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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.

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.