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Premier FC: "Checks in the mail".....Really?

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

We here at NEMMA are always for supporting fighters, gyms, and promotions, in an effort to elevate the sport in our region. We very rarely take the angle of calling out someone's misgivings, but we are also in the business of transparency, and notifying the community when unethical occurrences transpire. These aren't the type of articles we like to write, but we feel they are necessary for the community to be aware, and for each individual to make their own judgements on a particular situation.

Due to a series of unfortunate findings, it has come to our attention at that there are numerous fighters still waiting to be paid by Premier FC stemming from their last event on November 19th in Springfield, Massachusetts. Not only have a number of fighters not been paid their show and win money, but the athletic commission has also not yet received their fees due for the event.

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission held their monthly meeting today via Zoom, and I was fortunate enough to attend and take some notes. Towards the end of the meeting, long time UFC Fighter Marcus Davis, who was the main event winner from the Premier FC 32 show, jumped on to make a statement during the public comment portion of the meeting. Davis went on to say that he has still not been paid his show or win money from the event, now 7 weeks later. From what we've been told, Davis' purse fees are in the $8,000 range, and he has yet to see a dime. He also stated that he paid $3,600 for medicals out of his own pocket, and also flew his wife and kids in to attend the fight, making the experience about a $10,000 expenditure for him and his family when it was all said and done.

Davis went on to acknowledge that a 2nd fighter; Ronny Markes, Premier FC 32's co-main event winner, is also still waiting to be paid his show and win purse. It's safe to assume that Markes, another UFC veteran, is likely owed a substantial sum of money from the Premier organization as well. Couple those instances with an Athletic Commission who is still waiting on their compensation from the November 19th show, and Premier now finds themselves in quite the predicament. That's at least 2 fighters, and one governing body that have not received contracted fees from Premier FC.