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CSAC: Josh Barnett Failed First Random Drug Test in California State History
There are still many questions that have been left unanswered in the wake of Josh Barnett's positive test for an anabolic steroid, which has forced Affliction to find a new opponent for Fedor Emelianenko on August 1. FanHouse spoke to the California State Athletic Commission's assistant executive officer, Bill Douglas, Wednesday evening to find out more about this situation and what it means for Barnett's MMA future in the United States.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 1:33PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
MMAjunkie.com Fight Biz Brief: TapouT partners with videogame "Tekken 6" for apparel line
TapouT is taking its brand into the videogame market through a new multi-year partnership with game developer Namco Bandai Games. The companies announced a new alliance today at Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego. As part of the agreement, TapouT will design five co-branded T-shirts, which will appear as in-game customization options for characters in "Tekken 6," the latest installment of Namco's popular fighting game franchise. In addition to outfitting their "Tekken 6" fighters, players and fans will be able to wear their own Tekken 6 TapouT gear.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 1:31PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Legislation would create state regulations for mixed martial arts
BOSTON — Massachusetts has begun the process of opening the door to mixed martial arts, a sport that could be regulated here in time for the hosting of an Ultimate Fighting Championship event next summer. The state Senate voted Tuesday to approve regulations for the sport. Without such regulations in place, the industry-leading UFC organization will not stage one of it shows – shows that can generate millions of dollars in tourist spending.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:22AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Trial delayed in Eilers murder case
Justin Eilers’ stepfather, James R. Malec, has had his trial date pushed back. A provisional date of Aug. 31 has been set for the man accused of shooting and killing the former UFC heavyweight title contender after a Christmas night argument at Malec’s home in Nampa, Idaho.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:18AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Alistair Overeem Withdraws From Strikeforce Title Fight
Alistair Overeem has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled August 15 Strikeforce heavyweight title fight against Fabricio Werdum. Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. Afromowitz said that the reason for the withdrawal was that the hand infection Overeem suffered following his May altercation in an Amsterdam nightclub has not fully healed.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:13AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Nick Thompson vs. Karl Amoussou Booked for M-1 Global's August Event
Nick Thompson (38-11-1) will face Karl Amoussou (10-3-1) in a middleweight bout at "M-1 Global presents Breakthrough" on August 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. Thompson confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. "The Goat" expressed some frustration over the fact that he will have to fight at 185 pounds instead of his natural fighting weight of 170 pounds.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:12AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: M-1 Global
UFC 105 - Michael Bisping set to take on Wanderlei Silva (unconfirmed)
MMABay can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the main event is all set for the UFC’s next visit to the UK on November 14th as Wolfslair trained middleweight, Michael “The Count” Bisping will take on Brazilian MMA legend, Wanderlei Silva in Manchester, England. News of the fight was passed along to MMABay by a source at the Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas, Nevada who revealed that the Brazilian would be putting pen to paper very soon after returning from receiving the key to the city in Pensacola, Florida. It will be the first fight of his career to be competed at 185 pounds.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:11AM by mentalcase - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor Emelianenko 'Disappointed' Josh Barnett Fight Off, Will Fight Anyone
Fedor Emelianenko, the generally recognized heavyweight champion of MMA, made his first public comments about Josh Barnett's failed drug test on Thursday in Russia, a day after learning that Barnett would not be able to fight him in the main event at Affliction Trilogy. Fedor said he was disappointed by the news and open to fighting anyone, while his manager said Fedor's next opponent was likely to be Brett Rogers or Vitor Belfort.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:10AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: Affliction
It’s been more than four months since Keith Jardine hit a bump on the road in his journey to the UFC light heavyweight championship. That bump is named Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Jardine fought Jackson to the full term of their 15-minute bout at UFC 96, but it was Jackson that had just enough of a burst late in the third round to secure the unanimous decision victory.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:08AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jorge Gurgel vs. Billy Evangelista to headline Oct. 25 Strikeforce Challengers event
A lightweight bout that could have an immediate impact on Strikeforce's lightweight title picture will be held on Oct. 25 under the "Strikeforce Challengers" banner. The fight features former UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel (13-5) vs. longtime Strikeforce fighter and top prospect Billy Evangelista (9-1). Gurgel recently posted a series of Twitter updates about the fight, which headlines a Showtime broadcast at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:07AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Still reeling from false death reports, "Kimo" Leopoldo searching for answers, apologies
If you're still having a hard time figuring out how a forum post from an internet message board resulted in the false reporting of an MMA pioneer's death, you're not the only one. On today's edition of GoodSports, hosted by Rick Rosen and MMAjunkie.com Radio's (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) George Garcia, the subject of the erroneous report, Kim "Kimo" Leopoldo, said he was still trying to process the concept as well.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 9:05AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Barnett Issues Statement On Drug Test
Although his manager said interviews on ths issue would be granted after working with the CSAC, Josh Barnett today made a posting on his Myspace blog regarding his failed drug test that has forced him off Affliction Trilogy on 8/1.
Submitted Jul 23, 2009 6:41AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Rumor: Jake Shields in for Vitor Belfort against Jorge Santiago
Great replacement, but I don't want to see an out of shape Jake Shields diving for takedowns and gassing early against a much stronger better conditioned fighter I would love to see this fight with both fighters having the same time to prepare and knowingly facing each other
Submitted Jul 22, 2009 11:13PM by ufc88 - 19 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Franklin Signs New UFC Deal, Possibly His Last
Rich Franklin may be playing his final "Ace" card in MMA. He recently signed a new 6-fight deal with the promotion, but also said that, depending on "the pace of the fights", it could be his final UFC deal as he mentioned possible retirement when it's done.
Submitted Jul 22, 2009 9:39AM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Belfort agrees in principle to face Fedor on 11 days notice
Vitor Belfort has agreed in principle to face the world’s No. 1 heavyweight on 11 days’ notice, according to two separate sources close to the negotiations. this is the recent update to the previous news story.
Submitted Jul 22, 2009 4:32AM by Kpro - 40 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Fedor-Barnett Bout in Jeopardy
Affliction Entertainment and M-1 Global are looking for a new opponent to face Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Multiple sources have told Sherdog.com that the California State Athletic Commission will not license Josh Barnett after a positive result on a pre-fight test. Calls to the California State Athletic Commission and Affliction Entertainment were not immediately returned. Barnett said he had not been notified of any issues with his eligibility as of Tuesday evening.
Submitted Jul 22, 2009 1:16AM by mentalcase - 39 comments
Filed under: Affliction
Kimo Leopoldo Update: NOT DEAD
Despite earlier reports that he had died, Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole has confirmed that former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo is alive and well. Iole spoke to Kimo's attorney who said that "Kimo has surfaced" and that erroneous reports of Kimo's death were posted on the internet and quickly removed.
Submitted Jul 21, 2009 5:46PM by DCRage - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping: Dan Henderson Did What I Would Have Done at UFC 100
Dan Henderson has been criticized in some quarters for punching an unconscious Michael Bisping at the end of their fight at UFC 100, and then saying he landed the punch just to shut Bisping up. But Bisping says if he'd had the opportunity, he would have done the exact same thing to Henderson.
Submitted Jul 21, 2009 4:42PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko Cro Cop: Brock Lesnar Winning the UFC Title Is a Defeat for MMA
It's been fascinating to see the reaction to Brock Lesnar becoming the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion by defeating Frank Mir at UFC 100: The response is just about evenly split between those who think Lesnar's larger-than-life persona is great for the sport, and those who think he has tarnished MMA. Count Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic as part of the latter camp.
Submitted Jul 21, 2009 4:41PM by emfleek - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is struggling with complications from a hand injury sustained in a bar brawl and may not be able to defend his title against Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15. Multiple sources who asked not to be named reported the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. One source indicated that it was highly unlikely that Overeem would be physically ready to fight on Aug. 15.
Submitted Jul 21, 2009 4:40PM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
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