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IRS goes after Royce Gracie claiming tax underpayment, fraud totaling $1.15 million
Remember the scrawny guy in a gi who smoked the field at UFC 1 and had everyone scratching their heads as to how such a thing was possible? Well Royce Gracie is now a UFC Hall of Famer who's scheduled to come out of an almost nine-year MMA layoff/retirement on Feb. 19 for a trilogy fight with his old archrival Ken Shamrock in Gracie's Bellator promotional debut. While that fight will be upon us soon enough, few are aware that Gracie is smack dab in the middle of another fight against an even tougher, more battle-tested opponent who can't be grappled into submission: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Gracie's tax problems appear to have begun in 2012 when he and his wife each received an IRS administrative summons "seeking information about their foreign bank and foreign investment activities." It is unclear exactly how the Gracies first appeared on the IRS's radar, but an investigation began and the IRS needed additional documents for tax years 2007 through 2011 in order to evaluate "among other things, [the Gracies'] liability for civil penalties."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:54AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Bellator
CRAZY ALERT: Ronda Rousey and the UFC face lawsuit in Florida
A temporary restraining order has been filed in Florida against Ronda Rousey, as the plaintiff fears that the UFC star may "judo kick my head into submission" for whistleblowing about her lies.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 12:34PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, General MMA, MMA Personalities
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.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 12:56PM by GDPofMPG - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow. However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 3:20PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Khabib certain that Fedor knows NYE opponent: ‘We are not fighting on the street’
With a little over three weeks to go until Fedor Emelianenko's long awaited return to MMA competition, the ‘Last Emperor' is still without an official opponent. According to Rizin Fighting Federation, several names have come and gone during the negotiation process but that they were yet to finalize the former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion's upcoming opponent.
Submitted Dec 2, 2015 5:52PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Former UFC veteran Thiago Silva loses via knockout this past weekend
Former UFC veteran Thiago Silva (16-5-2 NC) lost his most recent fight against Marcus Sursa this past Saturday in the main event of Gladiator Challenge. The fight took place in St. Charles, Mo. Sursa defeated the Silva via knockout at 2:00 of round two.
Submitted Nov 26, 2015 4:10PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
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.
Submitted Nov 25, 2015 6:47PM by tildengolfer - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Joe Rogan Podcast: "Cyborg would make 135 if she cut off her d#$k"
Former Strikeforce and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Justino has been the victim of her fair share of body shaming and gross gender-related jokes and comments. Most recently, Joe Rogan and fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe made a joke in a podcast that featured UFC President Dana White about Cyborg having male genitals. They followed up by suggesting that she could cut down to bantamweight if she relieved herself it.
Submitted Nov 17, 2015 12:42PM by GDPofMPG - 48 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Tom Hardy Sends BAMMA Fighter Jack McGannGood Luck message from the set of Peaky Blinders
Tom Hardy has sent Jack 'The Pilgrim' McGann a good luck message from the set of season 3 of Peaky Blinders ahead of his fight with Damien 'Frankenstein' Lapilus on Sat 14th Nov at BAMMA 23: Night Of Champions BAMMA 23: Night Of Champions streams LIVE globally Prelims - Lonsdale Facebook Page Main Card - BAMMAUK Facebook Page. Broadcast on Spike TV on 21st Nov
Submitted Nov 12, 2015 6:46PM by snakeplissken - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
UFC Brazil exec: Ex-champ Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return
SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil. “There’s nothing set,” Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, said at the post-event press conference for UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.”
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:59AM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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."
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:57AM by jae_1833 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Interviews, MMA Personalities
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.
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:54AM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Report: 'Death threats,' 'public pressure' motivate NSAC to reduce Nick Diaz's five-year suspension for marijuana
The seemingly draconian sentence handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to Nick Diaz for his third infraction for positive testing of marijuana metabolites is likely to be significantly reduced.
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 5:16AM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
Submitted Nov 2, 2015 2:53PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Beyond the Octagon: Fedor's rumored opponent wins MMA bout
So we've lost a Dustin Poirier fight, but I'm going to turn that collective frown upside-down. How you ask? Jaideep Singh is how! Kickboxing champion Jaideep Singh, who won the 2009 K-1 Grand Prix in Seoul, popped into headlines recently as a rumored opponent for Fedor Emelianenko, rather dampening what excitement there was for Emelianenko's return to the ring. Since then, however, Emelianenko's former manager has suggested that Singh couldn't possibly be the true opponent for "The Last Emperor." And now, perhaps not coincidentally, Singh has appeared at last weekend's Deep 73 Impact.
Submitted Oct 22, 2015 3:09PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Cruz on injury criticism: I'm out 4 years and I'm still going to beat Dillashaw, then what?
DOMINICK CRUZ ON TJ DILLASHAW AND BEING A CHAMPION Dominick Cruz has dealt with numerous injuries that have kept him out for a long time. The once dominant bantamweight king had won 5 title fights, before being forced out the sidelines and stripped of his title due to inactivity. He was out three years before completely dominating top ranked Takeya Mizugaki, and will lose another year following another ACL injury.
Submitted Oct 21, 2015 5:09PM by GDPofMPG - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team
Cristiane Cyborg shows off figure during cut to 140 pounds
In an effort to silence her doubters, Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino posted a picture of a rather skinny version of herself in the gym as she continues her weight cut to 140 pounds. This afternoon, she shared the photo with her fans on Facebook. "My next fight on Invicta FC will be at a 140 catchweight, five pounds under my division."
Submitted Oct 21, 2015 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Fitch grinds out Okami to earn title shot, Newell announces retirement
In the kind of workmanlike effort that has defined his career, Jon Fitch earned a WSOF title shot with a decision win over Yushin Okami.
Submitted Oct 17, 2015 11:46PM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Makwan Amirkhani: ‘I don’t like it when people run for their lives and drown on their way’
Let's not turn this into a political debate about refugees/immigration...just information and someone stating their opinions on something they have lived through. When he was 5, Amirkhani and his family fled their native Kurdistan for Finland after the Iran-Iraq War. Now, the 26-year-old UFC featherweight is an advocate for other refugees, speaking on Finnish national TV about the plight of Syrians trying to cross into Europe.
Submitted Oct 17, 2015 12:05AM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Fan starts GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Nick Diaz's $165,000 NSAC fine
Late Thursday night, Butch Carroll started a GoFundMe page to help Diaz pay a $165,000 fine that represented 33 percent of a $500,000 “show” purse he received to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 183. A post-fight drug test revealed marijuana metabolites, his third such offense while fighting in Nevada.
Submitted Oct 16, 2015 11:51PM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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