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Frank Mir Received a TUE For UFC 146, And Other Disheartening Facts From The Week in MMA

At first, you’d almost feel bad for the Stockton native. A little weed in the system not only earned him year-long vacation from the fight game as a result of his love for the heefer, but also cost him 30 percent of his fight purse from UFC 143, which was believed to total somewhere around $265,000 when his “Fight of the Night” bonus was factored in. That’s a lot of money considering it’s supposedly severance pay.

You’d almost feel bad for him.

But you see, as Don Draper, James Bond, and Cooker from Strange Wilderness will tell you, stupidity is a hot commodity in today’s society. That’s why, after Mr. Diaz failed to show for his UFC 137 press conference, costing himself a title shot in the process, he was actually making a smart business decision. Because, lo and behold, Nick was apparently paid 300 grand in additional funds just to show up to the required media venues when asked to for UFC 143. You might have heard of these “media venues” before. They’re those pesky press conferences and interviews that every other fighter (to our knowledge) doesn’t make squat to go to.¬†And Diaz made more than those fighters will make this year just to do so.

At least he’ll finally be able to buy that house. Once he learns how, of course.

This news was also broke over Twitter, this time by ESPN’s Brett Okomato:

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
New info regarding the suspension and fine received by Nick Diaz by the NSAC …

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
Most likely, Nick will be fined 30 percent of $200k and $65k *bonus* … the order for that should come down within next two weeks.

Steven Marrocco ?@MMAjunkieSteven
NSAC hasn’t made up their mind. NSAC Chair has 30 days to issue a written order to decide what to take. 30% of 265k is target.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
That’s what I said. If nothing changes, he’ll be fined off $265k. Chances they’ll count the full $300k now very slim.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
The $65k bonus was not a fight night bonus. It was part of a $300k bonus Diaz received from the UFC for not missing 143 press conferences.

Mike Chiappetta MMA ?@MikeChiappetta
Just more proof that “crazy” is a good business strategy.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
It makes more sense if you consider he was going to make that money anyway, initially from PPV. Still weird though.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
This info is per Keith Kizer, executive director of the NSAC.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
According to Kizer, he was told Diaz lost PPV incentives after noshowing St. Pierre pc. The $300k bonus made up for those losses at 143.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
Dana White declined comment to ESPN regarding the DIaz bonuses. If nothing changes, he will be fined 30% of $265k.

Brett Okamoto ?@bokamotoESPN
The $300k bonus was supposedly made out for more than just attending press conferences, but that was the main crux acc. to Kizer.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but is it possible that Nick Diaz has been playing us this entire time? Has been putting up this false, Verbal Kint-only-angrier facade, when in reality he’s a Keyser Soze-like genius?

No, it can’t be. Perhaps it is, as Mike Chiapetta said, “Just more proof that ‘crazy’ is a good business strategy.” If it is truly the latter, which it seems to be, then my thoughts can best be expressed in this meme dedicated to the great Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth.

As Kizer also stated, the money simply makes up for the money Diaz would have likely earned in PPV percentage had he shown up to the UFC 137 press conference in the first place, but taking away money from a fighter to punish them and then handing them back roughly the same amount as part of some ridiculous clause isn’t exactly what I’d define as the proper way of doing things. The thirty percent he will be losing, astronomical as it may seem, will barely put a dent in the extra cash he received for doing something that comes with the territory of being a fighter in the world’s highest promotion.

I’m not angry at Diaz for his incompetence, I’m just shocked that it continues to bite him in the ass and put food on his plate simultaneously.

But I suppose that’s why I don’t own a fleet of G-5′s, and neither do any of you. Perhaps we all need to give less of a shit about our jobs to get ahead. Well, maybe you guys at least. There’s not much less I can do.

-J. Jones

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Latonia Francisco- June 8, 2012 at 4:48 am
I came across yet another story of a mixed martial artist, this time Frank Mir, hopping on the TRT bandwagon.
Latonia Francisco- June 8, 2012 at 4:48 am
I came across yet another story of a mixed martial artist, this time Frank Mir, hopping on the TRT bandwagon.
linzhancr- June 4, 2012 at 10:57 am
holeeball- June 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm
This is getting ridiculous. How can this fucking behemoth have testosterone deficiency? Did he fought all these years with testosterone deficiency? Absolutely ridiculous. Commission probably on someones pocket/take. I mean, let's put 2+2 together right!
fightfan- June 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm
MMA fighters are already the biggest, fastest, and strongest athletes competing professionaly today. UFC MMA fighters are the best of the best. Now all of a sudden so many of these athletes "need" TRT?? Total BS. The same thing happened when Oxycontin hit the market.....Many heroin addicts then "needed" it for pain managment. And in this day and age, if you want something, you will find a Dr to Rx it.
Sopapo- June 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Do you remember the Mir from 146? he had quite a belly. Dude is obviously fat, lots of muscles too but he wasn't shreded, not at all.
Daley- June 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
The biggest issue for me with TRT is that they give it to people that clearly don't need it but then Overeem got totally villified in the press when he's at the same levels as these other guys. He just doesn't have one of these bullshit TUE certificates which I reckon you can now get for free on the internet.
fightfan- June 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm
I will betcha WHEN he comes back he will have a TRT license or be the ONLY and 1st to be denied for a TRT exemption
danomite- June 2, 2012 at 7:53 am
You guys should do a picture gallery article of fighters that have TUE exemptions. Rampage, Sonnen, Duffy, Mir... I've never seen any of these guys look like they lack the ability to produce testosterone. Better yet, make a TUE wall calendar and sell it.
enrikk- June 2, 2012 at 6:08 am
Ever since I read your guys' definitive article on PEDs in MMA and saw that 60% of fighters caught with banned substances also *lost* their fights... I've stopped caring about all the TRT hype. If people on TRT started magically winning their fights (Mir didn't) then that would be one thing, but as it stands, I see more reason to laugh and say, "How'd that work out for you, buddy?"
The12ozCurls- June 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm
JJ -- seriously -- you are upset about zombie-ish stuff. I watched this a little while back and I could have sworn that the zombie genre was just fine with you. Just sayin. Nothin but love bro.
shitbag- June 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Fuck this TRT bullshit, MMA is going to end up like this:
Mir please break Brocks neck- June 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Sorry...a little help. "TRT Bandwagon" means.....?
RearNakedSpoon- June 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Diaz can't string a coherent sentence together and gets $300k to talk to the media! Are you fucking shitting me? Rudy Eugene must of heard this story and concluded that bat shit crazy pays off big.