NSAC approves of ‘Special’ Five Round Non-Title Fights
Out of the blue today came news that the NSAC will be meeting on August 19 to vote on a number of proposed rule changes outlined in this document (.pdf). One of the more note worthy proposals in the document is a provision which would allow certain non-title fights to go for five rounds. The changes are italicized.
The BJ Penn Rule
“Greasegate” has made its first imprint on the Nevada State Athletic Commission rulebook. In a meeting held Wednesday in Las Vegas, the NSAC approved language prohibiting the use of foreign substances on a fighter’s body prior to or during a fight that “could result in an unfair advantage.” Dubbed by a commission official as the “B.J. Penn Rule,” the use of foreign substances will now be added to a list of “fouls” in the Nevada Administrative Code that address tactics illegal to fighters, such as eye gouging, small joint manipulation, or biting.
Atlanta Braves to honor new WEC champ and Athens resident Brian Bowles on August 25th
Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will honor recently crowned WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles next week during their game with the San Diego Padres, the WEC today announced.
Bowles, a Braves fans and native of Athens, Ga., recently dethroned the seemingly indestructible Miguel Torres to win the title at WEC 42.
Bowles, who will start the Aug. 25 game with "play ball!" duties, will also be at Turner Field to meet with fans.
Nevada Commission approves instant replay
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - by Steven Marrocco - MMAWeekly.com
According to a new rule passed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Wednesday, referees in Nevada now have the opportunity to get a second look at a fight’s end to determine its legality.
The final wording as passed: “A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision, may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.”
The rule addresses several controversial stoppages in recent history where a fighter lost a contest because the referee couldn’t see an injury that forced a bout’s stoppage.
A referee may now use instant replay to determine whether the action that caused the injury was legal or a foul and make a decision on the fight’s result. Only a referee can decide whether to order a replay.
In one of the most prominent examples of the need to address injury stoppages, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson was unintentionally poked in the eye by Kevin Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 last July and was denied an appeal to his TKO loss due to the commission’s “lack of remedy” on the incident.
After a discussion on the issues surrounding the new rule, the five-member commission passed it by unanimous vote. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAWeekly.com the rule could take effect in as early as 30 days.
Fight Path: How a mosh pit eventually led Andria Caplan to the "M-1: Breakthrough" card
Andria Caplan was barely aware of mixed martial arts when she and her brother took their passion for the band Biohazard to Philadelphia's Trocadero Theatre about six years ago.
A music enthusiast, Andria had even played bass in a high school band with friends, and the group was one of her favorites.
"We went crazy in the little pit every time we heard them," Andria told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
That night, though, her life would change and lead to a new passion. That's because one of the bouncers working the club that night was Sam Caplan, a dabbler in kung fu and MMA who was on the verge of his own MMA career, though his veered toward the editorial, marketing and promotions end of the business.
Injured Evangelista Santos out of Sept. 25 Strikeforce headliner with Tim Kennedy
An injury has forced middleweight Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-13) out of a scheduled Sept. 25 Strikeforce Challengers main event with Tim Kennedy (10-2).
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization learned of the injury over the weekend (when Evangelista's wife, Cris "Cyborg" Santos, defeated Gina Carano for Strikeforce's 145-pound women's title) and that the search is underway for a replacement.
From the cozy confines of the Abe-Ani Combat Club, on the top floor of Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex in Tokyo’s Ota ward, Hiroyuki Abe and company are busy at work raising a formidable -- albeit adorable -- army of little grapplers, ages 4 to 14.
It is truly a thing of wonder to have a 5-year-old shoot in on you for a double-leg takedown, and then doggedly switch to dragging you down with the single when you prove too heavy. The next surprise comes when scrambling to all fours, said 5-year-old quickly breaks you down limb by limb until it’s easier to roll you for the pin.
That a majority of these youngsters have honed these particular skills to the point of reflexivity, regardless of their opponent’s size or age, speaks to the fact that Abe has successfully bred Japan’s next generation of wrestlers, some of whom are already national champions looking to take over the combat sports world in just a few years.
Take a break from the all the stress of looking at Dana white, fighter pay, Tito, and just take a second to appreciate the beauty of this sport. This article really does make you proud to be a mixed martial arts fan.
Brandon Vera: No More Talking, No More Questioning
Brandon Vera is tired of all the talking. It is very easy to imagine the typical Vera training sessions as intense mental battles where talking, save light colloquialisms with teammates, is a punishment. Be clear, Vera loves the MMA public. Had it not been for you, me and the world, his highlight reels wouldn’t be celebrated nor his progress considered a beacon for MMA’s bright future. Still when the talking constantly revolves around doubt on his abilities as an athlete and whether he still has that ‘thing’ that made the fans ooze star struck at his very mention, Vera is not much of a conversationalist with the media these days.
Strikeforce's 205 Pound Problem
When I watched Gegard Mousasi blow through Babalu Sobral on the Strikeforce show I was relieved to see that the promotion was getting another star created on what amounted to a huge show. Now with the news that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is on his way to the UFC the realization is setting in for me that Mousasi has nobody to fight. There is talk that Showtime is going to be running 12 MMA cards in 2010 which means that Strikeforce needs their champions to headline cards with some regularity.
Spike TV offers Saturday block of UFC programming
Apparently just for the hell of it, Spike TV and the UFC offer a daylong block of UFC-related programming this Saturday, Aug. 22.
A marathon of past events kicks off at 1 p.m. ET/PT with a replay of UFC Fight Night 4 and concludes with the "Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell" special at 2:30 a.m. PT/ET.
Other events airing include UFC 75, UFC 89 and UFC Fight Night 16.
Show Brett Rogers the Money
A lot of MMA fighters can learn a thing or two from Brett Rogers. Yes, the 10-0 Rogers who only has three years of experience under his belt. Rogers simply knows how to keep his name in the news at all times. From stealing the spotlight from Kimbo Slice after the first EliteXC on CBS show in May 2008 to just hanging around Saturday's Strikeforce post-fight conference, Rogers always seems to be around. It also doesn't hurt that Fedor Emelianenko requested to fight him after Josh Barnett could not get licensed for their Affliction.
DAMARQUES JOHNSON VS PETER SOBOTTA AT UFC 105
A welterweight contest between DaMarques Johnson (9-7) and Peter Sobotta (8-2) is set for UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, England.
Sources close to the fight informed MMAWeekly.com of the match-up on Tuesday evening. The event has yet to be announced by the UFC, and is expected to take place at the Manchester Evening News Arena.
JAMES THOMPSON KEEN ON MOVE TO STRIKEFORCE
Things have been quiet for heavyweight behemoth James Thompson, but he wouldn't have had it any other way, the break has given him a rare opportunity for introspection.
"I had some time off after the last fight to get my head together, personal problems if you will, and I feel that now things are in place in myself and I can really push forward. Making the full-time move to London Shootfighters for training is really paying dividends," he explained to MMAWeekly.com.
Forrest Griffin Already Back In The Gym
"If the worst thing that happens to Gina (Carano) or Forrest (Griffin) is they lose a fight, they're doing pretty damn good."
Such are the words of the namesake of Carano and Griffin's training gym, Xtreme Couture, former UFC champion Randy Couture.
UFC 103 vs Floyd Mayweather and HBO
September 19 is a big day for both boxing and MMA. Jim Lampley may be shaking in his boots. The HBO announcer has trashed MMA saying it will never compete with the biggest names in boxing. Well, it's put up or shutup time as a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view card in Las Vegas is pitted against UFC 103 in Dallas. According to Lampley, the biggest stars in boxing will eat the UFC alive.