Sherk Receives Reduced Suspension

The California State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that they have reduced UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s suspension from one year to six months.

Sherk will now be permitted to return to action on January 19th. He will not be fined the original amount of $2500.

According to a Sherk quote posted by MMA Weekly, this whole ordeal might not be ending anytime soon:

Following the hearing, he stated, “I’m not happy at all with (a six-month suspension and fine). This is not over,” indicating that he would be discussing possible legal action with his attorneys.

I guess we’ll be finding out over the next couple of days whether or not Sherk will be stripped of his title. He is available to fight again next month but it depends whether or not the UFC is going to take the fact that he is still considered to have tested positive for steroids under consideration.

Also announced today was the upheld suspension of light heavyweight Kazuhiro Nakamura. Nakamura’s mandatory 90 day suspension will continue and he will be forced to pay a $500 fine. The CSAC originally announced that Nakamura tested positive for marjiuana on September 26th.

Adam Smith’s appeal was dropped after he failed to appear at his scheduled hearing.

More reaction:

Fight Opinion: Sean Sherk eligible to return to action in January
The Fight Network: Sherk Suspension Halved
MMA Junkie: Sean Sherk’s Steroid Suspension Reduced, Eligible to Fight in January.
MMA Mania: Report: CSAC reduces Sean Sherk steroids suspension to six months
Bloody Elbow: Sean Sherk Eligible To Fight In January
Five Ounces of Pain: Highlights from Sean Sherk on the Stephen Quadros Show
UFC Daily: The Latest CSAC Verdicts; Sherk’s Suspension Reduced
411 Mania: More News From Sherk Appeal Hearing

Update 12:00 PM: Sherdog spoke to Sherk after the ruling went down and learned that Sherk plans to never fight in the state of California again:

“Absolutely not. No way. It’s not even an option,” Sherk said. “It won’t even be offered to me. I will not fight in the state of California again. No way.”

CSAC Announces Additional Drug Testing

The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will expand it’s drug testing methods to include Ecstasy and types of Oxycodones which primarily include pain killing medications.

The new tests will go into effect immediately.

The commission has also stated that it is currently contemplating the possibility of attempting to test for HGH and growth factors associated with insulin.

CKA: Nov 30, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated.

- Check back later this morning for an extensive interview with MMA veteran Joe Camacho…

- The UFC has officially announced three more bouts for UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January, including Jason Lambert’s return to the Octagon against Wilson Gouveia.

The two were originally slated to fight at UFC 76 but Gouveia was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a broken nose during training.

- K-1 Hero’s veteran Andre Dida has revealed that he will be leaving Chute Boxe to MMA Weekly:

“My brother (Mauricio ‘Veio’) lives in Canada and he has some contacts and some of his contacts made me an offer to teach mixed martial arts and Muay Thai in Canada,” said Dida. “It’s a very good offer and I cannot deny an opportunity like that. I have talked with Master Rafael Cordeiro and I’ve never seen him so sad with anything. He was disappointed with the news. I consider him as a father, but I have to leave.”

- Gray Maynard will take on Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12 according to MMA Junkie.

Maynard was originally supposed to fight Matt Grice but Grice opted to decline the fight because of police training requirements. (You can read Grice’s entire explanation in the comments portion of MMA Junkie’s post.)

- Joe Riggs will take on Mike Gates at KOTC: Avalanche on December 15th at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada according to The Fight Network.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Alexander Crispim has tested positive for Desoxymethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid, following post-fight testing for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Crispm has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500.

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Hallman Tests Positive For Steroids

The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Dennis Hallman tested positive for Drostanolone and Nandrolone Metabolite following his victory over Jeremiah Metcalf at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives.

The CSAC has issued Hallman a $2,500 fine along with a 1 year suspension.

This is the second suspension in as many days. Yesterday it was announced that journeyman Ruben “Warpath” Villareal had tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone. Villareal also received a $2,500 fine and 1 year suspension.

Ruben Villareal Tests Positive For Steroids

Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission, has announced that Ruben “Warpath” Villareal tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone following his bout against Jimmy Ambriz at WCFO on Nov. 7 in Hollywood, Calif.

4-Hydroxytestosterone is the same anabolic steroid that Vitor Belfort tested positive for following his Oct. 21, 2006 loss to Dan Henderson at Pride’s American debut in Las Vegas.

The CSAC has issued Villareal a $2,500 fine and 365 day suspension.

Thanksgiving News and Notes

Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…

- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.

Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.

- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.

- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:

Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet

- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.

Strikeforce Medical Suspensions

The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from last weekend’s Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event that took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

Falaniko Vitale, Trevor Prangley, Bryson Kamaka, and Chris Drumm have all been medically suspended for 45 days and with no contact for 30 days.

Paul Buentello has been medically suspended for 60 days and can also have no contact in training for the same amount of time because of lacerations around his eye. A similar situation may also occur for Bobby Southworth who was medically suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days but may have his suspension extended to 60 days and without contact if a doctor does not clear a laceration above Southworth’s left eye.

Both Alistair Overeem and Brian Schwartz have been medically suspended for 180 days and with no contact for the same amount of time. Overeem has a possible fracture in his finger and his suspension can be reduced after clearance by a physician. Schwartz has a possible fracture in his left hand. If Schwartz is found to not have a fractured hand, he will not be required to serve any of the suspension.

The biggest suspensions were received by Sean Salmon and Sam Morgan who were both medically suspended for an indefinite amount of time. However if and when the fighters are cleared by a doctor, they will be required to serve a 45 day suspension without contact for 30 days.

CSAC Increases Suspension for Winthers

The California State Athletic Commission has increased the suspension for Jason Winthers after the commission announced yesterday that Winthers had now tested positive for Stanozolol and Trenbolone.

Winthers now joins Adam Smith as the only mixed martial artists to ever test positive for both anabolic agents and drugs of abuse. Winthers tested positive for Methadone and Morphine earlier this month.

The CSAC has now increased Winthers’ total suspension to 21 months and fined him $4000.

Strikeforce: Tournament Series Fighter Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives which took place this past weekend:

Cung Le: ($50,000)
Alistair Overeem: ($30,000)
Trevor Prangley: ($30,000)
Brian Schwartz: ($30,000)
Paul Buentello: ($20,000)
Falaniko Vitale: ($20,000)
Jorge Santiago: ($15,000)
Sam Morgan: ($10,000)
Bobby Southworth: ($10,000)
Luke Stewart: ($10,000)
Dennis Hallman: ($10,000)
Sean Salmon: ($5,000)
Jeremiah Metcalf: ($5,000)
Eric Lawson: ($5,000)
Alex Crispin: ($4,500)
Anthony Figueroa: ($4,000)
Anthony Ruiz: ($3,500)
Lemont Davis: ($3,000)
Clint Coronel: ($3,000)
Bryson Kamaka: ($1,500)
Josh Neal: ($1,500)
Pete Sabala; ($1,000)
Chris Drumm: ($1,000)
Evan Esguerra: ($1,000)

Santiago Rolls to Tournament Victory

Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage

Jorge Santiago needed less than three minutes in order to capture the state of California and Strikeforce’s first-ever four-man mixed martial arts tournament last night.

Santiago scored victories over Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley in front of 8,233 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

Both Santiago and Prangley headed into the tournament in relatively good shape considering they had each fought earlier in the evening. They decided to keep the bout on the feet during the opening moments of their fight. Santiago battered Prangley with a flurry of leg kicks early on, connecting with one that knocked Prangley to the ground.

Santiago continued to stalk Prangley connecting with a number of unanswered punches and kicks. Santiago connected with a knee to the body and followed it up with a right hand that sent Prangley to the canvas. Santiago pounced on him and following up with another right hand but referee Jon Schorle decided that Prangley had enough and stopped the fight.

After the fight, Santiago admitted that sticking to his game plan ultimately won him the fight:

“I’ve been studying his game for a long time and I knew that he was a tough guy,” said Santiago. “I knew that he was probably going to try and take me down and drop some bombs. I just stuck to my game. I saw the best time to go and I took over.”

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