Exclusive: Sean Sherk Talks CSAC & Interim Title
Since his fight on July 7 against Hermes Franca, Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk has been sitting in limbo following a positive test result for performance enhancing drugs.
He has twice been scheduled to have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission to resolve the accusations and twice the commission has issued a continuance to a future date.
“It makes me real angry,” said Sherk about the appeal process with the CSAC. “They had a lot of time to prepare for my case and they weren’t prepared and now I’m the one suffering for it. I’m the only one suffering in this whole situation. I mean, I’m sitting here and I feel kind of helpless.
A Case Of The Missing 'Bean
Xcess Fighting's debut card is set for tonight after yesterday's weigh-ins, although there was one big (literally) missing piece of the puzzle at the weigh-ins: Butterbean. The Super Heavyweight fighter, whose real name is Eric Esch, was to be in the main event but mysteriously no-showed.
Why Brock is fighting Frank Mir
Alot of people are wondering why Brock's first opponent is Frank Mir. Heres an interview with Brock where he specifically asked for an opponent with credentials.
""I'm looking to fight somebody with credentials. I'm not just talking Silver Medals in Judo. I want a belt. I've fought a lot of tomato cans. I've already had it. You know? I want a fillet Mignon. Let's do it, and do it right. I want to fight somebody, somebody that's got credentials because I've got them too. There isn't a wrestler, there isn't a heavyweight out there my size that has done the things I've done."
Brad Imes To Fight This Weekend
Former UFC Heavyweight and TUF 2 runner-up Brad Imes, now fighting in smaller MMA promotions and making a name for himself for winning via gogoplatas, is to fight for the Palace Fighting Championships promotion this weekend.
Imes has a tough main event ahead of him, but it'll be fun to see if he wins by gogoplata again. Also, it seems like this press release got Imes' record wrong (he's listed as 0-3).
Fedor Not Fighting on New Year's Eve
Fedor Emelianenko – currently ranked as the No.1 fighter in both MMAWeekly.com’s top ten heavyweight fighters and Yahoo! Sports’ top ten pound-for-pound poll – has been the subject of much rumor and speculation in recent months.
His signing with the new M-1 Global mixed martial arts promotion put much of that talk to rest, but it all sparked up again when speculation about him fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve started circulating.
That talk can now be put to rest as well.
HDNET Fights and Ring of Combat Partner
Atlantic City, NJ - Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights has partnered with Louis Neglia's Ring of Combat Ring of Combat in a deal that will air Ring of Combat on HDNet.
The partnership will debut with the broadcast of HDNet Fights Presents: Ring of Combat. The first telecast on HDNet will be of Neglia’s Ring of Combat Beasts of the Northeast Tournament Finals on November 30 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. HDNet will air the event at a later date to be determined.
The ‘Spider' Speaks
Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin (Pictures), the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.
Q&A with UFC lightweight Spencer "The King" Fisher
Miletich Martial Arts fighter Spencer Fisher heads into UFC 78 in Newark, N.J. Nov. 17 to take on undefeated lightweight Frankie Edgar. Fisher endured a setback in his climb up the lightweight ladder when he lost via TKO to Hermes Franca at the beginning of this year, but the Iowan came back strong in June to avenge a loss to Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10.
Eklund, Not Etim, Faces Stout at UFC 80
Amidst rumors that Terry Etim would face Sam Stout at UFC 80 in January, it has now been confirmed that Per Eklund will instead face Stout, this according to Eklund's manager.
This will be Eklund's UFC debut, he has a 12-2-1 overall record and comes into this fight with 4 consecutive wins.
KERR RETURNS AT WCO IN HOLLYWOOD
Mark Kerr vs. Stephen Gavin
Mavrick Harvey vs. Marcus Gaines
Tiki Ghosn vs. Brett Cooper
Scott Epstein vs. Sergio Quinoles
Carmelo Marrero vs. Rafael Del Real
Fabio Costa vs. Paul Karsky
Jason Georgianna vs. Todd Guimond
Josh Gaskins vs. Tony Garcia
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Hildred Oliney
David Mejia vs. Greg White
Daniel McWilliams vs. Adam Lehman
Jeff Willingham vs. Bobby Sanchez
Nice to see Tiki bakc too.
MMA Toy Figurines Available By Christmas
MMA Figurines Available Christmas ‘07
In the past, mixed martial arts fanatics have had to get their toy fix by getting their figures from Japan. Pride and K-1 fighters such as Don Frye, Kevin Randleman, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Mirko 'Cro Cop', etc. were available in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Now the sport of MMA in America is catching up to where the popularity was in Japan. Fight fans will be able to get some of their favorite fighters figures soon. Round 5 is proud to release their first official line of MMA collectible figures.
Pedro Rizzo Receives Offer To Fight Fedor
According to Tatame.com Pedro Rizzo has received an offer to fight Fedor Emelianenko:
The champion of Art of War, Pedro Rizzo, traveled yesterday to Holland to help his friend Peter Aerts for the K-1 GP. He also traveled with the objective of sharpening his striking for a possible fight with Fedor Emelianenko.
The ‘Spider' Speaks
Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to collect his thoughts on a second win over Rich Franklin , the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking and the future of the 185-pound division, which The Spider has undoubtedly claimed as his own.
UFC.com Confirms Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir For UFC 81
In a classic case of putting your money where your mouth is, new UFC signee Brock Lesnar ??" who has made no bones about wanting to fight the best the heavyweight division has to offer ??" will make his Octagon debut at UFC 81 on February 2nd against none other than former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.
The bout will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on the eve of Super Bowl XLII.
“It’s an interesting matchup,” said UFC President Dana White. “Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he’s looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar’s looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he’s gonna be by trying to knock him off.”
BJ Penn: "If guys are cheating, maybe there should be two divisions."
Penn On Sean Sherk:
I was told four different times that it was going to be on with Sherk, and it got pushed back every time. I'm just happy they set something else up. I was getting tired of waiting. If he did win the belt by cheating, that's ridiculous. But he's the one who has to live with it. Just like bodybuilding. If guys are cheating, maybe there should be two divisions.
Penn went on to joke that his upcoming interim fight with Joe Stevenson is for the "natural" lightweight title.
Opinion: Dana White Spoke Too Soon
On October 31st, the mixed martial arts community awaited the verdict in Sean Sherk’s case involving his positive nandrolone test after his championship title fight with Hermes Franca. Instead of a resolution to the deadlocked title picture in the UFC’s lightweight division, the California State Athletic Commission managed to keep the top-tier of the division on hold for another 2 weeks. The commission did not receive an information packet that Sherk’s attorney had sent the week before. It caused the commission to push back the hearing in order to review the data that Sherk had submitted. With the fiasco that was the Phil Baroni case, the negligence of the staff at the CSAC to pass on information to commission members in the Sherk case, and the history of bad decisions that has plagued the CSAC is the past, it seems Dana White has had enough.