(Let’s cut to the chase. Is Fedor going to have to give back the belt or not? Because his family already ate off the damn thing and it is a bitch to clean.)
A press release sent out this afternoon announced that former UFC champion Pat Miletich and Five Ounces of Pain founder Sam Caplan have both resigned from WAMMA in what Caplan described as “not an amicable parting.” Said Miletich:
"Throughout my entire time with WAMMA, I’ve been sincere in my belief that the sport needs undisputed champions in every major weight class. To this day, I still feel that way and still believe in WAMMA’s basic principles. However, I no longer believe that WAMMA’s execution is where it needs to be in order for it to meet its full potential. Based on that and a growing difference of opinion with WAMMA’s board of directors, I made the decision that it is time to move on."
Both Caplan and Miletich said that while they still believed in the need for an organization like WAMMA, they just didn’t see it accomplishing the things it set out to. For Caplan the move comes just six weeks after he took over as interim COO, and Miletich was just recently seen on ESPN’s “MMA Live” to discuss WAMMA’s rankings.
And now it’s all memories and rings and giant dinner plates as championship belts. Hearing Caplan and Miletich say WAMMA isn’t getting it done and isn’t about to turn things around any time soon seems like something of a kiss of death for WAMMA, at least in the court of public opinion. They put together a great rankings committee and had a genuinely good idea at the core, but maybe years from now the WAMMA executives will find themselves looking back and wondering, ‘Why did we insist on naming Shinya Aoki our lightweight champion?’ Or maybe they just won’t give a shit.