By Zach Arnold | July 23, 2007
Gregg Doyel at CBS Sportsline has a new article on MMA’s drug culture titled Steroid scandal could destroy what UFC has built. He tends to write in more of an emotional style than say, me. Also, Mike Coughlin has an article on Ridding Mixed Martial Arts of Steroids. Dann Stupp in the Dayton Daily News has an article titled Athletic panels shouldn’t be the only ones giving penalties.
Lori Gilbert in The Stockton Record today:
If I paid to see the July 7 UFC bout at Arco Arena and learned two fighters were disqualified when they failed their drug tests, I’d demand my money back.
Bob Matthews in today’s Rochester Democrat & Chronicle:
Ultimate Fighting stars Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca recently were suspended after failing drug tests.
Six of the top 10 thoroughbred trainers in America have been suspended in the past year for positive tests for illegal drugs on their horses.
Pro sports in America have never been bigger than they are now. But it has never been tougher to be a pro sports fan.
Is there any hope?
UFC Junkie has a report claiming that Matt Wiman will fight Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 76 in Anaheim, California. If the name Omigawa doesn’t ring a bell, he’s a low-to-midcarder from Hidehiko Yoshida’s J-ROCK judo camp. He lost to Aaron Riley at a Bushido show. I’d rather watch Aaron Riley than Omigawa in the UFC.
It is absolutely absurd to see what Japanese talent is being currently booked in UFC. There’s a reason why guys like Takanori Gomi are not flocking to fight in UFC and that reason is because many in Japan view UFC as a dead-ender for their long-term careers. Plus, being a star in UFC means next-to-nothing at this point as far as marketing and sponsorships in Japan.
Think about what Japanese talent UFC has booked in the last couple of years. Yushin Okami, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, K-Taro Nakamura, and coming soon Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. To put it bluntly, these are guys that would be opening match fighters for a bigger Japanese promotion at this point in terms of marketability. None of these guys would be placed higher than maybe third or fourth on a card. It would next-to-impossible for UFC to successfully market a card in Japan using these fighters, even in a smaller 5,000-seat venue.
Maybe 20 people in Japan will care about Omigawa being booked. Booking guys like Omigawa is a sure sign that UFC would have no idea what guys to promote if they ran a Japanese show. That’s unfortunate, because the Japanese marketplace is wide open for them at the moment. They should be able to run spot shows here-and-there if they wanted to. However, that door is starting to close a little bit as K-1 fills up the power vacuum for MMA in the country.
Joe Riggs was a big winner in Canada over the weekend.
Pancrase announced Assuerio Silva vs. Arbocious Tiger for their KOP Heavyweight crown on October 14th in Tokyo at Differ Ariake.
Dana White is interviewed in an upcoming edition of GONKAKU magazine. He is asked about when PRIDE will return. White indicated that it will be difficult to see any sort of return for PRIDE in 2007, but 2008 might be a different story.
Onto today’s headlines.
- The Houston Chronicle (Steve Sievert): Failed drug tests deal low blow to White, UFC
- MMA California: Muay Thai MMA Oakland smoker recap
- Bloody Elbow: TWo match-ups to get excited about
- The Fightworks Podcast: Interviews with Jason Lambert and Kid Peligro
- MMA on Tap: M-1 Russia vs. Europe results
- MMA Weekly: The Ultimate Fighter moving to Wednesdays next season
- Fightlinker: Terry Martin vs. Chris Leben = Awesome Fight Night
- SLAM! Sports: UFC no exception to banned substances controversies
- The Chicago Sun-Times: The ultimate career call – Jason Chambers follows his passion, picks acting job over real thing
- CBS2 (Los Angeles): UFC legend BJ Penn stops by CBS2/KCAL9 studios
- CBS Sportsline: Q & A with Tito Ortiz
- The Fresno Bee: Shawn Klarcyk comes back in style
- MMA Insider: Binky Jones on last week’s loss
- The Boston Herald: Gonzaga’s jiu-jitsu key to heavyweight title
- The Indiana Daily Student: Fight Night – Bloomington hosts Elite Cage Fighting event