Strikeforce To Create Interim Lightweight Title
Or so the plan goes. Sources close to the bout have confirmed that Saturday's Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm fight will be for a Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship, but it won't be announced until when/if Damm passes a pre-fight medical exam and is cleared to fight.
Bader Injury Update: MCL & PCL Tears, No Surgery
TUF 8 Light Heavyweight winner Ryan Bader, coming off a decision win at UFC Fight Night 18, revealed yesterday that he has both a torn MCL & PCL but not a torn ACL coming out of the fight. He'll be out for at least 6 weeks but will not have PCL surgery, which could've meant 6-12 months on the sidelines.
Overeem Likely Back To SF This Year
Although he will still fulfill his commitments to other promotions this year, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem likely will return to the promotion this year to defend his title. He hasn't fought for SF since winning the title in late '07.
UFC's Anthony Johnson: Feud with John Howard far from over
"I respect every fighter in the business," Johnson said. "I'm not the type to come out and say any negative things. [Howard] just rubbed me the wrong way.
"He said as soon as he gets the chance to fight me, he's going to hop on it. John, if you fight me I'm going to kick you in your [expletive] mouth and knock your teeth straight. Trust me."
Take two for Dennis Kang
fractured his ankle on the first day of training in December for his fight with Alan Belcher and to struggled to get three weeks in before the fight.
His performance was less than what was expected of a guy who for years has been regarded among the world’s finest middleweights.
Steinbeiss talks about cancelled UFN 18 Fight
PDG: How did you find out that your fight with Ryan Jensen was canceled?
Steinbeiss: We were about 30 seconds away from stepping up onto the stage for weigh-ins and right then they pulled us aside and said that the fight wasn't going to go on because of the Adderall thing.
PDG: That had to be pretty disappointing considering all the work that you put in to prepare yourself for that fight.
Steinbeiss: Most people have no idea; I made the weight and was ready to go through the weigh-ins and then pound some Pedialyte. 10 weeks of hard training and then the day before the fight you find out it is canceled. It certainly took the wind out of my sails.
Strikeforce: Scott Smith looking to add to highlight reel on April 11
In the mixed martial arts world, Scott Smith (14-5) is largely known for two things.
The first happened on November 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, at the live final of season four of "The Ultimate Fighter." Smith fought Pete Sell, with whom he had become good friends with during the show.
The second came in MMA's network-television debut with EliteXC champ Robbie Lawler. With the equally heavy handed Benji Radach (19-4) on tap for Smith at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz," could the next scene in Smith's highlight reel be far behind?
"Countdown to UFC 97" debuts April 13
"Countdown to UFC 97," the official preview show for the UFC's next pay-per-view event, debuts Monday, April 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Replays of the one-hour special air Thursday, April 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV and Friday, April 17 at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Espanol.
"UFC 97: Redemption" takes place April 17 at the Bell Center (Le Centre Bell) in Montreal, Canada. Middleweight Anderson Silva will look to secure his ninth-straight win in the UFC as he defends his middleweight title against Thales Leites.
California State Athletic Commission Updates Rules/Regulations
In a press release today, CSAC Executive Officer Bill Douglas announced changes to a number of policies relating to combat sports in California. As many fans of the sport had been hoping for, the athletic commission will now have the power to overturn a fighter’s victory if said individual tests positive for drug use. The entire list of updates is as follows:
Rule 227: Arbitration Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes and managers/promoters engaged in a contract dispute arbitrated by CSAC and the AG’s Office. Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request arbitration.
Rule 281: Physical Condition of Boxer
This rule change specifies guidelines related to the condition of an athlete prior to licensure.
Rule 303: Administration of Use of Drugs
This rule change specifies that any athlete who has previously tested positive for anabolic agents or drugs of abuse must provide a “clean” drug test as a condition of licensure prior to being licensed or having his or her license renewed. Additionally, the rule clearly defines the classifications of drugs that are tested for.
Rules 314 and 523: Alternate Ring Specifications
This rule change allows pro and amateur boxing, pro and amateur kickboxing, and mixed martial arts to be held in the five roped ring at the same event.
Rule 323: Bandages
This rule change permits 10 yards of tape and 20 yards of bandage for each hand as part of the handwrap.
Rule 368: Change of Decision
This rule change states that a positive drug test will permit the Commission to change a victory to a “no decision.” This rule change will apply to drugs of abuse on a case by case basis.
Rule 389: Appeal Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes in an appeal hearing for a suspension or fine by CSAC. The community wanted it, well, the community gets what they asked for (a formal procedure for appeals written into California law spreading the time equally between both the Attorney General and the athlete’s representation). Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request an appeal hearing.
Press Release: UltimateBet Official as UFC Sponsor
UltimateBet earns the sponsorship rights to the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship®97 event in Montreal, where UFC® legend Chuck Liddell will bear the UB logo.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) April 7, 2009 — UltimateBet (”UB”) announced today that it has inked a deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship®(”UFC®”) that will deliver a kickass presence for the leading online poker site’s logo and brand at the upcoming UFC®97 event in Montreal, Canada on April 18, 2009.
A highlight of the UFC®97 deal for UltimatBet is the signing of mixed martial arts (”MMA”) legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. The former UFC® light heavyweight champion will don the UB logo when he squares off against Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in what promises to be one of the most explosive match-ups of 2009, and one of the most watched Pay-Per-View UFC® events in the history of the world’s leading combat sport.
“The Iceman”, one of the most popular and charismatic fighters in the organization and one of its major box office draw cards, is widely credited for bringing MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. Liddell’s star status and broad public appeal have won him fans even in Hollywood, with guest turns on cult TV dramedy Entourage, and cameo appearances in films including 300 and Drillbit Taylor amongst his credits.
The 39 year-old, all-American UFC® icon faces his most challenging role ahead of him, when he enters the Octagon™ looking to reclaim the magic that saw him notch up a spectacular 15-14 win-loss record from 1999 to 2006. On a mission to kick start another winning streak during the hotly-anticipated showdown against Rua, Liddell guarantees priceless brand exposure for UltimateBet and inestimable marketing value for the online poker room in over 100 countries and territories where UFC®97 will be telecast.
Along with opening billboards, in-venue commercials, and the stellar sponsorship of Liddell, fans will also see an additional four contenders on the fight card sport the UB logo in the UFC’s return to Canada. The 27 year-old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Thales Leites, who takes on Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the headlining event, Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski , Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk and Franklinville, New Jersey native Eliot Marshall will also be waving the UltimateBet flag on fight night, adding even more clout to the sponsorship’s appeal.
UltimateBet has netted the marquee sponsorship contract with UFC® ending several weeks of intense industry speculation, sealing a partnership between two camps that genuinely share a passion for champion competitors and a respect for the sporting ideal.
Securing the UFC® agreement is a triumph for UltimateBet, who will have their second outing in the Octagon™ at the “Redemption” event that is set to rock the capacity Bell Center crowd in Montreal.
Brock Larson and Chris Wilson agree to meet at UFC 98 in May
Just days after an injury suffered in training forced Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) out of a UFC 98 bout with Chris Wilson (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), the organization has apparently secured a replacement.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the bout that recent WEC import Brock Larson (25-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has agreed to fill in for Koscheck at the event. Wilson has also made a verbal commitment to the matchup, though bout agreements have yet to be finalized.
UFC 98 is scheduled for May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
TUF 10 Tryouts Draw 250+, 3 Former NFL Pros
Tryouts for season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, scheduled to feature Middleweights, Light Heavyweights, and Heavyweights, were held in Seattle yesterday. Early reports are over 250 hopefuls showed up with no fewer than 3 former NFL players among the hopefuls. No word yet on if former wrestler-turned-fighter Bobby Lashley was present at the tryouts.
John Howard Is No Coward
And he's made that clear amidst apparently being called that by Anthony Johnson, who Howard was to originally fight at the TUF 9 Finale before being pulled from the fight-a decision that apparently wasn't Howard's. But Howard still wants the fight and to make "Rumble" eat his words.