Here's the 411 about what's going on that led to this. FRAT warning, as there's a lot behind it.
In May, Pure MMA held their second show in Wilkes Barre, PA (the show with Din Thomas vs. Cody Bollinger and Jason Dent vs. Rustam Khalibov as main and co-main event. Waylon Lowe also fought on it.) I am Pure's ring announcer and also have helped a gentleman I consider a good friend, Bryan Slater, in his first two shows. Through this, I have gotten to know Matt Riddle, who was at both shows and lent his name and expertise to Bryan as a defacto (non paying) partner. Matt is also one I consider a friend.
Back in late March, early April: Bryan asked me to reach out to some names in the MMA community who might be willing to come do a live appearance at the May 12th show, as so to add more name value to it. I reached out to gentlemen I'm friends with: Marcus Davis, Anthony Johnson, Johnny Bedford and Randleman. All of these gentlemen were given the same price figure as to how much they were going to be paid for it. I can tell you first hand, from my involvement in helping set it up, they all were pretty much told the same amount and agreed to it. Whether or not there was more discussions past that point, I'm not sure. However, at time frame when I was involved, all seemed to agree on the same price. I do know Randleman offered to do a seminar if more money was involved, but a gym was not able to be secured for this to happen. Thus, it seemed as though each were getting the same set amount.
On Bryan's end, as he always does, he paid in full everyone exactly what he said he would. He also changed Bedford's flight time on his own dime, because John's brother in law took a last second fight the Friday night he was supposed to fly in to Scranton.
The day we were all set to leave, following the event, Randleman got ahold of me about getting paid. I told him I'd get it for him. When the price figure he said I was to get for him however; it was $500 more than what I thought was the agreed upon price, the same one that Marcus, Anthony and Johnny had received. Upon speaking to Bryan, he and Kevin worked out an agreement where Bryan gave him the money he said he would, and would send him the remainder of the $500 in the mail via check. Bryan did indeed send him this extra $500 dollars in the mail. Kevin told Bryan he received it but the check was either lost or eaten..
In the interim, between Point A and now (and after Bryan sent Kevin the remainder of the $500 he owed him), Bryan turned over financial obligations of Pure MMA to a third partner. Kevin was then put in touch with Adam, who was put in touch with Matt Riddle to recoop the remainder of the money he felt he was owed.
I can't and won't speak on behalf of Matt, however from what he's told me, there was numerous contact made to him via telephone at all hours of the day by both Mr. and Mrs. Randleman. Matt reportedly tried to explain the situation, however there was no middle ground met.
I can tell you right now, I've been around Matt regularly.. I've never ONCE seen him so much as raise his voice, let alone disrespect a woman. And I consider both he and Kevin friends here. This is being said from the middle man's perspective.
Sorry for the FRAT. Hopefully this clears some air.
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