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Golden groans, rope-a-dope edition, on the denials of California’s regulators

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

After we called out an athletic inspector for missing illegal application of vaseline on a fighter — right in front of his face — the inspector had the balls to challenge us for further evidence. That was a very bad call on his part.

UFC has their own alphabet-soup: HGH, EPO, Low T, hCG, and more; Sonnen removed from FOX

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Chael Sonnen got busted for HGH & EPO. And people are surprised. Why? It won’t hurt his career amongst those who matter the most: it may enhance it.

GLORY’s Gabriel Varga has vaseline on shoulders while California athletic inspector thumbs his nose

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Nobody gives a damn anymore when it comes to cheating at combat sporting events in California. The regulators sure don’t and they aren’t even hiding their apathy on camera any longer.

Fight Opinion Radio featuring Monte Cox’s words of wisdom on negotiating with the UFC: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

No one understands the current business climate of Mixed Martial Arts better than Monte Cox. He’s seen it all as a veteran manager of champions in the sport. In a honest & candid interview for Fight Opinion Radio, Monte speaks out about what it takes to negotiate the right kind of deal for a fighter in the UFC and what the company expects. Plus, why has the quality of fighter representation stagnated? Monte shares his thoughts on what many super agents lack in skill and why they often fail to deliver for their clients.

Gary Russell’s chief second, Rodrigo Mosquera, allowed by Andy Foster to return 4 months after CSAC upheld suspension for altering gloves

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Andy Foster has earned his lousy reputation as a boxing regulator in California and also as a soft-on-crime administrator. Suspended, cheating trainer Rodrigo Mosquera is living proof.

California State Athletic Commission appointee, mother of pitcher Kyle Lohse, caught up in huge tribal $ dispute w/ armed guards

Friday, June 20th, 2014

When Governor Jerry Brown flooded the zone with new appointments to the California State Athletic Commission in 2013, he made one unusual selection that became a nothingburger — and now we know why it did.

Nevada’s circus: Wanderlei Silva & diuretics, anti-inflammatories, and commission morality cops

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing on Tuesday was every bit the circus we thought it would be. And Wanderlei Silva came out looking a whole lot worse than he first appeared after not cooperating with his random drug test.

Rethinking UFC’s 50-state regulatory policy after recent athletic commission follies

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The UFC has long touted a 50-state strategy to get MMA regulated in every single American state. The problems with that strategy are rearing their ugly heads right now.

With Chael Sonnen suspended, the UFC’s testosterone enabling has gone full circle; horrific spin control on FS1

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Vitor Belfort. Wanderlei Silva. And now Chael Sonnen all have gone down within a matter of months from Nevada drug tests. The UFC helped foster this environment and they must pay the price.

UFC information secrecy bill sent to Florida Gov. Rick Scott to sign into law

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The UFC contributed big bucks to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s political re-election campaign. In exchange, a new secrecy law to prevent disclosure of information from public records requests in Florida.

Nevada State Athletic Commission board member granted marijuana permit despite Gaming Commission protest

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Anthony Marnell is a casino owner and board member on the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He applied for a medical marijuana permit in Clark County. He was warned by the Nevada Gaming Commission to back off. On Friday, Marnell was granted his permit.

Fight Opinion Radio: Steve Kim on mutual assured destruction between Oscar De La Hoya & Richard Schaefer

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com joined us on Fight Opinion Radio to talk about the divorce between Oscar De La Hoya & Richard Schaefer and what it means going forward for Golden Boy. Will Oscar DLH go to court to reveal the skeletons in the closet and create a situation for mutual assured destruction? The biggest boxing story yet to come may be taking place outside of the ring.

A look at a very busy June 2014 MMA fight schedule & card slate

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

UFC will try the double-header format (again) and commence with a busy June. The crazier fact is that their July plans are even busier. Time to prepare for the oncoming onslaught of fights.

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