The California State Athletic Commission announced today that Johnnie Morton has tested positive for anabolic steroids.
Former NFL football player Johnnie Morton (Pictures) has tested positive for anabolic steroids following his mixed martial arts debut on June 2, California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia informed Sherdog.com Wednesday afternoon.
In order to receive a license to fight, Morton, 35, was required to undergo a pre-fight urinalysis. According to Garcia, Sample A came back as positive for a “very elevated TE ratio, which is testosterone. And that is 83.9—the normal industry standard for an athlete is 6.”
Garcia said Sample B confirmed the results, and “that is consistent with anabolic steroid use.”
Morton faces the revocation of his license as well as a maximum $2,500 fine. Disciplinary action is on hold until the CSAC receives the results for Morton’s drugs of abuse tests. Garcia said Morton was notified via letter several days after the fight, and that he has 10 days to respond if he wishes to receive a hearing in front of the commission. As of Wednesday afternoon, Morton had not responded.
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- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Palace Fighting Championships has added Casey Olson to it’s roster:
Casey “The Underdog” Olson announces the signing of a three-fight card with the Palace Fighting Championships (PFC). These mixed martial arts bouts are slated for July 19, Oct. 18 and Dec. 6 at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, Calif. The first PFC bout, on July 19, pits Olson against Brandon Jinnes (2-5) of Stockton, Calif.
“It’s been a long road getting back on track with my career after dealing with all the medical issues,” says Olson. “After comin’ off my first loss, I went back to the drawing board. I promise, come July 19th, that I’m bringin’ a war!”
In the past two years, Casey “The Underdog” Olson, a former Fresno State/Fresno City/Clovis High grappler has amassed a 5-1 professional record in the cage.
- MMA Weekly is reporting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira may be leaving Brazilian Top Team.
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Chuck Liddell recently sat down for an interview with the Baltimore Sun and revealed that PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko may be coming over to the UFC.
Liddell was asked who he would like to fight when it comes to PRIDE fighters entering the UFC. He responded with this:
All of them. Any of the good ones. There’s “Shogun” [Mauricio Rua], there’s [Dan] Henderson. You’ve got Fedor [Emelianenko] coming over. [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira is coming over in the heavyweight [division].
If and when Fedor and the UFC finally settle on some kind of contract, their is going to be a huge announcement without a doubt.
The UFC has removed Jake O’Brien-Tom Murphy from the official card for UFC 72 on Saturday night after they learned that O’Brien would be unable to compete due to chronic back problems.
There hasn’t been any signs that Murphy would be added back to the event before Tuesday but that could certainly change provided that the UFC finds a replacement opponent in time.
Ken Pavia, O’Brien’s agent, spoke with UFC Junkie and shed some more light on the situation involving O’Brien and his back:
O’Brien is suffering from “stingers,” a painful nerve injury that originates in the spine. The sports injury usually appears in athletes from contact and combat sports, such as football, wrestling and mixed-martial arts. According to Pavia, O’Brien has battled the injury since his Division 1 wrestling days at Purdue University.
“He started getting stingers in college, and they became a lot more frequent during preparation (for UFC 72),” says Pavia. “[They’re] causing numbness and temporary paralysis in his arms.
“It’s a pretty serious injury, and he’s getting treatment for it. I guess there’s always the possibility it’s career-ending, but we’re not sure. He’s getting intensive treatment five days a week.“
Dutch sports website Ground and Pound has posted a piece after speaking with UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo where he states that he will take on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75.
Here is a translated snip from the article:
Rumors have been circulating for some time on the internet that Mirko Cro Cop and Cheick Kongo would meet in a European duel in England at UFC 75 in September. Kongo confirmed the rumors that he had a fight with the PRIDE Grand-Prix world champion with Ground and Pound, saying simply “It is true.”
If this turns out to be legit, this will definitely be a matchup that I’ve been wanting ever since Cro Cop stepped foot in the UFC.
Tommy Morrison’s supposed MMA debut was a successful one for the former boxing heavyweight champion as he stopped John Stover at 2:08 of the first round, winning by TKO.
I put quotes around MMA in the title because this bout wasn’t mixed martial arts despite what promoters were billing it as. Both fighters were not permitted to use knees, kicks, and elbows and the fight was prohibited from hitting the ground.
There was some pre-fight drama that took place when Stover had second thoughts of even going through with the fight, this because of various reports coming out stating that Morrison’s former agent believes that he is HIV-positive as well as Stover finding out that promoters lied to him. Stover stated that he was told the bout was being sanctioned by the Arizona State Athletic Commission and that Morrison tested negative for the bout.
Sherdog.com is reporting K-1 heavyweight Tim “Big Perm” Persey tested positive for methamphetamine following his loss to Jonathan Wiezorek.
Heavyweight Tim Persey of Irvine, Calif., tested positive for methamphetamine following his stoppage loss to Jonathan Wiezorek last Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The CSAC has handed Persey a $1,000 fine along with a six-month suspension. Persey will be given 60 days to appeal the fine and suspension.
Here is a blurb about methamphetamine from Wikipedia:
Methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant which affects neurochemical mechanisms responsible for regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, appetite, attention, mood and responses associated with alertness or alarm conditions. The acute effects of the drug closely resemble the physiological and psychological effects of an epinephrine-provoked fight-or-flight response, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, vasoconstriction (constriction of the arterial walls), bronchodilation, and hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar). Users experience an increase in focus, increased mental alertness, and the elimination of fatigue, as well as a decrease in appetite.
Users must also take caution and avoid being showered by cold water, riding high-speed roller coasters, consuming caffeine powered drinks, or exercising and weight lifting, as these actions can trigger hypertension, nervousness, extreme rapid heartbeat, dilated heartbeat, or sudden death.
News and Notes
- Nate Diaz and Manny Gambaryan were victorious on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Diaz submitted Corey Hill with a triangle choke three minutes into the first round and Gambaryan pulled off a hard fought unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman. Diaz and Gambaryan now join Joe Lauzon and Gray Maynard in the semifinals.
- Josh Koscheck discussed his hacked MySpace account and the series of phone calls he had with Dana White with UFC Junkie after a bulletin posted by Koscheck’s account ranted on about UFC fighters not getting paid enough and made suggestions of forming a union between fighters.
- A New Mexico TV station is reporting that Diego Sanchez’s next fight will take place at UFC 74, possibly against top ranked lightweight Hayato Sakurai.
- Former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison makes his MMA debut this Saturday night at WFC: Rumble in the Red Rocks against John Stover…
- Just a quick reminder to check out the items that are currently up for auction by the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. The items currently available include autographed shirts by Chris Leben and Houston Alexander, an original UFC 7 poster with Ken Shamrock and Oleg Taktarov, Din Thomas’ autographed and UFC 71 worn gloves, a Poison tour used CC Deville autographed guitar, and Cole Escovedo’s WEC Featherweight Title belt autographed by the champ himself.
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- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- The always popular MMA on Tap Top Ten has been updated and was posted yesterday for everyone to break down and take in. Be sure to leave comments with any corrections, props, thoughts, and suggestions that you might have.
- Our latest edition of Rock the Vote has been posted - Who will be victorious in UFC 72’s main event: Rich Franklin or Yushin Okami? Be sure to add your pick…
Here are the results for our last poll:
Chuck Liddell: 25%
Mirko Cro Cop: 23%
Andrei Arlovski: 17%
Tim Sylvia: 17%
Gabriel Gonzaga: 8%
Randy Couture: 8%
Heath Herring: 2%
- Scott put together a nice mini-interview with Jonathan Goulet discussing Goulet’s recent win over Travis Axworthy this past weekend as well as his thoughts on John Alessio’s peformance on Sunday night. MMA Weekly caught wind of the piece and was going to ask Alessio about Goulet’s comments on last night’s radio show but Alessio failed to appear.
- The Fight Network is reporting that renowned grappler Marcelo Garcia is in California training with Team Quest this week. K-1 stated in a pre-fight press conference for Dynamite!! USA that Garcia would make his debut in September.
- Leonard Garcia has announced that he will be fighting on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Garcia did not say who his opponent will be.
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Here are the official weigh-in results for IFL: Seattle.
Tokyo Sabres vs. Portland Wolfpack
Orvil Palmer (233.6) vs. Devin Cole (247.5)
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (185) vs. Matt Horwich (185)
Vladimir Matyushenko (204) vs. Aaron Stark (205)
Antonio McKee (169) vs. Mike Dolce (170)
Savant Young (155) vs. Ryan Schultz (155)
L.A. Anacondas vs. Seattle Tiger Sharks
Benji Radach (185) vs. Bristol Marunde (184)
Chris Horodecki (153) vs. Shad Lierley (153)
Jay Hieron (170) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Alex Schoenauer (204) vs. Allan Goes (205)
Krzysztof Soszynski (230) vs. Reese Andy (208)
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