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Keith Kizer: The official fine to Nick Diaz was $79,500

A full five months since his loss to Carlos Condit in the UFC 143 main event, Nick Diaz is still a point of discussion. 

Initially, after Diaz failed a drug test due to marijuana metabolites, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended him one year and fined him 30 percent of his fight purse. 

But NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today confirmed the fine was more than the originally reported $60,000. 

Diaz (27-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) who announced his retirement after the fight, was paid a disclosed flat sum of $200,000 for his interim title fight with Condit (28-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC). He lost the bout, which took place Feb. 4 in Las Vegas, via unanimous decision. 

A 30 percent fine on his $200,000 purse would've added up to $60,000. But Kizer said the actual fine was $79,500. 

As ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto first reported, Diaz was paid a bonus of $300,000 for media- and publicity-related commitments for the fight. (Fans may remember that Diaz cost himself a scheduled title shot with Georges St-Pierre in October after he no-showed a pair of pre-event press conferences.) According to Kizer, in addition to the $60,000 fine from his disclosed fight purse, Diaz was fined $19,500 (30 percent) of a $65,000 bonus. That likely was a smaller portion of the larger $300,000 bonus. (Had he been fined on the full $300,000 bonus and his $200,000 disclosed purse, Diaz's total fine would have come to $150,000.) 

As we reported, a three-hour NSAC meeting back in May did nothing to shorten the length of the suspension or Diaz's fine. The commission upheld both. 

The NSAC also fined and suspended Diaz in 2007 following a fight with Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas. Some commissioners pointed to his repeat-offender status as a reason they didn't lighten the punishment for the UFC 143 failed test. 

Diaz is eligible to apply for a license in Nevada on Feb. 4, 2013, though he'll need to pass a drug test to get licensed. Until Nevada clears him, Diaz is unlikely to get licensed by other commissions. 

While the 28-year-old currently is retired, most fans expect Diaz to make a return to the cage at some point once the suspension runs its course.

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Sonnen: Wand an invalid, Belfort a chicken

"I don't get it," said the quotable native of West Linn, Ore. "I've been wrestling since I was nine years old. Not once have a missed a competition due to illness or injury. You say you'll do something and the competition is set. That's it. You show up. My dad was a plumber. That's hard work. He never missed a day of work. I will never disrespect him by not showing up for an athletic competition that has a maximum duration of 25 minutes. There should be forfeiture if you have to pull out of a fight. If you don't show up, it should be a loss on your record.

As an example, Sonnen singles out Vitor Belfort, who pulled out of last month's UFC 147 bout in Brazil with Wanderlei Silva, a card which Silva-Sonnen was slated to headline before that bout was moved to Nevada

"Vitor Belfort pulls out of more fights than he agrees to," Sonnen said. "He's fantastic, but he's such a chicken and he's such a liar. To say you're going to fight, to sell tickets, to sign your name, to film the TV show, and then to pull out? Against an invalid? That's insane. It's shocking they're able to say that with a straight face. My opinion of Wanderlei is constantly evolving, because as atrocious as he is skills-wise, he shows up and fights. He goes hard in spite of the lack of talent and gives the fans his best."

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Ortiz: Maybe Griffin should retire too

“I don't want to do that. I don't want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there's always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it's not the fight I prepare for. It's the training I prepare for. It's the grueling six days a week, 5 or 6 hours a day, of over and over getting up every day and going, ‘Oh god, what am I doing to my body. I'm hurting, my legs hurt, my neck hurts.' It's a mental strain on you,” Ortiz stated.

“I think it's time to move onto a different chapter of my life.”

But if things go his way and judging by Griffin's pre-fight comments, Ortiz might have another fighter joining him in the “gold watch” club when UFC 148 is over.

“Maybe it's time for Forrest to retire; maybe he wants to retire,” said Ortiz. “Maybe he's just letting everybody know that he's going to retire. For me, I know I'm retiring, but it's an idea, I'm going out and I'm winning the fight.”

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VIDEO: UFC Primetime: Silva vs. Sonnen 1

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Korean Zombie: I Will End Jose Aldo's 'Reign as a Champion'

The Korean Zombie called out his next desired opponent on Friday and it's none other than UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. "I want Jose Aldo," Chan Sung Jung Tweeted. "I will end his reign as a champion."

Jung, 25, most recently competed at UFC on FUEL TV 3 where he bested fellow contenderDustin Poirier in one of the best fights of the year at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. UFC President Dana White initially suggested Jung was potentially in the running for a title shot against Aldo, but later stated he was the clear cut top contender.

Even if Jung gets his desired match-up with Aldo for a UFC title, there are two clear obstacles in his way.

Aldo, 25, was originally scheduled to face Erik Koch at UFC 149 next month in Calgary, Canada, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. However, the fight itself has not been scrapped. Aldo is still expected to face Koch at an undetermined date in the future.

Aldo last competed at UFC 142 in January of this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he defeated Chad Mendes in the first round of their bout by TKO.

If Jung were to receive a title shot without taking an additional bout between now, and whenever Aldo and Koch eventually face one another, he will be the first fighter to earn the opportunity based on a win from a main event on the UFC on FUEL TV series.

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VIDEO: Talking MMA with Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer

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Product Spotlight: Elevation Training Mask 2.0

Elevation Training Mask 2.0 has been a work in progress for over 2 years. We have asked our customers of Training Mask 1.0 to give us their feedback and what they would want to see in 2.0. With great feedback from test marketing and direct responses we have made Training Mask 2.0 smaller, lighter and more comfortable. Training Mask 2.0gives the end user a redesigned look and feel along with the resistance levels that they desire.

Training Mask 2.0 makes your work out more efficient allowing you to take your work out from 60 minutes to 20 minutes. From the average daily walker to the marathon runner, Training Mask 2.0 appeals to every athlete who wants to improve their overall health and performance.

It started with the first version made from an Israeli civilian gas mask and has been completely revamped and remolded into Training Mask 2.0 . We have gotten away from the eye pieces, hardened straps, and overall gas mask look. With reconstruction of an entirely new mask mould, and neoprene that is stretched over the rubber resistance mask, and caps give Training Mask 2.0 a smooth, sleek look and comfortable feel.

Training Mask 2.0  is held on the face with a comfortable neoprene strap that over lays the air tight silicone piece that rests against the face. The neoprene strap is held onto the mask by 3 "Resistance caps". The resistance caps make for a nice snug fit against the neoprene and hold the neoprene in place acting as a "post" against the silicone that rests on your face.

Training Mask 2.0  is a less aggressive looking approach to working out while still getting the aggressive workout that one desires. With Training Mask 2.0 you do not have claustrophobia like feeling nor will you have to worry about vision problems while training. Our snap and go resistance nose pieces are truely revolutionary as it makes the ease of use that much easier.

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Bas Rutten on how to avoid being hit in the head

I get asked this question quite a bit, "Are there any tips to train your defense and not get hit to the head so much?"

I figured to share it with you guys otherwise only one person will benefit from it, and it took a while to write and explain. Here it goes, he said that he was "scared to get hit and damage his brain"

The problem is that you are "scared to get a brain injury" and once you are afraid of something, you automatically open yourself up for it.

This is a good drill for you, BEFORE you start sparring. Put your back against the wall, bring your hands up, and now let a buddy of yours hit you. Start really slow and relax your face muscles, (when I teach I call it “poker face”), look at his strikes and simply block each punch, just keep your eyes open and relax. Let him start with hooks and straights to the head, once you are used to that, let him include the body shots (spleen, liver, solar plexus). The main goal, is to keep your face muscles relaxed, once you start flinching, you are "telling" your brain that something is wrong, and it will start panicking, once you start panicking you start to defend the wrong way because you will bring your hands up too high for head shots, and too low for body shots (panic reaction), meaning, you are going to be an easy target.

So when you start "flinching", STOP, let him reduce the speed, and start again.

Now one more big thing, don't hold your hands too close to your face, bring them out like 6 or 7 inches in front of you, this way you can block the attacks sooner plus you don't need as much movement to do it.

Imagine this, let your partner stretch his arm right in front of your face, so his fist is in front of your face (nose), keep your right hand to your jaw (not 6 inches away, I am trying to explain something so you see I am right), now put your right hand against the side of his hand, and push his fist out of the way to the left so he will miss you if he would punch you.

See how much movement that took from your hand, its like 5 inches of movement. Now let him bring his fist back in front of your nose, bring your hands out forward about 6 or 7 inches, put your hand against his forearm, and NOW push his arm to the side, see how much movement your hand has to make now in order to let him miss your head, it will be like only 2 inches.

I hope it makes any sense what I am saying right now, it's simply physics, so I think you will understand. The ONLY thing I never understood from Mike Tyson's technique was that his hands were so freaking close to his chin, I DO know that he "made up" for that by having incredible head movement, (bobbing and weaving). So I understand that when he would bring his hands out, he could not do the bobbing and weaving drills correctly since his hands would be in the way.

For the rest, striking wise, my stands is almost identical to Tyson's, wide open, square in front of your opponent, this will give you KO power in your left hand (when orthodox), your "jab" becomes a "left straight". In Thai Boxing and MMA, this stand will give you harder left kicks as well, plus all the kicking attacks from your opponent that come from the left (so he kicks right) will also be easier to block and counter, low kicks will be easier to block, EVERYTHING will become more powerful, the ONLY thing you will give up for it, is that you are a "wider target" (that's what other coaches would say), my answer to that is "Train some abs", did anybody EVER KO'd Tyson to the body? No they didn't, but he’s "wide open", see what I mean?

Hope this helped, I am going to post it on my wall as well, this way I didn't write everything only for ONE person and more people can try it out. Godspeed!

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VIDEO: Gilbert Melendez and his fiancé rolling on the mat

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Frank Shamrock: Dana White Is “A Total Douchebag And A Bully”

“Well, honestly, I didn’t really care, but my wife was pretty pissed that I wasn’t in the Hall of Fame. I don’t care. I think it’s awesome that Tito’s in. He deserves to be in there. I believe I should be in the Hall of Fame, but it ain’t my Hall of Fame. If they wanna put me in, that’s great. It’s not gonna keep me up at night… Here’s my thing. I did everything I could for the sport, from speaking to the commissions to presenting in front of cable companies — anything and everything, I was hired to go do it. I was a great spokesman, and I believe in this sport. If they wanna put me in or not, it’s totally up to them. I think it’s just a big knuckle-fest. God bless Tito, and I’m real proud that he’s made it… It’s definitely personal between Dana and I. To further that, I’ve done everything I can possibly do for this sport. I hope that would include UFC. You know, Dana and I don’t get along. I think he’s a total douchebag and a bully. I just, I got no breath for him.”

In a recent appearance on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live, Frank Shamrock discusses the UFC Hall of Fame and his exclusion from it.

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