Nearly every fighter has been in, or at least heard of, one of “those shows” – the kind of show where the promoter’s check bounces, or where they learn the cage is actually a spray painted dog pen, or where the ringside “doctor” is actually a local boxing trainer with a first aid badge. They happen all the time and have earned monikers like “bush league”, “back alley”, or “bar room” promotions. One such promotion took this lack of ethics a step further on Saturday, December 11.
Nemesis Fighting had all the trappings of a new regional player. They used their inaugural event MMA Global Invasion to lure big name fighters such as former UFC stars “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine (14-9-1), “Fire” Eliot Marshall (9-2), Terry Martin (20-8), and “The Headhunter” Paul Buentello (28-13) with promises of big paydays and premium fighter accommodations. The promotion even held the event at a popular resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with full “MMA Vacation Packages” available. Nemesis thus far was on point and focused on taking care of its fighters and putting on a solid event. Or so it seemed.