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WEC 30 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:

Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000

Total Payroll: $154,000

PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not

History will be made this weekend. It doesn’t even seem like it right? Where the hell is the hype for UFC 75? I wish I knew…

Anyway, the UFC has been gracious enough to at least promote this event as part of the UFC vs PRIDE battle that we were all promised back in March. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson are to fight to unify the titles this Saturday.

Now let’s all be honest here. Even if Henderson wins, which I think he will, the UFC title is still going to remain just that. The PRIDE belt will most likely be absorbed into it unless the UFC has some kind of plan that we don’t know about.

So is UFC 75 the last we are going to see or hear about PRIDE? I’m not so sure. There’s always that remote chance that White and company somehow find a way to salvage the company and strike a TV deal over in Japan. My point is about the three other PRIDE belts that fighters still hold. It seems that PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi is going to stay in Japan and sign with K-1 Hero’s. The UFC could always vacate the title or they could give it to another former PRIDE fighter and then unify it that way.

Henderson still has PRIDE’s Welterweight Title as well. White has already said that he’s not sure if Henderson would get an immediate shot at Anderson Silva or Rich Franklin after the Jackson fight, making it seem like he is going to have to put the welterweight strap on the line too.

Then there’s always Fedor. Has he signed with the UFC or not? You know as much I do right now. I guess we’ll find out Saturday. If so, that’s yet another PRIDE belt that needs to be unified.

My guess is that the PRIDE label isn’t going anywhere, at least for the next few months…

CKA: Sep 6, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated.

- Spencer Fisher has stated that his next UFC fight will take place in November…

- UFC Junkie has now become MMA Junkie.

- It seems that TUF 5 alumnus Corey Hill has opted not to join Matt Hughes’ newly formed team after all:

Hill was supposed to be one of the four founding fighters, but according to Fiore, he has decided to explore other options.

“Cory is the type of fighter we are trying to bring to our gym,” Fiore said. “Nonetheless, we wish him the best of luck with his training and fighting career.“

- Yesterday’s Faber-Curran announcement was done in conjunction with the WEC’s new deal with Versus, which will bring 15 more live events and 20 more shows of Wrekcage to the network.

- UFC veteran Darrell Gholar has announced that he will be opening a training center in Austin, Texas.

- Showtime has hired sports producer David Dinkins to oversee the production of boxing and mixed martial arts telecasts for the network:

When asked about the future of MMA on the network, Dinkins said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to put our stamp on a new and growing sport. We plan to be innovative while maintaining the same high quality that viewers have come to expect from our boxing telecasts.”

- UFC middleweight Terry Martin is filing a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department for false arrest:

Ultimate Fighting Championship rising star Terry Martin was falsely arrested as he was on his way into a police station to report police harassment, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Martin, 26, is suing Mayor Daley and Chicago Police officials and officers for misconduct, alleging that corruption within the Chicago Police Department led to Martin being arrested and prosecuted. Martin was stopped by police Oct. 22, 2005, for alleged minor traffic offenses while driving with his girlfriend, a 911 operator. He claims the officers used racial slurs during the encounter and other disrespectful comments. The next evening, according to the suit, Martin went to the police station to report the incident and was spotted by the same two officers.

‘‘The police said Terry drove past the station, and when the officers turned on their sirens, he did a U-turn and fled,’’ Martin’s attorney, Blake Horowitz, said. ‘‘They said he got up to a half-mile away before they brought him back and arrested him for fleeing and eluding. During the trial, another officer said he saw Terry pull up to the station calmly and they arrested him. He would have been able to see if there was a chase.’‘

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

WEC 30 Weigh-In Results
WEC 30 Media Roundup
Alessio Wants Condit’s Belt
WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Card
Jens Pulver Injured

Main Card:

Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres

Preliminary Bouts:

John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler

Continue reading "WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Live Blog"

WEC 30 Media Roundup

Here is a collection of some of the coverage the media is putting out there in preparation for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton tomorrow night…

Sherdog: Alessio Talks WEC 30, Future Title Shot; Rani Yahya Ready for Title Shot
MMA Weekly: Brian Stann on Quest for Another WEC Win; Fight by Fight: WEC Undercard; Cowboy Cerrone Rides High into WEC Debut
The Fight Network: Friends and Foes
WEC: From 100 Bucks to a World Title, the Journey of Rob McCullough; Rich Crunkilton – A Long Time Coming; Brian Stann – All-American; A Battle-Tested Beebe Defends His Crown Wednesday
Sports Illustrated: Operation Billington
Newark Star-Ledger: Stann to show off improved skills against Billington; McCullough taking title defense personally
Bloody Elbow: WEC 30 Undercard Preview

Lauzon-Reinhardt Set for UFC 78

Joe Lauzon and UFC newcomer Jason Reinhardt have both confirmed that they will be fighting each other at UFC 78 in New Jersey according to The Fight Network.

Lauzon stated that he would begin training today with former UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn in Hawaii. Lauzon is undefeated so far in the UFC, stopping former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver with strikes and submitting fellow Ultimate Fighter 5 castmate Brandon Melendez is consecutive fights.

Speaking of being undefeated, Reinhardt holds a perfect record of 18-0 in his MMA career. While all of his wins have come against weaker opponents in smaller shows, Reinhardt’s resume shows that he is a legit signing for the UFC.

An interesting thing that Lauzon discussed was how Reinhardt got the bout - the same way how Lauzon was hooked up with Pulver:

“[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva is probably sick of Jason emailing him, and it’s my job to shut him up,” says Lauzon. “That’s how I got the fight with Jens, and that’s how Jason is getting in now. He is praying for lightning to strike twice, but it’s not gonna happen.”

CKA: Sep 4, 2007

News and Notes

- Sherdog is reporting that Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, is currently in discussions with officials connected to Fedor Emelianenko about signing the heavyweight free agent:

“I am in ongoing discussions with some of his people,” Cuban revealed in an e-mail interview that will be published on Sherdog.com later this week.

Cuban plans on possibly using Fedor in many of the MMA promotions he currently broadcasts events for on HDNet:

“We would work with his promoters to place him in fights from affiliated promoters or in fights we promote ourselves,” said Cuban, who plans on partnering with established MMA organizations to fill the weekly quota of bouts HDNet would need for its successful Friday Fight Night series.

- Sergei Kharitonov’s contract with K-1 states that he will be able to compete in both K-1 kickboxing matches and Hero’s MMA bouts.

- Masakazu Imanari and Zelg Galesic have both been removed from the Cage Rage 23 card set to take place on September 22nd.

Imanari was forced to pull out after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session. He will be replaced by Chris Brennan. Galesic pulled out of his bout after signing a new contract with K-1. Matt Ewin will be taking his place against Alex Reid. The bout will still be a title fight while Brennan-Silva will now take place at 155 lbs.

- The scheduled preliminary bout between Nate Quarry and Pete Sell at UFC Fight Night 11 has now been moved to the televised portion of the event after Mike Swick was forced to bow out of the event due to injury. Swick’s scheduled opponent, Jonathan Goulet and his fight against new opponent Dustin Hazelett, has now been changed to a prelim fight.

Radio Schedule:

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

CKA: Sep 1, 2007

News and Notes

- Kultar Gill has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Caol Uno in the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tournament after suffering a shoulder and neck injury according to The Fight Network. Gill stated that he is unable to live his arm over his shoulder at the moment:

“I finally took off two months from work to train for the first time in my life. I was on a roll and was training super-hard for Caol Uno,” says Gill. “My jiu-jitsu had improved tenfold. Training with Pele has been awesome. I finally have a guy that can strike with me who I don’t knock out. We’ve had some wars. I was looking and feeling so good but now I can’t lift my arm over my shoulder. I can’t even do one push-up. But you know, shit happens.”

- Sam Caplan has heard from a source that contract talks between Fedor and the UFC did not go well on Thursday:

I didn’t hear the show but I’ve read in several places that Tagg Radio reported today that the show heard from a reliable source in Fedor Emelianenko’s camp that he’s been offered a four fight deal worth $2 million per bout that would also allow him to fight in Russia. The reports I am reading suggests that Fedor is close to accepting.

If that story is in fact being reported I can tell you that a reliable source I spoke to from the UFC left me with a completely different impression of Thursday’s meeting. I did not ask the source specifically about Tagg Radio’s report and simply asked about how the meeting on Thursday went. The answer was not good and no indication was given that a deal was even close to being agreed to.

- The CSAC has laid down the law on two more fighters that have tested positive for marijuana.

Ty Montgomery has had his license revoked in the state and has also been fined $2,500. His license revocation is the result of three separate incidents that the CSAC has had to discipline him for - a prior positive test for marijuana in September 2006 and for an altercation with a promotion’s matchmaker in March 2007. Montgomery will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year in front of the CSAC.

Mongtomery’s opponent at a recent Galaxy Productions event, Virgil Zwicker has been suspended for three months and fined $500 after testing positive for marijuana as well.

- Fight Opinion’s latest radio show is now available for online listening and download. The show features Luke Thomas of Bloody Elbow and Jordan Breen of Sherdog as guests.

Media Links

Bloody Elbow: Misreading Your Opponent
Sherdog: Gearing up for “Art of War”
MMA Weekly: Refocused Clementi Enters Steele Cage
UFC Junkie: UFC 75 Weigh-Ins Airing Via Tape Delay
Fight Opinion: Saturday surprise: K-1 interested in Asashoryu?
Fightlinker: The Nandrolone Myth

From The Mailbag: Aug 31, 2007

Kevin from Jersey writes:

I would like to know when we are going to find out about the state of the UFC Lightweight Champion Title. If Sherk just so happens to keep his title, Roger Huerta shoule get the next title shot for the lightweight belt. If Sherk’s appeal is denied and the title is revoked, Huerta and Stevenson should battle it out for the belt. Just the opinion of an everyday fight fan.

Well Kevin, it seems that we are going to know a lot more after Sherk’s meeting with the CSAC scheduled on October 31st. That will be when the commission decides whether or not they are going to reverse Sherk’s positive test for steroids. If they do, expect Sherk to keep his title and fight before the year is over. If they decide to stay with their claim that Sherk tested positive, UFC President Dana White has already said that Sherk will be stripped of the title.

I haven’t heard anything about Huerta getting a possible title shot. I think that he needs to go up against some of the better competition in the division before he will be ready to go up against a fighter the caliber of Sherk or Stevenson. I’ve heard that the winner of the Din Thomas-Kenny Florian fight in September may go up against B.J. Penn in November for the title now that Stevenson has a broken nose and is medically suspended for two months.

Basically nothing is set in stone right now and we aren’t going to learn about the state of the UFC Lightweight Title until after Sherk’s date with the CSAC on Halloween.

CKA: Aug 31, 2007

News and Notes

- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.

- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:

Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”

- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.

- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:

Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.

- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.

- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...

- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Media Links

Sherdog: Koubousen Companion: News and Notes from Japan; Travis Wiuff Ready for “Last Shot” in IFO
411 Mania: Your MMA News, My Views 8.31.07 
Choke Him Out: Top 10 Nastiest Mixed Martial Arts Cuts
Bloody Elbow: The Muscle Shark IS Innocent, Right?
MMA HQ: Josh Barnett Still in UFC’s Future?
Sprawl N’ Brawl: UFC 75: Kongo v. Cro Cop
Fight Opinion: Five things I learned from the UFC 75 conference call
Fightlinker: This is why I hate Japan

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