“It sucks, especially just financially, cause training costs money. When I fight that’s the only time I get paid. I’ll do a private lesson or seminar here or there, but that’s not my actual money. My money comes from fighting,” Masvidal told MMAWeekly Radio.
Masvidal isn’t the only fighter affected by the recent drought of Strikeforce events, but he’s one of the more vocal ones who doesn’t mind voicing his displeasure in how things have been handled. He just wants to know what’s going on instead of guessing for once.
“That’s the only thing that’s not cool. I wish they’d tell us, hey listen, this show got cancelled, you’re going to be on the January card, you’re going to be on the April card, something like that. That’s the only thing that gets me going,” said Masvidal.
Showtime Sports Boss Wants to See UFC Champ vs. Strikeforce Champ Superfights
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Showtime sports president Stephen Espinoza surprisingly put forth a hope of matching Strikeforce champions against UFC champions.
“I hope that we’re getting the story out there clearly enough that these are two high-level organizations, he said. “You can make the analogy—the one I like to use is the AFL and the NFL. Before the NFL as we currently know it existed, there were two leagues and they’d play once a year in the Super Bowl. And that’s how the Super Bowl came about, was a championship between two different leagues. I think a best case-scenario for the fans that I talk to and I’m sure the fans that you talk to, [they] would like to see some structure like that and sort of answer those questions about who is the best middleweight, who is the best welterweight, all those kinds of things going forward.”
Espinoza didn’t say how likely such a scenario is, and chances are probably against it in the immediate future given the demanding schedules of the UFC and Strikeforce, along with all of the contractual obligations and fine-print details that might get in the way. Yet it’s certainly intriguing to hear that a high-powered executive with some sway in the possibility has an interest in answering the questions that are until now, just hypothetical.
I know what you're thinking. UFC vs. PRIDE. UFC vs. WEC. They never happened. And UFC vs. Strikeforce probably never will either, but for the first time, we actually have a non-Zuffa/DSE executive who is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
Still gives me hope.
At a meeting held today in Sacramento, Calif., the California State Athletic Commission voted to uphold a yearlong suspension and fine of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
During the meeting, Santos took responsibility for the positive test in a statement read to the commission.
“I made a mistake,” Santos said. “I do not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA.”
The statement played favorably with commissioner John Frierson, who applauded the fighter for appearing before the commission and introduced a motion to have the suspension reduced to six months.
“At least she came before us and fell on the sword,” he said.
I'm not sure if this was "Cyborg" admitting that she knowingly took PED's (she originally said that she used a dietary supplement to help her cut weight that she thought was deemed safe but ultimately was not) but either way, it was a step in the right direction in terms of her road back.