An open letter to M-1 Global

By Nate Ranson,

Dear M-1 Global,

I know that you don’t know me, and I really don’t know who you are either. What I do seem to notice, however, is that you seem hellbent on ruining the career of the greatest mixed-martial artist of all time with pettiness and ridiculous claims.

As a sports fan, I totally get it. Contract renegotiation is apart of the sport. You’re in there to make sure that your fighter gets the best possible deal so that you, in return, get the best possible deal. Baseball, basketball, football; they all do the same thing. Albert Pujols reportedly just turned down a $30 million dollar per year contract by a team in favor of playing the field to see if he could get a better deal. I also understand that it’s not just about the money. If Pujols takes a contract for significantly less, not only does he hurt his own pockets, but also the pockets of his agent and literally every other baseball player for the next 10 years.

It’s the same thing with Fedor Emelianenko. When he signed with Strikeforce he was the premier heavyweight in the world. He was unbeaten in a decade and desereved to be paid top dollar. The word was he was getting $1 million per fight from Affliction and you had no reason to expect less. That part I totally understand.

Where the disconnect comes for me is after the fight.


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