Miami New Times Rips MMA.... Calls it "Gay"
"A trio of women in their midtwenties is huddled in a dark booth in a corner of Gatsby's (8575 SW 124th Ave., Miami, 305-412-2220). Most of the bar is amped, but these women sit far from all the beer and chest pounding. Staring quietly at a cartoonish Britto-inspired mural, they curl their stiff fingers around the stems of sweating martini glasses.
Our husbands forced us to come," says a mousy blonde with the stylized Hispanic accent you find only in Miami's suburbs.
On a gargantuan screen, two fighters roll around on the floor, twisting each another into a knot of slippery, glistening flesh. One wraps his muscular legs around his opponent's rippled waist. It's the Ultimate Fighting Championship — "human cockfighting" to John McCain, and one of the most popular things on cable.
"It's gay," all three women say as they roll their eyes in unison.
Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira: It Was the Goat’s Fault…
After testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, one-time featherweight king Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira will now have to wait until next summer to be able to fight again, and it might actually be a goat’s fault according to the Brazilian.
In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, Nogueira alleges that the positive test may have stemmed from tainted meat, from a cow or goat, that he ate in a restaurant while traveling and doing seminars prior to his loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 34 last month.
“I never used anything and should not use this type of rough steroid,” Nogueira said in the interview. “If I used something it would be growth hormones, which is what every top athlete usually uses. I took the usual supplements - Glutamine, Creatine and Myoplex.”
Marc Ratner on New York
MMA has seen the dominoes of regulation tumble in a fairly smooth fashion as an increasing number of states are looking to cash in on the sport's increased popularity. Recently, states like Arizona and Tennessee have joined the fold. One noted stumbling block in the wave of regulation has been the State of New York. Recent efforts to get MMA regulated in the state by the end of this year failed when a bill to regulate the sport was unable to make it out of committee to be voted on. Marc Ratner recently spoke with Tristatefighter.com about the bill's defeat and what may be needed to be done to get the bill passed:
California Statement On MMA Rules Changes
After a tumultuous week of reactions from numerous commissions and public figures concerning the new rulings passed by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), the state of California has released a statement concerning changes they will or won’t be adopting when concerning the new rules. The statement did clearly define how California will deal with the new rules.
Affliction VP Wants to work with UFC
Less than a week away from Affliction's debut show "Banned," Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio is unfazed by UFC president Dana White's recent verbal outburst.
In fact, he's committed to Affliction and UFC at some point working together to create unified champions in all the sport's weight classes.
Cage Warriors: Enter The Rough House - RESULTS + Review
Paul “Semtex” Daley def Bojan "Zelva" Kosednar Rd 1KO 4:53s
Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen def Matt “12 Gauge” Thorpe Rd 1 submission Kimura 0:51
Andre Winner vs Abdul Mohammed Draw
Paul “Metabolic” McVeigh def Steve McCombe Rd 2 Rear Naked Choke 2:27
Jim Wallhead def Fabricio Nascimento Unanimous Decision
Lee Livingstone def Wayne “Mayhem” Murray Rd1 Triangle Choke 1:32
Cliff Hall def Rocci Williams Rd 1 Guillotine Choke 2:24
Chris Cooper def Tommy Rasmussen ref stoppage due to ground and pound
Pete McGurk def John Phillips rd 1 Armbar 1:05
Eddie Podolski def John Brotherhood Rd 1 Rear Naked Choke 2:08
Kristoff Woodhouse v Lee Donald draw
Matteo Minonzio def Wayne Buck Ref stoppage due to a cut
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New Interview from "Big" John McCarthy
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” The Association of Boxing governs all of the commissions throughout North America. We are trying to get things done as far as certification and education of judges and referees. They will actually have to go through a course. Prove that they know what they are doing. What they are supposed to do in a certain situations and know what the fighters are doing. They are going to have to prove all that. When that is in place, that’s a big step forward for the sport.” - "Big" John
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How Does Nick Thompson Do It?
Nick Thompson has a hectic few days at the end of this month. He's in the main event for the CBS-televised mixed martial arts event on July 26, a Saturday night, in Stockton, Calif. And then on Tuesday the 29th, he will be starting the two-day bar examination at the Minneapolis Convention Center. "It wasn't supposed to work out this way," Thompson said. "I had a fight in Tokyo in early June. I was going to take two months off and study for the bar." And then they got the call with the offer: Jake Shields, Elite XC's welterweight title bout, main event on CBS. "You can't turn that down -- not me, anyway. And my wife, Molly, agreed with me."
How on earth he is able to train for a fight with one of the best welterweights in the world while simultaneously preparing for an exam that would license him to practice law in the state of Minnesota is beyond my comprehension. All I can do is wish him good luck and give him a tip of my hat.
How British Boxing Enthusiasts View Mixed Martial Arts
"Boxing is like football," Maloney says. "It has history and has been around forever. I can't imagine a world without boxing. I can easily conceive of one without MMA."
From an albeit limited consensus, it seems the British boxing barometer on MMA is set somewhere between disdain and moderate interest, rudimentary knowledge to perhaps a lack of genuine understanding, acknowledgment and indifference. The latter part of that statement is best summed up by McNeilly.
"Most boxing folk acknowledge its success but fall back on boxing's longevity, even in these days of political correctness descending into farce," McNeilly says. "MMA is a foreign land to most of them -- and not one they want to visit."
Affliction Banned Drawing Heavy Media Interest
More than 250 media credential requests were received heading into today’s deadline, 10 days prior to the event, from numerous foreign countries including Russia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.