Nick Diaz pays final installment of UFC 143 fine, CSAC awaits WAR MMA paperwork
Nick Diaz is settled up with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but still owes California following his first venture as an MMA promoter.
Diaz recently paid $19,500 to the NSAC in the third and final installment of a $79,500 bill owed to the commission for his second marijuana suspension, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer wrote in an email to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, he has yet to submit a final report and pay taxes to the California State Athletic Commission for War MMA, which took place June 22 in his home town of Stockton, Calif...
Matt Mitrione injured, Mitrione vs. Schaub off UFC on FOX 8 card
The heavyweight fight, which was scheduled to take place July 27 at UFC on FOX 8, has been pulled from the card after Mitrione suffered an injury in training, according to sources close to the fight. The same sources indicated that the UFC was leaning towards re-booking the fight on a later card, and as a result, they decided to pull Schaub from the event in Seattle altogether.
Tito Ortiz Comeback??
Tito is dropping some hints....
For example, from Twitter:
Fighting is starting to sound fun again. ??????#Peopleschamp #comeback #Positive body is almost healed. @Punishment99 @ufc @Viacom @MTV @espn
Chael Sonnen says contract expired, offers list of demands for new UFC deal
We've heard this bit from Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) before, but if the self-proclaimed "Gangster from West Linn, Oregon" is to be believed, he's waiting to sign a new contract before his headlining bout with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua – and he's apparently got a list of demands in hand.
"My contract with the UFC has expired," Sonnen said during fan-driven Q&A session at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo. "So I went to Dana White, and I went to him with a list of my demands because he's getting my contract together. He thought this was a gag, but I was being serious because it's not all about money with me."
Pettis vs Thomson?
Anthony Pettis was supposed to be dropping to featherweight to challenge champion Jose Aldo for his title, but an injury put a stop to that. It appears now that Pettis will be staying at lightweight, and his next bout could come against former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson. The two men traded tweets hinting at the bout:
Fortunes changed for five at UFC 162
When Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche headlined UFC 157 on Feb. 23, the feeling in the building going in is that we were going to see one of the most historically significant nights in MMA history.
The company didn’t miss a beat, promoting the show as "History in the making."
Going into UFC 162, there was no such feeling, even though all of Anderson Silva’s records were on the line against an opponent that figured to have the best shot of beating him of anyone he had faced.
Chris Weidman winning the title would have been big news under any circumstances. But the nature of those circumstances made it even bigger. It’s very rare when a second-round knockout leaves the public unconvinced over who is really the better fighter...
Signal to Noise: UFC 162's best and worst
There was much to love and hate about UFC 162. The successful return of Frankie Edgar was a welcome sight, but the languid performance of Chris Leben and the odd reaction of some Anderson Silva fans have been difficult to tolerate.
It's time we separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise...