(Okay, so this photo of Bobby might be a little re-touched. Props: TheWrestlingFan.com.)
MMA Junkie has obtained the official payouts from Saturday’s "March Badness" MMA/boxing card in Pensacola, Florida, and it looks like Roy Jones Jr. did alright by his fighters, paying out living wages (for the most part) while still leaving open the possibility that he turned a profit. The numbers are below, if you’re interested…
James Freeman: $600 (win bonus was $300)
def. John Mowry: $300
Roy Jones Jr.: Two-thirds of net profits of event; exact figure unknown
def. Omar Sheika: $50,000
Eric Clinton: $800 (no win bonus)
def. Richmond Dalphone: $800
Kieyon Bussey: $1,200 (no win bonus)
def. Robert DaLuz: $1,800
Kelvin Price: $1,500 (no win bonus)
def. Kevin Howard: $1,500
— James Freeman and John Mowry were both making their pro MMA debuts at "March Badness," which helps to explain why they were basically paid in cab fare.
— If there’s a "most underpaid" on the MMA list, it’s probably Jeff Monson, whose to-show salary was half that of his opponent Roy Nelson, and equal to Jason Guida’s. I hope he’s not letting ATT handle his contracts, because those guys don’t even like him.
— This didn’t occur to me until just now, but I wonder if Jason Guida started bitching to his brother Clay after the fight about how Lashley did nothing except lay on top of him the whole time, didn’t inflict any damage, and never even came close to finishing the fight, and they still gave the motherfucker the decision. And then Clay would have to grit his teeth and nod sympathetically. That right there is lay-n’-pray fight karma, coming back home to bite you in the ass.