Fair or not, Keith Jardine feels partially responsible for his fellow fighters not getting paid for their participation on the disastrous “MMA Global Invasion” event from earlier this month. Because of that, he’s decided to take matters into his own hands and do everything he can to either recoup the lost purses or make sure the promoters who stiffed them face criminal charges. He’s even gone as far as to enlist the help of the US Secret Service.
“I know some people stayed on this card because I was on it, and they would ask John (Madrid, Jardine’s manager) ‘Well, Keith’s still on it right?’ and they would stay on the card because of me, and that makes me feel really bad,” Jardine told MMAWeekly Radio. “So I’m doing my best, doing my part to gain control of the production of the fights to maybe get it on pay-per-view and get all the money to pay the fighter’s purses.”
“My No. 1 thing is to get the production and find a way to recoup the money for these fighters. I’m sure there is a way because of the story behind it. If that doesn’t happen, by all means, I want to see these guys in Federal prison and I’m going to get their names out there so they can never work any kind of scam again,” said Jardine.
“I’m not in this for myself at this point.”
“I met with the Secret Service actually and they’re really eager to help us out,” Jardine said. “They think the criminal charges should be pretty easy against these guys.”
One idea being floated around is to obtain the rights to the footage and hold an internet pay-per-view to raise funds for the fighters. It’s unclear how realistic that is and how good their chances are at actually bringing these guys to justice, but my fingers are certainly crossed for them.