McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce
“Big” John McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce’s purchase of Pro-Elite
As a referee in mixed martial arts for over a decade, “Big” John gave his thoughts on the recent controversy revolving around Vaselinegate with Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn:
It has been a problem for a long time. It is one that we [referees] have addressed before. As much as people want to make of it; I don’t ever want to suggest that the performance by GSP in that fight was aided by Vaseline....that is ridiculous! His performance was not based at all by having Vaseline on him. He beat B.J. Penn soundly and because of the mistake by someone in his corner people try to make it a bigger deal than it really was. We stopped allowing fighters to have their corner men apply Vaseline to them in the locker-room because we did find that some people were applying it to areas that were illegal. You have commissioners in the back that work both MMA and Boxing matches and sometimes those lines get crossed because there are some differences between the two that sometimes get overlooked. So that is why the fighters get there pre-fight Vaseline at the cage now. This allows the referee or an inspector to watch the cut-man or cornerman when it is applied. Even now though there are times that Vaseline still ends up on a fighter’s back by accident. I don’t think it was intentional or an attempt to cheat but I agree it should have been stopped by the inspector and checked to make sure who ever was applying the Vaseline to GSP’s face didn’t touch him anywhere else. I think the situation was handled well and it wasn’t like they were rubbing handfuls of Vaseline all over his chest and back. I think it has been blown out of proportion and that it didn’t have any effect on the fight. The new rules established by the UFC should stop these incidents from occurring in the future but there is still going to be the chance that the cut-man accidentally touches the fighter somewhere other than his face. Its just human error and not cheating. As far as B.J. goes, I am sure he is upset that it happened but I highly doubt he is going to use that as an excuse for why he lost the fight.
"XCF: Rumble in Racetown" salaries: Frank Trigg and Terry Martin top earners
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $52,400.
The full list of payouts included:
Frank Trigg: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Danny Babcock: $1,500
Zak Cummings: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Terry Martin: $10,000
Jesse Taylor: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus)
def. Gert Kocani: $800
Marcus Jones: $3,500 (no win bonus)
def. John Juarez: $1,000
T.J. Cook: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Scott Harper: $2,000
Todd Cutler: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Jeremy May: $2,000
Gilbert Burgos: $1,500 (includes $750 win bonus)
def. Chris Thorne: $800
Ryan Keenan: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Blake Bowman: $1,000
Vagner Rocha: $500 (no win bonus)
def. Allen Arzeno: $300
"Wargods: Valentine's Eve Massacre" salaries: Shamrock and "Tank" paydays
According to the CSAC, the Wargods events drew 2,805 attendees for a $90,745 live gate.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $82,150.
The full list of payouts included:
Ken Shamrock: $25,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ross Clifton: $4,000
Mike Moreno: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Gary Padilla: $2,500
David "Tank" Abbott: $20,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Bourke: $5,000
Isaac De Jesus: $3,500 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Ashe Bowman: $2,000
Rick Reeves: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Nate James: $1,500
Josh Haynes: $3,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rafael Del Real: $2,500
Zoila Fravsto: $1,250 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Karina Hallinan: $750
Ron Kessler: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Darrin Freeman: $1,250
Daley Misses Weight for MFC 20
Paul Daley failed to make weight for his bout with former Bodog Fight welterweight champion Nick Thompson at Maximum Fighting Championship 20. Daley checked in at 171.5 pounds at Thursday’s official weigh-in and will forfeit 25 percent of his pay to Thompson.
“I really want to apologize to the MFC and to Nick Thompson for missing weight,” Daley said. “I don’t know why; I hope I’m not making this a habit. Maybe it’s, in part, [due] to the 20-hour flight.”
Daley (19-7-2) has missed weight for each of his past two fights. In December, he came in four pounds overweight for his bout with UFC veteran John Alessio at MFC 19. Daley defeated Alessio by technical knockout midway through the second round.
Nightmare comes to UFC 2009 Undisputed
Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez is the latest confirmed addition to the UFC 2009 Undisputed roster. Video and still Images on IGN.com.
On a side note- I can't remember the last time I was so impatient for a game to get released. Hurry up already!
Into The Crow's Nest - An Exclusive Conversation With David Loiseau
411's Todd Bergman recently had the opportunity to speak with UFC veteran David "The Crow" Loiseau. Among the topics discussed were David's past UFC fights, his return to the Octagon, training, Evan Tanner, the GSP/BJ Penn situation, and the origin of his nickname among other things. This is a candid interview from one of the world's most popular and exciting fighters.
Yes, I am the guy who did this interview!
Sengoku Announces More FWGP Participants
Perhaps not to be outdone by today's announcement of the DREAM Featherweight GP matchups, Sengoku has announced more participants today for it's own FWGP. The new additions include former Shooto Champion Hideki kadowaki and top US rising star LC Davis.
Etim Doing His Homework On Newcomer Brian Cobb
Terry Etim may be fighting a relatively unknown quantity in the shape of UFC debutant Brian Cobb on Saturday night, but he wasn’t born yesterday.
Cobb - who has a solid wrestling background and has won most of his fights by submission - told UFC.com yesterday that he is looking to stand and bang with Thai boxer Etim on Saturday night, but the Liverpool fighter is not buying that for a minute.
Gouveia focused on Marquardt and possible title shot with a win
Wilson Gouveia trains at one of the best MMA training camps in the world, American Top Team. But even with the star-studded roster at ATT, almost every fighter there will point to Gouveia as the most talented fighter in the camp.
Gouveia has tried to cultivate that talent in the light heavyweight division and had early success. After a loss to Keith Jardine in his first UFC bout, he rattled off four wins in a row before running into a speed bump that goes by the name Goran Reljic.
DREAM reveals opening-round match-ups for featherweight grand prix
The DREAM.7 fights include:
* Masakazu Imanari (15-6-1) vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (12-5-1)
* Hiroyuki Takaya (9-6-1) vs. Jong Won Kim (0-0)
* Yoshiro Maeda (23-6-2) vs. Micah Miller (10-2)
* Chase Beebe (11-3) vs. Joe Warren (0-0)
* Bibiano Fernandes (3-2) vs. Takafumi Otsuka (8-3-1)
* Abel Cullum (13-2) vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (9-3-1)
The tournament will be held at 63 kilograms (139 pounds) and concludes with a September finale.
Thompson Set For Sengoku
Confirming rumors that had been recently swirling around regarding his next appearance, the representative for James Thompson has announced that "The Colossus" will return to legit MMA action at World Victory Road Sengoku 7 on March 20. Thompson will face Jim York, who last fought at Sengoku 2.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones: It’s not who you know, it’s how hard you work
I kind of had the impression they gave Stephan (Bonnar) the fight against me to give him a good comeback fight, fighting a guy who’s inexperienced. I didn’t want to be anyone’s stepping stone so I decided to reach out and grab this opportunity and make Stephan Bonnar my stepping stone … I knew beating Stephan would be gigantic for me. I believe you really don’t need the biggest name coaches to be successful in your career. I’m out here in a little small town in upstate New York, there is no one on my coaching staff you’ve ever heard of, but we know how to work hard and we know how to push ourselves. We proved it. You don’t need the big names to be successful.
Electrifying light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones talks to host Larry Pepe on MMAmania.com’s exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio regarding his impressive win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2? on January 31. The national Junior College Champion out of Iowa Central Community College dropped out of school to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and is dispelling the myth that you have to align yourself with one of the big name training camps in order to be successful in MMA. It’s hard to argue with a guy who continues to consistently perform at his level at just 21 years of age.
For the audio replay of Jones’ appearance click
Final UFC 97 Card Revealed
That sure didn't take long...just 2 days after UFC officials successfully negotiated a deal to keep UFC 97 in Montreal, the full card has been revealed. 5 fights are scheduled to air on PPV headlined by UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites.
MMA bill advances in South Carolina
A bill that would allow mixed martial arts contests in South Carolina has advanced.
With no debate, the bill won unanimous approval Tuesday from the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. It now heads to the House floor.
The increasingly popular sport combines elements of karate, judo, jujitsu and kickboxing. State law currently bans the fighting events.
New Frank Shamrock Audio Interview.
Since the beginning, Frank Shamrock has been a huge part of the success of the Strikeforce MMA promotion, and he always has a lot to say. Yesterday, Frank Shamrock spoke with 411’s Larry Csonka about Strikeforce, the fall of Elite XC, his loss to Cung Le, the necessity of a Fighters Union, the nonsense from his brother Ken and more!
Couture At UFC 99: Promoting, Not Fighting
According to a source close to Randy Couture, the former UFC Champion will not be fighting at UFC 99 as previously rumored due to movie commitments and need for a proper 8 week training camp. Couture will, however, assist the UFC in a yet-undefined promotional role for the event.