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Archive for October, 2013

Good old boys network at Nevada meeting approve Josh Barnett for license

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Good thing Josh Barnett is a contender in the UFC Heavyweight division so that his promoter will pay for “enhanced” random drug testing.

Ugly, lopsided main event for Fox Sports 1 California Golden Boy show

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Yet more mismatches are in store for boxing fans with the Golden Boy telecast on FS1 this Monday. California is rubber stamping fight bookings that never should be approved in the first place.

The wheels fall off of the Humpty Dumpty Bellator PPV

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Bellator PPV from Long Beach has fallen apart due to Tito Ortiz being pulled the main event because of injury. So, the event is now on Spike TV.

Violent: California mismatches, medical suspensions enabling bad beatings (w/ video)

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Last week, boxer Francisco Leal became the latest combatant to die. The adults in the room didn’t step up and do their job in protecting Leal from his desire to continue fighting.

Big John McCarthy’s political power in California is significantly solidifying

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

He’s not welcome in the state of Nevada, but Big John McCarthy is taking charge of politics in the California combat sports regulation sector.

Paulie Malignaggi: Media writers won’t clean up combat sports because they’re fanboys & sellouts

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If Paulie Malignaggi thinks boxing writers are spoiled brat fanboys, he’s never attended MMA press conferences before.

Cain Velasquez gets his TKO finish on a UFC Houston show with brutal fights & officiating

Friday, October 18th, 2013

A busy slate of cards for UFC in October, including the struggling England card w/o Michael Bisping.

The ghost of Howard Cosell on ESPN’s 30-for-30 series about Duran & Leonard

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Days after Spike TV aired a great documentary on Frank Shamrock, ESPN aired an excellent 30-for-30 documentary on the second boxing match between Roberto Duran & Sugar Ray Leonard.

Luca Fury: Why will UFC fire fighters for bad sportsmanship but not for failing drug tests?

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Rousimar Palhares got fired from the UFC because of bad sportsmanship. He didn’t get fired because he failed a drug test over nine months ago, however. Luca Fury asks why the UFC doesn’t have a consistent policy for punishing fighters who fail drug tests.

Frank Shamrock: Bound by Blood is a must-see documentary for all the right reasons

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Spike TV aired one of the best MMA documentaries ever with Frank Shamrock: Bound By Blood. Powerful.

A league of denial on brain damage & testosterone

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We know about pugilistica dementia in combat sports. It doesn’t mean that the risks have lessened in today’s combat sports world, however, and vigilance is needed more than ever.

Boxers beware: Where’s your pension payout from the California State Athletic Commission?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

A lot of boxers are owed money from the California State Athletic Commission’s pension fund. The question is whether or not many boxers will get a distribution before it is considered forfeited.

Honeymoon over: Officials, inspectors, insiders turning on California State Athletic Commission

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The complaints are starting to amount about Andy Foster as boss of the California State Athletic Commission. A year into the job as Executive Officer, he is facing an image problem with officials who feel there is a crisis in leadership.