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Despite NSAC's new pot limits, hefty fines remain for violators
(mmajunkie.com)
One effect of relaxing marijuana testing thresholds for Nevada fight licensees could be more disclosure. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer hopes applicants would be honest about whether they used marijuana in the weeks preceding a fight, particularly if they were aware of the punishments levied against retired MMA fighter Nick Diaz and boxer Julio Ceasar Chavez, Jr. Diaz forked over $79,500, while Chavez Jr. paid $100,000 to the commission after failing post-fight drug tests in the state.
Submitted Sep 11, 2013 12:22AM by DrivenDavies15 - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
Matthew Riddle on MMA: 'I don't want anything to do with it'
(mmajunkie.com)
Matthew Riddle has had it with MMA. He's fed up, disgusted and more than a little bit pissed off with the sport he's dedicated himself to since 2008.
Submitted Sep 10, 2013 10:25PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
(mmafighting.com)
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney. Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
Submitted Sep 8, 2013 7:01AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Ryan Thomas Poised for Rematch at XFC 25, Wants to Become Two-Promotion Champion
(mmaweekly.com)
Heading into his scheduled fight against Ian Stephens at XFC 25 on Friday, former UFC and Bellator welterweight Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas had experienced opponents dropping out of fights, but hadn’t quite been anticipating what was going to happen the week before this fight. “I was supposed to fight Ian Stephens and from what I heard, he supposedly told the XFC that he signed a UFC contract and wouldn’t be fighting me,” said Thomas. “Then (XFC president John) Prisco told me that he got a hold of the UFC to tell them that Stephens is under contract with them to fight me, and from what I heard, the UFC doesn’t even know who Ian Stephens is...
Submitted Sep 6, 2013 8:26AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
Josh Barnett Ready to Make the First Defense of the UFC Title He Won a Decade Ago
(mmaweekly.com)
Josh Barnett will be returning to the UFC after an 11-year absence to take on fellow former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in Milwaukee on Saturday night. With nine wins in his last ten fights, Barnett is clearly still a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. More than that, he believes he is still the champion because he hasn’t lost a fight in the Octagon since winning the title at UFC 36...
Submitted Aug 26, 2013 8:32AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Boston City Council President: 'UFC promotes violence against women, teaches kids how to rape'
(mmamania.com)
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy isn't a fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In fact, Murphy recently sponsored a petition to have children under age 18 banned from attending any and all mixed martial arts (MMA) events held in Boston, Mass., even if their parents were willing chaperones. It's not so much the actual fighting with which Murphy has a beef, but the un-policed behavior some UFC stars have exhibited outside of the Octagon in the past. Murphy pointed to former Light Heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, who put out this YouTube video that (bad jokingly) showed people how to pick up women with the aid of chloroform.
Submitted Aug 17, 2013 7:57AM by jjeans - 14 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
UFC 163's Bristol Marunde: Full training camp is a luxury I can only now afford
(mmajunkie.com)
There are certain risks involved with taking a fight on short notice, and UFC middleweight Bristol Marunde knows them as well as anyone. Over the past two years, Marunde has had the opportunity to compete under the bright lights of the Strikeforce and UFC banners. However, in his two fights with the organizations, he had a minimal amount of time to prepare due to the fact he stepped in on very short notice...
Submitted Aug 3, 2013 10:42AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC 163's 'Korean Zombie' says nickname a blessing and curse
(mmajunkie.com)
The posters advertising UFC 163 make it tough to tell if you're about to watch a professional MMA fight or a monster movie. "World Featherweight Championship," it says at the very top. "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie." Nowhere on the posters trumpeting his clash with UFC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in Brazil on Saturday (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) does it mention Chan Sung Jung's actual name. Which, surprisingly enough, is exactly how the featherweight challenger likes it...
Submitted Aug 1, 2013 9:13AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
With a win over Rousey, UFC's Miesha Tate would want 'Cyborg' to drop to 135
(mmajunkie.com)
Miesha Tate must first see whether she's able to avenge a gruesome submission loss to now-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who took her Strikeforce belt and set the stage for for her rise to stardom. After replacing the injured Cat Zingano, she'll get a chance to do that when the two rematch at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, which follows a stint serving as opposing coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 18."
Submitted Jul 29, 2013 9:53AM by grappler0000 - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Dana White rips Viacom/Bellator: 'They have no f--- clue what they're doing'
(mmafighting.com)
With Bellator's ratings on Spike TV taking a dip in recent weeks, UFC president Dana White is responding like a shark smelling blood. The recent news that Bellator is considering having Quinton "Rampage" Jackson box aging legend Roy Jones Jr., in White's view, is proof Bellator parent company Viacom is thrashing around trying to figure out a way forward...
Submitted Jul 28, 2013 10:31AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Interviews
 
UFC prez on Tito Ortiz's rumored comeback: 'Obviously, Tito needs money'
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC President Dana White isn't exactly waiting with open arms if Tito Ortiz decides to come out of retirement. In fact, he's pretty much the opposite of a cheerleader when it comes to the UFC Hall of Famer's recent hints at a return. "Who gives a s--t?" White blurted when asked by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for his thoughts on Ortiz's recent musings on the topic...
Submitted Jul 28, 2013 10:27AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Aldo vs Jung Interviews
(cormma.com)
Chan Sung Jung... Good interview with the Korean Zombie Jose Aldo...
Submitted Jul 25, 2013 10:45PM by TheShaman - 2 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
UFC 163 Fighter Ian McCall: “I’ve Kind of Blown My UFC Career So Far”
(mmaweekly.com)
When former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion Ian McCall inked a deal with the UFC in late 2011, he had high expectations. He entered the 2012 UFC Flyweight Tournament to determine the inaugural UFC 125-pound champion. He faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round and the two fought to a draw. Johnson was originally declared the winner, but after a scoring error correction, the fight was ruled a draw. Johnson defeated McCall by unanimous decision in a rematch...
Submitted Jul 25, 2013 8:09AM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
If Rory MacDonald gets past Jake Ellenberger, he faces his toughest decision
(mmafighting.com)
Ever since the then 21-year-old Rory MacDonald threw around Nate Diaz before 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto en route to a unanimous decision win, people have labeled him as the next Georges St-Pierre, or as the heir apparent to St-Pierre’s crowns. St-Pierre is not just the UFC welterweight champion, but the face of the sport in Canada. He earns millions in endorsements to go along with being the sport’s biggest drawing card. MacDonald (14-1) was 20 when he moved from Kelowna, British Columbia, across the country to Montreal in search of the training that he felt would allow him to reach his potential as a fighter. That meant training at Tri-Star Gym, the home of St-Pierre...
Submitted Jul 23, 2013 1:25PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Ahead of UFC on FOX 8, Danny Castillo gives up drinking for good
(mmajunkie.com)
"Last Call" apparently is a thing of the past for Danny Castillo (15-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC). The UFC lightweight said he won't be drinking a celebratory beer if he beats Tim Means (18-4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8 – he's given up alcohol...
Submitted Jul 23, 2013 8:27AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Matt Hughes Talks New UFC Executive Role and Comparisons to Johny Hendricks
(mmaweekly.com)
Upon retiring from fighting, Matt Hughes took on an entirely new role as the UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations. Much like his pioneering role as a fighter in the cage, Hughes is now learning on the job outside of the cage, trying to figure out how he can best help the newer fighters coming into the sport prepare for the various aspects of their career outside of actually fighting...
Submitted Jul 22, 2013 8:54AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Hector Lombard on move to 170: 'If it were to be up to me, I would stay at 185'
(mmafighting.com)
Hector Lombard will make the drop to 170 pounds when he meets Nate Marquardt at UFC 166 in Houston on Oct. 19. But the former Bellator middleweight champion isn't afraid to admit the move wasn't his first choice. On Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, the Cuban-born former Olympic judoka said he's making the move at the UFC's suggestion...
Submitted Jul 21, 2013 2:26PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
UFC Fight Night 28 headliner Glover Teixeira: 'I'm ready to fight for the title'
(mmajunkie.com)
While he's had just four fights in the UFC, Glover Teixeira's incredible power and craft submission skills have already made him a top contender in the promotion's light-heavyweight division. While the humble 33-year-old hasn't yet pressed the issue, he wants to make sure everyone understands it's not because he's not ready for the challenge...
Submitted Jul 21, 2013 2:15PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
The UFC is His Home, but Leonard Garcia Looking to a Legacy FC Takeover After Changing Camps
(mmaweekly.com)
Suffering through a five-fight losing streak, former WEC/UFC featherweight Leonard Garcia recognizes what he’s been doing wrong. “I had a couple fights where I had been doing the same thing I’d done before and wasn’t moving forward with things I should have,” he said. “I was relying too much on landing the big punch.” Not only does he feel like he was doing the wrong thing in fights, but also in training, thus Garcia has been working with a new team...
Submitted Jul 19, 2013 12:35PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews
 
Dana White Explodes on ESPN Over Accusations that Anderson Silva Fight was Fixed (video)
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC president Dana White was a guest on Wednesday’s edition of Highly Questionable on ESPN. Straight away, the show’s hosts hit White with questions about accusations that Anderson Silva threw the fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6...
Submitted Jul 18, 2013 9:56AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
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