With all the hullabaloo going on with the Super Fight League (Ugh, that name makes me cringe every time), I would like to bring a few things to light. For all the praise they get, SFl is an organisation built to fail. I’ve said this before and I’ve been attacked online by the promoters, people involved with SFl, patriotic Indians etc etc. The first thing they say to me is, “if you don’t like it, why don’t you leave”. In light of statements like that, I’ve decided to bring up my hellish experience with the promoters and organisers of SFL.
The main problem with SFL is that the owners, Sunjay Dutt and Raj Kundra think they’re the Fertitta brothers. They also come from a film background with Mr Dutt being a third rate actor and all. And because of that connection they tried roping in Bollywood into the whole thing, which is probably the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. They might have had the cash but they lacked the knowhow and the drive. Their COO Daniel Issacs has no MMA experience and has never fought an MMA bout ever. So, if you’ve never had any experience with MMA or even fought in an MMA bout, how in god’s good earth are you the COO of an MMA organisation? It amazes me. SFL also function under a commission that they set up and run. So there is no drug testing, no real regulation etc. It’s scary to think that athletes might be abusing steroids, and it is possible, knowing that India has a long history of sports doping in the Olympics. They have also partnered up with scumbag supreme Ken Pavia (who told me that I should be beat up by cops, but more on that later) who has been sued by ZUFFA for leaking company secrets. With a crack team that was assembled overnight, Mr Dutt and Mr Kundra decided to throw money into something that they had no idea about. The first SFL garnered 300,00 viewers the second 3000 and they blocked the figures for the third , but I spoke to a few people working in the TV ratings industry and they told me that it was the lowest rated show ever on COLORS (tv channel that broadcasts it).
I was already sceptical but I kept my hopes up high. I’ve never seen an MMA event live before and the fact that SFL was coming to my city at the time totally blew me away. I was excited to just have a half decent (at the time I thought they were) MMA promotion hold an event here. So the day arrived and my friends and I were pumped up. The show was supposed to start at 6 in the evening. The tickets specifically mentioned reaching the venue at 6. We got there at 5:30 but realized that because of the Bollywood stars “performing “there, the venue was already packed with people who could care less about MMA and more about gyrating hips. Parking was a bitch because we had to park almost 2 miles away. Anyway, we got to the gate and while we were in line, the cops shut the gate and stared issuing threats. They told us that they would beat us up with batons and arrest us if we didn’t clear the premises. (I later found out that the Bollywood thing lasted till 8 and that’s when the fights began). So technically we got there two and a half hours earlier and still didn’t get in. In India you can be arrested for pretty much anything unless you have tons of money. We’re not known as the most corrupt country for no reason. We really are that corrupt.
Already pushed to the point of breaking, I tweeted Ken Pavia about the situation as calmly as I could. His reply was that I should leave before the cops start beating me up. I don’t know if other promoters do this but Ken did. Let me also make it clear that I used no foul language and no derogatory statements. My tweet was picked up a MMA journalist ( James Goyder) who writes for MMAmania and covers the sport in South East Asia. He retweeted it and also wrote an article about it, mentioning me as the source, which was fair since I was there.
Since then I have been attacked on forums and on facebook by the people who work for SFL, threatening me with violence. This is how it goes in India. If you can’t stomach someone’s opinion you threaten them.
I apologize if this post has offended anyone, but I had to let people know what’s going on. SFL has no real commission governing them, the athletes I’m pretty sure are on some kind of steroids. Just look at Kultar Gill’s celebration. The owners could care less about MMA, they care more about the cash coming in, of which there is none. The SFL challengers TV show is also failing bad. The fighters there don’t have ANY MMA experience and were selected for a broad TV audience rather than their ability to fight. To cut a long story short, I am fed up of how SFL treats MMA fans here. I wish the UFC came down and just set up shop or something. Anything but SFL, I’d even take the MFC here. As an MMA fan all I want is to go to an event and have a great time but since I live in India, it is just not happening.