January 24, 2015 at 5:25 am #9971
Post subject: Sherdog Full Contact fighter denied credentials to UFC ??? PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 6:31 am
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE http://www.fightergirls.com
Mixed Martial Arts News Sites and Publications Denied Credentials to
LOS ANGELES, October 3 — The Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed
martial arts promotion under the direction of Zuffa, LLC and owned and
operated since January 2001 by Las Vegas Station Casino magnates
Lorenzo and Frank J. Fertitta III, has denied media credentials to
several MMA-exclusive Web sites and publications for UFC 55 on Oct. 7,
impeding these media entities from performing their full
responsibilities to report the event to the public.
Full Contact Fighter, a print publication and Web site that
has covered the UFC and MMA worldwide since 1997, was denied a
credential alongside Sherdog, which has reported since 1999 and is
the world’s top-rated English-language MMA news Web site, as ranked by
Alexa; MMAWeekly, home to the most-listened-to daily MMA
Internet radio show; and MMARingReport, Canada’s top MMA news
Brener Zwikel & Associates (BZA), a public relations firm hired to
administer credentials for the event, began e-mailing credential denial
notifications on September 12 that stated, “I must inform you that it
has been determined [applicant] does not meet the qualifications for a
media credential. Thank you for your application, and for your interest
in the UFC®.”
No “qualifications” or criterion for approval were
provided with these notifications, which, contrary to previous BZA
credential notifications, were released prior to the application
deadline. Zuffa has denied subsequent requests for photos, graphics and
other media-related materials that they previously provided.
Upon receipt of credential denial, MMA media members
called and emailed BZA for clarification. BZA indicated that it acted
solely upon Zuffa’s directive and that further inquiries should be
forwarded to Zuffa’s Director of Public Relations, Jennifer Wenk. When
contacted, Wenk said any qualifications BZA implemented per Zuffa
during the credentialing process were internal and would not be made
available to the media directly affected by this new policy. Wenk then
recommended UFC President and Zuffa minority co-owner Dana White be
On Sept. 20, White received a certified letter from a unified
group of top MMA media that were denied credentials. The letter
requested a phone call or meeting with White to address Zuffa’s denial
of longstanding MMA media. White did not respond. A subsequent phone
call to UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta has also remained unreturned.
On Sept. 30, one week before UFC 55, White spoke with a
designated representative of the MMA media group and said that Zuffa
had not implemented new qualifications for media credentials. White
said it was his company’s prerogative to accept or deny credentials and
that he was presently denying all MMA-exclusive media Web sites.
However, Full Contact Fighter, a print publication and Web
site, was among those denied media credentials. Zuffa’s decision to
deny credentials has impeded Sherdog.com, Full Contact Fighter (and
fcfighter.com), MMAWeekly.com, MMARingReport.com and other Web sites
from providing the quality and quantity of unbiased, even-handed UFC
coverage that fans and fighters have become accustomed to — and, in
many cases, dependent upon. It is with great regret and concern that
these media entities cannot provide the usual pre-fight, live-fight,
and post-fight coverage of UFC 55 in the form of articles, video, and
audio that feature the noble athletes of this sport.
Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 5:25 pm
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That’s crazy…and very sad. It’s too bad that they are going to shut out the people who helped them get to where they are now.
Post subject: PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 4:30 am
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it figures bite the hand that feeds you………they will eventually pay a price though, the sport is not big enough yet to oust out the hardcrore internet fans who follow
Post subject: PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:46 am
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I think you hit the nail on the head, Rikki. 🙁
Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:08 am
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Location: Buffalo NY
I was told that the UFC will be handling the news from their own news people and web sites. That should be interesting, I wonder how fans are going to like that not being given unbiased news.
We were discussing that very idea last night after class. I’m expecting the advent of a UFC Magazine in a few months (that’s just a speculation btw, I haven’t actually heard anything) and they’ll probably redo their site to add forums and have updated news.
One guy also likened their rationale to how the old WWF began, where the UFC will now only show a fighter’s UFC record and their UFC fight credentials. Thus, giving no merit/credit to other organizations like Pride, KOTC, ROTR, etc. Again, this is pure speculation but stranger things have happened….
Does anyone know why they revoked the online media rights in the first place? I heard it was because certain sites were leaking spoilers but I haven’t gotten a real confirmation on that. Either way it’s a pretty rash reaction.
Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:32 pm
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Location: Washington, DC/Columbia, MD
This is Keith Mills from FCF and ADCC News. Been a while since I’ve been around here.
I’m not fully “in the loop” as I don’t cover the UFC anyway, just the fighters and the feeder shows.
Last I talked to both editors at FCF there was no official reason any of us were denied credentials. Press contractors said none of them (I haven’t tried in over a year) met criteria but criteria was proprietary info, speak to Dana. Dana didn’t respond. All of that was covered in the press release above and is public record. There are no more solid details.
I’d like to point out this is a ban on the UFC, not the fighters. I have no clue when it ends as like I said before it isn’t my beat. I refuse to comment on rumors.
“If the kids are united….”,
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