UFC's Michael Chiesa, Rose Namajunas: 'Take marijuana off the banned list'
LAS VEGAS – Count Michael Chiesa and Rose Namajunas among the many backers for continued reform in the war against marijuana.
Marijuana’s acceptance is constantly growing with more and more states legalizing its usage in one form or another.
But in the MMA world, it remains a sticky topic. Chiesa has a solution, though, especially on the heels of Nick Diaz’s recent five-year suspension for failing a test for pot for a third time in Nevada.
Michigan Fighter Dom O'Grady Passes Away
Michigan fighter Dom O’Grady has passed away, according to multiple reports.
The 34-year-old fighter had a heart attack in his sleep over night on Monday night, according to friend and Michigan-based ring announcer Phil Davey.
O’Grady, who hailed from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, made his way to mixed martial arts after being bullied as a kid and then becoming a black belt in judo.
Throughout his life he was a spokesperson and advocate for anti-bullying, and he wanted the opportunity to show kids that martial arts could change their lives in the same way they did his.
Rest in Peace, Emanuel Yarbrough (1964-2015)
It's hard to think of a fighter who made the impression Emanuel Yarbrough did in just one UFC bout, a testament to the charisma and larger than life aura of "The Gentle Giant," who passed away on December 21 in Richmond, Virginia.
He was 51. Rest in Peace.
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Sergei Kharitonov: I’m currently negotiating with the UFC, Bellator and Glory
Sergei Kharitonov could be the latest Russian fighter to sign with the UFC in 2016.
The veteran heavyweight fighter revealed that there is a current sweepstakes between the UFC, Bellator, and Glory to determine who will enlist Kharitonov's services in 2016.
"I was contacted by three organizations: UFC, Bellator and Glory," Kharitonov told MMABoxing.ru. "I will conduct negotiations with them and will soon will make a decision about where I will perform.
Dana White to Holly Holm: On July 9th, Ronda Rousey is your next opponent
The UFC has targeted a bantamweight title rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey on July 9 in Las Vegas, despite a report that Holm wishes to fight sooner.
UFC president Dana White told Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that "it's Rousey" next for Holm. The Times printed a story earlier this week, quoting Holm's manager, Lenny Fresquez, stating Holm has interest in fighting Miesha Tate instead.
White insisted Rousey would be ready.
We're real concerned with [Fresquez's] opinion," White said, sarcastically.
Holly Holm's team pushing to make first title defense to Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
It doesn't sound like Ronda Rousey could be ready to fight anytime soon.
Rousey told ESPN this week that she could be months away from "eating an apple," so a rematch with women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July may be wishful thinking.
Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez met with UFC officials Monday and has already been given a proposal to book Holm for the July 9 event in the new Las Vegas Arena.
War Machine blows kiss to prosecutor as defense lawyer argues sex was consensual
War Machine blew a kiss to the prosecutor Monday.
In the midst of a lengthy hearing on sexual assault charges against the mixed martial arts fighter also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, just as his defense lawyers argued that alleged victim Christine Mackinday had made false rape allegations in the past, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth interrupted.
"Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me," she said.
Defense attorney Brandon Sua said he didn't see it.
"I'm not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive," Bluth said.
WSOF does some tournament shuffling due to withdrawals
WSOF 25 goes down tomorrow night in Phoenix, but one fighter entered into the promotion's eight-man, one-night tournament and one reserve fighter have been forced to withdraw just 24 hours before their scheduled bouts. According to MMA Fighting, both Brian Cobb and Benny Madrid are out.
What investors are being told about UFC earnings (PART 3)
What do we know about the financial health of the UFC? We know the company has seen its revenues rise steadily over the years, from $4.6 million in 2001, the first year under Zuffa, LLC's management, to $522 million last year. At the same time, we have seen the company's long-term debts also rise, from zero bank debt in those early years to its current $535 million debt load. Neither debt nor revenue tells us much though about its current financial condition. Are they profitable, and if so how profitable? Are they solvent and able to meet their obligations? Without more data, revenue and debt do little to answer these questions.
All are very interesting and well worth the read.
GSP planning a 6 week camp to see if he wants to return
"He's gonna train for a fight," said Roach, who worked with St-Pierre recently at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. "He's gonna have a six-week training camp. And at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he's ready to fight and he's hungry for it like he always has been, he's gonna do it. He's gonna fight one more time."
An Fedor's opponent is...
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is scheduled to fight for the former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara in his new MMA promotion (Rizin Fighting Federation) on December 31st, 2015, but for months his opponent was not known. This has changed thanks to Inside MMA’s Bas Rutten. According to Rutten, Emelianenko will be fighting Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a rubber match, which will air in the morning on Spike TV.
What investors are being told about the UFCs finances (Part 2)
The second of three articles looking at the UFC's finances. In part two, John S. Nash uses reports from various financial service companies to examine the UFC's debt.
For an in-depth look at the UFC's revenue see our previous article: Earning will be examined next week in part 3.
To get a better understanding of the UFC's debt load, Bloody Elbow analyzed all the available published materials from Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Deutsche Bank, and Prospect News and consulted with a team of financial professionals to evaluate the reports.
None of the documents reported on the UFC's liabilities before 2005, so we are forced to start our debt history with that year.
Lawsuit lifts veil on WSOF internal issues, alleges financial problems, NAC violations
A new lawsuit alleges dire financial straits, violation of NAC rules and a dispute over international licensing rights at the World Series of Fighting. Paul Gift has the details.
WSOF Asia, an LLC whose ownership includes "prominent individuals and entities" in China and Hong Kong, filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas federal court on Monday against MMAWC, the controlling company of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and other individuals including CEO Carlos Silva, matchmaker Ali Abdel Aziz and member Bruce Deifik. The lawsuit paints a picture of significant internal strife in the past year along with claims of defamation, breach of contract, dire financial straits and violations of the Nevada Athletic Commission's (NAC) code for MMA promoters.