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Sam Caplan says that Frank Trigg says that Hayato Sakurai’s management says that Hayato Sakurai said he doesn’t know why people are saying he’s going to fight Diego Sanchez. I dunno though … Frank Trigg was like the last person in the world to realize Pride was being sold to the UFC, so I don’t trust his judgment very much.

On the other hand, I’ve thought for a while that Sanchez vs Sakurai didn’t make much sense. So it wouldn’t surprise me much if Trigg actually did turn out to be right this time.

Pay figures are out for UFC Fight Night:

Spencer Fisher- $26,000
Sam Stout – $6,000
Fisher defeated Stout via unanimous decision

Jon Fitch – $36,000
Roan Carneiro – $5000
Fitch defeated Carneiro via RNC in round two

Drew McFedries – $14,000
Jordan Radev – $5,000
McFedries defeated Radev via KO in round one

Thiago Tavares – $10,000
Jason Black – $6,000
Tavares defeated Black via TC in round two

Forrest Petz – $8,000
Luigi Fioravanti – $8,000
Petz defeated Fioravanti via unanimous decision

Tamdan McCrory – $8,000
Pete Spratt – $12,000
McCrory defeated Spratt via TC in round two

Gleison Tibau – $10,000
Jeff Cox – $3,500
Tibau defeated Cox via ATC choke in round one

Anthony Johnson – $6,000
Chad Reiner – $3,000
Johnson defeated Reiner via KO in round one

Nate Mohr – $6,000
Luke Caudillo – $3,000
Mohr defeated Caudillo via unanimous decision

With the money that Sam Stout made fighting for 15 minutes during the show, he wouldn’t be able to afford a 30 second advertisement during the commercials. This is a nice juxtaposition between how much the UFC is making off these shows and how little some guys are getting. There better be some sweet ass bonuses hidden behind these figures, because this kind of pay for the guy headlining a nationally broadcast sporting event makes me sick. I think pole vaulters and skeet shooters make more money.PS: Does anyone know for sure who won Fight of the Night, Sub of the Night, etc?

Tucked away at the bottom of a column on Sherdog:

With a lack of a sanctioning body in the United Kingdom, the UFC was forced to regulate the Belfast event on its own. UFC vice-president Marc Ratner oversaw the show and informed that the participants in the main event, along with two random fights, were chosen for drug screening. He went on to say the results, once in, would be sent to White and that they would be disseminated at his discretion.

I dunno about you, but I wouldn’t leave a dingo in charge of a nursery, and I wouldn’t leave the UFC in charge of the UFC’s drug testing. This could turn into a huge issue : fans went retardo when they realized no drug testing was done for the last UK show and the Texas show. Do you really think they’ll be happier knowing the drug testing results will be ‘disseminated’ at Dana White’s discretion? If there’s even a whiff that one of the fighters didn’t pass and the UFC hushed it up (like they hushed up Diego Sanchez’s pot test), it’ll cause a massive stink. If there’s any truth to that idea, it could be the first scandal the UFC is involved in that would hit the mainstream.

The UFC has to get their heads out of their asses and realize what a precarious situation they’re in. The last thing they need is a perceived steroids scandal or cover-up on the heels of Royce Gracie’s positive testing. Doing your own drug testing instead of having an independent board controlling things just leaves way too much to be desired. The last thing this sport needs is to be perceived as rife with doping.

One of Canada’s biggest MMA promotions, TKO, looks like it may be in a little bit of trouble. You may remember last week’s article about Jonathan Goulet leaving TKO on bad terms. Well now it seems like it’s not just Goulet who’s unhappy with TKO head Stephan Paltry. Steve Claveau from Montreal’s main MMA training team ‘The Legion’ has publicly said he’ll be sending his fighters to other promotions rather than TKO. And word is that Team Tompkins is also unhappy with TKO (although Shawn Tompkins seems to hate everyone these days). These two groups hold a large number of the most popular and talented fighters in Ontario and Quebec, so it definitely wouldn’t be good if they were not letting their fighters participate in TKO events any more.

Don’t hold your breath people. From The Fight Network this morning:

Loretta Hunt, managing editor for The Fight Network’s MMA content, has learned that UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock will come out of retirement to face British superstar Michael Bisping at UFC 75.

And now the same page has been updated:

Loretta Hunt, managing editor for The Fight Network’s MMA content, has learned that UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock could possibly come out of retirement to face British superstar Michael Bisping at UFC 75.

Considering the Bisping/Hamill fight has already been confirmed by various non-fanboy sources and makes a lot more sense, I don’t see a lot of truth to this rumor. I don’t doubt Shamrock’s people told Loretta Hunt this stuff, but Loretta my dear, you must remember that pro wrestlers are the biggest liars in the world. Remember when I told you that I was a multi-millionaire playboy who loved you and wanted to marry you? Well, looks like you haven’t learned.

UPDATE: There’s an interview with Ken up on NBC

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