CKA: Sep 6, 2007

News and Notes

- Our rumors section has been updated.

- Spencer Fisher has stated that his next UFC fight will take place in November…

- UFC Junkie has now become MMA Junkie.

- It seems that TUF 5 alumnus Corey Hill has opted not to join Matt Hughes’ newly formed team after all:

Hill was supposed to be one of the four founding fighters, but according to Fiore, he has decided to explore other options.

“Cory is the type of fighter we are trying to bring to our gym,” Fiore said. “Nonetheless, we wish him the best of luck with his training and fighting career.“

- Yesterday’s Faber-Curran announcement was done in conjunction with the WEC’s new deal with Versus, which will bring 15 more live events and 20 more shows of Wrekcage to the network.

- UFC veteran Darrell Gholar has announced that he will be opening a training center in Austin, Texas.

- Showtime has hired sports producer David Dinkins to oversee the production of boxing and mixed martial arts telecasts for the network:

When asked about the future of MMA on the network, Dinkins said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to put our stamp on a new and growing sport. We plan to be innovative while maintaining the same high quality that viewers have come to expect from our boxing telecasts.”

- UFC middleweight Terry Martin is filing a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department for false arrest:

Ultimate Fighting Championship rising star Terry Martin was falsely arrested as he was on his way into a police station to report police harassment, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Martin, 26, is suing Mayor Daley and Chicago Police officials and officers for misconduct, alleging that corruption within the Chicago Police Department led to Martin being arrested and prosecuted. Martin was stopped by police Oct. 22, 2005, for alleged minor traffic offenses while driving with his girlfriend, a 911 operator. He claims the officers used racial slurs during the encounter and other disrespectful comments. The next evening, according to the suit, Martin went to the police station to report the incident and was spotted by the same two officers.

‘‘The police said Terry drove past the station, and when the officers turned on their sirens, he did a U-turn and fled,’’ Martin’s attorney, Blake Horowitz, said. ‘‘They said he got up to a half-mile away before they brought him back and arrested him for fleeing and eluding. During the trial, another officer said he saw Terry pull up to the station calmly and they arrested him. He would have been able to see if there was a chase.’‘

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