As Joe Rogan indicated during this past weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale broadcast, the planned bout between Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner was cancelled at the last second because of Varner’s backstage illness. Apparently, Varner had been vomiting backstage in view of the commission’s doctor, leading to said doctor scrapping the bout, despite Varner’s protests.
Ariel Helwani and MMA Fighting have reported two interesting things in connection with the scrapped bout. First, both Guillard and Varner were given their show money despite not fighting. No real surprise here, as this has generally been common practice for the UFC when circumstances lead to a last minute cancellation of a bout. As a result of this, Guillard reportedly took home $42,000 for showing up at the Hard Rock in Vegas and making weight. Not to say that Guillard hasn’t been training his butt off for the fight, or that I could cut 20 pounds in a short period of time, but he still has to be happy with the take-home pay for not having to fight.
The second thing reported about the Guillard-Varner fight cancellation is what makes the first more notable. Mr. Helwani and Co. also spread the word that the cancelled Guillard-Varner bout has been rescheduled for this month’s UFC 155 pay per view. As a result, Guillard will get his show money again in less than two weeks at the pay per view. So, if Guillard is able to get the win against Varner at UFC 155, he will have gotten his show money twice and his win money in the span of two weeks. This in addition to any potential bonus money, for which the Guillard-Varner bout will be a potential favorite.
So basically, whatever tainted food Jamie Varner ate that lead to his vomiting has also led to Melvin Guillard making an additional $42,000 for showing up and making weight. That sounds like a pretty expensive Las Vegas buffet for the UFC.
P.S. I love the linked interview with Guillard where he implies that his UFC 155 fight against Varner is now personal because his mom is going to have to buy the UFC 155 pay per view, and was upset about not being able to watch him on free TV. I know the UFC charges an arm and a leg for its events, but I think the extra $42,000 will buy the pay per view at least a couple times over.