Baroni knew he would return to the UFC
Lost in the buzz surrounding the Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg women's title fight was the news that veteran Phil Baroni signed a new deal with the UFC.
Baroni made his UFC debut at UFC 30 in February 2001, defeating Curtis Stout via unanimous decision. He went 3-5 inside the Octagon, and was released from the organization following his loss to Pete Sell at UFC 51. FanHouse spoke to Baroni via e-mail recently about his surprising return to the UFC. The full interview is below.
MMA Is No Breakthrough for Women
We've just witnessed the greatest advancement for female sports since Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt at the end of the World Cup.
So why does it feel more like a punch to the stomach?
I'm talking about last weekend's MMA bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. It supposedly is the breakthrough battle that will make female fighting mainstream.
PROVINCE ADMITS NEGLIGENCE, DOESN'T DOUBT TEST
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released the post-fight drug test results for WEC 42, which took place on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas. Of the nine fighters tested by the commission, one turned up an alleged positive test result for a performance enhancing substance, that fighter being Cole Province.
He doesn’t deny his guilt, but he does want it to be known that it wasn’t intentional. Province wasn’t caught misjudging the timing of a steroid cycle, or trying to mask what he was taking to try and fool the test.
TOM ATENCIO DETAILS AFFLICTION'S FINAL HOURS
The final hours of Affliction as a promotion will go down infamously as the one time powerful mixed martial arts sponsor turned fight organization canceled its show dubbed "Trilogy" just days before the event was set to take place in California.
A positive steroid test from main event participant Josh Barnett led to the decision to scrap the whole show. Affliction vice president Tom Atencio told MMAWeekly Radio in an exclusive interview what the deciding factor was to call a halt to the show entirely.
3 More Fights Announced For Sengoku 10
World Victory Road has announced 3 new fights for it's Sengoku 10 event on 9/23. The fights feature Nick Thompson vs. Dan Hornbuckle, UFC veteran Joe Doerksen in action and another appearance by Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura, returning to Sengoku for the first time since his loss to Muhammad Lawal. This makes 8 fights for Sengoku 10 with at least 3 more fights expected.
HOF Promoter and Matchmaker Don Chargin Talks Boxing & MMA
Having been one of the few boxing promoters around today to have witnessed the great Sugar Ray Robinson fight live, it is no easy feat to impress Don "War-a-Week" Chargin. This hall-of-fame promoter has been touted by his peers as possibly being the best match-maker the boxing world has ever bore witness to. This is why it is with great intrigue that at the tail end of his long, illustrious career that Chargin would actively pursue what most would consider a long-shot proposal.
Don talks about Nick Diaz and his upcoming boxing debut.
Big Nog Talks Long Awaited Bout With Randy Couture
TSN.ca talks to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira about his upcoming UFC 102 bout with Randy Couture. The bout, is one that many fans have wanted to see over the years and although both fighters may not be in their primes anymore, it will be interesting to see how this fight finsihes at the end.
Ishida Camp Accuses Melendez of ‘Greasing’
A representative for Mitsuhiro Ishida made a verbal protest Saturday against Gilbert Melendez, claiming the Strikeforce interim lightweight champion was “greased” during their rematch at “Carano vs. Cyborg” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas told Sherdog.com that the representative interrupted a meeting for officials held shortly after the event to make the proclamation, and was asked to leave the closed-door gathering.
Melendez, 27, blasted past Ishida during their championship bout Saturday, scoring a third-round technical knockout after the Japanese fighter failed on numerous occasions to ground the champion. Ishida absorbed ample punishment from the striker standing, and was dropped by a body knee in the third before Melendez coaxed out the stoppage on the canvas.
Douglas said his agency would not inform Melendez of the complaint unless it became official.
“In order for it to be considered official, we have to have something in writing,” said Douglas.
Douglas said Ishida’s camp has five days to file an official protest, and has not heard from the group since Saturday.
Melendez seemed surprised by the accusations when reached by Sherdog.com Monday.
“I did not grease in the fight,” said Melendez. “The athletic commission was with me the whole time. I didn’t bring any grease with me. I didn’t think there was much grappling in the fight anyway.”
NSAC: WEC 42 featherweight Cole Province tests positive for steroid
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Cole Province, who scored a unanimous-decision win over Fredson Paixao earlier this month at WEC 42, failed a drug test administered at the show by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer today announced Province tested positive for Methasterone metabolite. Methasterone, a "designer steroid" previously sold as an over-the-counter dietary supplement, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2005.
As comeback fight nears, Seth Petruzelli determined to shed "Kimboslayer" label
Mention the greatest night of his professional life, and Seth Petruzelli won't give you that here-we-go-again stare, even though he's heard it all before, at least 1,001 times.
As you know – and he knows well – Petruzelli was a UFC failure 10 months ago, buried on the preliminary card of "EliteXC: Heat" and set to face Aaron Rosa before Ken Shamrock suffered a cut over his eye and was forced to back out of the main event against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
Randy Couture on Nogueira, Lesnar and How Long He'll Fight
It seems almost impossible that, at age 46, Randy Couture is still fighting in the UFC. But in less than two weeks he'll get back into the Octagon once again, taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Couture talked about what kind of opponent Nogueira will be, why he thinks he could beat UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar if he gets another shot at him and whether it's realistic for him to keep fighting into his late 40s. The full interview is below.
Weekend Results: Fred Ettish Puts Demons to Rest
It took over fifteen years, but UFC 2 competitor Fred Ettish notched his first career victory over the weekend at a local card in Brainerd, Minn.
The 53-year-old Ettish, who faced ridicule in his previous and only MMA fight, forced submission Saturday by pounding out the much younger and heavier Kyle Fletcher at 3:20 of the first round at a Cage Fighting Xtreme event promoted by UFC welterweight Brock Larson.
Ettish (1-1) entered the fight seeking redemption for a 3:07 loss at UFC 2 in March 1994.
Gabe Ruediger wins fourth straight, headliner Thomas Denny victorious at CalledOut MMA
Gabe Ruediger, a former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" still trying to improve his image after disastrously failing to make weight on the reality show, picked up his fourth consecutive win over the weekend.
Ruediger (15-5) submitted the previously unbeaten Wander Braga (10-1) via second-round guillotine choke at this past Saturday's CalledOut MMA event at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.