"Hanging-up the Gloves: Chuck Liddell is just the Beginning"
"Who is next to say goodbye?"
This past Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal marked an emotional evening for not just the Iceman, but for the Mixed Martial Arts community as a whole. Chuck Liddell has been a front-runner in one of the most stacked divisions in the sport for as long as most of us can remember, but in the last two years of his prolific, exciting, and accomplished career, his aura has melted, exposing his age and the fact that the level of competition has simply passed him by. The changing of the guard happens in every sport, but not as frequently and quickly as in MMA. In the span of sixteen years we’ve seen multiple generations emerge and fall victim to the next, and at this juncture in 2009 it is happening again. The major difference between this passing of the torch from Chuck Liddell’s generation to Mauricio Rua’s at UFC 97, is the fact that the Iceman’s generation was the first to really cast the UFC into the mainstream spotlight, making him one of the sport’s first truly iconic superstars.
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Hitomi Akano and Josh Barnett talk “Cyborg”
PDG: Megumi Fujii stated that: “After the ref stopped the fight, Cyborg didn't come over to check on Akano.” Was that more disrespectful or the fact that she showed up to weigh-ins 7 pounds over more disrespectful?
Akano: From the moment she missed the weight, I expected NOTHING from Cyborg.
UFC 97 bonuses: Rua, Soszynski, Stout and Wiman each earn $70K awards
MONTREAL - Sam Stout, Matt Wiman, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Krzysztof Soszynski each earned $70,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 97: Redemption."
UFC 97 took place Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $60,000 awards issued at UFC 96 in March but down slightly from the $75,000 issued at UFC 83, the organization's first trip to Canada.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 97 post-fight press conference and were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com
USA TODAY Launches Online Mixed Martial Arts Community
USA TODAY has launched MMA Fighting Stances, an online mixed martial arts community moderated by Sergio Non. MMA Fighting Stances can be found at mma.usatoday.com.
With the addition of MMA Fighting Stances and the recent launch of the USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings, USA TODAY becomes the first national newspaper to add mixed martial arts into its regular sports coverage. As a mainstream media brand, USA TODAY offers another point of entry to the growing legions of MMA fans.
MMA Fighting Stances will give hard-core and casual MMA fans a chance to dissect the most important and interesting fights, news, events, personalities, analyses and anomalies of mixed martial arts. In his role as community moderator, Sergio Non tackles the broader questions about the sport’s evolution and gets to know the athletes through original reporting and regular Q&A interviews. Non will also interact with readers as they share their thoughts, swap stories and speak directly to each other using USATODAY.com’s online community tools.
MMA Fighting Stances is the latest addition to an expanding roster of USA TODAY online communities. Recently created are Open Road, a consumer-oriented site for both auto enthusiasts and everyday Americans who love their cars and trucks; Hotel Check-In, a hotel community targeting business travelers; Game Hunters, with a focus on video games and “interactive awesomeness;” The Oval, dedicated to tracking the Obama administration; and Faith & Reason, a conversation about religion, spirituality and ethics. Several new communities will roll out and re-launch through the spring.
Filho says no to Bellator, back to training at Team Link
Now after having overcome his demons and back on track, the still valued middleweight fighter is now training out of Ludlow, Mass., with Team Link featuring Gabriel Gonzaga. He is set to make his return soon, but where? “Right now we’re in negotiations with some different organizations, but I believe he’ll be fighting by summertime somewhere,” explained Soares.
Previously reported to be in negotiations with the new Bellator Fighting Championships organization, it appears the possibility of Filho fighting there is a no go. “The contract (Bellator) was offering was too restrictive. It was unreasonable.”
Fedor Discusses his Favorite Fights
"Every fight is interesting, has its own history and atmosphere. I think all my opponents were tough. That is what I like in this sport. The fighters I most liked to face were (Minotauro) Nogueira and Cro Cop, both at their prime, both magic in their styles. I had to be very concentrated for them", said Fedor, who points the fight with Minotauro as the most important of his life.
Steinbeiss talks about cancelled UFN 18 Fight
PDG: How did you find out that your fight with Ryan Jensen was canceled?
Steinbeiss: We were about 30 seconds away from stepping up onto the stage for weigh-ins and right then they pulled us aside and said that the fight wasn't going to go on because of the Adderall thing.
PDG: That had to be pretty disappointing considering all the work that you put in to prepare yourself for that fight.
Steinbeiss: Most people have no idea; I made the weight and was ready to go through the weigh-ins and then pound some Pedialyte. 10 weeks of hard training and then the day before the fight you find out it is canceled. It certainly took the wind out of my sails.
California State Athletic Commission Updates Rules/Regulations
In a press release today, CSAC Executive Officer Bill Douglas announced changes to a number of policies relating to combat sports in California. As many fans of the sport had been hoping for, the athletic commission will now have the power to overturn a fighter’s victory if said individual tests positive for drug use. The entire list of updates is as follows:
Rule 227: Arbitration Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes and managers/promoters engaged in a contract dispute arbitrated by CSAC and the AG’s Office. Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request arbitration.
Rule 281: Physical Condition of Boxer
This rule change specifies guidelines related to the condition of an athlete prior to licensure.
Rule 303: Administration of Use of Drugs
This rule change specifies that any athlete who has previously tested positive for anabolic agents or drugs of abuse must provide a “clean” drug test as a condition of licensure prior to being licensed or having his or her license renewed. Additionally, the rule clearly defines the classifications of drugs that are tested for.
Rules 314 and 523: Alternate Ring Specifications
This rule change allows pro and amateur boxing, pro and amateur kickboxing, and mixed martial arts to be held in the five roped ring at the same event.
Rule 323: Bandages
This rule change permits 10 yards of tape and 20 yards of bandage for each hand as part of the handwrap.
Rule 368: Change of Decision
This rule change states that a positive drug test will permit the Commission to change a victory to a “no decision.” This rule change will apply to drugs of abuse on a case by case basis.
Rule 389: Appeal Procedures
This rule change formalizes the process for athletes in an appeal hearing for a suspension or fine by CSAC. The community wanted it, well, the community gets what they asked for (a formal procedure for appeals written into California law spreading the time equally between both the Attorney General and the athlete’s representation). Forms will be available online very shortly that must be submitted in order to request an appeal hearing.
Barnett Confronts Aleks Emilianenko
"If you want a rematch Aleks all you have to do is come up to me somewhere and say something. Talk any kind of sh*t you want and it's on. If you got the guts, we will do it right then and there and I for one will make sure you won't be able to ask for much of anything, let alone a rematch ,when I am done with you."
Gina Carano Still Holding out Hope for Eventual UFC Fight
It is almost certain that Carano's next fight will be for Strikeforce, I assume the negotiations have more to do with how many fights will be on the contract. However, it's still pretty clear she wants to fight on a UFC. She mentioned a meeting with Dana and Lorenzo, and said that was a possibility.
Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida train together in Belém
Brazilian Lyoto Machida received an unexpected visit in this last Sunday, in his training academy in Belém: Vitor Belfort, former UFC and Cage Rage champion, today fighting at Affliction, was passing trough the city. "I have some projects in Belém and good friends as well, like Lyoto. I took the chance to train together and tried to help him in any way."
New Jamie Varner Interview
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie “C-4” Varner recently spoke with PDG about his recovery from injuries sustained in his victory against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone, the fans that hate and when he will return to defend his belt.
PDG: Obviously, people are going to want to see a rematch between you and “Cowboy” Cerrone; any objections?
Varner: I will smash his face in. I was kicking his ass in the first round of our fight but I broke my hand and that is when the fight changed. That was the first fight in my career where I actually got hurt. I would like to think that the odds of that happening again are very slim and I think that a rematch would be an easy fight.
GSP - First MMA Fighter in Gatorade Commercial
"Today I shot a commercial for Gatorade - [I'm] proud to be the first MMA athlete to be sponsored by Gatorade, and also proud for the sport - it shows how far it has come. [It's] really an honor for me to be [in] the company of such other great athletes. Tomorrow I shoot the movie "Death Warrior" - I'll write more in a few days when I have some time. Thanks to everyone for all their support! "
Here's a 30-second teaser.
TAKANORI GOMI RETURNS TO SHOOTO
Announced for the May 10 event at JCB Hall is former Pride and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi, according to Japan-MMA.com. He returns to Shooto for the first time in nearly six years to face current Shooto 154-pound champion Takashi Nakakura.
NSAC To Take Tougher Stance On Future Positive Drug Tests
The fallout from the Karo Parisyan drug test hearing yesterday continues. A new motion presented and unanimously approved by the NSAC will result in a fighter forfeiting his entire win bonus from a fight should he then have a positive post-fight drug test. Had this been in place before Parisyan's fine yesterday, the fighter could've been fined up to $52,000 including forfeiting his $40K UFC 94 win bonus.