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June 11th 2010

Toney yet to sign Couture fight contract

James Toney is yet to sign the bout agreement for a clash with Randy Couture, despite the contract being sent to him several days ago and Couture already having signed and returned his. The fight, if it comes off, will be Toney’s MMA debut . "I got a little disturbing news when I called the UFC for a little bit of a round up this morning is that James...
June 11th 2010

Koscheck should "shut up" about steroids, says Dana

Josh Koscheck would be well advised to “shut up” with talk of steroid use among MMA fighters, according to UFC president Dana White. Koscheck grabbed headlines earlier this week when he insinuated that welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre could be a steroid user. He even dragged lightweight champion BJ Penn into the fray by saying that he had heard...
June 11th 2010

Liddell: "I never considered retirement"

Former light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has said he never actually agreed to retire after his last loss in the UFC and that the only thing he did agree to was taking a break while he considered his future. Liddell had been urged to retire by Dana White following stoppage losses to Rashad Evans and Mauricio Shogun Rua in 2008.“I wanted to go home and I...
June 11th 2010

Changes to NSAC drug testing unlikely following meeting this week

The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversees and regulates the conduct of combat sports events in the state of Nevada, is unlikely to change its drug testing procedures any time soon, despite pressure from the AS Anti-Doping Agency.At a meeting in Las Vegas this week, NSAC spent considerable time discussing an issue listed in the meeting‘s schedule as a...
June 10th 2010

King Mo: "Toney did tap me in training"

Earlier this week, a rumour emerged that former heayweight boxing champion James Toney had managed to tap Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal with a standing guillotine during one of their sparring sessions. Toney has been training with Lawal in preparation for his MMA debut, which is pencilled in for UFC 118.Lawal initially refused to comment on the rumour, telling...
June 10th 2010

Shogun knee injured again, has required surgery

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has had to undergo knee surgery again following his win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 last month. The nature of the injury has not been disclosed but Rua has had knee problems before. In 2007 he had surgery on his left knee to repair the Anterior Cruciate Ligament.“He had the surgery in L.A. He’s gonna do all his therapy...
June 10th 2010

CroCop promises two souvenirs for Barry

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has promised Pat Barry a couple of souvenirs from their fight at UFC 115 this Saturday night, although Barry only really wants one of them. The young American counts Filipovic among his idols and has said he wants the Croatian’s autograph after their match,. Regardless of the result.“Yes he will definitely get my...
June 10th 2010

Dana: "I have done everything possible to get Fedor deal done"

UFC president Dana White says he has done “everything possible” to get Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC and does not understand what it is that his management group M-1 Global actually want.Curiously, White says the Russian businessmen are not interested in money and that it “does not matter how much you offer them”. M-1 Global...
June 10th 2010

Exclusive interview with UFC president Dana White

We managed to grab a few minutes with UFC president Dana White this week to talk about the company’s global expansion, this weekend’s big fight and, er, PinkBerry. With the US and Canada almost entirely in the bag, the UFC is now setting its sights on the potentially massive markets of China and India. Staff writer John Joe O’Regan found out...