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Tim Kennedy compares drug usage in today’s MMA scene to the Sosa, McGwire, Bonds MLB era

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

On this edition of Fight Opinion Radio, Tim Kennedy stops by to talk about his plans on getting a UFC Middleweight or Welterweight (you read that right) title shot. Plus, his thoughts about how bad doping is in today’s MMA industry and how he thinks it is similar to the level of doping that happened during the Steroid Era in Major League Baseball. Plus our latest thoughts on the War Machine & Josh Grispi domestic violence allegations and what it says about the sport’s long-term image problems.

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg has some cynical advice on how sports leagues should handle doping

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Mike Greenberg says sports leagues like Major League Baseball need to stop harping about the issue of doping and act confident but quiet in their current testing protocols. In other words, talking about doping is chasing away the fans.

Missing money: California officials hit with new pay cut because box offices aren’t calculated right

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

A new pay scale is being introduced in California for officials working boxing, MMA, and muay thai events. The stated primary reason? Because athletic inspectors aren’t properly calculating box office numbers right. Therefore, officials must take a pay cut. It makes no sense.

Brawls at pressers won’t damage UFC but canceled fights will erode trust

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier brawling at a press conference isn’t the end of the world. However, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier getting postponed and canceled sure will hurt UFC’s bottom line.

Gym Rescues, Skullbusters, and the value of classic fights

Monday, August 11th, 2014

If Randy Couture & Frank Shamrock can take reality TV by storm like Steve Austin has, there will suddenly be more opportunities for retired fighters to do something other than fighting tomato cans on the local independent circuit.

Discovery motions will name informants, witnesses in alleged extortion of California State Athletic Commission

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Business is about to pick up regarding evidence & wiretaps being revealed in the FBI’s mega-indictment against California state senator Leland Yee. One of the many allegations against Yee involves supposed extortion of individuals trying to keep the California State Athletic Commission alive.

There’s a third person who may have been allegedly extorted by Leland Yee over CSAC

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

In re-reading the federal indictment against California state senator Leland Yee, it appears that there may have been a third party allegedly solicited for cash and connections in exchange for Yee voting yes on SB309. SB309 was the bill that extended the life of the California State Athletic Commission by two years.

What jurisdiction does Nevada have over Chael Sonnen in a submission grappling tournament?

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The Nevada State Athletic Commission wants to hammer Chael Sonnen for participating in a California submission grappling tournament. What jurisdiction do they have?

Your monthly reminder of four new UFC cards (August 2014 edition)

Monday, August 4th, 2014

There are four UFC cards in August 2014 and most fight fans will not recognize half the names on the cards.

An audio guide to the week that was the Federal indictment alleging extortion of California State Athletic Commission

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Last week’s revised Federal indictment alleging that individuals wanting to keep the California State Athletic Commission alive were supposedly extorted by California state senator Leland Yee & his fundraising consulting Keith Jackson. The indictment contains explosive charges but you have heard very little comment in combat sports media circles about the case. Jeff Thaler & Zach Arnold sit down to discuss what the Federal indictment is alleging and what it means for the parties named & not named. What’s going to happen to the future of the Athletic Commission?

Indicted senator Leland Yee was gifted tickets by UFC during time of alleged extortion of California State Athletic Commission

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

During the time that the Feds allege that California state senator Leland Yee was extorting individuals who wanted to keep the California State Athletic Commission alive, Yee was given $300 worth of tickets by the UFC as a political gift.

Was UFC the target of a shakedown by alleged Chinatown mob-linked pol over California State Athletic Commission?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

After further examining the federal indictment against a disgraced California state senator for allegedly extorting money in exchange for the California State Athletic Commission’s survival, the question is: who was the target of the supposed shakedown?

Feds allege Chinatown mob-linked pol extorted California State Athletic Commission for $

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

According to an updated federal indictment last week in Oakland, disgraced state senator Leland Yee and Chinatown mob boss Shrimp Boy allegedly extorted the California State Athletic Commission for cash in exchange for survival.

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