Bill Mahood def. Bill Mesi – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jose Landi Jons def. Shannon Ritch – TKO
Jason Volpe def. Cody Krahn – Disqualification
Jonathan Cardinal def. Bobby Kalmakoff – Submission (Strikes)
Tom Benesocky def. Chad Olmstead – TKO
Ryan Knysh def. Arnold Ranon – Submission (Triangle)
Matt Baker def. Brandon Sauve – TKO
Tony Bibby def. Ole Thongsome – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kris Kucher def. Scott Chetman – Submission (Guillotine)
Luc Desautels def. Jerry Winslow – Submission (Keylock)
Adam Hunsperger def. Mike Froese – Submission (Side Choke)
Ben Arlow def. Reid Bettke – Submission (Guillotine)
Matt Knysh def. Corey Berridge – Decision (Split)
Jon Charbonneau def. Corey Knapp – Submission (Guillotine)
Aaron Zimmerman def. Luc Williams – TKO
[Hat tip: TopMMANews.com]
News and Notes
- Sean Sherk will remain the UFC Lightweight Champion according to a report by Steve Sievert of The Houston Chronicle:
The UFC’s lightweight belt continues to reside with Sean Sherk.
The UFC has yet to comment and when asked about the situation late today, the UFC confirmed that Sherk remains the promotion’s 155-lb. titleholder.
- Ray Sefo, Chalid Arrab, and Souleimane Konate have all been forced to pull out of the K-1 World Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday night in Japan, because of injury.
The final card now looks like this:
Jerome LeBanner vs. Hong Man Choi
Peter Aerts vs. Junichi Sawayashiki
Remy Bonjasky vs. Badr Hari
Semmy Schilt vs. Glaube Feitosa
Musashi vs. David Dancrade
Mighty Mo vs. Paul Slowinski
Takashi Tachikawa vs. Ki Min Kim
Jan Nortje vs. Dong Wook Kim
Mitsugu Noda vs. Noel Cadet
- Mac Danzig says that he will move down to 155 lbs regardless of the outcome of his fight against Tommy Speer at this weekend’s TUF 6 Finale:
“I decided that before I even went on the show,” said Danzig. “I really have no business fighting the top five guys at 170, or even the top ten when it comes down to it. It’s not that I can’t beat them, but if you put me in with Matt Hughes or Georges St-Pierre ten times, I’m gonna win a number of those times, but realistically, with all skills being the same, those guys are extremely skilled and much bigger than me. I walk around at 170, those guys walk around at 190, so it’s not a good idea for me. I really want to make a run for a title, and 155 is my weight class. I feel that within a couple of years I can be a world champion at 155.”
- Five Ounces of Pain has a good recap of yesterday’s conference call for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
- Hiroyuki Takaya is set to join the featherweight ranks of the WEC according to Jordan Breen of Sherdog.
- The California State Athletic Commission denied Bill Mahood’s motion to appeal his positive test for steroids following post-fight testing for Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event in September:
“[CSAC] sent me their letter and it took an extra four days at the border. So as far as they were concerned I already had it when you [The Fight Network] called me originally to inform me of the positive test,” Mahood said. “That was fine but when I sent my stuff back to them, it arrived one day after the deadline and they denied me.”
Catching up on the day…
- Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson announced today on The Fight Network’s radio show that he will be fighting in EliteXC’s next event set to take place in February. An opponent for Slice has not yet been named.
- According to M-1’s official Russian site, the company will hold it’s first event under the M-1 Global banner on New Year’s Eve in Japan and Fedor will fight on the card as well:
The first M-1 Global event will take place in Japan, Saitama Super Arena on December, 31!
No one other than four time Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will fight in the main event.
- MMA Mania is reporting about a possible heavyweight showdown at UFC 79 between Eddie Sanchez and Soa Palalei.
- Joe Hall of Sherdog put together a great summary on yesterday’s public annoucement of the forming of the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA).
I don’t want to bad mouth the idea since a few fellow writers out there are involved with the the sanctioning body but something like this may end up bringing MMA closer to the way the world of boxing is run. That’s a place where a lot of fans don’t want the sport to go…
- Kurt Angle will appear on Inside MMA this Friday night on HDNet at 9:30 PM EST.
From the official press release:
Angle, who is the only wrestler in history to hold the distinction of winning four different world heavyweight championships throughout his career, sits down with Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice to discuss his thoughts on all of this week’s MMA action.
Angle also discusses his potential career change from pro-wrestling to MMA - and talks bluntly about which MMA organization he is NOT going to join and why!
- Let’s start talking about suspension shall we…
Bill Mahood plans to appeal his fine and suspension for a positive test for Drostanolone even after he openly admitted that he took the drug.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that they have suspended Josh Diekman, Anthony Lapsley, and Adam Torres.
Diekman has been suspended for nine months and fined $1000 after testing positive for Nandrolone, Hydrochlorothiazide, and Marijuana. Both Lapsley and Torres have been temporarily suspended for suspected use of illegal substances. Lapsley tested positive for the suspected use of Marijuana while Torres tested for Stanozolol and Methenolone
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that they have suspended Jermaine Wilson until February 2 of next year and fined him $500 after testing positive for Marijuana.
Bill Mahood revealed that he did indeed knowingly take anabolic steroids, just one day after the California State Athletic Commission announced that Mahood had tested positive for the banned substance Drostanolone following post-fight tests for Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event last month:
“I did in fact start the use of an anabolic agent approximately the third week in August,” he admitted. “This was at a time that I thought I was done fighting and was suffering from a chronic joint inflammation of my hip.”
“I do believe that there was no benefit from the amount ingested,” Mahood continued, but seemed repentant about the result. “I still tested positive and for that I would like to apologize to Strikeforce, Bodog Fight, and the sport of MMA in general.
Mahood also announced that the chances of him stepping back into the cage or ring in the future are doubtful:
“I will continue to work hard to further the sport of MMA as a promoter, trainer and manager, but it is unlikely I will continue to fight due to chronic recurring injuries.”
Mahood compiled a professional MMA record of 15-6-1-1 over 7 years in the sport, racking up wins over Jason MacDonald and Chris Haseman among others. His lone UFC fight was a submission loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 53. Mahood also did stints in TKO, BodogFight, and King of the Cage. Notable opponents that Mahood faced during his career include Patrick Cote, Bobby Southworth, and Tim McKenzie.
The California State Athletic Commission has announced that UFC veteran Bill “The Butcher” Mahood has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 after he tested positive for Drostanolone following his loss to Bobby Southworth at Strikeforce at the Mansion.
Drostanolone is an anabolic popular with bodybuilders, typically because it causes excess water retention which may give the muscles a smooth, ripped appearance.
According to the report, Mahood’s suspension will run through Sept. 6, 2008, which marks the end of his licensing year and then he will have an additional 22 days tacked on to make it a full year.
News and Notes
- Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that Ricardo Arona is not close to signing a deal with the UFC, or any organization for that matter:
While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has already said as much, FiveOuncesOfPain.com can confirm that there is very little validity to the rumors that Ricardo Arona is close to finalizing a deal with the UFC.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted a source close to Arona via e-mail and that source has indicated that he will be in Europe for the next 40 days, making a deal almost impossible to complete. Furthermore, Arona has made no mention to the source about the possibility of signing with the UFC.
- Speaking of Caplan, it seems that he has added Adam Morgan to his team at Five Ounces. I that brings Adam’s total of websites written for to four. Adam is a monster.
- The Fight Network’s Great Fight North column has some good news inside:
Jonathan Goulet is hoping to fight next in November despite dislocating his elbow against Dustin Hazelett at UFC 76.
Bill Mahood’s fight against Bobby Southworth at this weekend’s Strikeforce event will not be for Southworth’s Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Title.
Denis Kang is apparently training for a return at an October or November K-1 Hero’s event.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Dean Lister may be taking on Jordan Radev at UFC 79 in December:
UFC rookie Jordan Radev (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will likely face Dean Lister (9-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 79 in December.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the fight from a source close to the fighter, but Ken Pavia, Radev’s agent, said he couldn’t comment on the report or confirm that a deal was close to being signed.
- In a recent interview with FOX Sports, UFC President Dana White stated that he’s still confident he can sign Fedor and Brock Lesnar still isn’t officially with the UFC:
He also was very confident of signing Fedor Emelianenko, but felt it wouldn’t happen until after Emelianenko competes in a Russian sambo tournament in the fall. White said it was incorrect the story, claimed by Kurt Angle, that Brock Lesnar had signed with UFC. But he did hope to make the deal.
FCFighter.com is reporting that Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth will defend his light heavyweight title at the upcoming September 29th Strikeforce event when he faces Bill “The Butcher” Mahood.
“I really think that if I stick to my grinding style, I think I can get the best of him,” Mahood says in discussing the September 29th fight. “I think Bobby and I are pretty evenly matched. We’re both good strikers with pretty decent ground games, so I think it’s going to come down to a war of attrition. I think it’s my ability to grind it out, combined with my heart that could be the difference. You know I’m winding down my fight career at this point, so I don’t want to fight on any old card. I want to fight in the cool places, on the big events. You know I’ve got to fight in Russia a couple of times now, had tea with President Putin which was pretty special, now I get to fight at the Playboy Mansion for Strikeforce.”
Bobby Southworth sports a mixed martial arts record of 7-4 with victories over the likes of Vernon “Tiger” White, Floyd Sword, and Bryan Pardoe. Southworth’s opponent, Bill Mahood, sports a mixed martial arts record of 15-5-1 with victories over the likes of Jason MacDonald, Khalil Ibrahim, and Steve Steinbeiss.