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Questions for Luke Thomas

I started out as an MMA fan, but over the years I have transitioned to watching less MMA, and more BJJ. The recent story about Nate Diaz, in addition to previous stories about Jake Shields, GSP, et all have helped me to coalesce questions that I have had about MMA, and the contracts in particular.

Do you know of any other sport where one party can terminate the contract at will, while the other one cannot? The ability of the UFC to cancel any fighters contract when they want to, but for fighters not to be able to do the same seems ridiculously unfair to me. Is this present in any other sport that you know of?

I've either worked on, or know people who have worked on homes for both professional athletes and team owners. In most cases there is a relative parity between the homes that upper mid level athletes and the team owners are living in. While this is not an ironclad indication of their respective income levels, it does point to some level of parity. I am more interested in the relation between the income of athletes and owners in different sports than athletes vs overall revenue. I think the former helps clear up the discrepancies between cost structure etc... Do you have any information regarding this? Am I wrong in my belief that NBA/MLB/NFL players and team owners incomes are roughly similar while their is a huge gap between the UfC owners and fighters?

Regarding metamoris: My biggest takeaway was that it looked like Royler did nothing to prepare for Eddie Bravo, while Eddie specifically studied Royler's game. The style of passing the Royler was using is not effective against the lockdown unless the top-player is significantly heavier than the bottom one. I think anyone who rolls with people who use the lockdown knows this. It looked to me like Royler did a lot of training to get ready for the fight, but did nothing to prepare for even the most basic elements of Eddie Bravo's game. It wasn't like Eddie was using really high level techniques, or that Royler was using any of the efficient ways of passing the lockdown. I was somewhat embarrassed for Royler, not because he isn't a great grappler, but because it seemed like his ego didn't allow him to see any value in Eddie's basic game. Did you see this too? I left feeling like most purple belts that I roll with would have given Eddie a better match.

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