The upcoming Gracie Fighting Championships show will be hosted by Michael Jai White with Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz doing the play by play. Special guests will include UFC and PRIDE vet Mark “The Hammer” Coleman and Wallid Ismail.
The Gracie Fighting Championships will be hosted By Michael Jai White of “Undisputed II” and “Spawn” the Movie, along with Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz. We expect Cesar and Nick to do a great job of play by play fight analysis. Other special guest will include Wallid Ismail and Mark Coleman.
PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz has received a 6 month suspension from the NSAC for testing positive to Delta-9-THC. Along with the suspension, Diaz received a $3,000 fine and his victory over Takanori Gomi was changed to a no contest.
Alamo went on to say, “Mr. Diaz was 175. This creates a unique situation. I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated and… that it made you numb to the pain. Did it help you win? I think it did.”
In his statements to the commission, Diaz said, “I wasn’t under the influence when I was fighting. I don’t abuse drugs normally; it was a one-time thing. It was very embarrassing for me to test positive.”
The NSAC also suspended Joe Pearson and Kit Cope. Pearson tested positive to Delta-9-THC and he received a 6 month suspension and $800 fine. Cope tested positive for Boldenone and he was suspended 9 months and fined $1,167.
Well this is crazy…
Apparently Nick Diaz has failed the post-fight drug test he took directly after his submission win over PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming. The Nevada State Athletic Commission stated that he has tested positive for marijuana.
Next comes the standard procedure that we are starting to become all too familar with…
Diaz will have to schedule a hearing with the NSAC if he decides to go against the ruling. He will most likely be suspended for six months, at least that’s what has happened for other athletes who have tested positive for the drug recently. The big question is whether or not this suspension will be issued along with his six month medical suspension or if it will be issued after that.
In case anyone was wondering, all of the other fighters passed their drug tests with flying colors…
Just some random thoughts from this past weekend’s Pride 33: The Second Coming show.
It was a great show put on by DSE, which is great considering the amount of mismatches that most thought plagued the fight card. Stunning KO upsets (Lil’ Nog especially), an absolute war between Nick Diaz and the Fireball Kid Takanori Gomi that saw the UFC vet Diaz choke out Gomi with a gogoplata, and another highlight KO of Wanderlei Silva by Dan Henderson highlighted the event. While the production style of Pride may take some getting used to in the American market, the event was a much better representation of Pride than their first foray into the US this past October.
PRIDE 33 FULL RESULTS
Dan Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva by KO at 2:08, Round 3
Nick Diaz def. Takanori Gomi by Gogoplata at 1:46, Round 2
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Alistair Overeem by TKO at 3:37, Round 1
Sergei Kharitonov def. Mike Russow by Armbar at 3:46, Round 1
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Mac Danzig by TKO at 4:01, Round 2
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by TKO at 0:23, Round 1
James Lee def. Travis Wiuff by Guillotine Choke at 0:39, Round 1
Frank Trigg def. Kazuo Misaki by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joachim Hansen def. Jason Ireland by Armbar at 2:33, Round 3
That being said, there are some stories out there that claim the results of Pride 33 will hurt the promotion in the long run. The first one by Zach Arnold was first printed on BoxingScene.com.
PRIDE 33 will go down as an event that, on paper, had a fight card line-up that looked like a turkey but produced some exciting fights. Short-term, the event was successful. Long-term, however, major damage was done to several of PRIDE’s key Japanese assets.
There is no turning back to Japan now for PRIDE. *Read More*
Arnold goes on to intricately detail how the surprising results will hurt Pride, especially in their stronghold of Japan itself.
A few days later, Al Yu, a Japanese columnist for MMAWeekly who specializies in covering the Far East MMA scene for the site, offered very similar setiments to Arnold. He even called it a disaster, the same as Arnold.
Operating under financial turmoil, DSE continued forward with their second U.S. show in hopes to make a further impact in a market currently dominated by the UFC. Pride 33: The Second Coming produced many exciting fights and was easily one of the best events of the year. Of the nine scheduled fights, only one went to a decision. So why was it a disaster?
What makes an organization is its stable of fighters. Pride’s large roster consists of some of the best fighters in the world. Any time a marquee fighter loses, it can have an adverse affect on an organization. In this case, four of Pride’s stars faltered on a crucial night for the Japanese organization.
There is no question that the event itself was a huge success, especially fight wise. The key will be where the PPV buy numbers end up, especially considering how poor the PPV numbers for the October event turned out. Let’s hope for the best.
Finally, for the first time ever, Pride CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara made a comment that did not deny that Pride may be up for sale. In the past, he has always firmly denied the sales rumors. From Loretta Hunt’s article on the Fight Network…
“Maybe,” PRIDE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara answered of rumors that the PRIDE organization could go up for sale. “Today[‘s] show is very good [though].”
Nick Diaz recently spoke with GraceFighter.com providing his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Takanori Gomi.
“I don’t think he has anything to offer that I haven’t seen before. I think I’ve fought tougher guys than him. The guys I’ve fought hit harder, were better wrestlers and better grapplers. What does he think he’ll be able to do to me? I’m not intimidated at all and if he thinks he can knock me out that’s fine. I think he’ll be the one getting an ass beating so I hope he’s ready.”
News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
News and Notes
- Nick Diaz will be fighting on the upcoming PRIDE USA show. It is expected that he’ll fight PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi.
- Drew McFedries will fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 68: The Uprising.
- We have confirmed that Hayato Sakurai will face Mac Danzig at PRIDE 33.
- Matt Lindland confirmed on ‘The Beatdown’ that he will in fact be fighting Fedor Emelianenko.
MMA on Tap has confirmed that KOTC veteran Mac Danzig will fight Hayato Sakurai at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.
Danzig fought this past weekend at KOTC: Hard Knocks losing a tough split decision victory to PRIDE veteran Clay French. Prior to his loss to French, Danzig was on a tear winning 12 straight fights with victories over the likes of Brandon Olsen, Jason Ireland, and others. With only three losses to his name, it was only a matter of time before Danzig got a shot in the big show, his time has finally come.
Danzig’s opponent will be lightweight contender Hayato Sakurai. Sakurai is a very decorated fighter who has a deep past in both PRIDE and Shooto. Sakurai has won 6 of his last 7 with his only loss coming to the hands of PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi.
It now looks like Nick Diaz will face Takanori Gomi in a non-title bout on the card. Diaz recently signed a contract with PRIDE and it has been announced that he’ll fight on the upcoming PRIDE USA card.