According to an Aug. 22 tweet from MMA Rising, the ZombieProphet scandal that rocked the MMA community in July came up persistently last night on Twitter during a debate regarding Invicta FC's financials.
Asked by Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden why he has soured on Invicta FC and brings up the promotion's financials in his tweets, MMA Rising's Rob Sargent said he has distanced himself from the fledging organization because of the ZombieProphet situation and other behind-the-scenes "nonsense."
"It isn't just me. As more behind-the-scenes nonsense becomes uncovered, people distance themselves," Sargent tweeted regarding his relationship with Invicta FC.
Back in July, there was a dispute between Invicta FC and ZombieProphet, BloodyElbow.com's multimedia editor, regarding copyrighted Invicta FC material going up on YouTube.
As the story would go, ZombieProphet claimed that the promotion had his YouTube account shut down for posting a fight from Invicta FC 6.
For a brief period following the incident, Invicta FC officials and ZombieProphet were at odds with each other, with heated e-mail exchanges going public.
However, both parties say the "beef" has been squashed now that a month has passed since Invicta FC 6.
Sargent, however, doesn't believe that to be the case.
"They only removed Zombie Prophet's. No others were touched," Sargent tweeted, regarding the Invicta FC 6 PPV event getting posted to YouTube. "Entire event up since days after. The beef wasn't squashed. You've been told things that aren't true. Welcome to the club. Yes, and he was blatantly lied to repeatedly. And he did TONS of work for them."
Apparently, "ZombieProphet" worked for free for Invicta FC during four of their early shows, so he was quite upset when his YouTube was shut down in July for posting copyrighted material from the promotion's Invicta FC 6 card.
The "feud" between Invicta FC and "ZombieProphet" appears to be over and done with, but MMA Rising doesn't believe that to be the case.
As for Sargent, widely considered to be one of the most respected voices in WMMA media, he delved into the ZombieProphet situation shortly after tweeting out Invicta FC financials.
He believes the promotion is over half a million dollars in the hole, perhaps in the range of $700-750k.
"First four shows made very little, cost $100,000-$150,000 each. Initial show's cost was publicly noted," Sargent tweeted, referring to Invicta FC. "Last two shows made some from PPV, but cost more due to increasing salaries. Still a loss, just less. No promoter will ever be honest with you about that. And again, -$700,000 for six shows isn't even bad."
When another MMA reporter chimed in on the matter, Fansided.com editor Josh Sanchez, Invicta FC boss Shannon Knapp flatly denied Sargent's claim that the promotion is $700k in the hole.
"Nope!" Knapp responded when asked if the rumor was true.
She also questioned where Sargent got the $700k figure from.