Mike Dolce Tells Fighters To Fire Their Managers And Hire Better Coaches
“Dana White was going to give [Kelvin Gastelum] a $50,000 bonus for performance of the night. But because he missed weight, he was ineligible. As B.J. Penn said, Kelvin jumped over a dollar to pick up a dime. That’s what he did.”
“I helped him prepare for his final fight against Uriah. I helped him drop to welterweight for the first time ever in his career where he looked absolutely amazing, he made weight on the first try. Strong, healthy, and he just ripped apart Brian Melancon in his debut. From there he was poorly, terribly mismanaged.”
“These managers are charging the athletes 20 percent. Just to answer a phone call from Joe Silva to get one opponent’s name, to then call the athlete and say, you’re fighting Johnny So-and-So. And then the manager then takes 20 percent out of that. And then the athlete doesn’t have enough money to pay for a world-class coaching staff that will properly prepare them …”
“UFC athletes don’t need managers, they need lawyers. When you can hire a lawyer to do contract review and negotiation for a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and then be done and not have to give 20 percent of all their earning in perpetuity, like these managers and agents.”
“There are a few very good managers out there, one of whom is Dan Lambert. Dan Lambert from American Top Team, they have more fighters in the UFC than any other manager, any other management system, and they only charge five percent to their athletes. That’s full training, full coaching, full cornering, five percent and that’s it. That’s the epitome, That should be the ideal. Every athlete who is coughing up 15, 20, 30 percent to these management systems, fire your manager, hire world-class, quality coaches.”
During a recent stint on ‘The MMA Hour‘ Mike Dolce discussed Kelvin Gastelum’s recent missed weight and why he believes UFC fighters are better off without managers.