Cosmo Alexandre shouldn’t be pleased together with his present ONE Championship contract.
The Brazilian striker signed a six-fight take care of the Asia-based MMA promotion in 2018, stopping Elliot Compton in a kickboxing bout in his debut after which shedding to Nieky Holzken. His largest second within the ONE ring got here in Could 2019 when he was paired up with promotional newcomer Sage Northcutt in an MMA bout.
Alexandre gained with a brutal knockout in simply 29 seconds, enhancing his MMA document to 8-1. However this previous weekend, he indicated his good work wasn’t adopted by the pay improve he hoped to earn.
In a Twitter message, Alexandre complained about cash and ask for his launch.
And have you learnt what kills me? See @yodchatri and @ONEChampionship posting about how they “respect” the fighters ,how One Championship is completely different from different exhibits and bla bla bla. BS! It is easy bro, if they do not wish to make a brand new deal, simply let me go ! https://t.co/ienule6IA4
— Cosmo Alexandre (@CosmoAlexandre) June 14, 2020
Talking with MMA Combating this previous Saturday, Alexandre mentioned he was provided a struggle with Yushin Okami on the ONE Century present, which came about in October 2019 in Tokyo, however he turned it down.
“I informed them I’d struggle, however my purse needed to be completely different,” he mentioned. “Okami was coming off three losses, he was going to do his final struggle earlier than retiring, and it might be in Tokyo. They had been setting me up, proper? I’m not going. They’d give him (the win) if I didn’t kill him. I mentioned no – provided that they raised my purse.”
Alexandre mentioned ONE once more provided Okami in a distinct location, however he as soon as once more responded that he would solely take this match for extra money. The Brazilian employed Malki Kawa as his supervisor “to see if he helped me out” of the contract, however that didn’t look promising.
“To sum it up, I’m asking for a pay elevate, they don’t wish to do it, and I informed them, ‘Since I’m not price what I’m asking, let me go,’” Alexandre mentioned. “They don’t need that both. They don’t wish to give me a greater purse and don’t wish to finish the contract. … I’ve to attend and see what occurs, and so they gained’t let me go. They gained’t pay me extra and gained’t let me out.”
ONE Championship hasn’t held any playing cards for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this 12 months. The martial arts firm introduced on Sunday night time “it has added US $70 million to its warfare chest, bringing complete capital to US$346 million,” but additionally laid off 20 p.c of its “complete worldwide headcount.”
Alexandre mentioned his ONE contract states his purse is similar for each struggle on his six- bout deal, and he feels that’s unfair.
“It doesn’t make a lot sense,” he mentioned. “I do know it’s my mistake, I signed the contract. Signing that contract was my mistake, however I defined to (ONE CEO) Chatri (Sityodtong)… I known as him and mentioned, ‘I apologize for saying this, however after I signed this contract with you, two years in the past, nobody knew ONE Championship in Brazil.’ No one knew. A lot that ONE Championship has a Brazilian champion and no person is aware of (him).
“They cash I agreed to, the contract (I signed), was pondering that it was a small to medium-sized promotion. Months after I signed the contract, they began signing a bunch of nice guys; one of the best strikers on the planet are combating at ONE now. If I had been to struggle Vitor (Belfort) it might be for a similar purse I fought Sage, and that doesn’t make sense. I attempted to elucidate to them and so they had been like, it doesn’t change. They preserve saying how a lot they respect athletes, that ONE is completely different and whatnot, however it’s all the identical.”
Alexandre shouldn’t be essentially achieved with combating for ONE Championship. If the pay is correct, he can be glad to re-sign for extra MMA, kickboxing and muay Thai fights. The best way issues are transferring proper now, nonetheless, doesn’t point out they’re near getting that deal achieved.
“Serious about security, the ONE Championship contract is safer than some other promotion,” Alexandre mentioned. “If I signal a brand new take care of ONE for 10 fights in three years, I do know I’ll do these 10 fights in three years. If I’ve a four-fight contract with the UFC and one thing unhealthy occurs and I lose the primary two, I get lower. ONE is safer in that facet, however they need to pay me what is correct, what I believe I need to receives a commission. In the event that they don’t assume I deserve that, let me go.”