speculation has surfaced regarding my company and I wanted to take this opportunity to shed some light on these very unfortunate circumstances. I have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the Nate Quarry situation and I hope to give the general public a better understanding of this situation.
First I feel the need to share some information on my journey to where I am today, how my company was created, and what The Fight Mafia represents. Let's begin in October of 2007. I was working as remedial laborer at a local truck factory and I was very unhappy with where my life ended up. I didn't make much money and to say the least, there were not many bright spots in my life. My only passion was Mixed Martial Arts. My life consisted of working, hating my life, contemplating suicide, and watching the UFC. I had never been to a live event before and I thought a good way to keep my mind off suicide for a few days was to travel to Cincinnati Ohio for UFC 77. I drained my bank account, bought two tickets and my girlfriend and I got into the car and drove 5 hours to Cincinnati. As soon as we arrived, the city was a buzz! I was in awe and for the first time in years, I was momentarily happy! I couldn't believe how many people had traveled from so many different places to see these great athletes compete. I felt at home and at peace. That's what MMA does for me, it makes everything make sense. We went to the weigh-ins and did some sight-seeing and I couldn't believe how many famous fighters I was able to meet just walking the streets of Cincinnati. One of those fighters that I met that weekend was Houston "The Assassin" Alexander. I ran into him at an Underground Railroad Museum. I was star-struck! Houston was on his way to becoming a mega-superstar in the UFC as his last two fights were incredible knockout victories over top tier talent. Houston took a few pictures with us and then we all continued about our day. Little did I realize, that moment would spark a change in my life forever? The weekend was one of the best of my life and the fights were amazing. I was already in love with the UFC, but seeing it live marked the moment where I knew it was much more than a past-time. We returned home the day after UFC 77 and it was back to reality, my shitty life was right there waiting for me. There are highs and lows but for me, returning home was like winning the lottery and the next day being sentenced to life in prison.
Along my regular internet travels I stumbled upon Houston Alexander's website and decided to email him. I basically stated that we had met in Cincinnati and that I was a new MMA Apparel company and I was interested in designing his next entrance shirt. At that time, this statement was of course false. I felt I might get a response if I somewhat lied about who I was. I have always had a fascination with MMA entrance shirts and the entrance music in which fighters choose. To me, emailing Houston Alexander was just something I did for fun, I never actually thought I would get a response, and of course I was far from a MMA Apparel Company. I was a lost, suicidal 28 year old nobody without any hope for the future. A few weeks went by and I had forgotten all about my email to Houston Alexander until one day I was lying in bed depressed when the phone rang and my girlfriend came running stating that Houston Alexander was on the phone. I was astonished! I couldn't believe it. Houston told me to give him a call back later on that night and of course I did. He was actually interested in me designing a shirt for his next fight. After I hung up the phone with Houston, it took me a few minutes to calm down but when I did, I thought to myself, "what in the hell am I going to do?" "I'm no MMA apparel company." After some complex thought I decided to run with this new found opportunity. I quickly thought of a name and designed a logo and began designing a shirt. I had no experience, a computer that barely worked and no software, no money and a broken cell phone. I visited a local screen printer and quickly discovered that I only had enough money to produce 12 shirts and one-color print was my only option. The shirts turned out terrible! They were absolutely garbage but I remained positive because for the first time in my life I was doing something that I loved. I had invested $200 in 12 pitiful shirts and once again I was flat broke. I didn't want to send those shirts to Mr. Alexander but I had no other choice because I had nothing else to send and no money to produce anything better. I have never heard from Houston Alexander since our first conversation and I don't blame him. I still wonder what he did with those shirts and if he ever wore them? When Houston Alexander got released from the UFC recently, it was a sad day for my family and I, as Houston was responsible for the creation of The Fight Mafia. If he wouldn't have called me that day back in 2007, The Fight Mafia would probably not exist and who knows where I would be? That's how The Fight Mafia was created and the story gets even better.
A few months went by and not too many things yet had changed other than the fact that I was still working at the factory and I had replenished my bank account to its usual $200. I did however have a new found purpose in life. I was determined to make a go of this Fight Mafia thing. I believed that everything happened for a reason and I was going to die trying to get this business off the ground. I had no contacts in the business, not one phone number, not one email address, I had nothing. I searched and searched for anyone or anything that could help me out. I couldn't get in contact with any fighters or any managers or anyone remotely close to the UFC or even involved with the sport of MMA. I was completely out of my element and out of my league. I live in Chatham, Ontario Canada which is a very small town and not much of anything goes on here. Although there was one advantage to my remote location, and that being Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout. Sam lives in London, Ontario Canada which is about an hour drive from my home. Sam is a local MMA hero in our parts and I thought there might be a chance I could get in contact with him. I searched the internet and phone books for contact info and couldn't come up with anything. I was loosing hope as I quickly discovered celebrity fighters are very difficult to get in touch with. I had one more hair-brained idea to look for Sam on facebook and to my surprise I found him. I quickly messaged him on facebook and within a couple hours he responded. He gave me his agents name and phone number and left it at that. I was flabbergasted, I finally had a contact! The next day I gave Sam Stout's agent a call and we immediately clicked. For what ever reason, Sam's agent seemed to like me and felt my passion for MMA through my voice. He was a fast talking big-timer from Las Vegas and from him I quickly learned how to talk to people in the business without sounding like an amateur. I told him I wanted to design an entrance shirt for Sam's upcoming fight with Matt Wiman at UFC 97 in Montreal. He told me to give him a few days to mull it over and he would get back to me. Sam's fight was scheduled to be the first fight of the night on the non-televised portion of the PPV, but I felt that if I was granted this opportunity, it was an unbelievable start for my company. A few days passed when I finally got the call from Sam's agent. I will never forget those words, "We are going to go with you for Sam's shirt for UFC 97!" I cheered out-loud, I just couldn't believe it. I still had a shirt to design and a lot of work to do but my foot was finally in the door!
It took me a few weeks to design a couple shirts for me to send to Sam for him to look over and choose which one he liked. Luckily he chose the one I was hoping he would choose and I instantly put it into production. To save time and money, I myself worked with a local screen printer in the production of the shirts. I still to this day think that The Fight Mafia's Sam Stout shirt is one of the best MMA shirts of all-time. I remember being at the screen printer's shop until 5am finishing the shirts and then driving straight to Montreal to get Sam his shirts in time for the weigh-ins. I met Sam in the lobby of his hotel and he was in the middle of cutting weight and he was completely exhausted. We took the elevator up to his room so he could try the shirts on. Once we had a good fit, Sam passed out on the bed and rested waiting to weigh-in. I wished him good luck and left him to be alone with his family and friends. My girlfriend and I went about our business until it was time to go to the weigh-ins. I still remember being at the weigh-ins and looking behind the curtain backstage and seeing The Fight Mafia shirts everywhere. Shawn Tomkins, Chris Horodecki, Mark Hominick, and the rest of Team Stout were proudly sporting my gear. I had a hard time containing myself, I felt as if I was finally making something of my life. When Sam came running out to weigh-in in my shirt, I lost it! My girlfriend was balling her eyes out as she knew what I had been through and how much I truly love this sport. I was on such an adrenaline high that when the weigh-ins were all over I could do nothing but sleep. I crashed and I was okay with that because the next day was to be the highlight of my life.
I woke up early Saturday morning with incredible anxiety. I was extremely nervous as today was fight night and I didn't know what to expect. I just couldn't wait to walk through the doors of the Bell Centre. Before we left the hotel, I got down on my knees and prayed as hard as I could. I thanked God for finally allowing me to do what I loved to do and prayed for Sam's success. When I rose to my feet, something just came over me and I began to cry violently. I have never cried so hard in my life. My wonderful girlfriend hugged me and whispered in my ear that she was so proud of me. It took me about 20 minutes to contain myself and when I finally gained my composure, it was time to hit the streets. Before the doors opened my girlfriend and I decided that we would attempt to sell some shirts on the streets of Montreal to try and to raise some spending cash as of course we were flat broke. If you were in Montreal that night, you might remember me outside of the Bell Centre slanging Sam Stout T-shirts out of the trunk of my car. We were able to sell around $500 worth of shirts before we were almost arrested by Montreal Police. They let us off with a warning and we closed up shop and entered the Bell Centre. I was once again at my favorite place in the world, at a live UFC event. We grabbed a couple beers and went to our seats. I never miss the first fight of the night regardless, but this time it meant so much more. Little did I know I was about to go through the biggest emotional rollercoaster of my life. When the lights went off to start the show, I felt like I was going to throw up. The promotional video blasted onto the jumbo-screen promoting the first fight of the night and it wasn't Sam Stout's bout. My heart dropped, thoughts started racing through my mind. I started to believe that Sam's fight had gotten cancelled. Fight after fight continued on and still no Sam Stout. The night crept closer and closer to 10 o'clock when the PPV goes live on television and still no Sam stout. When Bruce Buffer announced to the crowd that "WE ARE LIVE!" I didn't know what to think? I remained optimistic and believed that maybe Sam's fight had made the television portion of the card and millions of people were going to see my shirt. Of course 3 fights into the PPV and still no Sam Stout. By the time the co-main event began I had lost all hope. I believed Sam's fight had been canceled and my dreams had been crushed. The co-main event was Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and I couldn't care less. I was completely depressed and when that fight ended I just wanted to break down and cry. Then one of the greatest moments of my life occurred. Once again the jumbo-screen blasted out a promotional video highlighting the next fight. It was finally Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman! I have never cheered so loud in my life. Because we were in Canada, Matt Wiman entered the cage first and when Sam Stout and his corners came out wearing my bright red shirts, I almost fainted. My girlfriend of course was crying again but this time it was clearly tears of joy! Sam put on the performance of his life and won a close 3 round decision. When Sam walked past me leaving the cage, I was completely geeked. I couldn't help but grab him. I was overjoyed! I owe much of my success to Sam Stout; I almost owe him my life. The main-event was a snooze-fest and all who saw the show know that Sam's fight was the best of the night. UFC President Dana White awarded Sam's fight with "Fight of the Night" honors which meant an extra $70,000 in Sam's pocket. That was the icing on the cake. I was so proud of Sam. I was actually quite proud of myself. In one night, my life changed forever.
When I returned home from Montreal, my hometown was a buzz. I was officially an overnight success story. I began receiving 100 emails a day to go along with a comparable number of phone calls. People across the world wanted The Fight Mafia Sam Stout shirt. We began doing thousands of dollars in sales each week. I wonder what kind of numbers we would have done if we had a proper website at that time. Everyday I would log onto my barely functioning computer hoping that I didn't receive too many orders that day. The reason being I was all by myself and I just couldn't keep up. I was still working midnights at the factory and producing shirts and shipping them out during the day. I barely slept and I was super stressed-out but I was the happiest I had been in years. I was finally doing what I loved and I felt I was showing the world that anything is possible. That was eight short months ago. Since then we have grown to become a global recognized company and are featured all across the world. I finally was able to quit my job and do The Fight Mafia thing full-time. It's a dream come true. I get emails, phone calls, and orders from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain, Italy, Brazil, etc. We will be featured in the upcoming UFC Undisputed 2010 video game as well as on future MMA action figures sold worldwide. We are in magazines, on the internet and on television on a weekly basis. We have one of the deepest rosters of sponsored fighters in the business and our record speaks for itself. Since seeking Sam Stout back in the early days, every fighter since then has sought me. I have never had to look for a fighter's contact information since and knowing what I went through to get in contact with Sam, that is something I really appreciate. Nobody has done what I have done and in the time-frame that I did it in. Not bad for a $200 investment. It's been a really long road in a very short period of time and I wouldn't trade one minute of it. Even the unfortunate circumstances that we are currently experiencing, it's all apart of the journey. The Fight Mafia isn't a gimmick. It's my life, it's everything I have been through and the obstacles I have had to overcome to follow a dream. It's about perseverance and fighting for what you believe in. It represents strength. I wear Fight Mafia gear everyday, not because it is my company and I want I want to promote my gear, but rather because it reminds me everyday of the struggle I went through. The Fight Mafia is for anyone who is willing to fight. There are lifestyle brands and then there are life brands. The Fight Mafia just might be the world's only life brand. Life is not easy but The Fight Mafia was created to remind people that you are not alone. There is a mafia of others just like you struggling to make ends meet and if aligned together, there is strength in numbers. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts represents what I believe in. Look at the struggle that MMA has gone through and continues to go through. Look at what the sport has become today. You too can achieve if you are willing to fight!
Now that everyone has been given the opportunity to learn a little more about myself and my company, let's continue on to the Nate Quarry situation. Earlier this year I was contacted by Nate Quarry's management with interest in being sponsored by The Fight Mafia. I of course knew of Nate's career and felt he would be a good fit for our brand as Nate has had to overcome many obstacles in his life as well. At one point, Nate's career was in jeopardy due to injury but Nate fought to persevere and thanks to the great people at Nuvasive Creative Spine Technology Nate has continued to be a great fighter. I commend Nate's struggle and was excited to have the opportunity to work with him. Nate fought on the UFC 97 card as well and it just seemed like a good fit for me. I was informed of prior mishaps with previous shirt companies that have worked with Nate and I made it my personal promise to produce an outstanding shirt. I designed the shirt myself and did my best to make all parties and sponsors involved happy. I did my best to make sure Nuvasive got the proper recognition they deserved by putting their name above ours and incorporating the spine design on the rear of the shirt. I truly love that shirt and I am quite proud of how it turned out. We had time restraints and I did my best to accommodate all of Nate's management's requests. At times I missed deadlines and at times things went wrong. That's business and that's life. I personally drove 18 hours from my home to Oklahoma City for Nate's fight to show my support as I do for all my sponsored fighters. I believe if I am there, I can help bring some good luck to my fighters, similar to what happened at UFC 97, and it works. Nate of course won his fight and also received "Fight of the Night" honors and pocketed $90,000 for his efforts. I am like a human rabbit's foot for MMA fighters. Ask Nate Diaz, he won "Fight of the Night" honors when he didn't even deserve it in his bout against Joe Stevenson, why? The Fight Mafia sponsored him for that fight. I'm lucky and very blessed and I do not take that for granted. I had no idea that I was going experience some unfortunate events following Nate's fight back in September, but I have. Once again, that's business and that's life. Nate has fulfilled all obligations and deserves to be paid. I have always said that to Nate and his management. Nate will be paid in full and I have said that on the record several times. My mistake was believing that all people could be understanding of circumstances that were beyond one individual's power. I have never written a check to Mr. Quarry with the intentions of that check bouncing. Why would I even send it if I didn't intend on paying? I even stated in writing to Nate's management's legal council what was owed and my confirmed intentions on paying that debt. Nate's legal team responded and thanked me for making their job easier by confirming what debt was owed and that payment will in fact be received. Nate's management was also informed via phone conversation not to attempt to cash the second check. They did so anyways. Once you write a check to someone you are admitting to funds being owed. Why would I write a check to someone if I was going to deny funds being owed? The answer is that I wouldn't. Nate should have had no worries of myself admitting debt and no worries of my confirmation of my intentions on paying that said debt. No check that I have written to Mr. Quarry has bounced in the traditional sense. Without breaking any restrictions that have been put upon me, I can release the following information; I have reached a level of success in a very short period of time under remarkable circumstances. That of course is a blessing but to financial government officials, that translates into a red flag. Anyone who has ever experienced the "red flag" knows what a nightmare that can become. Without setting off further red flags I hope you all understand what I mean. What you think is yours can easily be proven that it truly is not when a "red flag" goes up. I am working diligently with a team of accountants to rectify this situation and when this situation is reconciled, Nate Quarry will be paid in full. We are approaching a new year and with new years come new beginnings. Fortunately for myself, calendar years are exactly the same if you are a business owner or if you are a financial government official. Hint, Hint. Therefore I am confident Mr. Quarry will be paid in the very near future. I apologize for my part in this situation but please understand my situation; 8 months ago I was in a very different place that I am now. I am going to make some mistakes. I have made some mistakes. I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason and this too transpired just to show the world about further perseverance. I will live to fight another day and so will Nate Quarry. This too shall pass. I wish Nate Quarry all the best. I just wish Nate would have decided to handle this situation a little more professionally and decided not to go public. Although I know it was not Nate's intentions, but since Nate decided to post public comments on his twitter page and facebook pages, I have received numerous emails threatening my life, threatening my children's life, my family and friends have been affected and all of this during the Christmas season. So I ask you Nate, to please stop encouraging this activity by not continuing to ask followers to "spread the word." As long as no one acts on these threats and my family, friends, and children remain safe. No harm, no foul. I am truly honored to be disliked by you and the fact you even know who I am is an honor considering my humble beginnings. I have watched your career since season 1 of the ultimate fighter and I never thought in a million years Nate Quarry would have something to say about me, good or bad. It is truly an honor.
In closing, I would like to thank all those who support The Fight Mafia and what we represent. I also would like to thank all the writers and journalists who chose to contact me first without writing any uneducated literature. I promise you all that Mr. Nate Quarry will be paid in full in the very near future and I plan on educating more MMA followers of the financial aspects of this business so all can be more understanding of what goes into creating this sport to what it is today. I apologize to all who have been affected negatively in this situation, especially Mr. Quarry and his management. I hope everyone will continue to support Nate Quarry in his career and after this situation is reconciled, I surprisingly hope to sponsor Nate again in the future. I sponsor fighters not for advertising but rather to support the sport in which I love and to allow fighters to put their best possible product on display. Tough times go away, tough people do not. I will never quit and I will always fight for what I believe in. Do what you love and you will never work another day in your life. Keep you hands up and your chin down and when life throws a strike at you, duck and move and throw one back. We are The Fight Mafia and we invented "Organized Grind!" God Bless.
Noel P. Brooks
President & Founder
The Fight Mafia
To whom it may concern part 2,
I wanted to take some time once again to answer some of the questions I have received regarding the Nate Quarry situation. I am a person who likes to face adversity head on and will not shy away as I could easily do. That just is not my style. MMA fans are the most passionate fans in the world and deserve to be answered when they ask questions. In this statement I am going reveal actual numbers and try not to leave too many things left to the imagination. My last statement left people still asking questions. Restrictions have been made but I am going to blow them out the water and deal with the repercussions later.
When I stated that I had reached a level of success in a very short period of time under remarkable circumstances and "red flags" emerged to financial governing officials. What that meant in simpler terms is that all my business financial assets were seized and frozen by government officials. When the government issues a "red flag" there is not much you can do. Anyone who has been through this knows that you cannot win until they are satisfied with the results. I have a team of accountants working on this issue as we speak and they have been working on this for some time now. It is completely out of my hands. I stated this to Nate's management. It is possible that Nate did not receive this information. I also encouraged Nate's management to sue me for the funds and I put that in writting and handed them an un-losable case. Nate's management was flabbergasted on why I did this? The reason why I did this is that I wanted to make sure that Nate Quarry received his money and I wanted to show the government income officials what they were doing to me and the other people they were affecting as well. Nate's management chose not to sue me at that time? I wish they would have! When I stated the checks that I wrote Nate did not bounce in the traditional sense, what I meant by that is that those checks of course did not clear because of the seizure on my business accounts. That is why they were returned and payment was not received. When the first check did not clear, that is when I discovered what the government had done. I informed Nate's management of this and instructed them not to cash the second check. Nate's management did so anyway and I am not sure why? Please understand that there were two seperate checks of different amounts. One check was for sponsorship and the other was for royalties. When the sponsorship check was returned, I instructed Nate's management to not cash the royalty check and they did so anyways. I quess they didn't beleive me? I think people have been thinking that I sent two of the same checks knowing they would not clear, that is not the case. Understand that all checks are written to Nate's management and not Nate personally. It is very possible that Nate did not know any of this as I have had very little contact with Nate himself. All correspondence has been through Nate's management. It is very possible that Nate was told different information from the truth and that is why Nate's actions have been so harsh. I know what it is like to be stiffed for money and it is not fun. I understand Nate's concerns. Nate earns a respectful income from fighting but I believe MMA fighters are not nearly paid enough. I am very happy that Nate earned $90,000 in his last fight as this is not a common payday for these great warriors. I believe what these guys go through is worth millions similar to what top boxers earn. I do not want to disclose the amount in which I owe Mr. Quarry as I believe that is Nate's private information and if he feels to release that information, that is up to him. The $90,000 is public knowledge and is released after all fights so please no emails on why I disclosed that information.
On the $38,000 that was claimed to be earned on the shirt sales. That is also false. I did however inform Nate that 1000 shirts were sold in the first 4 days of listing the item. At that time the shirts were retailing for $36.00. Of those 1000 shirts ordered 97% were wholesale. What that means is 970 shirts were sold to wholesale accounts where of course discounts are given. Anyone in retail knows that wholesale orders are generally 50% off which gives retailers an opportunity for %100 mark-up. That's just how it works. Therefore that equals $17,460, then of course you have to account for production costs and shipping. That's another thing, I cover shipping on all wholesale orders. If you know anything about production costs or shipping, then you know on a 1000 shirts of that magnitude, you are looking atleast $10,000. And trust me, there is even more costs involved than I just stated. What is left over isn't even enough to cover Nate Quarry's sponsorship fee, the rest would of course come out of my pocket. As you can see, $38,000 is an inaccurate figure. It doesn't really much matter because I do not have access to that money regardless. When I told Nate of the impressive sales, I meant it as a compliment of his popularity as a fighter, not as bragging of income earned.
On my trip to England...That of course is true, I did travel to England for UFC 105. Even though I was experiencing financial troubles, business must go on as usual. I sponsor various fighters and as I said earlier, I sponsor fighters to show support not for advertising. Most of my sponsorship deals have been in place for months. I always hand deliver items to my sponsored fighters as a way of passing on good luck. I did the same for Nate Quarry in Oklahoma. For my trip to England I selected the cheapest possible flight and stayed at the worst hotel possible. The whole trip cost me $850 total (Visa). I would like to thank all the good people at tavelocity for hooking that up. But man was that hotel terrible, ask the good people at Cage Warriors, it was a dump. And even worse, it wasn't even in Manchester, it was in Stockport and I had to beg a buddy to pick me up everyday. So that's the story on that.
I apologize to all who were offended by some of my earlier comments. I did not wish to offend anyone. I will say on the record that I did not call Nate Quarry unprofessional. I stated that I wished Nate chose to act more professional in this matter. Not exactly the same thing but I understand. I only said that out of emotion because my family and I were receiving some very inappropriate threats. Nate is a father and I am sure he can appreciate what I mean. I apologize for that. This is a very emotional driven situation and all parties are acting out of anger and emotion. I understand the situation fully and will continue to keep those thoughts in mind.
I hope I answered most of your further questions, like I said earlier, Nate Quarry might not be aware of this information? I am going to give him a call later on today to see? Either way, I am going to talk to him today, I would rather talk to him directly from here on out to make sure information is accurate. I am one of the realest people you will ever meet so if you want more info, just let me know and I will keep answering your questions. I ain't too cool to admit when I am wrong and when I do less then honorable things. I ain't too cool to apologize, so sorry people for my part in this mess. If this is the end of the road for me and The Fight Mafia, then so be it, it was a hell of a ride, I sure as heel ain't going quit though. Now what kind of Fight Mafia would it be if I did that!
Noel P. Brooks
President & Founder
The Fight Mafia
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