- WELLER CALLS SEVERN FIGHT A WORK

July 6, 2005
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MMAWeekly Radio Exclusive
In an MMAWeekly Radio exclusive, Ring Announcer Jeff Weller, known as the “Voice of the Cage”, worked the Extreme Wars X1 Promotion in Hawaii this weekend. Weller believes the Dan Severn vs Shannon Ritch fight last weekend was “a work”. The fight was as bad as “any WWE match” is what Weller said on MMAWeekly Radio.

If you missed the interview you need to check it out on the radio archive. Weller called Ritch vs Severn as the new “work squad” saying he believes the same thing happened a few weeks earlier in Alaska.

MMAWeekly tried to call Severn but he is out of town but a member from his camp said he would call MMAWeekly later today.

Weller called the fight “Complete unprofessional bullshit.” Weller said, “It was plain as day. It was insulting…It was disgraceful. It was a real slap in the face to MMA.”

Although Weller was 100% sure the bout was a work, the X-1 organization wasn’t aware of it. He had nothing but good things to say about the new Hawaiian promotion. The work allegation was placed squarely on the fighters. “All I’ve got to say to anybody that refutes, what I’m saying, and what the crowd saw here, all you’ve got to do is look at the tape. The tape doesn’t lie.”

According to Weller, not only was the fight scripted, but the fighters were “whispering” to each other. He added, “It was just bad MMA, and that’s exactly what MMA does not need.” To hear the interview in it’s entirety, click on the radio archive. Pretty amazing show today.

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