FOX News Give Sam Vasquez Tragedy, MMA a Fair Shake
Today I appeared on “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” which airs nationally on FOX News, for a piece about Sammy Vasquez, the Houston-based fighter who recently lost his life following an October fight at a Renegades Extreme Fighting Championship show.
Mixed-martial arts? The death of a fighter? FOX News?
Yes, I fully expected it to be a recipe for disaster.
I had about two hours’ notice for the guest spot, so I did a little studying, put out on something other than a Mizzou sweatshirt, and headed to the local TV station ready for battle.
Sherk to California: Never Again
If given the chance to fight in California a fourth time, UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk won't say yes.
Almost a half year removed from a positive test for nandrolone, Sherk -- one of 41 mixed martial artists popped for banned substances in the Golden State since a widespread anti-doping policy was implemented in March -- finally had a chance to defend himself in front of the California State Athletic Commission.
"At this stage of my career, there's absolutely no way I'd do something like that," Sherk said during his opening statement.
Wanderlei Silva Interview
Wanderlei sits down with with Gary Herman to touch on a few subjects including his upcoming bout with Chuck, thoughts on Fedor, and who he'd like to fight after Chuck.
UFC 81: Terry Martin vs. Marvin Eastman (Exclusive)
Hard-hitting Terry Martin (16-3) will look to get back on the winning track at UFC 81: “Breaking Point” against veteran Marvin Eastman (14-7-1) on February 2 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) learned about the middleweight bout earlier this afternoon.
Martin suffered a surprise defeat via third round knockout courtesy of a perfectly placed Chris Leben punch in his last appearance inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 11 on September 19. It was a back-and-forth battle that Martin would have more than likely won on the judges scorecards if it went the distance (”The Crippler” was docked a point for a fence grab earlier in the bout).
Eastman has competed in the light heavyweight class for the better part of his long career. He was booked to clash with Demian Maia at UFC 77: “Hostile Territory” on October 20; however, an eye injury forced him off the Cincinnati card.
Sean Sherk's Suspension Reduced
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures), who was suspended for one year after testing positive for Nandrolone Metabolites following his victory over Hermes Franca (Pictures) at UFC 73 on July 7, had his suspension reduced to six months on Tuesday, reports Sherdog.com editor Josh Gross.
The California State Athletic Commission upheld a fine of $2500. Sherk, 34, will be eligible to return to the Octagon in January.
Texas agency responds to Vasquez death
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations announced Monday that its review of an Oct. 20 mixed martial arts show in which a fighter was seriously injured and later died showed the event was conducted in compliance with all regulating procedures.
The aftermath of the Oct. 20 Renegades Extreme Fighting Championship show at the Toyota Center in Houston culminated in tragedy on Friday with the death of 35-year-old fighter Sammy Vasquez.
Sean Sherk’s Fate Decided Tuesday
Current UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk should — finally — learn his fate from the appeal of a failed UFC 73 drug test tomorrow.
Sherk, who defended his title with a unanimous-decision victory over Hermes Franca in July, tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, during an event drug test. The event took place July 7 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., and the California State Athletic Commission subsequently suspended Sherk one year and fined him $2,500.
Randy Coutre Turns Down Title Defense
In a meeting with Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White last Tuesday, current heavyweight champion Randy Couture turned down a proposed title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 on Feb. 2, 2008.
There was also some fence mending to be done at the meeting. Following Couture’s resignation from the UFC in October, the two went a couple of rounds through the media, disputing the basis of the resignation. With the meeting, Couture said he was able to air out the issues addressed in his decision and looks forward to a cooperative relationship with his employer of eleven years.
“We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.”
Gilbert Melendez's future
Melendez talks about his upcoming fight against Mitsuhiro Ishida on the NYE card in Japan, his potential Strikeforce title defense against Josh Thomson in March in San Jose and his future after his contract with Strikeforce expires:
Ben Saunders: I Want A Rematch With Speer
TUF 6 competitor Ben Saunders, who lost to Tommy Speer on the show, is lobbying for a rematch. He's claiming his medical issues played a huge role in his losing the fight and feels he deserves a rematch, and is now trying to drum up support online.
Filho Talks Liddell-Silva, WEC, More
The Brazillian website TATAME has a new interview posted in English with WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo FIlho. In it, he talks Liddell-Silva, Silva-Henderson, WEC, and other current MMA topics.
Interesting Interview with Josh Barnett
PDG: It’s been a couple of months since we talked last. What have you been doing?
Josh: I have been training and preparing for the IGF event that I am working on the 20th of December and my grappling match in Pancrase on the 22nd. I have also been working with my new team of fighters that are competing in an event in the Philippines called Ring of Fire that is being produced by Platinum Fighting Productions.
Sylvia vs. Nogueira Title Fight Set For UFC 81
The following is a translated note from an article on Portaldovt:
"In first hand, the fight between Minotauro and Tim Sylvia was signed hours ago, and it will take place in UFC 81, feb. 2nd, in Las Vegas.
Randy did not reach agreements with UFC and the vague title will be disuputed between Minotauro and Tim"