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VIDEO: Fight week becomes damage control

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VIDEO: Past Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix

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Diaz NSAC Hearing Over: Suspended For 12 Months Fined 30%

Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission heard the case of Nick Diaz.

In February Nick fought and lost against Carlos Condit for the UFC’s interim welterweight title. In the post-fight drug screening Diaz was found to have marijuana metabolites in his system and as a result has been put under fire as a rule violator.

After a lengthy stint of legal back and forth the two sides met today in Nevada to determine the fate of Mr. Diaz.

A brilliant defense was presented to the commission. One that brought expert testimony that refuted the interpretation of the rules and had it been a court of law, I have no doubt that based on the testimony Diaz would have been found innocent.

The real issue is whether or not Nick was using a banned substance in competition. The state of Nevada could not prove that Nick was using during his fight, but the defense could not prove against it either.

It was a lengthy hearing, the two sides argued the rulebook and facts of the case back and forth, however the NSAC is their own judge and jury and as a result are not liable to answer to anyone other than their own interpretation of the rules. So why would they rule against themselves you might ask. Is it even worth spending money or even showing up at the meeting. I say no.

Hell with the NSAC. If you get caught don't show up at the meeting. Don't answer a letter from them. Just do nothing. It won't effect your case anyway.

In the end Nick Diaz will not be able to compete in the State of Nevada until February 2013. He received a 12-month suspension and was fined 30% of his fight purse and bonus money.

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VIDEO: UFC 146 - SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY!

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Daniel Cormier - Post Josh Barnett Interview

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Daniel Cormier wins over Josh Barnett and claims the Strikeforce Heavy-weight Grand Prix title

The finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finally went on - with Josh Barnett, the favorite from that half of the bracket, facing Daniel Cormier, an alternate who was not even supposed to be in the tournament. Cormier put on a star-making performance and came out with the decision victory - although both men obviously could compete with the elite of any heavyweight division in the world.

The first round saw Daniel Cormier outstriking the much more experienced Josh Barnett, although both men landed significant blows.

In the second round, Cormier took Barnett down after some crisper boxing from Josh made him think twice about engaging on the feet. Cormier's elbows made a mess of Barnett's face and he evaded the leglock and armbar attempts as well.

A high altitude slam off a single leg was the best part of Round 3. Cormier tossed Barnett completely upside down after some relatively even striking trades. As befitting his nickname (The Warmaster), Barnett kept going and never broke mentally. Cormier slowed as the round wend on, but did enough to take it on most unofficial cards.

In Round 4, Cormier displayed his excellent fight instincts by shifting seamlessly throughout all phases of the MMA game. Barnett fired back in an astounding display of resiliency, but again lost the round.

Fifth round had Daniel Cormier easing down into cruise control, defending all of Barnett's attempts to get what would have been one of the greatest comebacks of MMA history started. In the end, Cormier took all five rounds and has vaulted from an alternate to this Grand Prix to its winner and perhaps one of the top five heavyweights on the planet. Barnett looked impressive in defeat as well and as a whole, this fight rocked.

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Ex-MMA fighter Dan Quinn Threatens Life of Dana White

 

A former MMA fighter named Dan Quinn has aggressively threatened the life of UFC president Dana White.

Quinn left the threats on multiple voicemails, and they are brutal:

“Worry about your own safety bitch…..and I’m going to shoot you right in the head motherfucker!”

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Photos of Bellator fighter Blagoi Ivanov whe released from hospital

 

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Breaking: JON JONES Arrested for DUI

UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones was arrested early this morning for DUI after he totaled his Bentley in upstate New York ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jones was involved in an accident at around 5:00 AM in Binghamton, NY. We're told the car -- which Jones crashed into a pole -- was totaled and cops arrested Jones on the scene for DUI.

According to our sources, Jones was taken into custody by Broome County Sheriff and bailed out a few hours later ... by his mom. Jones is from nearby Ithaca.

How's this for irony? Jones filmed a video earlier this year about going through police training -- and he did it with the Broome County Sheriff ... the same agency that arrested him!

 

 

Jones last fought on April 21, defeating Rashad Evans by unanimous decision. His next scheduled fight is on September 1 in Las Vegas against Dan Henderson.

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VIDEO: Daniel Cormier on What Motivates Him to be the Best

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