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There’s only two things that Brazilians are better than us at, and that’s bikini waxes and jiu jitsu. Now we will see if these two factors allow them to win at Art of War 3 : USA vs Brazil. I’ve already mentioned that they’ve got some serious name power, and now the main lineup has been announced. With three more matches to go (probably just undercard), it’s looking pretty good. Here’s the lineup:

JEFF MONSON VS PEDRO RIZZO
JEREMY HORN VS JORGE SANTIAGO
JAKE SHIELDS VS CARLO PRATER
RON WATERMAN VS MARIO RINALDI
RICCO RODRIGUEZ VS MARCIO CRUZ

Hat Tip – MMA on Tap

MMA Weekly just released the pay figures for last weekend’s WEC show, something that I’m sure most people didn’t bother to look into. However, that’s what I’m here for : to fuck your unsatisfied girlfriends and to point out shit that you might otherwise miss.

Title Match & Main Event Fighters
-Doug Marshall: $8,000 (defeated Justin McElfresh)
-Justin McElfresh: $3,000 (lost to Doug Marshall)

Main Card Fighters
-Jason “Mayhem” Miller: $30,000 (defeated Hiromitsu Miura)
-Manny Tapia: $8,000 (defeated Brandon Foxworth)
-Sherron Leggett: $6,000 (defeated Charlie Kohler)
-Ariel Gandulla: $6,000 (defeated Gary Padilla)
-Marcus Hicks: $6,000 (defeated Sergio Gomez)
-Ed Ratcliff: $6,000 (defeated Johnny Sampaio)
-Eric Schambari: $6,000 (defeated Art Santore)
-Art Santore: $6,000 (lost to Eric Schambari)
-Charlie Kohler: $5,000 (lost to Sherron Leggett)
-Tom Speer: $4,000 (defeated Sidney Silva)
-Sidney Silva: $4,000 (lost to Tom Speer)
-Brandon Foxworth: $4,000 (lost to Manny Tapia)
-Sergio Gomez: $4,000 (lost to Marcus Hicks)
-Gary Padilla: $3,000 (lost to Ariel Gandulla)
-Hiromitsu Miura: $3,000 (lost to Jason “Mayhem” Miller)
-Johnny Sampaio: $2,000 (lost to Ed Ratcliff)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $114,000

The big winner on this card was Jason Miller, getting paid a whopping 30k. This is pretty damn impressive considering that George St Pierre was paid 27k to fight and 27k to win against Matt Hughes at UFC65. Also impressive because that’s 22k more than any of the other fighters on the card were paid. Average pay for most of the other fighters was around 5k-6k, with only 3 fighters getting paid 3k or less. Hmm, how does that compare to the UFC? If you’ll remember, most undercard fighters in the UFC are actually getting paid LESS than the fighters in the WEC. Elvis Sinosic got paid the same as some dude named Manny Tapia to co-headline UFC70. How about them apples?

Hat Tip: UFC Junkie for salary comparison notes

It’s funny how small events can make big differences in the MMA world. A young rising star named Brandon Vera (or his manager depending on who you believe) holds out on the UFC for more moneyz. Truth got to get paid, son! Anyhows, this changes the heavyweight game plan for the UFC : originally Brandon was supposed to face Tim Sylvia at UFC66. Because of the contractual struggle, that wasn’t about to happen. I’m sure Dana was already working on all of the signings which have now been revealed … Herring, Crocop, Nogueria, Werdum, etc. So he wasn’t about to cave for the guy who’s biggest win was against a flabby Frank Mir. The only issue was what to do about UFC66. Enter Randy Couture, who turned things on their heads by beating Tim Sylvia.

Now things are completely different. Where Brandon Vera was once at the top of the UFC heavyweight food chain, now he’d be lucky to be considered in the top 5. Who knows how many extremely difficult opponents he’ll have to face before getting back to the spot he occupied a mere six months ago by proxy. It’s too early to say if Vera will live up to the hype and initial promise he’s shown, or if he’ll be exposed as a nothing more than a middle talent fighter who did well in a weak division. But one thing is for sure : Brandon Vera had a window of opportunity to become the UFC heavyweight champion, and he lost it. The relatively easy path that once lay before him is gone, and now he’s going to have to claw his way back to the top.

“ESPN News” is going to be showing the UFC71 weigh ins live. At the same time ESPN.com will be showing a streaming video of Greg Savage eating 200 tacos. Is ESPN News even a real channel? Is that better or worse than ESPN8 – The Ocho?

I don’t know if it can get any worse for Gracie Fighting Championships. With all the problems they’ve been having, the only possible explanation is some sort of vile gypsy curse. The latest woe to befall GFC is the loss of yet another fighter, some unknown guy named Jeff Monson who was headlining the show or something. This marks the 513th time graphic designers have had to go back and change all the promotional material for this show. At this point, the only original guys from the main card left are Emo-Fonz lookalike Thomas Denny and grappler Ronaldo Jacare. If I was a ticket buyer I’d be fucking pissed. This is like buying Fruit Loops and finding out the box is full of All Bran.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more changes to the GFC card, followed by the canceling of the entire show, followed by the ritual seppuku of the show’s promoters.

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