MAGNY-KUNIMO, ADDED TO UFC FIGHT NIGHT IN COLORADO

Neil Magny will look to carry his five-fight winning streak in 2014 over to 2015, when he meets Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Saffiedine” on Feb. 14.

A lightweight pairing featuring Efrain Escudero against Rodrigo Goiana de Lima was also added to the card.

The bouts were announced by Ultimate Fighting Championship through The Denver Post on Thursday. The card will take place at the 1stBank Events Center in Broomfield, Colo., and is headlined by a welterweight showdown pitting Matt Brown against Tarec Saffiedine.

After losing to Sergio Moraes and Seth Baczynski in 2013, Magny has been on a tear in 2014, defeating Gasan Umalatov, Tim Means, de Lima, Alex Garcia, and William Maca in succession. The 27-year-old has quickly climbed the welterweight ranks with the streak, tying the UFC record of Roger Huerta for most wins in year a calendar year in the process.

Kunimoto is on a streak of his own, winning seven straight, three under the UFC banner. “Strasser” was most recently in action at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Nelson,” defeating Richard Walsh via split decision. The Japanese fighter hasn’t suffered a loss since 2012, dropping a unanimous decision to Takenori Sato at Pancrase “Progress Tour 3.”

Article courtesy of Sherdog

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Jay Z’s agency hires respected boxing executive

The sports agency co-founded by Jay Z has hired David Itskowitch, a respected boxing executive and promoter with nearly two decades of experience, to be the chief operating officer of its boxing division, according to ESPN.

The move signals Roc Nation Sports’ intentions to promote boxers and fights.

“There’s no question the sport of boxing needs a new player, someone who can do something different,” Michael Yormark, the president and chief of branding and strategy for parent company Roc Nation, told ESPN.com on Sunday night. “We’re energized, and we’re going to make a difference. This is a huge priority to us. This is a highly serious business to us.”

Itskowitch, 39, was the COO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions for more than five years. He also worked under HBO Sports senior vice president Lou DiBella.

“We’re going to promote our first event by the end of the year, and we’re currently strategizing on which fighters we will seek to sign,” Itskowitch told ESPN.com.

“We’re looking to make an immediate and dramatic impact on the sport. We feel we can do that, and we plan to build Roc Nation Sports into a boxing brand by leveraging Roc Nation’s current marketing, public relations and branding infrastructure. We’re going to brand Roc Nation Sports fighters, and we’re confident that branding will lead to financial opportunities both in and out of the ring that will be available nowhere else.”

Roc Nation Sports’ list of clients includes Victor Cruz of the New York Giants, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees and Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners.

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ROC NATION SPORTS ANNOUNCES FIRST EVENT, ‘THRONE BOXING’ AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON JAN. 9

Jay-Z’s sports agency Roc Nation Sports announced Jan. 9 as the date for its first ever boxing event “Throne Boxing” on Tuesday.

The card will be headlined by a 10-round bout featuring Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) against Tommy Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs) and will take place inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event will be the first of three that air live on Fox Sports 1.

In addition to the boxing action, the press release also advertises live performances by Roc Nation musical artists. The promoters will be donating one dollar from every ticket sold to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

Roc Nation Sports had originally planned to hold its inaugural event before the conclusion of 2014, obtaining licences to promote cards in both New York, as well as Washington, D.C.

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Gerges cut from Glory, sentenced to 54 months in jail following cocaine conviction

It may be some time before we see Heavyweight kickboxer Hesdy Gerges fighting again. The fighter, along with four other associates, has just been sentenced for a 2010 drug arrest, and the results are not good. Gerges has been sentenced to 54 months in prison, plus a fine of 22,000 Euros. Gerges plans to appeal, telling Amsterdam news outlet AT5, “I will fight until the bitter end.” If the appeal does not go through, it’s still possible Gerges could serve less time, but he would certainly still be looking at a considerable amount of time behind bars.

As a result of this sentencing, Bloody Elbow has learned that Gerges has been cut from Glory, effective immediately. Glory CEO Jon Franklin confirmed the news to Bloody Elbow:

“Hesdy Gerges has been cut from the GLORY roster and removed from its rankings. GLORY does not tolerate any type of illegal activity and will remove athletes that violate our code of conduct in or out of the ring.”

Gerges was last seen at Glory 18, where he lost to Benjamin Adegbuyi. The 30 year old Egyptian-Dutch fighter holds a record of 45-14-1 and was 2-2 in Glory. He is a former It’s Showtime champion who holds wins over Badr Hari, Daniel Ghita, and Ruslan Karaev.

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Anthony Johnson Cleared to Return to UFC, Could Fight in Early 2015

Anthony Johnson, a streaking light heavyweight who had been indefinitely suspended after domestic abuse allegations, has been cleared to continue his career in the UFC after a civil case against him was apparently dismissed.

The news came Thursday evening from UFC president Dana White via his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

A statement posted on UFC.com stated that “the person who filed a civil temporary protection order against UFC contender Anthony Johnson last September voluntarily dismissed their complaint last week in the Florida Circuit Court.”

Johnson had appeared in court multiple times because the mother of his children was seeking an order of protection against him. In September, Brent Brookhouse of Bloody Elbow broke the news that the woman, who has not been named, filed a police report accusing Johnson of abusing her on several occasions.

In 2009, Johnson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge involving a confrontation with a different woman. He served three years of probation and performed community service following that conviction.

In the wake of the September Bloody Elbow report, the UFC suspended Johnson indefinitely, noting they were using a “third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation” into the allegations.

That investigation, according to the UFC statement released Thursday, “brings closure to this matter for Johnson and allows him to return to competition in the UFC.”

A popular light heavyweight with an eight-fight win streak and a penchant for knockouts, Johnson (18-4) may return to active competition sooner rather than later. The Thursday statement said the UFC was already “exploring options for Johnson’s next fight to take place early next year.”

Before his suspension, there was talk of a big fight between Johnson and top contender Alexander Gustafsson. Within minutes of the UFC announcing Johnson’s return, that speculation resumed.

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California city cuts power on MMJ dispensaries

ANAHEIM – The city is turning the lights off at medical-marijuana dispensaries that illegally opened across the city in a move to get them to leave.
The strategy has worked.
Last month, nine dispensaries closed, Anaheim spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said, and eight others likely will be closed by the end of the week.

Additionally, 11 others soon will be ordered to shut down or have their water and electricity cut off by Anaheim, which, unlike many cities, operates its own utilities, Ruiz said.

“Any business that doesn’t have water and power isn’t very effective,” Ruiz said. “It’s worked so far, but if we find that they are still operating, then we will find a way to shut down these businesses.”
The medicinal pot shops have been cropping up since the city banned them more than a year ago.
While calling it a good “first step,” Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray wants the City Attorney’s Office to develop a more aggressive approach.
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7 benefits of being vegetarian

There’s nothing wrong with eating meat if you’re doing so in moderation (I for one, will never give up the occasional cheeseburger), but research does show that vegetarians tend to be healthier overall, and even live longer.

Now there’s another health perk vegetarians can boast about. A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine looked at data from seven clinical studies and 32 other studies published between 1900 and 2013 where participants kept a vegetarian diet and found that vegetarians have lower blood pressure compared to people who eat meat.

Here are some other reasons vegetarians may outlive meat-lovers.

1. Low blood pressure: In the latest study, researchers found that not only do vegetarians have lower blood pressure on average, but that vegetarian diets could be used to lower blood pressure among people who need an intervention.

2. Lower risk of death: A 2013 study of more than 70,000 people found that vegetarians had a 12 percent lower risk of death compared with non-vegetarians. With none of the saturated fat and cholesterol that clogs arteries, vegetarians may be at a lower risk for chronic diseases overall.

3. Better moods: A 2012 study randomly split participants into a three diets: all-meat allowed, fish-only, and vegetarian no-meat. The researchers found that after two weeks, the people on the vegetarian diet reported more mood improvements than those on the other two diets. Continue reading

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War Machine’s lawyers look to strike deal with prosecutors

Lawyers for disgraced mixed martial artist War Machine, accused of brutally assaulting his former girlfriend, told a judge Wednesday they’re trying to make a deal with prosecutors.

The ex-Bellator MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, also known as Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, faces dozens of charges that could send him to prison for life. Prosecutors said he attacked adult film actress Christy Mack and her friend, Corey Thomas.

The 32-year-old was arrested after an Aug. 8 assault on Mack and Thomas, and prosecutors later added new charges stemming from incidents as far back as May 2013.

Mack and Thomas were attacked in her home near the Las Vegas National golf course after Koppenhaver burst inside and accused Mack of cheating on him, according to a police report. Continue reading

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Former IndyCar driver Randy Lanier set for prison release overturned life sentence

COURT RECORDS REGARDING THE OVERTURNING OF LANIER’S LIFE SENTENCE HAVE BEEN SEALED

Assisted by a fortuitous and seemingly peculiar federal government maneuver, Randy Lanier, the former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year whose promising auto racing career scandalously careened into oblivion when he was sentenced to life without parole for his role as an international drug trafficking mastermind, will shuffle out of prison a free man next week, Autoweek has learned.

Now 60, graying and deteriorating physically with a bad hip, the once-boyish, bright-eyed South Floridian competed aggressively in the 1980s alongside the likes of racing greats Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt. For the first time in a quarter of a century, Lanier will be able to drive again — at least on civilian streets — when he is scheduled for discharge Oct. 15 from a high-security federal penitentiary in Florida, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Oct. 15, ironically, is just two days after the date of the scheduled Tudor United SportsCar Championship awards ceremony in New York City.

Jim Porter, first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, confirmed the date of Lanier’s scheduled release to Autoweek. Lanier remains incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., but the sand in his prison hourglass falls faster than ever during his final days of confinement.

The former International Motor Sports Association GTP sports car champion and IndyCar driver, who bankrolled his career with illegal drug proceeds, can see freedom’s checkered flag. But a caution flag still waves over him as he confronts a court-ordered laundry list of do’s and don’ts — including spending his first six months in a halfway house. Lanier’s mandated three-year supervised release is designed for his careful re-entry into society. Continue reading

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Inflammation and the Paleo diet

Types of Arthritis
If we’re talking about diet and arthritis, the first thing to realize is that “arthritis” isn’t just one problem. Without even going into the different classifications in children, it has several different forms just in adults. A few of the most common are:
Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.
Gout, a completely different type of inflammatory arthritis that has to do with metabolism of uric acid, the body’s primary antioxidant.
Osteoarthritis, generally blamed on aging or “wear and tear” from sports or physical work.
There are also a few other types, like infectious arthritis, but the three above are the most common. Considering that these three types of arthritis have very different causes, the potential ways of addressing them will obviously be different.
Since rheumatoid arthritis has an autoimmune component, anyone fighting it might be interested in Paleo approaches to autoimmune disease.

Gout has its own article – especially if you’ve been avoiding meat for fear of purines, this one might be an interesting read. Continue reading

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