The UFC Gives The Finger to Ancillary Rights

No wonder Randy Couture is pissed:

"The first time was an actual dispute over pay," he said. "They negotiated a contract for a fight with Bas Rutten. Then they came back and said they couldn't pay. I tried to get them to honor their commitment. They couldn't, so I chose to leave. Plus I was getting ready for the 2000 Olympics.

"This is different. This has been an accumulation of things: ancillary rights, use of my name, video games. A bunch of things. I had outside jobs that had nothing to do with the UFC and they wanted to control them. The inability to sign Fedor was the last straw."

It is incredibly cheap and almost unethical for the UFC to run roughshod over the ancillary rights of its fighters. In essence, without each fighter having said rights, the UFC can use their likeness, e.g. image, in deals with various outside manufacturers without the fighter's consent. So if the UFC wanted to allow Mattel to make Rampage action figures, Rampage wouldn't get a dime without ancillary rights.

As far as a I know, what the UFC is trying to pull wouldn't work in MLB or NFL and even the WWE. Even professional wrestlers would get a cut if their likeness was used. But fighters in the UFC? No chance.

Maybe when Couture speaks about "respect", he means more than money after all. I'm sorry, but the UFC should have more respect for it's fighters than this.

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