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Josh Barnett had some interesting things to say during an interview with Sam Caplan:

JB: Well, some of those offers I mentioned are smaller promotions that might not be aware of just how expensive the top level guys are. Especially if it is that you read a CSAC or NSAC report following a bout and they say “Joe Schmo made $100 to fight.” Well, often he didn’t make — well, he did make $100 to fight but somewhere in the back he’s getting paid an extra $100 maybe $200 on top of that in addition to whatever it may be for pay-per-view. I even had to explain to a guy “You know I think you know what the top guys are getting but that’s not what they’re getting. They’re getting a lot more than you think they’re getting.”

I suppose this confirms what lots of people have always thought: what’s given to the athletic commissions isn’t always an accurate depiction of what a fighter is really getting paid. Of course, there’s still a lot of question marks surrounding the ‘under the table’ payments. Is this the kind of pay all fighters are getting, or just the top ones? Are these guys really getting double the pay this way? Is this just how it was in PRIDE or does this go for other promotions as well? Why would major promotion companies create a huge conspiracy to make it seem like they’re underpaying their fighters?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the statement from Royce Gracie regarding why he didn’t spend a day or two dealing with the steroid accusations from last month:

“Well, I fight once a year anyway and it’s much cheaper to pay $2500 in fine then $10,000 retainer to attorneys alone. As for my fans, those who believe me, believe me anyway, and those who don’t, does not matter what I do, or what I say, they will not believe anyway.”

Yeah, a 2500$ fine is cheaper than fighting the ruling, but is it cheaper than the therapy Royce’s kids will have to go through? Coming to terms with the fact that your dad is a fucking sham seems like it could take several years worth of sessions.

Well, this is gay. The Fight Network has decided to pick up season 4 of the Bodog Fight show. I dunno if you’ve ever watched Bodogfight, but it’s like having herpes in your eyes. I watched the Roxanne Modafferi episode because she’s da bomb, but holy fuck. That show sucks. Why The Fight Network would decide to show this instead of more Japanese Catfighting is beyond me.

Well, looks like it’s about as official as it’s gonna be until we start seeing advertising for it: Jens Pulver is on his way to the WEC. This is the second big bit of news broken on Frank Trigg’s radio show. Maybe I should listen to it more often. Or I could cut off my ears, because that radio show sucks.

Fortunately for those who don’t want to listen to the radio show, Loretta Hunt also gives the goods including more info on Pulver’s opponent, Cub Swanson:

A standout on the southern California circuit, Swanson, 23, has shone through in his two appearances with the Zuffa-owned promotion, earning a decision over Micah Miller at his last outing June 3.

“I was given a choice to fight Pulver or Mark Hominick and I chose the first,” says Swanson. “If I train hard and stick to my game plan, I can win this.”

What a ballsy dude. I keep on saying it: People underestimate Jens Pulver because he’s been tooled lately fighting guys who are way bigger than him. It’ll be interesting to see how he does at featherweight, especially since it seems like people are underestimating him.

I love how Roger Huerta continues to get fed UFC virgins, while Clay Guida keeps going up against the baddest motherfuckers in the lightweight division. I really don’t know what to read from that: does that say the UFC really respects Clay Guida’s skills, or they’re just trying to bury him? Are they so unsure of Huerta that they’re not willing to pit him against someone established?

If you did a search on this site for “Joe Silva is on crack”, you’d probably find over 20 posts. Well, 21 now that I’m gonna say it again. I can give the UFC a pass on the Liddell-Jardine fight because their light heavyweight division is kinda shitty at the moment. But there’s no excuse for some of the garbage bookings they’re doing in the lightweight division. Roger Huerta vs Alberto Crane is up there with the recent Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens match as one of the most pointless bookings ever.

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