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Tonight at 9pm on Versus: The WEC. Tonight at 9pm on Spike: three hours of UFC Unleashed. What’s really funny is that this is a concession on Spike’s part: they were originally planning on premiering ‘UFC: The Best of 2007′ at the same time. But because they’re such nice guys, they moved the date on that and instead are just sticking with more UFC content.

This just underlines the weird struggles Zuffa finds itself in by running two separate and ‘equal’ promotions. Between inter-network sniping and WEC fighters like Jason Miller jumping ship because of their perception that the WEC is B-level, this whole WEC thing is probably starting to seem more and more like a headache than anything else.

I really like the product, and I understand that the WEC exists as a way to tie up talent in the lower weight classes and to keep other promotions from getting a TV deal with Versus. But I am wondering how long until Zuffa gives up on trying to create the perception of the WEC as equal to the UFC?

Once they drop that farce, they’ll be able to trade fighters back and forth between the promotion with ease and use the WEC as a way to build new stars and keep fallen stars from ending up with other companies (all the while dangling the possibility of getting a call back to the big show if performances are deserving). Champions could graduate into the UFC during special inter-promotional shows. Instead of a steady stream of new faces appearing on UFC events, fighters would come into the big leagues with experience and a fan base built in already.

Anyways, that’s just how I see it. Too bad they’re stuck trying to create an illusion of equality with the UFC.

Nick Diaz shows his improvement during interviews … he starts off shaky by calling Jason Mayhem Miller the ‘milk duds’ of MMA, but then pulls it together and starts hitting some talking points. Good on you Nick!

BloodyElbow dug up this article from the Korea Times drubbing Hong Man Choi for getting the nod against Fedor (sure, it’s not official but over in Korea it’s considered a worse kept secret than Rampage as TUF coach was over here).

Choi is still licking the wounds from his embarrassing loss to LeBanner Saturday, when he barely threatened the hard-hitting Frenchman and was fortunate to avoid a knockout.

The loss was especially embarrassing since it was the first match since Choi turned himself into a national joke last month by releasing a hip-hop album with model and wannabe pop star Kang Su-hui, although LeBanner would surely say he did well for a singer.

Among the biggest fighters in the world at 2.18 meters and 160 kilograms, Choi, a former folk wrestling champion, is good at being tall but not much else, a walking eyesore of an athlete who fights with the skills and grace of a potato.

This isn’t the first time Choi has been on the receiving end of a drubbing by the Korean media. Apparently over the summer everyone shat on him for singlehandedly ruining K1 Dynamite. How dare he have a tumor, after all!

As for the rap album, I am officially asking you guys, my readers, to help locate this musical abortion so we can post it up here for everyone’s enjoyment!

**UPDATE** Thanks to intenso for the video of Hong Man Choi dancing to his first single

Two years ago, BJ Penn punched a cop outside of a bar in Hawaii. Today, he got off with 1 year probation and a $2000 fine. Terms of the probation include Pineapple Penn not being able to leave the US, but the judge gave special permission for Penn to fight in England for the LW title.

Oh boy, wouldn’t it have been awesome if Penn hadn’t been allowed to fight in the UK? That would have fucked things up for good and confirmed that there’s a voodoo curse on the UFC’s lightweight division.

The pay info for the TUF6 finale has been released and it looks like the big loser on this event was Clay Guida, who was paid a whole $3000 more than the virgins who starred on the show. Pay for this season’s crop of TUF fighters is 8k to fight and 8k to win. Guida got 11k to fight with 11k to win.

I’m always amazed that the UFC doesn’t pay more for main event status … sure, it’s a slippery slope down to boxing pay where fighters get paid more depending on what order their fight is in or who they’re fighting. But it just seems embarrassing that the fighters headlining these things wouldn’t be able to afford a 30 second commercial on the show they’re fighting for.

I can only cross my fingers and hope Guida’s going to get a fat bonus and a nice raise soon so he can afford to a) get a haircut and b) get some better training partners to sharpen his skills.

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