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Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance’s Joe Soto Returns

May 27, 2011 1 comment

One time Bellator title holder, Joe Soto, is set to make his return to the cage on August 4th at Tachi Palace Fights. The Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance fighter fights for the first time since his loss to Joe Warren. In that fight, Soto also suffered a detached retina and was forced to see a specialist before getting cleared from the doctor and California State Athletic Commission to fight.

Now with the approval, the 26 year old Soto replaces former Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Champ, Isaac de Jesus. Soto’s opponent is Eddie Yagin who holds a 13-4-1 record. Soto, who is still under contract with Bellator, has been given the go ahead from CEO Bjorn Rebney. Rebney also hinted that Soto could possibly take place in Bellator’s bantamweight tournament if he chooses to drop a weight class.

Soto was Bellator’s first season featherweight champ, where he also won the belt in 2009. He then went on a 4-fight win streak before he was stopped by Joe Warren last September. Tachi Palace Fights 10 takes place on August 4th in Leemore, CA.

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A Simple Man of Kali

October 5, 2010 1 comment

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of my grandfather, Grandmaster Ben Largusa.

Grandmaster Ben Largusa entered into eternal rest on October 3, 2010.  We will remember him fondly, not only as a great martial artist but also as a great friend, husband, father and grandfather.  He is preceded in death by his son, Lane and is survived by his wife, Philomena, daughter, Lois and sons, Jerry and Lindsey.

Rebel Fighter October 2, 2010

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Here are the results of this past weekends event at the Placer County Fairgrounds:

Vitor Belfort vs Anderson Silva Set For 2011

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Contrary to earlier reports, Vitor Belfort has not been sidelined due to an injury. According to a tweet 3 hours ago, UFC President, Dana White confirmed that Belfort pulled out of the UFC 122 because he will instead face off against middleweight champ, Anderson Silva early in 2011.

Nate Marquardt was brought in to replace Belfort and will fight Yushin Okami for the #1 contender spot. The winner of that fight will fight the winner of Belfort vs Silva for the title.

(This article was written by Austin Largusa Nor-Cal MMA)

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Belfort Out, Marquardt In

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Nor-Cal MMA has just learned that Vitor Belfort has been forced out of UFC 122 by an injury. It is still unclear what the extent of the injury is.

This announcement came just a day after we were notified that the winner of Belfort vs Yushin Okami would get a title shot. Now with Belfort out, the UFC has brought in Nate Marquardt, fresh off his win at Ultimate Fight Night 22.

Belfort has not fought since beating Rich Franklin in a catchweight bout at 195 lbs. With Belfort out and Chael Sonnen facing a suspension, one can only assume that Marquardt could get his rematch with champ, Anderson Silva. But first, Marquardt has to get through a tough opponent in Yushin Okami.

(This article was written by Austin Largusa for Nor-Cal MMA)

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Sonnen Failed Drug Test Update

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Nor-Cal MMA just learned that former UFC middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen could be out of action until September 2, 2011 if he chooses not to appeal the test results.

Although details are not out of what he tested positive for, the CSAC did report that Sonnen had levels of testosterone that were “well above” normal.

This would also put a damper on what would have been a rematch of his near destruction of current middleweight champ, Anderson Silva.

Sonnen has until years end to appeal the test results or he will face the year-long suspension and $2,500 fine.

(This article was written by Austin Largusa for Nor-Cal MMA)

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Chael Sonnen Drug Test Update

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Lance Pugmire of The L.A. Times spoke with CSAC executive officer, George Dodd and has reported that a mistake was made in recent citings of UFC middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test.
Initially, reports stated that Sonnen failed a post-fight drug test, but we have been informed that the test was taken before the fight.
The UCLA olympic drug-testing lab processed the test and reported that Sonnen tested positive for a “natural steroid”.
Nevertheless, Sonnen will likely face a suspension of up to one year. That means that fight fans around the world will have to wait until next summer if the rematch with champion, Anderson Silva will still be set.

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