Historic MMA Rivalries, part 5: Politicians vs MMA

Sen. John McCain

Mixed martial arts has and continues to see countless rivalries make their mark in the sport’s history books. While MMA’s origins can be traced across the corners of the globe, one rivalry nearly eradicated the sport from the United States.

Politicians rallied against the sport since the early days of its inception back in the 1990’s. The most recognized to do so would be Senator John McCain.

McCain’s infamous 1996 “human cock fighting” analogy has never faded away in the minds of fans and pundits and neither has his lengthy history with the sport. However, McCain’s interest had been piqued by the protests of another politician.

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Antonio Silva could face potential license revocation

Antonio Silva could see his license revoked by the California State Athletic Commission if he chooses to fight at Sengoku 7 on January 4th in Japan. According to Sherdog.com, newly appointed CSAC Assistant Executive Officer, Bill Douglas notified the former Elite XC Heavyweight Champion about the potential revocation via mail Tuesday.

Despite being suspended by the CSAC for one year following a positive steroid test at Elite XC-Unfinished Business in July, the American Top Team heavyweight had no plans of sitting out for the whole year. Silva had been negotiating with World Victory Road to participate in the promotion and did not seem afraid of any potential disciplinary action by the CSAC. However, that no longer appears to be the case.

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UFC 91 Paid Attendence Figures

The final figures are in and the paid attendance for last Saturday’s UFC 91 topped out at 10,845. The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director Keith Kizer reported the figures earlier this afternoon. Immediately following the event Dana White announced the live gate and attendance figure’s of $4.8 million and 14,272 at the MGM Grand. … Read more

UFC 86 Salaries

          Ok, it is time to get paid  The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries for UFC 86 today.  Notice that Grabriel Gonzaga (mentioned in the piece below) made $100,000.  The man was on the under card.  How does someone go from fighting in the main event for the HW title, to the under … Read more