Disclaimer: Sam Caplan is the lead writer and editor of ProElite.com.
According to ProElite.com, the website was informed early this morning by the agent for UFC lightweight fighter Clay Guida that the UFC had decided not to allow Guida to participate in a previously scheduled chat that was to take place this afternoon on the ProElite.com forums.
ProElite.com is a sibling company to EliteXC but operates as a separate, independent company.
It’s very interesting that the UFC would take this approach with a fighter such as Guida, who would stand to gain from the publicity generated from the interaction with fans.
The UFC has a strict media policy, something that I’ve learned the hard way. When attempting to apply for media credentials for UFC 78, I was advised by a UFC official that my application would be denied due to my ProElite.com affiliation.
The UFC’s concern was that coverage of UFC 78 might appear on a site that they classify as a “competitor.” It’s one that I can understand to some extent, although there’s a big difference between ProElite.com and EliteXC.com.
Whether I think the rules are fair doesn’t matter.