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Showing the awesome good sense that led him to take an unmaskable steroid weeks before his title bout with Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca has decided to leave The Armory. Who else is in the Armory? Kurt Pelligrino and Rich Crunkilton, plus a bunch of Brazilian guys who are probably pretty good at jiu-jitsu.

Leaving your team to start your own school is all well and good, but here’s why its stupid:

1) You just got suspended for using steroids. There is no better time to strike off on your own. Not.

2) You’re starting a team called Team Hermes Franca. That’s fucking lame. Why not just call it TEAM ME. And while there’s no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’, there’s ‘HERMES FRANCA’ so everyone else can eat shit. Plus with a name like that, good luck finding high profile guys to stick around. As well, see point 1: trying to market a new school using the name of a busted steroid user … not all publicity is good publicity.

Looks like Jason Mayhem Miller might be the latest victim of Zuffa’s cut throat business tactics. He went from being the posterboy of WEC 27 to a ghost pretty quickly. I originally thought there was no news simply because the WEC doesn’t have another show coming up until December 12th (that’s fucking retarded in it’s own right), and that show is already big enough. But now there’s loads of whisperings and wonderings left and right that contract negotiations with Zuffa are going poorly and Mayhem is looking to jump ship to ProElite.

Not helping these rumors are the fact that Mayhem practically works for ProElite as some kind of correspondent. This is all really surprising to me considering the push the WEC gave Mayhem when he fought Hiromitsu Miura back in May. Does this continue the trend of fighters feeling under appreciated by Zuffa when in fact they’re just expecting too much? From an outsider’s point of view, things don’t look too shabby for Jason past the long layover which is affecting all WEC fighters. What am I missing here? Is Zuffa trying to pay Jason less or something? Or is this just a case where he thinks he can get more out of ProElite?

One of the biggest issues with the way the UFC is doing business now is how they let go of so many promising fighters who end up floating their competitor’s boats. Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler, Joe Riggs, Jeff Monson, Ken Shamrock, Shonie Carter, the list goes on and on and on and on … and on! Half the time, when you see some recognizable names on a non-UFC card, that name came from the UFC.

Sure, you can definitely argue that the UFC is the premiere league and as such it should only have premiere fighters. But every time the UFC lets go of an established fighter who is underperforming, they’re giving ammunition to their competition.

So what to do with all these guys? You do what ProElite is doing and shuffling them around the different organizations it owns. Look at Ninja Rua … after losing to Robbie Lawler at the last EliteXC show, there wasn’t much left for him to do in that organization. But rather than drop him, ProElite has moved him over to Cage Rage where he can rebuild some momentum and be available to EliteXC when a smart matchup presents itself.

The UFC needs the same thing. And no, they don’t have the same thing in the WEC. They could, but Zuffa brass is too proud to call the WEC their feeder system and are trying to establish it as something else. What, I don’t really know. Maybe it’s true that they’re just blocking another promotion from landing on Versus, and Versus wouldn’t bite if the WEC really became a minor league for the UFC.

The UFC has proven over and over again that they’re willing to spend tens of millions on marketing but aren’t interested in investing in fighters who may just need a bit more time and experience to become stars. Or fighters who may never be able to hold the belt but are still hard working, skilled, and exciting fighters.

There’s already 1001 examples of guys being let go by the UFC who are now the crown jewel in their respective promotions. It’s only going to get worse down the road if the UFC doesn’t figure out some way to keep these guys under contract for themselves.

This has been a rough week so far. Monday night we recorded the Low Blow and had the stupid idea of mixing Bowes piss beer with Xyience ‘premium’ energy drink. Not only was I up until 3am shaking like Michael J Fox, but the next day I had to take off work because of:

  • Volcanic hot diarrhea that lasted from 8:43AM – 11:17AM
  • Singed anus tips from said diarrhea
  • Green tinged urine
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Dreams that I had sex with Tito Ortiz and his vagina was not tight at all

Overall it was a very disturbing experience and I would tell people to watch the fuck out for Xyience, but they might sue me for it.

**UPDATE** In addition to correcting the spelling of diarrhea, I’ve also got a report from Jake on his Xyience experience:

1. my heart pounded like a jackhammer until about 4 am
2. Rubbed it out 3 times, but could not kill my erection
3. Muscle spasms
4. Urge to kill Fedor.

Well, there you have it folks. Not too dissimilar to Ryan’s own experiences. Next time I have one though, if i do, I’ll be sure to have someone of the soft skin, and sweet smelling hair variety.

Okay peeps. As mentioned on our latest edition of the Low Blow, Jake and I are hopping on a bus and traveling the 21 hours from Montreal to Cincinnati for the UFC 77 show this weekend. Why the bus and not a private jet? It’s a long story, but to simplify things lets just say it’s Jake’s fault. Totally and completely Jake’s fault.

Anyways, the important thing is that we’re gonna be in town from Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon. Most of our time will probably be spent following the MMAJunkie guys around calling them names, but if any of the readers are also gonna be around it would be cool for us to discuss in here and maybe set up some kinda meeting at a bar or one of the UFC parties or whatnot.

With all the fighters we’ve told off over the past year, I feel like there’s safety in numbers and perhaps I’ll be able to escape from Ohio without a beating. And on a plus side this could also be a good opportunity to lynch Kevin Iole if we run into him.

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