Mark Bocek

UFC 73 Medical Suspensions

The California State Athletic Commission has released the list of fighter suspensions stemming from the results of UFC 73:

Nate Marquardt - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and lacerations around both eyes. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Tito Ortiz - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to right eye damage and lower back pain. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact permitted.

Heath Herring - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to left cheek damage and lacerations around the eye and nose. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Jorge Gurgel - Medically suspended indefinitely with no contact due to facial fracture.

Frankie Edgar - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to nose fracture.

Jason Gilliam - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to radial collateral ligament damage.

Mark Bocek - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and facial laceration. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Alvin Robinson - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact due to TKO.

CKA: July 9, 2007

News and Notes:

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Frankie Edgar has confirmed that he suffered a broken nose during his fight with Mark Bocek at UFC 73.

- The reports of a fan falling to his death at UFC 73 are actually true:

Man Dies After 30-Foot Fall At Arco Arena

A man who fell 30 feet at Arco Arena Saturday night has died. The man was attending an Ultimate Fighting event when the accident occurred.

Authorities say 27-year-old Eraldo Cano of Merced was walking between the barriers on the second floor of the arena when he fell. He was rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center around 8:27 p.m. but was pronounced dead around 10 p.m.

- The third season of The Ultimate Fighter will be released on DVD tomorrow.

- Congrats to Dann of UFC Junkie who was hired as the MMA columnist for the Dayton Daily News in Ohio.

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Silva, Sherk Defend Titles at UFC 73


Screens from ESPN’s recap of UFC 73

In order to remain a champion, one has to beat the best the opposition has to offer. Both Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk did just that on Saturday night, winning their fights in convincing fashion. With their respective roads now temporarily cleared, both fighters seem like they may stay on top for quite a while: a trend that we haven’t seen recently, at least in this upset-filled year.

UFC 73 turned out to certainly be ‘Stacked’ with action-packed fights from beginning to end. While the show’s production moved a bit faster than usual because of time constraints, each fight on the card equaled the pace. The majority of those in attendance at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California might not have agreed according to their unusual reactions throughout the night, but the event definitely lived up to the hype.

Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Title with a first round TKO victory over Nate Marquardt. The fight was back and forth until Silva (19-4) connected with a straight left hand that dropped Marquardt (25-7-2) to the mat. Silva then got on top of Marquardt and rained down unanswered right hands until referee John McCarthy stepped in to halt the bout.

Marquardt stayed down on the mat for a few moments afterwards, obviously shaken up. Silva thanked all of his trainers and coaches during a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. He also continued his growing love affair with American fans with praise and thanks as well.

“I love fighting for these fans,” Silva said. “I enjoy fighting in front of these fans fight after fight. They are always gracious.” Silva will now most likely go on to rematch former champion Rich Franklin this fall.

Sean Sherk won yet another five round unanimous decision and was able to keep his UFC Lightweight Title after defeating top contender Hermes Franca. Sherk (32-2-1) was able to control Franca (18-6) throughout the course of the fight, pressing the action and not letting Franca get up from the ground.

Franca landed multiple big knees to the chin of Sherk but was unable to generate any more offense than that. After the fight, Sherk stated that he was very impressed with Franca’s skills on the ground and his defense as well.

“Hermes was great on the ground. Definitely an awesome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy.” said Sherk. “He did a good job of keeping his face from getting hit and kept me close the entire fight.”

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UFC May Not Reach Canada in ‘07

The UFC has been trying to hold an event in Canada for most likely about a year now. However each time they are close to finalizing a deal, it always seems that something is standing in their way and the deal falls apart.

UFC President Dana White seemed confident when he stated that the UFC was finally going to make it up to Montreal in late 2007 during a June interview with the Canadian Press. A projected October event probably wouldn’t include Georges St. Pierre but at least the UFC would have made it to Canada.

Now let’s fast forward one month…

Rogers Sportsnet’s RJ Broadhead talked to White yesterday about the prospect of the UFC holding an event in the Bell Centre later this year. It seems that the Montreal Canadiens’ schedule is going to be quite the problem for White and company.

Video of Broadhead’s interview with White can be found here. White also discusses the debut of Canadian Mark Boeck at tonight’s UFC 73 and the amount of talent that is coming out of the country these days.

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