James Irvin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today that James Irvin has tested positive for banned painkillers following his devastating knockout loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the UFC’s recent July 19th event in Las Vegas.
Irvin reportedly had two different kind of drugs in his system - Oxymorphone, a powerful opiate which is primarily used to alleviate severe pain and Methadone, which is alternatively used to treat recovering drug addicts. Irvin has been temporarily suspended by the commission pending a disciplinary hearing in the coming weeks. An official length of the suspension and fine is expected to be handed out following the meeting.
The loss to Silva snapped a two-fight winning streak for Irvin, who had quickly shot up the ranks of the UFC’s light heavyweight division following a quick stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13 in April. Irvin took the bout against Silva on short notice despite recovering from a broken foot that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled bout against Rashad Evans in May. The injury could possibly answer the question as to why the drugs were in his system.
Meanwhile, the California State Athletic Commission also announced today that Justin Levens has tested positive for Oxymorphone as well following his planned participation at Affliction Entertainment’s “Banned event” on July 19th in Anaheim. He has been suspended for six months and fined $1,000.
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Couture Expecting Contractual Ruling This Week
Embattled UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture reportedly expects a Texas state court to rule this week on his contractual standing with the organization, potentially setting up an anticipated showdown between himself and heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.
Even though a ruling may be made, Couture believes that his status won’t be completely finalized due to possible appeals from the losing party. However Couture remains confident that he will indeed face Emelianenko sometime before his impending retirement in the near future.
“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” Couture said in the report. “It could happen in the UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”
Affliction: Banned Salaries and Numbers
The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fighter salaries, attendance numbers, and gate receipts for this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim in front of a crowd of 14,832. According to the commission, 3,590 complimentary tickets were given out and 740 tickets went unsold. The gate receipts turned in a reported $2,085,510. The complimentary and unsold tickets were worth 757,900.
Paul Buentello. Photo by Jon Swenson.
Longtime veteran and mixed martial arts pioneer Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge has been cleared by the California State Athletic Comission as a replacement opponent for former UFC heavyweight title challenger Paul Buentello at tomorrow night’s Affliction: Banned show in Anaheim.
Greg Savage of Sherdog.com was able to confirm Goodridge’s participation with CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia. The part-time K-1 kickboxer was in-shape and in California for an event in San Diego that ended up being cancelled. His bout against Buentello is not yet official however. Both fighters are required to weigh-in at 2 PM ET tomorrow.
Goodridge is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, most recently dropping a lackluster unanimous decision to Terroll Dees at an Iroquois MMA Championships event in June. His last victory was a TKO win over Jan Nortje at K-1 Hero’s 8 in March of last year.
Buentello’s original foe, Aleksander Emelianenko, was forced off the card earlier this evening after failing to receive medical clearance and meet licensing requirements. It’s also been confirmed that although Justin Levens and Ray Lizama are indeed slated to compete at a catch-weight of 187 lbs, Levens failed to make weight (he came in at 189 lbs) and will be docked part of his purse.
Alexandre Franca Nogueira. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
After testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission, one-time featherweight king Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira will now have to wait until next summer to be able to fight again, and it might actually be a goat’s fault according to the Brazilian.
In a recent interview with Tatame Magazine, Nogueira alleges that the positive test may have stemmed from tainted meat, from a cow or goat, that he ate in a restaurant while traveling and doing seminars prior to his loss to Jose Aldo at WEC 34 last month.
“I never used anything and should not use this type of rough steroid,” Nogueira said in the interview. “If I used something it would be growth hormones, which is what every top athlete usually uses. I took the usual supplements - Glutamine, Creatine and Myoplex.”
“If I had taken it, I would be very aggressive in the fight, and those who saw it realize that I was not aggressive,” Nogueira continued. “And this type of anabolic steroid is to get fat, to gain weight, and is used on animals. I had seminars and I had only eaten in restaurants specializing in barbecued meat, and they use this in cattle and goats there and they may have used it in any animal that I ate.”
Nogueira also noted that while he knows that he has been suspended and tested positive according to reports, he has yet to have been contacted by the CSAC themselves. Regardless, Nogueira has asked his agent, Alex Davis, to request a hearing so he can state his case.
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr
The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.
Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight. An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.
The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site. The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were). The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that. Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.
Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly. The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage. The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k. The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card. Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.
Nogueira tests positive
MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.
Kolohe to defend title Aug 2
Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.
Bosse to take on the Colossus
Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal. Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.
Kicking a live horse
Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card.
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will be unable to return to action against fellow heavy-hitter Terry Martin on the undercard of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th, unless an outstanding fine of $10,000 is paid to the Nevada State Athletic Commission before that date.
The news comes from NBCSports.com, which contacted NSAC executive director Keith Kizer for an official ruling on the situation.
According to Kizer, Belfort jetting over to the United Kingdom to fight after being suspended for a positive test for steroids under the watch of the state of Nevada two years ago will have no bearing on his ability to fight in California in July. It will however become a major issue if he ever intends to take a fight in the state of Nevada again.
“As far as Cage Rage goes, that had nothing to do with his discipline here,” Kizer said in the report. “Now, if he does come back and wants to fight here (Nevada), we’ll ask him about Cage Rage and why it took him so long to pay his fine, but it has nothing to do with the Affliction card. There should be no impediment if he pays the fine.”
Belfort tested positive for hydroxytestosterone following a decision loss to Dan Henderson in October 2006. He originally contended that a legal supplement he purchased contained traces of the steroid but later admitted that he was unknowingly injected by a doctor while rehabbing a knee injury.
“The Phenom” has yet to make any public statement about the situation nor any indication that he intends to pay the fine.
Photo by Jon Swenson.
The California State Athletic Commission is now moving closer to approving legislation that would make amateur mixed martial arts legal in the state.
The commission held their second-ever meeting concerning the non-professional side of the sport since the state began regulating it over two years ago. CSAC executive director Armando Garcia handed out a proposed set of rules that included quite a few changes compared to the regulations currently used by the state for professional events.
The amount of rounds during the course of a fight would be dependent on the experience of the competing fighters. There would be eighteen separate weight classes. Heel hooks, up-kicks, and neck cranks would all be prohibited as would slamming your opponent, hammer locks and elbows/forearms to the head of a grounded opponent.
If all goes well, the final draft of the rules could be submitted for approval as early as next week and if passed, amateur mixed martial arts events could start being held as soon as the end of this year. However Garcia points out that the legislation could have been passed long ago if it wasn’t for the lack of enthusiasm of his fellow members.
From MMA Weekly:
“It’s been slow in coming,” Garcia said in the report. “I’ve been pushing this thing left and right, and there’s little to no feedback at all. People just sit there and they look at me and hear me talking, and go ‘great, great, great,’ and I’m asking (for feedback) and nobody says anything.”
Sean Sherk weighs-in for UFC 73: Stacked. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite being scheduled to challenge B.J. Penn at UFC 84: Ill Will next month, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk was only officially released from his suspension under the California State Athletic Commission earlier today it was announced. Sherk had not paid his $2,500 fine until this afternoon according to CSAC official Bill Douglas.
Fisher-Stephens Signed for TUF 7 Finale
A lightweight bout between Iowa natives Spencer Fisher and Jeremy Stephens will likely take place at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale according to our friends at MMA Junkie. Both fighters were offered the bout last week and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly.
Fisher is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Frankie Edgar in November. Stephens, who last stopped Cole Miller with strikes in January, was originally slated to take on Terry Etim next month but was forced to pull out of the bout due to a reported minor legal situation.
Carano Speaks Out
Ariel Helwani of the newly created MMARated.com, a good friend of the site, has a very interesting interview with Gina Carano up. Carano claims that she will attempt to balance tapings for the second season of American Gladiators and training for her upcoming fight against Kaitlyn Young on May 31st at the same time. Interestingly enough, she also states that despite being advertised for EliteXC: Street Certified in February, she was never approached about fighting at the event. It’s a must listen, so check it out.
In Defense of Jake O’Brien
Fight Opinion‘s Iain Liddle has an interesting piece up today discussing the UFC’s decision to release heavyweight prospect Jake O’Brien, who was given the boot despite winning three out of his four bouts with the organization, including an upset over current title contender Heath Herring.
While Liddle bashes the UFC for their decision to let such a promising young fighter like O’Brien go, I believe it was really in O’Brien’s best interest. His wins over Shockman and Midoux were victories over fighters that shouldn’t have been in the UFC in the first place. He was nearly stopped by Herring, who was fighting injured, during the third round of their fight. A non-wrestler in Arlovski also dominated him.
We have to remember that O’Brien hasn’t even been in the game for three years yet. He has a lot of time to develop. Fights against top-ranked heavyweights have certainly helped him and using that experience while sharpening his skills in smaller shows will make for a quick return to the UFC. I don’t buy the notion that the UFC released him because he was a boring fighter. If that was the case, Lyoto Machida would have been sent packing a long time ago.
Wilson Reis. Photo courtesy of MMAPhotography.com
Update 5:49 PM: ProElite.com has since confirmed that Quach will indeed replace Reis. Still no word on why Reis was not permitted to fight.
MMA on Tap has learned that the California State Athletic Commission has not approved featherweight prospect Wilson Reis for tomorrow night’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event at the Table Mountain Casino and Events Center in Friant, California. An official reason as to why the CSAC pulled Reis from the event is still unknown.
Five Ounces of Pain originally reported earlier this afternoon that Reis has been removed from his scheduled fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Doug Evans and will be replaced by Shooto veteran Bao Quach.
Quach last won a unanimous decision over Bobby McMaster at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in January. The Team Oyama product is currently riding a six-fight winning streak and has not lost since being knocked out by Wagnney Fabiano in June 2006.
Quach will be challenging Evans, who will be making his Elite Xtreme Combat debut after losing his only two fights in the UFC.
The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight clash between Jared Hamman and Poai Suganuma. King of the Cage lightweight champion Joe Camacho will also go up against Fabricio Camoes.
Frank Shamrock and Cung Le pose at a press conference for Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”. Photo by Jon Swenson.
The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The event featured a total of nine fights and was highlighted by a main event showdown between Former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated former Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le. Le defeated Shamrock by TKO after Shamrock broke his left arm at the end of the fourth round.
Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.
Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae Suk Lim ($3,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)