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Monday morning quarterback: Back to the future

By Zach Arnold | July 16, 2007

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Is the San Diego Union-Tribune lumping UFC into a story about increased violence with assaults due to punching?

Royce Gracie did not end up appealing his drug suspension in California. Steve Sievert reports that UFC 75 will be broadcast on Spike TV.

Somehow, I don’t think this is the kind of mugshot that Renato Babalu imagined would help his career out.

If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of Fight Opinion Radio, go listen. Give me your feedback on this week’s show.

I’ll have a full post about the HEROs show later today, but the main story coming out of the event is that Masakatsu Funaki will be coming out of retirement to fight on New Year’s Eve in Japan.

I made an appearance on a roundtable segment for the MMA radio show Any Given Saturday. Audio here. I don’t know what it says about me at this stage of my life that I’m paying for a call into a talk show, but hopefully it indicates some positive feelings towards Luke Thomas. I should really adopt a Paris Hilton policy and start charging radio shows for appearances.

There were some serious issues discussed on the ANS show, including whether or not Quinton Jackson appeals to “White America” and how papering MMA shows is damaging the crowd atmosphere at live events. Papering is not good.

Notes from the BodogFight event from the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board:

July 14, 2007
Trenton, New Jersey
Sovereign Bank Arena

Eben Oroz 143
David Love 144.6
Love win via split decision three rounds, Blatnick and Bittencourt
29-28 for Love, Mason 29-28 Oroz
Referee Kevin Mulhall

Mark Burch 265.8
Yoshiki Takahashi 225.2
Burch win via KO knee to head at 3:45 of round one
Takahashi suspended 30 days plus needs CT scan of head and xrays of face (zygomatic arch)
Referee Dan Miragliotta

Amar Suloev 183.2
Chael Sonnen 185.8
Sonnen win via TKO referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 3:33 of round two
Suloev deducted one point in round one for repeated grabbing of ring ropes
Referee Dan Miragliotta

Jorge Masvidal 156
Yves Edwards 155.6
Masvidal win via KO high kick to head at 2:19 of round two
Masvidal suspended pending xray of right foot
Referee Kevin Mulhall

Branden Lee Hinkle 223
Roman Zentsov 225.8
Hinkle win via unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27
Referee Dan Miragliotta

Yuki Kondo 185
Trevor Prangley 184.8
Prangley win referee stoppage on advice of doctor at 5:00 of round 2 due to cut eye
Referee Kevin Mulhall

Dan Hawley 135.6
Blair Tugman 135.2
Tugman win unanimous decision three rounds, Blatnick and Mason 29-28, Bittencourt 30-27
Referee Kevin Mulhall

Matt Lee 168.2
Eddie Alvarez 170
Alvarez win via unanimous decision three rounds, Blatnick and Urso 30-27, Bittencourt 29-28
Referee Dan Miragliotta

James Binky Jones 154.2
Nick Agallar 155.8
Agallar win via split decision three rounds, Blatnick and Bittencourt 29-28 for Agallar, Mason 29-28 for Jones
Referee Kevin Mulhall

Kelly Kobold 134.6
Tara LaRosa 134.6
LaRosa win via armbar submission at 2:50 of round four
Kobold deducted one point in round three due to illegal strike to head of downed fighter
Referee Dan Miragliotta

Referees: Dan Miragliotta and Kevin Mulhall

Judges: Jeff Blatnick, Romulo Bittencourt, William Mason and Cardo Urso

Timekeeper: Jason Robinson

Ringside Physicians: Dr. Michael Kelly, Dr. Sherry Wulkan and Dr. Marc Shaber

Inspectors: Lou Turco, Gary Gudzak, John Mazzola, Mike Morrison, Cardo Urso

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. The Houston Chronicle (Steve Sievert): Anderson Silva’s title reign has makings of a marathon
  2. The BBC: Scotland cage fighting event is condemned
  3. New York Newsday: IFL’s Bryan Vetell combines academics with brute strength
  4. The Honolulu Advertiser: State law will help regulate sport
  5. The Honolulu star-Bulletin: Regulation will come to MMA in 2009
  6. The Visalia Times-Delta (CA): Marc De La Cruz takes care of underdog
  7. Bloody Elbow: These guys could hang in the UFC
  8. Sam Caplan: How to curtail booing of ground fighting
  9. UFC HP: Randy Couture on Best Damn Sports Show Period tonight
  10. NBC Sports: A ‘roid life – Mark Kerr’s fall from grace, and revival

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21 Responses to “Monday morning quarterback: Back to the future”

  1. Grape Knee High says:

    I thought the Sign On San Diego was fair in mentioning the UFC within the context of the article. They certainly weren’t attributing any causative correlation between MMA and assaults.

  2. Lynchman says:

    Did they release an attendance figure? It is not listed.

  3. nick says:

    the njsacb has not gotten the official attendance yet since the arena couldnt provide the ticket manifest report on the night of the fight.
    official attendance number will take seven business days because the sovereign bank arena does not use ticketmaster.

  4. Euthyphro says:

    My respect for the Sovereign Bank Arena just rose tenfold.

  5. Luke says:

    You’re making me feel bad.

  6. Jonathan says:

    On the Renato Sobral thing, he looks really unhappy. And I have no idea why he didn’t put “Babalu” under alias…isn’t that what that is?

  7. Jonathan says:

    Yves Edwards get KTFO by a headkick…and they medically suspend the guy who kicked him for a broken foot? Man…that is some strange logic…especially since you are assuming that the kick, which was hard enough to break his foot, would be hard enough to medically suspend a guy. And yeah, I know that it could have been broke at another point during the fight.

  8. Zurich says:

    Fight Opinion Radio is great! I feel bad for not catching his name.. but the host (who is also a lawyer?) is great. As a budding law student, I really find his insight into the legality of the fight industry very interesting. e.g. the assignability of contracts, the current lawsuit between Zuffa/Cage Rage, etc. Plus, he breathes a fresh air of ‘what has to be’ / ‘what is the case’ into MMA discussions that often get side-tracked by ‘what should be’… the merits of the Zuffa/Cage Rage lawsuit being a great example.

    Out of curiousity.. is this fellow a law student? Practicing lawyer? What field of law?

  9. The Gaijin says:

    I believe he’s a practicing commercial lawyer who specializes in litigation in California (iirc).

    FYI – I’m an articling securities lawyer in Canada.

  10. Zack says:

    I agree that Jeff is easily one of the best hosts on MMA radio.

  11. nick says:

    his foot was hurt twice earlier in the fight, once from being blocked by a knee and once from hitting yves’s elbow.

    you are using strange logic by making massive assumptions without having even seen the fight.

  12. Rollo the Cat says:

    Hi Nick!

    Just a suggestion. When you are look into revising the unified rules, take a look at the Hinkle vs Zentsov fight. I’ll say no more.

    Thanks for posting.

  13. 45 Huddle says:

    I am happy that UFC 75 is on free TV. That is probably the best card of the year on free TV.

  14. Zack says:

    Best card ever on free TV in the US.

  15. Jeremy (not that Jeremy) says:

    Two basic cable shows in two weeks? Not too shabby.

    Nothing like Make Up Sex.

  16. Zurich says:

    Gaijin – awesome! Where did you go to school? Would I know the name of the firm you’re articling at? Canadian here too…

  17. The Gaijin says:

    I went to Osgoode Hall in Toronto. I’m not sure if I should be saying the name of the firm over the ‘net…you know how they can get about things like that. Especially since I post from work on lunch!! lol

    It’s one of the Seven Sisters…I’ll say that much.

  18. The Gaijin says:

    P.S. I’m HYPED that UFC 75 is on free TV…but shouldn’t they be hyping the hell out of a “unification match” and milking the buys out of it?? They really don’t want to give much press to PRIDE at all – even when they own it!!

    It is still a unification match right? (on-off-on-off-on?)

  19. Zurich says:

    Gaijin – no worries, I hear ya. Well done!

    White wants to bury PRIDE. Rather than run shows, I think he just wants people to buy the DVDs to find out where new UFC stars like Rampage, Crocop, Nog, etc. came from.

  20. The Gaijin says:


    Totally unrelated note:

    Tell ya what – if you’ve ever got any questions about law school or the process of getting a job/interviews etc. I’m sure we could get Zach to put us in touch and I’d be happy to share what little, if any, “wisdom” (lol) that I have on the topic.

  21. klown says:

    Worst thing about FightOpinion radio? “UNLEASH THE MONSTER” *shudder*


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