Junie Browning (right). Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighter veteran Junie Allen Browning was arrested on Tuesday in Henderson, Nevada.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Browning was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus after he ingested a reported 16 pills of Klonopin. The report also states that Browning tried to leave the hospital and while doing so he pushed a female nurse, punched a male nurse and kicked a male nurse.
The LVRJ report states that Browning yelled, “Do you know who I am? I will kill you and rape your family.” Browning faces three counts of battery on a health care provider.
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.
Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history. It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night.
With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue. It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August. And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s. The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd. To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL. I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport. On to the action!
Photo courtesy of ProElite.
Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, scored the first of what might be multiple legal victories over current heavyweight champion Randy Couture yesterday in Las Vegas District Court.
Judge Jennifer Togliatti granted a motion for a preliminary injunction that will now prevent Couture from lending his name or likeness to any of the proceedings going on later tonight at the International Fight League’s scheduled event, where the Xtreme Couture gym was expected to field a team to compete.
Prior to the hearing, Xtreme Couture officials that they would have their fighters compete under the “Team Tompkins” banner at the event instead.
The injunction also leaves Couture unable to corner fighters from the gym at the event as well. However Couture publicly stated weeks ago that Shawn Tompkins would be heading the team at the event anyway.
Zuffa alleged that the IFL had posted an image bearing Couture’s likeness on the front of their official website. According to Couture, his staff immediately contacted the IFL and asked that it be removed right away and it was done so.
The lawsuit filed against Couture by Dana White and company concerning Couture’s promotional contract with the UFC has not yet been heard in court. Couture has requested the dismissal of the lawsuit. A preliminary hearing will take place on March 6th and will determine whether or not there will be a trial.
The IFL held a conference call with the media earlier this afternoon to discuss the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix Finals which are set to take place on Saturday, December 29th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The event will be broadcast in the United States on HDNet and in Canada on FOX Sports World Canada.
Nothing new was reported in terms of the IFL itself, that will come later in the week, on Wednesday to be exact when IFL President Kurt Otto meets with the media again to discuss the layout for next year.
Fighters participating on the call were Chris Horodecki and Jay Hieron. Notes on both are after the jump.
Here’s the second episode of Raw Vegas’ Road to UFC 79 series with Wanderlei Silva as he prepares to fight Chuck Liddell in one of the biggest fights in MMA history at UFC 79 on December 29th. Wanderlei discusses his training thus far and how the change from a ring to a cage will affect him. Silva’s trainers Ulysses Pereira and Shawn Tompkins are also interviewed.
The IFL held a conference call earlier today to announce that the first round of the IFL Grand Prix will be televised live on broadcast television as well to reveal the implementation of the inaugural IFL Draft. IFL President Kurt Otto was featured on the call.
Otto began the call by discussing details of the first round of the IFL Grand Prix that will be televised live on November 3rd at 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV. The show will be one hour long and will show a few of the fights that will be taking place that night. Matchups between lightweights Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski as well as heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson are expected to be televised. Otto said that the final round of the Grand Prix that is scheduled to take place on December 29th may also be possibly televised live as well.
Otto also announced that light heavyweight Mike Ciesnolevicz has been forced to pull out of the Grand Prix after suffering a broken nose in his recent fight against Andre Gusmao at the IFL Championship. Replacing Ciesnolevicz will be Gusmao himself. Gusmao will take on top seeded Vladimir Matyushenko while Mike Whitehead will face off against Alex Schoenauer in the first round.
The IFL will conduct it’s first ever draft during the month of October. The draft will consist of three separate tryout sessions set to take place in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago on October 13th, October 20th, and October 27th respectively. Fighters looking to try out must be at least 18 years of age and must have one professional MMA fight under their belt.
Otto discussed newly named President and COO Jay Larkin and the impact that he will have on the company coming over from Showtime.
Other things of note that Otto discussed were:
- The fact that Otto prefers the new Saturday night time slot compared to Monday nights. He said that the IFL is instead featured in a prime time TV slot and that they don’t have to compete with Monday Night Football any longer.
- Otto stated that some of the teams will be relocating to new cities or countries for next season. He also said that there will be a few coaching changes as well. When asked if he already found a replacement for departing Los Angeles head coach Shawn Tompkins, Otto said “maybe”.
The IFL has announced that it has come to terms on the release of Los Angeles Anacondas head coach Shawn Tompkins.
IFL President Kurt Otto stated that he released Tompkins from his duties after finding that the Anacondas were not receiving enough time with Tompkins due to his duties as a trainer at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas:
“It was my decision to let him go,” stated Otto. “Shawn is a good guy and a great trainer, but I just think that he spread himself too thin. At this level, you have to be 100% committed. It had to do more internally with the team. I think he spread himself too thin. He was making too many commitments and his team suffered because of that.”
Otto also went on to reveal that Tompkins’ release will not be the only coaching change in the IFL in the near future and that more changes will be announced in the coming months.
Last week we ran a story titled “Stéphane Dubé Wants His Shot” where TKO lightweight contender Stéphane Dubé took time to call out current TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout saying “In Sam’s contract it should stipulate that he has to fight me in December for the title, but you know what? I think Sam is going to have a big surprise September 28, Grandmont is furious because he think is was chosen because Stout team think he is a easier fight.”
Shortly after we ran the story Stout’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, graced the airwaves of MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio to discuss his IFL team and the upcoming IFL Semifinals which is scheduled for August 2, 2007 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. At the end of the interview Jeff Cain posed a question about Dube and Tompkins provided listeners with a candid answer.
“Well sure, Sam Stout will fight Stephane Dube but Stephane Dube has to go fight somebody first to prove that he deserves a fight against Sam Stout. I mean, I could go on your radio show tomorrow and say I want to fight Chuck Liddell but that doesn’t mean I deserve it right? Stephane Dube has got sick strikes but two of those fights are against the same guy and three of those fights are against guys in a different weight division and all of those names he has fought are basically nobodys. The fact that he is turning 40 years old and thinks he deserves a shot and Stephane Patry wants to make that fight happen because it will sell tickets - I don’t owe Stephane Patry any gift. I’ve dedicated alot of my time and energy to him over years so we’ll find people that deserve the fight. There is alot more people that deserve to be in that fight other than Stephane Dube, no disrespect to him, but if he disrespects us, you know, he’s got to sit back and take a real look at things. Like I said, I can go on here and call out anybody but it doesn’t mean I deserve the fight.”
TKO 30: Apocalypse will feature Sam Stout defending his lightweight title against Martin Grandmont. Stéphane Dubé will appear on the undercard against Tyler “TNT” Jackson. For the latest TKO 30 fight card, check out the Rumors section.
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Cage Rage has announced three scheduled bouts for it’s upcoming Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable show on September 22. James Zikic will defend his Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Mark Weir will take on Paul Daley and Joe Mac and Jeremy Bailey will finally go at it.
- The IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas have announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman has been named the team’s official wrestling coach. Anaconda’s head coach Shawn Tompkins has said that Randleman is also currently training with the team in hopes of making a comeback to active competition:
“Kevin Randleman might be making a return to the cage or ring,” says Tompkins. “I like training Kevin. He’s open-minded and we’re exchanging a lot of knowledge.”
- The following fighters have tested negative for drugs of abuse and banned substances following the post-fight tests done after UFC 73 by the CSAC: Mark Bocek, Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar, Jason Gilliam, Diego Saraiva, Jorge Gurgel, Stephan Bonnar, and Mike Nickels. More test results will be released later this week.