Former New York Giants fullback Jarrod Bunch recently contacted FiveOuncesOfPain.com to give his side of a previous story about him that we reported on April 30.
We reported last week that a proposed bout on EliteXC’s undercard on May 31 in Newark, N.J. between Bunch and former Steelers and Jets offensive lineman Carlton Haselrig was never signed because Bunch declined the fight.
While the report is accurate, Bunch wanted to make it clear that his reasons for turning down the bout had nothing to do with any concerns over facing Haselrig. Bunch stated in a e-mail exchange with Five Ounces Of Pain that he turned down the bout over financial concerns.
“The money they offered didn’t make good business sense,” Bunch wrote in response to an e-mail sent by Five Ounces Of Pain to verify a comment he submitted in response to our original story.
According to Bunch, EliteXC offered him a guarantee of $3,500 to fight Haselrig with the potential to earn an additional $3,500 if he was able to win the fight.
When asked to clarify the amount offered, Bunch indicated that the money offered by EliteXC was significantly less than what he received for his first MMA bout.
“That’s about 10% of what I got three years ago when I didn’t know anything,” Bunch wrote. “Now that I’m a Jiu-Jitsu World champion, Pan Am champion, U.S. Nationals champion, U.S. Open champion, No Gi champion, and my acting career is going very well. I just guest starred on CSI: Miami three weeks ago. I know I bring a lot to the table worth more than $3,500 and $3,500.”
Bunch also indicated that one of his trainers decided to sponsor him not to fight so that he wouldn’t accept the offer out of concern that he might reduce his open market value if he had accepted it.
According to Sherdog.com’s fight finder database, Bunch has one pro MMA match on his record. He made his MMA debut during a King of the Cage show in 2005, losing to fellow former NFL player Michael Westbrook after submitting to a rear naked choke at 4:55 of round 1.