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Quote Stew: Lindland, Dana, ‘Big Dan’ + More

(“Oh, hello poor people.” — philanthropist Calvin Ayre.)

“The only organization that wasn’t willing to make me an offer was the UFC. They don’t want the best fighters; they want the best fighters that they can control.”
Matt Lindland on his new deal with Affliction. Lindland also revealed that EliteXC approached him with an offer, but was outbid by the t-shirt company turned MMA-promoter.

“We’re going to make the WEC the smaller weights and the UFC will be the heavier weights. We’ll probably take some of the guys in the higher weights, the champions over there and bring them into UFC. We’re still trying to figure that out.”
Dana White on further distinguishing Zuffa’s MMA properties. He told the Canadian Press that the UFC has no plans to install a 145-pound division or a women’s division.

“While I know I can win against any lightweight in the world on a given day, I fell twice in a row [to Kenny Florian and Josh Neer]. Therefore, I’m going to bow out. Good luck to those guys. I’m going to drop down to 145 lbs and see if those guys down there will embrace me.”
Din Thomas on his future plans, which will hopefully include the WEC’s featherweight division.

“You’ve likely heard the rumblings and rumors… and for once…. it’s true… I’m packing it in! Well, who am I kidding? I was really more of a brand ambassador for Bodog the past while anyway – but it was fun while it lasted.”
Calvin Ayre announcing his retirement from Bodog, which will be restructuring and returning its focus to gaming, and not so much on money-losing fight promotions.

“I was asked by the UFC to help with security when the 2 fighters entered the ring area. They where more worried about Matt than GSP. Next thing I know some wack job is jumping over the barriers and charging the ring. I didn’t want to hurt the guy so I was just going to put him to sleep and then help get him out of there before he hurt someone or himself.”
UFC ref Dan Miragliotta (who comes in at 6’4”, 296 pounds) on his rear-naked-choke of Joe Asshole at UFC 83.


Calvin Ayre Makes Dana White Look Like Santa Claus

(“Paying fighters a living wage? Why, that’s simply bad business!”)

We always assumed that the only reason fighters sign with Bodog Fight is because the company is drooling with cash — it certainly isn’t for the recognition or the level of competition. The operation is run by Calvin Ayre, who’s made hundreds of millions of dollars from his online gambling empire Bodog (and can’t set foot in the United States because of it). To paraphrase Chris Rock, if Calvin Ayre woke up tomorrow with Dana White’s money, he’d jump out the fucking window. Sadly, it looks like Ayre’s ill-gotten gains don’t trickle down to the guys who compete on Bodog Fight cards. MMA Weekly just released a new roundup of recent fighter salaries, and we were shocked when we saw the numbers from BF’s event last Friday in Las Vegas, in which Nick Thompson defended his welterweight title against John Troyer:

Nick Thompson: $20,000 (defeated John Troyer; no win bonus)
John Troyer: $5,000 (lost to Nick Thompson; no win bonus)

Seth Baczynski: $2,000 (defeated Chris Kennedy; win bonus was $1,000)
Chad George: $1,500 (defeated Richard Screeton; win bonus was $500)
Angela Magana: $1,500 (defeated Lynn Alvarez; win bonus was $500)
Bryan Humes: $1,250 (defeated Ryan Murray; win bonus was $500)
Chris Kennedy: $1,000 (lost to Seth Baczynski; win bonus would have been $1,000)
Ryan Murray: $1,000 (lost to Bryan Humes; no win bonus)
Sara Schneider: $1,000 (defeated Kaitlin Young; no win bonus)
Richard Screeton: $1,000 (lost to Chad George; win bonus would have been $500)
Aaron Simpson: $1,000 (defeated Scott Dingman; no win bonus)
Kaitlin Young: $1,000 (lost to Sara Schneider; win bonus would have been $500)
Lynn Alvarez: $750 (lost to Angela Magana; win bonus would have been $500)
Scott Dingman: $750 (lost to Aaron Simpson; win bonus would have been $500)


In other words, Ricardo Almeida made more money for submitting Rob Yundt in 68 seconds at UFC 81 then all of the Bodog Fight payouts combined. No wonder Nick Thompson has been looking elsewhere. He’s arguably the most exciting fighter that Bodog had under contract, and they can’t even hook a brother up with a win bonus? I’m done criticizing Dana White and the Fertittas — it’s time to start hating Calvin Ayre. The man could certainly afford to spend money on attracting/keeping talented fighters and promoting his shows so that people actually care about them. But he’s too cheap, too lazy, or both. So what’s the point of even having an MMA league in the first place?


Bodog CEO attempts moronic publicity stunt, still stands to lose $49 million

Back in August, Bodog — one of the world’s largest online gambling companies and owner of the BodogFights series — was ordered to pay $49 million in damages and forfeit its domain name after failing to respond to claims that their downloadable software infringes on a patent held by 1st Technology LLC. (I know, pretty boring so far.) Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre called the suit an “extortion attempt,” partly due to the fact that he isn’t able to personally respond to the charges in Las Vegas. (Bodog is based in Antigua, and the U.S. Department of Justice has a habit of arresting online gambling executives; 1st Technology may be counting on Ayre to settle out of court rather than risk arrest by traveling to Nevada. I know, still kind of boring.)

Anyway, it was reported today that Ayre has challenged 1st Technology CEO Scott Lewis to a three-round BodogFight rules MMA bout, with Ayre offering $1 million in prize money to get Lewis in the ring. If you’re wondering what kind of man would respond to a lawsuit by challenging the plaintiff to a fight, or if you’re wondering whether Ayre deserves to lose $49 million over a simple patent infringement claim that’s yet to be proven, the answer to both questions can be answered by this picture of Calvin Ayre:


[hint: a jerkoff, and yes]

What’s really troublesome about Calvin’s sad publicity stunt is that Scott Lewis would have to defeat Ayre 49 times to collect the total judgment. It should also be mentioned that one of the features currently on Bodog’s new site is Bif Naked Bride, an “8-Webisode Bodog TV Exclusive” that follows the pop-punk artist Bif Naked — remember that song “Moment of Weakness” from like 1998? No? — as she gets married to some dork. Wow. It’s not exactly subject matter I would normally associate with poker, or MMA, or the Internet for that matter. But if this is what it takes to get tattooed 30-something lesbians interested in gambling, maybe Calvin Ayre is smarter than we think. You don’t see George Maloof going after that market!