In 2012 Brazilian fighter Lucas Pimenta Borges went to Texas and reeled off wins over John Malbrough, Mitch Whitesel, and Shamar Bailey for the Ultimate Warrior Fighting promotion. He got a check for $25,000 for his work. Then the check bounced.
Now the Texas authorities, who require fight promoters to submit bonds to ensure fighters are paid have stepped in and made it somewhat right. Per MMA Junkie:
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation confirmed that Pimenta was cut a check for $14,800, which was close to the maximum he could receive when the Ultimate Warrior Fighting promotion went belly-up.
"There was $200 paid to another person who didn't receive monies owed for the event and the rest was paid to Mr. Pimenta," wrote Susan Stanford in an email.
The Brazilian fighter's manager was left struggling to pay his bills when the UWC was shuttered after holding four events in the Lone Star State. UWC promoter Oscar Enriquez said he lost his life savings in the process and was forced to buck retirement for a job in construction.
And that boys and girls is why we are glad to have governmental authorities regulating the sport.