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Guillard Tests Positive for Cocaine

The Fight Network is reporting that Melvin Guillard has apparently tested positive for cocaine in a post-fight urine test according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Guillard Cited for Alleged Cocaine Use

The Kenner, Louisiana native will have 30 days from the receipt of a written complaint to reply to the allegation and will be temporarily suspended at a forthcoming NSAC meeting. Guillard will face the Commission’s board at a second hearing where he can speak on his behalf and/or provide evidence to contest the allegation if he chooses. If found within violation of the state agency’s regulations, Guillard could be subjected to suspension and/or fines. Guillard earned $7,000 for his April 5 loss to Stevenson.

Tyson’s Brother to Make MMA Debut on May 12

Fightfest will present to Canton fans the cage fighting debut of Mike Tyson’s half-brother on May 12 at the Civic Center.

Cliff “The Black Bull” Couser has carved out a successful career as a boxer, and he will compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the first time in Canton.

In the boxing ring, Couser has defeated James “Quick” Tillis and Jorge Luis Gonzalez. He also portrayed Tyson in the HBO film “Don King: Only in America.”

Couser will face an Akron boxer who has already made a successful jump to MMA. Joe McCall debuted with a TKO win over Tim Coon in just over a minute.

In another featured fight, Hector “H-Train” Munoz will put his World lightweight title on the line against Corey Garner. Munoz has headlined Fightfest shows in his home state of Texas, and this title defense will mark his Canton debut. Garner has built a case for his title shot by winning five of his last seven fights.

Also, the band Saliva will play at 7 p.m. before the fights get underway at 8. Saliva is best known for their hits “Click Click Boom,” “Always” and “Your Disease.”

Fans who have been watching Fightfest on SportsTime Ohio will see the final matches of three weight-class tournaments.

At 185 pounds, Cleveland’s Matt Masterson will battle Rhomez Brower. Alonzo Martinez will face Waylon Lowe for the 155-pound title. Arman Loktev of Cleveland will try to win the 145-pound crown with a win over Brandon Garner.

Canton fans will also get to see some of their favorite local amateur fighters, including Terry Blackwell, John “The Bullet” Fields, Brian Hensley, John “Mongoose” Myers, Zach Sutek, and John and Justin Simms.

Bazigit Atajev Off PRIDE 34 Card

Bazigit Atajev has been taken off of the card for PRIDE 34 after contracting an internal disease according to an official statement by PRIDE that was released earlier today.

PRIDE also stated that Gilbert Yvel is currently without an opponent and that his position on the fight card, whether or not they will try to find a new opponent for him or just remove him from the event completely, is currently under consideration.

WEC 26 Drug Tests Come Back Negative

All of the drug tests given after last month’s WEC 26 event in Las Vegas have been returned with negative results for all known banned substances according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Eight of the twenty total fighters that fought at the event were tested and passed with flying colors: John Alessio, Chase Beebe, Carlos Condit, Dominic Cruz, Urijah Faber, Scott Norton, Alex Serdyvukov, and Eddie Wineland. The other twelve remaining fighters were not tested.

Lister Undergoes Surgery on Torn Biceps; Out 3-4 Months

MMA Weekly is reporting that Dean Lister has undergone surgery on a torn biceps muscle in his right arm and will be out of action for 3-4 months.

Lister tore the muscle during a training session last week and went into surgery the very next day to have the injury repaired. The next few weeks will consist of Lister’s arm being in a sling. A rehabiliation program will follow after that.

Because of the injury, Lister will be able to compete in this year’s ADCC. Lister stated that he believes he will be healed and ready to make his return to the UFC later this summer.

Josh Koscheck Fights a Fan

The news that Josh Koscheck had fought a fan was first revealed when Dann from UFC Junkie posted his recent interview with Josh on Saturday. Koscheck stated in the article that video of him fighting a fan from March 30 would be posted on his website in the coming week.

I didn’t find this on his website but it was pointed to me by Scott. As advertised, Josh Koscheck fighting a fan ladies and gentlemen…

Afternoon News and Notes 3/27/07

Such a huge day already…

- We are planning on releasing the brand new MMA on Tap Fighter Rankings later today.

- Touching on a few things that I didn’t mention in the live blog…

Even though it wasn’t mentioned at the press conference, Dana White was quoted in an article done by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as saying that PRIDE will now feature the same set of rules that are currently used in the UFC…

“This is a sport and we’re going to follow the unified rules that were established in New Jersey and then in Nevada,” White said. “It’s a sport—mixed martial arts—and the sport should have the same rules everywhere. As far as I’m concerned, if an organization doesn’t follow these rules, it’s not MMA. It’s something else, but that’s not MMA.”

- White also went ahead to say that UFC will stay with the Octagon and PRIDE will continue to use a ring.

- The UFC 61: Bitter Rivals DVD hit stores today…

- ESPN got in on the UFC/PRIDE action, posting the AP article in their “More Sports” section.

- As if the the UFC and PRIDE getting together isn’t enough, rumors are floating around about a merger/working agreement between K-1, Strikeforce, Elite XC, Cage Rage, and ICON Sport…

Dana White Denies PRIDE Purchase

Greg Savage of Sherdog ran into UFC President Dana White last night at WEC 26 and White let him know there is currently no deal in place for the Fertitta Brothers to purchase PRIDE right now.

Savage told White about the reports floating around stating that PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara had informed those involved with PRIDE USA that the company was about to be sold to Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta. White’s response was both blunt and sarcastic:

“I ran Wanderlei Silva out there and said he was going to fight Chuck Liddell because Mr. Sakakibara said it was done. So take that for what its worth.”

Like most things,” he said, “about 70 percent of what you hear is bullshit.”

Sanchez Cleared to Fight Koscheck Despite Testing Positive for Marijuana in December

How does Diego Sanchez test positive for marijuana and no one finds out about it until now?

According to the OC Register, Sanchez tested positive after his win over Joe Riggs on December 13th at UFC Fight Night 7:

UFC welterweight contender Diego Sanchez tested positive for marijuana after his first-round KO over Joe Riggs on Dec. 13 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. Armando Garcia, the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, said Sanchez paid a $500 fine and served a three-month suspension, so he has been cleared to fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 69 on April 7 in Houston.

Pick Your Dream Matchup

Let’s pretend that the possible acquisition of PRIDE by the Fertitta brothers will result in the UFC bringing many of the fighters currently under contract overseas to their organization. It could result in some dream matchups that we thought we would never see.

If you had the choice, what five dream matchups would you want to see?

Here are mine…

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop
Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson
Josh Barnett vs. Randy Couture
Brandon Vera vs. Mauricio Rua

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