Strikeforce: Tournament Series Weigh-In Results

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Paul Buentello (250 lbs) vs. Alistair Overeem (224 lbs)
Yuki Sasaki (183.75 lbs) vs. Jorge Santiago (184 lbs)
Trevor Prangley (185 lbs) vs. Falaniko Vitale (185 lbs)
Dennis Hallman (183 lbs) vs. Sean Salmon (185 lbs)
Cung Le (181 lbs) vs. Sam Morgan (177.75 lbs)
Lemont Davis (171.75 lbs) vs. Brian Schwartz (167 lbs)
Anthony Ruiz (204 lbs) vs. Bobby Southworth (204 lbs)
Luke Stewart (171 lbs) vs. Bryson Kamaka (169 lbs)
Josh Neal (186 lbs) vs. Eric Lawson (184 lbs)
Pete Sabala (137 lbs) vs. Anthony Figueroa (132 lbs)
Alex Crispin (155.5 lbs) vs. Clint Coronel (154.75 lbs)
Chris Drumm (145.5 lbs) vs. Evan Esguerra (145 lbs)

Evening News and Notes: Nov 15, 2007

Catching up on the day…

- Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson announced today on The Fight Network’s radio show that he will be fighting in EliteXC’s next event set to take place in February. An opponent for Slice has not yet been named.

- According to M-1’s official Russian site, the company will hold it’s first event under the M-1 Global banner on New Year’s Eve in Japan and Fedor will fight on the card as well:

The first M-1 Global event will take place in Japan, Saitama Super Arena on December, 31!

No one other than four time Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will fight in the main event.

- MMA Mania is reporting about a possible heavyweight showdown at UFC 79 between Eddie Sanchez and Soa Palalei.

- Joe Hall of Sherdog put together a great summary on yesterday’s public annoucement of the forming of the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA).

I don’t want to bad mouth the idea since a few fellow writers out there are involved with the the sanctioning body but something like this may end up bringing MMA closer to the way the world of boxing is run. That’s a place where a lot of fans don’t want the sport to go…

- Kurt Angle will appear on Inside MMA this Friday night on HDNet at 9:30 PM EST.

From the official press release:

Angle, who is the only wrestler in history to hold the distinction of winning four different world heavyweight championships throughout his career, sits down with Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice to discuss his thoughts on all of this week’s MMA action.

Angle also discusses his potential career change from pro-wrestling to MMA - and talks bluntly about which MMA organization he is NOT going to join and why!

- Let’s start talking about suspension shall we…

Bill Mahood plans to appeal his fine and suspension for a positive test for Drostanolone even after he openly admitted that he took the drug.

- The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that they have suspended Josh Diekman, Anthony Lapsley, and Adam Torres.

Diekman has been suspended for nine months and fined $1000 after testing positive for Nandrolone, Hydrochlorothiazide, and Marijuana. Both Lapsley and Torres have been temporarily suspended for suspected use of illegal substances. Lapsley tested positive for the suspected use of Marijuana while Torres tested for Stanozolol and Methenolone

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that they have suspended Jermaine Wilson until February 2 of next year and fined him $500 after testing positive for Marijuana.

UFC 78 Conference Call Notes

The UFC held a conference call with the media yesterday afternoon to promote this weekend’s UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place live from the brand new Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey this Saturday. UFC President Dana White was the host of the call. Featured fighters included Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, and Houston Alexander.

- White stated that Randy Couture contacted him and requested a face-to-face meeting. White said that the meeting will most likely take place at some point this week. White also noted that Couture has been offered an official title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for early next year. Couture has not given an answer as of yet. White says that there are no plans for an interim heavyweight title if Couture chooses not to accept.

- When it comes to Sean Sherk, White says that Sherk will now most likely be stripped of his title if the California State Athletic Commission refuses to overturn his positive steroids test next month. That means Penn and Stevenson would fight for the actual title at UFC 80 and that Sherk would become a mandatory challenger once his suspension was over.

- No decision on whether or not UFC 80 will be broadcasted on PPV or Spike TV.

- The UFC held a meeting with all of it’s fighters last week in Las Vegas where a variety of topics were discussed. Topics included the steroids problem, contracts, taxes, organization policy, and how to deal with the media. Rumor has it that White told fighters they no longer be permitted to participate in internet radio shows. That seems to be false however as Spencer Fisher was on Sherdog yesterday.

- White says that he is slated to meet with officials in the New York State Athletic Commission to discuss the possible legalization of MMA in the state.

- White noted that rematches of Tito Ortiz-Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping-Matt Hamill were originally supposed to headline UFC 78 but both Hamill and Ortiz claimed that they were injured and couldn’t compete.

- The next UFC Fight Night is scheduled for January 23rd. No word on a location or potential participants on the card yet.

- The UFC plans on returning to Florida at some point next year but the show will most likely be a PPV instead of the usual UFC Fight Night cards that have taken place in the state.

- While White did not reveal which major network he was currently in discussions with, he admitted that he was indeed in talks to have the UFC air on a “prime-time” network in the future.

- White has no idea concerning who is next in line to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title. White noted that he has attempted multiple times to try and get Dan Henderson to drop down to middleweight but Henderson seems to want to stay at 205 lbs.

CSAC Suspends Jason Winthers

Jason Winthers has been suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for Methadone and Morphine.

The results came from a post-fight test administered to Winthers following Rebel Fights most recent event on November 3rd. Winthers was stopped by Richard Blake in the first round on the card.

Winthers has been suspended until July 30, 2008 and has been fined $1500.

Tate Tests Positive for Marijuana

The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Jennifer Tate has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight testing for Elite XC’s ShoXC event on October 26th.

Tate was submitted by a Shayna Baszler armbar only seconds into their fight last month.

Tate has been suspended for three months and fined $500. She will be eligible to compete in active competition again on January 24 of next year.

Sherk Hearing Postponed… Again

The Fight Network is reporting that the California State Athletic Commission has postponed Sean Sherk’s Nov. 13 appeal hearing. According to the report, Bill Douglas stated that the hearing has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. The hearing has not yet been rescheduled.

“Eleven different individuals need their schedule coordinated – not an easy task,” Douglas said.

Sherk appeared before the CSAC on Oct. 31 but the appeal was delayed after a 17-page brief from Sherk’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, had not received by the seven CSAC members responsible for voting on the case.

Penn Only Wants an Innocent Sherk

In a recent interview with The Honolulu Advertiser, B.J. Penn states that he only wants to fight UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk if the CSAC decides to clear him of his positive steroids test:

The bout is being called an interim championship fight because current UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk is inactive while protesting a one-year suspension for testing positive for steroids in July. Penn was supposed to challenge Sherk for the title, but delays in the investigation apparently prompted the UFC to create the interim title bout.

“I was told four different times that it was going to be on with Sherk, and it got pushed back every time,” Penn said. “I’m just happy they set something else up. I was getting tired of waiting.”

Penn said he would still like to fight Sherk, but only if Sherk is cleared of the steroids charge.

“If he did win the belt by cheating, that’s ridiculous,” Penn said. “But he’s the one who has to live with it.”

Penn also joked that his bout with Stevenson would be for the “natural” lightweight championship.

“Just like bodybuilding,” Penn said. “If guys are cheating, maybe there should be two divisions.”

Pretty strong words from B.J. right there. As if the lightweight division title situation wasn’t already a mess, it might have just gotten even worse…

Touch of gloves to MMA Mania.

Penn vs Stevenson For Interim UFC Lightweight Title

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Sean Sherk will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title and B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson will face off for an interim title at UFC 80 in January in Newcastle, England. UFC president Dana White stated that he was fed up with the way the California State Athletic Commission has handled the Sherk case and because of that he has opted not to strip Sherk.

White had vowed to strip Sherk of the title, but said Friday that he no longer plans to do so.

“The way this whole thing has been handled has been a mess,” White said.

He said Penn and Stevenson, who said he learned on Tuesday that he and his wife will have another son, will fight for the interim title as the main event of UFC 80 in Newcastle, England, likely on Jan. 19.

The winner of that bout would then presumably face Sherk once Sherk’s status is defined by the commission.

Sean Sherk appeared before the CSAC on Oct. 31 but his case was postponed to Nov. 13 after the commission released they had not received the 17-page brief from Sherk’s attorney Howard Jacobs.

Nakamura and Smith Receive Extensions

The California State Athletic Commission granted continuances to both Kazuhiro Nakamura and Adam Smith in their appeals of positive tests for drugs of abuse and anabolic agents.

No word on when the two fighters will have to appear in front of the commission again.

Nakamura tested positive following post-fight tests for UFC 76 in September. Nakamura currently faces a $500 fine and a three-month suspension.

Smith tested positive for two different kinds of steroids, Nandrolone and Stanozolol, as well as marijuana and cocaine during post-fight drug tests following Strikeforce’s event at the Playboy Mansion on September 29th. Smith is currently being fined $4000 and may be suspended for close to two years.

Baroni Receives Reduced Suspension

The California State Athletic Commission voted earlier this afternoon to reduce Phil Baroni’s one year suspension for testing positive for steroids to six months.

Baroni will now be suspended until December 22 of this year.

The commission also voted on decisions to uphold Baroni’s one year suspension and to dismiss his suspension completely but both motions were shot down by the majority of commission members.

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