Clean & Sober: Sherk and Penn pass random drug tests
BJ Penn (12-4-1) and Sean Sherk (31-2-1) are set to do battle on May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand for the UFC lightweight championship. But not before submitting to random drug tests - which both fighters have passed according to MSNBC.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) voted in favor of the extra measure because the “Muscle Shark” tested positive for a banned anabolic agent (Nandrolone) in the wake of his successful title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73: “Stacked” in July 2007.
He was subsequently stripped of his crown, suspended and fined by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) — a ruling that he bitterly denies and blames on a mix of dietary supplements, shoddy lab work, breaches in the “chain of custody” and other factors.
It was enough to get his suspension reduced from 12 months to six; however, Sherk’s reputation has taken a big hit in the court of public opinion throughout the ordeal.
Sherk was present for the NSAC proceedings last month via telephone and agreed to submit the extra sample during the week of April 21 — one full month prior to his fight with Penn.
Now that he (and Penn) are officially clean (and hopefully sober), there can be no excuses one way or the other after May 24.
The best man will win.
Chris Leben looks to clear up DUI charge prior to UFC 85
Chris Leben flew from Hawaii to Oregon to turn himself in on an old Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge, clearing the way for him to obtain his visa and take on Michael Bisping at UFC 85: “Bedlam” at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7.
According to TJ Thompson of Icon Sport, “The Crippler” will have to sit in jail for 8-10 days before he gets a hearing because the warrant was a “no bail” warrant.
Here’s a snip:
“When he got the call to fight Bisping on June 7th in London he knew what he had to do. He immediately flew to Oregon and turned himself in on the probation violation…. The moment he appeared before the judge after turning himself in the warrant was revoked and he is able to get his VISA for London.”
This appears to be just minor setback for Leben — with more than eight weeks to prepare for “The Count” a little time in the slammer doesn’t seem like it will impact his preparation for the 185-pound tilt.
In fact, Thompson affirms that Leben is in excellent shape and that his decision to turn himself in shows his growth “spiritually and mentally” as a fighter and person.
Leben, he affirms, will be ready for Bisping on June 7.
Arizona Officially Regulating MMA
The state of Arizona recently passed legislation that will allow the state boxing commission to regulate MMA within the state. This new law will allow the boxing commission to use the regulations first introduced by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission that are widely know throughout MMA as the “unified rules” to sanction and regulate professional MMA.
Rumor: Rich Franklin Moving To 205?
It's possible, according to Rich Franklin's manager, Monte Cox. Although Ace hasn't fought at 205 since 2004, it seems Franklin's side thinks it might be best for both him and UFC if he moves up in weight, although their decision will ultimately be based on what UFC wants to do.
UFC fighter Chris Leben arrested for DUI
Chris Leben, who recently signed to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 85, was arrested in Oregon on Wednesday for driving under the influence and was placed in jail for violation of his probation, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
As of late Wednesday evening, Leben remained behind bars.
A representative from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Leben will go before a judge at 3 p.m. on Thursday. It was determined upon his booking that he was not eligible for bail because of the probation violation, according to the representative.
Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), 27, most recently defeated Alessio Sakara in March at UFC 82. After Chuck Liddell was forced to pull out of a UFC 85 main-event bout with Rashad Evans, the UFC booked fights between Leben and Bisping, as well as Matt Hughes and Thiago Alves. The popular fighter found his way to the UFC via the first season of the UFC reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter."
There's no word how and if the arrest may impact his June 7 fight with Bisping.
Jonathan Goulet vs. Paul Kelly at UFC 85
Undefeated British fighter Paul Kelly (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to meet Jonathan Goulet (22-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 85, an event that takes place June 7 at the 02 Arena in London, England.
The preliminary bout was first reported by the Canadian site TKO Xtreme earlier today and has since been confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) with sources close to both fighters.
Breaking News: Aoki Out, ‘JZ' Back in Tourney
Just a day following Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (Pictures)'s exit from Dream's lightweight tournament, the American Top Team slugger is expected to find his way back in the field, a source from Calvancante's camp informed Sherdog.com Wednesday morning.
Shinya Aoki (Pictures), 15-2 with 1 NC, suffered a facial injury in Tuesday's bout that saw him outpoint Calvancante after two rounds. The injury will prevent the 24-year-old Japanese grappler from competing in the May 11 tournament semifinal.
According to the source, Calvancante, fresh off his first mixed martial arts loss in nearly four years, was contacted by Dream staff early Wednesday and informed of Aoki's withdrawal.
More money than meets the eye in the UFC
One of my passions in life is technology. I’m obsessed with gizmos and gadgets and am all but in love with my iPhone.
A friend who knows about my obsession had a computer he wanted to sell on eBay and asked me what I felt it was worth. He went to a Web site that showed an estimated street value, one I felt was considerably too high.
He argued that his asking price was justified because this web site was made up of experts and they agreed with him.
True, I said, but something is only worth what someone else will pay for it. And when we went to eBay and looked at completed listings for a computer with specs similar to his, he was shocked. People were only paying about half of what he thought he could get.
And that same analogy is true when it comes to fighter compensation. There is a lot of debate in the mixed martial arts media over what the UFC pays its fighters. It’s easy to take the stance that the fighters deserve more pay.
Kimbo Slice: Internet Sensation Turned ESPN Cover Guy
EliteXC fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is about to become the second MMA fighter to be featured on the front cover of ESPN The Magazine when he appears on a cover next month. No specific date was mentioned but it will be timed to coincide with the televised May 31 CBS event.
Nick Thompson Added To WVR Sengoku 3
Top welterweight fighter Nick Thompson, who still holds the about-defunct BodogFight Welterweight Title, has been added to World Victory Road Sengoku 3 on June 8 against an opponent to be named. Thompson will take an 11-fight winning streak into the event.
WEC announces remaining bouts for Faber vs.Pulver
the latest on the WEC 34 event:
Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver (WEC Featherweight Title)
Miguel Torres vs. Yoshiro Maeda (WEC Bantamweight Title)
“Razor” Rob McCullough vs. Kenneth Alexander
Mark Munoz vs. Chuck Grisby
Chase Beebe vs. Will Ribiero
Richard Crunkilton vs. Donald Cerrone
Jeff Curran vs. Mike Brown
Tim McKenzie vs. Eric Schambari
Alex Serdyukov vs. Luis Sapo
Alexandre Noguiera vs. Jose Aldo
Charlie Valencia vs. Dominick Cruz
can we get this up in the secondary now?.
two fighters from Philadelphia’s famed Fight Factory fight camp have been added to the undercard of EliteXC’s
two fighters from Philadelphia’s famed Fight Factory fight camp have been added to the undercard of EliteXC’s first-ever “Saturday Night Fights” card on CBS television, a source close to the camp has revealed exclusively to FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
The Fight Factory, started by head trainer Stephen Haigh, features both DREAM lightweight Grand Prix competitor Eddie Alvarez and female MMA champion Tara LaRosa. Two of the camp’s up and coming fighters, Zach Makovsky, a former Division I wrestler, and Mike Groves, an aggressive boxer and wrestler, will both be appearing on the undercard in separate fights
Pat Smith Arrested Again
apparently for failing to register as a sex offender. looks like he was arrested in 1999 for sexual assault on a child. he needs to be castrated and banned for life.
will UFC unban Josh Gross?
Gross was banned for leaking TUF results, but will it be lifted now that he is with SI
Sam Caplan notes that Josh Gross, Editor of Sherdog.com, is stepping down from his position there to take up a writing gig at SI.com and rightly wonders whether Dana White's longstanding ban/refusing to credential Gross will carry over when he takes up his spot at one of the most legitimate sporting news outlets in America. More importantly, Sam raises the question of what might happen to both the UFC and Gross if White continues the ban. Notable quote:
Michael Bisping: Fireworks guaranteed against Leben at UFC 85
The fight [with Chris Leben at UFC 85] was offered to me the day after I fought Charles McCarthy [at UFC 83]. There wasn’t a single moment of hesitation from me. Not a single breath. Chris has put himself back into the mix at middleweight and if I want to go for the title then I need to beat guys like him. Chris has beaten a lot of good guys. 18-4 is a good record in MMA. He’s a colourful character and I like him…he reminds me of myself in some ways. He likes to fight and he’s a real person. Leben’s tough, has got heavy hands and swings hard and he’s skilled on the ground despite not being known for that. It might come down to who’s got the better chin out of both of us, but it could be more a case of who’s technically better. I think I’m technically better than Chris Leben. He’s quite a brawler, he’ll take a couple of shots on the way in to land one of his own. He chases people round a little bit so I think fireworks are pretty much guaranteed.”