Mac Danzig is set to face off against always-dangerous BJJ practitioner Joe Lauzon this weekend during the main card of UFC on FOX 9. However, due to his own choosing, Danzig will not be receiving the usual immediate financial rewards that most fighters receive.
Danzig (21-11-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) and Lauzon (22-9 MMA, 9-6 UFC), originally a preliminary bout on FOX Sports 1, was placed on the main event card set to appear on FOX, due to the bout between Matt Brown and Carlos Condit being dropped due to Brown being injured.
Danzig chose not to alert any sponsor about his rise in the promotion to use this as leverage in an attempt to gain a significant pay raise. Which most likely would have worked. Instead, Danzig chose not to have any sponsor at all as he heads into this bout.
“I’m doing everything on my own,” Danzig said during a press conference for Saturday night’s event. “…I’m making a statement with this fight… I’m not having any sponsors other than my gym.”
This choice is obviously more to benefit his mental game and not his pocket book. He stated that though this is most likely not the wisest decision financially, he will feel much better about himself when he walks into the Octagon.
“Over the years,” Danzig said, “(I’m) just tired of being a billboard for some of these companies that don’t really have a vested interest in the actual fighter. They’re just about slapping a logo on your butt and sending you on your way. I’m not going to play that game this time.”
Fellow UFC fighter Cole Miller’s opinion reflects that of Danzig. Miller has been known to shoot down sponsors who’ve approached him with insignificant offers telling them to not call if it’s not worth his time.
“Maybe it’s silly to blow off money,” said Danzig, “but at the same time, I’m happy to be a part of the UFC, and that’s the main thing, rather than supporting someone who doesn’t really care about me.”
Since winning “The Ultimate Fighter Season 6” Danzig has had his ups and downs in the UFC. Mostly downs, as he is 1-3 in his past four bouts under the Zuffa banner. And though he states that during his next UFC outing he very well may take support from sponsors, right now he is simply grateful for being able to fight in the Octagon.
Though his fight has been bumped up on the card and is sure to be viewed by many more eyes, it may turn out to be a not so beneficial thing, seeing that if Danzig suffers another loss it may signify that his time with the UFC is coming to an end.
Danzig’s most recent loss coming from Melvin Guillard who knocked him out during his last UFC bout.
“I’m very appreciative of the fact that more people are going to see it, but at the same time, it doesn’t change my focus or the way I’m going into this,” said Danzig, “I’m still going in 110 percent. I’m just happy to be here.”
Although Danzig won’t receive any money from sponsors, he might just get it from a “Fight of the Night” bonus according to Dana White. He joked that Lauzon may be his best bet for some extra cash seeing as Lauzon is neck and neck with Anderson Silva for most performance bonuses with 12.
Joe Lauzon is also coming off of recent losses and though he is often referred to as one of the most dynamic and entertaining fighters in the UFC he has lost his past two fights.
Both fighters are hungry for redemption, and UFC President Dana White seems to have faith that they will receive the $50,000 for FOTN saying, “you won’t need a sponsor”.
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