Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal Released from Strikeforce

It looks like ‘King Mo’ Lawal (8-1, 1nc) will no longer fight under the Strikeforce banner.  In a recent Lawal was let go from his Strikeforce contract following a positive test for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone.  Lawal was tested following his knockout victory over opponent Lorenz Larkin (12-0, 1nc) which the changed the outcome of that fight to a no contest.

The hearing, that came on the heels of the test, fined Lawal $39,000 and resulted in a 9 month suspension.  During the hearing Lawal was apparently asked if could read and comprehend English regarding the standard questionnaire fighters must fill out that asks them to list any supplements they have taken, due to the fact that Lawal’s defense is that he took an over the counter supplement that produced the results.

After the hearing Lawal made a public statement on Twitter that put the nail in the coffin for Lawal’s mma career in Strikeforce.  Lawal stated, “I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch [for] asking me if I can read or speak English,” Lawal continued. “Go on somewhere with that bulls–t, bitch!”

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion started his career in 2008, where he won 7 matches including the title.  Lawal lost his belt in his first title defense against Rafael Cavalcante (11-3) by tko.

TUF 15 Episode 2 Recap

The latest episode, of season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter, started off with a small recap of last weeks episode (including another look at the broken toe suffered last week, pretty gnarly).  After that the fighters all ran to pick their beds and there was a first look into the TUF house for this season.

Next up is Dana White ready to officiate Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz for picking their teams.  The coin toss is up and it’s blue so Urijah Faber chooses first fight or first fighter.  Urijah chooses first fight leaving Dominick the choice of first fighter.  The teams are chosen and this is the outcome:

Urijah Faber picked:  Al Iaquenta, Christiano Marcello, Daron Cruickshank, Joe Proctor, Michael Chiesa, John Cofer, Andy Ogle, and Chris Saunders all make up team blue

Dominick Cruz chose:  Justin Lawrence, Sam Sicilia, Myles Jury, Mike Rio, James Vick, Vince Pichel, Chris Tickle, and Jeremy Larsen for team red.

It looked as if there was some surprise in Fabers camp when Cruz picked Chris Tickle.  Faber at one point actually made it a point to apologize to Chris Tickle saying that he did not believe Cruz was going to pick him.

Next up is a training session for both teams.  The fighters were all spread around and a sense of a ‘feeling out’ training session ensued.  The coaches made it a point to spot the strengths and weaknesses of their teams and gave their teams a little sense of what they are about.

The fight announcements were next but it appeared that Faber had something he needed to get off of his chest before they could be made.  He turned to Cruz and inquired about a recent interview he had where he stated that Faber had either been helped by his parents in getting his first gym or that they had flat-out provided it for him.  Cruz stated that he may have told the interviewer that he had help from his parents and Faber stated that he needed to check his facts first as this was not the case.  Tensions swelled a little but Cruz apologized for the statement and stated he did not intend to upset anyone in Fabers family and the announcements were made.

For team red James Vick was chosen and Daron Cruickshank was chosen for blue.  Both coaches seemed confident for the fight.

Next up was another training session that was interrupted for one fighter when Michael Chiesa received a phone call that his father passed, from cancer, the night before.  It was a touching affair but Michael Chiesa seemed to genuinely want to continue with the tournament.  Dana White met with the fighter the next day when he told Michael that he would fly out to his home town to see his family and return the following day.  Michael agreed and was off to catch his flight.

Cruz and his team looked to prepare Vick for a submission attempt on Cruickshank and Fabers camp seemed to be preparing Cruickshank to defend exactly that type of submission.

Michael Chiesa came back from his home town and stated that his father held on just long enough to see his fight that qualified him to move into the TUF house.  It looked to be a very motivating visit.

Next up was fight time.  Both fighters made their way into the octagon and looked ready to go.  The first round is off to a slow pace where both fighters are being rather timid.  Cruickshank seems to be somewhat more active throwing some spinning kicks and backfists.  About halfway through the round Cruickshank throws a spinning heel-kick and immediately shoots in on the taller James Vick who catches him with a well placed knee and the lights go out for Cruickshank.  The official announcement is a 1st round knockout for the winner James Vick.

Team Cruz announced the next matchup for next week where he picked Justin Lawrence and gave Faber the ability to choose his challenger.  When Faber asked who was ready to fight nobody replied.  Faber then gave Cruz the option to choose his fighter and Cruz picked Christiano Marcello to represent team blue.

That was it for this weeks TUF.  It’s looking like it will be an intense season.  Be sure to check out The MMA Beatdown if you miss an episode or just want a recap.

Bellator 61: Falcao Vs. Paraisy Results

It was a good showing at Bellator 61, where the middleweight tournament continued.  There were only four fights on the card for the evening but one had some serious highlight reel potential.  Be sure to check out the accompanying video to view the knockout.

Vitor Vianna vs. Brian Rogers – This fight ended in spectacular finish when a Brian Rogers flying knee ended the bout  at 4:14 of Round 1, possibly going into contention for knockout of the year (see attached video at the bottom of this post).

Giva Santana vs. Bruno Santos – This fight ended up going the distance where Bruno Santos took the unanimous decision.

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Victor O’Donnell – Vyacheslav Vasilevsky won the unanimous decision in a fairly dominant performance in this fight escalating him in the middleweight tournament.

Maiquel Falcao vs. Norman Paraisy – A good showing for Maiquel Falcao as this fight goes the distance and the judges score it unanimously for Falcao.

‘Rampage’ Jackson Vs Shogun Rua in Jackson’s Last UFC Fight

This past week has had a lot of news centered around UFC fighter ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-10-0).  Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson made headlines when he publicly announced his wishes to leave the UFC organization if they believed him to have lost his appeal.  In an interview, with Bas Reuten on HDNet this past Monday, Rampage had this to say:

I don’t want to fight for the UFC anymore. Fans don’t understand. They think just because I make a lot of money that I should be happy because I’ve got a nice house. But I’ve always stated that I fight for money because that’s my career,” Rampage stated. “The thing is, the UFC knew I was injured [training for UFC 144], and they knew I still fought for them. Honestly, I feel like if I didn’t fight on that card in Japan I don’t think the appeal would have been as big. I feel like if I would have pulled out with an injury, I don’t think they would have done as well in Japan as they did.

The always colorful ‘Rampage’ Jackson went to discuss his match up with Ryan Bader (14-2-0), at UFC 144.  On the topic of Bader Jackson had this to say:

I didn’t like the opponent that they were giving me. I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I’m sorry, but if you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on fights, why are you gonna give me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?  I think that the UFC should say thank you to Rampage. This is my first time ever not making weight. They could tell that something was wrong. In my whole career I’ve always been respectful to everybody and made weight,” Jackson said. “Why would I want to give 20 percent of my purse for not making weight?

Rampage continued the interview revealing that he was starting Testosterone Replacement Therapy to battle a doctor diagnosed deficiency.  At the end of his interview he restated his desire to leave the UFC stating this:

After [UFC 144] I was like, ‘I’m not putting my life on the line for these guys no more.’ They know what’s going on, but they’re still trying to make me look bad. They’re trying to make me lose my fan base. I don’t want to be part of the UFC. If Dana doesn’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, then let me go. If they feel like I lost my appeal, then let me go.

Just days following the interview it seemed that Jackson was going to get his chance to regain some of the appeal that he may have lost, coming off a loss at UFC 144.  The UFC reported that Jackson will fight, former fellow Pride Fighter, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at an undisclosed time in 2012.  Now, only days after the UFC announcement, Jackson reveals that he must first undergo knee surgery on both his knees prior to meeting Rua in the octagon.  The knee injuries occured, according to the former UFC champion, during the match up with Jon Jones, current UFC champion, and in a sparring session in preparation for UFC 144, against Ryan Bader.  Jackson posted this on his Twitter account, “To keep it real, the ‘Shogun’ fight will have to wait, I just found out that I have to get surgery on both knees, but I heal fast. Don’t trip”

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson to Fight on May 25 with Titan FC

Anthony Johnson will make his Titan FC debut this May to headline Titan Fighting Championship 22.  The former UFC fighter will face a yet to be signed opponent, in his Spring debut.  Tune into HDNet for a live showing of Titan FC 22 on May 25, to catch the card, or attend the event in person at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (10-4-0) was recently let go from the UFC after having difficulties making weight for several bouts.  It was his fight against Vitor Belfort, in which he made the move to middleweight, that sealed the fate of his UFC career.  Having missed his middleweight mark on Jan. 14 at UFC 142 in Brazil the fight became a 197-pound catch-weight.  UFC President, Dana White, then announced, shortly there after, that the organization would be parting ways with Johnson.

‘Rumble’ Johnson seems excited, though, for his new home at Titan Fighting Championship.  In a post found at TitanFighting.com the former UFC talent had this to say:

I’m back, and I’m fighting May 25 with Titan Fighting Championship, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to headline this event for all the fans in Kansas City and watching that night live on HDNet,” said Johnson.  “I am so pumped to be fighting again, and I’m ready to take on whatever 185 pounder they put in front of me.  I received offers from all over the world, and after a lot of consideration, my manager Glenn Robinson and I settled on Titan because it’s a good promotion, but more importantly it’s run by really good people,” said Johnson.

Wyoming Creates First Ever MMA Exclusive Commission

That’s right, Wyoming is securing itself as prime real estate for future MMA events by creating a commission, that does not rely on pre-existing athletic or boxing commissions.  This is very big news as there are now just five states left that are not regulating MMA.  MMA was not illegal in the state of Wyoming, but there was no way to regulate the sport, until now.  When MMA events take place in a state with no regulation, the fighters that take part in the show will not have their win loss records updated due to the outcome of the event, as it is considered non sanctioned.  Right now Alaska, Montana, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York are the only states left that do not have any commission in place for MMA.

Wyoming State Rep. Bryan Pederson, introduced the bill earlier this year and it was approved unanimously in Congress.   Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 87 into law just last week, and he will appoint three members to the commission once the it takes effect on July 1, 2012.  The board is to be funded by a 5% tax on gross revenues earned at the gate, which some believe could upset the potential of the sport in Wyoming.  However, Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, stated that Wyoming would be a likely candidate for a Fight Night venue once the commission was in place.

That’s one more state down and five more to go.  Hopefully Wyoming will set an example that will open the eyes of the remaining states to see that not only is there a call for the sport in their relative states, but there can also be quite a financial boost to their economies if leveraged correctly.

Bellator 60 Results

It was a great night of fights at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. where some of the finest, in Bellator, slugged it out to see who is the top man.  An excellent main event took place, where many wondered if the referee should have stepped in sooner.  It makes a compelling argument as to when is the right time for a referee to intervene.  Should a referee risk stopping a fight too early to preserve the fighters health, or is it better to let everyone know that a fighter undoubtedly won the bout?  It can often be a tough call but surely there is a correct balance to be had.

Genair da Silva took out Bobby Reardanz by way of TKO in the third round due to unanswered strikes.

Alexandre Bezerra tapped out Kenny Foster in the second round by way of rear-naked choke.

Shamar Bailey vs. Josh Shockley went the distance where Josh Shockley took the unanimous decision.

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal

Marlon Sandro applied a rear-naked choke on Roberto Vargas getting the win in the featherweight tournament.

Ronnie Mann vs. Mike Corey went the distance where Mike Corey got the unanimous decision.

Daniel Straus went the distance with Jeremy Spoon where Straus took the unanimous decision

Bellator Featherweight Championship

Joe Warren nearly takes Pat Curran to a decision when Curran began to pour it on the champ and eventually got the knock out at 1:25 of round three, making Pat Curran the new Featherweight champion.

Cory Galloway got submitted Jake Nauracy when a rear naked choke proved to be too much to defend in the second round.

Travis Wiuff vs. Anthony Gomez went the distance where Wiuff picked up the win by unanimous decision

Sean McCorkle threw Richard White into a neck crank early in the first round for what appeared to be an easy win.

UFC on Fuel TV Fight Card

The fight card is set for the next UFC on Fuel TV, scheduled to air live on Fuel TV on Saturday April 14,2012 at 12pm/3pm PT/ET from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.  Scheduled to fight on the card will be:

Main Event:

Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustaffson (13-1-0) vs. Thiago Silva (14-2-0, 1nc) in a light heavyweight fight

Brian ‘All American’ Stann (11-4-0) vs. Alessio ‘Legionarius’ Sakara

Paulo Thiago (14-3-0) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Dennis Silver (19-8-0) vs. Diego ‘The Gun’ Nunez (17-2-0)

Damarques ‘Darkness’ Johnson (18-9-0) vs. John Maguire (17-3-0)

Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett (21-5-0) vs. Damacio ‘The Angel of Death’ Page (12-6-0)

Papy ‘Makambo’ Abedi (8-1-0) vs. James Head (7-2-0)

Cyrille ‘The Snake’ Diabate (18-8-3) vs. Jorgen Kruth

Francis ‘Limitless’ Carmont (17-7-0) vs. Magnus Cedenblad

Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef

Jason ‘Shotgun’ Young (8-5-0) vs. Eric ‘Little Lee’ Wisely (19-7-0)

 

 

No More UFC on Pay Per View?

With the UFC topping the charts for pay-per-view sporting events, why would the UFC be foreseeing the day when fights would no longer be on pay-per-view?  In a recent interview, however, Dana White stated that could very well be a possible future.  With a constantly changing landscape in the media and how people receive and view their favorite television shows, movies and sport events it would be a large mistake to not adapt with the media and continue to enjoy a profitable future.  In an interview posted on MMAJunkie.com, Dana White had this to say, “Lorenzo and I talk about this all the time – I do believe there will be a day when this probably isn’t pay-per-view,”  he stated “A lot of people believe everything is going to go to the Internet, like now when you buy your cable, and there’s basic cable and you add other stations, we’re probably going to get to a point where you can pick exactly what you want,” White said. “So it’s very interesting to see where all this goes over the next several years.”

It seems the UFC president would sooner take a proactive approach to possible dwindling numbers, or it could be that with the new deal placed at Fox, Dana White and the UFC have other motives in mind.  Whatever the case we can rest assured knowing that the sport will continue to grow and that these excellent match ups will remain highly accessible.

Pre-Fight Press Conference for UFC on Fox 3

Check out the recent press conference from the UFC promoting then upcoming UFC on Fox 3 event.  Saturday May 5, 2012 marks the date for what could seriously be a barn burner when Nate Diaz meets Jim Miller, in the octagon, for a fight that should dictate who gets a title shot. The conference begins at about the ten minute mark.