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2/6/13 10:58 PM
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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RANDY’S NEW DEAL WITH VIACOM.


(5) It’s a fight reality show, similar to The Ultimate Fighter, and it will air on Dana White’s most hated network, SpikeTV, and feature a tournament promoted by Bellator, the UFC’s most notable competitor.

(4) According to an excellent ESPN piece, Randy will just be the coach on this show, but he will star in, and Executive Produce, another reality series for SpikeTV.

(3) Two of the four coaches on the show, Greg Jackson and Frank Shamrock, are Dana White’s most despised trainer and his most hated announcer.

(2) SpikeTV is the same network that originally took a chance on an unknown MMA reality show, that revolutionized the world of MMA.

(1)The show is being produced by the producers of The Amazing Race, a show that’s won nine out of ten Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality- Competiton Program since 2003. Meaning? This is big. Viacom is paying large bank to secure this type of talent.


Now go back to that great ESPN article for a moment. The writer notes that before the signing, Randy and his lawyer had pitched several ideas to UFC brass, to no apparent interest. The UFC apparently had bigger fish to fry.

Then Randy gets approached for this once in a lifetime opportunity, to be front and center again, on another potentially groundbreaking entertainment MMA show.

Couture and his lawyer are under a non disclosure agreement. They cannot reveal to the UFC that they are being pursued by Viacom.

They tell the UFC, according to Dana himself, that there are two companies wanting to sign Randy. The keep the Viacom deal secret.

The UFC passes. Randy exercises a clause that calls for cancellation of his UFC contract with a 30 day notice. He signs with Viacom.

And Dana White goes... insane.

"I don't respect him at all. Not even a little," White said. "The only time that Randy Couture is ever a man is when he steps foot in that cage. As soon as his big toe steps out of the cage, he's the furthest thing from it."

“Randy Couture comes off as the greatest guy in the world – Captain America,” White said. “He’s the furthest thing from it, and I’m happy that I don’t have to be in business with him anymore. Now I don’t ever have to be in business with him again.”

To Randy’s son, Ryan Couture:

You signed a deal with us to fight in the UFC. I want you here if you want to be here. But I need you to understand this; me and your dad are not good. Me and your dad are never going to be good ever again as long as I walk this fucking planet.

While addressing Couture’s situation to group of MMA reporters, White stated bluntly, “Randy Couture can’t buy a ticket to this m—– f—— event.”

Whew!

Even to battle hardened UFC watchers, this was Dana White near unhinged. The MMA media, for the most part simply reported the facts, mostly not forming an opinion, either way, except for Bleacher Report, which had this great nugget in their story:

"After all, this is the man who has freely and openly denied Frank Shamrock, one of the best fighters in UFC history, a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, for no other reason than he simply doesn’t like him."

The truly unfortunate victim of course, is Ryan Couture. Poor guy has to listen to his work daddy publicly castigate his real daddy, and smile and act as if it’s ok.

First of all common sense prevailing, Randy’s lawyer ought to have been disbarred if his advice to Randy would have been not to take this offer.

Executive Producing is the Holy grail in TV land. Randy’s now stepping into an entirely new world of ownership, control, and dealmaking, that would not have been available to him in a million years with the UFC. To deny him this right to fully profit off the thousands of hours he put into training to become the legend of the fighter he is, would be unjust, especially when the UFC showed little inclination to match an open market offer. The NFL, NBA and MLB all lost that battle long ago.

Randy has mentioned before that one of his major issues with the UFC was the inability to exert meaningful control over the very short period of time he had as a professional athlete to maximize his earning potential.

All those reasons translate to one very clear message: Randy’s on the side of righteousness. It’s just not right, to hold a man down when all he wants to do, is better himself.

Aren’t these ugly outbursts actually proof, that Randy made the right call in keeping this a secret? Why not show some foresight and applaud one of your living legends, who fans will forever recognize as a UFC fighter?

Despite the big budget and the big names involved, Randy and the show are still lightyears away from where the UFC is now. The UFC is still the show. Where big dogs go to fight. No matter how big the new SpikeTV show gets, every single fighter on the show will have one dream: to fight in the UFC.

Will Dana White seek to the truly petty lows of accepting all fighters from the new show into the UFC, except for those coached by Randy and Frank Shamrock?

Let’s hope that this past week was only a bad week for the UFC President because of his medical condition. Perhaps the legendary temper lost all sense of proportionality and you hope this obvious stress finds a healthy outlet.

Because it will only get worse.

Alistair Overeem it turns out, is not the Dutch Brock Lesnar.

Rampage is still deeply unhappy.

St. Pierre could easily command the same deal on the open market.

Jon Jones is only beginning to flex his muscles.

And Anderson Silva still wants Anderson Silva money.

A bittersweet week for Randy, tough week for Ryan, a brutal week for Dana White.





bleacherreport - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1517566-mma-will-randy-couture-get-the-shamrock-treatment-after-bellator-deal

prommanow - http://prommanow.com/2013/02/05/interview-randy-couture-on-his-decision-to-sign-with-bellator-for-spike-tv-reality-series/
mmafreak - http://mma-freak.com/dana-white-happy-business-randy-couture/

espn - http://espn.go.com/mma/story/

yahoo - http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fight-master-bellator-mma-nabs-193117163--mma.html_/id/8919372/for-spike-tv-randy-couture-no-going-back-ufc-partnership
2/6/13 11:04 PM
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I would not be surprised if bellator reaches Pride-like levels.
2/6/13 11:04 PM
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2/6/13 11:06 PM
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Did not read. Cliff notes please. Phone Post
2/6/13 11:12 PM
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Joebarbs -  Did not read. Cliff notes please. Phone Post

You missed out. Was actually worth the read.

 

In the end, Dana comes out look petty. Again. Randy has a right to earn a living. He has a right to use his name and legend to his own benefit. He doesn't owe it the UFC to be there or be no where forever. He worked his ass off his whole life. He deserves this. 

And telling a MAN that you're not cool with HIS FATHER is a dick move. It's especially ridiculous because he wouldn't say it to a fighter that wasn't signed to him that he ran into outside a bar with no security. Using wealth as a shield is wack. Especially in the fight business. At least you knew if you had words with Don King, you'd probably see him in the streets before you saw him in court. (Evidenced by his decades long rap sheet.)

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Good stuff thx op Phone Post
2/6/13 11:15 PM
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I thought UFC biggest competitor is the Las Vegas Culinary Union..?? lol jk..

Shunning a living MMA legend Frank Shamrock to their HOF is a slap in the face. But, its their HOF so i guess they can put whoever they want in it... *yearning for a legit MMA HOF*

I like anything that tries to further the sport of MMA, (NOT) just the UFC. Afterall, without all these other orgs finding talent dana couldnt survive.

Looking forward to what 2013 has in store for the MMA world.. Phone Post
2/6/13 11:21 PM
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armbarheelhook -  I thought UFC biggest competitor is the Las Vegas Culinary Union..?? lol jk..

Shunning a living MMA legend Frank Shamrock to their HOF is a slap in the face. But, its their HOF so i guess they can put whoever they want in it... *yearning for a legit MMA HOF*

I like anything that tries to further the sport of MMA, (NOT) just the UFC. Afterall, without all these other orgs finding talent dana couldnt survive.

Looking forward to what 2013 has in store for the MMA world.. Phone Post

voted up.

2/6/13 11:21 PM
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Joebarbs - Did not read. Cliff notes please. Phone Post
Dumb ass Phone Post
2/6/13 11:24 PM
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Good post.

2/6/13 11:33 PM
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Since the UFC was the one that bought time on Spike to air TUF, it's not fair to say that Spike took a chance and made the UFC.
2/6/13 11:46 PM
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The future of the UFC is going to be directly tied to them creating your future Chucks, Randy's and Andersons. Not putting guys in the HOF will not make a difference. May be petty as hell but Danas job is producing future stars.
2/6/13 11:47 PM
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Bellator = XFL

UFC = NFL

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2/6/13 11:48 PM
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TexasBadAss - The future of the UFC is going to be directly tied to them creating your future Chucks, Randy's and Andersons. Not putting guys in the HOF will not make a difference. May be petty as hell but Danas job is producing future stars.
Yep, and it starts with The All American, Chris Weidman Phone Post
2/7/13 12:05 AM
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Dana always wants people to eat shit and like it. Phone Post
2/7/13 12:08 AM
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good read
2/7/13 12:27 AM
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Doesn't make Randy in less shitty of a person outside of all this. Just saying. Phone Post
2/7/13 12:29 AM
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TTT

I still side with Dana but good read nonetheless.

2/7/13 12:35 AM
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Graat read. Thank you. Phone Post
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Well written and objective which is rare. Good stuff Phone Post
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They covered all of that at the Bellator press conference pretty much.

VERY excited for the Bellator reality show, sounds sick, good coaches, and no alcohol and real world shit

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One problem with the OP: The UFC is not a network and can't actually greenlight TV projects.

Why would Randy pitch things to them? They can't do anything as they don't have a production company.

Also, Randy had a deal with Fox, not the UFC.

Did Randy pitch to Fox? If so, that has little to do with Dana.

I have no idea what the truth is, but Randy got caught lying to the press before, he certainly is being more careful this time around.

As far as Shamrock goes, how do you induct somebody that won't show up and only wants to bash you? Frank not being in is as much Frank as it is Dana.

Dana can be an ass, but Randy snuck out of his Fox deal and lied about it. He can say whatever he wants, but he did it all by text and through his lawyer.

And yes, the duo producing the new series are a part of The Amazing Race, but their production company is not behind it. Their production company, the one doing Fight Master, has done The Great Escape, Escape Routes and Take The Money and Run. Profiles Television Production is not a major company. The people behind it do work on The Amazing Race, but have not done a major show on their own.

And a producers credit can mean something or nothing at all. A running joke in Hollywood is that when you don't want to pay somebody more money, you make them a producer.

I am not saying the OP does not make some good points, but it is very biased and contains a lot of nonsense.
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"(2) SpikeTV is the same network that originally took a chance on an unknown MMA reality show, that revolutionized the world of MMA."

^Just one point here-- Dana White came on here to tell you himself that the UFC/Zuffa PAID Spike TV $10 million (or something) to air The Ultimate Fighter's first season. They bought all the ad time and still didn't know if it would fly.

Just wanted to clear up that part of the story.
 


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