Fighters Involved In Nemesis Fighting Show Not Paid, Checks Bounced

December 14, 2010
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Keith Jardine

Nemesis Fighting’s MMA Global Invasion show has run into several problems, the first being a tropical storm that pushed the show back a month. Now, after the card has finally taken place, fighters have not been paid and checks are bouncing left and right.

The card that took place in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic last weekend has resulted in the fighters not being paid, and the situations seems to be getting uglier by the minute.

Several former UFC fighters appeared on the card including Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello, Eliot Marshall, and Kerry Schall. MMAWeekly.com confirmed with at least eight of the fighters on the card that while checks were handed out, all of them have bounced.

Coach Mike Winkeljohn, who is a lead coach along with Greg Jackson at Team Jackson/Winkeljohn in New Mexico, spoke about the problems with MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night.

“As far as I know none of the fighters got paid,” said Winkeljohn, who worked with fighters like Keith Jardine and John Dodson on the card. “I believe they all got handed checks, but the checking account bounced those checks. It did not have any money in it, so a lot of fraud involved and it’s real upsetting. It’s a black eye to the sport. They promise these guys one thing and do the other.”

According to Winkeljohn, one person in particular involved may not have the best reputation in the industry, especially following this latest debacle.

“The other gentleman involved, his name is Tim Fields, and he’s been involved in some shady deals in the past, and other businesses that we’ve known about,” said Winkeljohn.

“I’ll step up to the plate and be that guy and I’ll let everybody know to stay away from that guy cause he’s a scam artist, that’s what I’ve been noticing.”

Fighters and managers speaking to MMAWeekly.com confirmed that checks that were attempted to be cashed were returned, and as of now there’s been no contact by the promoter to try and rectify the situation.

MMAWeekly.com sent messages to both Nemesis Fighting and Tim Fields directly to get comment on the situation, but none were returned as of Tuesday afternoon.

It’s unclear what legal action can be taken against the promotion or promoters with the show taking place in the Dominican Republic, but the fighters, trainers and managers involved in the situation aren’t sitting back and taking it lightly.

“I’ve got no problem throwing them under the bus. What are they going to do? It’s the truth,” Winkeljohn stated.

The Nemesis Fighting website has little to no information about the show other than stating that an internet pay-per-view that was set to show on Dec. 13 has been canceled and will be rescheduled.