Manager: Court McGee sponsor situation has been handled


If you can read this, you already know Ronda Rousey is fighting Saturday night. However, UFC 157 has a tremendous main card, including Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar, Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler, and Court McGee vs. Josh Neer .

The mighty Steph Daniels caught up with McGee to talk about the cut (it is his first time at 170), the dismal state of judging, Josh Neer, and bad sponsors.   

"I was worrying too much about sponsorship, and I had some issues with management," said McGee. "At one point, literally, right before weigh-ins, I was told that I had to lose all my sponsors, lose the banner, and would have to change my shorts, because something wasn't cleared. All I could think about was all the money I was going to be missing out on. I started worrying about my family. I should have just said, 'Screw that', because all I really need is a cup, a mouthpiece and shorts to go fight in."

"The last thing you want to be worrying about is your sponsors. That extra money goes a long way for some of us. I was in a situation where I had to make a difficult decision on getting some different management, and that's what I did."

"I have sponsors that still haven't paid me since March of last year. It's getting harder and harder to find sponsors that are reliable and will do what they say. Stroops Fitness are the ones that haven't paid me. They're in a bunch of different gyms and are a big company. They're a Utah based company with equipment in hundreds of different gyms. It's coming up on a year. These guys owe me some money."

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A UGer, RenegadeBoxing, just posted the following on the Stroops Facebook page:
"Pay Court McGee the money you owe him!"

Stroops then responded:

"We had a Rogue Salesperson making offers of Sponsorships and we still have a few of these that show up. It was never nor is it our intent to rob him of a committed sponsorship. This issue has been forwarded to our Head of Sales to find out what happened, and get this resolved. Thank you so very much for bringing this to our attention.

We were not aware of this situation and now that it has been brought to out attention we are going to make it right. If you can get in tcouh with Court and tell him to call our corporate offices @ 1-801-776-3322 and Ask to Speak to Mike Waters or Gary Harker we will make this right I personally guarantee it !!!"

Now McGee's management has posted on the UG that the situation has been resolved.

Court McGee and Unpaid Stroops sponsorship

From: Paradigm MMA Mgmt Send Private Message
Paradigm Sports Management, Director of PR/Media
Member Since: 6/11/12

To the MMA Community,

In a recent interview, Court McGee had made mention that Stroops had not paid him for a previous sponsorship relating back to his fight against Costa Philippou at UFC on FX 2. This was 100% accurate, however it was not actually due to the any fault of Stroops.  Since the interview (and a subsequent thread on the UG) we have been in contract with Stroops executives and the situation has been handled. 

Thanks you very much to all of Court's fans and supporters.  Additionally, we appreciate the people at Stroops for immediately reaching out and rectifying the situation. 

Paradigm MMA Management



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Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

2/28/13 1:46 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Pay$$$ Court McGee his hard earned money damn it! This kind of stuff really boils my blood, especially knowing what guys like Court McGee go through to make it to the UFC. Not too mention making it to the UFC is one thing and difficult enough. Staying there is a whole other animal. Pay Him!!!! (not trying to highjack this thread, it's just that i relate all too well with getting screwed by sponsors in my UFC fights)

Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

2/28/13 1:43 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Join the crowd. It sucks. I've been waiting 2 years almost. Scruffy Murphy's (from Australia) UFC 127 owes me $1,000, and Feltus Bully's owes me $250! Plus 2 others who keep promising the checks in the mail. ya right. I took the higher road and kept quiet for so long, while struggling my ass off to take care of my family. I bent over backwards for these sponsors, even turning down sponsors because Scruffy Murphy's asked to be the biggest and brightest on the front of my fight shorts. As fighters we only have so many spots. I sure hope Court McGee gets his money. I know the feeling and for one, it's embarrassing for a fighter to tell his supportive wife and family that you've been scammed and hold off on the house payment this month honey. (especially when you keep promising your wife their gonna pay, just hang tight) I don't think sponsors realize the sacrifices fighters make. Because if they truly did, i don't see how any good human being/business owner could do this.

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2/28/13 12:00 PM by gjoiner

please see the original article at the link below:

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2/28/13 11:55 AM by gjoiner

Please Read Below: This was posted on Bloody Elbow yesterday. Stroops Fitness DID pay their sponsor fees to Court McGee ...By Steph Daniels on Feb 27, 12:00pIn a new development to this story, Stroops Fitness has provided proof that they did indeed meet their sponsor obligation to Court McGee last year.Last week I interviewed UFC welterweight, Court McGee, and discovered that he had been having issues with a sponsor that he thought hadn't met their obligations to him. The amount was a substantial one, definitely enough to warrant some loud noises and harsh words.When my interview went live, here on Bloody Elbow, a contingency of our readers, as well as members from the UG forum, took up Court's cause and made it their mission to help him recoup the money he was owed. They bombarded Stroops MMA with emails and phone calls, and brought attention to the situation.Stroops took immediate action and reached out to McGee's management company, Paradigm Sports. This was something unheard of to them, and they set about getting the situation handled, thinking that it might be the result of a salesman within the company that might have made the deal without informing the corporate brass.Upon further investigation of their accounts, they discovered that they had indeed paid the money they owed to McGee, via two checks to his former manager, Gary Ibarra. At the time of payment, Court was still with AMR, the sports management company headed up by Ibarra.I spoke with a representative from Paradigm Sports Management, Ryan Beuscher, who stated that Stroops provided him with copies of the checks that were paid out last summer, as well as a representative of Stroops MMA, Gary Harker, Director of Education. Both provided statements regarding this unfortunate incident, so that Court's fans and our readers can know, unequivocally, that Stroops handled their obligation in a timely fashion, and maintained their integrity and sterling reputation.From Ryan Beuscher, on behalf of Court McGee:I want to apologize to Stroops for the misunderstanding. When I said they had not paid me, I fully believed that was the case. They have since provided me with proof of payment to my former manager in August 2012, however I was never made aware of the payment. Thanks to all of my fans for supporting me on this issue. I have the greatest fans in the world and am grateful for each and every one of you. I ask that you please stand behind Stroops and help to clear their name, as they had in fact paid me for this sponsorship.--Court "The Crusher" McGeeFrom Gary Harker, on behalf of Stroops MMA:As soon as we found about it, we contacted Court directly, as well as his old agent, Gary Ibarra. We didn't know he had a new agent. When we were connected to his new management, we let them know that if there was something we hadn't paid, to let us know, and we were more than willing to take care of it. We didn't have the contract in front of us, but we wanted to make sure that we made good on the contract, if we hadn't done so already. We strive to honor ALL our contract obligations with everyone we involve ourselves with.Within minutes of the the first post about this, we were on the phone, tracking down information as to where we might have gone wrong or what steps we might have missed. Within 24 hours, we found that we had made payment to Gary Ibarra, who was Court's agent at the time. We cut two checks to him, that were to be paid to Court McGee, as per the contract agreement.We want everyone to know that we're a strong supporter of Court, and that we plan to continue supporting him and working with him in the future. We want people to hear our side of the story, so they know that it was all just a misunderstanding between Court and his old management, so that there's no hard feelings. We look forward to continuing our good relationship with him.It should be noted that Stroops' representative said they spoke with Ibarra, who told them he had received their checks and had satisfied his financial responsibility to McGee. Court maintains that he never received the money from Ibarra, and during the course of my interview with him last week, mentioned his issues with AMR and subsequent change in management.

JetSetter site profile image  

2/25/13 7:56 PM by JetSetter

Attention Vendors: there is almost ZERO return from investing in advertising on a low level fighter. I am speaking from my own personal experience so I know which I am talking about.If you want your product to see an increase in sales you have to dig deep and pay a top level fighter. Most of you can't afford to pay what they ask and settle for a low level fighter and hope for the best but the best NEVER comes.I'm not saying this for people to stop supporting the low level guys I'm saying this to let people know that they should only invest in the fighters that they truly want to help. If they do that then they will always pay their bill and expect nothing in return. DON'T FUCK THE FIGHTERS OUT OF MONEY!

Slapsymaxi site profile image  

2/25/13 6:43 PM by Slapsymaxi

So, sounds like the UG mob kinda, sorta totally did your job?!!! UG Mob Management!Max

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2/25/13 4:14 PM by Paradigm MMA Mgmt

  Thank you to everyone for thier support of Court!!  He really appricates how the fans have rallied behind him in this situation and the support they have given him throughout his career.   We want to go on record and confirm that since the interview (and this tread on the UG) we have been in contact with the executives at Stroops and this situation has been handled. We appreciate the people at Stroops for immediately reaching out as soon as they became aware.  

Paradigm MMA Mgmt site profile image  

2/25/13 4:13 PM by Paradigm MMA Mgmt

  Thank you to everyone for thier support of Court!!  He really appricates how the fans have rallied behind him in this situation and the support they have given him throughout his career.   We want to go on record and confirm that since the interview (and this tread on the UG) we have been in contact with the executives at Stroops and this situation has been handled. We appreciate the people at Stroops for immediately reaching out as soon as they became aware.  

fightharder site profile image  

2/23/13 5:14 PM by fightharder

Know i want to see how this whole debacle will end. Appreciate a post acknowledging Court finally received the money he was owed.

Drewout site profile image  

2/22/13 7:59 PM by Drewout

Sounds like a sales guy wanted to act like a big shot and get some UFC tickets....