“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”
Last year Lucas Pimenta beat John Malbrough, Mitch Whitesel, and TUF 13 vet Shamar Bailey in the Ultimate Warrior Fighting welterweight tournament, spread across three events. Winner take all prize was $15,000, but then the UWC went under, leaving him with nothing. Pimenta took a job in construction to make ends meet.
It took a year, but Pimenta recently received nearly $14,800 from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. MMAJunkie's Steven Marrocco has the story.
"He almost quit MMA, and he's back and focused and training again," Pimenta's manager, Wade Hampel, said.
UWC promoter Oscar Enriquez said he lost his life savings in the process and was forced to buck retirement for a job in construction. Enriquez did send $1,500 to Pimenta's wife via wire transfer, and the fighter's primary sponsor, Dom Fight Gear, donated 50 percent of its earnings this past February.
Enriquez had secured two $15,000 bonds to cover taxes on the gross receipts for the show and fighter purses. But getting the money was far from an easy task for Pimenta.
"Part of the investigation includes making sure all other fighters and workers were paid, that the people did in fact fight or work at the event," wote Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing. "The bond money is then divided among the claimants."
Pimenta still works construciton, but is now considering a fight against UFC vet Pete Spratt in the near future.
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