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UFC: Struve vs Miocic Weigh-Ins

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UFC on Fuel TV 5: ticket giveaway competition - 'Stitch' wrapping hands

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Nick Diaz asks court to review his Nevada Athletic Commission suspension

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is asking a court to determine if his May suspension and fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission should be overturned with the hope of returning to the UFC Octagon in 2012.

Acting through his lawyers, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz on Wednesday filed a Memorandum of Points & Authorities in support of his petition for judicial review of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC)'s May order that he pay $79,500 in fines and serve a twelve-month suspension. That May ruling was a result of Diaz's positive post-fight UFC 143 urinalysis for marijuana metabolites. The Las Vegas Review Journal was the first to report the story.

Diaz's petition will be heard by a judge following receipt of the NSAC's response, which is due in 30 days. The full text of his request for judicial review can be read in its entirety.

"The Commission needs to understand that it cannot act with impunity in the exercise of its authority," a member of Diaz's legal team told media. "In Diaz's opinion, while fighters must respect the lawful authority of state athletic commissions, they should not accept unjust and unlawful disciplinary action. Further, Diaz finds it bizarre that the Commission is vigorously policing legal marijuana use outside competition while at the same time endorsing and sanctioning the use of steroids and testosterone -- which has a direct effect on fighters and their opponents in competition. The Commission needs to refocus itself on protecting fighters and the fairness of the combat sports they regulate. Diaz believes this legal proceeding may provide the Commission a helpful push in the right direction, for the benefit of all fighters and the reputation of the sport itself."

NSAC Executive Director Kizer declined to specifically comment when reached by email from media, stating only the Attorney General's office - which represents the NSAC - will file a brief before the 30-day deadline.

At issue are two central claims by Diaz and his legal representation: marijuana metabolites are not a 'prohibited substance' under Nevada statutes relevant to NSAC regulation and it was therefore unfair to punish him for testing positive for something not banned; and the NSAC incorrectly determined Diaz failed to provide accurate and correct information on his pre-fight questionnaire.

Marijuana is currently prohibited for fighters licensed in Nevada according to statute NAC 467.850(2)(f), which includes all prohibited substances on the current Prohibited List published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In May and in Thursday's petition, Diaz's legal team argues marijuana is only prohibited "in competition" and adamantly maintain WADA permits use of marijuana and other cannabinoids outside of competition. Nevada's laws, by virtue of using WADA's direction, also permit out of competition use, they contend.

The NSAC ultimately disagreed with Diaz's legal argument last May and found him in violation of the statute.

Also in that May hearing, the NSAC found Diaz violated NAC 467.885(3), or more specifically, that he gave false and misleading information on his pre-fight questionnaire. Specifically, they take issue with his answer of "no" to the pre-fight question "Have you take/received any prescribed medications in the last two weeks?". They also claim that despite admitting to having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), he did not list it as a "serious medical condition".

In both the May hearing, and also in the petition filed Thursday, Diaz's lawyer Ross Goodman argues there is no basis for suggesting Diaz lied or gave false information because Diaz's admitted use of marijuana in California - where he is a resident - comes from and can only come from a doctor's recommendation. In other words, marijuana is not a prescribed drug in the state of California. Doctors are able to write informal recommendations for medicinal use of marijuana that can be used at licensed marijuana dispensaries, but not formal prescriptions for use of federally regulated medicine available at common pharmacies.

With respect to the issue of having a "serious medical condition", Diaz's team charges the NSAC "provided no interpretive guidance" for the definition of ADHD. In the absence of any parameters, they argue ADHD does not qualify since it is neither life threatening nor incapacitating.

Should a judge rule in favor of Diaz, his fine and suspension by the NSAC could be overturned, thereby freeing him to compete immediately.

 

Source: MMAFighting

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Michael Bisping: Weidman’s Not the “Great White Hope” That’ll Destroy Anderson Silva

"The fight went as planned. It would have been nice to stop him obviously, but he’s a tough guy and you can’t put them all away,” Bisping said of Stann.  ”I think other than one, big punch at the end of the first round, I was in control the whole time.”

 

In a post-fight interview on FUEL TV, Stann said that he felt he’d won the fight against Bisping. Stann also said that even UFC President Dana White had told him after the fight that he thought Stann had won the fight. Bisping explained he had no doubt in his mind that he was the clear cut winner.

“Dana may have said that. Dana says a lot of things. He probably didn’t watch the fight closely enough,” Bisping said. “I’m sure he’ll feel different watching it again. Everybody I spoke to, thought I won the fight. It wasn’t controversial, it wasn’t even close. I was in control the whole time. And for Brian to say that, listen I respect Brian, of course you gotta do what you got to do to make yourself feel better about the situation, the fact of the matter is, he was beat by the better man on Saturday night.”

“Listen, I’ve done things over the years that maybe have annoyed people, but I think I was being looked over, but I think that’s fallen by the wayside now. I think I proved a lot of people wrong in the Chael Sonnen fight. I was a 4 to 1 underdog and that was a controversial decision. I had a good win over Brian Stann. I think if anyone was to overlook me now, or not to give me the credit I deserve, I think they’d be foolish. That’d be their downfall. I think generally now, the consensus is I’m one of the best and I don’t think I get overlooked now,” Bisping stated. “I think I’ve positioned myself as the number one contender really. I mean, I know Chris Weidman’s in there and he wants his shot, but he’s got to fight Tim Boetsch and he’s got to beat Tim Boestch. And also, he’s only got two decent wins. Other than that, I never heard of Chris Weidman a year ago. I think after Saturday night I put myself in line for a title shot pretty soon.”

“We’ll have to wait and see what the UFC wants to do. I will be calling Dana and the UFC tomorrow just to see where we’re up to and what’s going on. I know Anderson’s fighting Stephan Bonnar. I don’t want to wait on the sidelines for a long time. I want to fight as much as possible. I would have no problems taking a fight in the meantime – whether it’s Alan Belcher, Chris Weidman, I don’t care who it is I’m confident in my skill set. I’m confident I can beat guys.”

With a possible superfight between GSP and Silva looming over both the welterweight and middleweight divisions, Bisping explained there were many factors that could play in to that fight not coming to fruition.

“I don’t think that’s a guaranteed fight…”I hope not for my own sake, so that when I get my own shot,” Bisping said. “As I say, I’m confident in my ability now. I think I’ve solidfied and cemented myself as one of the top middleweights in the world. I’ve got no problem continuing to fight guys and beat them. If I continue to do that and beat guys, I will get my shot. That’s only a matter of time. I’m not in any rush. Yes, I’d like to fight [Silva] for a shot in a couple of weeks, but if I’ve got to wait a year, six months, two years, I’m going nowhere. I’m going to continue training, I’m going to continue improving and doing what I do. So, I’m not bothered when it comes.”

“There’s definitely a possibility that Boetsch could upset Weidman. I’d say Weidman has the more polished skill set, but Boetsch is no slouch, he’s no pushover.”

 “I’m not sold on Chris Weidman. I don’t see what all the fuss is with Chris Weidman. I’ve got nothing against the guy. He beat Demian Maia in the candidate for the worst fight of the year, a lot of people are forgetting that. He looked decent against Mark Munoz, but Mark Munoz looked terrible and I was never sold on him in the first place. So I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”

 

 

 

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Anderson Silva: “GSP fight happening anyway, it’s Dana’s Wish”

“I hope this is my next fight. We want to do a super-fight. I drop a little weight and he goes up a little. It is going to happen anyway, it is Dana White’s wish. I think fighting him makes all the sense as well because he is a great name of the sport. As a UFC athlete I want to fight the best and St-Pierre is one of them. Then we try to put on a good show for the fans.”

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MMA is officially recognized as a sport in Russia!

Historically important conference was held today in the Ministry of Sports. Mixed martial arts were officially recognized as the official sport in Russia at that conference,  headed by its president  and Vadim Finkelstein will oversee development of MMA and official MMA tournaments in Russia starting from that day. Russia has finally become the country where MMA are not only legal, but also supported by the government.

 

 

After 15 years of hard work and over 150 tournaments organized around the world, our sport has finally got official recognition and support from the government. This is another very important step towards the goals that Russian MMA Union has set since the day it has been founded.

The first national amateur MMA championship will take place in Moscow this week, from 28th to 30th of September.

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Fight Card: UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic

Official fight card

 

Main Card (Fuel TV)
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Netherlands Stefan Struve vs. United States Stipe Miocic
Welterweight England Dan Hardy vs. United States Amir Sadollah
Welterweight England John Hathaway vs. England John Maguire
Bantamweight England Brad Pickett vs. Haiti Yves Jabouin
Lightweight England Paul Sass vs. United States Matt Wiman
Welterweight England Che Mills vs. United States Duane Ludwig
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Light Heavyweight United States Kyle Kingsbury vs. England Jimi Manuwa
Featherweight England Andy Ogle vs. Sweden Akira Corassani
Middleweight England Tom Watson vs. United States Brad Tavares
Catchweight (175 lb) United States DaMarques Johnson vs. Iceland Gunnar Nelson
Featherweight England Jason Young vs. United States Robbie Peralta

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UFC 153: Silva vs Bonnar Preview

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UFC's Benson Henderson Training Days - Part 1

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FULL FIGHT: Stipe Miocic vs. Shane Del Rosario

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