CSAC Deals Another Blow to Sonnen

May 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Chael Sonnen was dealt another devastating suspension yesterday at the hands of the California State Athletic Commission. The CSAC ruled 4-1 to uphold Sonnen’s indefinite suspension, citing non-truthful testimony given at the Commission’s hearing in regards to the high testosterone levels found in Sonnen’s blood test after the Silva fight. The Commission also mentioned his federal conviction on money laundering charges.

Sonnen’s initial suspension woul

d end on June 29 but under CSAC rules, he may not re-apply for a California fighting license until June 29, 2012.

In another turn of events, the UFC was solidifying the next season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show featuring Sonnen and Michael Bisping. The show features un-signed fighters coached by UFC fighters in an elimination style of training, leading up to a main event fight for a UFC contract and the coaches take their differences into the octagon.  Sonnen’s suspension has UFC mogul, Dana White, looking for a quick replacement. Although the TUF show and ultimately the showdown with Bisping would take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, generally state fighting commissions uphold other state’s rulings and punishments.

During testimony given at the CSAC’s ruling, Sonnen stated that his failure at receiving a California fighting license would ultimately lead to his premature retirement from mixed martial arts.

“If I don’t get my license today, “stated Sonnen, “I’m officially retired. And that came from the boss, Dana White.”

White, who is usually very vocal on the social media site, Twitter, remained quiet in regards to Sonnen’s suspension.

Written by: Jeanene S. Valentine


Whats Next for Welterweight Champs St-Pierre and Diaz?

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

With the recent punishing of top UFC welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, and a submission victory over Evangalista Cyborg Santos, UFC and Strikeforce welterweight champs, Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz seem to have gone through their entire division. So now what’s next?

St-Pierre is slated to take on recent UFC signee, Jake Shields at UFC 129. If St-Pierre retains his title, who else is there to fight? Most believe that St-Pierre will follow through with a previous statement that would see him move up to middleweight to challenge pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva. While many would love to see this mega fight (myself included), I’m not sure its the right fight for him. Although he is highly skilled, St-Pierre would be on the short end of a weight, height, and skill advantage.

Nick Diaz, on the other hand, has gone through every contender Strikeforce throws at him. Recent wins over Cyborg, KJ Noons, and Scott Smith, have proven that there is no one on the roster left to challenge the Strikeforce champ. Many reporters have speculated that Scott Coker (Strikeforce CEO) may give rising star Tyron Woodley, jiu jitsu ace Andre Galvao, or the hard hitting Paul Daley the next shot at the title. But what would a win over any of those three do for Diaz’s career? Nothing.

With St-Pierre’s dilemma of no one else to fight and no one on the Strikeforce roster that can help elevate Diaz’s career, it seems only right for the two to meet in a cross promotion fight between the UFC and Strikeforce. Although Dana White would never promote with the only other major MMA promotion in the world, both fighters have no one else to fight. Dana White needs to stop with the politics and finally do something right for the fans.

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Brandon Vera Stays; Thiago Silva Facing Suspension

February 23, 2011 1 comment

After a UFC 125 loss to Thiago Silva, most suspected that Brandon Vera would receive his walking papers from Dana White and Company. And most were right. But nobody suspected that they would see his name back on the UFC roster just months after being released.

After an initial failed post-fight drug test, Thiago Silva may face suspension and a fine. In addition to that, the UFC 125 fight will be overturned to a “no contest” and Brandon Vera will get a second chance.

But with 3 consecutive losses and performances that were far from the old Brandon Vera, he better get back to the gym and get to work. Vera is currently under medical suspension due to a broken nose suffered at the hands of Silva.

What will it take for Vera to get back to the top?

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Rogue Warrior Cage Fights Results

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are the fight results from the Rogue Warrior Cage Fights on January 15th. They were held at the WinRiver Casino in Redding.


Joe Landa (Team Sudden Impact) defeats Michael Borja (Cen  Cal Extreme Fitness) by rear naked choke at 2:48 of 1st round

Chris Deluna (Asylum Fight Team) defeats Nick Snow (Valor Elite) by TKO at 1:12 of 1st round

Dario Mobley (Fabians MMA) defeats Lance Fox (Fox Den Submission) at 1:55 of 1st round

Mark Trigg (Team Sudden Impact) defeats Ronnie Hohstadt (Family First MMA) by Darce choke in 1st round

Donavan Hayden (Team Sudden Impact) defeats Zeke Bedolla (Pound for Pound) by KO at 4:48 of 1st round

Chris Hibbitts from (Asylum Fight Team) defeats James Anderson (Fabians MMA) by guillotine choke at 4:22 of 1st round

Ashton Pierce (Team Intense) defeat Joseph Hoey (Asylum Fight Team) by TKO at 4:40 of 2nd round

Garret Willis (Pound For Pound) defeats Josh Winter by guillotine at 2:48 in 1st round

Mike Franco (Team Sudden Impact) defeats Ryan Williams (Family First) by ref stoppage at 2:07 of 1st round

Devin Johnson (Team Alpha Male) defeats Nic Myrtle (Sudden Impact) by ref stoppage at 1:21 of 1st round

Jessie Sumner (Ashland MMA) defeats Aaron Chatham (Underground Fight System) at 4:48 of 1st round by head kick

Bill Widler (Gladiator Fight Team) defeats Scott Davenport 4:47 in the first round by referee stoppage


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Top 10 Knockouts in 2010

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

As the year comes to an end, Nor-Cal MMA takes a look back at the year in MMA. We recap the knockouts of the year. Enjoy.

10) Ricardo Lamas KO’s Bendy Casimir (WEC 47: Bowles vs Cruz)

Ricardo Lamas throws a flying knee to the jaw of his opponent. Notice the mouthpiece fly out in the video.

9) Paul Daley KO’s Scott Smith (Strikeforce: Henderson vs Babalu)

After getting banned from the UFC, knockout artist took his heavy hands to the Strikeforce organization. In a fight that had “knockout” written all over it, Daley showed that he’s still one of the top 170 lbs fighters in the world.

8) Carlos Condit KO’s Dan Hardy (UFC 120)

In his hunt for UFC gold, Carlos Condit took on welterweight contender, Dan Hardy in Hardy’s own backyard. What looked like to could have been a double knockout turned into one man with his hand raised and the other out cold.

7) Robbie Lawler vs Matt Lindland (Strikeforce: Henderson vs Babalu)

The perfect game plan would have been for Lindland to clinch and go for a takedown. But to everyones surprise, Lindland chose to stand and paid the ultimate price.

6) Rich Franklin vs Chuck Liddell (UFC 115)

Rich Franklin took on UFC legend Chuck Liddell in this fight. With his back against the fence, Franklin dug deep and threw a perfect counter punch.

5) Cain Velasquez KO’s Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 110)

Velasquez had been on a tear ever since stepping into the octagon. He carried the momentum with him to a fight with Rodrigo Nogueira.

4) KJ Noons vs Jorge Grugel (Strikeforce:Houston)

Despite being knocked down at the bell of round 1, Grugel got up and ready for round 2. Unfortunately, he got for round 2. Noons put on a clinic in this fight.

3) Sarah Kaufman vs Roxanne Modafferi (ShoMMA 9)

Women’s MMA hasn’t found its way into the hearts of fans. But hopefully this video clip will change a few things.

2) Shogun Rua KO’s Lyoto Machida (UFC 113)

A rematch to a controversial decision made this fight that much better. But Rua definitely made his case with this knockout win.

1) Cain Velasquez KO’s Brock Lesnar (UFC 121)

In the classic David vs Goliath war, Velasquez proved that size doesn’t matter. In what was a surprise to us all, Velasquez dominated this fight and took home the gold. Notice Lesnar’s breakdance moves.

Written by Austin Largusa

Come Meet UFC Title Contender Jake Shields

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment


(PRESS RELEASE) On December 18, 2010 at the Den Zone 4425 Treat Blvd Suite 1 Concord, CA 94521 between 1:00PM-3:00PM Come Meet 2010 MMA-KO Fighter Of The Year Jake Shields sponsored by Milo’s World Wide World Of Sports. Shields has been undefeated since 2004, and has a 15-fight win streak. Jake Shields is a 2 time Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, 2 time EliteXC Welterweight Champion, Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Champion, Shooto Middleweight World Champion, Shooto America’s & Pacific Rim Champion, Gladiator Challenge Welterweight Champion, Midwest Fighting Superfight Champion and U.A.G.F. Fighting North American Champion.

Shields who holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from the honorable Cesar Gracie has a record of 26 Wins 4 Losses and hold wins over PRIDE, LHW & MW Champ, UFC Vet, Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Paul Daley. Jake Shields is Pound 4 Pound one of the best fighters in the world. UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Jake Shields will get the next shot at UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre in Toronto for UFC 131. GSP who coming off another dominant victory this past Saturday night by defeating Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision.

UFC 131 St-Pierre VS Shields will take place on April 30th. Come on out and meet Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Number 1 contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship of the World and 2010 MMA-KO Fighter Of The Year Jake Shields on December 18, 2010 at the Den Zone 4425 Treat Blvd Suite 1 Concord, CA 94521 between 1:00PM-3:00PM. For more info contact  The Den Zone at (925) 288-1787

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More Controversey Not Good For MMA

December 7, 2010 1 comment

In recent weeks, there has been clear evidence that something needs to happen to the officiating in mixed martial arts. When I say “officiating”, I do not limit that to just referees or judges. The month of December has seen things happen that lead us to question the judges, referees, and athletic commissions.

Chael Sonnen met with the California State Athletic Commission on December 2nd to appeal his $2,500 fine and 1 year suspension from competing in California. While the hour and a half hearing came to a close with Sonnen’s supension being shortened to 6 months, the board had a bigger problem on their hands: The State Athletic Commission doesn’t even know its own rules. Many times during the meeting, the board looked confused and seemed as though they were looking to each other for answers. This continues to hurt the professionalism that mixed martial arts has been seeking to attain for so long.

Also on the 2nd of December, Tachi Palace Fights 7: Deck the Halls streamed live from MMAjunkie.com and the fights did not disappoint. Great wins from Micah Miller, John Alessio, and Jussier da Silva were pushed to the side as a very odd situation took place in the first round of a Seth Baczynski and Tim McKenzie fight occured. During the first round, McKenzie locked Baczynski in an arm bar that seemed to have broken Baczynski’s arm. As McKenzie wrenched the arm, he stopped and let go of Baczynski for a brief moment and brought his hands up to his own chest. Baczynski then pounded away on McKenzie with vicious elbows signaling a referee stoppage win for him. Most observers were confused as to why the arm bar was let go of. A recent Youtube video shows that Baczynski tapped out on McKenzie’s chest and that is why the armbar was released.

The last controversial thing took place at The Ultimate Fighter finale when Nam Phan lost a split decision win to Leonard Garcia in the 1st 145 lb fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Nam Phan clearly won at least 2 rounds of the fight, hitting Garcia left and right with combos and body shots. When the decision was announced that Garcia won, EVERYONE in the arena was surprised….even Garcia and his coaching staff. Joe Rogan then went on to call the judges “incompetent morons” and drilled the Nevada State Athletic Commission throughout the evening.

MMA needs to clean up its act. All of these controversial issues do nothing but tear the sport down and feed the stereotype of it not being professional.