Above Showtime Sports asks away with Frank Shamrock. A total of 42 questions in all, rapid fire.
For those who don’t have Showtime and are still interested in seeing Shamrock vs Cung Le this Saturday night, Sho.com will be streaming the fight live at approximately 10:15 PM ET using the Showtime Cage Cam.
Diaz, Cesar Gracie Plan Legal Action Against CSAC
One day after the California State Athletic Commission surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, because he owns a medical marijuana card, Diaz and manager Cesar Gracie are now reportedly planning to take legal action.
Gracie told MMA Weekly that he plans to take the matter to court after CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia stated that Diaz’s participation was denied because of late filing of medical papers.
“That’s absolutely not true,” Gracie said in the report. “Because if he didn’t turn his medicals in, how did Garcia know Nick has a mariijuana card? He found out when the medicals were turned in. For some reason, Armando’s finding every excuse in the book to not let this guy fight. That’s exactly why we’re going to move forward with legal action after this. We’re going to go ahead and get our lawyers and we’re going to sit down and go forward with the proceedings. This is just discrimination, you can’t do that.”
Spratt-Von Flue Signed for April 26
Pete Spratt and Jason Von Flue, both veterans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will collide in a welterweight bout that will headline the Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s upcoming show on April 26th at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Washington D.C.
Spratt is coming off of a controversial loss to Ryan Ford in February while Von Flue has dropped his last three fights. Notable fighters also on the card include Thomas Schulte, Carlo Prater, Aaron Riley, Marcelo Brito, and Zach Light.
Two Lightweights Fights Added to Sengoku II
A pair of lightweights bout have been added to World Victory Road’s next Sengoku show on May 18th: Satoru Kitaoka vs Ian James Schaffa and Eiji Mitsuoka vs Kwang Hee Lee.
Roger Gracie, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at the recent DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.
Evangelista, Sims, and Lennox In; Black Out
MMA Mania is reporting that Marlon Sims and Billy Evangelista will clash in a lightweight preliminary bout at tomorrow’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show. However neither Strikeforce, EliteXC, or ProElite have made any sort of announcement of the fight at this hour.
It seems that Jason Black will not be fighting in the IFL after all just yet. Five Ounces of Pain reports through Nick Lembo, legal counsel for the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, that Black will not be on the card for undisclosed reasons. He will reportedly be replaced by Jesse Lennox.
Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
The California State Athletic Commission has surprisingly ruled that Nick Diaz will not be permitted to fight at this weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” show, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
According to CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia, Diaz failed to submit medical papers in time.
“He did not turn in his medical information in time for the fight,” Garcia told Sherdog’s Josh Gross. “They were just turned in today.”
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw says different. According to Shaw, the issue has nothing to do with a deadline for Diaz’s medical papers and everything to do with the fact that the Stockton, California native owns a medical marijuana card, stemming from Diaz’s case of Attention Deficit Disorder.
“He never mentioned anything about late medicals,” said Shaw. “And if there were late medicals it wasn’t because of Nick Diaz and it wasn’t because of EliteXC. Nick does what you ask him, and you punish him? It’s like if you have a Ferrari and a police officer gives you a speeding ticket before you turn the key.”
Diaz’s adventures with marijuana have gotten him in trouble before. After submitting former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in April of last year, Diaz’s enormous upset was changed to a no-contest after the Nevada State Athletic Commission found that the amount of marijuana in Diaz’s system during the fight gave him a competitive advantage.
Drew Fickett, who was originally slated to take on Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title before Shields suffered a back injury during training, will now step in and take on Diaz’s scheduled opponent, Jae Suk Lim.
If you have some free time on your hands, be sure to check out one of the more exciting fights from the IFL’s first show of 2008 this past weekend, Matt Horwich going up against Ryan McGivern for the IFL middleweight belt.
As always major props go out to the IFL for actually going out of there way to make their fights available for everyone to see.
“Iron Ring” Debuts March 18th on BET
Remember that mixed martial arts project BET was discussing a while back? Well it finally premieres tonight.
From a press release we received:
BET introduces Iron Ring, a half hour weekly series that showcases mixed martial arts, the fastest growing new sports format in entertainment. With $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, these skilled competitors go toe-to-toe using the combined fighting techniques of jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling in teams owned and managed by Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset.
CSAC Suspends Four
The California State Athletic Commission announced the suspension of four different fighters yesterday.
Three fighters who were slated to compete on World Cagefighting Organization’s disastrous San Diego show have all been suspended after testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone, the same steroid reportedly found in Sean Sherk’s system. Carlos Fuentes, Kyacey Uscola, and Gustavo Machado have all been suspended for a year and fined $2,500.
Fabio Costa, who last competed at Fist Series’ WinterFist 2008 last month, tested positive for marijuana. He’s been suspended until May and fined $500.
Jae Suk Lim Wins SpiritMC Middleweight Title
Jae Suk Lim regained his SpiritMC middleweight title with a decisive win over top prospect Yoon Young Kim Sunday night. After the event, Lim announced that he will now be headed to Hawaii to compete under the ICON Sport banner.
Complete results below courtesy of MMA Weekly:
Jae Suk Lim def. Yoon Young Kim - TKO (Strikes)
A Sol Kwan def. Takaaki Aoki - Unanimous Decision
Jae Young Kim def. Soichi Nishida - TKO (Strikes)
Jung Hwan Cha vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Hans Olson def. Chang Seob Lee - Unanimous Decision
San An def. Dong Yoon Shin - KO (Punch)
Ye Won Nam def. Seung Hwan Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Dae Gun Kim def. Ok Myoung Kim - Submission (Heel Hook)
Kang Still Without Opponent for DREAM Debut
Denis Kang, who is currently training in Montreal, Quebec, Canada along with Georges St. Pierre and Jackson’s Submission Fighting, has informed The Fight Network that he still without an opponent for his first fight inside the confines of DREAM in April:
“I’m just going to go to Montreal, do my thing and get ready for whoever I’m going to face,” Kang said. “I think the Japanese MMA promotions like to keep their fans in suspense, whereas with the UFC, they really saturate the market with advertising well ahead of their events. DREAM has not even finalized the March 15 card. They’ve only announced like five of the fights.”
Touch of gloves to TKO Xtreme for the find.
It’s been a busy week for the California State Athletic Commission as they have suspended three fighters for positive tests of drugs of abuse.
Total Combat veterans Mike Moreno and Jermaine Wilson were both suspended by the commission on Wednesday after reportedly having marjiuana in their system, which was found as part of random post-fight drug testing.
Moreno, who was submitted by Gary Padilla at Total Combat’s most recent show on February 16th in San Diego, has been suspended until May and fined $500.
It’s a different story however for Wilson however as his most recent positive test is his second suspension for marijuana in California in the last three months. Because of that, Wilson will not be permitted to return to action until August.
The commission announced yesterday that former EliteXC light heavyweight Tony Rubalcava was being suspended following his TKO win over Kawika Morton at a Cage Combat Fighting Championships event on February 16th for allegedly tampering with the sample he gave the CSAC to test for drugs of abuse.
Whether or not he used lemonade instead is currently unknown.
In any event, Rubalcava will now sit on the sidelines until August because of his antics. He has also been fined $1000.
Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.
Some news for you this morning…
Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California
Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:
“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.
Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.
Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships
Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.
So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.
As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.
The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.
Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.
Jarry Park: Carlo Prater Is Ready For The Fight Of His Life
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk discusses his upcoming bout with current title holder B.J. Penn as well as why he feels his belt was wrongfully taken away from following a positive steroids test under the California State Athletic Commission with RawVegas. Ultimate Fighter cast member Troy Mandaloniz also stops by to give his take on Sherk’s situation.
Mark Kerr grapples with Mike Whitehead at an IFL event in November 2006. Photo courtesy of IFL.
The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it has cancelled the World Cagefighting Organization event scheduled for tonight at the San Diego Sports Arena due to insufficent funds gathered by the promoters of the event.
According to CSAC executive director Armando Garcia, the commission was informed that the WCO and Valor Fighting, who were co-promoting the event together, would not have enough money to pay the fighters competing on the card.
Josh Gross of Sherdog reports that WCO officials attempted to apply for a promoter’s license but were denied since there would not be enough time before the event to complete the application process. A promoter’s license would have allowed the organization to pay the fighters at a later date.
Even more disturbing, Ken Pishna of MMA Weekly has learned that several fighters were approached and asked to sign a new contract that would have them being paid $100 and then the difference of what they were supposed to make at a later date.
The CSAC has stated that all fighters are guaranteed 20% of their set purse per the commission’s rules and must be paid by January 18th.
The show was set to feature a number of notable veterans of the sport, including Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, Joe Riggs, David Loiseau, and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira among others. Mark Kerr and Kauai Kupihea were set to clash in a heavyweight bout. The main event was scheduled to have Renato “Babalu” Sobral going up against Vernon White.
UFC officials confirmed over the weekend that they have stripped Sean Sherk of the UFC Lightweight Championship.
The announcement comes just days after the California State Athletic Commission decided to reduce Sherk’s positive test for anabolic steroids rather than overturning it. Sherk will be permitted to return to action next month and was not fined by the commission.
The scheduled bout between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January will now be for the actual title instead of the interim belt.
UFC President Dana White announced earlier today that Sherk will face the winner of the fight at some point next year:
“I have nothing but respect for Sean Sherk and I believe he’s been honest throughout this whole process,” said UFC President Dana White. “But BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19th and Sean Sherk will fight the winner for the title.”
News and Notes
- Sean Sherk will remain the UFC Lightweight Champion according to a report by Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle:
The UFC’s lightweight belt continues to reside with Sean Sherk.
The UFC has yet to comment and when asked about the situation late today, the UFC confirmed that Sherk remains the promotion’s 155-lb. titleholder.
- Ray Sefo, Chalid Arrab, and Souleimane Konate have all been forced to pull out of the K-1 World Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday night in Japan, because of injury.
The final card now looks like this:
Jerome LeBanner vs. Hong Man Choi
Peter Aerts vs. Junichi Sawayashiki
Remy Bonjasky vs. Badr Hari
Semmy Schilt vs. Glaube Feitosa
Musashi vs. David Dancrade
Mighty Mo vs. Paul Slowinski
Takashi Tachikawa vs. Ki Min Kim
Jan Nortje vs. Dong Wook Kim
Mitsugu Noda vs. Noel Cadet
- Mac Danzig says that he will move down to 155 lbs regardless of the outcome of his fight against Tommy Speer at this weekend’s TUF 6 Finale:
“I decided that before I even went on the show,” said Danzig. “I really have no business fighting the top five guys at 170, or even the top ten when it comes down to it. It’s not that I can’t beat them, but if you put me in with Matt Hughes or Georges St-Pierre ten times, I’m gonna win a number of those times, but realistically, with all skills being the same, those guys are extremely skilled and much bigger than me. I walk around at 170, those guys walk around at 190, so it’s not a good idea for me. I really want to make a run for a title, and 155 is my weight class. I feel that within a couple of years I can be a world champion at 155.”
- Five Ounces of Pain has a good recap of yesterday’s conference call for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
- Hiroyuki Takaya is set to join the featherweight ranks of the WEC according to Jordan Breen of Sherdog.
- The California State Athletic Commission denied Bill Mahood’s motion to appeal his positive test for steroids following post-fight testing for Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event in September:
“[CSAC] sent me their letter and it took an extra four days at the border. So as far as they were concerned I already had it when you [The Fight Network] called me originally to inform me of the positive test,” Mahood said. “That was fine but when I sent my stuff back to them, it arrived one day after the deadline and they denied me.”
We may have found our answer as to why so many athletes are testing positive for banned substances in the state of California…
A report put out by USA Today last night suggests that supplements available over the counter may include small amounts of steroids and illegal stimulants according to a study done by scientists from the U.K.:
Officials from Informed-Choice and HFL declined to reveal which supplements were tested or where they were purchased, but Hall said some of best-selling brands were randomly selected, mostly from mall-based stores.
Of the 10 categories of supplements tested, testosterone boosters were flagged the most often. Six of the nine boosters contained androstenedione, a steroid precursor used by Mark McGwire en route to setting the single-season home run mark in 1998. Andro was made illegal nearly three years ago.
This is pretty alarming to me considering that I used to take a handful of supplements to help put on weight before basketball season in high school. Who knew that I might have had illegal substances in my system?
In terms of the MMA world, could this be the answer to the alleged drug problem many claim has struck the sport? If Sean Sherk is truly innocent, does this study only help his case against the California State Athletic Commission even more? Is this the reason why so many athletes have tested positive for banned substances over the last year?
Another question that boggles my mind - Why are so many more athletes testing positive in California than Nevada? Is California testing for something that Nevada isn’t or is Nevada already aware of these findings and only reports violators having extremely high levels in their system?
There’s so many questions and very little answers…