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UFC 82 Medical Suspensions Announced
The Ohio Athletic Commission as announced the medical suspensions from UFC 82. Just 4 were suspended, all for precautionary reasons.
Submitted Mar 4, 2008 12:00PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Despite Report Luke Cummo Was Not Suspended
Contrary to a report published on Monday, UFC 82 fighter Luke Cummo has not tested positive for elevated levels of caffeine or any other substance following his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Luigi Fioravanti in Columbus, Ohio. In fact, according to Ohio Athletic Commission executive director Bernie Profato, Cummo was not even one of the fighters tested following his bout. He stated that Ohio took a little bit different tact with UFC 82 to crack down on performance enhancing drugs and instead of randomly testing fighters, the state chose to test all of the winners. I figured that story was a spoof.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 9:07PM by wolfman - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 82 press confrence...Interesting quote's as always.
This is an audio recording. Dana says the quote in part 2 about 15 minuets in.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 9:07PM by cmill21 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Cummo Suspended.
UFC fighter Luke Cummo has been suspended three months for failing a random drug test administered by the Ohio Athletic Commission. The test, conducted after his loss against Luigi Fioravanti at Saturday’s UFC 82 event, showed that Cummo had extremely elevated caffeine levels beyond anything the commission had ever seen before. “Normally we don’t pay that much attention to the level of caffeine in a fighter’s blood,” said OAC commissioner Warren Petty. “But Luke Cummo’s readings were off the chart. At first we thought there must be a mistake with the test, but follow ups showed that our original findings were accurate. This guy must have been tripping balls in the Octagon.” WEIRD!!!!!
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 5:59PM by cmill21 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin Set for UFC 86 on July 5
Just two weeks after “The Ultimate Fighter 7” season finale takes place, UFC light heavyweight Quinton Jackson (28-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Forrest Griffin (15-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) — the show’s two coaches — will headline a UFC 86 event in Las Vegas.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 5:35PM by nickcuc547 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 82 Salaries
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS -Anderson Silva: $140,000 (defeated Dan Henderson; win bonus was $70,000) -Dan Henderson: $100,000 (lost to Anderson Silva; win bonus would have been $150,000) MAIN CARD FIGHTERS -Heath Herring: $140,000 (defeated Cheick Kongo; win bonus was $70,000) -Jon Fitch: $60,000 (defeated Chris Wilson; win bonus was $30,000) -Chris Leben: $50,000 (defeated Alessio Sakara; win bonus was $25,000) -Cheick Kongo: $30,000 (lost to Heath Herring; win bonus would have been $30,000) -Yushin Okami: $28,000 (defeated Evan Tanner; win bonus was $14,000) -Evan Tanner: $25,000 (lost to Yushin Okami; win bonus would have been $25,000) -Alessio Sakara: $17,000 (lost to Chris Leben; win bonus would have been $17,000) -Chris Wilson: $12,000 (lost to Jon Fitch; win bonus would have been $12,000)
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 2:00PM by SmileR - 22 comments
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Sokoudjou Confirms UFC 84 Fight with Nakamura
eam Quest fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 84, an event that takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Sokoudjou confirmed the bout with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) over the weekend while he was in Columbus to support teammate Dan Henderson at UFC 82. The rumored fight had first been reported by MMAWeekly.com.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 1:56PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dayton Daily News MMA: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami?
A few options I mentioned in the Dayton Daily News included: Yushin Okami: With a stunning knockout of Evan Tanner at UFC 82, Okami would seem to be the logical choice to fight Silva next. With a 6-1 mark in the UFC and a previous victory over Silva (via disqualification from an illegal kick at a 2006 Rumble on the Rock event), Okami has undoubtedly earned the title shot. However, the Japanese fighter is just now starting to gel with fans, but even Dana White acknowledged that his fighting style has likely hindered his popularity. White mentioned the bout as a possibility but wouldn’t go as far as confirming it. The bigger question, though, is whether the UFC can effectively market this fight. Luckily, the organization is so full of talent that a single main event no longer needs to carry an entire UFC show. However, much like Silva’s fight with Travis Lutter, the bout could end up feeling like a mere annoyance — rather than a legit challenge — since Silva will likely be so heavily favored. Nate Marquardt: As I mentioned in the Dayton Daily News story, Marquardt failed miserably in his first Silva fight back at UFC 73. However, his strength — submissions — is Silva’s only marginal weakness. However, like the Okami fight, this one could be difficult to market. Quinton Jackson: A fight with the UFC’s light heavyweight champion is possible — but probably not anytime soon. White and UFC matchaker Joe Silva would likely want to exhaust all other options before scheduling this bout and sacrificing one of the organization’s champs. Rich Franklin: Silva has dominated him twice, and a third fight is unlikely. Still, Silva says Franklin has been his toughest challenge in the UFC, and the former champ has a big following. Paulo Filho: A fight with the WEC middleweight champ is a pipe dream. Filho and Silva are training partners and unwilling to fight each other. Silva said as much at Saturday’s press conference.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 1:54PM by SmileR - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
‘Elite' Competition for UFC
Tops on the list of apocalyptic harbingers: Adam Sandler's film career, Sly Stallone in yet another "Rambo," Leno routinely beating Letterman. Now you can add Kimbo Slice rubbing shoulders with Andy Rooney. The knuckle-chaffed Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson, for mass media types eager to run a background check) is about to enjoy the most expeditious journey from Miami hood to national phenomenon since Tony Montana. That's because Gary Shaw and his ProElite label saw wisdom where the UFC saw folly. Namely, if a network wants you to make creative concessions in exchange for primetime exposure, you don't puff your chest out like a blowfish. You smile, say thank you, and enjoy the opportunity.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 1:21PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, MMA Personalities
Interesting theory as to why Comcast does not carry HDNet
Maybe a little heavy on the conspiracy angle, but then again, maybe not. Worth a read in any case and if you have comcast and want to join in on all the free MMA they offer, fill out the petition.
Submitted Mar 3, 2008 2:40AM by Bemin - 5 comments
Filed under: HDNet
Double trouble: Interview with the Diaz brothers
Sean McManus (MMAmania.com): Definitely a good idea – he’s done well for sure. Now you’re coming off a really tough loss to KJ Noons because of a doctor’s stoppage when you competed for the 160-pound EliteXC title. There was talk of an immediate … Nick Diaz: First off, I don’t see it as a tough loss, you know? I don’t feel like I lost that fight. The doctor stopped the fight, the ref didn’t stop the fight, maybe if the ref had stopped it that would be one thing, but the doctor stopped it. It’s ridiculous. Sean McManus (MMAmania.com): Alright, now there were rumblings of an immediate rematch, but … Nick Diaz: No there was a rematch. I was supposed to fight him, that’s what I’ve been training for recently here. I got a call saying that he didn’t take the rematch; he didn’t want to fight me, whatever. I said right on man, scared mother ******. But that’s cool. Here's the to the rest of the interview.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 10:04PM by SmileR - 8 comments
Filed under: Interviews
UFC 82 Post Fight Press Conference
Press conference after ufc 82, two parts a pretty long listen, but some interesting stuff Dana White: "your a clown if you think Fedor is the number 1 P4P fighter in the world"
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 8:33PM by nelson888 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Silva- I don’t consider myself the best pound-for-pound fighter
“I [Anderson Silva] still don’t consider myself the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Maybe when I retire, I can look back and then say I was the best pound-for-pound.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 7:50PM by SmileR - 11 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Dana White: Randy Couture Offered Fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
“We offered (Couture) the fight last week, and we’re waiting to hear back from him,” White said. He didn’t mention a possible date or venue for the event. White also confirmed that he had offered Couture the fight with Nogueira once before. However, Nogueira wasn’t the interim champ at the time, and he hopes that may be enough to sway Couture into returning to the ring.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 7:45PM by SmileR - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva still considering boxing and maybe a move to 170lbs?
Anderson is still talking about challenging a boxer in boxing rules at 185 lbs. Could be interesting! Also at the very end, he says he dosen't want to move up, but maybe DOWN!!! I always figured Anderson couldn't make 170 lbs, but i suppose if he hits 185 without a sauna, 170 would be possible. I figure he knows he can hit that weight before he would say something like that. Whats everyones thoughts?
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 3:05PM by Diamondback2 - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's international expansion, Germany to be its next destination.
At UFC's press fight conference, Dana white Mentioned that he belives that Massachusetts and New York will approve regulation of MMA by year's end. He also said Tennessee is very close. In regards to continued international expansion, White believes Germany is next.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 2:11PM by juanez13 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Silva, Henderson and Leben Earn “Fight Night” Bonuses
Anderson Silva earned $120,000 in “fight night” bonuses in the wake of his second-round submission victory over Dan Henderson on Saturday. The fight capped off UFC 82, which took place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Silva earned $60,000 for Fight of the Night (Henderson also picked up a $60,000 bonus) and $60,000 for Submission of the Night. Chris Leben, meanwhile, earned a $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for his first-round TKO of Alessio Sakara. Both fights took place on the night’s televised main card. UFC president Dana White released the bonus winners and amounts in a post-event press conference. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the amounts with the Dayton Daily News. Silva defended his UFC middleweight title by securing a second-round rear-naked choke of Henderson, PRIDE’s reigning 183-lb. The victory was Silva’s first career submission victory that didn’t come via strikes. Silva joins just a handful of fighters, including Marcus Davis and John Koppenhaver, who have picked up two “fight night” bonuses in one event.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 8:49AM by SmileR - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman vs. Brock Lesnar Set for August
Mark Coleman’s (15-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) induction into the UFC Hall of Fame came with an interesting footnote: he’s returning to the UFC to fight Brock Lesnar (1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in August. Just a few hours after the former Ohio State national wrestling champion and first-ever UFC heavyweight title-holder became the fifth fighter inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, the 43-year-old fighter confirmed the bout to a sold-out crowd and pay-per-view audience.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 8:47AM by SmileR - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Eddie Alvarez vs. Andre Dida in DREAM
Eddie Alvarez confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Thursday afternoon that he has signed a contract to participate in DREAM’s lightweight Grand Prix. DREAM, a collaborative effort between K-1’s HEROS and former staff members of PRIDE, will begin its tournament on March 15 in Japan. Alvarez stated that he is scheduled to fight Andre “Dida” Amade on that date during the tournament’s first round.
Submitted Mar 2, 2008 3:12AM by jay98107 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, PrideFC, General MMA
HOLY CRAP BATMAN, This is great!!!!!!!!!! It was just anounced at UFC82! Mark said he has 5 months to get ready, So depending on how long he has knowen, We should see this soon enough!
Submitted Mar 1, 2008 10:43PM by ufcboss - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
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