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    The revolution may be coming. We're not big on discussing the pay scale of fighters because so much of what the major stars make in UFC and WEC is off the books, or at least far from the public eye. But you'd have to imagine salaries of $35,000 (includes $10,000 Fight of the Night bonus) for their fight at WEC 41 rub WEC stars Mike Brown and Urijah Faber the wrong way. Do those guys deserve any less than Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Brock Lesnar, Quinton Jackson and Georges St. Pierre? That fight helped draw a WEC record crowd of 13,067 in Sacramento and a big audience on Versus. Hell guys, like Brandon Vera and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made six figures in their last fights.

    Brown, a very reserved guy, won't say anything publicly but Faber and Miguel Torres, the WEC's bantamweight champ have already started dropping hints to the media and fans.

    Faber went on Adam Carolla's podcast and called for a Fighter's Union:

    ?I do think there needs to be some sort of competition, or there needs to be some sort of? you know, coming together of the fighters and making a stand, because as of right now, they?ve got a stranglehold on the fight game, Zuffa, and we need to get some dough? I know there?s a lot of people that would like to see [a fighters union] happen, and there?s a lot of people with more money that would not like to see that happen, so you know? you gotta do the math on that one.?

    Torres told the crowd at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium during a Q & A on Friday that he won't move up to fight Faber (pictured on the right going into surgery) unless the folks with WEC, "make it worth his while."

    Cagewriter spoke with WEC GM Reed Harris about the issue of fighter pay before WEC 41:

    "I'll just say this, we have a great relationship with our fighters. I've known Urijah for a long, long time. When we brought Urijah in 2 1/2 years ago hardly anyone knew who he was. Urijah and I are on the same page."

    Cagewriter then pointed the problems with the WEC stars complaining about money is coming soon:

    "On the other hand, I think we've developed a good enough relationship with the fighters and the managers ... where they need to understand our business plan and model. I would like nothing better than to pay these guys millions of dollars."

    It's an interesting quandary on both sides. It's tough to tell fighters who at all moments are three fights away from heading out of the promotion back to the minor leagues, to stay patient. The lifespan of a fighter's career is short. Plus with the fact that WEC is under the Zuffa umbrella, one would think fighters assume there's money there, give it to us. We deserve the same as the stars at 170, 185, 205 and heavyweight.

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    It's hard to comment on the WEC; unlike the UFC, they may lose money but I think their existense, in part, is to be another free MMA organization that new comers have to compete against.

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    WEC is planning on doing ppv's. They were originally planning to make the brown vs. faber card a ppv but backed off. I cant see a lot of people buying them if they do go to ppv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    WEC is planning on doing ppv's. They were originally planning to make the brown vs. faber card a ppv but backed off. I cant see a lot of people buying them if they do go to ppv.
    Me neither, I don't get that excited about their free shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Me neither, I don't get that excited about their free shows.
    That's your own problem. Their last card may have been the most exciting card of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapp Brannigan View Post
    That's your own problem. Their last card may have been the most exciting card of the year.
    Camn down, VAK. If this wasn't owned by the Fertittas, I doubt you'd care enough about my comment to make a post like this one.

    First of all, excitement relates to my feelings before a card. MMA is on a lot and my interest in the WEC has faded away. This card had some good fights and I've always been a big Uriah fan (only guy I used to watch in King of the Cage at that time), but I was more excited about Stikeforce and this Saturday's UFC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Camn down, VAK. If this wasn't owned by the Fertittas, I doubt you'd care enough about my comment to make a post like this one.

    First of all, excitement relates to my feelings before a card. MMA is on a lot and my interest in the WEC has faded away. This card had some good fights and I've always been a big Uriah fan (only guy I used to watch in King of the Cage at that time), but I was more excited about Stikeforce and this Saturday's UFC.
    LOL, I already have commented on the Strikeforce. The WEC card was more exciting and had much more relevance to what's going on in MMA then the Strikeforce card.
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    Well this is not suprising. Claudale has not been excited about a zuffa related event in years and has favored the comp every time out. Conversely Vak has not been unhappy with a zuffa event possibly ever and has yet to favor a competitors event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    Well this is not suprising. Claudale has not been excited about a zuffa related event in years and has favored the comp every time out. Conversely Vak has not been unhappy with a zuffa event possibly ever and has yet to favor a competitors event.
    Ahh, not true. I preferred this last Strikeforce event to the preceding UFC event.
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