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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‘Patriot Act’ videos including Ben Askren’s pro MMA debut & Din Thomas

Former Olympic wrestler, Ben Askren, made his professional MMA debut at HEADHUNTER PRODUCTIONS: PATRIOT ACT in Columbia, Missouri on Feb. 7, 2009. He fought Josh Flowers in a 170 lbs (welterweight) bout.

Din Thomas vs. Dustin Piekin after the jump…

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Ben Askren wins pro debut at Headhunter Productions ‘Patriot Act’ – full results

HEADHUNTER PRODUCTIONS: THE PATRIOT ACT went down last night, Saturday, February 7 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. The card featured a number of representatives from The Hit Squad and American Top Team as well as dual main events featuring Din Thomas and the pro debut of Ben Askren.

Ben Askren was a U.S. Olympic and former University of Missouri wrestler who finished his collegiate career with a record of 153-8, with 91 of those victories coming by way of fall. Those 91 pins put him at third on the all-time NCAA Division I pins list. He was also a four-time All American and two-time NCAA Champion. He made a victorious professional segway into MMA last night.

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Mike Marrello wins main event at XFO: NEW BLOOD Feb. 7 in New Munster, WI – full results

The XFO (Xtreme Fighting Organization) held XFO: NEW BLOOD on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in New Munster, WI at the Marino’s Country Aire Banquet Hall. The card featured eight amateur and two professional mixed martial arts fights. In the main event, Mike Marrello (9-2-1), a Jeff Curran-trained fighter, defeated Lance Harvey by arm bar at just 1:45 into their light heavyweight fight.

Here’s how the full card went down:

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Mike Marrello def. Lance Harvey via Arm Bar R1 :45
Jay Ellis def. Daniel Straus via Rear Naked Choke R2 2:46

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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┬áCenter. 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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Martial Arts event turns into “Colossus” controversy in Canada

Remember James “The Colossus” Thompson? You know, the dude who got his bloody puss-filled ear splattered all over prime time television by Kimbo Slice. It seems “The Colossus” was involved in some more controversy last night in Montreal, Canada.

In a new martial arts fight league entitled, Strike Box, the rules were supposed to be similar to the Japanese Shoot Boxing Federation in that there is no ground fighting but you can execute take-downs and standing submissions. However, the rules of Strike Box were not accepted by the province’s athletic commission in time for the event which meant they had to use MMA rules. As part of a “gentlemen’s agreement” each fighter agreed prior to the fights they would fight under the original Strike Box rules, which meant no ground fighting.

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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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