Karo Parisyan tests positive for painkillers following UFC 94

On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed UFC welterweight, Karo Parisyan, tested positive for pain killers following his UFC 94 split decision victory against Dong Hyun Kim. The report stated that unacceptable levels of Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone were all found in Parisyan’s system.

Parisyan will most likely be called before the commission and could face both a fine and a suspension. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer also indicated the potential for Parisyan’s win over Kim to be ruled a no contest. No hearing date has been set as of now.

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It’s house cleaning time again for UFC

Clementi gets 'no love' from UFC

It is house cleaning time again for the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion. It has been reported that the UFC has released veteran Rich Clementi (32-14-1) and ATT fighter, Luigi Fioravanti (14-5) from their contracts. The news comes just days after both fighters were defeated on the UFC Fight Night 17 card.

Clementi gave up a first round submission loss to Gleison Tibau and Fioravanti lost by TKO, also in round one, to Anthony Johnson. The loss was Clementi’s second in a row, having lost to Gray Maynard back at UFC 90 in the fall. However, before the two consecutive defeats, The Ultimate Fighter 4 cast member had won five straight fights including four in the UFC.

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Josh Neer loves punishment

Apparently, Josh Neer did not think his opponent, Mac Danzig, was doing enough damage while laying on top of him at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida last Saturday. So to fulfill his need to feel more punishment, Neer decides to do a little ground and pound TO HIMSELF. How does CompuStrike count this … Read more

The Dana White business model

Since acquiring PRIDE FC back in March of 2007, Dana White and the Ferttita brothers staked claim to being the clear-cut number one mixed martial arts promotion in the world. However, White’s business practices remain scrutinized by MMA fans and pundits.

If it’s firing Jon Fitch for a day because of a video game, cutting Matt Lindland over a t-shirt or airing old Pay-Per-View broadcasts opposite of Affliction cards, Dana’s every move seems to be examined under a microscope.

While his methods may be questionable, there can be no denial that his results remain second to none. Despite the undeniable success of the UFC, one area where White has not prevailed has been signing the number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko.

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VASELINE-GATE – an in-depth investigation

Someone has taken a lot of time and effort to put together these videos of the “VASELINE-GATE” story. You may not agree with everything shown or you may feel there is a bit of bias to the videos but they are interesting nonetheless.
PART 1

Parts 2 & 3 after the jump…

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UFC implements new rules for cutmen and corners

Kru Phill Nurse is the Vaseline Master

We here at PRO MMA (http://promma.info) told you about the controversy surrounding UFC 94’s main event and Georges St. Pierre’s corner-man, Kru Phil Nurse, putting Vaseline on his back.

If you have been away from the Internet this past week then you have missed the fallout from that incident with the message boards, airwaves, and chat rooms filled with talk of grease, pre-fight oil baths, and rematches. The story continues to unfold as now the UFC has gotten involved and decided to implement some changes to the rules regarding a fighter’s corner while a bout is in progress.

According to new reports, the UFC has banned all corner-men from handling Vaseline used in between rounds to treat and prevent cuts on the fighters. Instead, the UFC will provide one cut man for each corner during the fight and the handling of the Vaseline will be his job. A maximum of two people are allowed to be inside the Octagon in a fighter’s corner between rounds (including the cut man).

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UFC Fight Night 17 live gate and bonuses

A crowd of 7,596 enthusiastic fans flocked to the USF Sundome to witness the UFC’s first venture into Tampa. UFC Fight Night 17, headlined by Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, raked in a live gate of $428,000. The final figures should be released by the Florida State Boxing Commission some time next week.

The last major MMA event held in Florida had been EliteXC’s “Heat” at the Bank Atlantic Center. EliteXC’s final card under the guide of Jeremy Lappen and Jared “Skala” Shaw attracted 7,701 spectators to Sunrise, FL. and fetched a live gate of $677,793 and 847 of those seats had been given out as “comped” tickets.

After UFC Fight Night 17 concluded, Dana White spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and informed them that the UFC will return to Tampa in 2010.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 – summary & results

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 took place in Tampa, Florida tonight, Saturday, February 7, 2009.

After last weekend produced a card with not one submission, tonight there were a hand full of beautiful technical chokes and a great armbar by Joe Lauzon in the main event. Lauzon fought a very tough Jeremy Stephens. Stephens was looking to take off Joe’s head but had to settle for just a little blood. Lauzon plays it smart, gets Stephens to the ground and uses his grappling prowess to get the win. Great job Joe!

Here are the results of the entire card and a summary of the televised fights.

UFC Fight Night 17 results:
Matt Riddle def. Steve Bruno by unanimous decision in rd 3
Nick Catone def. Derek Downey by submission (keylock) in rd 2
Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Matt Veach def. Matt Grice by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson by submission (RNC) in rd 2
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO in rd 1
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by submission (triangle choke) in rd 2
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (strikes) in rd 2
Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by submission (armbar) in rd 2

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“Rampage” Jackson joins with Triumph United

A new press release states that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (20-7) is now part of Triumph United, a leading manufacturer of training equipment for Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Boxing. They will be providing Rampage with all of his training equipment. “We are very excited to work with Rampage, his charisma in and out of the Octagon is unparalleled,” said Triumph United President, Hans Molenkamp.

Rampage is currently training in England at “The Wolf’s Lair”, preparing for his March fight against Keith Jardine. Quinton had this to say about his new sponsor, “I chose Triumph United because training is just as important as the fight. Since I train more than I fight, I need to use the best training equipment. Thanks to my countless hours spent in the gym, I can without a doubt say that Triumph United is the best training equipment I’ve ever used.”

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