Posted on | May 23, 2007 | 1 Comment
It seems that Bishop Gorman High School was once a finishing school of sorts for the MMA industry. Headquartered in Las Vegas, many wealthy parents placed their kids at this private Catholic school, and for many the move paid off. It is at Bishop Gorman where UFC President Dana White first met Xyience Founder's wife Jennifer. Her last name was Capri then.
It is this friendship from High School that is believed to be just the link that helped start Xyience. Xyience had a sure way to make everything appear legitimate by bringing Dana White and the UFC in to make all things appear on the up and up.
Lately, this partnership has shown all the signs of completely dissolving. Xyience's main UFC Poster Boy Chuck Liddell's contract has expired, and he has reportedly not been paid the complete amount of it, along with several other well known Xyience-sponsored fighters. To confirm something fishy going on, Liddell's recent appearance on SPIKE TV had his Xyience shirt blurred out.
Also attending Bishop Gorman at the same time as White and Pike's wife were UFC CO-Owner Lorenzo Fertitta and Xyience Investor Andrew Kriechbaumer. Kriechbaumer was later burned to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars by Pike and refuses to discuss the matter for fear of reprisal and because of looming death threats.
Dana White also met his future wife Anne Stella at Bishop Gorman High School. Some sources we have cultivated pointed to a partnership beween Anne Stella/White and Jennifer Capri/Pike called The Pearl Company, which was an alleged scheme to skim profits off of clothing sales and purchases. Initial reports surfaced about over a million dollars in clothing purchased by Jennifer Pike, of which only about 10 percent was actually sold. Sources pointed to a move of the company's clothing distribution center to Utah, where there is a Pearl Company listed in business directories.
Now that there is a broad spotlight being cast on the bahavior of the corrupt founder, Pike has developed something called "Xyience 2" in which he will consolidate the company's clothing operation and their training centers. Pike personally alienated any investor who raised red flags over his wife's rampant spending, and one investor has a pending lawsuit against Xyience in which Pike has repeatedly postponed his scheduled deposition.
Steve Oshins, who is Richard Steele's partner in the new International Fighting Organization set to launch this July, was also coincidentally a student at Bishop Gorman. Oshins is not related to Xyience or the UFC in any way, but he is just one more student who has a connection in the industry today.
All of the sources Fight News Unlimited connected with to discuss the Xyience story, including members of Pike's own family, describe him as a cult leader of sorts who not only deals in corruption but is also an excellent con man who easily recruits followers to join him in his criminal behavior. By all indications it seems he brought Jennifer into his circle first and then managed to initiate White and his wife into the whole scheme later. It is still not clear how much Dana White knew about Pike's plans or his history before the UFC's signing of Xyience as a major sponsor, but rumor is running rampant that describes White's role as deeply ingrained in even some of the deepest corruption at the company. This would perhaps explain why White has not yet completely cut ties with Xyience in the wake of the still unfolding scandal.
Here are some pictures from the 1986 Bishop Gorman High School yearbook to confirm the whole gang's attendance there:
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