Manager: Nate Diaz "probably" will pay expected brawl fine to assure UFC 118 fight
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz likely will pay a $7,500 fine he expects the Tennessee Athletic Commission to hand down so he can avoid any possible hiccups to a scheduled fight with Marcus Davis.
Diaz, 25, is believed to be one of five people targeted by the TAC for disciplinary action in the wake of a post-event brawl at the April 17 "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena, though the commission currently will not confirm if he is part of the group.
"We just want to get this past us, and probably we'll pay the fine and move on," Cesar Gracie, Diaz's manager, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in May, Diaz (12-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is expected to fight Davis (17-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 118 on Aug. 28 in Boston, though fallout from the melee cast doubt on his ability to be licensed for the fight. This past weekend UFC president Dana White said that he would honor any suspension issued by the TAC as a result of the incident.
However, Diaz is not licensed in Tennessee and can't be suspended.
"They could probably not let him fight in Tennessee in the future, but they can't suspend him from fighting," Gracie said.
The manager said Diaz could be fined because the TAC believes he acted as "a second" (cornerman) to Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, who just prior to the brawl defeated Dan Henderson in the event's headliner.
"He wasn't a second," Gracie said. "If we were get to the nitty-gritty, that wouldn't hold up in a court."
Nevertheless, Gracie said paying the fine – rather than requesting a hearing – would be a good lesson to Diaz and the rest of his fighters involved in the confrontation, including Shields; Diaz's brother, Nick Diaz; and Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
If Ya' Can't Beat 'Em...Urijah Faber to Drop to Bantamweight
In an interview with ProMMARadio this weekend, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber confirmed that he will be dropping down to bantamweight to test the 135-pound waters.
“From the sound of things, they want me to go down to 35. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time -- go down and have some fights down there. So, I'll probably have a couple of fights down there and maybe go back up to 45; we're not real sure yet."
Although he is a short, but stocky featherweight, Faber says that the drop won't be a tough one.
“I'm a small 45-pounder. I mean, all through college I was 133 pounds. It isn't like it's been a hard cut for 145. I’m probably a natural 135-pounder, so it won’t be difficult for me.”
Cage-fighter jailed over £53m Kent Securitas raid
A cage-fighter has been jailed in Morocco for his part in the UK's biggest cash raid at a Securitas depot.
Lee Murray, 30, originally from south London, was named during the trial of other gang members as the "mastermind" of the £53m raid in Kent in 2006.
Kent Police said Murray must serve 10 years in jail in Morocco for his involvement.
A spokesman for the force said Murray was deemed to be Moroccan and could not be extradited to the UK.
Dana White: 'Rampage' Jackson made the right decision by doing A-Team
"I get guys all the time -- because the UFC is getting so big - doing movies, but they're usually movies that go straight to DVD, and you wouldn't even want to watch them on DVD, but Rampage made the right decision. The A-Team is the big summer hit this year, and from what I'm hearing from the guys in Hollywood, Rampage [nailed] it. He did an awesome job. Everything worked out. He and I made up, and the fight is still happening. It's definitely not a bad thing, but I don't know how many people will actually be going to see The A-Team movie knowing that Rampage Jackson is a UFC fighter. I don't know. We'll have to see how it works out."
Fedor Emelianenko's 5th Execution debuts at the Cannes Film Festival
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko, will star in the upcoming action movie "The 5th Execution", alongside the Hollywood stars Rutger Hauer and Michael Madsen. The movie is set to be released this Autumn, but its premiere was presented this weekend behind closed doors at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Fedor plays an elite Specnaz soldier (Russian special purpose regiments), trying to rescue the only doctor (Anna Geller) who can prevent from lethal virus spreading all over the World. During his mission Fedor fights his way through the Thai jungles, realizing that the real purpose of his mission is far from what he was signed for.
Rampage Jackson, Along With A-Team Cast, To Host WWE Raw
WWE confirmed cast members of the new 20th Century Fox movie The A-Team will guest host WWE Monday Night Raw on June 7 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
UFC fighter Quinton Rampage Jackson portrays B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus, a role played by Mr. T in The A-Team action adventure television series in the 1980s.
GSP set to train with Freddie Roach
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre broke the news that he will be spending some quality time with world renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach in the very near future.
"Rush" told Jim Rome on his nationally syndicated radio show that he will be flying to California today to begin training at Roach's Wildcard Gym in Hollywood.
Roach, best known for his training of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, is coming off his supervision of yet another masterpiece less than a week ago on May 15. He was in the corner of trainee Amir Khan as he made his stateside debut at Madison Square Garden in New York. "King Khan" recorded an 11th round TKO victory to retain his WBA world light welterweight title after a dominant performance over challenger Paulie Malignaggi.
This will certainly not be the first time Roach has helped MMA fighters fine tune their "sweet science" repertoir. Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, and Dan Hardy have all trained under his watchful eye in the past.
East Chicago, Ind., declares June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day"
Move over Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres is here.
While "The California Kid" recently received an official day in his honor, Faber isn't the only WEC star to receive such recognition.
East Chicago, Ind., hometown of former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, has declared June 4, 2010 to be "Miguel Angel Torres Day."
"East Chicago is my home, and to be recognized in this capacity means a lot," Torres stated in an official release from the WEC announcing the honor. "The city is full of hardworking people and I have done my best to represent East Chicago in a positive way."
The 29-year-old Torres grew up and still resides in East Chicago, and he operates a mixed martial arts academy in nearby Hammond, Ind.
Torres is expected to take part in a variety of activities around town on his official day.
Lindland: No union because fighters are whores, cowards...
“Unless you can get the top athletes and you’re not going to do that. I mean the fighters, they’re all whores, they just fight for the biggest purse and it’s going to be tough unless you could somehow get all the fighters to agree to something like that and you know there’s always somebody going to come up underneath who’s not willing to do it. Like I said, it doesn’t matter who the best guys are, it only matters what the announcers are telling you who the best guys are and the fans are going to believe it.”
Grappling ace Robert Drysdale set for professional mixed martial arts debut in July
Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar Robert Drysdale will soon test the waters of mixed martial arts.
The Canadian-based Armageddon Fighting Championship today announced that Drysdale has signed a four-fight contract with the promotion and is expected to make his debut on July 17 at the company's third event, "AFC 3: Evolution."
An opponent has yet to be determined.
Drysdale fought one amateur contest under the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff banner and handed a then 5-0 Josh Musick a first-round defeat via armbar.
Andrei Arlovski: 'I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible'
I feel kind of upset because I put down my trainers. We had a great camp. I don't know, after 11 months (out of action) it's kind of hard to come back, but I think I did okay. I took his couple of shots on my chin. I guess I showed the fans my chin's not weak. It was a tough fight. He's tough. It just wasn't my night. Right now I'm focused on my MMA career because when I took the fight on short notice against Brett Rogers my mind was focused on my pro boxing and as a result he knocked my ass out in less than 20 seconds. Of course I wanted to box, but in MMA I have three losses in a row. I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible. I just have to train I guess even harder and try to fight even harder. I feel great. I could fight maybe tomorrow. It's up to Scott Coker. I want to fight, fight, fight.
Karo Parisyan headed to Australia for Impact FC, fights Luis Dutra Jr.
Karo Parisyan is moving on with his fight career and will appear at Impact FC in Australia on July 10.
Parisyan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has agreed to fight Brazilian Luis Dutra Jr. on the card Down Under. MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today that the former UFC welterweight's potential Strikeforce contract fell through.
"I [haven't] fought for a year-and-a-half, (so) it's exciting," Parisyan said. "Time to get on top again."
The Armenian-American fighter declined to comment on his Strikeforce negotiations other than to say the potential deal was a six-fight contract...
MMA legend Don Frye scheduled for third back surgery on Tuesday
Following complications from a back surgery and a second procedure, MMA legend and MMAjunkie.com Radio contributor Don Frye will go under the knife for a third time.
His publicist, Melissa Ingram, today confirmed Frye suffered more complications from from his earlier procedures and will have a third surgery, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Despite the setbacks, Frye is expected to make a full recovery.
GSP & Winner of Koscheck/Daley to Coach TUF 12
It will be a welterweight showdown during the 12th season of the "Ultimate Fighter" as champion Georges St. Pierre will take the reigns as coach for the first time ever and he will compete against the winner of Saturday night's fight between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
The announcement was made on Friday by UFC president Dana White.
For all of the history of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show it seems that UFC welterweight champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world Georges St. Pierre would have been a coach previously, but it never happened until now.
The popular Canadian fighter will head out to Las Vegas in the next few weeks to begin coaching the next cast of UFC hopefuls. Assured to be by St. Pierre's side are his head coach from Montreal, Firas Zahabi, and strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg.
The other coaching vacancy will be filled on Saturday night when Josh Koscheck battles Paul Daley, and the win will not only mean a job coaching on the "Ultimate Fighter" but a shot at St. Pierre's title when the season is over.
Josh Koscheck, a participant in the historical first season of the "Ultimate Fighter", commented to MMAWeekly.com about the coaching position should he be offered the job.
"It definitely would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity, and I would definitely take the UFC up on it," said Koscheck.
His opponent, British slugger Paul Daley, also said he'd welcome the chance to coach on the show, although both fighters stated emphatically that their first job is to win on Saturday night.
"If I get the opportunity, it's a great opportunity that I'd have to accept," said Daley. "I'd enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more."
Dana White says WEC's PPV numbers qualify it as second-best MMA organization
MONTREAL – UFC president Dana White can often be just as telling in what he doesn't say as he is as blunt with what he does.
Such is the case when the UFC and WEC head is asked about the final numbers for the WEC's first pay-per-view event, "Aldo vs. Faber."
As a privately held company, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, isn't required to divulge its financial information, but the bright smile of White leads you to believe the numbers must have been positive.
Tapout Re-Signs Rich Franklin
Tapout has announced that it has renewed its partnership with Rich Franklin for UFC 115 and will also be involved in marketing Franklin’s American Fighter apparel line moving forward.
As part of the deal struck, Rich Franklin will be walking out with his very own signature shirt that stylishly showcases both the TapouT brand and Franklin’s own MMA brand “American Fighter”. TapouT is poised and ready to take the American Fighter brand to the next level with TapouT’s vast marketing and distribution resources.
Marc Ratner sees UFC taking active role in officiating recruitment, improvement
Since leaving his post as the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2006, Marc Ratner has been a key figure in getting mixed-martial-arts regulation adopted in many U.S. states.
In fact, with two more states joining the fold this year along, only two holdouts remain.
And though those states and Canada (specially, Ontario) are a top priority, the UFC's vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs has a goal beyond MMA regulation: the growth and improvement of MMA officiating.
Despite finishing 16th in voting, UFC's Dana White excluded from final "Time 100" list
While UFC president Dana White, the head of the world's biggest and most influential mixed-martial-arts promotion in the sport, is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the history of the sport, the exec is not one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
That's according to Time magazine, who today released the 2010 edition of the "Time 100," an annual poll that names the 100 most influential people in the world.
Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva topped the list. Coming in second was Taiwanese computer industry executive J.T. Wang, while Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the top-ranked American on the list.
Machida still feels he won UFC 104 bout, thinks rematch with "Shogun" will be more exciting
UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida's first meeting with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 re-ignited a long running debate on judging and scoring in MMA.
The 31-year-old Machida hopes their rematch on May 8 isn't grist for that mill.
"We're both a lot more familiar with each other than we were the first time we met," Machida said through his manager Ed Soares' translation during a conference call promoting his UFC 113 headlining rematch with Rua. "So I think it just makes all that much greater for a better fight this time around."