Thursday, June 30, 2011
MMAjunkie.com today received the list of disclosed paydays from the Washington State Department of Licensing.
The total disclosed payroll for the June 24 Showtime-televised event, which took place at ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., was $87,000.
– TNA is also looking at talents outside the company for this PPV.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Whatever the reason, Carlos Condit has reached his threshold for sitting back and waiting patiently.
Today during an appearance on MMAjunkie.com Radio, he said he plans to call for a title shot with an impressive win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.
After a very good Season 4 featherweight tourney, won by Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, Bellator quickly threw together another 145-pound tournament for the summer and it looks to be loaded. Ronnie Mann and Nazareno Malegarie opened up this tourney with dynamic victories at Bellator 46 in Hollywood, Fla.
Mann, a nasty striker, crushed Adam Schindler with a left and knocked him out on the ground at 4:14 of the first while Malegarie (pictured) rolled through a variety of submission attempts and finally made good on a guillotine choke at 1:25 of the third.
Both fighters advance to the semifinals. As long as they came out of their fights unscathed they'll be fighting on July 22 at Bellator 47 in Canada.
Mann's a pretty accomplished fighter on the international scene and it showed against the American Schindler. Born in Thailand, Mann, 24, grew up in England. Before this dominant win, he'd made a name for himself in both Japan's Sengoku and several British promotions.
Just 20 seconds into the fight, Schindler actually rocked Mann with a nice combination. Mann (20-2-1) has too much experience to freak out and came back seconds later with a three-punch combo that stopped Schindler in his place. It got worse from there.
Schindler would close space and throw hard shots, but nothing really landed. Meanwhile, Mann, still in pocket, blasted away with straight punches.
With 55 seconds left in the first round, Schindler was dropped by a beautiful left hook. He fell to his back and got crushed by a right hand as Mann pounced. "The Ninja Kid" then got off eight vicious hammer fists before referee Jorge Alonso stepped in. Schindler was out cold.
"I knew he was going to come in wild so I wanted come straight down the middle. So yeah it worked," Mann told MTV2's Jimmy Smith. "All I heard was my cornerman [Shawn Tompkins saying], 'use that left hook!' So I threw it and caught him."
Malegarie was just as dominant, but used his jiu-jitsu game and improved wrestling to wear down Jacob Devree. The Argentinian training out of Brazil got the fight to the floor whenever he wanted.
He worked for a guillotine submission for over a minute early in the first round. In the second, Devree fought off another early guillotine attempt and then survived the mount position from Malegarie. He was still alive entering the third, but all that submission defense wore him out. Just 25 seconds into the final round, Malegarie scored an easy takedown. Then Devree finally got sloppy with his defense. He pushed Malegarie off to create some space, but left his head exposed. That's death against a Brazliian jiu-jitsu black belt. Malegarie landed another guillotine choke and flipped so he was on top. Devree tapped inside of five seconds. Malegarie, 25, moved to 20-1.
"This is the real Nazareno Malegarie that you've seen tonight," the winner told Smith.
He's probably right. Malegarie lost to Daniel Straus in the first round of the Bellator Season 4 tournament. Straus, a huge featherweight, went on to the final and lost going the distance with very highly-touted Pitbull.
News flash: Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz don�t like each other very much.
Okay, well maybe it�s...
In a report from Mike Chiappetta at MMAFighting.com, PSAC executive director Greg Sirb revealed that Marquardt had actually been licensed for the fight, and whatever medical issue he had was going to be an issue whether he gained his license to fight or not. Additionally, Sirb ruled out the theory that Marquardt had failed a drug test.
"He was licensed. He completed all his paperwork for licensing probably a week before," Sirb said. "He knew full well what the ramifications were [of failing to complete his medical issue], whether licensed or not."
"I've been here 22 years and we do not embarrass anybody. But we would have said, 'drug test' [if that was the issue]."
Marquardt took to Twitter and stated that he would be addressing all issues regarding his medicals on Tuesday, and though he didn't reveal the official outlet he would be using, MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani later revealed that Marquardt would be a guest on his "MMA Hour" program on Tuesday. So while a failed drug test has been ruled out, we all still await Marquardt's statements to make sense of his removal and subsequent firing.
Link to Original Source Article
Penick's Analysis: I'm not sure if that entirely rules out PEDs, as one possibility that has been floated is an issue with testosterone replacement therapy and needing to provide proper documentation that they may then not have gotten, but I don't know that I buy that either. Without hearing from Marquardt, it remains impossible to really make sense of the situation. The medical privacy laws have led to this being an exercise in theoretical speculation, and until we hear Marquardt's side of the issue we won't have the full picture. Unfortunately for Marquardt, the only thing people have really had to go on is Dana White's comments that he's "disgusted" by Marquardt's actions. The longer it takes to get his side of the story out, the more negative speculation there will be.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Hampered by what both White and PSAC executive director Greg Sirb chategorized as stricter HIPAA laws in the state of Pennsylvania regarding medical privacy, White couldn't reveal what Marquardt issue was, but his description of the situation will keep the speculation running rampant.
"I think it's pretty clear to the fans and everybody else that I'm pretty disgusted with Nate Marquardt," White said to Stephan Bonnar, Ariel Helwani and Todd Harris on the pre-fight show. "He's been cut from the UFC, he won't fight in the UFC ever again. We've got to follow these guidelines with the [HIPAA Act] and blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is, what Nate Marquardt did was bad enough to be cut from the UFC."
White couldn't divulge anything further, but he continued to bury Marquardt with his descriptions of his feelings on what happened.
"He didn't pass his medicals, it's the way that it has to be said here," he said. "He's cut from the UFC, I'm disgusted with him, he has no business fighting in the UFC... We all make mistakes, people make mistakes, it's how you handle it. And Nate Marquardt's a nice guy. He always says the right things and is a nice guy. But being nice/acting nice, and doing the right thing are two different things."
Because of the privacy laws, the focus will shift to Marquardt, who is now really the only one that can clear the air on any of this with speculation set to reach new heights in this situation. For White's part, he believes if Marquardt comes clean people will understand why he feels the way he does.
"Because of the laws in the state of Pennsylvania, Nate Marquardt's going to need to man up and come out and tell the world why he didn't pass his medicals," White said. "When he does that I think everybody will understand why he was cut from the UFC."
Marquardt plans to do just that on Tuesday, according to his management team at Alchemist MMA, but that won't be likely to sway White, who made it clear this wasn't an instance of him disliking a fighter and taking it out on him, saying Marquardt has gotten second chances in the past.
"I don't know [if he can redeem himself]," White said. "If you look at how I've really treated fighters over the last ten years, I give a lot of guys chances and know that everybody makes mistakes, and Nate Marquardt has been one of those guys. So for me to come out and say he's not going to fight in the UFC anymore, it's got to be serious."
And so the story continues on with eyes moving to Tuesday and what will hopefully be more information from Marquardt to make more sense of what has gone on this weekend. For now, fans will fill in their own blanks.
Penick's Analysis: Speculation has been bad enough in the last day and it's only going to get worse by the time Marquardt says something on Tuesday. I understand this is a trying time for him, his family, his friends, his camp and everything, but no one is going to be patient or give him the benefit of the doubt on anything after these comments from White. It sounds like it would have to be fairly egregious to warrant this type of reaction, and though we'll hopefully get something out of Marquardt, it would almost be better for him to get to it in quicker fashion to at least have his story out there. Silence can be damning in situations like these, and these are rough comments from White.
[Dana White art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
Monday, June 27, 2011
LOL both suck anyway
Dropping to 145 pounds for the first time in his UFC career and facing recent title challenger Manny Gamburyan, Griffin delivered a much-needed unanimous-decision victory.
The bout served as the featured contest of Sunday's UFC on Versus 4 preliminary card. The seven-fight preliminary portion, which took place at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center, streamed live on Facebook and preceded the evening's Versus-broadcast main card.
Something tells me he pissed off some Italian wops and they blew up his car with him inside!
Main Televised Card
* Pat Barry (243) vs. Cheick Kongo (234.4)
* Charlie Brenneman (170.6) vs. Rick Story (170.4)
* Matt Brown (170) vs. John Howard (170.2)
* Matt Mitrione (261.1) vs. Christian Morecraft (261.4)
Facebook Preliminary Card
* Manny Gamburyan (145.8) vs. Tyson Griffin (145.8)
* Joe Stevenson (146) vs. Javier Vazquez (145.8)
* Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Curt Warburton (155.6)
* Rich Attonito (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.6)
* Nik Lentz (155.6) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.8)
* Matt Grice (145.2) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.4)
* Edward Faaloloto (155.4) vs. Michael Johnson (155.2)
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the event that Makdessi has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on Versus 5 contest with Paul Taylor.
An undisclosed injury is said to be the culprit, though Makdessi's manager, Mitch Mayberger, was unavailable for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com.