by Bryanna Fissori
It has been over a month now since female featherweight Charmaine “Not so Sweet” Tweet took on Puja Kadian at Super Fight League (SFL) 10. Tweet ended the fight 45 seconds into round one with a guillotine choke for her second professional win, both of which came via the same submission. According to Tweet she has still not been paid for the performance and is loosing hope that she ever will be.
According to an email sent to the promotion’s owner by Tweet’s husband/manager, the signed agreement with SFL states that the fighter is to be paid within 10 business days of the bout, which took place on November 23, 2012. They were promised tracking information for the payment, which they also never received.
“Charmaine is a top ranked Pro Fighter and depends on her win purses to continue in this fight game. She has worked very hard for 12 years to get to where she is today and is very respected worldwide in the MMA community. We are struggling to understand why she has not been paid by the SFL. We feel Charmaine has been a positive advocate for the SFL and forward to continue to be so,” her management stated in the email to the SFL.
The SFL is a professional promotion based out of India, which began operation just over a year ago. Since their debut they have hosted 13 fight cards along with a reality program called “SFL Challengers” and is very similar to TUF (The Ultimate Fighter). The show involves both male and female fighters. Events are broadcast live in India and can also be seen on Youtube live everywhere else due to the promotion’s three year agreement with the website.
In September the SFL also announced an alliance between themselves and the Invicta Fighting Championship, which is an all-female promotion based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Invicta has also been in operation for about a year. Following a number of wildly popular events in 2012 the promotion will be hosting their first PPV card in January 2013.
Female MMA has seen a lot of positive changes in 2012 with the rise of Invicta FC in the U.S. as well as female friendly promotions like Jewel in Japan and the SFL. The announcement of the first female bout in the UFC was a huge step forward for the sport and with such and optimistic beginning it is disappointing to hear that Tweet is not receiving the respect she has decisively earned.
According to Tweet’s management, the only reply received from SFL Owner Raj Kundra regarding lack of payment stated, “You have u guys lost it? I have spoken to accounts u have been paid and proof sent p.s. you are released.”
Recently SFL posted via Twitter, that they are “working out the issues” with Tweet and her husband. After the run-around that the fighter has been given and lack of assistance from SFL to remedy the situation up to this point, the fighter’s management encourages female fighters dealing with the promotion to be wary.
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