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I was gonna name the title of this post “Yarennoka is looking good” but I didn’t know how the hell I’d be able to prove that considering this post contains official confirmation that Fedor will be fighting yet another worthless freakshow match.

On a positive note, Akiyama the Greasy Korean vs Misaki the Loser Bushido Champion will also face off in what should be a pretty sweet match. I’m not all that huge on events heavy with Japanese talent (more because I don’t know anything about most of them, not out of any latent racist undertones), but I am looking forward to this event!

Here’s the lineup thus far (note that Ricardo Arona is still being touted on the official lineup dispite the fact that he says he’s not fighting)

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Choi Hong Man
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shinya Aoki vs. J.Z. Calvan
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

Rumored Fights:
Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

Ricardo Arona

Rumored Participants:
Aleksander Emelianenko
Roman Zentsov
Mark Hunt

5ounces has a pretty good interview with Jason Mayhem Miller full of soft testicle massage by Adam Morgan, with a few interesting factoids to boot. My favorite part was when Jason Miller talked shit about Throwdown for fucking him over on sponsorship.

This is sad news for me because I really like Throwdowntheir clothes are about the least gay in the MMA industry and they have a fun little news page that kinda reminds me of something … wait a second. That’s not Throwdown, that’s Triumph United. Never mind!

Adam Morgan: I was watching your video from the North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo and you said something about one of your sponsors, Throwdown, owing you money. What’s up with that situation?

“Mayhem” Miller: Yeah man, Throwdown, these guys are assholes, man. Don’t even get me started, I can’t believe these guys. I asked these guys to either stop using my image or pay me and then on top of that, to rub it in, they said “Oh, you know what? We’re going to give you a bunch of shirts to sell out of the trunk of your car and that’ll be your payment for the past 8 months of using your face without paying you.”

It’s ridiculous, man. Shit is ridiculous. I don’t know, do they want me to sue them or something? And it’s not just me, it’s an industry wide spectacle, like they’re not paying anybody. I think they pay Rampage but that’s it. As far as I know they owe a lot of people money and they’re just running out on their debts. I don’t even want to give these guys any exposure by mentioning their name in this interview.

Anyways you should check out the rest of the interview because Mayhem is always entertaining, even when the interviewer is basically offering him an ego blowjob with questions like this:

Adam Morgan: Do you think Zuffa was at all scared of your personality? I mean, you’re a pretty likable guy and people think you’re pretty funny, but do you think they were scared that your popularity might reach a point to where they couldn’t even control it?

Mr Sunshine Steve Cofield gets the goods again with an interview with WEC vice prez Brian Dropick (who’s name is one ‘k’ away from being the most awesome name in the universe). I know I just wrote yesterday that I don’t see how the WEC is going to make it if they’re stuck in the role of retarded cousin to the UFC, but maybe I spoke too soon: Dropick revealed some solid news.

First off, they’re looking to take the WEC out of Vegas, which is an excellent idea. The Hard Rock might be less expensive than other venues, but Jason Miller had a point when he said it makes the event feel like a college wrestling meet. Basically the place sucks balls for MMA. You get one drunk bitch at the bar screaming and she drowns out all other noise in the venue.

Vegas already has enough MMA. The WEC needs to go East where there’s a massive untapped market. In fact, if I was them I’d set up shop in New England and make that my stomping ground. Touring across the US is expensive and takes a bunch of effort. Running the show from one place was smart of the WEC, they just picked the wrong place to run from.

Lastly, they promised at least 6 live WEC events to be shown on Versus and the possibility of a PPV in the future as well. If they space those out once every two months, we’re pretty much guaranteed two belts per event and the entire roster fighting once every four months. Now that’s something I can get behind!

MMAWeekly has the best picture around to give you a real idea of how ‘controversial’ the Filho-Sonnen stoppage was. I don’t know what’s the most telling: Sonnen’s arm being hyperextended, Sonnen’s facial expression, or Filho’s smile. You don’t need to know Portugeese to understand what that shit is all about.

The WEC event was on last night and overall I give it a 7 out of 10. To give you some perspective, I gave the TUF6 finale an 8 out of 10 and UFC 78 a 5 out of 10. Basically the main fights went like this: two steamrolls and two excellent fights.

Jens Pulver made beating Cub Swanson look dirt simple … all of Cub’s talk about trading with Jens on the feet turned out to be a complete troll as he shot for a takedown 5 seconds into the fight. Jens showed why he’s the man at 145 by powering out of the shoot and then sunk in the meanest looking guillotine I’d ever seen. Cub tried to roll out of it but was completely trapped and had to tap like a bitch just over 30 seconds into the fight.

This is the big thing for Jens: he’s now fighting in a weight class where he’s not put up against people way bigger than him. It was amazing that Jens was able to hang with the higher weight classes as long as he did, but now I think we’re going to see Little Evil back in top form since he has the power and size to bully his opponents. A bigger fighter might have been able to power out of that choke, but another 145’er had no chance.

Doug Marshall rolled over Ariel Gandulla like I thought he would … Ariel looked like the novice he was and got caught by THE FIRST SUBMISSION KIDS ARE TAUGHT IN JIU-JITSU: A lazy armbar from the bottom. I was a bit surprised though … Doug Marshall came out looking like a sensitive boyfriend rather than the pissed off Rhino we all know and love. Maybe he was thinking that Ariel had some kind of super-dangerous secret weapon. But unless that secret weapon was “terrible submission defence” … no.

Now onto the battles!

Chael Sonnen was absolutely wailing on a listless Paulo Filho, who basically blamed his problems cutting to 185 on his poor performance. Chael came within inches of finishing the fight early in the first round after a slam seemed to knock Filho out for a moment. In true champion fashion, Filho held on and pulled off a ‘controversial’ submission. ‘Controversial’ in quotations because Chael Sonnen claimed he was just fine, dispite the fact that he was clearly not. I’m sure Sonnen would have been perfectly happy to have his arm broken backwards on live TV and while that would have been totally cool to see, I say good stoppage ref. Good stoppage.

I have to hand it to Chael though … I thought he was going to get absolutely destroyed in this fight but he completely dominated both rounds right up to the last few seconds when Filho pulled a sweet sub out of his ass. Again, Filho complained afterwards about how hard it was to make weight, making me think his lackluster performance had to do with a really bad cut.

Last but not least, Jeff Curran did better than I expected against Urijah Assface Faber. He dominated the first round and came close to finishing things from Faber’s back with a body triangle. Faber kept his cool and got out of it with a minute left to go and from there dominated the second round on his way to a slick choke with 30 seconds left on the clock.

I hate Urijah Faber with a passion, but I can’t deny that the guy has some serious skills. Curran came out strong and put Faber into some tough spots, but Faber survived and turned the tables on his opponent. Jeff Curran also came out with a lot of power and looked 100 times better than he was in his WEC debut where he was unable to even finish Stephen Ledbetter. Let’s hope the Big Frog doesn’t return to his lackluster ways when he’s not fighting for a title shot. Another year or so in the WEC and I can see him winning his next title fight.

All in all, two excellent back and forth fights that solidified their respective WEC champions, Jens Pulver proving he’s no pushover, and Doug Marshall … well, Doug Marshall beat a can. An entertaining night of fights that deserves props. Now lets just hope we don’t have to wait several months for the next one!

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