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WEC 48 Is Too Important to Be Handled by the WEC


Just a week after we learned that Stephan Bonnar is permanently replacing Frank Mir as color-commentator for the WEC, it’s been announced that the UFC’s Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg will be handling the talking-head duties for WEC 48. Headlined by the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, and the lightweight title fight between Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone, WEC 48 will be the organization’s first attempt at charging a shitload of money for their product. You may have already noticed that the show’s video promos feature Dana White and Joe Rogan — not anybody directly related to the WEC — and for the most part, the UFC will be promoting this card. Sorry, Reed. As soon as it’s time to promote your next not-nearly-as-relevant event, it’s all you again

The presence of Joe and Mike won’t be the only similarity between WEC 48 and a UFC pay-per-view. Apparently, Spike TV will be broadcasting two fights from the preliminary card, directly before the PPV broadcast: Former featherweight title challenger Leonard Garcia will welcome "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung into the WEC, while UFC vet Alex Karalexis faces off against Anthony Pettis, who scored the Knockout of the Night at WEC 47.

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TellaTruth- April 16, 2010 at 9:27 am
Great. another set of fights i have to watch with the sound off.
ChachiGT- April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm
LMAOROFL @! robthom
robthom- April 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm
I'm watching Iron chef right now, and you know who might make WEC worth paying for?

Mark fucking Damascus!

If he can sell the word "grapes" like that just imagine what he could do for the WEC roster!
ghostboner- April 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm
@Miss Anthropy - I'm not reading your adaption of War and Peace for less than $20. It was longer than the original article man. I'm sure there were great points though, so can I just get the Cliff's Notes?
ghostboner- April 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm
@Rex - We have already discussed that, won't happen you stupid gayfag! Agree 100%, andit would work just fine if UFC got a cable deal. They could make plenty of cash off the ads on fight nights, especially if they were only doing one or 2 ppv's a month. That would leave plenty of great matches for fight nights.

@El guapo - Goldie Wilson. Classic.

Goog- April 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Gotta love the fight game: going from top of the world winning two in a row against Faber to being a footnote vs Manny Gamburyan... even though you're back in the win column. Not saying Brown's a bad fighter, just saying all that made him interesting for a moment was fighting Uriah.

Some disagree, but the personalities of the fighters have as much to do with the matchups as skill. If you're gonna ask people to shell out $50 to watch, they need to love or hate the fighters.... or at least one of them. Manny versus Mike is filler on an otherwise okay card, but who'd buy it? No one.

Wait... I'm wrong. Karo would buy it if he had a job, but he'll probably just watch it at a friend's house.
DeadPull- April 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm
What about the Buff, will Bruce buffer be announcing?!
jimbonics- April 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Christ on a crutch Miss Anthropy
Mr_Misanthropy- April 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm
I think its pretty cut and dried really. As a fan of good fights, I love the WEC with its very reliable violence, and I don't care where the shit goes down I'll watch it. Pride, UFC, SF, KOTC, XFL, IFO, IFL, cornfield, bar-room, chow line, whatever. Aside from that, I don't give a shit who wants to sell it to me and who wants to get all romantical up on the mic, the WEC is not the UFC. As a "sister" (other corporate division?) organization the two are really at quite different stages in their development. You can do the bitches hair and make-up and buy her a wonder bra and some booty-pop shorts, but when you get her ass out on the star-track it doesn't hide the fact she's only 14. The UFC has 5 divisions and a Lion's Share of the meaningful talent locked up world-wide, as well as being pretty adept at scouting prospects. The WEC has 3 divisions, one of which is a hollowed out facsimile of one of the UFC's deepest (great talent, just not enough faces), and nowhere near as deep of a roster, nowhere near the name recognition and nowhere near the track record of reliability. Sure they always put on good action, but sometimes it can be a struggle to find that shit if you live a chaotic semi-nomadic lifestyle such as meself. So, I love all of the lighter weights, I'm down to watch anybody maul each other, but don't try to pull some David Copperfield shit and try to treat me like a mark. I've been about this shit for years. Sell that shit cheaper or grow it more slowly, the UFC didn't just show up yesterday. All of these other jokers are slitting their own throats trying to cut corners or buy success and now the UFC is being its own inept competition (I guess they really want to corner every aspect of the market). The WEC is too solid to get that fucked up by all of this meddling, but it would be nice if they would find some more creative solutions to exactly how to host these lighter weight divisions, I mean a lot of those guys destroy each other for pennies on the dollar. I'm no fight promoter and I have other more pressing matters to deal with so I'm not going to waste a lot of time trying to figure it out, but the bottom line is you got to look at what you're selling people. Just because Volkswagen owns Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Bentley does not mean I will give you anywhere close to $125k for a fucking Jetta, no matter how well its put together (a bit of a converse analogy but you get the point.)
knucklesamitch- April 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I didn't say I liked the idea...I'm just looking to not double the amount of money I already invest, but I know I'd have to pay more.

Really, if the two orgs merged....there's no reason there shouldn't be a weekly UFC show on either Spike or Versus. There should theoretically be a deep enough talent pool to sustain, all while giving them a weekly hype machine for the monthly PPV.

They could copy cat TNA wrestling for how to hold a weekly show in the same location while keeping production costs low.
El Famous Burrito- April 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Dammit, Goldstein!

This is the worst crap you've ever written!
El Guapo- April 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Vote YES on stacked PPV's! And if you could, vote for future Mayor Goldie Wilson.

Korean Zombie looks like Michael Jackson(in my head)..
C-Bus Allstar- April 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Personally, I don't think that putting a nice coat of paint (Rogan and Goldie) on an old beater (WEC) is going to change the value of the product much.

Aldo is going to smoke Faber like Nick Diaz smokes blunts, and I think that Cerrone will have his hands full with Henderson.

I'll be catching this one streaming on the net. 8)
Lorenzoe553- April 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm
im not so sure about goldberg and rogan wec. i mean goldberg knows more than he used to but still really doesnt know shit. he mostly repeats the same shit rogan has said in past events. the fucker doesnt even know how to use irony correctly i mean someone shouldve corrected the bitch by now.
ReX13- April 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm
knuckles>> jesus christ NO! Just have them combine powers for 15 or so PPV's a year, a few Fight Nights. All PPV's should be stacked, which would increase number of buyers, which means more money, so everyone should be good.

And yes, i'm sure someone will tell me that we've discussed this to death already, and Dana says it won't happen, and i'm a stupid gayfag. Got it. Carry on.
ghostboner- April 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm
I was seconding Rex's comment on the merger, but techno thriller is cool too.
knucklesamitch- April 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm
I'm all for folding the 2 orgs together, but there's a major stipulation in that...I don't want to pay $90 a month for 2 separate PPV's...However I'm willing to consider the possibility of spending $60 on one PPV that is longer than the current 3hr format.
ghostboner- April 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm
I'll second that. Also, just to start some healthy debate, is anyone crazy enough not to think that Cerrone is the best 155er in the world? Come on now, be serious. I'm pretty sure he is. Maybe i'm biased.
Almost North- April 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm
The Korean Zombie better come out to a techno remix of thriller or I will be disappointed.
ReX13- April 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm
If this is the precursor to folding the two organizations together, i suppose i'm in favor.

Otherwise, seems kinda dickish.