Say it ain’t so multiple anonymous sources. According to Five Ounces of Pain, the loser of Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko will receive the ZUFFA axe due to the amount each fighter will earn compared to their perceived market value. If the reports are true, both fighters were just Thunderdomed. Two men enter, one man never had such a pertinent meaning.
“According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed one of the core components of the matchmaking process in regards to their headlining bout on July 30 was the ability to sever professional ties with the loser based on the amount each earns in comparison to their perceived market value, as contracts are generally structured to allow for immediate release in the event of defeat.”
“In May, ESPN reported the two fighters are scheduled to earn $2.3 million combined for their July 30 fight with Henderson taking home an $800,000 paycheck and his Russian counterpart the remaining amount. For reference, the entire disclosed payroll of UFC 132, the most recent PPV event for the world’s foremost MMA promotion, was more than a million dollars less than the two Strikeforce fighters’ expected windfall in the Windy City.”
“Whether Zuffa would renegotiate terms with “Hendo” if he loses, or if the former Olympic wrestler would even want to re-sign, are unknown. However, a major factor in Henderson’s departure from the UFC two years ago after winning three straight fights was the amount of money on the table with UFC President Dana White repeatedly stating on record the company’s belief that the 40-year old was not a major draw. The Team Quest patriarch is also on the last fight of his current Strikeforce deal.”
As of right now, we’re filing these claims in our MiddleEasy cabinet under ‘P’ for ‘Potentially Elaborate Conspiracy Theory’. Our divisional method is admittedly ridiculous. We can’t find anything. [Source]