News and Notes
- Another reminder to leave your selection on our latest Rock the Vote: Should Sherk Be Stripped of the Title?
- Hayato Sakurai has not yet signed a contract to compete with the UFC according to The Fight Network:
Following his introduction to the United States audience by UFC president Dana White, Sakurai conducted several interviews over a seven-day period. He said “the [UFC] contract hasn’t been signed yet, but there are fighters in the UFC I would love to fight.”
- Former TUF runner-up Stephan Bonnar will now be training alongside rival Forrest Griffin at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
- The Ultimate Fighter reality show will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of it’s usual Thursday time slot for the upcoming sixth installment according to Spike TV. The show will still air at 10 PM. The season premiere of TUF 6 will air at 11 PM on September 19th because of the scheduled UFC Fight Night 11 airing from 9-11 PM that same night.
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.
Screens from ESPN’s recap of UFC 73
In order to remain a champion, one has to beat the best the opposition has to offer. Both Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk did just that on Saturday night, winning their fights in convincing fashion. With their respective roads now temporarily cleared, both fighters seem like they may stay on top for quite a while: a trend that we haven’t seen recently, at least in this upset-filled year.
UFC 73 turned out to certainly be ‘Stacked’ with action-packed fights from beginning to end. While the show’s production moved a bit faster than usual because of time constraints, each fight on the card equaled the pace. The majority of those in attendance at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California might not have agreed according to their unusual reactions throughout the night, but the event definitely lived up to the hype.
Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Title with a first round TKO victory over Nate Marquardt. The fight was back and forth until Silva (19-4) connected with a straight left hand that dropped Marquardt (25-7-2) to the mat. Silva then got on top of Marquardt and rained down unanswered right hands until referee John McCarthy stepped in to halt the bout.
Marquardt stayed down on the mat for a few moments afterwards, obviously shaken up. Silva thanked all of his trainers and coaches during a post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. He also continued his growing love affair with American fans with praise and thanks as well.
“I love fighting for these fans,” Silva said. “I enjoy fighting in front of these fans fight after fight. They are always gracious.” Silva will now most likely go on to rematch former champion Rich Franklin this fall.
Sean Sherk won yet another five round unanimous decision and was able to keep his UFC Lightweight Title after defeating top contender Hermes Franca. Sherk (32-2-1) was able to control Franca (18-6) throughout the course of the fight, pressing the action and not letting Franca get up from the ground.
Franca landed multiple big knees to the chin of Sherk but was unable to generate any more offense than that. After the fight, Sherk stated that he was very impressed with Franca’s skills on the ground and his defense as well.
“Hermes was great on the ground. Definitely an awesome Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy.” said Sherk. “He did a good job of keeping his face from getting hit and kept me close the entire fight.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Stephan Bonnar for 9 months due to his positive test for anabolic steroids after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.
Bonnar will be eligible to return to action in May of 2007 but he will be required re-apply for a fighter’s license in Nevada.
What happens if Ken Shamrock actually beats Tito Ortiz tonight? The Light-Heavyweight division of the UFC goes into disarray, that’s what…
Just think about it for a minute. Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are slated to fight for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title in December - Tito has already shown the public the contract itself. If Shamrock beats Ortiz, there’s no reason for that fight to even take place. If it still went as scheduled, there would be a huge uproar, the likes of which we have never seen before.
I don’t think that Shamrock would automatically get a title shot, but then again who would take on Chuck in December. I would hate to see Liddell have to wait like Georges St. Pierre has had to.
A very possible scenario could be this - Rashad Evans will take on Renato Sobral at some point later this year. Forrest Griffin and Shamrock would quickly follow suit. That would leave Tito matching up with either Stephan Bonnar (if he is permitted to fight which I highly doubt) or Keith Jardine.
Actually any combination of that could become a reality…
What about Chuck? Well this would become the perfect opportunity to re-ignite talks about possible taking on one of Pride’s top light-heavys, Wanderlei Silva or someone else…
Matt Hill of MMA Weekly has written a very good piece about Ken’s possible chances as well…
Tuesday, October 10, will be the trilogy that finally ends one of the longest running feuds in MMA today. If Ortiz wins, he proves that he is without a doubt the superior fighter. If Shamrock wins, he throws a wrench in the entire UFC light-heavyweight division. It seems like almost everyone is counting Shamrock out…except Shamrock.
“I’m supposed to get beat, so if I get beat I get beat; but what happens if I don’t get beat? They’re going to have to eat some crow,” said Shamrock.
It is being reported that UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has finally responded to the Nevada State Athletic Commission after his post-fight urine test showed traces of boldenone metabolite.
The reply issued by Bonnar’s attorney read, “Because the urinalysis at issue was conducted by or at the direction of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Bonnar is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations…and therefore denies them.”
“I’m a little surprised in the sense that I was expecting a response from Stephan explaining what happened and not a more formal letter from his lawyers,” said NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today. Kizer anticipates a disciplinary hearing will be set some time in November, at which time Bonnar can either acquiesce to or debate the allegations.
Stephan Bonnar has been given an extension to provide a formal response to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The case was filed after Bonnar lost to Forrest Griffin at UFC 62. Bonnar’s post-fight urinalysis came up positive for Boldenone so the NSAC filed a complaint September 6th and gave Bonnar until September 26th to provide some sort of response. Bonnar’s attorneys got together and were able to get the date extended to Wensday, October 4th.
Wensday night it was made public that UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar had tested positive to Boldenone which is a banned substance. Boldenone is the same substance that former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett tested positive for after his victory over Randy Couture in March of 2002. Dana White stated that he supports the NSAC and their work to keep the sport clean.
“Obviously, we need to wait and hear Stephan’s side of the story, but the UFC wholeheartedly supports the commission’s continuing efforts to keep this sport clean and to protect the athletes,” said UFC President Dana White. “I hope this is the type of news we never have to hear again in professional sports.”
MMAWeekly Radio just broke news that ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ star Stephan Bonnar has tested positive to a banned substance.
Bonnar’s post-fight urine test showed that he had Boldenone Metabolite in his system.
Boldenone is an anabolic steroid that is intended for use only by veterinarians, specifically to help rehabilitate injured horses. It has several brand names for veterinary use, including Equigan, Equipoise, Ultragan, and Ganabol. It is on the banned substances list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.
After losing his second straight decision to Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar revealed to fans that he suffered a few injuries in training which weighed heavily upon him entering the fight with Griffin. During training Bonnar received a cut which required stitches so that made him overly cautious in the first round.
“Yeah, looking back, I was overly cautious in first round because of the stitches” Bonnar said Monday afternoon.
On top of the cut Bonnar made it clear that he also broke his hand in several places early in the fight with Griffin which will force him to sit out for the better part of a year.
“I’m not feeling too good, I shattered my right hand in five places and am going to need surgery” Bonnar revealed.
“Oh yeah I knew right when I hit him it that it broke. After watching the fight I’m pretty sure it was in the first round” he said.