It turns out Keith Jardine and whole host of other fighters not getting paid at last weekend’s Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion event was only the tip of the iceberg.
After reading the story, I’m sitting here wondering if it wasn’t the biggest debacle of a MMA event ever. Everything you would expect to go wrong, did, and more.
No commission or governing body to oversee the event? Check.
Multiple last-minute opponent changes? Check.
Completely unorganized weigh-ins? Check.
No staff to direct the fighters or the event? Check.
Dominican fighters rubbing themselves down with Ben Gay? Check.
No timekeeper? Check.
No doctors or medical professionals? Check.
Random guy with “toolbox of band-aids?” Check.
Random guy wakes up unconscious fighter with bucket of water? Check.
Promoters fails to show at designated time and meeting place to disperse checks? Check.
Once confronted by card full of angry fighters, promoters writes them all bad checks? Check.
Even angrier group of Puerto Rican fighters hunts down same promoter wanting to “drag him to the beach and slice him up” for stiffing them a couple grand? Check.
They did manage to get one thing right. They brought in Mario Yamasaki to officiate the event, but other than that, the event was an abortion. You really need to read the entire story to fully grasp just how disastrous this show was. I’m hesitant to call it the worst of all time as I’m sure this was a pretty common occurrence during the sport’s dark days, but I think it’s safe to say that it unseats Shine Fights as the worst of 2010.