Toothpickgate – who is to blame?

When Benson Henderson popped up after submitting Brandon Thatch, an observant viewer took a screenshot that showed Henderson with a toothpick sticking out of his mouth. This is not the first time that Smooth has been spotted with the now infamous toothpick. Fans first noticed it after his win over Nate Diaz, and then again … Read more

Wanderlei Silva fined $70,000 and banned for life by NSAC

Here’s a hint. If you’re a UFC fighter, don’t run from a drug test or you may just find yourself without a way to make a living. Wanderlei Silva (aka “The Axe Murderer”) evaded a random drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this year, only to later claim he had been … Read more

Two more UFC fighters fail drug tests: Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale (7-0) has failed more drug tests in his UFC career than he has had fights in the Octagon. Let that sink in for a moment. Drysdale, an ADCC and World Jiu-Jitsu champion, first got popped in a random out-of-competition test leading up to what would have been his UFC debut last year, and has … Read more

Will Vitor Belfort get licensed; UFC Fight Pass to stream NSAC hearing Wednesday

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UFC officials have confirmed UFCFIGHTPASS.com will be streaming live coverage of this Wednesday’s (July 23) Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing. Officials said FIGHT PASS’s coverage of the previous Nevada Athletic Commission meeting was very well received, and they are happy to provide live coverage of the Commission meeting for their subscribers once again. The Commission meeting is scheduled … Read more

Tim Kennedy has some thoughts on Weidman vs. Belfort in Brazil

Number six ranked middleweight Tim Kennedy’s reaction to UFC President Dana White saying former TRT user Vitor Belfort could get his title shot against Chris Weidman in Brazil (via Facebook): “I realize that my boss can do whatever he wants. But it seems ridiculous to even consider having Belfort fight for the title in Brazil. … Read more

Between Rounds: Rubbing Elbows

MMA cutman David Maldonado

I’m grateful to say I’ve been busy recently, and that trend looks to continue for the rest of the summer. Shows in FL, IN, NE, MO, and WI just this month alone. In that time I’ve had frustrations with inconsistent commission rulings and decisions, few of which make sense, but that is par for the industry. I want to take time to recognize the positives that I encounter with this job.

West Virginia to regulate mixed martial arts

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Las Vegas, Nevada –A bill to regulate mixed martial arts recently passed through the West Virginia Legislature, making the state the 45th in the U.S. to approve the rapidly-growing sport. Today, officials at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® expressed their gratitude to local lawmakers who helped clear the way for mixed martial arts in “The Mountain … Read more

Virginia athletic commission fires back at Shine

The Virginia state athletic commission claims the state denied a license to Shine Fights for its lightweight grand prix because the promotion did not provide evidence of a surety bond and other necessary documents.