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There’s lots to talk about in this edition of Octagon Buzz News And Notes, so let’s get started.  We’ll start with a legal matter which indirectly involves the UFC; according to Mike Sloan of Sherdog.com, Mikey Burnett, one of the original Lion’s Den members, has filed a lawsuit against TufGuy Productions, Inc. d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Productions, Inc., the company that produces “The Ultimate Fighter” for Spike TV; the suit also names American International Group, Inc. as a defendant in the case.  According to the lawsuit, filed on June 9, Burnett claims negligence against the defendants, who “carelessly, recklessly and negligently failed to provide a safe environment for the Ultimate Fighter 4 participants.”  Also in the suit, Burnett claims that as a result, he suffered a career-ending injury during the show’s tapings. 

The suit also alleges that Burnett has suffered “serious bodily injuries, has endured and continues to endure both physical and mental pain and suffering and has incurred severe medical expenses.”  The grievance against AIG, who allegedly insured Burnett during the TUF tapings, alleges “breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing for failing to make a reasonable offer and payment in connection with the policy”.  Burnett also claims that AIG has failed to provide him and his attorneys with a true and correct copy of said policy and has failed to properly investigate the extent of his injuries, as well as refused to pay Burnett the value of his uncompensated damages.  Specifically, Burnett is suing for an amount in excess of $10,000 for each claim, along with damages and attorneys’ fees.  Calls and emails to attorneys for both parties haven’t been returned at the time of this posting. This should get interesting, so stay tuned to Octagon Buzz for more developments as they happen.  In other MMA news:

  • Xtreme Fighting Association (XFA), a Las-Vegas based fighting organization, has recently signed Team Tompkins founder and Xtreme Couture striking coach Shawn Tompkins to fight on an upcoming card; although XFA isn’t a true MMA organization, they have used such fighters as Vernon White and Mike Whitehead in their events in the past.  Tompkins is expected to be featured in the fall, with an opponent yet to be announced.  XFA’s next scheduled show is scheduled to take place on August 8 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
  • World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) has its roster finally set and ready to go as they have an event scheduled for August 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; the tentative card is as follows: Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura, Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell, Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks, Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page, Micah Miller vs. Josh Grispi, Brock Larson vs. Carlo Prater, Blas Avena vs. Dave Terrel, Cub Swanson vs. Hiroyuki Takaya, Alex Karalexis vs. Todd Moore, Greg McIntyre vs. Mike Budnik and Scott Jorgensen vs. Kenji Osawa
  • Hermes Franca, who is penciled in to face Frankie Edgar at the UFC’s “Silva vs. Irvin”event that will be broadcast on Spike TV on July 19, has a hurdle to overcome before he can step into the octagon; specifically, Franca has to get reinstated through the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to his failed steroids test following his loss to Sean Sherk at UFC 73 back in July 2007.  After satisfying the requirements of the California State Athletic Commission for the infraction, Franca will be re-evaluated by the NSAC on July 9.
  • Speaking of re-evaluations, Jorge Rivera also faces the procedure with the NSAC on July 9; Rivera last fought on UFC 85: Bedlam on June 7 in London, in which he lost to Martin Kampmann
  • Finally, King of the Cage is scheduled to hold an event, tentatively set for October 4 at the Avi Casino in Laughlin, NV; no card has been set as of yet.  Stay tuned to Octagon Buzz as the event becomes more transparent.
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