Taylor Guardado is not a fan of slap fighting and was insulted by the offer to participate.
The newest craze in combat sports is the new Power Slap League. This slap-fighting promotion has been started by Dana White and is getting a huge push from the UFC. The premise is exactly what it sounds like, two men or women pitted up against each other to see who can out-slap who. One at a time each “fighter” takes turns slapping the other. The one being slapped may not defend at all and must keep their hands behind their backs.
If an athlete is slapped unconscious and is unable to recover in the allotted time then they have lost. The bizarre nature behind this new “sport” has brought a great deal of attention to it in the first few weeks. Now more and more people are finding problems with the premise. Along with the safety concerns, now there have been leaked purse numbers that are shockingly low.
Former UFC fighter Eric Spicely posted an offer he received from the promoters of 2K to show and 2K to win. It seems that this is the going rate and another fighter, Taylor Guardado can confirm.
UFC veteran Eric Spicely said he was contacted to see if he’d like to participate in the Power Slap League. Not sure what the full pay scale is, but this nugget caught my attention: pic.twitter.com/Qlej95KmJs
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) January 23, 2023
Taylor Guardado thinks slap fighters are asking to get CTE
PFL fighter Guardado has been on the receiving end of one of these Power Slap offers as well. Although she did not know at the time, her coach, Eric Nicksick received a similar offer as Spicley for his fighter and turned it down. After hearing of this offer Guardado found it insulting and is not willing to participate in this activity. She spoke to Middle Easy exclusively about this and more.
“I think it’s stupid, you can’t actively defend yourself. You’re asking to get CTE or concussion or something along those lines with that sport, if you can call it a sport even,” she said. “I just think that it’s ridiculous that you’re getting paid $4,000 to potentially have a brain-ending injury, or just a life-changing injury as well. So I mean, I just think it’s ridiculous and $4000 wouldn’t be enough for anyone in my opinion.”
So far the reception of Power Slap has seemed to be more out of pure curiosity. Many UFC fighters have been pushing the show and it is getting a huge social media bump from the UFC accounts. White seems fully invested in making this new league a success at any cost. He even defended the pay structure by comparing it to the early days of the UFC.
“I mean, it’s kind of insulting. You literally cannot actively defend yourself,” Guardado contiued. “The first person who slaps is gonna win. I mean, like, that’s what it comes down to. Whoever gets slapped first is going to lose and the first person who gets to slap is going to win, and it’s just, I don’t know, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Guardado is not giving much thought to the Power Slap offer and is looking ahead to her continued MMA career. She will be appearing back in the cage at the upcoming Front Street Fights event on February 3. She is still signed to PFL at this time and will consider her future with them following this FSF bout against Jackie Cataline.