“I was shopping at Costco when I got a text from someone at the UFC asking if I could talk. When I called them, they said... ‘They don’t want you to work for the UFC anymore because of the article you did on the Reebok deal.’ At that point, you know, I’m not going to kiss anybody’s ass and try to argue with them so, yeah, it was that quick.”
“They wanted us cutmen to be a part of the Reebok deal, to wear the gear, but we weren’t going to get compensated. In my book, that’s not right. I spoke up for the cutmen, and with my character, I had to speak out about it."
“I know business. I know how it works. I’ve been with companies like Tapout, One More Round, Xyience... They all saw value in me and our other cutmen, and I’ve been with these companies from the beginning. We gave these companies great exposure. So, now I’m getting penalized for speaking the truth about something that needed to be said."
"If they were smart, they would listen to all these comments about how nobody likes the new designs, and they should re-tweak it. They’ve invested all this money into it, so re-tweak it and get some opinions from people that understand the game. Listen to the fans. Listen to the fighters. They all said it looked generic. But I spoke the truth, and I guess the truth hurt. I’m the one who took the bullet for the cutmen."
“The way this machine has been working, something had to be done. We were the forgotten soldiers. On the battlefield, we were left behind. Dana [White], being the general, left us in the trenches. They never really appreciated the work we did. The fighters did, of course, and I worked my ass off for these guys. If I was assigned five guys, I did eight or nine, because everybody wanted me to wrap their hands, too. I always did it, because I love the fighters and I love the game. [The UFC] never respected us.”
Excerpts from a Sherdog story - http://m.sherdog.com/news/news/Cutman-Stitch-Duran-on-UFC-Firing-Im-Getting-Penalized-for-Speaking-the-Truth-89517