Quote of the Day: Michael Schiavello Says Alistair Overeem Hasn’t Technically Cheated

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?

Longtime MMA play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello takes the alternative route and questions whether or not Alistair Overeem has done wrong following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

It's an interesting point, but one that misses the mark completely if you're against PED's in the sport altogether.

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The Daily Recap: HDNet to Air “Fedor vs Silva” Prelims, Stevenson-Castillo & More

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— HDNet today added the undercard of Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event to their scheduled lineup for February 12. The event kicks off the organization's much-anticipated heavyweight grand prix tournament. Preliminary bouts shown by HDNet will feature Igor Gracie and Sam Oropeza among others. [MMA Junkie]

— A lightweight bout between "TUF 2" winner Joe Stevenson and WEC veteran Danny Castillo has been inked for UFC on Versus 3, which is slated for March 3 in Louisville, KY. It replaces a scheduled bout between Johny Hendricks and Paulo Thiago that was scrapped this week due to a Thiago injury. [MMA Mania]

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HDNet to Debut New MMA Series “Fighting Words With Mike Straka”

Straka’s first guest UFC president Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

DALLAS—HDNet announced today that it will add the new, original series “Fighting Words with Mike Straka,” to its Friday night lineup. The 30-minute one-on-one weekly interview program will feature revealing conversations with the top stars in mixed martial arts.  “Fighting Words with Mike Straka” is scheduled to debut on Friday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode will feature a rare, 30-minute interview with one of the most influential people in Mixed Martial Arts - UFC President Dana White.

In the following weeks, host Mike Straka will present unique insights into the sport’s most interesting personalities including King Mo, Gegard Mousasi, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Matt Hughes, Frank Shamrock and Bobby Lashley.

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Fight of the Day: Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco

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HDNet to Air DREAM.9 Live on May 26

Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

HDNet will broadcast exclusive coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: OLYMPIA DREAM 9 Featherweight Grand Prix, 2nd Round 2009,” early Tuesday morning, May 26, at 12:00 a.m. PT LIVE from the esteemed Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.

MMA fans can catch former MLB slugger Jose Canseco who will be making his mixed martial arts debut in the open weight competition entitled the “Super Hulk” Tournament vs. 7-foot-2 and 330-plus pound Hong-Man Choi from Korea.

Gegard Mousasi, Mark Hunt, and Bob Sapp will also compete in first round action in the “Super Hulk” tournament. DREAM 9 will also feature the second round of its Featherweight Grand Prix including a highly anticipated bout between Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Joe Warren, plus Jason “Mayhem” Miller meets Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the vacant DREAM Middleweight Title.

Strikeforce Destruction Weigh Ins

San Jose, CA. —Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (13-5) weighed in at 185 ½ lbs. and his opponent, Terry Martin (18-5), tipped the scales at 186 lbs. one day before their meeting at Strikeforce “Destruction,” the mixed martial arts mega-event at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.

Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) and his opponent, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), both registered in at 204 lbs.  Knockout artists and opponents Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) and Yves Edwards (34-14-1) weighed in at 163 lbs. and 164 lbs, respectively.

The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins at Hotel DeAnza:

Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 185.5 lbs. vs Terry Martin – 186 lbs.
Bobby Southworth – 204 lbs. vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 204 lbs.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 163 lbs. vs Yves Edwards – 164 lbs.
Kim “Sugar Free” Couture – 132 lbs. vs Lina Kvokov – 133 lbs.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs – 170.5 lbs. vs Luke Stewart – 170.5 lbs.
Brad Royster – 134 lbs. vs Darren “Bone Crusher” Uyenoyama – 136 lbs.
Nik Theotikos – 185.5 lbs. vs Luke Rockhold – 185.5 lbs.
Zakary Bucia – 169 lbs. vs Adam Steele – 168 lbs.
Alvin Cacdac – 143 lbs. vs Jose Palacios – 145 lbs.
Lemont Davis – 173 lbs. vs Brian Schwartz – 175 lbs.
Josh Neal – 184 lbs. vs Kurt “Rhino” Osiander – 185 lbs.
Bobby Stack – 155 lbs. vs Cyrillo Padilha – 156 lbs.
Tony Johnson – 184 lbs. vs Eric Lawson – 185 lbs.

HP Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.  The main card will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).

Affliction’s Day of Reckoning Shaping Up

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Affliction Entertainment’s second PPV effort, Day of Reckoning.  The fight card will feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA Heavyweight Championship against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski.  The event is set to take place on January 24, 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. 

Main Card live on Showtime PPV
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. TBA
Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Vitor Belfort vs. TBA

Undercard live on HDNet
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov
Brett Cooper vs TBA
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Mark Hominick vs LC Davis
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High

HDNet to Purchase IFL Assets

Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The remaining assets of the now-defunct International Fight League appear to be headed into the hands of Mark Cuban and his HDNet empire.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday ruled that the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks is permitted to acquire the IFL’s assets, which include it’s video and image library as well as the rights to the IFL brand name, for $650,000.

It’s a move that is likely being done to further increase HDNet’s growing collection of MMA event footage. The digital cable channel currently televises live and archived events featuring fights from past DREAM, Strikeforce, Maximum Fighting Championship, and Sportfight events.

Once a promising organization with a good amount of a value, the IFL quickly degenerated shortly after it’s inception in January 2006. Following the cancellation of it’s planned August 15 show, the company formally closed it’s doors, allowing many of the stars it had built up such as Chris Horodecki and Jay Hieron to sign with other promotions.

Night of Combat II to Air on HDNet

John Alessio. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

“Night of Combat II”, an upcoming fight card featuring multiple Xtreme Couture fighters and co-promoted by Kim Couture’s KC Concepts and Superfights MMA, will be broadcast on HDNet via tape delay one week after the event takes place on October 11 in Las Vegas.

Although the exact date and time of the broadcast have yet to be determined, MMA Junkie has confirmed with HDNet that the network has indeed secured the rights to air the program, which will be headlined by John Alessio taking on fellow UFC veteran Gideon Ray.

Additional bouts signed to take place at the event include Jay Hieron vs. Bryson Kamaka, Mike Pyle vs. Brian Gassaway, and Steve Byrnes vs. Josh Haynes. Tickets are still on sale for the show, which will emanate from the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Affliction, HDNet Agree to Long-Term Deal

Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com

Digital cable television network HDNet today announced a long-term partnership with Affliction Entertainment that will have select fights from the promotion’s pay-per-view undercards air on the network as a lead-in to events.

“This is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Affliction that encompasses live MMA, co-marketing and top fighters for the top weekly show in MMA - Inside MMA on HDNet,” Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights, said today in a press release. “Affliction has quickly become one of the top organizations in MMA which means it is a must have for HDNet.”

As per the agreement, HDNet will feature a 90-minute live broadcast as part of each Affliction-promoted event. HDNet will kick off it’s coverage with Affliction’s upcoming “Day of Reckoning” card, which will take place on October 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Fights scheduled to be broadcast include Paul Buentello vs former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, and Xtreme Couture’s Mike Pyle vs. Jason High among others. Kenny Rice, former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck will be on hand to call the action beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

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