Secret Service entering Nemesis investigation

by Damon Martin | source:

Keith Jardine, who fought and won during the Nemesis Fighting debace, has made a personal commitment to make sure the promoters who scammed the fighters either pay up or do some jail time.

“I know some people stayed on this card because I was on it, and they would ask John (Madrid, Jardine’s manager) ‘Well, Keith’s still on it right?’ and they would stay on the card because of me, and that makes me feel really bad,” Jardine told MMAWeekly Radio. “So I’m doing my best, doing my part to gain control of the production of the fights to maybe get it on pay-per-view and get all the money to pay the fighter’s purses.”

“There was no commission ... it was just incredible.”

“(The next) morning I went to breakfast around 10:30 or something like that and sat down with some of the guys and Tim Fields (one of the promoters along with Bob Fill). The nerve of this guy to sit down and have breakfast like nothing’s wrong."

“So I’m sitting with Tim Fields and he says ‘well, I’m going to go up to the room. We’re going to do something, and get the money together, and we’ll meet you guys at this little arena in 15 minutes.’ ... I joked with the guys and it was just a joke, ‘You know what, these guys are pretty smart. They get us all sitting here, while they’re making their way out the back door.’ It turns out that’s what they were doing.”

As the fighters realized something was going on, Jardine’s teammate at Jackson’s MMA, Isaac Vallie-Flagg, went into the hotel and caught the promoter on his way out of town.

“He’s all packed, everything on top of his suitcase ready to go, he’s got his shoes on without any socks, and he’s out of town. Isaac just caught him, so he started writing everybody’s checks at that point.”

The checks were no good anyway, but it bought him enough time to promptly skip town.

“My #1 thing is to get the production and find a way to recoup the money for these fighters ... If that doesn’t happen, by all means, I want to see these guys in Federal prison and I’m going to get their names out there so they can never work any kind of scam again."

“I met with the Secret Service actually and they’re really eager to help us out. They think the criminal charges should be pretty easy against these guys.”

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RickMartelsArrogance site profile image  

12/22/10 7:50 PM by RickMartelsArrogance

They didn't know it was a new org, they didn't know they didn't have any sort of regulatory commission and these fighters who either haven't made it to the big show or have been cut from it have bills to pay and shit to buy for their families. Unfortunately, guys like Jardine don't have much choice in the matter.  If they're not with one of the big orgs, they have to take what comes along and hope for the best.  It's the nature of the beast when you decide you want to punch men in the face inside a steel cage for a living.   

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

12/22/10 7:43 PM by duckhuntgangsta

War Jardine. I have to wonder thought why fighter management lets them fight with a new org that doesn't have a commision? We've heard of these things before.

amack10 site profile image  

12/22/10 7:28 PM by amack10

so i was lookin up this story on google and someone commented on a site about this story and he claims the guy is a known scam artist and scammed him when the man did buisness with the dirty promoter. the site the man commented on the bottom of the page maybe he can help whoever find this guy and make him pay. or add it to the list of people hes scammed so it adds more charges. it might be nothing just thought id point it out. it has 3 numbers of contact one of witch is a google voice number. and an adress of his company

EvilMaster site profile image  

12/22/10 5:41 PM by EvilMaster

Hmmm...This was in the Dominican Republic though. I wonder how that's going to work?? I wonder if the checks were written on an American account or some Dominican account?There's been a lot of talk lately about Russian mob guys out of St. Petersburg doing a rash of bounced checks throughout the Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica etc etc...It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

EvilMaster site profile image  

12/22/10 5:30 PM by EvilMaster

Bingo. If he would have just left without paying them, it would be harder to get the guy. But since he wrote a bunch of bouncy rubber checks, he's fucked. :)

Terraform site profile image  

12/22/10 5:27 PM by Terraform

 Great to see action being taken . this shit happens far too much.

Fillups422 site profile image  

12/22/10 5:27 PM by Fillups422

Secret Service and the FBI handle bad check fraud, sucks to be this guy.

EvilMaster site profile image  

12/22/10 5:25 PM by EvilMaster


Nubinatub site profile image  

12/22/10 5:23 PM by Nubinatub

firstMaybe the secret service should investigate Hermes case.