So, About Those Steroids…
Tumultuous times for the barely-potty-trained sport of MMA: in a first of its kind, two UFC main event fighters have tested positive for unpronounceable pharmaceuticals. Weeks ago, a living legend with the physique of Mahatma Gandhi was caught with the needle.
New Season of Tapout Begins Aug. 1
Los Angeles, CA. - From the producers of American Chopper and Dirty Jobs, the VERSUS original series TapouT follows Mask, Punkass and Skyskrape-the crew behind the premier mixed martial arts clothing and gear line TapouT-on their cross country travels in search of the next MMA superstar. After a great series debut in June- which included three episodes and saw a 140 percent increase in household impressions for the time period average-all new episodes featuring the bad boys of MMA will premiere on VERSUS Wednesdays beginning August 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
IFL To Start Drug Testing
The commissioner of the IFL, Kurt Otto, is a very busy man. He and his partner Gareb Shamus have single-handedly started up the first team mixed martial arts promotion in America...
Chris Lytle vs. Tristan Yunkers Aug. 11, UFL
Tristan “The Tarantula” Yunker (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fight Chris Lytle (23-14-5 MMA, 3-6 UFC) in the main event of a United Fight League card in Indianapolis. The event takes place Aug. 11 at Canseco Fieldhouse.The contracts were signed today, according to representatives from Yunker’s camp.
CNN reviews MMA (update: LINK found)
I just caught a news brief on CNN talking about MMA in general. Of course they only showed highlights of UFC Fight Night events from Spike. But it was a balanced report.
They even reinterviewed Senator McCain and now he says "I have no interest in it, but now that there are sanctioned rules in place I have no problem with it."
I'm trying to find a related link on the internet but can't find anything so if you watch CNN today I'm sure they'll replay that segment like they replay all of their news throughout the day.
(YOU NEED TO SCROLL HALF WAY DOWN THE PAGE OF THE LINK)
Sherk Releases Statement on Appeal
Sean Sherk (Pictures) has retained an attorney and plans to fight the allegations that he used anabolic steroids in the run-up to his July 7 title defense against Hermes Franca (Pictures). In a press release, Sherk clearly maintained his innocence although he had no immediate explanation for the positive test.
Drug Use in MMA: The Numbers Don't Lie
In the first part of MMAWeekly’s series on the drug problem in MMA, we looked at the staggering number of fighters who continue to test positive, the growing sanctions by state athletic commissions, and with the possibility of MMA promotions starting to crack down on the fighters who do test positive.
Video interview with BJ Penn.
(CBS) LOS ANGELES UFC's B.J. Penn had plenty to say about the state of mixed martial arts, his future in the UFC and even admitted that he held on to his chokehold a little longer than normal in his recent victory against Jens Pulver.
Jay Dee "B.J." Penn is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
He holds notable wins over Matt Hughes, Takanori Gomi, Matt Serra, Jens Pulver and Caol Uno.
He is the first American-born winner of the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt category, a former UFC Welterweight Champion, and [was] a coach on the The Ultimate Fighter 5 reality show.
Thanks to for the link-reference.
Sokoudjou wants Tito or Shogun
On a recent Full Contact Fighter radio broadcast, Sokoudjou has stated that if he fights next in the UFC he wants to fight Tito Ortiz. If he fights next in Pride then he wants Shogun. Considering that it has been announced that Shogun will be fighting in the UFC (at UFC 76), it looks like if Sokoudjou is to get his wish he will need to come to the UFC!
Sokoudjou fights at light heavyweight and holds wins over Ricardo Arona and Big Nog's little brother (little Nog).
Justin McCully Returns @ UFC 76
Tito Ortiz’s training partner Justin McCully (8-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who scored a unanimous-decision win over Antoni Hardonk in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 9 in April, has accepted a slot on the UFC 76 fight card in Anaheim.
Kalib Starnes VS Alan Belcher at UFC 77
It's the second article on the page.
Kalib Starnes (Pictures) to meet Alan Belcher (Pictures) at UFC 77
Kultar Gill (Pictures)'s Revolution Fight Team stablemate Kalib Starnes (Pictures) exclusively told Sherdog.com that he will be fighting on the same card as the Anderson Silva-Rich Franklin (Pictures) rematch at UFC 77 in Cincinnati, Ohio. And although the contract is not yet signed, he's expecting to square off against Alan Belcher (Pictures).
He plans on continuing the bi-coastal training routine that he has set up with the Revolution Fight Team in Vancouver, as well as American Top Team in Florida. It is this combination that helped him achieve success over Chris Leben (Pictures) at UFC 71 in May.
Kalib claimed that each location has its own benefits. Vancouver for instance, in addition to being the home of his young daughter, provides him with world class ground training from 5-time world BJJ champion Fernandez, as well as Colin Daynes, who represented Canada in Greco Roman wrestling at the 96 Olympic Games.
"These guys are comparable, if not better than anywhere else in the world," Starnes opined.
But when it comes to the weakest part of his skill set -- which Kalib freely admits is his boxing -- Florida is the place to be.
"The weakest part of my game has been my boxing," said the Ultimate Fighter vet, "so to come down here to focus with an Olympic Gold Medalist with almost 40 years experience in the game, Howard Davis Jr. -- that's invaluable.
"I can get great training in Vancouver, but when it comes to sparring, in Florida I have twenty guys in my weight class to spar with as opposed to two in Vancouver. I need to have guys in there all the time who are better than me or as good as me, and that's what I get down here."
"He's got heavy hands and he hits hard, and he has some jiu-jitsu experience," said Starnes of his potential opponent. "He'll be a big boy, so it should be a good fight."
Gonzaga’s jiu-jitsu key to heavyweight title
UFC heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga used his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to dispatch much-heralded Mirko Cro Cop in April in Manchester, England, and you can bet that part of his game will be front and center when he faces champion and MMA legend Randy Couture on Aug. 25 in Las Vegas.
Matt Wiman to Take on Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 76
The Ultimate Fighter 5‘s “Handsome” Matt Wiman (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who scored a first-round TKO of Brian Geraghty at the show’s live finale last month, will return to the Octagon to take on Japanese Judo expert Michihiro Omigawa (4-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 76.
Beginning Aug. 25, the UFC will host four major events — UFC 74, UFC 75, UFC Fight Night 11 and UFC 76 — within a four-week period. And with the fight cards filling up quickly, many UFC fans are asking: where’s Andrei Arlovski?
Ortiz talks Evans & Rematch
The 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' Tito Ortiz spoke with MMAWeekly about his UFC 73 draw against 'Sugar' Rashad Evans, the point deduction for grabbing the fence and the rematch.
Ultimate Fighter Moves to Wednesday
The Ultimate Fighter will be moving to Wednesday nights in its upcoming sixth season, according to two Spike TV representatives. The third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the show aired on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM, but the upcoming sixth season will air on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM.