Posts Tagged ‘ufc’

Twitter Sparks UFC Welterweight Showdown

May 27, 2011 1 comment

With the recent “Twitter Challenge” as announced by Dana White, a surge in Twitters posts is obviously apparent in the MMA world. One that has caught the attention of many fans around the world was tweeted by former UFC champion, BJ Penn:
@jakeshieldsajj I would never challenge one of Cesar Gracie’s guys, but you’ve been calling me out for years.Let’s do it! I’ll contact Dana –

And the war of words ensued:
I’m a BJ fan but let’s get it on. Make the call RT @artoom23: Hell yeah! @bjpenndotcom just called out @jakeshieldsajj ! Let’s go!!!!!!!!!  – @jakeshieldsajj
@bjpenndotcom even better, let’s make it the first 5 round non-title fight – @jakeshieldsajj
@jakeshieldsajj If that makes you feel more confident….. sure. – @BJPennDotCom 

Could we see a welterweight showdown between these two fighters? Or is this simply a plot to receive a hefty $5,000 bonus from UFC President, Dana White?


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

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

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 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.

Buddy Roberts Spotlight Interview

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey everyone we have a brand new interview in our Spotlight section with Reno fighter, Buddy Roberts. Currently he holds a record of 9-2 and will be fighting again in early 2011. Check out his interview to see what he thinks about a women’s division in the UFC and what happened during a backstage scuffle with top UFC fighter, Donald Cerrone.

Busy Weekend

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a very busy weekend. There was a seminar in Yuba City featuring Frank Dux, the NorCal Semifinals for CAMO were suddenly changed to take place at DragonHouse in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it there. And last but not least there is a new heavyweight champ in the UFC!

As soon as we get the results from this weekends fights, we’ll post them up with pictures and video links.