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Money Woes: DREAM Allegedly Stiffing Several Fighters; Dan Henderson Suing MMA Authentics


Apparently, people get pretty upset when they aren’t paid money that’s owed to them. That’s what I hear anyways.

Everyone knows DREAM is in pretty big trouble, however the severity of the situation is highlighted by recent allegations that many of their fighters, specifically “foreigners,” aren’t being paid for their fights.

According to a report at Sports Seoul, there is growing criticism about FEG delaying or not giving fighters money that they owed. “Fighter A” claimed in the article that he didn’t receive money for his last two fights, and “Fighter B” who is preparing for an upcoming fight also is claiming they didn’t get some fight money. “Fighter C” claims that he had to wait three months to get his fight salary.

The article quotes a source as saying, “There’s many fighters who don’t get paid. Especially DREAM fighters, foreigners mostly.” The article claims that the reason in the alleged delaying of payments is due to DREAM’s financial situation and the situation regarding Kazuyoshi Ishii.

The only fighter who has publicly made these allegations is Nick Diaz. Diaz and his trainer/manager Cesar Gracie claimed earlier this summer that Nick was still owed $100,000 from his fight at DREAM.3. Last we heard, he still hadn’t been paid.

Dan HendersonWhile we’re on the topic of people getting stiffed, it looks like Dan Henderson is suing MMA Authentics, owner of the Cage Fighter brand, for failing to pay him $50,000 in royalty and sponsorship fees.

According to the suit, MMA Authentics failed to pay Henderson a second $30,000 guaranteed royalty down payment that was due by May 1, 2008 plus subsequent royalties of 15 percent of the gross proceeds for Henderson licensed products and four percent for non-Henderson licensed merchandise through the Cage Fighter and MMA Authentics brands. The document also states that MMA Authentics failed to “provide adequate quarterly accounting statements as required by the Contract” to determine what said royalties are.

The lawsuit also contends that MMA Authentics refused to pay an additional $20,000 sponsorship fee for logo placement Henderson donned on his clothing during his appearance against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 82 last March.

Of course, MMA Authentics Vice President Michael DiSabato is denying these allegations, and claiming Henderson is in breach of his sponsorship contract.

If anything can be learned from stories like these, it’s that the fight business is as tough outside the ring as it is inside it.

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