Royce Gracie

Round 5 Announces “UFC Titans” Line

Snapshot courtesy of Round 5 - The Official MMA Collectible.

Markham, ON  – Round 5 President Damon Lau announces an all-new line of collectible figures, UFC Titans, the latest brand extension of Round 5’s incredibly popular UFC license.

“For the last 3 years, we have had a great time working on our Ultimate Collector Series and the complementary UFC Live and UFC Versus collections. We are incredibly excited to announce our latest project: UFC Titans, says Lau. “As the UFC has grown into a mainstream sport, we wanted to produce a new line that appeals to our current fans as well as the new audiences who are finally recognizing mixed martial arts as the greatest sport on earth.”

The 5-inch UFC Titans figures are one inch shorter than the Ultimate Collector Series but share the same points of articulation at the neck, waist, arms and fists. Fans both new and old will see familiar faces in UFC Titans Series 1, as Round 5 will release figures of Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, and Georges St-Pierre.

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Gracie, Shamrock, Barnett and Chivichyan to Coach in Upstart Promotion

MMAWeekly is reporting that a new MMA promotion has surfaced in Las Vegas which plans on utilizing the team format with MMA legends as the coaches.

Platinum Fighting Productions has named the event Ring of Fire and announced that the coaches will be Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett and Gokor Chivichyan.

Team Gracie

Cleber Luciano (1-2)
Jorge Patino (20-10-1)
Daniel Sarafian (1-0)
John Marsh (7-6)
Katrine Alendal (0-1)

Team Shamrock

Evan Dunham (4-0)
Kyacey Uscola (13-10)
Mike Whitehead (19-5)
Ricco Rodriguez (26-7)
Tonya Evinger (4-3)

Team Barnett

Koji Oishi (15-7-4)
Yuki Kondo (47-20-6)
Renato Sobral (28-7)
Jeff Monson (23-7)
Ginele Marquez (5-7-1)

Team Chivichyan

Karen Darabedyan (2-0)
August Wallen (2-1)
Rodney Faverus (24-13-3)
Hakim Goram (3-1)
Amanda Buckner (10-4-1)

The debut event titled Ring of Fire: Manila is scheduled to take place Dec. 9 at Araneta Stadium in the Philippines. Each team will battle in four events set to take place in the Philippines, Macau, Japan and China. The two best teams will then battle in the Ring of Fire finals in December 2008.

Ring of Fire: Manila
Dec. 9, 2007
Team Barnett vs. Team Chivichyan

Koji Oshi vs. Karen Darabdeyan
Yuki Kondo vs. August Wallen
Renato Sobral vs. Rodney Faverus
Jeff Monson vs. Hakim Gouram
Ginele Marquez vs. Amanda Buckner
Zach Light vs. TBA

CKA: Oct 10, 2007

News and Notes

- Palace Fighting Championship will be in talks with both Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott this morning in an attempt to try and bring the bout between the two to PFC’s show on October 18th:

“I have spoken to both sides’ management,” said PFC’s Christian Printup. “I am submitting a formal offer (Wednesday) morning. If it satisfies their financial needs the fight will happen on Oct. 18 in the PFC. If it doesn’t, I can take comfort in knowing we made a very substantial offer nonetheless.”

- Speaking of Kimbo Slice, he is set to be profiled on ESPN’s newest venture, E:60:

The new sports news show from ESPN, E:60, will be taking a closer look into some of sports’ larger stories, much like 60 Minutes or Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The surprising thing? Kimbo Slice will be profiled by Rachel Nichols in one of the segments, according to the October 8th edition of USA Today.

- Tonight’s episode of UFC Unleashed will feature Rory Singer vs Josh Haynes from UFC: The Final Chapter as well as Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva from UFC 64.

- MMA Opinon discusses why Dave Meltzer’s move to Yahoo! Sports is going to revolutionize MMA media and slams others:

Meltzer’s ascension is not only deserved, but it could shape the way we read and digest thoughts and ideas on MMA. Coverage effects how we all view our MMA. The Sam Caplans’ and Todd Martins’ of the world are excelling because they understand the synergy and goals of business and entertainment as much as true sport. They are equally necessary. And somewhere in between Josh Gross and noted Negative Nancy Zach Arnold (great for community of MMA journalism, but often a malcontent when the sky isn’t falling) there is Dave Meltzer. Well, in between it all is Fight Linker, but that’s commentary.

Meltzer has waited a lifetime for compliments like the one given to him by famous sports writer Frank Deford this past summer. Often the object of disrespect, Meltzer (who writes a giant newsletter or two by himself, did radio shows, and covered ten times what anyone felt was required), was called the best sports journalist in the world by Deford. Here’s hoping he gets to make his mark at Yahoo Sports (he’ll dwarf Kevin Iole in months) and gets to retire from his newsletter. Dave deserves to watch his child grow up and not worry about losing another friend in pro wrestling.

Zach Arnold defends his work:

Who predicted the collapse of PRIDE before it was ever conventional wisdom in any media circles? I took two years of abuse for that one. The track record is good.

- UFC Daily is reporting that Frank Mir will definitely not be facing Fabricio Werdum at UFC 79 because he won’t be fighting until February or March of next year anyway.

- Fightlinker tells Dana White to not expect any favors from Tito Ortiz.

- Royce Gracie is teaching the Palm Beach, FL police department BJJ.

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Boxing vs MMA on Off the Record

Yesterday on TSN’s ‘Off the Record’, a panel was assembled to discuss “MMA vs. Boxing”. The show featured:

Royce Gracie - MMA and UFC legend
Steve Molitor - IBF super bantamweight champion
Mike Garrow - The Fight Network
Joe Tilley - CTV Sports anchor

CSAC Finalizes K-1 Dynamite!! USA Suspensions

The California State Athletic Commission finalized the suspensions and fines stemming from the positive drug results of Royce Gracie, Johnnie Morton, and Tim Persey after the post-fight testing for K-1 Dynamite!! USA on June 2nd earlier today.

As it pertains to Gracie - He chose to not submit an appeal his suspension and fine for testing positive for Nandrolone, a type of anabolic steroid. Gracie was fined $2500 and will serve his one year suspension.

Morton tested positive for unusually high levels of testosterone and then failed to submit a test for drugs of abuse to the CSAC. He also failed to appear in front of the comission in order to give an explanation for his actions. Morton was then fined $7500 and his athlete’s license in the state of California has been revoked. He is eligible to apply for a new license in one year.

Persey did not appeal his suspension after testing positive for the drug methamphetamine. Persey was fined $1000 and suspended for six months.

Gracie Decides Not to Appeal Suspension

Sherdog.com is reporting that Royce Gracie will not appeal his suspension he received from the California State Athletic Commission for testing positive for a banned anabolic agent.

“I did not appeal the decision because I have been in Spain for the last 1 1/2 (months) on vacation with my family, and for me to appeal, I would have to get a lawyer, and then get some experts to run tests and then get more experts to argue with their experts—or I can just pay $2,500 fine, and sit out for one year,” Gracie said via e-mail Monday. “Well, I fight once a year anyway and it’s much cheaper to pay $2,500 in fine then $10,000 retainer to attorney’s alone. As for my fans, those who believe me, believe me anyway, and those who don’t, does not matter what I do, or what I say, they will not believe anyway.”

Gracie had until July 13th to appeal the suspension but according to the report, the CSAC still had not received a formal appeal “and as a result the $2,500 fine and one-year suspension, which expires May 30, 2008, are final.”

CSAC Clarifies Gracie’s Drug Test

Last week is was reported that MMA legend Royce Gracie had failed his post-fight drug test following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba. Reports indicated that Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone which is an anabolic agent. The California State Athletic Commission has taken time to clarify the situation:

According to the CSAC, a normal person could potentially produce 2 ng/mL of Nandrolone, while an athlete following “rigorous physical exercise” could have a level of 6 ng/mL.

Both “A” and “B” samples provided by Gracie, said the CSAC, “had a level of over 50 ng/mL and we were informed that the level itself was so elevated that it would not register on the laboratory’s calibrator.”

Following the reports of his positive test result, Gracie maintained his innocence, stating he had never taken anything other then natural supplements or proteins over the span of his 14 year career.

“I have never in my 14-year fighting carrier [sic] taken anything other then natural supplements and natural proteins,” said Gracie, who was paid $300,000 to fight. “As such, I am shocked that anything was found in my system.”

According to Sherdog, Gracie, is currently on vacation with his family in Spain but he would file for an appeal.

Royce Gracie Fails Drug Test

The California State Athletic Commission announced today that MMA legend Royce Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, an anabolic agent, following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba.

Mixed martial arts icon Royce Gracie, best known as the slender gi-wearing Brazilian who twisted oversized competitors into knots during the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid, following his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba, June 2 in Los Angeles, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday.

The CSAC has suspended Gracie from June 2, 2007 through May 30, 2008 and issued him a fine of $2,500. Gracie has until July 13th to appeal the suspension.

CKA: Jun 7, 2007

News and Notes

- Just a reminder to check out the updated MMA on Tap Top Ten and to cast your vote on our latest poll - Rock the Vote: Franklin or Okami?

- Tonight’s TUF 5 episode will feature two quarterfinal bouts: Nate Diaz vs Corey Hill and Matt Wiman vs Manny Gamburyan

- Last night on bodogFIGHT: Costa Rica Combat - Nick Thompson stopped Dustin Denes with strikes on the ground in the second round and Eddie Alvarez was victorious with a TKO win over Scott Henze by TKO.

- The rumors are true when it comes to Sherdog adding a third live radio show to it’s lineup. The Stephen Quadros Show will debut on Tuesday, June 12th at 3 PM EST.

- Showtime will replay selected bouts from K-1 Dynamite!! USA this Saturday night at 9 PM EST to precede the Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson doubleheader started at 10 PM. Brock Lesnar’s MMA debut and the rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba will be shown in their entirety while highlights from the other fights on the card will be shown.

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Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
9-12 AM - Cage Side Live
11-12 AM - Knockout Radio

Gladiator Magazine Hits Newsstands Around the Globe

The first national issue of Gladiator Magazine, featuring new UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the cover with spiritual guru Dr. Christian Harfouche, is now on the newsstands in all 50 U.S. states in all major bookstores including Barnes and Nobles, Borders, Books-A-Million and more! Gladiator is also available in 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Gladiator Magazine brings together the top writers and experts in the MMA, BJJ, and grappling world including Editor-in-Chief Todd Hester, Editor-at-Large Kid Peligro, Deputy Editor Matt Furey, Jiu-Jitsu Editor Royler Gracie, Grappling Editor Rico Chiapparelli and columnists and writers such as Frank Trigg, Erik Paulson, Jeff “Sherdog” Sherwood, Kipp Kollar, Eddie Goldman, Tom Supnet, Tyson Johnson, Lester Griffin, and more!

Extensive MMA coverage including exclusive content on UFC fighters such as Randy Couture and events such as KOTC, Gladiator Challenge, WFC, Reality Fighting, Jungle Fight, Fury FC and others. World-leading coverage of submission wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu including the Professional Submission League (PSL), the North American Grappling Association (NAGA), and the Copa Pacifica. Upcoming articles include ADCC 2007, BJJ Pan Ams, and BJJ Worlds.

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