By Zach Arnold | September 5, 2007
Lots of news coverage today regarding the state of Chris Benoit’s brain. ABC News has more details. Plus, check out the reader comments. On ESPN’s Outside the Lines today, they focused their 30-minute program on the Benoit brain tissue analysis and concussions in sports.
The BBC is reporting that the British Medical Association is calling for a ban on MMA in Britain. The BMA used the dreaded term “human cockfighting.” As scary as this sounds, it sounds like the politics of MMA in the UK are similar to those in America — in 1993. More on this story at The Mirror and The Sun. Reuters has now picked up on the story. The Daily Mash responds in their own way to the BMA’s claims about MMA. Plus, an article on UK fighter Rosi Sexton.
Another MMA/dogfighting comparison, this time in the Canadian publication Macleans:
Farewell procedure, what about the crime? In gladiatorial human sports such as boxing, wrestling and especially mixed martial arts, there’s a good chance of injury and, occasionally, death. I find such sports sick-making, but participants enjoy themselves. I have no idea how dogs feel about fighting. They get terribly mutilated or killed, but this “sport” is apparently enjoyed by huge numbers. Just because many of us find it distasteful and brutalizing does that justify outlawing it?
I wouldn’t outlaw bullfighting, fox hunting or shooting birds, which makes me question why I am sympathetic toward outlawing dogfighting. Class and caste play their role: fox hunting is considered upper-class and dogfighting is seen as a vice of the cultural underclass. Dogfighting is gaining popularity in Russia and Afghanistan, where it was outlawed by the Taliban. I suppose it’s a step forward for both countries, which formerly used people rather than dogs.
The Gillette News Record in Gillette, Wyoming is reporting that a local man is in stable condition in a Casper hospital after suffering bad head trauma at a Ringwars MMA event promoted by Matt DeWolfe (based out of Rapid City, South Dakota).
Here is an article claiming that Mark Cuban hired Ed Fishman. Why would he be hired? He wasn’t.
A new issue of Total MMA is now available for downloading.
Stephen Quadros previews UFC 75.
More on the bizarreness that is the on-going saga with Fedor. You’ll note that Fedor’s representatives in America are supposedly White Chocolate Management, LLC. They’re based out of Hollywood, Florida and they also represent Diego Sanchez and Cheick Kongo.
I have a new article up at Boxing Scene asking questions about what could happen if we see some big names in the worlds of boxing and MMA on the client list of Signature Phamarcy, the online drug operation that Albany (NY) authorities are still investigating. Dave Meltzer on the Signature Pharmacy drug scandal and wrestlers from WWE allegedly involved in it:
“My impression is there’s no other names, but … I got called by a nervous guy, not a famous guy, whose name is not on the list,” Meltzer said. “He told me everybody went there. Not 14 of them, it was everybody.”
The strange thing is, this scandal could be a good thing for the industry. Some performers, though, are past the point of help.
“If there’s outside regulation of wrestling and there’s regular testing, the death rate of wrestlers is likely to go down,” Meltzer said. “Good for WWE as a business? That I don’t know.
There’s going to be an interesting MMA event happening on 9/21 (Friday) at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. promoted by World Championship Fighting. Joe Lauzon’s brother, Dan, will likely be fighting in the main event. A bunch of top local (New England) names will be appearing as guests at the event.
CBS Sportsline is reporting that Mark Cuban has hired Guy Mezger to help out with his new MMA operations. Will the various members of Lions Den be next to join the fold, including one Ken Shamrock?
“Our IFA Champion (Rizzo) is the best stand-up fighter in the world and he is willing to take on anyone that wants to enter the cage at Art of War to prove it. He knocked out Josh Barnett, he knocked out Andrei Arvloski and dropped Jeff ‘the Snowman’ Monson in a pool of blood in the third round till the referee finally stopped the fight. Rizzo was able to knock out Monson — something the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Tim Sylvia, was unable to do.” Comu added, “At this point, we’d put him up against the best in the world because Pedro Rizzo is back and he’s going to keep knocking them out.”
Famous pro-wrestler Johnny Powers is bringing MMA to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on 9/29. It will air on PPV.
The latest MMA Weekly fighter rankings.
Onto today’s headlines.
- Fox Sports (Alex Marvez): Rob McCullough puts 8-fight win streak on line
- WEC HP: From 100 bucks to a world title, the journey of Rob McCullough
- Sprawl ‘n Brawl: Highlights of Rampage on The Stephen Quadros Show
- Yahoo Sports (Kevin Iole): Chase Beebe’s style draws “Natural” comparisons
- Fightlinker: Victor Valimaki’s getting tossed out on his ass
- MMA Weekly: John Alessio to stake claim to title shot at WEC
- Jake Rossen: Bad Sports (fallout from Babalu firing by UFC)
- Sportsnet (Canada): WEC a “Natural” fit for John Alessio
- Sports Illustrated (“Insida MMA”): Operation Billington – Stann will have an army of support vs. Billington
- The Saipan Tribune: Rookie fighters rock the Octagon
- The Orange County Register: Inside Dan Henderson’s training camp (with video)
- The Orange County Register: WEC 30 preview with Frank Mir
- The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Injury puts Pulver on shelf a spell
- The Gary Post-Tribune (IN): Former amateur wrestlers fighting for money in MMA
- Fighting Words: The Grappler’s Guide to Sports Nutrition
- The Halifax News (Nova Scotia): No opponent yet for Roger Hollett’s Halifax fight on 10/20