Thursday, November 8, 2007

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Tune-In To Cage Side Live Tonight! - 09 Nov 2007 06:18:16am

Posted: 09 Nov 2007 12:18 AM CST

On tonights show, they have a star studded line up. Don't miss this one.

Jason Adkins, president of RioHeroes, Joey Villasenor, Kyle Noke, Kendall Grove, Pete Spratt, Troy Mendalonez.

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Randy Couture To Speak Before The Green Bay Packers Sat Dec 8th - 09 Nov 2007 06:06:43am

Posted: 09 Nov 2007 12:06 AM CST

By Brian Knapp

Three-time UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture has accepted an invitation to speak before the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Green Bay, Wisc., according to representatives from Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts. The 44-year-old will be the Packers' special guest at their game against Oakland at legendary Lambeau Field the following day.

Jay Glazer, a member of the Fox Sports team that covers the NFL, was instrumental in establishing a relationship between the two parties, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy said.

"Jay and I were watching Randy's last fight, and we got on to the subject of talking to the players and finding different ways to get your message across to them," McCarthy said. "I was telling Jay that one of the platforms we like to use is having guest speakers come and talk to the team about relevant subjects or themes."

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Kimbo Slice Will Appear Live Thursday on 3News at 10pm - 09 Nov 2007 05:58:26am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 11:58 PM CST

Internet fighting legend to talk about his Elite XC Debut

Legendary "backyard brawler" Kimbo Slice will be in studio for a live interview Thursday night during the sports segment on 3News at 10pm.

Slice has developed a cult following after highlights from dozens of his amateur backyard brawls were posted on internet video sites such as You Tube. Kimbo will make his Mixed Martial Arts debut Saturday night against Bo Cantrell on the Showtime/Elite XC card at the American Bank Center.

Kimbo is a man of loads of action and few words, but he is expected to talk about his strategy for his first pro fight tonight during the sports segment on 3News.

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Doug Evans vs Mark Bocek UFC 79 - 09 Nov 2007 03:20:17am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 09:20 PM CST

By Damon Martin

The undercard for Ultimate Fighting Championship 79 – featuring a main event of Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes for the welterweight title – is starting to fill out as MMAWeekly has confirmed that Alaskan fighter Doug Evans will return to the Octagon to face grappler Mark Bocek in a lightweight bout.

In his UFC debut, Evans impressed many people with his performance against Roger Huerta. Although he lost the bout, he controlled Huerta for virtually the entire first round before the Texan rebounded in the second session.

Now Evans, who was originally asked to fight Jorge Gurgel at UFC 77 but had to bow out due to an injury, returns to face another fighter currently sporting a 0-1 record in the UFC in Mark Bocek.

Bocek made his debut at UFC 73 and faced top lightweight contender Frankie Edgar. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter succumbed to Edgar in the first round, but looks for redemption against Evans.

UFC 79 takes place on Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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EliteXC makes bad gamble with Kimbo Slice - 09 Nov 2007 03:10:37am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 09:10 PM CST

By Todd Martin

Saturday night, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson makes his EliteXC debut. Slice signed a multiyear contract with EXC in the past month and since then has been heavily promoted by the organization.

Why is Slice the most heavily promoted fighter on EXC's upcoming card? He doesn't have an amateur wrestling pedigree. He isn't an accomplished jiu jitsu practitioner. He isn't a Muay Thai standout. In fact, he has only one sanctioned fight, and that was an exhibition against 46-year-old boxer Ray Mercer. Slice isn't being promoted for any of those reasons. Rather, EXC is hoping to capitalize on his fame as an underground street fighter. This is a mistake.

EXC's promotional philosophy is a sound one. It realizes better than most of UFC's competitors that MMA is built around star power. There are plenty of talented MMA fighters, but not all have the charisma, personality, fighting style or life story that can bring in the masses. Stars are needed to attract new fans and garner significant interest. Thus, the company has focused on signing potentially marketable fighters like Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler and Gina Carano.

This philosophy led the company to Slice. Slice's unique look and background make him a novelty. He will never be just another MMA fighter. But the positives are greatly outweighed by the many negatives that come with getting behind Slice.

To begin with, his fame is not as great as many seem to believe. He made his name in Internet message board forums based on online fights, but that community has never been large enough to make a major show profitable. The internet MMA community is small relative to the audience that watches EXC on Showtime, and miniscule relative to the broader UFC audience that EXC hopes to tap into. Slice's fight with Mercer ran on pay-per-view and generated very little interest even with the novelty of Slice's first sanctioned fight. Slice won't bring in a broad audience.

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Cotto, Mosley: Ready for War! - 09 Nov 2007 02:38:56am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 08:38 PM CST

By Jason Stern

Smiles, not photographer flashes, provided most of the blinding white light at B.B. Kings on Wednesday afternoon for the final press conference leading up to the Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley WBA Welterweight Championship fight this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. With the exception of a relatively surly champion, the entire dais was in good spirits, with a very sportsmanlike showing of respect by everyone involved in the promotion.

Co-promoter Bob Arum led things off by stating that the event is nearly sold-out. Due to overwhelming demand for affordable seating, Goldenboy CEO Oscar De La Hoya announced that the Garden has released the upper mezzanine level tickets for just $50 each.

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Ken Shamrock Discusses Issues With UFC & More - 09 Nov 2007 02:23:37am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 08:23 PM CST

Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Fight Network Radio on November 7 along with his manager and attorney Rod Donohoo to discuss Shamrock's ongoing contractual dispute with Dana White and the UFC. Fight Network Radio can be heard every Monday through Friday at 3pm EST on Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius Chan nel 186) and online at and The following is a transcript from that interview:

Ken Shamrock: Well, I'll tell you what happened was one, I talked to Dana White when I was fighting with Tito Ortiz on the Ultimate Fighter show and let him know there was an opportunity to get some of the Lion's Den fighters some fights on the team concept in the IFL. Dana kind've flipped out on that, saying he was gonna squash them and kill them, and that they're nothing but scumbags and he was gonna crush 'em. And it just kind of took me off guard, and he was very upset at them. And I guess he took them to court and lost a lawsuit to them, so he was pretty upset about that, because he thought that they had taken some things from him or whatever, but they were found innocent of all that. So, I told him, "You know, it's not like I'm fighting and it's not against my contract to coach my fighters on a show."

And he said, "Well, if you do that, even if it's not in your contract, you will never work for us again." Which I thought was kind of a threat - it had no bearing on my contract and that he was just trying to push me around. And at that point, I went ahead, and - because I didn't want to cause a problem at that point in time - I went ahead and said, "Alright, I'll just wait until I'm done with the fight with Ortiz." So, I finished the fight with Ortiz and then I went ahead and coached in the IFL. At that point, Dana White decided that he was going to go ahead and breach my contract and cut me loose. Since that time, there's been words exchanged back and forth. Dana White - and I'm going to prove that today - Dana White only says things that is going to benefit him and hurt others. And they're not even factual - it's just things that he makes up and that he says. The last interview that Dana White did was an interview to basically hurt me and put me down and hurt my credibility, and were completely, completely lies. And one of them was, Dana White said that Randy Couture makes money for us and Ken Shamrock does not.

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A Message From Kimbo Slice - 09 Nov 2007 01:22:21am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 07:22 PM CST

By Kimbo Slice

You may have seen me whooping guys on the street, in backyards, and in boatyards, but this upcoming fight is no joke. I've been training hard with guys like Bas Rutten, and I'm fully ready to make the step up to professional fighting.

EliteXC Renegade is going on this Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas and is on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT. Watch me bust up Bo "Red Rum" Cantrell in full HD.

Be sure to check out the live forum chat on Thurday – fighters will be stopping in all day. I'm going to try and stop by and do a little chatting. Plus, they'll have some of the other fighters like Nick Diaz, KJ Noons, Jake Shields, Mike Pyle, and others.

Watch a bunch of other interviews that Mayhem Miller is going to do on Saturday night too on That boy ain't right.

For the live forum chat, go to:

Interviews and more from EliteXC Renegade:

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Elite XC Press Conference - Video - 09 Nov 2007 12:40:05am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 06:40 PM CST

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EliteXC "Renegade" Final Press Conference Quotes - 09 Nov 2007 12:25:23am

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 06:25 PM CST

By Tom Casino

"The time is getting near for me being able to do what I really like to do, and that's fight. I am definitely ready to fight somebody. "It's not that I dislike doing interviews, but it is something I need to learn to get used to and get more comfortable doing. It is not personal. I am just trying to focus on my fight and trying to avoid distractions. But I know doing interviews before a fight is part of my job. "This fight is not just about me. It is for my team that has worked so hard to get me ready. Of course, I wish it was Saturday now. I am definitely ready to hit somebody.''


"I am not intimidated at all. This is not my first rodeo. This is more than a fight; it is like a title fight. Kimbo is getting a lot of attention so a victory would obviously be great for me. "I am just coming out to do my job. There is no pressure on me whatsoever. Let's see how he deals with the pressure and against someone who can get off first. I am ready too welcome Kimbo into the world of MMA.''

"I want to thank everyone involved for making this fight happen, and I want to thank all my training partners for getting me ready. I want to thank Gary Shaw for bringing me back. "I am ready to go and it is going to be a great fight. Everybody is going to see a good show. "No way I give up. You are going to have to knock me out to win.''

"Nick is a great fighter, but this is my chance to show that I am truly a great fighter too. I am coming into this fight perfectly. I could not have asked for a better camp. The hand I broke in my last fight is fine. "The fans are in for a great night of fights. My fight with Nick can't help but be exciting. "I am confident and as prepared as I can be.''

"I am looking for respect and becoming No. 1 in the world. As I have said time and again, I want to fight the best. "I expect a very good fight. I may try and take the fight to him and try and manhandle him, but I don't have a real plan going in. I'll just go out and see where things go. "Mike has some great submissions and has fought some great fighters. I know I need to be my best, but I feel ready for a top effort.''

"I'd like to thank EliteXC for bringing me back. Title or no title, this is going to be a great fight for the fans and for the both of us. There are going to be fireworks. It is going to be a war. "Business is business and I hold no animosity toward anyone. This is not personal and I don't hold any grudges against anybody. "I am looking forward to competing again. The layoff will not bother me at all. I have a job to do and I am going to do it to the best of my ability on Saturday.''

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EliteXC heads to Texas in search of identity - 08 Nov 2007 11:58:00pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:58 PM CST

By Steve Sievert

It looked like something out of Land of the Lost, not a stage prop worthy of being part of the debut of America's newest mixed martial arts promotion. And, yet, there it was for fans at DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss., and for those tuning in on Showtime for EliteXC's premiere show, optimistically called "Destiny."

Fighters made their way to the cage by walking through the mouth of the dragon - destiny indeed.

It was, well, an interesting start back in February for EliteXC, which hoped to make a grand entrance into the consciousness of mixed martial arts fans with two legendary names in the sport headlining its first show. The upstart organization had the backing of a premium cable network in Showtime and the leadership, connections and bravado of longtime boxing promoter Gary Shaw.

However, with the promotion on the verge of its fourth show, which will be held Saturday at AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi, EliteXC is still searching for an identity and a formula that clicks with the broad MMA fan base.

In its three major shows, EliteXC has been all over the map in its approach. It resurrected the Shamrock and Gracie names, embraced fights among women (as long as one of those women was Gina Carano), teamed with Strikeforce on a co-promotion, and took its show to Hawaii. Through its parent company, ProElite, EliteXC also was part of the circus that was the Dynamite USA show in Los Angeles in June.

Shaw admits that it's been quite a ride.

"One of the low points, I think, was the show we did in June with FEG (Dynamite USA), where we kind of lost control of it. And I wasn't happy with the product, wasn't happy with the production. And I thought it was a real bad co-promotion. To me, that was the low point, because I like to be proud of what we put on. As far as high points, yeah, there are several. I had a high and a low on the same night. On February 10th, our first show ever in Mississippi was a huge high that we pulled it off with Frank (Shamrock) and Renzo Gracie. And the low point was when I looked at that dragon they were walking out of. So, when we make mistakes, I stand up and say we made mistakes. That dragon sucked."

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Yves Edwards Talks Gonzalez, EliteXC - 08 Nov 2007 11:46:26pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:46 PM CST

By Keith Mills

The past two years have been rough on Yves Edwards. In the summer of 2005 Yves was on top of the world, beating Hermes Franca for a second time and getting an invitation to Pride's Bushido Grand Prix while riding a seven-win streak. Problems developed with first a loss to Joachim Hansen in the first round of the tournament followed by an upset loss to Mark Hominick and seemingly "final straw" loss to Joe Stevenson in UFC. Even BodogFIGHT resulted in two losses for the fighter at one point thought of as the best in the world.

Now Yves looks to turn that around at ElteXC, largely due to his change in training at ATT where previous opponents Aaron Riley, Jorge Masvidal, and Mike Brown all train. This weekend fans get to see the initial results of that change as Yves faces Nick Gonzalez.

KM: How do you feel about your debut in EliteXC this weekend?
YE: I feel good about it. They have a good show, they have a lot of good fighters on the show like Nick Diaz and Jake Shields. I'm looking forward to fighting.

KM: They have some great fighters but aren't really known for the Lightweights. KJ Noons and Nick Diaz are fighting for the 160 pound belt but not 155. How well do you feel you fit in at EliteXC and what are your options?
YE: I like it. I fought at 160 for a while and that is their weight class. My fight here is going to be at 160 and two of my fights in Pride were at 160. It is an easier cut and it isn't too much of a weight advantage. I don't think it is going to pose a problem, I'm just looking forward to fighting. I got with a good team and have a lot of good guys to train with right now. I'm just looking forward to going out there and getting back to it.

KM: I'll get back to ATT in a moment but first are you still under contract to Bodog?
YE: No, I'm no longer under contract to Bodog. I think that is for the best. I like the EliteXC promotion and they are definitely the direction I want to go in.

KM: Is this a one fight or three fight contract with EliteXC?
YE: I have quite a few fights with them.

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Shields Predicts Exciting Finish At EliteXC - 08 Nov 2007 11:38:28pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:38 PM CST

By Damon Martin

As Jake Shields enters the last fight on his current EliteXC contract to take on Mike Pyle, it will not be for a title as the Cesar Gracie-trained student originally thought. But he still plans on bringing an exciting pace to the show and make his opponent pay for taking away the championship opportunity.

"I definitely was ready for a title fight," said Shields. "He took the title away from me by not fighting me (for it). I'm sure he has his reasons. It still kind of pisses me off. I'm going to go out there and take it out on him."

Pyle was not notified of the bout being a five-round title bout until about five weeks prior and determined that wasn't enough training time. He subsequently opted for a three-round non-title fight instead.

Since his last loss in late 2004, Shields has put together eight wins in a row over many top opponents. Lately it seems his motivation has moved to finishing his opponents with punishing stoppages.

"I think I just keep getting better and better and I'm just going out there going for the kill," he said about his dominance of late. "I want to go out there and show people that I can finish people and be exciting and destroy people and that's what I'm going to be doing to Mike Pyle."

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Born To Brawl - 08 Nov 2007 11:30:38pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:30 PM CST

By Josh Gross

If it came earlier, he can't be sure.

Nick Diaz can only recall as far back as the first grade, which for him was the time he first felt compelled to "hit and kick butt," thank you very much.

Growing up poor in one of the biggest agricultural centers in the United States, Diaz has what on the surface reads like a classic fighter tale: A significant portion of his life was spent without the presence of his father; he developed a reputation for fighting 18 year olds when he was in the eighth grade; the bullied kid from Stockton, Calif., was more truant than student.

But really, Diaz says even if he hadn't experienced those hardships, something, perhaps the same substance that forced a 7-iron into Tiger Woods' hands, would have driven him into prizefighting.

"Nobody is going to understand that sort of thing: not your friends, not your girlfriend, not your mom, not your family," says Diaz, who steps into the cage against KJ Noons for the vacant EliteXC 160-pound title Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas. "It's my head that's smashed into the mat."

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Rickson Gracie "Hopes" for 2008 Return...If the money is right that is... - 08 Nov 2007 11:25:01pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:25 PM CST

Rickson Gracie fans will have to wait until next year to see the 48-year-old grappling legend return to the ring. Speaking exclusively with's Denis Martins, Gracie, who turns 49 on Nov. 20, stated that he will be looking for a fight in early 2008 after negotiations for a proposed K-1 Dynamite!! bout on Dec. 31 ceased.

"Even though I feel like I have nothing to prove, I'm still motivated to compete," said Gracie. "Possibly something in the beginning of next year, I hope."

Rickson has not stepped in the ring since choking Masakatsu Funaki into submission in May of 2000.

"If the price is right, I go for the competition," declared Rickson, who has a mixed martial arts record of 11-0-0. "I'm really looking [forward] to my next fight, but [a promoter] will have to pay me what I want."

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HDNET Fights "Reckless Abandon" - 08 Nov 2007 11:19:55pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:19 PM CST

By Brian Knapp

HDNet Fights
has announced former Icon Sport middleweight champion Jason "Mayhem" Miller will collide with Sean Salmon in the feature bout at HDNet Fights "Reckless Abandon" on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

One of MMA's true characters, Miller (19-5) has won 12 of his last 14 fights; his only losses during that span came to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and the highly regarded Frank Trigg. The soon-to-be 27-year-old remains the last man to defeat current EliteXC/Icon Sport middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, as he submitted the heavy-handed Pat Miletich protégé with a side choke in September 2006.

Salmon (14-4), meanwhile, will enter the match on a three-fight winning streak. He defeated Marcus Vinicios at a Hardcore Championship Fighting event last month. This will be Salmon's ninth fight of 2007, a year that began with his infamous head kick knockout loss to Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night in January.

HDNet Fights "Reckless Abandon"
Saturday, Dec. 15
American Airlines Arena
Dallas, Texas

Jason Miller vs. Sean Salmon
Chris Bowles vs. Cory Mahon
Pete Spratt vs. Tristan Yunkar
Patrick Castillo vs. Jay White
Freddie Espiricueta vs. C.B. Dollaway

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Mark Kerr Ends Seven-Year Drought! - 08 Nov 2007 11:11:54pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:11 PM CST

By Brian Knapp

Mark Kerr had almost forgotten what it felt like to be a winner. Kerr ended a seven-year drought Wednesday, as he submitted Steve Gavin in the co-main event at World Cagefighting Organization's "Havoc in Hollywood" at the Circus Nightclub in Hollywood, Calif.

The victory, which came at 1:39 of the opening round, snapped Kerr's five-fight losing streak. He had not won since submitting Igor Borisov with a neck crank at PRIDE 10 "Return of the Warriors" in August 2000.

Kerr (14-6, 1 NC), a former Div. I collegiate wrestling champion who turns 40 in December, rose to prominence in the late 1990s when he opened his career with 11 consecutive victories, many of them inside the UFC and PRIDE promotions. His struggle with opiate pain killers was the focus of the HBO documentary "The Smashing Machine," which premiered in 2002.

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WEC Announces Three Title Fights - 08 Nov 2007 11:06:27pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 05:06 PM CST

Las Vegas– With three world titles on the line as well as the return of a true mixed martial arts legend, the World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™) event on Wednesday, December 12th is not only the biggest and best WEC show of the year, it may be the greatest card in the six year history of the organization.

Featuring WEC Featherweight Champion "The California Kid" Urjiah Faber against Jeff "Big Frog" Curran, "The Rhino" Doug Marshall defending his Light Heavyweight title against Cuba's own Ariel Gandulla, Paulo Filho returning to the Cage to defend his WEC Middleweight crown, and former UFC® Lightweight Champion Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver making his WEC debut at 145 lbs. against rising star Cub Swanson, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be rocked off its foundations by the most explosive MMA action of 2007.

WEC: Faber vs. Curran will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events will be presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit

Tickets for WEC: Faber vs. Curran go on sale Sunday, November 11 at noon and are priced at $225, $200, $150, and $75 (not including applicable services or taxes). Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available online through or

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Riddick Bowe Wants To Try MMA - 08 Nov 2007 10:58:15pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 04:58 PM CST

By Josh Gross

Riddick Bowe says he wants to be the first man to hold major boxing and mixed martial arts titles at the same time. The problem for the 40-year-old former world heavyweight boxing king, he's closer to a title in MMA -- and he's never tried the sport.

"I've been running, doing things as I was doing them in boxing," Bowe told Wednesday evening at the Circus Nightclub in Hollywood, Calif., where he was on hand to announce a "tentative" MMA debut on Dec. 12.

"I guess now all I have to do is get down with the ground work," he said.

Having never been on the mat, Bowe said he plans on his first MMA-related grappling session to take place on Veteran's Day.

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Nick Diaz Says What He Thinks - 08 Nov 2007 10:50:24pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 04:50 PM CST

By Matt Young

Kimbo Slice came to town with the reputation of being a bit of a wild child, but it was Nick Diaz doing the acting out at Wednesday's EliteXC press conference at the Ortiz Center.

Diaz, who will fight K.J. Noons for EliteXC's 160-pound title in Saturday's main event at the American Bank Center, voiced his opinion on everything from legalizing marijuana to Showtime's mixed martial arts announcers.

After registering the biggest win of his career by beating Takanori Gomi on a PRIDE fight card back in February, Diaz (15-6) tested positive for marijuana. The fight was ruled a no contest and the Stockton, Calif., native was suspended for six months.

The failed drug test hasn't changed Diaz's lifestyle, though.

He came back to win a split decision over Mike Aina on his EliteXC debut in September, and says he hasn't stopped smoking marijuana.

"People can say all they want, 'Oh, he was suspended for marijuana,' but they never say, 'He's pro-marijuana,'" Diaz said. "I don't give a (expletive). I'm not shy about it."

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Brad "One Punch" Pickett Set For Wembley Bout - 08 Nov 2007 10:40:50pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 04:40 PM CST

Whitechapel-born Brad "One Punch" Pickett has been named on the bill when the popular mixed martial arts event Cage Rage hits Wembley Arena next month. Pickett, who now lives in Old Ford Road, Victoria Park, will take on Ronnie Mann in a featherweight bout on December 1 as both men work their way towards a shot at the British title next year.

A former semi-professional footballer, Pickett, 28, turned on the style in a smaller-scale Cage Rage Contenders event at the Troxy, Stepney, in August, defeating Vaughn Harvey in three rounds. Cage Rage uses an octagonal arena to stage bouts and is the fastest-growing sport in the UK.

Cage Rage Contenders, meanwhile, returns to the Troxy this Saturday, with 13 high-quality fights scheduled to take place.

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Matt Hughes' Blog - Week Eight - 08 Nov 2007 10:31:13pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 04:31 PM CST

By Matt Hughes

With Tommy Speer's win this week, I've broken the curse, so to speak, and it feels great, and I really feel like I've got two quality guys (Speer and Mac Danzig) in the quarterfinals. I'm heavily outnumbered, but I really like my guys. They're not just fill-ins, they're quality fighters.

Tommy Speer comes from the mold I came from. I was a wrestler that liked to impose my will and use my strength, and that's what Tommy does. He imposes his will, uses his strength, and there's no quit in Tommy whatsoever.

I did have to get Tommy to show more emotion this week, and even though I'm a poker face when I fight, I'm not just out there doing moves, and if I can use J-Roc (Jared Rollins) as an example, he was a guy out there who looked like he was out there just throwing punches and doing moves. I think if he would have shown a little more emotion and a little more dedication and a little bit more heart, he would have went out there and realized that he wasn't winning on his feet, so maybe he would have tried a takedown or something like that. The mental aspect is what I'm getting at. There's so much more to this sport than just the physical game. I'm a true believer in the fact that the sport is 50% physical and 50% mental.

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Pulver Bringing a Lil' Evil to the WEC - 08 Nov 2007 10:25:39pm

Posted: 08 Nov 2007 04:25 PM CST

By Thomas Gerbasi

At 32 years old, Jens Pulver could walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts tomorrow and his place in the record books would be secure. The first ever UFC Lightweight Champion, the first man to beat BJ Penn, the first fighter to put the 155-pound weight class on the map, a coach on season five of The Ultimate Fighter, and the list could go on. But for the man known as 'Lil' Evil', it's not time to walk off into the sunset – he still has unfinished business in this sport, and on December 12th, he will begin his quest not only for the WEC featherweight championship, but to do for the 145-pound weight class what he did for the lightweights.

And if anyone can do it, he can.

"I would love to make that attempt, and that's my job and what I'm here to do, said Pulver. "I want to build the WEC and build the 145 pound division and the other lighter weight classes."

Getting respect for fighters below the 170-pound weight class has always been a cause for Iowa's Pulver, who captured the imagination of the fight world in 2001, not only by becoming the UFC's first 155-pound champion by defeating Caol Uno at UFC 30, but by opening his life and heart to fans who were fascinated by his harrowing upbringing as well as his humble nature. And when Pulver delivered in the Octagon with title defenses over Dennis Hallman and the seemingly unbeatable Penn, his legacy was set.

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