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Bisping Responds to Leben’s Steroid Bust
(cagepotato.com)
“I have to admit I was disappointed when I heard. You know, when all’s said and done, I like Chris Leben. He conducted himself well before and after the fight and, as I say, I like the guy. I’m a little disappointed that he’s done what he’s done, bringing the sport into disrepute, but it’s not really my place to have an opinion on it. The UFC, as they always do, have set the example with the punishment — and they’re right to do that. Should he banned for life? I don’t think so, people make mistakes, people learn from mistakes. Plenty of fighters have recovered after testing positive, the standard is set at nine months and it would be unfair to go any harsher on Chris… I don’t know if it makes my win any better, you can make a case for it because — without wanting to start slinging mud — he did cheat and I didn’t. I don’t know why he did it or if he knew he was doing it, but I know my performance was purely down to blood, sweat and tears — and that’s all the satisfaction I need.”
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 3:06PM by Bowen50 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Nate Quarry wants to put Maia between a Rock and a hard place
(ufc.com)
For a lot of fighters, seven months between bouts may feel like an awful long time. But when you’ve been through a purgatory of nearly two very uncertain years between fights—time spent rehabbing a bum back and restructuring a shattered nose—seven months of relative quiet between action can seem fast and furious. That’s why when Nate “Rock” Quarry is asked about ring rust heading into his UFC 91 bout with Demian Maia, you can hear him mumble under his breath . . . ring rust, shmring rust. “This is actually really good pacing for me,” says the rejuvenated 36-year-old middleweight. “After a fight I like to take a little time, rest, relax, let the body heal up, remind myself why I train so hard and take care of my little girl [8-year-old Ciera]—maybe take her on vacation or something to show her my appreciation for putting up with me working so hard for the last three months.”
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 10:54AM by Bowen50 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Palhares Wants To Be Back In The Octagon
(tatame.com)
After a great debut in UFC, the Brazilian Top Team fighter Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares faced the toughest challenge in his career, against the former Pride champion Dan Henderson, and the loss came by unanimous decision. Besides the loss, Palhares only sees good experiences from the bout. “I think it was great, because I wasn’t 100% in my physical strength and even tough I could take the fight till the end. It was a good fight for me and I think they (UFC) liked the fight and my style”, commented.
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 8:33AM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Liddell Adresses Critics, Vows To Move On
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell is fighting a battle of meaning in the public eye: can one punch change everything? Liddell, 38, built his reputation giving and taking punches. From 2004 to 2006, he cleaned out the sport’s marquee division, collecting wins against stars like Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, who, like him, built the foundation for the UFC’s explosion in popularity. But a new guard has encroached upon Liddell’s legacy, and chinks have begun to appear in his armor. Spearheaded by the minds at Jackson’s Submission Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., Liddell has lost to three out of his last four opponents, and his light heavyweight title to Quinton Jackson at UFC 71.
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 8:19AM by MMAcca - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brock Lesnar is sick and tired of the steroid allegations
(mmamania.com)
“I’ve been accused of using steroids my entire life, probably since the tenth grade in high school… I’ve never failed a drug test. Now if I was a black guy and I looked the way I do would I get asked this question a 100 times? I just happen to be a white guy that has some great genetics, so I guess that puts a bullseye on me… I’m a white dude that’s shredded and you don’t see a lot of it — a guy that’s walking around that looks like me.”
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 12:46AM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Cementing Place as Industry Leader
(bloodyelbow.com)
A recent article in the Sports Business Journal emphasizes how the UFC continues to build on its success while many would-be competitors are struggling to survive. Notable excerpt: Zuffa LLC, the UFC’s parent company, says it is turning a profit on $300 million in annual revenue. Pay-per-view accounts for more than half of that number, followed by television money generated from a deal with Spike TV, and event operations. Gate receipts for PPV events are averaging $3.25 million this year, up nearly half a million from 2007. PPV buys were up approximately 8 percent in 2007, and another year-over-year increase is expected in 2008. The UFC has steadily grown in the last few years by living off money generated by television and live events and using that cash to acquire competitors such as PRIDE and World Extreme Cagefighting. PRIDE was shuttered and absorbed into the UFC; WEC features lighter-weight fighters.
Submitted Nov 5, 2008 12:39AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Martin Kampmann signs new four-fight contract with the UFC
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that the UFC has signed Martin Kampmann to a new four-fight contract. The news was confirmed with Kampmann’s agent, Ken Pavia. Kampmann is 13-2 in his professional mixed martial arts career and is 4-1 lifetime inside of the Octagon. His most recent fight was a first round TKO loss to Nathan Marquardt at UFC 88 in September but prior to that he was 4-0 with victories over Crafton Wallace, Thales Leites, Drew McFedries, and Jorge Rivera. A standout kickboxer prior to crossing over into MMA, Kampmann has become a respected grappler and had won nine consecutive fights prior to the loss to Marquardt. According to Pavia, Kampmann is planning to drop to welterweight for his next bout and has also signed a sponsorship agreement with Hitman Fight Gear.
Submitted Nov 4, 2008 1:05PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Unbeaten UFC Newcomers Set To Fight At UFC 93
(mmajunkie.com)
2 undefeated European welterweights will get a chance to make a name for themselves at UFC 93 in Dublin. Tom Egan and John Hathaway, both UFC newcomers, will meet in a prelim match at the event.
Submitted Nov 4, 2008 12:30PM by DCRage - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nevada Drug Tests More UFC 91 Fighters
(mmaweekly.com)
Following a three month dry spell in which no mixed martial artists were tested under the Nevada State Athletic Commission's new out-of-competition drug testing process, there have been a number of athletes from the upcoming UFC 91 fight card tested recently. The latest, according to the NSAC's Keith Kizer, were Mark Bocek and Alvin Robinson-both returned negative test results.
Submitted Nov 4, 2008 6:37AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Leben test postitive for Stanzanol
(sports.yahoo.com)
Dave Meltzer is reporting... Chris Leben became the first high-profile fighter suspended by the Ultimate Fighting Championships for failing a drug test, when results came back positive on Monday for the steroid Stanazolol in a test administered after his three-round loss to Michael Bisping on Oct. 18 in Birmingham, England. The UFC suspended Leben for nine months and fined him one-third of his undisclosed fight purse. Several UFC fighters, including champions like Tim Sylvia, Sean Sherk and Josh Barnett, had been suspended and forced to relinquish their championships after positive tests administered by both the Nevada and California State Athletic Commissions. Because UFC events held in the United Kingdom are not under the auspices of a commission, the UFC’s vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, who for years headed the Nevada commission, performs many of the duties normally associated with an athletic commission for those events. ADVERTISEMENT “I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” said UFC president Dana White. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.” “I’ve really done everything I can to turn my life around,” said Leben. “And this is a huge setback for me. But it’s something I will have to deal with. During my time off from fighting, I want to speak to kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing agents and let them know it just doesn’t get you ahead in life. Of course, this is a hard hit for me monetarily, but more so this is embarrassing for me and for all my fans.” UFC tested all 22 fighters at UFC 89 both before and after their matches. White said that Leben admitted to him using the drug, also known as Winstrol V, but believed it had enough time to clear his system. Leben, 18-5, one of the company’s most well-known fighters stemming from his appearance on the first season of Ultimate Fighter, said he used the drug shortly after his win over Alessio Sakara in March. While usually clearing your system in about three weeks, Stanazolol can show up in tests for several months.
Submitted Nov 3, 2008 4:21PM by brooklynbadass - 61 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle on tap for UFC 93
(mmajunkie.com)
The worst kept secret of a fight now has a date. UFC welterweights Marcus Davis (15-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Chris Lytle (26-16-5 MMA, 5-8 UFC) have agreed to meet at UFC 93, and bout agreements for the fight have been distributed, sources close to both fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The fight is expected to air on UFC 93's televised main card, which takes place Jan. 17 at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland. The event airs on pay per view. Davis and Lytle both spoke openly about wanting to fight each other even before they both competed last month at UFC 89. With victories from each fighter -- Davis submitted Paul Kelly, and Lytle stopped Paul Taylor with a unanimous-decision win -- the pieces fell in place for the bout. As Davis first told TAGG Radio, MMAjunkie.com's official radio partner, in July, he and Lytle first discussed the fight earlier this year. "Chris Lytle and I want to fight each other," Davis said at the time. "He's expressed that he wants to fight me. I've expressed that I want to fight him. "We like each other, we respect each other, but we want to have that fight. And my pitch to Chris is, 'The first guy that starts grappling is a pussy, so let's not do that. Let's just stand up and just beat the hell out of each other. If we get in a clinching scenario, and somebody wants to throw somebody or whatever, go ahead and do it. But let's not try to finish it on the ground. Let's stand up, and let's bang it out.'"
Submitted Nov 3, 2008 4:13PM by grappler0000 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Alves To Wait For Shot At GSP's Belt
(tatame.com)
For Alves, the seventh victory is the last step before a title shot. “I wanna get this belt and bring it to Brazil. The said that the winner of this fight would get a title shot, and now I have the option to wait (after Georges St. Pierre’s fight with BJ Penn) or do another fight, it’s my choice, but I think I’ll wait”, said Alves,
Submitted Nov 3, 2008 1:45PM by MMAcca - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Denis Kang heading to the UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
by Dann Stupp on Nov 03, 2008 at 11:20 am ET The Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight division just got some depth and a potential new challenger for middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Former PRIDE fighter and current SpiritMC champion Denis Kang has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, American Top Team General Manager Richie Guerriero today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Kang, 31, will likely make his octagon debut in early 2009. "I just think timing wise, it was a good point in his career (to sign with the UFC)," Guerriero said. "He's always had his eye on the UFC, but with his commitment to SpiritMC, and with him fighting for PRIDE at the time, it just never happened." Kang, a Canadian of Korean-French descent, was a top star with SpiritMC, a South Korean-based fight promotion. Kang won the organization's heavyweight (80+ kg) title in September 2004 and cited his desire to fight for the organization as a stumbling block in previous UFC negotiations. "With the UFC being what it is, I think Denis knew it was a good time to get some exposure here in America," Guerriero said. Although Guerriero didn't know the particulars of the deal, he said it would be unlikely for Kang to continue fighting for SpiritMC "just based on the way [the UFC] has always done things," he said. Kang, the 2006 PRIDE welterweight grand prix runner-up, had emerged as a top-five-ranked middleweight during a 23-fight undefeated streak from April 2003 to November 2006. However, he then suffered three losses in a four-fight span, which included a first-round submission defeat to Gegard Mousasi in the opening round of the 2008 DREAM middleweight grand prix earlier this year. However, Kang has since rebounded for back-to-back victories, which included a 48-second TKO of Marvin Eastman at an Oct. 25 Raw Combat event.
Submitted Nov 3, 2008 11:34AM by AchillesHeel - 35 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jerry Bohlander: Where is He Now?
(sherdog.com)
"September 11, 2001. I think that sums it up,” says former UFC light heavyweight Jerry Bohlander The 34-year-old Bohlander names that catastrophic day as the catalyst that took him from the world of mixed martial arts into law enforcement.
Submitted Nov 2, 2008 4:20AM by mentalcase - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Matt Brown Steps In VS Ryan Thomas At UFC 91
(mmaweekly.com)
Just days after MMAWeekly.com first reported that Matt Riddle would be forced out of his upcoming bout against Ryan Thomas at UFC 91, a replacement has been found as Matt Brown has been confirmed to step in on short notice. Brown confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday. The last time Brown competed was at UFC 88 in Atlanta dropping a somewhat controversial decision to Korean fighter, Dong Hyun Kim. The Cincinnati based fighter has recently been working with stablemates like Jorge Gurgel and Rich Franklin while taking time to work with MMA guru, Matt Hume, and his team of fighters in Washington. Hume’s camp has become a hot spot over the past few months with fighters like Brown, Franklin, Gurgel, Jens Pulver, Spencer Fisher and Hayato Sakurai seeking out the longtime MMA trainer for his expertise. Brown will now move onto the UFC 91 undercard to face newcomer Ryan Thomas with just about 2 weeks to go until fight time.
Submitted Nov 2, 2008 3:51AM by MMAcca - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karo Parisyan next fight likely against Dong Hyun ‘Stun Gun’ Kim at UFC 94
(mmamania.com)
Karo Parisyan is penciled in to collide with Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (11-0-1) in a welterweight tilt at UFC 94, which is scheduled for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, according to MMAWeekly.com. Parisyan — who just signed a new eight-fight contract extension with the promotion — is currently recovering from an injury that forced him to withdraw from a fight against Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September literally hours before showtime. It was an unfortunate situation that was made more curious with his recent admission the he has been dealing with panic attacks — numerous fans claimed “The Heat” merely had a case of cold feet. Regardless, the Armenian was stopped by rising star Thiago “Pitbull” Alves in the second round because of strikes in his most recent performance at UFC Fight Night 13. The typically gracious Parisyan was uncharacteristically sour on the stoppage, claiming that referee Steve Mazzagatti was premature in his decision to halt the bout.
Submitted Nov 1, 2008 1:00PM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thales Leites Moving Closer To UFC Title Shot
(mmaweekly.com)
Picking up his fifth win in the UFC last weekend by submitting Drew McFedries, Thales Leites also took one step closer towards realizing his dream of becoming middleweight champion. When original opponent Goran Reljic was forced out of the bout with Leites due to an injury, McFedries stepped in on short notice to take the fight, but the bout was moved to the preliminary card as opposed to the main card as first slotted. Was the change a disappointment to Leites who has been battling his way towards a title shot for some time now? “Yes a little bit,” he admitted to MMAWeekly.com following the fight. “But they showed my fight anyways, that's okay.”
Submitted Nov 1, 2008 12:42PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chonan vs. Blackburn and Evensen vs. Barry added to finalized UFC 92 card
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has finalized its 10-bout card for UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 on Dec. 27 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Already announced had been featured fights involving Forrest Griffin defending his UFC light heavyweight title vs. Rashad Evans, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defending his interim UFC heavyweight title vs. Frank Mir, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson facing off against Wanderlei Silva. Two previously unannounced matchups for the non-televised preliminary portion of the card have been revealed, with Ryo Chonan taking on Brad Blackburn in a welterweight title and a clash of heavyweights between the returning Dan Evensen and debuting Pat Barry. Also confirmed is a bout expected to air during the five-bout pay-per-view telecast between heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Mustapha Al-Turk. The rest of the card will be filled out my matchups between C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio, Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister, Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy, and Antoni Hardrock vs. Mark Burch.
Submitted Oct 31, 2008 2:07PM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Johnson on Kevin Burns, Steve Mazzagatti
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fighthype has an article up with Anthony Johnson in which he discusses his upcoming, and controversial previous, fight with Kevin Burns. On the previous fight eye pokage outcome: I was very surprised that they didn't overturn it. I don't know what they were thinking for not overturning it. If I was on steroids or some kind of illegal supplements or something like that, they would have been all over it, but the fact that I had surgery and my vision is clear and I didn't lose my eye, they're fine with that. Nothing seriously really happened. If I would've lost my vision, they would would've made something happen, but right now, they’re not worrying about nothing. They're trying to catch people that's on illegal stuff. They are thinking this is part of the sport and you get hurt like that, but it's more than just a sport. This is my life; this is my career. If something like that would've happened to Chuck Liddel, I guarantee you they would've been all over it, but it's me and, not saying that I'm a nobody, but you know what I'm saying. It is what it is and I'm not tripping.
Submitted Oct 31, 2008 2:01PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White ‘lukewarm’ to Anderson Silva vs Chuck Liddell
(mmamania.com)
“I think the fight for Silva is one against Liddell on Jan. 31 at UFC 94 in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White has been lukewarm on it so far, but it would be a fun battle and it certainly would be a fight that would have Silva motivated…. [White] didn’t seem all that interested. I had talked with him about it in a private phone conversation about 10 days earlier and he was no more interested in it then. I’m not saying it won’t happen, just that Dana doesn’t seem enthused by the idea” Yahoo!Sports reporter Kevin Iole talks about Dana White’s reaction to a potential showdown between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell in a 205-pound showdown. “The Spider” has just five fights left possibly in his career, which means that the promotion will likely try and get the most out of its most talented fighter before he exits stage left. He recently topped Patrick Cote at UFC 90: “Silva vs. Cote” on October 25 because of a freak knee injury that prevented the Canadian from continuing; however, Silva’s performance was puzzling and received an avalanche of criticism. As a result, he is eager to return to competition as soon as possible to prove that it was just an aberration and not an indication of his ability or representative of his respect for his opponents and the sport. Liddell has lost three of his last four fights, but is still perhaps the most recognized fighter on the roster, making a fight between Silva and Liddell more than likely a huge money maker. “The Iceman” is really the only high profile 205-pound fighter who is available to compete anytime soon besides maybe Keith Jardine.
Submitted Oct 31, 2008 2:10AM by MMAcca - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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