News and Notes
- I would try and elaborate more on the closing of the PRIDE offices in Japan but instead I’ll leave it to the two that can do it best:
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced the all fighters that participated in last weekend’s Strikeforce event, with the exception of Adam Smith, have all tested negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
- Both K-1 Hero’s and Pancrase have announced details about their upcoming events…
Denis Kang, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Dong Sik Yoon, and Taiei Kin are all said to be part of K-1 Hero’s October 28th event at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea.
Pancrase has officially announced three bouts for it’s October 14th show - Middleweight King of Pancrase Yuichi Nakanishi will defend his title against Izuru Takeuchi, heavyweights Tatsuya Mizunoa and Masayuki Kono will collide, and Wataru Takahash takes on Shinsuke Shoji.
Daiki Hata will also be on the card against an opponent that has not yet been announced.
- Matt Hamill made a post on his official website yesterday concerning the booking of the Rashad Evans-Michael Bisping matchup at UFC 78:
Wow! Let me just say… I am in shock. First, I get hosed by two judges in London and now the much anticipated rematch has evaporated in front of my eyes. I’m starting to feel like the deck is stacked against me. Duff, my trainer/manager told me he thought something like this would happen when he read Bisping’s statement on the internet. He said it looked like Bisping was looking for a way out of the rematch. I posted a statement about my knee surgery on 9/25 so everyone would know it was minor, and I would be ready by mid December. I didn’t think six weeks was that long of a wait, apparently, Bisping and the UFC did. I am so hungry to fight. I had surgery to add wrestling back to my arsenal. I fought Bisping’s fight at UFC 75 and I was looking forward to fighting my fight in the rematch. I feel honored that so many people have told me I won the fight in London. It makes the decision easier for me to accept. I want to fight… I want to fight ASAP! Hopefully the UFC will schedule a fight for me soon. I would like to fight in December or January and hopefully Bisping after that… If Bisping has the guts to do it again.
- Adam Swift of UFC Daily is reporting via Dave Meltzer that Sean Sherk has passed a lie detector test concerning his usage of steroids:
Sean Sherk passed a lie detector test saying that he did not knowingly use steroids. While certainly not conclusive, it can’t hurt his chances at getting his suspension over turned or at the very least reduced.
There are fighters who act crazy before a fight, and then there are fighters who act crazy in the ring. New York’s Crazy Dan “The Caveman” Hawley does both.
It is safe to say four-time state wrestling champion Blair Tugman (1-0) will have his hands full when he steps into the ring against the unorthodox and unpredictable Hawley (4-0) on the next episode of the hit mixed martial arts series Bodog Fight: New Jersey, airing Tuesday, September 18 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on the ION Television Network.
“I’ve never lost a fight and I never will,” says “The Caveman” with confidence. “I plan to rip off my opponent’s arm and feed it to him in the ring. Meow!”
“He’s going to have to fight my style,” replies an unfazed Tugman. “He should worry about what I’m going to do to him, not what he’s going to do to me! I’m used to training with bigger guys, so I don’t think I’ll have any problem taking him down and controlling him on the mat.”
Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap
This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.
If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.
I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.
Pride announced two major signings today in the form of Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Nakao. Belfort will take on Yoshiki Takahashi at Critical Countdown Absolute 2006. Many recognize Nakao from his infamous pre-fight staredown with Heath Herring in which Nakao kissed him on the lips only to be knocked out by a Herring right hand immediately after.