UWC ANNOUNCES SPRATT VS. VON FLUE
Ultimate Warrior Sports Development, LLC on Friday announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Pete Spratt and Jason Von Flue will headline its April 26 Ultimate Warrior Challenge event at the GMU-Patriot Center in Washington, DC.
Iowa Increasing Regulatory Control Over MMA
Mixed martial arts regulation has had its ups and downs in Iowa. Lawmakers attempted to deregulate MMA this past year, but were unsuccessful. In Iowa, MMA, boxing and wrestling are regulated by the Department of Labor.
Last Wednesday a bill was passed that called for more regulation of the sport. According to WFCCourier.com, the bill would require event promoters to apply for a license and pay a fee. Organizers would subsequently report ticket sales, gross receipts and volume of attendees to the state's labor commissioner.
In addition, fighters would have to apply for a permit, as well as submit a fee and undergo both an eye exam and a physical.
"This will go a long way towards professionalizing this sport," stated Representative Jamie Van Fossen.
As the sport continues to gain popularity and grow in Iowa, the need for regulation becomes more apparent every day. The passing of the bill is a step towards the regulation already in place in states such as Nevada, New Jersey, California, and others.
WEC 33 Medical Suspensions
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued medical suspensions to nearly half of the fighters that compete in this past Wednesday's "WEC: Marshall vs. Stann" event.
Shaw on Diaz-CSAC Marijuana Ordeal; Kimbo's Possible Opponent
EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw went on a rampage Thursday against California State Athletic Commission executive officer Armando Garcia for pulling Nick Diaz from Saturday's Strikeforce/Elite XC card.
"What happened (Wednesday) was a travesty to Nick Diaz," he said, noting Diaz was willing to take a drug test and was planning on passing it, but was pulled because he had revealed when getting his medicals done, that he had a medicinal marijuana card as treatment for attention deficit disorder.
Marijuana is on the banned substance list in California, and Diaz's biggest win of his career, over Takanori Gomi last year, was stripped in Nevada because he tested positive for the drug. Garcia said he couldn't publicly comment on the situation other than say there wasn't time to go through the procedures necessary to clear Diaz to fight.
Filho Home, Back in the Gym Soon
Paulo Filho (Pictures) responded well to treatment at a rehabilitation clinic and is ready to return to training, the WEC middleweight champion's manager, Jorge Guimarães, told Sherdog.com.
Filho is home in Niterói, Brazil. Doctors said the fact that he sought help and was determined to recover aided his quick improvement.
Bas Rutten Interview
ChokeHimOut.com recently caught up with "The Legendary" Bas Rutten . Bas was as humble as usual and very respectful. Read on to hear about Bas' toughest fight, training Kimbo Slice, hanging with Kevin James, acting and working with the IFL...
Former Pride executive speaks out about company's downfall
The name Turi Altavilla is a name unknown to many mainstream MMA fans. However, among insiders he's one of the most well-respected behind-the-scenes figures in the sport. Three-and-a-half years after graduating UCLA and after having gotten his start with King of the Cage almost right out of school, Altavilla became the first American hired by Pride USA's office in Los Angeles as their Vice President of Production and Marketing.
Don Frye talks Kimbo
With MMA's network television debut two months away, EliteXC has yet to name an opponent for headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (2-0). One rumored match-up has been ruled out, however: Don "The Predator" Frye (19-6-1).
Frye addressed the rumored bout during his weekly "Don Frye-Days" segment on Friday's edition of TAGG Radio (TAGG Radio Network - Home of TAGG Radio & The Lights Out Show!), a content partner of MMAjunkie.com (MMA blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps - MMAjunkie.com).
Guida looking to go 4 for 4 in 2008
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - It had everything you want to see in a fight – skill, intensity, heart, and most importantly, drama. But when it’s over, there can only be one winner, and on December 8, 2007, the man with his hand raised wasn’t Clay Guida.
Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell Sign with Adrenaline MMA
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (24-4), a longtime UFC fighter whose relationship with the organization was oftentimes rocky, has left the organization and signed with Adrenaline MMA -- the promotion previously known as M-1 Global.
Adrenaline MMA CEO Monte Cox announced that former IFL stand-out heavyweight Ben Rothwell (29-5) has also signed with the organization, which is working toward a June 14 show in Chicago
STRIKEFORCE 9 WEIGH-INS RESULTS AND PHOTOS
Welterweight Bout (Contracted weight at 175 lbs.)
Jesse Jones- 173.5
Jesse Gillespie- 180
Darren Uyenoyama- 136
Anthony Figueroa- 133
Luke Stewart- 171
Lightweight Bout (Contracted weight at 162lbs)
Marlon Sims- 162.5
Billy Evangelista- 160.5
Joey Villasenor- 185
Ryan Jensen- 186
Mike Kyle- 225
Wayne Cole- 209
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Bout
Gilbert Melendez- 154.5
Gabe Lemley- 153
Welterweight Bout (Contracted weight at 172lbs)
Drew Fickett- 171
Jae Suk Lim –170
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship Bout
Frank Shamrock- 185
Cung Le- 183
Maurice Smith Calls in Sick to Avoid YAMMA Show
Seriously. It’s now officially ****** up. Let’s count the fighters that Bob Meyrowitz’s YAMMA 1 event has lost to date:
– Headliner Don Frye
– Gary Goodridge
– Frye’s replacement, Patrick Smith
– Rex Richards
– Two undisclosed members of the heavyweight tournament
The fight card on YAMMA’s site has still not been updated, but we’ll try and keep score for ya’. It was reported earlier that Ricco Rodriguez had been tapped to fill in as one of the replacements in the eight-man tourney, but we’re still not sure where that one stands. Rex Richards was replaced by Kevin Jordan. Don Frye had pulled out for whatever reason — probably because he realized how terrible the card is — and Patrick Smith took over. Then Pat Smith had been dropped due to arrest scheduling and 90-year-old Maurice Smith had been submitted as his replacement
Team Bomb Squad to join IFL
Team Bomb Squad, a team comprised of some of the top MMA fighters in the Northeastern corridor of the United States, will make its formal IFL debut on May 16 at the Mogehan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, team manager Gary Marino revealed exclusively to FiveOuncesOfPain.com
Houston Alexander – Moving Forward
No excuses. That’s all Houston Alexander will give you when it comes to his first UFC loss last November to Thiago Silva. No talk of woulda, coulda, shoulda; no pointing of fingers at anyone other than the man in the mirror. It’s not what you expect from any pro athlete these days, but the Nebraska resident is anything but stereotypical.
“A loss is a loss and you shouldn’t have to make an excuse for it,” said Alexander of the first round TKO defeat at UFC 78. “I should have done something to prevent it.”
Josh Neer – The Dentist is In
He won’t talk your ear off, do backflips in the Octagon, or make the daily papers for some outrageous antics. Josh Neer just fights. But that’s just fine with UFC fans who have clamored for the hard-nosed Iowa banger to return to the organization after an absence of almost 20 months.
And in his typically understated manner, he’s happy to be back.
“It feels good,” said Neer. “It’s just a different atmosphere in the UFC, and in these smaller shows it’s just not the same.”
Davis vs. Swick Set For UFC 85
Rumors of a Marcus Davis-Mike Swick fight at UFC 85, circulating since February, now appear to be true. Both sides have confirmed today that they have signed for the fight and it now appears to be official.