The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that all of the six fighters that were tested for ‘drugs of abuse’, tested negative for any signs.
Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher, and Sean Salmon were the six fighters chosen by the NSAC at random to be tested after UFC 71.
The NSAC announced earlier in the week that all six had also tested negative for performance enhancing drugs as well.
The WEC’s debut broadcast on Versus this past Sunday night brought in an overall rating of 0.4 and averaged 416,000 total viewers throughout the show according to MMA Weekly.
The broadcast did very well at least on it’s own channel as it drew close to the same rating as two games of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals that aired on Versus.
Elite XC’s premiere on Showtime back in February only drew 365,000 views compared to the 416,000 that the WEC brought in. However Showtime is only available in 15 million households in the US compared to Versus which is shown in about 70 million.
According to a recent article in The Daily Times of Tennessee, the state looks to be on the verge of passing a bill next spring that would legalize the sport of MMA. UFC officials seem to be very excited about the prospect of holding a show in either Nashville or Memphis since it’s supposedly a hotbed for fans.
With a bill addressing the issue likely headed to a summer studies committee, Bast said she hopes to have legislation passed by May 2008 and feels events in Tennessee could be held as early as December of next year. Despite numerous bills being proposed on the matter, Bast said the diligence put into the current legislation — including the differentiating between mixed martial arts and boxing — helps it carry more credence.
“Before we go legalizing another combat sport, we wanted to make sure that we got it right the first time,” Bast said. “We didn’t want to legalize it this year and have some of the problems with the boxing boards spill over to the mixed martial arts community.”
If Bast’s prediction holds true, the opportunities that would come with legalization in the state of Tennessee have the UFC excited about the possibilities.
“We would love to come to Nashville or to Memphis. That certainly is one of our goals,” said Marc Ratner, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the UFC. “And I do believe we will have the sport approved in the next year or less, and we’re anxious to come before the Tennessee legislature when the day comes and try to educate them and talk about it.”
The article also states that Illinois and Michigan both currently have legislation pending concerning the legalization of the sport as well…
The WEC has added UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeff Curran to their already growing featherweight division. Curran (27-8-1) is 3-0 so far in 2007, racking up wins over John Mahlow, Kevin English, and Donnie Walker in the IFL and KOTC.
However the addition of Curran is coupled with the loss of one of the WEC’s long-time middleweights, Olaf Alfonso. Alfonso signed a four fight deal with Palace Fighting Championships, returning to Lemoore, California - the former home of the WEC and the place where he became one of the organization’s most popular stars.
PFC is set to throw Alfonso directly into the mix at either lightweight or welterweight and one win may automatically place him into title contention, especially at 170:
“Right now the 170-pound PFC title is vacant. It’s hard to put a time line on when Olaf would be ready for a title fight, though,” Printup said. “I believe that the winner of Jason Von Flue and Chris Botelho’s fight will be one half of a title fight which will possibly take place in January. There’s a lot of talent at 170 pounds and not just locally. We are being contacted with outstanding talent from across the country right now.”
The official fighter salaries from WEC 28 via MMA Weekly
Urijah Faber: $20,000
John Alessio: $18,000
Brock Larson: $16,000
Alex Karalexis: $10,000
Rani Yahya: $10,000
Cub Swanson: $8,000
Brian Stann: $8,000
Mark Hominick: $6,000
Alex Serdyukov: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $6,000
Charlie Valencia: $6,000
Chance Farrar: $4,000
Brian Bowles: $4,000
Micah Miller: $4,000
Mike French: $3,000
Kevin Knabjian: $2,000
Craig Zellner: $2,000
Josh Smith: $1,000
The first national issue of Gladiator Magazine, featuring new UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the cover with spiritual guru Dr. Christian Harfouche, is now on the newsstands in all 50 U.S. states in all major bookstores including Barnes and Nobles, Borders, Books-A-Million and more! Gladiator is also available in 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
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Here are the official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s K-1 Dynamite!! USA event…
Main Card (PPV):
Brock Lesnar (265) vs Min Soo Kim (255)
Royce Gracie (188) vs Kazushi Sakuraba (187)
Mighty Mo Siliga (292) vs Ruben Villareal (270)
Melvin Manhoef (192) vs Yoon Dong Sik (190)
Johnnie Morton (213) vs Bernard Ackah (207)
Jake Shields (170) vs Ido Pariente (168)
Jonathan Wiezorek (265) vs Tim Persey (265)
Gesias Calvancanti (158) vs Nam Phan (155)
Dark Bouts (Not Televised):
Hideo Tokoro (153) vs Brad Pickett (154)
Katsuhiko Nagata (156) vs Isaiah Hill (156)
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since MMA Weekly co-founder and famed sportscaster Ryan Bennett passed away on this day because of a tragic car accident. However Ryan’s spirit continues to live on today through the countless number of lives that he touched during his time with us.
MMA Weekly Radio will have a special two-hour tribute show this evening started at 8 PM EST. Bennett’s co-host Frank Trigg will join Damon Martin and Jeff Cain as several fighters and friends will call in to share their favorite stories and memories of Ryan.
As always we want to remind you about the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund where you can make a donation to help support Ryan’s wife and kids.
Also earlier today Soyo Electronics announced a new line of TV’s sponsored by former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Half of the money generated from the sales will be donated to the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund by Arlovski himself.
Everyone here at MMA on Tap would like to send our best wishes to the Bennett family. We would also like to let Ryan know that we miss him and wish he would see how much the sport has grown in the last year that has passed.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions from UFC 71 earlier today…
Chuck Liddell - suspended until 07/12/07 with no contact until 06/26/07
Ivan Salaverry - suspended until 06/26/07 with no contact until 06/17/07. Requires orthopedic doctor clearance on his right shoulder to return prior to 11/23/07.
Karo Parisyan - must have his left thumb x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor otherwise he will be suspended until 11/23/07
Keith Jardine - suspended until 07/26/07 with no contact until 07/12/07
Chris Leben - suspended until 06/26/07 with no contact until 06/17/07 due to a right eyebrow laceration
Kalib Starnes - suspended until 06/26/07 with no contact until 06/17/07 due to a left cheek laceration
James Irvin - requires orthopedic doctor clearance on his right knee to return prior to 11/23/07
Carmello Marrero - suspended until 07/12/07 with no contact until 06/26/07
The official fighter salaries from UFC 71 via MMA Weekly:
Chuck Liddell: $500,000
Quinton Jackson: $225,000
Karo Parisyan: $32,000
Ivan Salaverry: $17,500
Terry Martin: $12,000
Kalib Starnes: $10,000
Chris Leben: $10,000
Houston Alexander: $8,000
Josh Burkman: $7,000
Keith Jardine: $7,000
Din Thomas: $28,000
Wilson Gouveia: $16,000
Thiago Silva: $16,000
Alan Belcher: $14,000
James Irvin: $7,000
Carmelo Marrero: $5,000
Sean Salmon: $3,000
Jeremy Stephens: $3,000