Smith To Appeal CSAC Suspension
Adam Smith will appeal his recent suspension for suspected use of anabolic agents and drugs of abuse when the California State Athletic Commission convenes Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Los Angeles. Smith made a request for the commission to “overlook his mistake,” according to Bill Douglas, associate governmental program analyst for the CSAC..................
Cage Rage Promoter Discusses Drug Testing
ProElite, Inc. on Wednesday announced that its British fight promotion, Cage Rage, would soon begin drug testing its fighters.
Starting with the Dec. 1 “EliteXC Presents Cage Rage 24” event, any fighter will be subject to random drug testing, which includes checking for anabolic steroids, stimulants, marijuana and cocaine. All fighters in world title fights will be tested.
Pretty good interview clarifies a few things
UFC Champ Silva Arrives In Cincy
Following a delay in his visa being issued, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva left later than usual from Brazil and arrived in town late Thursday morning.
Silva-Franklin II: Unlike Any Other
In sports, reference and comparison are inevitable. If the Patriots win another Super Bowl, they will be linked to the dynasties of the Steelers, Niners and Cowboys. If a top seed gets bounced in the first round of the playoffs, Sonics-Nuggets and Sharks-Red Wings will be mentioned. The next Cinderella that tops March Madness will be the new Villanova; the next golf king, the new Tiger; the next tennis superstar, the new Federer.
‘Hitman' Relegated to Watchman
Of the interested observers for Saturday's UFC middleweight title fight, it will be impossible for Martin Kampmann to avoid imagining what could have been.
New Martin Kampmann update. Sounds like he will be back to training hard soon.
UFC president Dana White defends MMA organization's pay structure
White maintains Couture was well compensated with a UFC contract second only to Chuck Liddell.
"Randy Couture is a multimillionaire, don't ever feel sorry for a multimillionaire, OK?" White told a news conference prior to UFC 77. "A lot of these guys are multimillionaires, they make millions and millions of dollars."
Asked about Keith Jardine, who made just US$14,000 for beating Liddell at UFC 76, White said his fighters weren't complaining - noting former champion Rich Franklin may only make $28,000 plus a $28,000 bonus if he beats title-holder Anderson Silva in Saturday night's main event.
Joe Riggs Out Of Strikeforce Tourney
Joe Riggs will not be one of the four contestants to compete in California’s first regulated four-man tournament scheduled for Nov. 16’s Strikeforce “Four Man Enter, One Man Survives” event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Yahoo! Sports had reported that Riggs and Falaniko Vitale were the first two fighters selected to potentially pull double duty for one night in the cage. Riggs declined the slot, however, and will seek a single fight on the card instead..............
BJ -VS- Sherk/Stevenson NOT on UFC 79 card?
Former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn might not grace the Octagon at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The popular Hawaiian lightweight, who once tangled with current UFC light heavyweight fighter Lyoto Machida at heavyweight in Japan’s K-1 HERO’S, might be moved to fight a month later during UFC’s Super Bowl weekend festivities.
Penn (11-4-1) will face either UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (31-2-1) or contender Joe Stevenson (28-7-1). On Oct. 31, Sherk appeals a yearlong suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission for steroid use following his successful July 7 title defense over Hermes Franca (18-6) at UFC 73 in Sacramento, Calif. If Sherk is unable to get a reduced suspension, Stevenson confirmed to The Fight Network last month that he he will step into the role if need be ...........................
UFC Cancels Planned Montreal Event
AP - The UFC has called off a planned January date in Montreal.
"We had a venue and everything set up for Canada and we had to cancel the Canada date," UFC president Dana White told reporters Thursday.
The proposed January show at the Bell Centre was supposed to be shown on HBO in the U.S. But when the HBO deal did not come through, the show was axed
M-1 newsflash and Fedor contract details
Who is the new CEO of M-1?
None other than the largest super agent of American MMA fighters, Monte Cox.
What is Fedors contract worth?
5 fight deal for 12 million - 2 million a fight and a 2 million dollar bonus
What does Mark Cuban have to do with M-1?
Nothing so far, but he is working on it so expect something in the future.
Couture's Agent Refutes Report as War of Words Continues
The old adage goes, "what's in a name?" Apparently, the answer is a lot, at least when it comes to describing Randy Couture's departure from the UFC.
The subtle dispute between Couture and UFC president Dana White in their subsequent war of words may turn out to be the most important.
Couture has steadfastly described his act as a "resignation," while White has consistently used the word "retirement." The reason behind the careful parsing of words is becoming clear as purported details of Couture's UFC contract begin to trickle out.
Gurgel VS Robinson is UFC 77 Swing Bout
According to the UFC WEBSITE FIGHT CARD PAGE that fight is the swing bout and NOT the Okami/Mac fight as expected, this is probably a good thing as this LW fight will likely be much more exciting than the MW fight - even if it is quite important between 2 top ranked UFC fighters
Cyborg OUT Sinosic IN - Cage Rage 24
We are pleased to announce the signing of Elvis Sinosic for the December 1st Show at Wembley.
The likeable Australian, who has fought class opposition all over the world, will take on the powerhouse that is Paul Cahoon. This is going to be one great fight and makes up for the disappointment of Cyborg pulling out, due to weight cutting issues. Cyborg will be back in March at Middleweight
UFC 80: Newcastle, England, likely destination in January 2008
While the Ultimate Fighting Championship has mapped out events for Nov. 17, Dec. 29, and Feb. 2 in the U.S., its UK arm is planning its first event of 2008 for as early as January 19 or 26.
On the roster, French welterweight Jess “Joker” Liaudin (12-8) is in talks to face Bangor, Maine’s Marcus Davis (13-3), fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Walsall, England’s Paul Taylor (8-2) at Sept. 8’s UFC 75 in London, England. Contracts for this bout are pending.
Sympathy for the Giant
Giants are supposed to win. David knocks off Goliath, and it's a story for the ages. If it had gone the other way, it would have been chalked up to physics and forgotten.
And so goes life for Tim Sylvia (Pictures), the 6-foot-8 behemoth that can seemingly do no right in the eyes of many mixed martial arts fans.
"People throughout history love to cheer for the underdog," says Sylvia's manager, Monte Cox. "And they love the little guy to beat the big guy."
On Saturday the former UFC heavyweight champion will fight Brandon Vera (Pictures) -- one of the smallest fighters in the division -- at UFC 77 in a bout of suddenly incalculable importance. Because of last week's announcement that heavyweight champion Randy Couture (Pictures) is leaving the UFC, Saturday's winner will almost certainly get a title shot in early 2008 as well as a chance to reap a windfall as the UFC's new poster boy.
Regardless of the outcome, this much is certain: If Sylvia wins, fans will credit his size; if he loses, they will demean his skill.
"It's always been that way," Sylvia says, resigned. "I actually like it. It helps me and motivates me and puts me in the zone. I want to prove people wrong. I feel like I'm sticking it to The Man."
Cage Rage to Begin Random Drug Testing
For the first time, fighters competing on Cage Rage cards could face drug tests, ProElite, which recently purchased the UK mixed martial arts promotion, announced Wednesday.
"This ensures that the highest safety standards will be in place each and every time a fighter competes in an EliteXC/Cage Rage fight card in Britain," Gary Shaw, president of ProElite's Live Events Division, said in a prepared statement.
Wednesday's news marks a shift for Shaw, who has previously expressed a disinterest in testing fighters under his umbrella for banned substances................