MMA News And Notes

There’s several items of interest in today’s edition of MMA News And Notes; many thanks to the folks at Sherdog for the info.  We’ll start with…

  • Randy Couture is surprised about the Texas ruling, which essentially is this: the Dallas County Fifth Court of Appeals ruled against a separate court’s decision back in May 2008 to review Couture’s contract in Texas at the urging of Dallas Mavericks (and HDNet Fights) owner Mark Cuban; Cuban had intentions of signing Couture to a contract with his MMA organization once his obligations with the UFC are completed.  Under the appeals ruling, the Couture mess will now go back to Nevada, where non-court arbitration proceedings have already begun; both Couture and UFC president Dana White have already been deposed in closed-door sessions, with more to be expected in the following weeks.  Couture seems surprised by the ruling, with Couture adding,

“The whole thing in Texas is in a freeze.  I’m kind of surprised by the decision there. It didn’t really apply to the [state] law that values [fundamental] rights. It combines the two things together when they’re not really the same thing. Cuban requested a declaration that’s separate from their insinuating that I somehow breached the contract and the courts in Texas kind of lumped them together and said we can settle it all here in Nevada. It just means that we have to step up and put more effort [in] here.”

In other MMA news,

  • On Wednesday, Affliction made their announcement of their second event official as they held a news conference at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas; here is the tentative fight card as of this writing:
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
  • Paul Buentello vs. Roy Nelson
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs.Vladimir Matyushenko
  • Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort
  • Chris Horodecki vs. TBA 

 

  • James Irvin, as Ricky Ricardo would say on I Love Lucy, “has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do”; specifically, Irvin will speak in person before the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding his use of painkillers.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 12 to review Irvin’s temporary suspension and schedule a disciplinary hearing where Irvin will have the opportunity to address the Commission.  Irvin allegedly tested positive for the non-approved painkillers Methadone and Oxymorphone, according to an urinalysis collected after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19.  Irvin’s manager, Mike Roberts, said his attorneys are preparing a written statement to the allegations in question that will be submitted to the NSAC prior to the one-month deadline; Roberts declined to say if Irvin would refute or admit to the allegations of usage of painkillers.  I think it is safe to say that Irvin’s short-term MMA career is on the line here.
  • Jay Hieron, at least for the short-term, is homeless.  Not homeless in the conventional term, mind you; homeless as in he didn’t have a MMA promotion to fight for, with the International Fight League no longer in business.  But don’t despair Hieron fans – Hieron is still training and keeping in shape should an organization make the call and sign him to a contract.  According to Hieron, several organizations have contacted him although he wouldn’t divulge any names.
  • Martin Kampmann isn’t saying much these days, but he is saying that he is physically sound and ready for a return this fall; however, he wouldn’t comment about a rumored bout with Nate Marquardt at either UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6 or UFC 89 in Birmingham, England on October 18.
  • Kim Couture, wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, is recovering nicely from jaw surgery that she underwent in late June following her loss to Kim Rose on June 20 at the Night Of Combat show at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.  According to Randy,

“She’s not cleared to start training yet.  She’s still recovering from the jaw. She’s got a few more weeks before she’s cleared to start training. She’s doing conditioning now, but she’s not doing any training. We’re looking forward to maybe December. We’ll see what kinds of opportunities are available then and we’ll go from there.”

          Couture (Kim) is being pursued by the American Fight League, which recently signed Tara Larosa; she has also stated that she’d like a rematch with Rose.

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