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Phil Baroni Out For 6-7 Months

MMAWeekly is reporting that Phil Baroni goes in for surgery this week to repair a hernia and torn groin muscle. Baroni suffered the injury early in the first round of his Strikeforce middleweight title fight with Frank Shamrock.

“[Phil’s] got three months of absolutely nothing,” said Pavia. He won’t be allowed to do any sort of training [during that time]. It’ll be 6-7 months before he can fight again.”

Today Baroni’s agent, Ken Pavia, appeared on “The Savage Dog Show” and gave a little information about the pre-fight drama and Baroni’s injuries.

“I don’t know if you guys knew this but the weigh-ins were Thursday and Monday he was informed by the CSAC that he wasn’t going to fight because additional medicals were mandated that he didn’t have time to do. So what he did was left Las Vegas on Monday - flew to Northern California and went through a battery of tests. Flew back to Vegas - flew then to Southern California for an additional battery of tests, I know because I drove him and we camped out at Dr. Gloveson’s (?) office at 6 AM in the morning because Phil couldn’t sleep he was so anxious to get over there. He went through an additional battery of tests there - flew back to Vegas and ultimately up to San Jose so at the day of the weigh-ins he was finally physically cleared to fight.”

“I know that Frank fought without an ACL which he allegedly hasn’t had for years and an MCL which was torn weeks prior. Phil additionally came in with an injured hamstring which caused him to injure his groin, a quartizone shot the week of the fight which numbed the area and if you watch the fight in the first 30 seconds what actually happens we later found out from the treating doctors is he tore the groin from the bone and a piece of the testes shot through hernia and if anybody has had a hernia they know it’s excruciating pain. Phil went back to the locker room and had what looked like a tennis ball protruding from his groin.”

Jorge Ortiz Tests Positive For Nandrolone

Add another one to the list…

The Californa State Athletic Commission is reporting that Jorge Ortiz (14-3) tested positive for Nandrolone Metabolite after his fight on June 8th at Total Combat 21 in San Diego, California. Ortiz has been slapped with a hefty suspension and a $2,500 fine.

“He has been fined $2,500. His suspension period runs from the conclusion of his bout on June 8, 2007 through the remainder of his licensing year, which is March 19, 2008. Furthermore, he has been assessed an additional 80 days in order to fulfill the terms of his suspension (365 total days). The additional days will be added at the beginning of his next licensing year when he reapplies.”

Nandrolone is the same anabolic agent that Royce Gracie recently tested positive for.

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni.

Frank Shamrock (184) vs. Phil Baroni (183)
Cung Le (179) vs. Tony Fryklund (177.5)
Joey Villasenor (184) vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (184)
Paul Daley (170) vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (170)
Josh Thomson (154) vs. Nick Gonzalez (155)
Carter Williams (265.5) vs. Paul Buentello (250.5)
Edson Berto (155) vs. Victor Valenzuela (155)
Nik Theotikos (181) vs. Nick Covert (175)
Mike Pyle (168.5) vs. Aaron Weartherspoon (168.5)
Jason Von Flue (173) vs. Luke Stewart (173)
Rex Richards (305.5) vs. Ray Seraille (265.5)
Chris Cariaso (134) vs. Anthony Figueroa (132.5)
Sam Spengler (184) vs. Seth Kleinbeck (184.5)
David Smith (155) vs. Sean Bassett (154)

Baroni and Rua Cleared to Fight is reporting that the California State Athletic Commission has cleared both Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua allowing them to compete on Friday’s co-promoted EliteXC/Strikeforce card.

Hurdles in the way of Phil Baroni and Murilo Rua’s anticipated fights Friday in San Jose, Calif. have been cleared, California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia told




Rua Likely to Fight Villasenor; Vitale Signed to Long-Term Deal

Armando Garcia and Ken Pavia have confirmed that the medical situation surrounding Murilo Rua has now been resolved and it is likely that he will go on to face Joey Villasenor for the Elite XC Middleweight Title this Friday night.

Elite XC originally announced that Rua was off of the card after failing a physical given by the CSAC. However he was never denied a license to fight in the state and after some consideration, Garcia found that Rua would be able to compete after all.

Vitale will be paid by Elite XC for his troubles and even though he probably will not be fighting on this event, Elite XC agreed to sign him to a long-term deal.

CSAC Clarifies Gracie’s Drug Test

Last week is was reported that MMA legend Royce Gracie had failed his post-fight drug test following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba. Reports indicated that Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone which is an anabolic agent. The California State Athletic Commission has taken time to clarify the situation:

According to the CSAC, a normal person could potentially produce 2 ng/mL of Nandrolone, while an athlete following “rigorous physical exercise” could have a level of 6 ng/mL.

Both “A” and “B” samples provided by Gracie, said the CSAC, “had a level of over 50 ng/mL and we were informed that the level itself was so elevated that it would not register on the laboratory’s calibrator.”

Following the reports of his positive test result, Gracie maintained his innocence, stating he had never taken anything other then natural supplements or proteins over the span of his 14 year career.

“I have never in my 14-year fighting carrier [sic] taken anything other then natural supplements and natural proteins,” said Gracie, who was paid $300,000 to fight. “As such, I am shocked that anything was found in my system.”

According to Sherdog, Gracie, is currently on vacation with his family in Spain but he would file for an appeal.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua Fails Physical, Off Strikeforce-EliteXC Card

Murilo “Ninja” Rua will not be fighting on the highly anticipated “Shamrock vs. Baroni” Friday, June 22 cage fight card extravaganza from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

“Ninja,” who was scheduled to fight Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title as part of the Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), did not pass the physical. 

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Royce Gracie Fails Drug Test

The California State Athletic Commission announced today that MMA legend Royce Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, an anabolic agent, following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba.

Mixed martial arts icon Royce Gracie, best known as the slender gi-wearing Brazilian who twisted oversized competitors into knots during the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid, following his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba, June 2 in Los Angeles, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday.

The CSAC has suspended Gracie from June 2, 2007 through May 30, 2008 and issued him a fine of $2,500. Gracie has until July 13th to appeal the suspension.

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