I defend Dana White a lot, because the interwebs are full of 14 year old morons who think they know better than him when it comes to running the UFC. But I’m not about to ignore when he makes stupid statements and passes up on huge business for the company. I’ve verbally ripped on him when he shat all over Tito Ortiz, who makes Zuffa more money than any other fighter in the company. And now I’ll shit on him for showing disrespect to Ken Shamrock, who also made the UFC tons of cash.
In this article with Yahoo Sports, Dana White denies that he’s talked with Ken’s people and says the UFC might release Ken from his contract with the UFC. I don’t know where to begin with this stupidity. Say what you will about Ken Shamrock’s fading abilities, but he’s still a massive draw. It would be foolish of the UFC to release him, especially with EliteXC suddenly looking like serious players in the industry.
Ah well … if Dana does decide to let Ken go, there is an upside for the fans: Frank Shamrock said at the Judgement Day press conference that he would be willing to fight his adoptive brother.
UPDATE: It’s official. The UFC has dropped Ken Shamrock’s contract.
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.
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?