Athletic Commissions

Wilson’s Broken Nose Tops UFC 94 Medical Suspensions


Chris Wilson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 94 event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The lengthiest suspension was handed to Team Quest product Chris Wilson, who suffered a broken nose during a losing “Fight of the Night” effort against John Howard, and has been medically suspended until July 31. He will be able to be cleared early by a physician but is not permitted to participate in contact-related training until March 3.

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Keith Kizer Comments on Vaseline Controversy


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

More and more facts are coming out regarding Phil Nurse allegedly rubbing Vaseline on the back and shoulders of Georges St. Pierre during his fight against B.J. Penn this past Saturday. So who was the Nevada State Athletic Commission official that entered the Octagon and warned GSP’s corner? Turns out it was Keith Kizer himself:

“After the first round, one of my inspectors came to me and told me he thought he saw one of the cornermen—I believe it was Phil Nurse … after putting Vaseline on [St. Pierre’s] face, he saw him rub his shoulders, and it appeared as though he might not have wiped off his hands,” Kizer said. “After the second round, we observed Mr. Jackson putting Vaseline on Mr. St. Pierre’s face and then putting his hand on his back.”

At that point, Kizer attempted to get Jackson’s attention from outside the cage.

“I don’t think he heard me because of all the noise in the arena, so I immediately walked into the Octagon myself—I’ve probably done that two other times in my career—and told him to take his hand off Mr. St. Pierre’s back,” he said. “We took a towel and wiped off his back. After the third round, we went in again and made sure his back and shoulders were wiped off to ensure a level playing field.”

So according to Kizer it was both Phil Nurse and Greg Jackson that were rubbing St. Pierre’s back in between rounds. He’s right too, because all sorts of television angles have shown both cornermen doing it multiple times. With that said, it doesn’t mean they were rubbing Vaseline on his back either.

Is this going to turn into that serious of a situation? I don’t know. At the moment, it’s pretty serious… everyone is going crazy over it. However the NSAC has yet reprimand St. Pierre’s camp nor has Penn’s side filed a complaint with the commission. There’s a lot to be done and a lot of waiting to take place.

Kimo Leopoldo Applying for CSAC Director Job


Kimo Leopoldo. Photo courtesy of Kimo-Therapy.com

Unfortunately this isn’t a joke…

Snippets from a press release sent out this morning:

Keeping in tune with President Obama’s call for much needed change, Kimo formally applied for the CSAC job last week. “There are so many areas of the CSAC that needs more organization including simple things that most people do in their everyday lives. For example, providing promoters with receipts on CSAC letterhead would be a good start. From my past experiences, the CSAC had its receipts written on any old receipt book that you can buy at CVS.

“I am fully dedicated to my sport and all related sports regulated by the CSAC. MMA is in a fragile state in California and it needs guidance. I have had my ups and downs in this industry but, overall, I have 14 valuable years of real life experience in MMA and Kickboxing that nobody can take away from me.”

Remember, this is the same Kimo Leopoldo that tested positive for the banned steroid Stanozolol twice in the span of a two-year period. You can read the full release here. I’m all for change after Armando Garcia’s tenure as well, but c’mon.

UFC 94 Notes: Penn Set to File Complaint With NSAC Over GSP Greasing


B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed Sherdog.com that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.

“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told Sherdog.com via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”

Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.

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St. Pierre Earns $400,000 in Win Over Penn


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 94 event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the show’s main event. Lyoto Machida also continued to build his argument for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

 

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Morning News and Notes: Horodecki Off Affliction Card, Yvel Cleared & More


Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Here are your daily news and notes for the morning of January 22, 2009.

- Former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Dan Lauzon at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show this weekend after failing his medical tests under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission due to a bulging disk in his neck. According to Sherdog.com, the injury is restricting 80% of the strength in Horodecki’s right arm and the CSAC has refused to license him for the fight. Affliction officials are currently searching for a replacement opponent for Lauzon are expected to make a decision at some point today.

- Gilbert Yvel, infamously known for assaulting referees and misbehaving during fights, has officially been released to fight Josh Barnett at Saturday’s Affliction show. CSAC represenative Bill Douglas is comparing Yvel’s licensing process to the struggles that Mike Kyle and Kazushi Sakuraba went through before being permitted to fight in the state in the past. Yvel will also apparently be under a very watchful eye when he fights, as if he wasn’t going to be already.

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UFC 92 Fighters Test Clean


Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today announced that all of the fighters tested following UFC 92 on December 27 have passed their respective tests for performance-enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.

UFC 92 featured two title changing hands: Rashad Evans scored a third-round TKO of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir became the first fighter to ever stop Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in regaining a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt.

The following fighters were tested: Evans, Griffin, Nogueira, Mir, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Yushin Okami, Cheick Kongo, Matt Hamill, C.B. Dollaway, Brad Blackburn, Antoni Hardonk and Patrick Barry. 

Afternoon Notes: Silva Fires Back at CSAC, EliteXC Show Being Planned & More


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

- Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has filed a civil action suit against the California State Athletic Commission in an attempt to try to fight his suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last year. According to Sherdog.com, Silva is looking for a ruling that will temporarily release him from his suspension and potentially grant him another hearing with CSAC officials.

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Griffin Shelved After Suffering Broken Hand at UFC 92


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken left hand during his title loss to fellow “Ultimate Fighter” reality show winner Rashad Evans at UFC 92 this past weekend.

According to the official list of medical suspensions released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission late last night, Griffin could be suspended until June 27 unless he is cleared early by an orthopedic doctor. At the least, Griffin will be suspended until February 12 with no contact permitted until January 28 for precautionary reasons.

Joining Griffin in terms of injuries suffered at the event was Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk, who suffered a broken nose in his brutal loss to Cheick Kongo as well as Dan Evensen (left knee injury), Reese Andy (broken orbital bone), and Brad Blackburn (broken nose, left arm numbness) The aforementioned fighters will also be serving the same suspension timeline as Griffin.

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Silva Signs to Fight Nakao at “Sengoku VI”


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has formally accepted an offer to face K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” show on January 4 according to a report by Sherdog.com.

Silva, who last scored a second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26, will take on Nakao despite being suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following a positive test for the banned steroid, Boldenone, earlier this year.

“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option,” Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, wrote in an email to Sherdog.com. “He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”

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