The questions swirling following the announcement Friday that the Sarah Kaufman- Jessica Eye bout from October had been changed to a no decision by the authorities in Texas just keep getting compounded. Today MMAWeekly reports that Eye has been suspended for a year following a failed test for a banned substance.
After more than a decade of fighting MMA as a professional, The Ultimate Fighter season 1 veteran Chris Leben (22-11) has announced his retirement. UFC fans may recall Leben quit on his stool between rounds following a brutal first round against Uriah Hall at UFC 168 back in December. The loss marked Leben’s fourth straight defeat.
John Cholish retires from the sport of MMA. He cited the major factor in his decision was not only the issue of pay for fighters, but also that time he spent away from friends and family was not worth trading just for the love of the sport. It is clear this was not a decision he made on the fly. He stated it was a decision he came to over the past year.
Stephen Espinoza, Vice President of Showtime Sports, explains why Showtime will no longer be in the Strikeforce business after this Saturday.
Pride veteran Bob “The Beast” Sapp was a recent guest on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani. Helwani put the big guy on blast about his seeming willingness to lay down in fights time after time. Now Sapp has fired back in a series of slickly produced videos that must be seen to be believed.
Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie recently explained why the current Strikeforce 170-pound champ decided to re-sign with Strikeforce rather than go to the UFC where there is more competition at 170.
Some people have questioned whether or not Vitor Belfort deserves the next shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title. After all, he has never even fought at middleweight within the UFC.
The MMA (Two) Hour is back this week with a wrap-up of UFC 119 and a slew of guests including Miguel Torres, Jamie Varner, Malki Kawa and David Haye.