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Archive for April, 2016

California State Athletic Commission is under no legal obligation to honor third-party drug testing

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Boxer Francisco Vargas got busted for clenbuterol during a VADA drug testing. However, since the drug test wasn’t administered by the California State Athletic Commission, he will still be able to fight Orlando Salido on June 4th.

Hell has arrived for UFC fans: Fox Sports 1 morphing into Fox News with Skip Bayless

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

UFC finds itself on a TV sports network with a major identity crisis that’s about to rebrand itself as Fox News for sports fan and Skip Bayless will be its new face.

To win a labor war with UFC, Conor McGregor must utilize Fox the way Donald Trump has

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Conor McGregor has declared his “retirement” from UFC. UFC promptly canceled him from their 200 card. What leverage does McGregor have? He might want to take a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook with Fox to find the answer.

Book review: Ali vs. Inoki, The Forgotten Fight (Josh Gross) – a buy recommendation

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

We’re approaching the 40 year anniversary of the infamous Ali vs. Inoki fight at Budokan that forever changed the combat sports landscape. Author Josh Gross tackled an incredibly challenging topic with great vigor.

Major financial & legal changes coming to the Nevada State Athletic Commission

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The state of Nevada is shifting their athletic commission’s budget to a self-funding model and as a result, major financial & legal changes are coming.

Scott Coker & Spike go rogue in backing drug-busted Kimbo & “not-suitable” Sakakibara

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Bellator is promoting a Kimbo Slice fight in London despite the fact that he got busted by the Texas athletic commission for using steroids while nearly killing his opponent in a February fight.

Validation: “the truth” about PRIDE was really “the truth” as you (and UFC) suspected

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Paul Gift at Bloody Elbow has opened a huge can of worms regarding what UFC discovered about both PRIDE & Nobuyuki Sakakibara during their “due diligence” investigation with Spectrum Gaming.

The chicken & the egg: UFC’s Japanese TV deal with WOWOW was never going to work

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

The marriage between Japanese pay TV channel WOWOW & UFC was destined to fail. A foreign company with few strong Japanese MMA stars was simply going to be too expensive a proposition.

UFC lucked out with reported postponement of Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier UFC 197 rematch

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Believe it or not, the UFC caught an unexpected break with Daniel Cormier reportedly backing out of his upcoming UFC 197 fight with Jon Jones due to injury.