Women’s Bantamweight Contender Says UFC ‘Paid Her Off’ To Go Away

When UFC women’s bantamweight Aspen Ladd missed weight at yesterday’s early weigh-ins for her match-up with Leslie Smith at tonight’s UFC Atlantic City, the bout was scratched from the event when Smith declined to accept the fight. But as we found out in the hours after the fight’s cancellation, it had a lot more consequences than […]

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When UFC women’s bantamweight Aspen Ladd missed weight at yesterday’s early weigh-ins for her match-up with Leslie Smith at tonight’s UFC Atlantic City, the bout was scratched from the event when Smith declined to accept the fight.

But as we found out in the hours after the fight’s cancellation, it had a lot more consequences than just that.

Smith admitted that she was tempted to take the fight while speaking to MMA Fighting, but that it would have been against the many values and principles she stands for as a leading voice of working towards improving fighter pay and treatment in the UFC. So while Ladd would have been forced to give her 20 percent of her purse, an amount that only added up to $2,400, Smith declined the fight after having signed an agreement with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) that she would receive her show money of $31,000 whether she fought or not since she had weighed in at 135.4 pounds.

She felt that taking the fight would have been purely out of pride, just the situation she believes has gotten MMA fighters into the oppressive position they currently face:

“I considered fighting Aspen anyway, purely out of pride. And another chance to showcase my skills in the Octagon. But if I had done that, it would have been purely pride. And I would have been fighting for free since I was already getting paid the money. Fighting for free out of pride is everything that I have been speaking out against. It’s not everything — there’s more to it. The manipulation of the fighters through pride was something that I felt pretty strongly about. So I’m not fighting her, because I don’t feel like I should fight for free.”

Things took a turn from there, however, when Smith revealed she told the UFC, with whom she’s had a highly-documented standoff with over her labor rights work, that she would take the fight on the condition they extend her contract after her last fight was up versus Ladd.

Instead, they chose to pay Smith her show and win money for the fight and not extend her contract:

“I figured I had some leverage in the situation,” Smith said. “I told the UFC that I would be willing to take the fight as long as they extended my contract. They did not want to extend my contract. Instead, they said they would pay me my win bonus in addition to my show money and that would fulfill the fight on my contract and they would not be extending it.”

With her involvement in the growing labor issue as the president of Project Spearhead seeking to prove if fighters are indeed independent contractors or actual employees looming over her head, she stated she feels like she was paid off:

“It feels like the UFC is paying me off to go away,” Smith said.

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Cris Cyborg Blasts Holly Holm Following Recent Fight Announcement

Earlier today (April 12, 2018), it was announced that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm would next be taking on Megan Anderson in a bout that will be contested at 145 pounds at UFC 225, which is set for June 9, 2018 from Chicago. It’s a bit surprising to see the UFC book Anderson, […]

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Earlier today (April 12, 2018), it was announced that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm would next be taking on Megan Anderson in a bout that will be contested at 145 pounds at UFC 225, which is set for June 9, 2018 from Chicago.

It’s a bit surprising to see the UFC book Anderson, who will be making her UFC debut against Holm, in a non-title fight given that she was scheduled to challenge for the title this past July, but was then forced to withdraw from the fight due to personal reasons.

145-pound titleholder Cris Cyborg is in need of an opponent and Anderson would appear to make sense, but Cyborg said that she’s ‘not surprised’ by the booking, taking a shot at Holm in the process:

“I’m not surprised,” Cyborg told FanSided on Thursday. “I said this was going to happen months ago. It’s how the UFC works, no. 1 contender is going to fight someone I already beat.

“The UFC knows Holly needs a couple wins so we can rematch,” Cyborg said. “Right now her record is terrible. She’s in the negative.”

Holm has indeed hit a rough patch, as she’s gone just 1-4 in her last five bouts, most recently suffering a decision defeat to Cyborg at UFC 219 this past December.

Regardless, the Brazilian champion is ‘excited’ to see fights being made in her division:

“The fight with Megan will be great,” Cyborg said. “Megan’s a big girl and she will do her best in her first UFC fight. I’m excited it will be the first 145-pound fight without a belt.”

As far as what’s next for Cyborg, a potential super fight with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes could still be on the table. UFC President Dana White expressed interest in the bout, but Nunes was then booked to defend her 135-pound title against Raquel Pennington next month at UFC 224 in Brazil.

If she comes out on top, the stars could align for a bout between her and Cyborg.

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Six Disturbing Videos Of MMA Weight Cuts Gone Bad

It’s been described as MMA’s ‘dirty little secret’, but yet extreme weight-cutting in the days prior to a fight remains a commonplace and extremely dangerous part of the sport for many competitors and shows no sign of being stamped out anytime soon. Perhaps part of the reason for this is that the worst aspects of […]

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It’s been described as MMA’s ‘dirty little secret’, but yet extreme weight-cutting in the days prior to a fight remains a commonplace and extremely dangerous part of the sport for many competitors and shows no sign of being stamped out anytime soon.

Perhaps part of the reason for this is that the worst aspects of this practice generally take place behind closed doors and so fans don’t get to see the battle with their own bodies that fighters undergo before they ever set foot in the cage.

However, in rare cases, the horrifying reality of what a brutal weight cut really looks like has been documented on video, and in this article, we’ll look at six sickening examples that show what happens when some of the toughest people on the planet push themselves to their breaking point and beyond.

Cris Cyborg

In her 2016 documentary, Cris ‘Cyborg’ gave viewers a chance to see behind-the-scenes prior to her UFC 198 debut against Leslie Smith, including the shocking level of pain and suffering that she had to endure to make weight.

What made this even harder to watch was knowing that the UFC had refused to let ‘Cyborg’ fight in her usual 145-pound featherweight class, and instead had repeatedly demanded that she fight at 140 pounds instead, which in this instance left her cutting 26 pounds in just two-three days.

In the video, ‘Cyborg’ is seen sobbing uncontrollably and writhing in pain as she dehydrates her body to an incredibly dangerous extent.

”What we do is we all sit here in a room and watch a human being bring themselves close to death,” her nutritionist George Lockhart grimly surmises at one point.

The footage was frightening enough that ESPN’s ‘Outside The Lines’ ran an entire segment focusing on ‘Cyborg’s’ plight, and coincidentally, around the time that was about to air, the UFC finally relented and agreed to start a new 145-pound division that ‘Cyborg’ has gone on to rule with an iron fist since.

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Raquel Pennington Says Cyborg-Nunes Talks Were ‘Bullsh*t’

Raquel Pennington didn’t appreciate the thought of being overlooked. That appeared to be the case during talks of Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg. Pennington was penciled in for a title shot against Nunes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)…

Raquel Pennington didn’t appreciate the thought of being overlooked. That appeared to be the case during talks of Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg. Pennington was penciled in for a title shot against Nunes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight gold, but was injured in an ATV accident. Plans seemed to be set for […]

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Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey and the 10 Best Fighters in Women’s MMA History

From its earliest days, determining the best women’s MMA fighter in the world has been an almost impossible challenge. The top fighters were separated by time, distance and weight classes, on parallel paths that almost never crossed…

From its earliest days, determining the best women’s MMA fighter in the world has been an almost impossible challenge. The top fighters were separated by time, distance and weight classes, on parallel paths that almost never crossed…

Cyborg: Amanda Nunes Using My Name To Build Her Brand

Following Cris Cyborg’s first-round stoppage victory over Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 earlier this month, UFC President Dana White said that a bout between Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was what he would like to see next. Recently, however, it was announced that Nunes would be defending her 135-pound strap against Raquel Pennington in […]

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Following Cris Cyborg’s first-round stoppage victory over Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 earlier this month, UFC President Dana White said that a bout between Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was what he would like to see next.

Recently, however, it was announced that Nunes would be defending her 135-pound strap against Raquel Pennington in the main event of May 12’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

That doesn’t completely close the door on a bout between the “Lioness” and Cyborg, but the featherweight champion has begun to question whether or not Nunes actually wants the fight:

“I’m beginning to think Amanda Nunes only brought up my name to negotiate a new deal with the UFC,” Cyborg told Combate.com (Via MMAjunkie). “Like a lot of the girls, she just wants to use my name to build her brand.”

Cyborg has long expressed interest in the super fight taking place at UFC 226, which is set to take place on July 7, 2018 during International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, but if it doesn’t, she’ll be ready to move on:

“If Amanda isn’t ready to go for UFC 226 in Las Vegas I have told my team I want to fight whomever is ready,” Cyborg said. “I explained to my manager that if Amanda wins in Rio and then declines the fight for July, that I don’t want to invest any more time into trying to make this fight happen. We can visit the fight again if Nunes decides to return to featherweight and establish herself in the division against the number one contender.”

There is, however, one positive that Cyborg sees out of Nunes fighting at UFC 224 in Brazil:

“The nice thing about Nunes facing Pennington in Brazil is it will give my team another opportunity to see how big of a fanbase she has in Brazil and how many pay-per-view buys she can sell in the U.S., giving us a better picture of her side of the super fight.”

Is this a fight you’d still like to see?

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