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NSAC Reinstates Hermes Franca


Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to reinstate former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca after the Brazilian served a one-year suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last summer.

The NSAC made the announcement yesterday afternoon to the media.

Franca tested positive for the steroid, Drostanolone, following an unanimous decision loss to former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 73: Stacked last July in California. Sherk tested positive for steroids following the event and was subsequently suspended by the state as well.

Unlike his counterpart, Franca admitted to taking the drug. Still recovering from lingering injuries, Franca ultimately turned to steroids in order to help his body prepare for the biggest fight of his career, a mistake he has since promised to never make again.

Prior to his loss to Sherk, Franca had racked up three straight wins inside the confines of the UFC, where he returned for a second stint after splitting four fights two years earlier, including an impressive stoppage of Spencer Fisher and a submission of current WEC lightweight title holder Jamie Varner. He will now go on to fight standout wrestler Frankie Edgar at the organization’s next event later this month in Las Vegas.

Belfort Must Pay Fine to Fight at Affliction


Vitor Belfort. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will be unable to return to action against fellow heavy-hitter Terry Martin on the undercard of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th, unless an outstanding fine of $10,000 is paid to the Nevada State Athletic Commission before that date.

The news comes from NBCSports.com, which contacted NSAC executive director Keith Kizer for an official ruling on the situation.

According to Kizer, Belfort jetting over to the United Kingdom to fight after being suspended for a positive test for steroids under the watch of the state of Nevada two years ago will have no bearing on his ability to fight in California in July. It will however become a major issue if he ever intends to take a fight in the state of Nevada again.

“As far as Cage Rage goes, that had nothing to do with his discipline here,” Kizer said in the report. “Now, if he does come back and wants to fight here (Nevada), we’ll ask him about Cage Rage and why it took him so long to pay his fine, but it has nothing to do with the Affliction card. There should be no impediment if he pays the fine.”

Belfort tested positive for hydroxytestosterone following a decision loss to Dan Henderson in October 2006. He originally contended that a legal supplement he purchased contained traces of the steroid but later admitted that he was unknowingly injected by a doctor while rehabbing a knee injury.

“The Phenom” has yet to make any public statement about the situation nor any indication that he intends to pay the fine.

UFC 84: Ill Will Fighter Salaries


Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from UFC 84: Ill Will, which took place this past weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The event featured current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn successfully defend his title in a bad-blood filled showdown against former champion Sean Sherk. Penn stopped Sherk with strikes in the third round. Former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva knocked out fellow light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine just seconds into their co-main event bout.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

B.J. Penn ($250,000) def. Sean Sherk ($35,000)
Wanderlei Silva ($150,000) def. Keith Jardine ($10,000)
Lyoto Machida ($100,000) def. Tito Ortiz ($210,000)
Goran Reljic ($6,000) def. Wilson Gouveia ($18,000)
Thiago Silva ($50,000) def. Antonio Mendes ($4,000)
Rameau Sokoudjou ($80,000) def. Kazuhiro Nakamura ($20,000)
Rich Clementi ($40,000) def. Terry Etim ($10,000)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida ($12,000) def. Jon Koppenhaver ($8,000)
Rousimar Palhares ($10,000) def. Ivan Salaverry ($20,000)
Shane Carwin ($12,000) def. Christian Wellisch ($10,000)
Dong Hyun Kim ($40,000) def. Jason Tan ($3,000)

Sherk Tests Negative in Nevada


Sean Sherk. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, who is still feeling the after-effects of a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission last summer, tested negative for steroids and any drugs of abuse during a recent mandatory pre-fight test under the state of Nevada.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which confirmed the results of Sherk’s submitted sample with Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“The NSAC received Mr. Sherk’s steroid and drug test results this morning and they were all negative,” Kizer said in the report, also dispelling previous rumors that Sherk had also passed a test as part of the commission’s newly-instituted procedure to test fighters randomly throughout the year.

While Sherk’s upcoming title bout against B.J. Penn late this month will mark the fifth time that Sherk has fought in the state of Nevada throughout the course of his career, the Minnesota native was merely required to send in a sample as part of licensure policy. However it’s key to note that fighters who have tested positive for a certain substance in the past or are under suspicion of doing so may also be tested under the new regulations.

Sherk was only officially released from his suspension under the CSAC last month. At the time, he had not paid his $2,500 fine ccording to CSAC official Bill Douglas.

Sherk Required to Submit Additional Sample


Sean Sherk weighs-in for UFC 73: Stacked. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, who is still feeling the after-effects of a positive test for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission last summer, will be required to submit an additional drug test one month prior to his showdown with B.J. Penn at UFC 84: Ill Will.

Caleb of MMA Predictions reports that Sherk was informed of the mandatory pre-fight test via a tele-conference with the Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday. It’s interesting to note that Sherk hasn’t even been licensed to fight in the state of Nevada as of yet. Passing his assigned test in two weeks will go a long way in getting approved I’m sure.

Something that can be filed as ‘WTF’:

One staff member also asked Sherk to explain an assault charge that Sherk received in 1994. Sherk explained that he was at a bar with friends, and one friend got into a fight with another group of men. Sherk got involved as the fight moved to the parking lot but claimed it was “a mistake… something I wouldn’t do again”.

This will be the fifth time that Sherk has fought in the state of Nevada throughout the course of his career and the NSAC is just now asking him about this? Maybe they’re just going with a zero-tolerance policy but asking him about things that have nothing to do with steroids doesn’t make much sense to me.

HT: MMA Mania

WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann Medical Suspensions


Tim McKenzie throws a left hand at Steve Cantwell. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past week’s WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of ten fights. Brian Stann knocked out Doug Marshall to claim the World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight title. Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen dominated Bryan Baker over three rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision win.

Marshall could be medically suspended until September if his right foot is not cleared by a doctor. If he passes the examination, he is suspended until May 11th with no contact until April 26th. Bryan Baker and Brock Larson received similar suspensions for a facial laceration and a possible broken jaw respectively.

Tim McKenzie is suspended until April 26th with no contact until April 17th due to precautionary reasons. Sergio Gomez and Richard Crunkilton are also shelved for the same amount of time.

The following fighters also received medical suspensions: Blas Avena until May 26th, Chris Manuel until April 3rd, and Scott Harper until his left eye is cleared by an ophthalmologist.

WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann Fighter Salaries


Doug Marshall lands a leg kick on Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries stemming from this week’s WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann event, which took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of ten fights. Brian Stann knocked out Doug Marshall to claim the World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight title. Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen dominated Bryan Baker over three rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision win.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Brian Stann ($18,000) def. Doug Marshall ($10,000)
Chael Sonnen ($34,000) def. Bryan Baker ($5,000)
Brock Larson ($24,000) def. John Alessio ($15,000)
Richard Crunkilton ($20,000) def. Sergio Gomez ($4,000)
Marcus Hicks ($10,000) def. Ed Ratcliff ($7,000)
Steve Cantwell ($8,000) def. Tim McKenzie ($6,000)
Hiromitsu Miura ($8,000) def. Blas Avena ($6,000)
Chris Manuel ($3,000) vs. Kenji Osawa ($5,000)
Alex Serdyukov ($12,000) def. Ryan Stonitsch ($3,000)
Logan Clark ($12,000) def. Scott Harper ($3,000

IFL Fighter Salaries and Event Numbers


Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson weigh-in for IFL: New Blood, New Battles. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official lists of fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s International Fight League: New Blood, New Battles event, which took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured a total of three title fights. Roy Nelson and Ryan Schultz each successfully defend their respective belts while Ryan McGivern won a unanimous decision over Matt Horwich to claim the IFL middleweight title.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

John Gunderson ($9,500) vs. Ryan Schultz ($26,000)
Fabiano Scherner ($7,500) vs. Roy Nelson ($24,000)
Ryan McGivern ($10,000) vs. Matt Horwich ($12,000)
Rafael Dias ($7,000) vs. Santino DeFranco ($5,000)
Leopoldo Serao ($4,000) vs. Josh Haynes ($6,000)
Alexandre Ferreira ($16,000) vs. Lew Polley ($4,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($15,000) vs. Pat Healy ($15,000)
Ian Loveland ($7,000) vs. Dennis Davis ($5,000)

The total disclosed fighter payroll was $165,500.

The total attendance was reported as 4,280: 1,606 tickets were paid for and 2,674 were given away. The total live gate for the event was $102,120.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The most notable suspension handed out by the commission was given to light heavyweight David Heath, who suffered a broken nose during his loss to newcomer Tim Boetsch in a preliminary bout. Heath has been sidelined until August 1st unlesss his nasal fracture is cleared by a doctor before then. If his fracture is cleared, he will only be suspended until April 1st and will not be permitted to participate in contact-related activities until March 19th.

March 19th is also the date that Kyle Bradley and Keita Nakamura are suspended until. Bradley suffered a facial laceration in his loss to Chris Lytle while Nakamura has been given a break for precautionary reasons.

Marvin Eastman, who was victorious in a three-round decision over Terry Martin, has been medically suspended until March 2nd with no contact because of a laceration on the lid of his right eye.

Former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia have both been sidelined until March 3rd due to precautionary reasons. Mir also has a scalp laceration. Neither will be permitted to have contact during training until February 24th.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries stemming from UFC 81: Breaking Point.

The event was highlighted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira becoming the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir also withered a barrage of punishment from one-time amateur and professional wrestling champion Brock Lesnar, before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Brock Lesnar: $250,000
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $200,000
Tim Sylvia: $100,000
Frank Mir: $80,000
Nate Marquardt: $52,000
Ricardo Almeida: $40,000
Tyson Griffin: $36,000
Jeremy Horn: $25,000
Chris Lytle: $24,000
Rob Emerson: $16,000
Marvin Eastman: $14,000
Tim Boetsch: $12,000
Terry Martin: $12,000
Gleison Tibau: $11,000
David Heath: $6,000
Keita Nakamura: $5,000
Rob Yundt: $5,000
Kyle Bradley: $4,000

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