Gracie Maintains Innocence Regarding CSAC Results.
Of the mixed martial artists that fought June 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, MMA pioneer Royce Gracie (Pictures) was likely the last man anyone would have tabbed a steroid user.
However, on Thursday, that veneer was crushed when the California State Athletic Commission revealed the 40-year-old Brazilian tested positive in both "A" and "B" samples for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid.
Rich Franklin - Money Player
Rich Franklin’s a helluva guy, but despite that soft-spoken demeanor, the former UFC middleweight champion doesn’t play well with others. In fact, when it comes to his athletic life, he’s downright selfish. In other words, he would never be the sixth man in basketball, the setup reliever in baseball, or the offensive lineman in football. Rich Franklin has to be the star, the man with the ball when time’s running out, the one upon whose shoulders rests victory or defeat.
IS TYSON GRIFFIN BACK ON TRACK?
Highly touted as the next big star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division, Tyson Griffin finds himself in unfamiliar territory… coming off of a loss. Tomorrow in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he looks to get back on track, but it will be no easy task as he faces fellow rising talent Clay Guida.
Quick UFC 72 weigh-in video
Nice quick video, not much time wasted in watching it. Franklin looks pretty ripped... and who knew that Eddie Sanchez's nickname is "the Manic Hispanic" ?
Franklin: Under Pressure
If Rich Franklin (Pictures) hopes to regain the UFC middleweight title anytime soon, he must be triumphant over Yushin Okami (Pictures) on Saturday.
Breaking News: Gracie Fails Drug Test.
Mixed martial arts icon Royce Gracie (Pictures), best known as the slender gi-wearing Brazilian who twisted oversized competitors into knots during the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid, following his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba (Pictures), June 2 in Los Angeles, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday.
Gracie (14-3-3) has been suspended from June 2, 2007 through May 30, 2008, and is fined $2,500, the maximum penalty by the CSAC. The 40-year-old member of the legendary fighting family has until July 13 to appeal the suspension to the CSAC.
Calls to Gracie's representatives were not immediately returned.
I gotta say, wow... Just wow... out of all the people. Crazy.
Forrest Griffin - Nothing Else Matters
How do you describe 2006 for Forrest Griffin? Did his gallant stand in a close decision loss against former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and a rematch victory over Stephan Bonnar make it his best year as a fighter, or did his devastating TKO defeat at the hands of Keith Jardine in December forever mark that 12 month period as the worst of his professional life?
UFCjunkie.com Source: Evan Tanner “Likely” to Return at UFC 76
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner (32-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC), an ultra-popular MMA veteran who hasn’t fought in 14 months, will likely make his much-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 76 in late September, according to a UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) source associated with the event.
Report: Mike Swick Scheduled for UFC 76
One-time top middleweight contender and potential welterweight newcomer Mike Swick (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is the first rumored fighter to be added to September’s UFC 76 event.
Tito ready to show he's still a contender
Tito Ortiz has been under scrutiny his entire career. From his hold out to fighting Chuck Liddell to his boxing match with Dana White that never happened, he is always a controversial figure in the sport of mixed martial arts. Being controversial is what got the ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ to be one of the biggest stars in UFC history.
Irish Pride: Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch
When Dustin Hazelett first found out he was fighting Stevie Lynch he wasn't sure what to think. This was mainly due to the fact that Lynch has only had four pro fights in his career to date. That isn't to so say Lynch isn't talented. He impressively won all four fights by either submission or TKO.
Jason MacDonald - Hard Lessons Lead to ‘Victory’
It’s one of the fight game’s oldest clichés, but also one of it’s truest: you learn more from a loss than you ever will from a win. Of course, no undefeated fighter believes this adage, and when he’s running along and taking people out with little difficulty, losing is the furthest thing from his mind.
ED "SHORT FUSE" HERMAN READY TO EXPLODE
Saturday night, the UFC continues its global expansion when it hosts its first ever show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Headlined by a match between former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin and rising star Yushin Okami, the event will take place at the Odyssey Arena. Also scheduled to appear is Ultimate Fighter 3 runner-up Ed Herman. On the undercard, “Short Fuse” will face Scott Smith in middleweight action.