Thursday was a huge day for Bloody Elbow Radio, presented by Bad Boy. In honor of baseball season starting, we decided to do a day-night doubleheader with both Matt Bishop and Forrest Lynn pulling double duty.
We started off Thursday afternoon with special guest Matthew Roth of Head Kick Legend. On the afternoon show, we were joined by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, who talked about the start of his promotion's fourth season Saturday. We followed that up with a tremendous interview with Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Masvidal, who talked about a variety of subjects, including his diet, his troubles getting paid from some of his fights in Japan, his fight with Billy Evangelista this Saturday at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson and more.
We also previewed both this weekend's Strikeforce and Bellator cards in addition to talking the latest in MMA.
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Then, we returned to action Thursday night as Bishop and Lynn reviewed UFC on Versus 3, which was headlined by a welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann and a middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and C.B. Dollaway. The two reviewed all the fights that made air, including much discussion about the decision in the main event fight, Alessio Sakara and more.
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Our first interview Thursday, Bellator's Rebney, chatted with us about his promotion's move to MTV2 and more.
"Underneath that MTV Networks banner, they own and control Spike, they own and control MTV2. So all the counterprogramming issues that you've seen in the past with the UFC on Spike won't be happening to us. If there's a Spike event that's featuring the UFC, our show will be pushed forward a bit so you're able to watch Bellator for a couple hours on MTV2 and then tune into Spike to watch a couple hours of the UFC on Spike, so it gave us access to the biggest audience, access to our core demo and the ability to move the programming when necessary, which I think happens three times in season four to accommodate making it an MMA night as opposed to two great MMA events going on at the same time on different channels."
Masvidal had an extremely open and honest interview with us, during which he talked about some of his struggles getting paid for his fights in Japan.
"I had one issue with my last fight in Japan and I had issues before where it took them three weeks, but one of them was kind of bad when it was two months and I got into some debt because of it and all that crazyness, but other than that, it's good. It's always been good with Japan.
"It sucks because you go and do your job, you perform and especially if you win, you're all excited, it's like, 'Man, I did my part, I put on a good show.' If you get a stoppage or something, you expect to be handed a check or to be handed a check in a reasonable time. Maybe you can't get it to me that day for I don't know what reason, but I should be getting paid that day. I'd rather get paid in cash every time, but for some reason they don't want to pay me in cash ever. Then you gotta a month and you're like, 'Man.' Then you gotta wait two months and you're like, 'Man, I got bills' and you're trying to get another fight in between. It's crazy. It sucks, but it happens. It's not the first time and I hope it's the last, but it's happened to me a couple times."