Everyone’s favorite   drunken   master Drew Fickett is off the UFC73 card with an undisclosed reoccuring injury. Fickett was supposed to face perpetually down on his luck Chris Lytle, but now that match is in jeapordy: this is the second fighter who has pulled out. Originally Lytle was supposed to face Jeff Joslin in a match no one cared about. It will be interesting to see if the UFC tries to salvage this one or just axe it completely.

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God knows Dave Meltzer is probably a bit busy at the moment reporting on the biggest scandal in pro wrestling since Randy Savage turned on Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 4. But you’d think he would double check his Strikeforce pay figures before releasing them to the public. Below are the figures released by the Observer:

-Frank Shamrock ($1.3 million) def. Phil Baroni ($75,000)
-Cung Le ($100,000) def. Tony Fryklund ($12,000)
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua ($50,000) def. Joey Villasenor ($32,000)
-Paul Buentello ($50,000) def. Carter Wiliams ($25,000)
-Paul Daley ($30,000) def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig ($15,000)
-Edson Berto ($25,000) def. Victor Valenzuela ($30,000)
-Josh Thomson ($15,000) def. Nick Gonzalez ($10,000)

And here’s what the CSAC released as pay figures:

Frank Shamrock – $200,000 def Phil Baroni – $100,000
Cung Le – $45,000 def Tony Fryklund – $8,000
Murilo Rua – $25,000 (plus $25,000 win bonus) def Joey Villasenor – $15,000
Paul Buentello – $25,000 (plus $25,000 win bonus) def Carter Williams – $13,340
Paul Daley – $6,000 (plus $6,000 win bonus) def Duane Ludwig – $15,000
Edson Berto – $7,000 (plus $7,000 win bonus) def Victor Valenzuela – $4,000
Josh Thomson – $15,000 (plus $5,000 win bonus) def Nick Gonzalez – $4,000

I’ve never been that good at math, but these numbers don’t seem to match up too well. Sure, perhaps Frank Shamrock’s pay in the WO’s report includes assumed PPV share money. But that doesn’t explain the huge gaps in the undercard fighter pay. I’m sure Victor Valenzuela wishes the first numbers were true because he would be $26,000 richer. Same with Paul Daley, who only made half of what the Wrestling Observer said he did.

UPDATE:   It turns out that the financial numbers attributed to Wrestling Observer were not actually from Wrestling Observer. MMA News has apologized for attributing the incorrect numbers.

Yeah, I know this is up there on a Vagina-Meter along with my post on Dana White’s eyebrows, but what the fuck. You’re Tank Abbott. You were once the baddest dude in the UFC, and now you’re wearing buckled loafers like a goddamn pilgrim at Thanksgiving dinner or some shit. Then again, considering the number of times Tank Abbott has been knocked out I’m surprised he’s not wearing a diaper and a bicycle helmet.

If you haven’t seen the Gray Maynard vs Rob Emerson fight from the TUF5 finale, I’m sure you’ve at least seen the ending. Ya know … where Grey Maynard knocks himself out slamming Rob Emerson? Well, it’s turned out to be the most talked about part of the show. Dana White denies he had anything to do with the fight being ruled No Contest. Steve Mazzagatti explains why he made the decision to call the fight No Contest. And finally, Maynard has said the UFC is already talking to him about a rematch.

I wonder if I’m the only one who doesn’t need to see a rematch. Yes … ‘technically’ the fight was a No Contest. But Gray Maynard was thrashing Rob Emerson. That punch to the ribs was perhaps the most brutal body shot I’ve ever seen, and it was just one of many hits that had Emerson reeling. Gray Maynard may not have won that fight on paper, but he won the fight none the less and there’s no doubt he would win if the two were matched up again. So why the fuck does the UFC want to do a rematch? Do they think anyone at home actually cares that the Sherdog Fight Finder lists the bout as a No Contest?

I was mentioning yesterday that it would be interesting to see what BJ Penn would do with the clout he got from beating Jens Pulver. Well, it looks like Dana White is offering him the lightweight title … if he wants it. While many sites are reporting that Penn *will* face the winner of Sherk/Franca for the LW belt, Dana White only said it was a possibility. The reason it’s not a lock? Most likely because BJ Penn has said over and over that he’s not planning on sticking around at lightweight.

If Penn turns down this title shot, it’s a classic example of him being a stubborn idiot. At welterweight he’s just another guy in the mix, one who’s been beaten by two of the top contenders already. And while a third match with Matt Hughes would probably result in a victory for Penn, I’m not so sure Penn could get by guys like Georges St Pierre and Karo Parisyan. Fuck, even Matt Serra is a potentially troublesome matchup for Penn.

There’s no denying Penn would be the biggest name at lightweight if he stayed. I also don’t see anyone in the division right now who could beat him on paper. And perhaps that’s the problem … Penn isn’t interested in a free ride or an easy belt. He wants the welterweight belt he left behind last time. For a guy who already has money and fame, I guess it’s not really that hard to understand.

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