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Rumormill: “Mayhem” to WEC

People always ask “Who is your favorite fighter?” The truth is; I don’t have just onemayhem.JPG “favorite” fighter. I like so many fighters and root for them all to do good things, but to choose one over everyone else is impossible.

Some of my favorites are; Tito Ortiz, Karo Parisyan, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Wanderlei Silva, and the list goes on forever.

Somewhere very high on that list is “Mayhem” Miller. Few mixed martial artists blend wrestling, jiu jitsu, kick boxing, and charisma like he does. He is on a level all his own.

On March 24th 2007, the cult hero will grace the WEC with his presence, according to mmaweekly.com, against an opponent not yet known. Although this is only a rumor at this point, mmaweekly is usually spot on with this stuff, having some of the best sources in mma media.

This will be the WEC’s second show under the Zuffa banner. On Jan. 20th the WEC put on a show in Las Vegas in which “Razor” Rob McCullough dismantled Kit Cope in under 3 minutes to claim the vacant lightweight championship. Urijah Faber also retained his featherweight title via TKO over Joe Pearson, former PRIDE fighter.

Some people may be upset that “Mayhem” is not going to compete in the UFC, and justifiably so. “Mayhem” has stated that he will continue to fight for Icon Sport, out of Hawaii, which he is under contract with. “Mayhem” lost his Icon Sport middleweight title to Frank Trigg in December.

The UFC would not, under any circumstances, let an athlete compete in their organization while still under contract with another promotion. It would be pointless because they would be unable to push him for a title shot. I guess they are not so strict with the WEC.

At any rate, “Mayhem” should make a huge splash in the WEC, which is growing more and more everyday. I am sure plenty of “Mayhem Monkeys” will be in attendance.

Also rumored to be fighting is Razor Rob McCullough, who will be making his first defense of his lightweight title against Rich Crunkilton. Here is the rest of the rumored card courtesy of mmaweekly.com:

WEC (2ND SHOW UNDER ZUFFA OWNERSHIP): MARCH 24, 2007
Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

-Rob McCullough vs. Rich Crunkilton
-Doug Marshall vs. Jorge Oliveira
-Jason Miller vs. TBA
-Jesse Moreng vs. TBA

This event will not be shown live. Highlights from the event will be shown this summer on the Versus Network.

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Georges St. Pierre signs extension

Some would say that Georges St. Pierre is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Igsp.JPG would be hard pressed to argue otherwise.
Fresh off his dominant victory one of the best welterweights in MMA history, Matt Hughes, Dana White is taking no chances with his new golden boy, locking GSP up for at least his next six fights, according to fcfighter.com. His new contract will go into effect immediately, replacing his current contract which has two fights left on it.

People may say that the UFC underpays its fighters but one thing is for sure; they know how to take care of their marquee names.  GSP’s new mega-deal will make him one of the top three paid fighters in the UFC according to GSP’s agent; Stephane Patry.

Patry commented that the negotiations were difficult at times but an agreement was eventually reached.

St. Pierre is riding a wave of success that is unmatched in the UFC, winning his last five fights against a who’s who of mixed martial artists inclucing; BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, “Mayhem” Miller, and the aforementioned Matt Hughes.

Dana White has made no secret of the fact that he would like GSP to be the poster boy of the UFC. Why wouldn’t he? St. Pierre is a phenomenal athlete, intelligent, good looking, and he attracts the Canadian crowd.

The plan was to have GSP headline UFC 69 in Montreal, Canada in a rubber match with Matt Hughes but those plans fell through and the event will now be held in Houston, Texas. If St. Pierre’s knee injury heals in time, the delayed title defense against TUF 4 winner Matt Serra will headline the card in Houston.

You can get used to seeing the welterweight strap around the waist of GSP. With his mix of talent and explosiveness, he is in a league all his own. Now it is up to Joe Silva to put those six fights to good use. Something tells me he will.

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ESPN to cover mma

According to Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio, the “upper moustaches” at ESPN are goingespnlogo.JPG to have a meeting to discuss how they will cover mma. The higher-ups at ESPN feel that they “missed the bus on covering mma” and are working out details on how to cover it. Dana White was also asked last night after the Ultimate Fight Night event if he knew if ESPN would eventually cover mma and his response was that he was having a meeting with them on thursday to go over details of the coverage, according to www.f4wonline.com‘s radio show (which you need to subscribe to in order to hear) . You need to be an ESPN insider, which costs around $75 a year, to hear Colin Cowherd’s show about the meeting ESPN was having pertaining to mma. Luckily for you bastards I am a member and I was able to save the audio and host it online. You can hear the full show by clicking here. What was that? a thank you? Oh, dont worry, it was my pleasure. Colin also goes on quite an amusing rant about how the WNBA is covered and mma is not.

This is what mma fans have been asking for as long as I can remember. I just hope they do it the right way and cover mma, not just UFC. I would be very surprised if they took my advice though. But hey, as they say, any publicity is good publicity.

As soon as more info on the outcome of the meeting becomes available I will pass it along. As always, stay tuned to MMAlowdown.com for all your mma needs. I keep promising that I have some big things in the works and a couple big announcements to make, please bare with me and as soon as the time is right I will make it public. You won’t be dissappointed. Also, please give me some feedback via email or the comments section and let me know what you think about the site so far. Remember to check us out at Myspace and MyMMAspace as well.

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Kit Cope tests positive for steroids

     According to Dave Meltzer at Wrestlingobserver.com, Kit Cope tested positive for theweceventposter.JPG anabolic steroid Boldenone following his Jan. 20th bout with Rob McCullough. This was confirmed to Meltzer by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Kit was stopped by strikes at 2:53 of the first round by “Razor” Rob McCullough in their fight for the vacant WEC lightweight title this past saturday, Jan. 20th. Cope suffered a broken rib in the defeat at the first WEC show under Zuffa ownership.

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid typically used in horses. The normal penalty for this type of violation is a suspension of 9 months and a fine around 5 thousand dollars, as was the case with Stephan Bonnar.

This is not what the WEC or the UFC needs right now with all the talk about mma fighters juicing, especially with the 2 PRIDE fighters testing dirty at the “Real Deal” show in october, with a third, Kevin Randleman, using a sample believed to be taken from either an animal or a dead person. This is the type of blemish on mma’s record that critics like Bill O’Reilly love to point out in their arguements. However I have no doubt Kit, as well as mma, will bounce back just fine.

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WEC fighter salaries released

     Mmaweekly.com has obtained the fighter salaries that, by law, must be released to theweceventposter.JPG Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to the documents released to the NSAC, and obtained by mmaweekly.com, the fighter salaries are:

Title Match & Main Event Fighters

-Rob McCullough: $20,000 (defeated Kit Cope)

-Urijah Faber: $10,000 (defeated Joe Pearson)

-Kit Cope: $5,000 (lost to Rob McCullough)

-Joe Pearson: $4,000 (lost to Urijah Faber)

Main Card Fighters

-John Alessio: $10,000 (defeated Brian Gassaway)

-Rich Crunkilton: $10,000 (defeated Mike Joy)

-Alex Karalexis: $8,000 (defeated Olaf Alfonso)

-Logan Clark: $8,000 (defeated Blas Avena)

-Carlos Condit: $8,000 (defeated Kyle Jensen)

-Antonio Banuelos: $6,000 (defeated Mike French)

-Brian Gassaway: $4,000 (lost to John Alessio)

-Brendan Seguin: $4,000 (defeated Fernando Gonzalez)

-Olaf Alfonso: $4,000 (lost to Alex Karalexis)

-Mike French: $3,000 (lost to Antonio Banuelos)

-Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000 (lost to Brendan Seguin)

-Kyle Jensen: $3,000 (lost to Carlos Condit)

-Blas Avena: $2,500 (lost to Logan Clark)

-Mike Joy: $2,000 (lost to Rich Crunkilton)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $114,500

Not bad for their first show under Zuffa ownership, if you ask me. You have to remember that the figures released to the NSAC do not include bonuses, sponsors, and other income recieved by the fighters. You can bank on the fact that the main eventers pulled in a lot more than what is noted above. However, the salary alone is not a bad payday by any stretch of the imagination.

It was previously announced that highlights from this show will be aired in the summer of this year by the Versus Network. I would be looking forward to that but I will probably see them long before then on the internet. The Versus Network will be airing some live WEC shows as well as some taped highlight shows which will be one hour long.

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