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.
News and Notes
- 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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News and Notes
- The updated MMA on Tap Top 10 will be posted later today…
- Steve Bruno has been taken off the card for June 12’s UFC Fight Night 10 after sustaining an injury during a practice session last Friday. A replacement opponent for Chad Reiner, whom Bruno was slated to face, has not yet been announced.
- Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer shot down heavy rumors regarding the possibility that the NSAC denied Frank Mir the opportunity to take on Tim Sylvia at UFC 74. In fact, the bout was never even taken to the commission in the first place. That doesn’t mean that the bout would still be approved however based on what Kizer stated earlier today in an email sent to various MMA media outlets:
That fight has not been presented to me, and thus no ‘denial’ has been made. I was asked about the match-up by a reporter and said I would have a hard time approving that fight unless I see a quality win from Mr. Mir first. However, I will keep an open mind.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will be on Late Night with David Letterman this Thursday on CBS…
- The Fight Network is reporting that the six fighters who were tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 71 all passed with flying colors:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Friday that six fighters – Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher and Sean Salmon – tested negative for steroids and stimulants prior to May 26’s UFC 71. Drugs of abuse tests results are still pending.
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Tonight we will be going live at 10 PM EST, covering UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes an official preview, predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs Quinton Jackson
Karo Parisyan vs Josh Burkman
Ivan Salaverry vs Terry Martin
Keith Jardine vs Houston Alexander
Chris Leben vs Kalib Starnes
Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens
James Irvin vs Thiago Silva
Wilson Gouveia vs Carmelo Marrero
Alan Belcher vs Sean Salmon
Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson
Terry Martin vs. Ivan Salaverry
Josh Burkman vs. Karo Parisyan
Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine
Kalib Starnes vs. Chris Leben
Thiago Silva vs. James Irvin
Sean Salmon vs. Alan Belcher
Jeremy Stephens vs. Din Thomas
Carmelo Marrero vs. Wilson Gouveia
Also be sure to tune in at 10 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.
Josh Burkman will look to build on his two-fight winning streak when he steps in to the octagon with Karo Parisyan May 26th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Burkman (8-3) found his way into the UFC after appearing on the UFC’s hit reality show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. His appearance on the show was short lived when he broke his arm fighting Melvin Guillard. Since then Burkman has worked to solidify himself as a contender in the welterweight division going 4-1 with victories over Sam Morgan, Drew Fickett, Josh Neer and Chad Reiner. His sole UFC loss came to the hands of welterweight contender Jon Fitch.
Burkman’s opponent, Karo Parisyan (16-4), is coming off of a victory over Drew Fickett. Parisyan is 6-2 in the octagon and at one point he was slated to fight former champion Matt Hughes for the title before he was sidelined with an injury. With the injury, Parisyan lost his spot as the top contender in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division. Since returning to action, Parisyan has gone 2-1 with victories over Nick Thompson and Drew Fickett. Parisyan’s only loss came in a war with undefeated fighter Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez.
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST.
- T-minus five minutes folks.
- Sherdog.com is reporting that “Cro Cop” has chosen to sign with the UFC, maybe we’ll be seeing an announcement tonight!
- Here we go folks! We are live, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs kicked the broadcast off by stating their plans for the fight, that was followed by the typical UFC highlight videos.
- Mike Goldberg graces the microphone while his partner Joe Rogan joins him. They hype up the crowd which consists of 3000 U.S. Marines.
- Just seeing Jeff Joslin being shown gets me excited! Can’t wait to see him get his shot in the big show!
- The first fight of the evening will be Shonie Carter and Marcus Davis.
Shonie Carter vs. Marcus Davis
- After a length commercial break we are back and the veteran voice of the octagon Bruce Buffer is introducing the fighters.
- Carter receives a very large ovation.
- “Big” John is the ref.
The fighters come out early and clinch but moments later they break apart. Davis attempts a low kick that misses. The regain the clinch and Davis secures a trip. Davis lands in the mount and from there he quickly takes Shonie Carter’s back. He secures the full body triangle and works for the rear naked choke. Carter stays calm while under the pressure. Davis continues to work from Carter’s back while he peppers him with short rights. Shonie shows a veteran presence as he reverses Davis and puts him on his back. Shonie begins to toss down some punches and elbows from the top while the crowd chants “Shonie! Shonie! Shonie!” Carter lands some excellent elbows from the top as he works from the top position. Carter finishes the round strong with some good shots from the top.
The fighters come out looking to size each other up early. Neither lands anything until Davis unleashes a shot that rocks Carter and drops him to the canvas. Carter gets up but he is still rocked. Davis lands another jab while Carter tries a few wild kicks. Still clearly dazed Carter takes another jab before he gains the clinch. Davis lands some good knees to the legs and they break free. Davis comes in with a good left hand while Shonie looks dazed. Davis lands another straight right followed by a very hard low kick. Davis sneaks in the right jab again as Carter misses with some wild shots. Davis continues to work the hard shots while Shonie’s nose leaks blood. Davis lands a four shot combo followed by a hard hook and a knee. Shonie attempts a few wild uneffective shots. Shonie tries the left spinning back fist that missed. Davis quickly capitalizes and lands two good shots. He follows that up with some more hard shots. Davis attempts a shot but slips. Again Davis tries to come in but he slips again and then the two fighters clinch. Carter momentarily goes for the guillotine but fails.
- Davis clearly dominated Carter in the second round rocking him numerous times.
The third round starts on the feet as the fighters exchange a few unsuccessful punches. Davis tries coming forward with a three punch combo that fails. Carter throws a wild uppercut that goes wide. Davis continues to work his hard stiff jab as Carter moves forward. Carter finally lands a good shot to the side of Davis’ head. Davis continues to work his stiff jab. Shonie attempts a head kick that is blocked. Both fighters attempt a few jabs and then Carter lands a good leg kick. Davis lands a few jabs while they continue to hunt one another. Davis continues to work his jab while Carter fakes some kicks. Shonie throws a few combinations while Davis comes in with the jab. Davis lands a low kick and Carter answers with a jab. Davis continues to jab Carter as the round ends.
- Marcus Davis is declared the winner by unanimous decision.
- The camera crew goes out back where they show Drew Fickett, Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, Jeff Joslin, Diego Sanchez and Joe Riggs getting prepared for their battles.
- They show the preview of Liddell vs. Ortiz II.
- Up next is “The Heat” versus “The Master”.
Karo Parisyan vs. Drew Fickett
- Ivan Salaverry is in the corner of Drew Fickett.
- Both Fickett and Parisyan received strong ovations.
- Steve Mazzagatti is the referee.
Fickett comes out with a few strikes early looking solid on his feet. Parisyan lands a big overhand right while taking a shot to the groin. He gets some time to regain his composure. The fight is restarted and Fickett throws some good straight punches. Karo gets ahold of Fickett and takes him to the canvas. Karo throws some shots while he is down and then Fickett hops back up to his feet. They exchange some overhand rights before clinching again. Fickett throws a knee and then they break the clinch. Karo charges in with strikes so Fickett throws a knee. Parisyan comes in with a wild overhand shot. Parisyan goes to throw a shot but he slips and quickly regains his balance. Karo lands two hard rights on the button. Fickett clinches and throws a knee but Karo quickly answers with some straight shots. Fickett clinches again he lands a good knee. Karo throws a head kick that is blocked. They clinch up against the cage and then Karo pushes off and lands a few shots. Both Karo and Fickett move to the center while landing a shot each. Drew charges forward and Karo lands some more good rights. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Karo throws a straight right followed by a high kick that is blocked. He nails Karo with a few more hard rights. Fickett shoots in for a single but Karo avoids it.
Karo comes in with some straight shots right away and then he secures a big takedown. Karo pins Fickett up against the fence looking to work the ground and pound. Fickett lands a hard elbow from the bottom that opens Karo up. Karo goes into attack more and starts landing some excellent elbows that cut Fickett as well. Parisyan starts teeing off from the top while moving to side mount. The fight is stopped to check the cuts. The doctor says he is ok. They restart the fight on the canvas as both guys are bloodied. Karo’s eye is cut badly is a swollen. Karo lands a huge right from the top before sneaking in a few short elbows. Fickett tries going for a kimura and then armbar. Karo regains the halfguard and he continues to fire off short elbows and punches. Karo continues to work from the top while Fickett squirms on the ground. The fight is back up on the feet. Karo’s eye is extremely swollen. Fickett shoots in and secures the double leg. Fickett begins to land some excellent elbows from the top. Fickett continues to work the hard elbows from the top as the round ends. Both guys are very bloodied and Karo’s eye looks terrible. Fickett’s cut is on his forehead, Parisyan’s is under the eye.
The third starts with a touch of gloves as both guys are battered and bloodied. Fickett comes in and lands a good left. Parisyan responds with a good jab. Fickett lands a good body kick. Karo tosses another good right as his cut is reopened. Karo continously tossed off the straight rights that look to have a good effect. Fickett jumps in with a knee that misses. Both guys exchange some more good shots. Karo lands a straight right left combo. Karo continues to throw the straight rights. Fickett then shoots in and it goes wrong giving Karo the top position. They then return to the feet moments later and Fickett attempts a few combos that misses. Fickett throws a weak punch and then the two fighters gain the clinch. Karo throws a wild right that misses. Fickett then shoots in but Karo pushes him off. Fickett attempts a high kick but once again it is blocked. Karo lands and excellent combo and then he lands a judo throw. Fickett tries to come in with the flying knee again as Karo tees off on him. Karo secures another takedown. Fickett turns to his back and they return to the feet. Fickett shoots in as they battle with shots in the clinch and the round ends. Both guys very battered and bloodied.
- This will be a close call!
- All three judges scored it 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Karo “The Heat” Parisyan.
- Next up is Koscheck versus Joslin!
Josh Koscheck vs. Jeff Joslin
- Joslin is introduced first and he recieves a mixed reception.
- Koscheck is next and the fans give him a solid reception.
- Herb Dean is the ref.
They touch gloves and circle one another. Joslin very light on his feet. Koscheck tries to wild shots. Joslin sneaks in a jab. Joslin continues to come forward tossing the odd jab. Koscheck tries another wild right hand. Koscheck has a little blood on the eye as he secures a takedown. Joslin shows an active guard as Koscheck begins to posture up. Joslin gets him in the butterfly guard while Koscheck attempts to pass. Koscheck continues to work to pass while Joslin holds on. Koscheck tries an elbow that misses. Joslin continues to utilize the butterfly guard while keeping Koscheck mobilized. Koscheck misses with an elbow. Dean steps in and stands them up. Joslin lands an overhand that rocks Koscheck, immediately Koscheck shoots and puts him down. Koscheck gets the takedown and works some body shots. Herb Dean warns Koscheck he will stand them up. Koscheck tries stuffing Joslin against the cage. Joslin rolls for an armbar. Round ends.
Joslin comes out with the jab as he sizes Koscheck up. He continues to work an excellent jab. Koscheck attempts a jab that misses. He then tries an overhand right that comes up short. Joslin continues to stalk Koscheck on the feet. Joslin works the jab while Koscheck throws a wild right. Joslin continues to come forward with straight punches as Koscheck throws wild rights that miss. Joslin lands a low kick and then Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Joslin ties him up while Koscheck tries to pass. Koscheck lands an elbow and then a few punches to the body. Koscheck postures up and lands a few elbows. Koscheck gets in two more elbows. Herb Dean stands them up. Immediately Koscheck shoots and gets the big takedown. Joslin tries switching to an armbar. Joslin gets the triangle sunk in at the end of the round.
The thrid starts with Joslin coming forward on the feet again. Joslin lands a low kick. He attempts a spinning backfist that misses. Joslin continues to work the jab. Joslin lands a few jabs as Koscheck backpeddles. Koscheck shoots in for the double leg. Koscheck secures the big takedown and he gets in a takedown. Joslin gains the butterfly guard. Koscheck continues to do very little from the top. Joslin works the active guard looking for a submission. Koscheck postures up but is uneffective. Koscheck sinks in a guillotine but Joslin gets loose. Koscheck works from the side dropping shot elbows. Koscheck begins to lands some good punches. Herb Dean stands the fighters up. Joslin is cut. Joslin throws a punch and Koscheck shoots and takes him down. Koscheck lays in the guard and does nothing while Joslin lands shots from the bottom.
- Josh Koscheck is declared the winner via a unanimous decision victory.
- Next up is Riggs vs. Sanchez.
Joe Riggs vs. Diego Sanchez
- Riggs is introduced first while his cornermen wear army uniforms.
- Diego is introduced next looking very focused.
- “Big” John is the referee.
- Intense staredown.
The fighters touch up to kick off the round and then they begin circling. Riggs throws big left that misses. Diego shoots in early but fails as Riggs stuffs it. Riggs continues to move forward as he lands right hand. Riggs throws good high kick. Both fighters land huge punches and Diego’s drops Riggs to the canvas, he quickly charges in and lands a flying knee. He follows that up with some shot on the canvas knocking Riggs out.
- Diego Sanchez is declared the winner by KO.
- Thats all folks, hope you enjoyed.
Here is the official card for UFC Fight Night 8.
Joe Riggs vs. Diego Sanchez
Marcus Davis vs. Shoine Carter
Drew Fickett vs. Karo Parisyan
Jeff Joslin vs. Josh Koscheck
Logan Clark vs. Steve Byrnes
Keita Nakamura vs. Anthony Torres
Dave Menne vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Alan Belcher vs. Jorge Santiago
Victor Valimaki vs. David Heath
The UFC has announced that Diego Sanchez and Karo Parisyan will fight in the main event of an August 17th Ultimate Fight Night that will precede the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 4 on Spike TV.
I’m guessing that this will be another fight to narrow down the list of contenders in the welterweight division, but is it really doing that? After all, does the winner of this matchup meet BJ Penn? With Sean Sherk supposedly moving down to lightweight, I don’t see Joe Silva being able to match Penn up with anyone right now. If they do make him wait for the victor of Sanchez-Parisyan, that’s a pretty long layoff for BJ…