Ralek Gracie has yet to be paid by DREAM for his May 29 fight in the promotion. Photo by Taro Irei/Sherdog.com
Add Ralek Gracie to the list of people who have yet to be paid by DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG).
"I fought [Sakuraba] on May 29 and under my contract I was supposed to be paid 30 days after my fight, in full, and I haven't been paid yet," Gracie said. "The Dream organization puts on a wonderful show. They're, in my opinion, the top show in terms of production, but on the back end, as far as handling the finances, they haven't really taken care of me in a way that I expected and a way I feel is honorable and a way they should."
Gracie (3-0 MMA) called the situation "a complete mess."
Gracie says he is going to help make sure other fighters know full well what they are getting into in terms of finances before fighting for DREAM.
"I think it's important that fighters know, before going to Japan, you should have a deal that either gives you your money up front or in some kind of escrow account, to make sure the money is available after the fight," said Gracie. "...I feel like they've had two shows or three shows since my fight. I don't understand how they're still doing shows and they're just signing fighters up and fighters aren't getting paid. So to me it's not the right way to do business and it's not the right way to treat people."