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WEC 36 Post-Game Report: Event fails to live up to high expectations

It was supposed to be one of the best televised MMA shows of the year. Instead, WEC 36 was nothing more than a quality MMA event that failed to live up to its enormous potential on paper.

If the WEC is known for one thing, it’s its superb matchmaking. Scott Adams is one of the best in the business, if not the best when it comes to recruiting undiscovered talent and matching them up. But as former ICON Sport promoter T. Jay Thompson has said, matchmaking is an inexact science. Just because a matchup looks great on paper, there’s no way to predict with absolute certainty how things will play out in reality.

Urijah Faber vs. Mike Thomas Brown was supposed to be a match of the year candidate. And while it was eventful while it was lasted, the fact that the bout didn’t turn into a war and couldn’t even make it out of the first round has to be viewed as a slight disappointment. As I’ve said before though, this isn’t pro wrestling and you can’t hold anyone responsible because you can’t script this stuff. But I really would have liked to see Brown and Faber go at it for a little while longer so that we could get a more definitive sense of who the better fighter is. I’m sure a lot of Brown bandwagon jumpers will make the case that Brown proved he definitely is better, but how can you tell after such a short match that ended because of a gamble that didn’t pay off?

I spent a good part of Tuesday writing a column about how good Faber was and how Brown wasn’t going to be the one to beat him. Wow, could I have been any more wrong? But how was I to know that Faber was going to swing for the fences and whiff completely with an ill-advised back elbow? Faber gambled big time and it cost him the fight. Had he not left himself open after missing the elbow, who knows how the fight would have gone down? It wasn’t just a bad decision in hindsight, as it also appeared to be a bad decision from the moment he began to go for the move. Everyone saw it coming, most notably Mike Thomas Brown. Faber should have relied more on his talents as opposed to trying to win the fight with one shot.

In the early going of Faber vs. Brown — wait, I should just say “in the going” because was there a late going in the fight? — it seemed like the announcers made the common mistake that we often see commentators commit as they choose a side and then start riding it. They seemed to be in Faber hype mode early but I didn’t see it that way. While Faber showed nice athleticism in stuffing a couple of Brown’s takedown attempts, I still saw him get bullied by the larger and stronger Brown.

Size does matter in MMA and it made a difference last night. Faber was generously listed as 5’6” during the tale of the tape. Brown was also listed as 5’6” and there appeared to be at least a difference of an inch in height. I’ve stood next to Faber and I would estimate that he’s probably about 5’4.5.” If you think he looks small on TV, he’s even smaller in person. He would have little trouble making bantamweight and I’m wondering if that might not be a bad move for him. The WEC’s bantamweight division is filling out nicely and a Faber vs. Miguel Torres superfight would be truly spectacular.

A move in weight seems unlikely at this stage though because Faber sounded committed during his post-fight interview to climbing up back the ladder and getting another shot at the featherweight title. That’s perfectly okay by me, as the WEC’s featherweight division is loaded right now with Brown, Leonard Garcia, Wagnney Fabiano, Jose Aldo, Jens Pulver, and many others. Had the fight with Brown gone a little longer, he may have been in line for an immediate rematch but it still should be fun seeing Faber work his way back to a title shot. He may be only one high-profile win away.

The biggest disappointment of all was one everyone could see a mile away after WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho (yes, he technically is still champ) failed to make weight Tuesday by seven pounds during his initial attempt. In Wednesday night’s rematch against Chael Sonnen, Filho looked like a guy who just started training for his fight two weeks ago and was hell bent on pacing himself so that he could posture after the fight and brag that he was able to go the distance.

I would have had more respect for Filho if he had gassed out in two minutes while attempting to win the fight as opposed to sauntering around the cage in an attempt to simply not get finished by Sonnen. With the WEC discontinuing its middleweight division after Dec. 3, Sonnen earned his UFC tour card with last night’s performance and should advance immediately to the Octagon.

If the UFC doesn’t have the balls to make Anderson Silva vs. Chuck Liddell, then Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva should give strong consideration to making Silva’s next fight a title defense against Sonnen. It’s the least Zuffa can do considering all the bullshit that Sonnen has been subjected to as a result of this ridiculous manufactured feud between him and Filho. After having the rematch postponed three times in one calendar year, I think Sonnen has earned some capital. There’s also the storyline that Sonnen embarrassed Silva’s good friend for 15 minutes.

As for Filho’s future, my gut tells me he’ll be moved over to the Octagon because his manager is Ed Soares, who also represents Silva and Lyoto Machida for clients. Agents with leverage can move mountains but if Filho is transferred over, he’ll be on a short leash. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC decided to cut their losses. Filho is making between $40,000-$60,000 a fight in the WEC and that rate might be a little too high considering the baggage he brings to the table.

Filho thinks he’s a light heavyweight and he’s not. But 185 has always been a difficult cut for him so he might not truly be a middleweight either. If the UFC had a 190 pound weight class, he’d be a natural for it. But no such weight class exists and I just don’t see Filho being able to hang at 205 in the UFC and while his best competitive weight class is 185, he has diminished value if he can’t make the weight with certainty and if he’s unwilling to fight the division’s current champ, Silva.

Last night’s abomination of a performance from Filho will no doubt cause him to drop like a rock in the leading rankings polls out there. Pundits such as myself must own up to our mistake and acknowledge that even when at his best, Filho was never as good as we made him out to be. Perhaps it was the smoke and mirrors PRIDE rolled out for many of the fighters they were trying to build as stars? While in Japan, Filho looked like a buzzsaw. In the States, he looks like a dude who is only fighting because he’s got some debts to pay.

But there is a human side to all this and we can’t overlook the fact that Filho is a person who required inpatient treatment for depression and chemical dependency earlier this year. However, in recent months we’ve been told he’s ready to return. That was clearly not the case last night and I find it hard to believe that Filho is where he needs to be in his recovery from his personal issues.

While Filho disappointed, Aaron Simpson was a pleasant surprise. Great decision on the part of the WEC to get him some television time. He’s yet another wrestling prospect coming out of Arizona Combat Sports that is making a smooth transition to MMA. Trevor and Todd Lally have the formula figured out as far as knowing how to turn good amateur wrestlers into complete mixed martial artists. Simpson’s knockout over David Avellan was just brutal. Cage interviewer Craig Hummer (back after missing the last show due to the Olympics) asked Simpson what’s next for him and he gave a very vague answer. I think what’s next for him is the UFC.

I was also blown away by Leonard Garcia’s performance. After being subjected to fluff pieces all week about how Jens Pulver had been “reinvented,” we saw him get dropped in his most lopsided loss since Joe Lauzon. Don’t get me wrong, I remain a huge Pulver fan, but I really expected last night’s fight to be a war. To see both Pulver vs. Garcia and Faber vs. Brown end so quickly was a double-whammy. But Garcia deserves a lot of credit because he packs a lot of power as a featherweight. His next fight should be a title shot vs. Brown and if I was a betting man, my money would be on Garcia.

In another surprise, my highly unofficial “Fight of the Night” honor goes to the televised opener between Jake Rosholt vs. Nissen Osterneck. Rosholt is a blue chip prospect and the former 3-time NCAA champ could one day become the number one middleweight in the world. But I’ve got to hand it to Zuffa because in spite of Rosholt’s MMA inexperience and his upside, they did him no favors last night putting him against Osterneck, a prospect in his own right. Osterneck definitely had enough to win that fight. But he didn’t, and in the end, Rosholt will earn more credibility with that victory than he would had he been matched up with a tomato can.

As impressed as I was by Rosholt, he still looked rather green in some areas. I would say that Rosholt is probably still 6-9 months away from being truly UFC-level. But based on his tremendous athleticism and upside, he can definitely develop on the job if Joe Silva makes the right matchups for him. He needs to be treated like a TUF winner. Rosholt’s development has been rapid thus far though, so he might be able to be fully unleashed on the UFC’s middleweight division in just a year from now.

The Wrestling Observer reported that the losers of the WEC’s remaining 185 and 205 matchups would not be moved over to the UFC and would be let go but I think it would be a mistake not to give Osterneck a shot. If they let him go, Strikeforce and Affliction should jump on him right away.

I’ve got to be honest though, I don’t feel like Rosholt vs. Osterneck should have made it to the telecast over “Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Donald Cerrone. For one, last night was Rosholt’s first and last appearance in the WEC. He’s being moved over to the UFC’s middleweight division, so why give camera time to someone who won’t be around after the fight in favor of a fight in which the winner has been promised a title shot against current lightweight champ Jamie Varner? The reason why we are seeing the WEC get rid of the 205 and 185 pound divisions is because there have been too many times where we’ve seen — er, rather, not seen — a fighter in a non-televised prelim win and then go right to a televised main event title shot. Cerrone beat McCullough via decision and will now be facing Varner but Cerrone has gotten such little exposure that I’m not sure if the masses will really care about that fight.

One thing I’d like to see is play-by-play commentator Todd Harris undergo some jiu-jitsu training. If he’s already spent some time on the mat, I’d like to see him spend even more. Too many times last night did he get jumpy when a fighter was attempting a submission from the bottom only to be cautioned by color commentator Frank Mir that the end was not actually near. Harris and Mir’s partnership is now one that is more equitable and the duo have settled into a more traditional announce team style, but Harris needs to know whether a basic hold is being applied properly if he’s going to be the one making the dramatic fight calls.

I also couldn’t help but notice that the same timing issues that often plague the UFC’s telecasts have now infected the WEC. The telecast began at 8 p.m. ET but we didn’t see the first match start until 8:15. According to my clock, they went to commercial after the Filho vs. Sonnen fight at 9:41 and the main event didn’t start until 9:56. And a couple of times they’d cut to an extended commercial break, come back for 30 seconds, and go to more commercials. I don’t usually time these things and maybe the only thing that has changed is my perception, but I just seem to remember WEC shows moving much faster. In the end, I can’t really complain because the broadcast is somewhat free (I did have to re-upgrade my DirecTV package to get VERSUS).

  • slap yo mammy says:

    you slay me, Sam Caplan. Absolutely slay me.

  • weoweoweo says:

    so did filho actually give the belt to sonnen? i read somewhere that his corner said that if sonnen beats filho, they’ll walk across the cage and give him the belt personally..

  • Patrick says:

    The should, but I doubt they will after Sonnen just completely embarrassed Filho last night.

    Sonnen wasn’t even putting the effort into the fight he put in the first time… and he made Filho look stupid.

    Sam, for the love of god, don’t pick Garcia to win, I want him to win and now he’s cursed. :(

    It wasn’t a bad night of mma, it’s free, it was pretty entertaining for the most part, I don’t mind.

  • Eric says:

    Does anyone know what the WEC drug tests for? I ask because Filho was definitely not on his right mind last night and I wonder if whatever he was on will show up in a test. I noticed early on that he was looking to his left when Sonnen was standing right in front of him, but I assumed he was fine. As the fight progressed however, that proved to absolutely be not true.
    Harris and Mir both need to relax on commentary. As soon as a submission is locked, Mir starts screaming “it’s over, it’s over”. Calm down. He has always driven me crazy with his announcing and it’s getting to the point where I can’t stand it anymore.
    The pacing was atrocious. If the main event had gone 5 rounds, the show wouldn’t have ended until close to 10:35 or so. If they want to fit a show into a two hour block then they need to eliminate a fight, cut out commercials or speed up the dead air before fights.
    And I understand they were short on time but I would have liked to hear a post fight interview from Sonnen.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Maybe this has been said elsewhere, but American Top Team does an excellent job of helping its fighters cut weight so they can compete in weight classes where they are comparatively huge. Brown was clearly the bigger, thicker fighter, and Alves is always bigger than anybody he fights. I’d love to read a techincal piece about this.

  • JollyDV says:

    In my opinion WEC 34 in June and WEC 35 in August were two of the best fight cards this year. Both cards had two championship fights on them. WEC 34 had the Faber vs. Pulver fight and the Torres vs. Maeda fight, the latter was one of the best fights I have seen this year. The WEC 35 card boasted Condit vs. Miura, which was another of my favorite fights this year as well as the Stann vs. Cantwell title fight. So when WEC 36 comes on last night we expect some amazing fights. Unfortunately we may have expected too much.

    -When I first realized that Cerrone vs. McCullough and Yoshiro Maeda vs. Rani Yayha were on the undercard and not the main card I couldn’t understand it. At least one of the two fights should have been televised. Osterneck and Rosholt were making their WEC debuts. Hey it is great they made the main card, but that makes no sense to me.

    -The Osterneck vs. Rosholt fight wasn’t too bad. Sure they are not top level fighters yet, but the up/down action was good. I kept waiting for one of the strikes that Osterneck was throwing to end it because Rosholt was not covering up or protecting his head in any way. The should have been on the undercard.

    -I was really excited to see the Garcia vs. Pulver fight. I imagined it would be an action packed war. Surprise! Garcia came in the fight looking for the W and he got it quick. It was great to see Garcia win in such a dominant fashion. It was sad to see Jens lose in that way. I had a similar feeling when Matt Hughes was beaten by GSP and Alves.,when Chuck Liddel lost to Jardine and Evans and when Rich Franklin lost twice to Silva. They are the “old guard” and to watch them lose to the “new guard” is tough. They are legends in the sport and fan favorites so I felt that twinge of “oh no, I didn’t see that coming”.

    -The Filho vs. Sonnen fight was slightly surreal. I bet I said “What the hell” at least 10 times throughout the fight. I don’t know what was going on with Paulo Filho but please someone get him some help. I can’t imagine what trainer or manager would allow their fighter to show up in that condition. Regardless of the reason, someone from his camp should have been looking out for him. When he was looking around talking to no one where was the white towel? I would love to hear what the referee has to say about it. He was up close and personal. As for Chael Sonnen, you couldn’t help but feel for the guy. I thought he held back during the fight and I wonder if he knew something was not right with Filho and that is why.

    -I love Urijah Faber. He is always smiling and happy-go-lucky. I knew next to nothing about Mike Brown. What I did see in the short amount of time that the fight lasted was Mike Brown is a very strong 145lbs. He was able to man handle Faber at will. When Urijab came off the cage with that elbow and Brown connected the force literally lifted Faber off the ground and back 5 feet. Crazy! I had to rewind and watch that over and over. Though the fight was short, it was very entertaining. I have read comments stating that Faber was too cocky and that is why he lost. I disagree, he lost because Mike Brown was standing there waiting for the unorthodox move that he knew Faber would bring. Mike Brown was very deserving of that win.

    I watched the fight again last night and it wasn’t too bad of a card. It was not as good as WEC 34 and 35 but it was not terrible either. It was a night of upsets, a little strange behavior and a fight that shouldn’t have been on the main card. It was free and unlike EliteXC we didn’t know who was going to win before the fighters ever stepped in the cage. So what is the problem people? I am ready for WEC 37 on December 3rd!

  • truth says:

    Sam, Jake Rosholt vs. Nissen Osterneck was doo-doo and we got to sit thru cage-walk/ intros for these lackluster performers. Sloppy and skilless, Rosholt only ability as far as standup is his ability not to fall over, Osternecks gas tank was about as full as a starbucks double shot. Yahya and razor Rob don’t get airtime ?

  • Brandon says:

    Jens absolutely needs to pack it in… his jaw is pure glass and he’s doing no favours by sticking it out and leaving it open.

  • Imbecile says:

    I think most of the criticisms of the card were not the WEC’s or Zuffa’s fault so much as just the unpredicatbility of the sport.

    But one thing I did notice was the strange timing and commercial breaks. I have always felt you are too critical of the UFC’s events on their timing, Sam, but this WEC event had some serious issues with the overall timing of the fights. However, since the WEC has performed fairly consistently in the past, I will chalk it up to one bad showing until I see it is becoming more of a habit with them. Everyone has an off night, even a promoter.

  • derreckla says:

    I am glad Faber lost and it almost looked like he looked relief from carrying the WEC hype on his shoulders…

  • ihateemo says:

    Filho was a mess. I expect to see a failed drug test – he was wiping his nose so often I thought he may have been snorting rails beforehand. The guy clearly needs help, and it must be a bittersweet victory for Sonnen.

  • Muta says:

    Now that Faber has lost, I wonder what this does to the WEC’s plans of going PPV? It was a terrible idea to begin with, but not having Faber as champ anymore probably makes it look even worse.

    I’m a huge fan of Faber, Torres, Varner, and Condit but would anybody pay for a PPV that headlines Mike Brown and maybe one of the other champs?

    WEC should stay on Versus HD where it belongs.

    Great attitude by Faber, by the way, and I hope he comes back better than ever. The unorthodox style that wins so many fights cost him this time. Shit happens. :)

  • Ian says:

    Faber is one of my favorite fighters, and I predicted him to win. That said, this is MMA, and a large part of the reason it’s so exciting is exactly what we saw last night.

    I said this yesterday before the card and I’ll say it again. Cerrone vs. McCullough should have been on the televised card. Especially considering the title implications and circumstances.

    At this point I’m not concerned with Filho as a fighter or where his career is going. He is in obvious need of help and I hope he get’s it before attempting to go further in the sport.

    Rosholt better learn how to tuck that chin in somewhere between the WEC and the train to the UFC, because if not, he’s going to be making friends with the Bud Light Decal on the floor of the octagon.

  • G-DUB says:

    Can someone explain why the WEC’s shows are only scheduled for 2 hours of airtime (while the UFC is generally 3 hours)? I assume that it has to do with cost of airtime, but cummon …. has a live WEC show ever only lasted the alotted 2 hrs? Last night had mostly very early knockouts and only 1 televised match going to decision. Also, originally there were 2 5-rounders to be televised. The show as originally planned could have easily gone over 3 hours!
    I wonder if the rush to get off the air was the reason they didn’t even interview Sonnen in the cage after his win. I think fans were really interested in his reaction to a bizarre fight and fighter, so what exactly happened here?

  • JJ Docker says:

    Best MMA writer in the business, right here. Spot on mate, spot on.

  • Ross says:

    ———But how was I to know that Faber was going to swing for the fences and whiff completely with an ill-advised back elbow?
    because he attempts some crazy move in all of his fights and has up to last night been lucky/good enough to get away with it.

  • AlexV says:

    The whoring to the advertisers sank the usually nice flow to WEC events. They ABSOLUTELY should have shown Cowboyeee vs Razor Rob, I mean WTF… recent Champ vs. and a HIGHLY (deservedly!) touted up-n-comer (both whom are very entertaining fighters in their own right) get the snub over a WEC virgin and a skilled, but relative unknown… ??? (they better check themselves ,before they WRECK-(age) themselves)….

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Good call, Ross – I was thinking the same thing. What makes Faber a fun fighter to watch is that ‘let it fly’ style; usually it propels him to victory, last night it got him caught. It is interesting in contrast to the fight against Pulver . . . he played that out so tightly – just banging away, and against Brown he opened up for the long bomb and narrowly missed, and his big swing plus Brown’s big swing put him on the deck.

    Great write-up, Sam Caplan.

  • RUSH says:

    “I really would have liked to see Brown and Faber go at it for a little while longer so that we could get a more definitive sense of who the better fighter is.?”

    I’m sure Brown really shares your dissapointment. 😛
    Also I’m sure most people would be just as interested to see Silva vs. Sonnen than they were to see Silva vs. Cote. My two cents, otherwise good read.

  • Goomba says:

    You guys just aren’t happy with anything, are you? At least not anything Zuffa made. You are disappointed with this, disappointed with a “paper-thin” UFC 90 card, and disappointed with UFC 89. And UFC 92 probably doesn’t have enough title matches for you. It was a great card.

  • Robert says:

    This was hardly a great card and UFC 89 did suck 90 was a letdown besides Sherk/Griffin, but 92 should be very strong indeed. There is no reason you can’t be objectionable if a fight card is good it’s good if it sucked it sucked no matter who’s putting it on UFC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, PFC, or Adrenaline. People need to stop taking sides with a certain promotion, when you are not personally involved in it. You don’t own part of the UFC or WEC, Dana White is not your friend get over it people you can like MMA, besides what Zuffa is selling you.

  • Sully says:

    Faber was hurt w/ the original shot that put him against the fence. He had been hurt a couple of time earlier in the fight too. I think that elbow was a desperation move as he was trying to get his legs back underneath him. He was on wobbly legs before that last shot hit him in the ear. Although short, both the Faber/Brown and Garcia/Pulver fights were fun to watch!

  • Goomba says:

    David Andrest,
    I’m not saying they haven’t shown positives lately, but it just seems they are in a really negative mood the past couple months. If my memory serves me right, I think they were very happy about the EXC card with the Carano, Shields, and Radach fights.

    And to Robert,
    I was at 90, so it was probably a different experience to me, but I found it very exciting. I have no idea how much of the undercard made it, but Aurelio-Franca and Horwich-Miller had a great fight. Yes, the Maynard-Clementi fight was boring, and Silva-Cote was pretty boring and left everyone with a bad taste, but I felt it was a pretty stacked card. Alves and Koscheck had a great fight. UFC 89 looked good originally, but with Silva-Machida falling off, it did lose a lot of starpower. Other than that, especially for a free card, I felt it was pretty good.

    As for the Zuffa fanboy comment, I love all MMA. I loved PRIDE, the IFL, I went to an Extreme Challenge show over watching UFC 89 on the first run-through, and watched all the EXC shows. And with the exception of the Kimbo fights, I thoroughly enjoyed them, especially their last event. I was really looking forward to their Nov. 8th event with Alvarez vs. Diaz. I haven’t gotten to watch DREAM due to me not having HDNet, but I’ve watched some videos and hope the promotion continues to put on great fights.

  • David Andrest says:

    Goomba, with all due respect, we all ( yes you included) have our opinions of the last few shows. And I am certain Sam Caplan is flattered that you think so much of his opinion that it gets a response from you. Many people agree with his opinion, many do not. I happen to agree with his assesment of this event. Looked CRAZY good on paper but didn’t turn out that way in reality. However the WEC is and remains the best produced and well run company in the sport.

  • Goomba says:

    It seems from his article that he enjoyed the fights, with the exception of Filho-Sonnen of course. I agreed with most of his points, I just disagreed with how he portrayed the event. He mentions how the card had great potential (as it did), and it sounds like he (and many others) over-hyped it, making it seem like a bad event. I personally try (a lot of times unsuccessfully) to un-hype every fight, so it’s as exciting as it can be.

    The past few events somebody from Five Ounces has been less than excited with the cards. My comment was more directed at the lack of enthusiasm for recent events than anything else, as I disagreed with them (thus I remembered them.

  • David Andrest says:

    Tell you what Goomba, hit me up through our contact page. I’d love to get your unhyped take on UFC 91 for an article I’m working on.

  • powz says:

    wow i thought it was a great show.besides Fihlo that was a very good night of fights.better than ufc in chicago,i went,what a waist of 750.00 to watch a bunch of guys run away from each other .only 3 fights were any good,i dont know if it was chicago or uneducated fans but the first boo sent the tone for the rest of the was like no body wanted to commit to a fight

  • Justin Van Hook says:

    Just a comment on the time aspect. I agree completely with the crazy timing of the show but the absolute worst thing is my cable provider listed on the guide that it started at 7:00 MTN, but apparently it was actually 6:00 MTN because I missed the first hour. Thankfully Versus replays their events an hour later so I got to see the first two fights, albeit after the main event. That is the last time I trust the cable guide.

  • JOe K. says:

    I also had the cable timing mismatch (central time). I thought they were playing WEC”s greatest knockouts but it ended up being the first hour of the event.

    What was more confusing is that when I turned on the event (at its “scheduled” time). The simpson fight had just begun and ended in a 20 second knockout thereby adding to my confusion thinking that WEC’s greatest knockouts was still on.

    This timing issue is scary. Why are they only showing 4 fights (technically 5)? Why was that event only 2 televised hours?

    If Sonnen and Fabers fights would have been and gone 5 rounds we would have only seen 1.5 fights!

    This was my main issue with the UFC’s last card. They wasted 30 minutes of the PPV doing a Silva Cote hype session then “once the event started” it was Rogan and Goldies turn to hype it up and the first fight didn’t even start till 45 minutes in.

    I had a friend over who had never seen a UFC event before and he was bothered by the amount of time it took for the fights to start.

    If the UFC keeps doing this I’ll stop buying their PPV’s and just download them 30 minutes after the event is done. I will make god damned certain that they will never see another penny of mine. I’ll even download the shit they put on SPIKE just to not watch the commercials.

    Who the fuck wants to pay two dollars on the internet to see fights that I paid to see for 50 dollars on my TV!?!

    “Yeah, hey guys now the events over and we still have pizza and beer so lets gather around my laptop and I’ll pay 2 dollars so we can watch a low resolution fight on my 12.1″ Lenovo tablet!

    While were at it guys how about one of you stick your dick up my ass so I can literally feel what the UFC is doing to me by making such a brash and self-serving proposition.”

    With WEC it’s harder to complain because it’s free. But I still can complain because their revenue is contingent upon me (the viewer) watching.

    The fact that they didn’t have enough time to show they main card should be a huge indicator of a lack of planned timing.

    Both of these cards I was totally pre-occupied with the fact that I was missing other fights. Anytime a fight would go to long (Filho I’m looking in your direction) I would think “this is cutting into the pre-lims”

    Its really aggravated me the last 2 cards. I can see this happening with the UFC because its turning (quite obviously) into sports-entertainment. Lesnar former WWE and Cotour actor/entrepreneur in the main event and Machida no title shot because his style and personality are not marketable.

    Now its spilling to the WEC. That’s just sad. They were the sports card. Not a ton of fame just great cards and great production.

    I really hope a lot of people (in some positions of power) start complaining about this.

    In the mean time I am just going to compulsively e-mail MMA Live to see if I can get my complaint in the form of a question answered on air.

    dis-enchanted MMA-fan 1416943


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