TIM SYLVIA PLANS A KNOCKOUT RETURN
Former champion Tim Sylvia returns to action this weekend at UFC 77 in Cincinnati. Standing across from him in the Octagon will be Brandon Vera, who puts his perfect 8-0 record on the line. The fight will be Vera’s first in nearly a year.
Adam Smith Suspended for 21months by CSAC
Mixed martial artist Adam Smith (Pictures), already suspended for violating the California State Athletic Commission's policy on drugs of abuse after testing positive for cocaine and marijuana following his decision loss to Dewey Cooper (Pictures) on Sep. 29 at the Playboy Mansion, has returned a sample that contains the anabolic agents nandrolone and stanozolol.
NSAC Overturns Cerrone's WEC Win
The NSAC revealed Tuesday that the outcome of the Donald Cerrone-Kenneth Alexander fight at WEC 30, which Cerrone won by submission in 56 seconds, has been changed to a No Decision.
It's good to see that the NSAC is really trying to send a serious message to these fighters with regards to drug use. Guess they didn't learn from the Nick Diaz example.
Patience is no virtue for Jason MacDonald
If you ever see middleweight contender Jason MacDonald’s trainer Mark Pavelich around, the first thing you’ll probably notice is his full head of dark hair. But if in the coming months you start seeing some grays popping in, blame his fighter, who will be back in action this Saturday night against Yushin Okami and undoubtedly looking for an early night.
Mahood To Retire Following Steroid Suspension
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday announced that Bill Mahood had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his loss to Bobby Southworth at Strikeforce’s Sept. 29 event at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hill, Calif.
On Tuesday, Mahood released his own statement admitting to using the steroid and indicating that he would likely not fight again.
Behind the Curtain: Zuffa's Finances Come Into Focus
Randy Couture's resignation from the UFC and subsequent speculation about the company's pay scale have shoved Zuffa's finances back into the spotlight.
As a privately held company, Zuffa has no public reporting obligations. The information that is made pubic is carefully screened and released only when convenient to tout the growth and success of the UFC brand.
As a result the company's financial status and business model are largely left to speculation. But recent reports by Standard & Poor's, one of the leading financial services companies in the world, have provided new insight into the finances of the undisputed leader of the MMA world.
LYTLE EXCITED TO FACE ALVES AT UFC 78
Ultimate Fighting Championship 78 had its first hiccup when visa issues prevented Hector Lombard from fighting Karo Parisyan.
Recent UFC signee Ryo Chonan got the bump to fight Parisyan, but that left American Top Team welterweight Thiago Alves, whom Chonan was originally scheduled to face, without an opponent. Enter “The Ultimate Fighter 4” runner-up Chris Lytle.........................
ALAN BELCHER VERSION 2.0
Mississippi native Alan Belcher returns to the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Saturday to face tough Canadian fighter Kalib Starnes.
The same night that Franklin will be looking to regain his lost gold, Belcher will be looking to make his own run at the title by entrenching himself into the landscape of the middleweight division with a win over Starnes.
Belcher is coming into this fight off of an impressive victory over highly touted wrestler Sean Salmon. He looked impressive in the contest, ending the fight by guillotine choke a mere 53 seconds into round one.....................
Bonnar Faces Former Training Partner At UFC 77
In the two plus years since Stephan Bonnar cannonballed into the Ultimate Fighting Championship pool, the affable Indianan has endured more turmoil than many of his peers will experience in their entire careers. From the death of his longtime mentor, Carlson Gracie, in February 2006 to his well-publicized positive test for an anabolic steroid six months later, Bonnar has exhausted much of the momentum he gathered in his historic bout with Forrest Griffin on the season one finale of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Ever so quietly regaining his foothold in the mixed martial arts world, Bonnar (10-4, 4-3 UFC) walks back into the pay-per-view limelight against former training partner Eric Schafer at UFC 77 “Hostile Territory” on Saturday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Bonnar remains cordial with Schafer and admits the familiarity that exists between them adds an awkward dimension to their fight ........................
CSAC release REAL fight card for “Brawl For It All”
The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fight card for No Limit Fighting’s “Brawl For It All” this Saturday at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. According to the commission, the move comes in response to a number of complaints it received in regards to false advertising surrounding the event.
Jeff Monson, Nick Diaz, Mia St. John, Javier Vazquez and Leland Chapman (of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” fame) had all been advertised as participants in the show, though none are scheduled to take part in it..................
Couture and Fedor offered 3 million to fight
DAVIE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) Spokesperson Crawford Grimsley announced today, “The CFC will put up a $3,000,000 purse to bring the Couture vs Emelianenko fight to Pay-Per-View. $1,000,000 will be guaranteed to each fighter while the winner takes home an additional cool million, making this the largest single purse for any one MMA fight.”
Grimsley, a former heavyweight boxer who went 12 rounds with big George Foreman for the world title in 1996 said, “I don’t know who set up the current MMA system of sanctioning bodies locking fighters into exclusive long term contracts. I do know who is out to change this system though, we are, the CFC. We are not going to try to reinvent the wheel, but we would like to add a little of the business model that professional boxing has adopted for decades. Can you imagine if professional boxing would not allow champion to fight champion. How many great boxing matches would we have missed?”
Help Rampage Jackson Legalize MMA in Tennessee
Be sure to do your patriotic duty and help the man from Memphis, Tennessee legalize our beloved sport in his home state. There are lots of good gyms in Tennessee and a ton of promising fighters looking for an outlet. In fact, considering Rampage himself came from the great state of Tennessee, we really don't know how much talent is being stymied or ignored by the lack of available legal options to pursue mixed martial arts.
“The Meat Cleaver” turns Body Snatcher for Burkman Bout
Forrest Petz couldn’t resist going there, at least not with a New Yorker on the other end of the line. But if the welterweight prospect sounded more than a little giddy that his hometown Cleveland Indians had just eliminated the Yankees from the MLB playoffs, it may just be because when the local teams do well, his own success seems to follow.
Sylvia’s Quest for a Third Belt Begins Saturday
Tim Sylvia’s been here before, in the role no fighter wants to be in. And while “comeback” is a dirty word because it means you’re returning from a loss, serious injury, some other mishap, or a combination of all of the above, those who do return in successful fashion find glory first of all, and sometimes they even find redemption.
Burkman bringing American-Whu-Hit-U to Cincy this Weekend
In mixed martial arts, as in many sports, success is measured by adherence to the “little things” that may not show up on a highlight reel or stat sheet, but which most definitely can affect the final score or the outcome of a match. Josh Burkman found that out the hard way against Karo Parisyan at UFC 71, when a strong first round was nullified by the poise of the veteran Armenian, who went on to win a three round unanimous decision.
Words of Wisdom with Brandon Vera
"Don’t let it bother you; you’ve got to deal with what’s in front of you.”
If Brandon Vera’s UFC career up to and including the night of November 18, 2006 was a Hollywood script, it would have been tossed into the scrap pile because it was too perfect.