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Here's something interesting that Middle Easy picked up on:

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Not everyone can hold the title of CEO or have a last name that vaguely resembles an exotic Italian sports car. Our buds at CagePotato noticed something that flew relatively under the radar at the 2011 Fighter Summit in Las Vegas. On the agenda that was handed out to all Strikeforce fighters inside the Red Rock Resort, it states that Scott Coker is no longer the CEO of Strikeforce. He now holds the title of 'Strikeforce Executive VP & General Manager.' That makes for one elongated business card. Now that Coker is longer the president of the organization that he built over the course of over two decades, it's going to be interesting to see if Dana White adopts the coveted title of 'Strikeforce president.' [Source]


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If you're a Zuffa employed mixed martial artist, you can no longer say they didn't tell you so.

That's because the world's largest fight promotion has been holding a "Fighter Summit" over the past couple days for both UFC and Strikeforce fighters alike.

The third annual event, held in Las Vegas each year, is designed to educate the more than 350+ contracted fighters on the issues they face day in and day out as fighters in today's world.

The chief matter at hand for UFC President Dana White, however, was money, as he explained to Yahoo! Sports:
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"You'd be surprised at how much the fighter actually walks away with at the end of the day. But in a lot of cases, the fighter thinks he has $20 million and he spends like he has $20 million. But then, the next year, he gets a tax bill for $10 million and he says, ‘Now how in the [expletive] do I owe $10 million in taxes?' We want to educate these guys on a lot of things that maybe they don't know about or don't think about. They can always pick up the phone and call us, but by doing a summit like this, we can have the experts here for them and make it easy for them in a day, day and a half, to get a lot of very useful information."
The almighty dollar isn't the only thing fighters were drilled on during the multiple day affair, though. They were given a lesson in safety, rules and regulations, social media and the proper ways to deal with the media.
A brief rundown of the event:
  • The UFC brought in Dr. Jeff Davidson to explain the risks of concussions and ways to avoid them, including the signs to look for in practice.
  • They also urged fighters to pay attention to proper weight cutting techniques, as fighters often treat their bodies improperly and can cause serious damage to themselves if they don't employ the proper practices in getting their weight down.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration agents were brought in to spook the fighters on the various issues surrounding steroid abuse and the dangers involved with the popular drug.
  • Tim Kennedy made note of the fact that Strikeforce fighters were told the promotion "is here for the long haul" and that "women's MMA is safe and so are the crazy Russians that fight with us." Hi, Fedor!
  • There are reports stating fighters will be paid extra for added participation on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, although those claims are unsubstantiated at this time.
  • Lorenzo Fertitta apparently told Strikeforce fighters bonus awards are a possibility in the future although they haven't been decided upon just yet.
Various fighters on Twitter have been incredibly active already, tweeting pictures (such as this gem from Josh Barnett hanging and swanging with Dana White) not to mention keeping their followers up to date on all the goings on from the Summit.

Way to take direction, ladies and gents.

The "Fighter Summit" is set to conclude on Thursday, May 12. Props again to Yahoo! Sports.
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I would have a field day if I were a fly on the wall...
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I would have a field day if I were a fly on the wall...
Agreed. The cool thing is that a bunch of fighters have been live-tweeting about the whole thing. There was a bet going over who would fall alseep first, questions over whether or not Cheick Kongo's bicep was bigger than Pat Barry's thigh & discussions of hitting up the DEA auction.
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Agreed. The cool thing is that a bunch of fighters have been live-tweeting about the whole thing. There was a bet going over who would fall alseep first, questions over whether or not Cheick Kongo's bicep was bigger than Pat Barry's thigh & discussions of hitting up the DEA auction.
Yeah I know I got on Jake Ellenberger for wearing a Punishment shirt! lol.. He needs to stay away from Tito!
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Yeah I know I got on Jake Ellenberger for wearing a Punishment shirt! lol.. He needs to stay away from Tito!
There are a whole slew of pics they've tweeted. I'll post 'em here w/ captions.
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Lunchtime! The lunchroom where all tables are the cool kid tables #ufcsummit

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Normally i would call this "Hating" but i guess its cool at the #UFCsummit @KoreanZombieMMA

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Jeremy couldn't hold it anymore and Danny could not resist the chance to capture it #fb

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Getting fit for a mouth guard at #ufcsummit and gagging. http://yfrog.com/h7ygrtbj
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@BrianFoster170: All the @ufc fighters under one roof for the #ufcsummit makes the Red Rock Casino/Resort the most dangerous place on Earth
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@AmirMMA: Being at the #ufcsummit is like being back in high school. Except that everyone that wants to beat you up, probably can.
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