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Nick Diaz Under the Gun With Strikeforce and Showtime?


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Prior to Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, Nick Diaz was scheduled to take on Jay Hieron for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. All of that was thrown out the window when Diaz decided to skip a mandatory drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission.

Strikeforce and Showtime executives were displeased with the situation and when forced to find a replacement they called upon The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumni Jesse Taylor and placed his bout with Hieron on the non-televised section of the August 15 card.

Scott Coker and Ken Hershman recently spoke with ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield where they provided their thoughts on Diaz and what steps the organization and network will take in the future.

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Chuck Liddell Gets His Dance On


Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

That’s right folks! Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will be refining his foot work on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The series premieres on Monday, September 21 at 8 PM.

“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com, “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.”

Liddell joins a cast which includes Aaron Carter, Natalie Coughlin, Mark Dacascos, Tom DeLay, Macy Gray, Ashley Hamilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Kathy Ireland, Michael Irvin, Joanna Krupa, Debi Mazar, Mya, Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond, and Louis Vito.

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Dana White Conference Call Video

The following is a video of Dana White’s press conference from yesterday where it was announced that the UFC had re-signed Tito Ortiz, secured a deal with ESPN for the U.K. and brought back Vitor Belfort.

Blame the Past for Fedor, UFC Drama


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

It was supposed to be different this time around.

With the collapse of Affliction complete and the list of suitable non-UFC opponents dwindling, the top heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, seemed likely to finally sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However despite early reports suggesting that a deal was imminent, we stand here with the two sides as distant as ever, and it comes as no surprise.

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Fedor to Head EA Sports MMA Roster, Deal With UFC Far From Finished


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Despite published reports stating that a deal was nearly complete, perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko remains a free agent and not part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ever-growing heavyweight roster.

Emelianenko and his manager, M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein, held a press conference today in Anaheim, California to discuss the recent rumors and a variety of topics. It was also announced that Emelianenko will serve as the featured athlete in EA Sports’ first-ever MMA-related video game, “EA Sports MMA”, which is scheduled to be released next year.

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Are Fedor and the UFC Close to a Deal?


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Differing reports issued today are insinuating that longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko may or may not be close to a deal that would finally land him inside the confines of the UFC.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Emelianenko’s management team and the UFC were finalizing a contract that would reportedly be announced as early as this coming Friday. However, Sports Illustrated‘s Josh Gross is now quoting M-1 Global’s Apy Echteld as dismissing Pugmire’s story as “inaccurate”.

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Atencio Confirms Fedor-Barnett is Off


Snapshot courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

Tom Atencio, president of Affliction MMA, has confirmed reports that Josh Barnett has been forced to withdraw from his Aug. 1st bout with Fedor Emelianenko.

Atencio spoke with AOL’s MMA FanHouse where he said, “He tested positive for a banned substance. The athletic commission will not reinstate his license. Him and Fedor is off.”

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Dana White and Tito Ortiz Make Amends, UFC Return Possible


Tito Ortiz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC president Dana White and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz have buried the hatchet and plan to move forward in a professional manner.

The news comes from Twitter where White said, “Yes, Tito and I made up.” White continued, “Doesn’t mean he’s back, we just aren’t smashing each other anymore and we don’t hate each other.”

Ortiz also commented via Twitter, “Yeah, me and Dana White made up. I’m expecting to be inside the octagon again soon.”

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Shawn Tompkins Responds to Kit Cope

Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins recently spoke with RawVegas about Kit Cope following Cope’s comments in the media regarding Tompkins, Xtreme Couture, and Gina Carano.

Chuck Liddell and Charles “Mask” Lewis Inducted into UFC Hall of Fame


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UFC president Dana White has announced, via his Twitter, that former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and TapouT founder Charles “Mask” Lewis will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this weekend at the UFC 100 Fan Expo.

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