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UFC re-hires Fitch after he agrees to rights deal

Posted on: November 20, 2008 7:29 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 7:36 pm
 

In a follow-up to the story on the UFC's falling-out with American Kickboxing Academy fighters over their refusal to sign over the lifetime rights to their names and likenesses for video games, both Jon Fitch and Christian Wellisch were re-hired Thursday, according to a report by MMARated.com.

Fitch reportedly contacted UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta directly and agreed to sign the rights agreement after all, and was subsequently re-hired. His fight at UFC 94 with Akihiro Gono is back on.

Wellisch, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, had agreed all along to sign the rights agreement, but was fired anyway when UFC president Dana White had a falling out with manager DeWayne Zinkin, who represents many UFC fighters both independently and in cooperation with Bob Cook at AKA. Wellisch also got his job back today.

Meltzer reports that the other fighters in question -- which include Josh Koscheck and Cain Velasquez, along with possible others -- due to the rights agreement issue are still in negotiations.


Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 8:59 pm
 

UFC re-hires Fitch after he agrees to rights deal

Are you stupid? Did you read it? Have you read the other articles? All along Dana said if they talked to them personally he would be glad to keep them on. The fighters went behind their negotiators backs and agreed to the deal the UFC wanted, that is the fighters giving in, not anything on Dana White. White proves wants again, despite all the negative press that he is an incredibly shrewd man and once again gets his way.




Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 7:39 am
 

UFC re-hires Fitch after he agrees to rights deal

Dana White loses some major credibility on this impulse move.  He cuts Fitch and Wellisch, they go to Lorenzo Fertitta behind White's back and Lorenzo overturnes the Dana White call...

Dana is a little too much balls and not enough brains sometimes!




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2008 9:46 am
 

UFC re-hires Fitch after he agrees to rights deal

wow, that was fast. maybe dana had a change of heart



Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2008 11:51 am
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Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2008 11:49 am
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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2008 8:08 am
 

UFC re-hires Fitch after he agrees to rights deal

whoa! that was fast! i was just gonna react on UFC cutting jon fitch, then all of a sudden, he's back! it would have been more interesting if they cut mike"quick"swick, and made the decision quick, haha! lol


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