Since I couldn't post on Travis Fulton's thread I had to do my own. I will copy and paste the portion I am responding to.
From: Travis Fulton
Date: 10/05/04 10:29 PM
Member Since: 01/01/2001
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Im no longer in the promoting game, it was too much work for too little money. I will be sticking to fighting for now. I guess the alure of promoting events was something to the effect of possibly winning the lottery. When you fight, you know what youre getting paid, but when you promote an event you may make way more than you anticipated. Sadly you can lose more money than you invested into the event as well.
Basically what Im saying is that promoting is a tough business. Sometimes it can be very hard to turn a profit. In the mid-west its hard to come by a sweet deal like what the WEC and KOTC have going with the casinos. Its seems that new promotions are popping up all over the place. Some of these events are promoted by shady characters, and sometimes they are promoted by legit people who want to see our sport evolve.
On occasion a new promotion may step into someone's backyard and most of the time they bring in a bigger and better event. The usual reaction for these shady promoters is to go out of their way to sabotage this new promotion.
I have dealt with this myself when I ran a few events at a venue in which Brad Kohler used to run shows. Of course he falls into the "shady promoters" category, but the owner of the venue did like what he was eeing and supported the sport until Kohler had screwed him over by promoting an event, selling over 300 tickets in advance, not doing the show, and then disappearing with the money and leaving the venue to explain what had happened to 300 angry fans. Kohler tried to tell fighters I was a bad guy, and that they shouldnt fight down there and would call local businesses and trash talk our events, thus preventing us from getting many sponsors.
I have been helping a good, legit, promoter put together fight cards on a few occasions. I dont promote the events nor do I get a percentage of the profits. Im just helping out a good person who cares about this sport. This promoter is very legit and takes very good care of the fighters. Unfortunately there are a couple of guys who promote events in the same area. These guys are very shady, and I know this because Ive had business dealings with one of them in the past. They refuse to pay the fighters more than $50 by hiding behind the "amateur" status.
I helped the good promoter with an event a few weeks back and these shady guys tore down posters, caused a couple of fighters to back out because they said that we were the shady ones, and spread rumors all over the area that the event was cancelled. I could name names, and in the future I probably will. At this point I will let them sweat a little and see if they will change their ways. Anyways, one of these guys is always on the UG acting very polite and pretending that he cares deeply about the sport, but his own partner had told me for the last few years that this guy was mainly responsible for keeping MMA illegal in the state of North Dakota because he constantly harrassed the state athletic comissioner, and usually resorted to insulting him.
Just some insight wanted here basically. Would the MMA fans support a promoter knowing that he/they are shady and care more about $$$ than the advancement of our sport?