By Zach Arnold | August 16, 2007
Two more drug test failures, this time coming out of K-1’s Las Vegas show over the weekend. Check out the T/E ratio for Nordstand – 21:1. This has been a disastrous week of PR for K-1. First, the failed drug tests. Second, the allegations that they falsified the MRIs of Choi Hong-Man so he could fight in Nevada. Third, the rumors of Denis Kang vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (a terrible match to book in terms of Sakuraba’s safety). Fourth, the Las Vegas show aired in Japan on Fuji TV after Midnight (which, for K-1, is a shocker because they are usually always on prime-time slots).
Failed drug tests are sure a fun topic to write about, Dana White.
Randy Couture questions why there are so many positive drug tests in California:
“It’s odd to me that a lot of these positive tests are happening in the state of California. So I’m curious to see how Sean Sherk’s appeal comes out and what exactly are the testing procedures in California that so many of these guys in California are coming up positive. I don’t know if their protocol is different, or what the deal is going on in California, but something seems to be up there.”
First, California and Nevada use similar drug tests (with a generous T/E ratio of 6:1 as compared to a higher standard like 4:1) and supposedly the same drug lab for getting the test results. Second, California tests all fighters on all big MMA shows (unlike Nevada which does random drug testing at big MMA events).
WWE responds to Congress and their investigation into pro-wrestling’s drug culture. Plus, more bad news on the PR front for wrestling. First, Brian Adams was revealed to a client of Signature Pharmacy, which the Feds targeted in a steroid probe. Second, here is an article in The Washington Post about the massive amount of deaths in the North American pro-wrestling scene. ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd talked about this situation on his radio show on Thursday (audio here).
IFL ring announcer Tim Hughes will be heading over to Beijing for the Olympics in 2008.
Sam Caplan has joined UFCJunkie.com.
More on the Dana White front… He wants to book Brandon Vera against Tim Sylvia. What an awful proposed match this is for fight quality (given Sylvia’s height and big weight advantage combined with his normal fight-style). What does Tim Sylvia gain from beating Brandon Vera, who very few casual UFC fans know of? If I’m Sylvia’s agent, I would reject that fight immediately because there’s no upside in taking that fight whatsoever.
Calvin Ayre will have a novel coming out soon.
Onto today’s headlines.
- Sprawl ‘n Brawl: Looking back at RINGS (this was a fantastic promotion, ran by Akira Maeda)
- CBS Sportsline: Fedor’s next destination should be the UFC
- MMA Weekly: Nick Diaz added to Shooto card in California
- Fightlinker: Brock used HGH? That’s unpossible!
- Irish Whip Fighting: Interview with Andrei Arlovski
- MMA Madness: Ask Eric Schafer questions
- MSNBC: Soft-hearted ‘Rampage’ ready to bring the heat
- The Californian (Salinas): Angel Murillo prepares for his MMA debut
- Crave Online: Pound for Pound, Nick Diaz – the difference between potheads and cheaters
- Kung Fu Cinema: Andre Lima goes ‘Beyond the Ring’ (MMA movie)
- MMA on Tap: Steele Cage 9/1 Las Vegas card line-up (this BS with ’sanctioning bodies’ like the IFO for Richard Steele and the IFA for Art of War has got to stop, it’s ridiculous)
- Jordan Breen: Shooto-mania, brother
- UFC HP: With the monkey off his back, Patrick Cote moves forward
- Sportsnet (Canada): Gonzaga on my mind
- The Oregonian: Josh Haynes returns to TV — on a bull
- Fight Network Radio: An interview with Sports Illustrated’s MMA writer Todd Martin