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Don Frye Explains Why He Withdrew From M-1 ‘Breakthrough’

Don Frye

“I didn’t drop out; I walked away…This is business that should be conducted between me and Joost, or Roost, whatever his name is. But he got on the internet and did a Dana White/Perez Hilton internet blog and started talking [expletive]…Here’s the deal: [The event] didn’t just move from L.A. It went from the Staples Center to the L.A. Convention Center. From the L.A. convention center to the Hilton in Las Vegas. From the Hilton in Las Vegas to an Indian casino on the Oklahoma-Texas border. From the Indian casino on the Oklahoma-Texas border to an Indian casino up in Tulsa, which is North Oklahoma. And from there up to Kansas City, Mo…So you know, after four or five times changing the venue, and then we asked [Raimond] ‘Hey, what are you doing for advertising? Are you sending a photographer out to Don’s house?’ He says, ‘No, we’re just going to use stock photos off the Internet.’…So they don’t know where the hell they’re going to have it. They’re not putting any money into advertising. So at that point we said, ‘You know what? You just ain’t got your [expletive] together. We’re walking away.'”

—Don Frye, via MMA Junkie, explaining why he withdrew from M-1 “Breakthrough” after M-1 issued a press release bashing Frye for “backing out.”

According to M-1, part of the agreement Frye signed allowed them to change the venue if needed, but is anyone going to blame Frye when a few weeks before the event the promoter moves it to several different states across the country? For an organization who boasted of being worthy to “co-promote” with the biggest MMA promotion in the world, you would think they’d, as Frye put it, have their shit together.

Frye will next fight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman on Sept. 12 at Shark Fights 6 in Amarillo, Texas, a fight he sounds like he’s really looking forward to.

“Geez, Louise, this guy’s 6-foot-4, 240 (pounds). (He’s) 14-1. Who signed me up for this son-of-a-bitch? I may have to reach up and punch him in the kneecap.”

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