Managerns känga till organisationen: “Aldrig jobba med dem igen”

✅ Den unga talangen fick äntligen chansen i UFC - då satte organisationen stopp

När Sean O’Malley tvingades dra sig ur sin match mot Marlon Vera såg managern Brian Buller sin chans. Buller ringde upp talangen Drako Rodriguez (5-1-0) som självklart tackade ja till matchen.

Allt som krävdes nu var ett godkännande från King of the Cage. Det var här historien tog en oväntad vändning. Buller ringde upp KOTC-bossen Terry Trebilcock som inte svarade men återkom 24 timmar senare.

När de sedan fick tag på Trebilcock kom chockbeskedet: KOTC släpper inte Rodriguez från sitt kontrakt på grunderna att de investerat för mycket i att marknadsföra honom. Detta rapporterar före detta MMAnytt-reporten Damon Martin.

“And I said, ‘we got the call for the UFC. I just wanted to call you and let you know and make sure that I did my job and not trying to do anything without your consent.’ Assuming that he was going to be happy for the kid.

“He’s like ‘I’m not letting him out of his contract, it’s not going to happen,’” sade Butler. “I was so caught off guard. Are you kidding me? This is his dream and you only fought him locally because he can sell tickets for you. I believe his last fight was $750 [to show] and $750 [to win]. Now you’re not going to let him go to achieve his dream in the UFC?

“He’s like ‘nope, I’ve got too much invested in him.’”

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“Har investerat för mycket i Rodriguez”

Trebilcock menar att de investerat 50 000 dollar (ca 450 000 kr) i Rodriguez. Något som hans manager har svårt att tro på med tanke på hur dåligt betalt Rodriguez får av KOTC.

“I could tell he was angling for me to try and buy him out of his contract. So I was like how much do you have invested in him? How much is he worth to you? He tells me $50,000,” avslöjade Butler. “I was like are you kidding me? He said ‘if you don’t get that, you don’t know much about promoting.’ I know that you paid him peanuts and he made most of his money off of ticket sales. You’ve only ever fought him locally where he can sell tickets for you. I know that much.

“I know for a fact you have not put $50,000 of your pocketed money into marketing Drako Rodriguez. There’s no way.”

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Our man @drakorodriguez got the call up from @ufc this weekend to fight short notice next week. Terry at @kingofthecage decided to block Drako from achieving this dream because he is a local draw and ticket seller under contract. Drako was already in this contract when we took over managing him so we weren’t able to change it but I have never seen a regional show block someone’s career/dream like this especially for the peanuts KOTC is paying him. PS. The threat of ruining my potential relationship with KOTC by going public on this means nothing to me if this is how you treat fighters. In my 12+ years of running SP and having worked with 7 @ufc champions, 2 @bellatormma champions, 2 @invictafc and countless other regional champions I have never needed or relied on KOTC. Drako was in fact the only client we have ever had with them and will be our last. You have a reputation for a reason and I have mine… I’ll bank on mine.

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Att organisationer släpper sina fighters när de blir uppringda av UFC är ganska vanligt. Organisationerna LFA och Titan FC har länge varit en så kallad “feeder league” till UFC och många mästare i dessa organisationer har använt titeln som en språngbräda till UFC.

King of the Cage har funnits sedan 1998 och har haft mästare som Daniel Cormier, Diego Sanchez och Rory MacDonald. Det återstår att se om KOTC ändrar sig efter all den mediala uppmärksamheten denna händelse.

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Stefan Romare är en skribent och reporter som har jobbat på MMAnytt sedan mitten av 2017 och har följ MMA sedan tidigt 2000. Kontakt: [email protected]
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