“This weekend will be the biggest weekend for UFC,” says Sean Wheelock in reference to the events surrounding UFC 200. “These guys are a big deal,” Joe Warren declares. “To your point, Sean,” Askren adds, “no one else could do three shows in a row. Bellator has never done two.”
“UFC is the number one by far,” says Askren. “Yes, they’re so far out there,” Warren agrees. “Bellator is getting bigger because Viacom is getting bigger and they have the money.” “Viacom and Bellator are doing exactly what they want,” says Warren. “They’re a monopoly.”
Wheelock asks his co-hosts, “Are you guys buying UFC 200?” Warren says he is “not one hundred percent sure.” Askren states, “I’ve got my team camp this weekend, and the coaches social is that Saturday, so I will have to figure something out.” Wheelock was hoping Art Davie would be invited to UFC 200 and he could attend with him but “no such invitation was sent.”
John McCarthy will referee Jon Jones’ bout at UFC 200
Jon Jones has been denied his request to have someone other than John McCarthy referee his upcoming bout at UFC 200. John McCarthy is “the best MMA referee out there” according to Sean Wheelock. “John is the type of guy that is so comfortable in his skin that none of this bothers him,” says Wheelock. “But it does bother me.”
Jon Jones “doesn’t really have a strong argument,” Askren insists. “Maybe McCarthy is actually going to call his eye pokes.”
“I think that’s it,” Wheelock exclaims.
“McCarthy has done at least six of my fights, and I poke people in the eye all the time,” says Warren. “He calls me nonstop. Shit happens and he’s on it.”
“I don’t think you should have a choice of ref,” says Warren. “This is the top of the line official, and this is the biggest fight in the business so he should be refereeing… He’s the best ref out there; let him do his job. Askren does not believe Jones has a leg to stand on. “’The Chemistry isn’t right?’ You’re not supposed to have chemistry with him. He’s not on your team,” Askren remarks.
Guest Keith Veltre talks Muhammad Ali reform act
CEO of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promotions Keith Veltre joins the program to talk about how the Muhammad Ali reform act could affect MMA. Wheelock wants to know if Veltre believes the Muhammad Ali Reform Act has done what it was designed to do in boxing. Veltre replies grimly, “It hasn’t even come close.” Members of the boxing community that are managers are acting as promoters and “pulling all the strings when it comes to putting fights together and negotiating deals with TV,” among other things. “If this was an area that the Ali act was supposed to protect, it isn’t protecting it at all,” quips Veltre.
In the Ali act, a third party decides the rankings of boxing, and Askren wants to know how Veltre sees this being relevant in MMA. Veltre explains, “when a fighter is in the position to fight a number one, the promoters get together to negotiate purses. If the negotiations are not completed after a week, the fight goes to a bidding process, and is open to all bidders.”
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