Josh Gross defends 2006 airing of TUF 4 finalists

source: The Underground
 

Earlier this week, in a moment of truly unethical business rivalry, Brazil's R7 Network released names of four members of the Brazilian version of TUF that they claim are the finalists (the shows are taped previously). R7 Networks had competed with and lost the rights to air TUF to Bazilian media giant OGlobo.

Given the sport's history of false stories, the legitimacy of the names is up for some debate, but UFC President Dana White expressed outrage calling it crazy, dirty, dirty (again), and finally "Josh Gross dirty type shit."

White's remarks refer to then Sherdog.com Editor in Chief Josh Gross revealing the names of the TUF 4 finalists, which aired in 2006. Relations between Gross/Sherdog and the UFC head had not been genial previously, and worsened from there.

Now Gross has come on the Underground, and discusses is decision in an exchanged with several forum members.

Youabsolutelysuck
Doubt that's really josh gross

Josh Gross
I'm using my 74th post on this. Scoreboard, my friend -- "Member Since: 1/1/01."

Edelweiss
Josh, I was reading a thread about this incident and nobody knew the details about one of the specifics -- did you disclose the finalists before or after the UFC took away Sherdog's media priveleges?

Josh Gross
After. But then they got them back and lost them again. Too hard to keep track. All MMA media outlets lost access before UFC 55. I still don't know why. Some got back in, some didn't.

Great read by Joe Hall (who went on to supplant me as editor of Sherdog) on the history of the site, including the credential stuff: http://www.fightmagazine.com/mma-magazine/mma-article.asp?aid=285&issid=21

PeterIrl
Why did you release the info?

Josh Gross
It was news. Season 4 winners got title fights, which meant much more than a game show contract. This was crowning No. 1 contenders. I had the names of the four guys that would compete for two title shots. I was also conscious many people would not want to know, so I reported it on a podcast and warned people to turn down the volume.

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johnny truant site profile image  

3/30/12 8:40 PM by johnny truant

So much retardation in this thread.GROSS TOOK R TUFFFFFF.......What if somebody had been seriously injured during the filming of the show? Would it be OK to report on that, or should the MMA media hold off on reporting until it airs on Spike?I know I'm wasting my breath typing for the mouthbreathers on here, but A JOURNALIST IS SUPPOSED TO REPORT THE NEWS! Not wait for it to be broadcast on tape-delay. Any other MMA reporters who knew the results from a reliable source ahead of time and didn't report it are the pussies, not Josh Gross.It's just simply amazing how stupid and macho some of you idiots are on here. Oh, well. Keep up the good work Josh, don't let the unwashed masses bring you down.

johnny truant site profile image  

3/30/12 8:40 PM by johnny truant

So much retardation in this thread.GROSS TOOK R TUFFFFFF.......What if somebody had been seriously injured during the filming of the show? Would it be OK to report on that, or should the MMA media hold off on reporting until it airs on Spike?I know I'm wasting my breath typing for the mouthbreathers on here, but A JOURNALIST IS SUPPOSED TO REPORT THE NEWS! Not wait for it to be broadcast on tape-delay. Any other MMA reporters who knew the results from a reliable source ahead of time and didn't report it are the pussies, not Josh Gross.It's just simply amazing how stupid and macho some of you idiots are on here. Oh, well. Keep up the good work Josh, don't let the unwashed masses bring you down.

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3/30/12 3:05 PM by LEET060

Wrong, not all. The only website that UFC didn't ban was insidefighting.com Of Course, one of the guys who worked for insidefighting.com is now writing for UFC.com

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3/30/12 3:05 PM by LEET060

Wrong, not all. The only website that UFC didn't ban was insidefighting.com Of Course, one of the guys who worked for insidefighting.com is now writing for UFC.com

siouxNYC site profile image  

3/30/12 1:56 PM by siouxNYC

you mean the thread where for every attempt to defame josh gross someone chimes in to defend him and blast the ufc for being petty about him not being their PR guy? yeah, that one.

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3/30/12 1:56 PM by siouxNYC

you mean the thread where for every attempt to defame josh gross someone chimes in to defend him and blast the ufc for being petty about him not being their PR guy? yeah, that one.

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3/30/12 1:41 PM by crumbs

Keep this thread up top?. You mean the one were 80% of post are negative about Gross, people contantly shitting on him, the one thread people keep quoting the hilarious shit talking on him , only to get double quoted further adding to the shit pilling up on Gross, you want that thread to stay up top.?Ok.

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3/30/12 1:41 PM by crumbs

Keep this thread up top?. You mean the one were 80% of post are negative about Gross, people contantly shitting on him, the one thread people keep quoting the hilarious shit talking on him , only to get double quoted further adding to the shit pilling up on Gross, you want that thread to stay up top.?Ok.

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3/30/12 1:28 PM by notsobigmike

I TOTALLY disagree. As a journalist, your job is to report the news in the world of your particular sport. It doesn't matter if the story "hurts" the sport or not - it matters if it's relevant to the sport.That's like saying the sports media should just turn a blind eye to steroids in baseball or concussions in football because it might make the sport look bad.Gross (or any journalist) owes NOTHING to the UFC and their business interests. They owe their readers the TRUTH.

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3/30/12 1:28 PM by notsobigmike

I TOTALLY disagree. As a journalist, your job is to report the news in the world of your particular sport. It doesn't matter if the story "hurts" the sport or not - it matters if it's relevant to the sport.That's like saying the sports media should just turn a blind eye to steroids in baseball or concussions in football because it might make the sport look bad.Gross (or any journalist) owes NOTHING to the UFC and their business interests. They owe their readers the TRUTH.