Arkansas, California commissions leading the way with historic new rules for weight-cutting
Arkansas is leading the charge against dangerous, drastic weight cutting.
The Arkansas State Athletic Commission (ASAC) temporarily passed a new regulation two weeks ago that intends to temper the practice of extreme weight cutting among amateur MMA fighters and boxers. Starting from Aug. 19, competitors are no longer able to gain more than 7.5 percent of their body weight back from the day of weigh-ins to the day of the fight. Also, a fighter cannot weigh more than one weight class above him or her the day of the fight...
NSAC issues temporary suspensions to Palhares, Shields, Magalhaes pending hearings
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today issued temporary suspensions to WSOF welterweights Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields, as well as UFC fighter Caio Magalhaes, pending formal hearings for unsportsmanlike conduct.
NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett earlier this month told MMAjunkie he would issue a temporary suspension against the fighters, and a meeting today in Las Vegas formalized the decision.
Scott Coker agrees with fighters regarding the Ali Act in MMA: "I think it's a pretty good idea"
The never-ending conflict in mixed martial arts between management and labor, or should we say between promoters and fighters, has really come to the fore this year. Over the last few months an antitrust lawsuit, the new Reebok deal, and the USADA testing policy have sparked debates on fighter pay, lost sponsorship income, and lack of input from the athletes on the rules and regulations governing them. And this is in only in the UFC, never mind the number of complaints that one sees directed at other promotions. All of this has had led to discussions of possible solutions, including perhaps the most serious talk of a fighters association the sport has seen to date.
Manager confirms Fedor return, expects top 10 opponent
On Tuesday rumors surfaced that the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, The Lasst Emperor, Fedor Emelianko was returning. Now it was been confirmed, by Fedor's longtime manager Vadim Finkelchtein.
"It was unexpected," said Vadim to Karim Zidan for BloodyElbow.com. "I was trying to convince Fedor to come back for about year or two, but then gave up this idea. And about a week or two ago he told me he is thinking about coming back to sport. I am happy about that."
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is coming out of retirement
PRIDE legend Fedor Emelianenko is coming out of retirement and will be competing in Mixed Martial Arts once again.
Fedor Emelianenko seemed to have closed the book on his storied MMA career when he announced his retirement in 2012. Three years later though, and the legendary PRIDE champion has decided to write a new chapter as he will be coming back to active mixed martial arts competition.
Rousey, Cerrone nominated for ESPY award
Today ESPN released the full list of nominees for this year's ESPY awards, including Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone, the only two mixed martial artists to be nominated:
Ronda Rousey was nominated for 'Best Play' which will be voted on in bracket style where she will square off against Gerald Green's dunk in the first round. Rousey was also nominated for 'Best Fighter' and 'Best Female Athlete' for which she won last year.
This is the first year that Donald Cerrone has been nominated and he is also nominated for 'Best Fighter', which not only also includes Rousey, but boxers Terrence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Joe Schilling committing to MMA, planning permanent move to American Top Team
Joe Schilling is going all in on mixed martial arts.
The two-sport star told MMAFighting.com on Friday that he plans on soon moving his family to South Florida from Los Angeles to continue his training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek. Schilling has been at ATT for weeks and will complete his camp there in advance of a fight against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 on June 26 in Mulvane, Kan.
NY Senate passes MMA bill, for 7th time
For nine years UFC representatives have gone to NY's capitol Albany to try to get the sport legalized and regulated. Five times it passed the Senate but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver refused to bring it to a vote. In January, Silver resigned as Speaker, following his arrest on corruption charges. The new Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, is a past supporter of the bill.
This year the bill again passed the Senate, but it did not get sufficient support in the Assembly. Now the Senate has passed a new version, in hopes that it will pass before the 2015 legislative session ends for the year. The legislative session is scheduled to end on Wednesday, but many expect it to extend through the week.
Shattered One Sunday, Near Death (Matt Grice story)
A sprawling, hard blue Oklahoma sky served as a nice tableau for a Sunday outing. It was one of those days when the billowy white clouds seemed to radiate calm. They did for Caroline Grice. About the only obstacle she had was wading through the labyrinth of her daughters’ toys and the nagging questions that kept bounding inside her head: “Where is he? What’s taking him so long?” She hid her mounting agitation from the girls. She knew by now the fine line to walk, especially when her husband, Matt Grice, was in training mode for a fight. How cagey he could get as the date neared.
Anxiety grew. It was taking too long. This delay from the gym was a little unusual. Grice knew he had to be back at a certain time, so the family could visit his mother and enjoy the afternoon. Caroline even remembers expressing to the kids, “Damn, your dad is taking a long time. What is he doing?”
That is when the call came from his father. Out spilled five words no one wants to hear: “Matt was in an accident.” The words that followed -- “and he’s in pretty bad shape” -- were even more concerning. Phrases like that freeze you. They throw you into a surreal, spinning world where a different reality is happening, a reality that is hard to grasp; and just like that, a perfect Sunday is shattered, and the world Grice, Caroline and their daughters had would never be the same.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, Grice and some friends were sitting in a white Jeep Wrangler at a red light when they were plowed from behind by a driver going 65 miles per hour. The accident was near-fatal, reducing Grice, a man who thought of himself as invincible, to a man who was suddenly dependent on others to shuffle his feet and cut his food.
“Matt had two jobs; he would train for his fights, and he was a police officer in Oklahoma City, so he was a busy man and he had to go back to work that Sunday night,” Caroline said, “but before he did, we wanted to spend some time together with his family. I remember going into the girls’ bedroom, pacing back and forth, and I honestly used to leave Matt alone when he was training for a fight. Then I get this call telling me what happened. We live in a small town, and the calls started trickling in; and then you start to hear more details, like the car was completely smashed and they had to rip the Jeep apart to get Matt out before it blew up.
I know what you're thinking, but it's actually well-written for a Sherdog article since Santoliquito wrote it.
'El Guapo' enshrined: Bas Rutten slated for 2015 UFC Hall of Fame induction
“The Handsome One” (perhaps better known as “El Guapo”) will be enshrined at the 2015 UFC Hall of Fame inductions.
UFC President Dana White surprised Bas Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion, during Friday’s edition of “Inside MMA” on AXS TV. Rutten is a cohost of the weekly news program.
UFC officials recently revamped its company hall of fame and now enshrines members in one of four categories: modern era, pioneer era, contributors and fights.
UFC and Dish Network settle on new distribution Deal.
The UFC’s most recent pay-per-view event, UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi was unavailable on DISH Network due to a contractual dispute, the two companies have come to an agreement just 24 hours prior to what could be one of the MMA juggernaut’s biggest events of the year.