Lightweight Contender Bobby Green’s *Other* Brother Was Shot.

The continuously trying story of UFC lightweight contender Bobby “King” Green has taken yet another unfortunate turn.

Back in May, Green lost his younger brother, Mitchell Davis Jr., in a drive-by shooting that Green believes was related to Davis’ previous gang ties. In the aftermath of his brother’s death (which also saw two of his uncles and his cousin shot), a hit was allegedly placed on Green himself. Even for a foster child who grew up in a particularly seedy section of San Bernardino, CA — one who had witnessed countless gang atrocities throughout his upbringing — this was a particularly horrific development to say the least.

And now, it appears that Green’s *other* brother has been shot as well. The heartbreaking news came from Green’s Facebook page late last night:

While the condition of Green’s brother remains unclear as of this write-up, the comments on his FB status seem to indicate that he is at least alive.

Following his win over Josh Thomson in July, Green told MMAJunkie that he had yet to even mourn his brother’s passing due to the time constraints of his hurried fight camp. In truth, he had only accepted the short notice fight to honor his memory:

The only reason I took the fight is to give my brother that honor, to put him on the front stage and say he was a good kid. He was a great guy. He was my closest soldier to me – my little, my baby brother. When I go home, he was the first person I was going to see.

I’m going to go visit his grave and really express my hurt. I’ve been so busy and so occupied – because I only took the fight on 12-days’ notice – that you don’t have time to do all these different things. So I’m just ready now.

I’m going to take my time to really cry for my brother. I didn’t really get the time to share that.

Just an awful string of events for a guy who can’t seem to catch a break. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bobby.

Article courtesy of Cage Potato,

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UFC Suspends Anthony Johnson Following New Allegations of Domestic Abuse

UFC light-heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson has been placed on an indefinite suspension, following new abuse allegations from the mother of his children. Here’s the vague, detail-free official statement via

We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary.

As with Nick Diaz’s DUI arrests, the UFC wants you to know that it’s aware of the situation, but the promotion no interest in informing fans what that situation is. BloodyElbow has the entire rundown on the new allegations against Johnson, but here’s the short version:

— Two years ago, Anthony Johnson allegedly punched the mother of two of his children in the face, knocking out two of her teeth. The incident took place at the victim’s place of employment, a supplement store. The victim claims she has security footage of the incident in her possession. Continue reading

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NAC suspends Kevin “The King” Casey for a year following UFC 175

UFC middleweight Kevin Casey has been suspended for one year and fined $5,600 following a positive drug test at UFC 175.

The decision was handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday. Casey, a former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion, tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a post-fight drug test following his first-round technical knockout victory over Bubba Bush on July 5 in Las Vegas.

Speaking over the phone to the NAC on Tuesday, Casey offered no excuses for the failed test.

“There’s no excuse for my actions. It’s been a great embarrassment for my family, my training camp and the UFC organization,” Casey said. “When my management got the call from the UFC, I knew that I had to get back on weight as soon as possible.”

In addition to the monetary fine and suspension, the NAC also changed Casey’s win over Bush to a no-contest.

Article courtesy of sherdog

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UFC champ Jon Jones says he lost Nike deal due to brawl

LAS VEGAS – That infamous brawl with Daniel Cormier apparently cost Jon Jones a Nike sponsorship worth “over six figures,” the UFC light heavyweight champion and his representatives today said.

During a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing in Las Vegas, Jones, who brawled with Cormier during an Aug. 4 media event in the city, confirmed the loss of the sponsorship.

Jones, who appeared before the commission prior to Cormier’s hearing, mentioned the lost sponsorship when commissioners first asked him what he felt was an appropriate punishment. He said he was already feeling ramifications due to the loss of a deal.

“It was Nike,” Jones said. Continue reading

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Sugars new AKA…..

You’ve heard over and over again that sugar needs to be reduced in our diets in order to achieve weight loss goals and overall wellness. When we see sugar listed on food labels, we tend to get turned off and, hopefully, opt for something else.

But how is this affecting sales of products with sugar listed in the ingredient list? You guessed it, sales are declining. So let’s think like a marketing agency/manufacturer for a second. How else can I get consumers to buy more of my product without having to change any of the ingredients (because that would be too much work, right?)? Oh, I’ve got it! Let’s give it a new name!

Food manufacturers are choosing a “healthier” name for good, old-fashioned sugar. May I introduce to you, evaporated cane juice…. That’s right, you heard it correctly. They took 3 words to say sugar, yet it sounds so much more sophisticated and, in the eyes of the consumers, healthier. It is nothing more than cane sugar. It contains the same amount of calories and yields no greater amount of nutrients than cane sugar. The only difference is that evaporated cane juice originates from sugar cane, not from beets. Sugar derived from beets is usually genetically-modified, but sugar cane is not. Manufacturers could just list sugar cane instead, but evaporated cane juice sounds “healthier”.

The FDA has acknowledged the use of this term and its potential to mislead consumers, but has failed to mandate any regulations on its use on food labels. Due to the lack of regulation, lawsuits have been filed for misleading claims, but unfortunately not much can be done without a formal regulation. The FDA did state that they may be changing their minds on the matter in the near future.

So for now, just continue reading those food labels. I don’t think I can say it enough. It is the best way for you to stay informed. An informed consumer is a savvy consumer.

By Samantha Wilkinson, MS, RDN, LD, Dolce Dietician

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UFC’s Fighter on Rejoining Israeli Army:Says ‘There’s No Other Way’

Following his win over Steven Siler at UFC on Fox 12, Noad Lahat is putting his fighting career on hold to rejoin the Israeli army in the conflict with Hamas militants on the Gaza strip.

Oddly enough, stepping into the cage on Saturday night was actually the calm before the storm for Lahat, who entered the bout knowing he would be heading back to his homeland. As the up-and-coming featherweight danced under the bright lights of the UFC, his family and friends were ducking for cover from missiles and gunfire in what seems like a million miles away.

Lahat dedicated his win over Siler to peace, not war. Sadly, the history of mankind has taught us that the road to peace sometimes leads to war. When asked why he was returning to fight, Lahat explained during an appearance on the CNN Newsroom that there was simply “no other way.”

“You can’t achieve peace without being ready for war,” he said. “If people are attacking you and they’re not going to stop until you’re dead, then you have to go and fight. There’s no other way.”

Military life is engraved in the Lahat family name. Continue reading

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UFC vet Chael Sonnen suspended by NSAC for 2 years.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today handed down a two-year suspension and other punishments to now-retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen following a pair of failed UFC 175 drug tests.

At a hearing today in Las Vegas, Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) admitted his guilt and said he agreed with the commission’s punishment, which also includes paying the cost and analysis of the drug tests that ensnared him, agreeing not to fight in any other jurisdiction for his two-year term, and acting as an educator to both the commission and fellow fighters on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.

The commission voted unanimously after a short deliberation on Sonnen’s case. Although the fighter could’ve been forced to pay $250,000, commissioners opted against a monetary fine.

NSAC commissioner Anthony A. Marnell III, a former minor league baseball player, took a hard line on the issue, suggesting the fighter should receive a lifetime ban in the state. However, commissioners Raymond “Skip” Avansino and Pat Lundvall suggested a shorter term and countered that Sonnen should be used as a resource for stamping out future PED use.

“Today is the day for him to take responsibility for cheating,” NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar said. “It’s not a time to hide behind false excuses. I think a great penalty is warranted here for the sake of a clean sport.” Continue reading

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Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino passes random NSAC test.

A week before her title bout for muay Thai promotion Lion Fight, Cristiane Justino has passed a random drug test requested by Nevada’s boxing commission.

“Cyborg,” a former Strikeforce and current Invicta champ, was screened for performance-enhancers and diuretics, Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed to MMAjunkie.

On Feb. 25, the commission informed the fighter through Lion Fight’s promoter that she was required to report to a testing facility the next morning by 10 a.m. in her adopted hometown of San Diego. She complied, and the test results were today confirmed.

Justino received a one-year fight license from the NSAC this past September when she took on Jennifer Colomb at Lion Fight 11 and won a third-round TKO. Continue reading

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Paul Daley signs with Bellator

Bellator MMA officials announced on Monday the promotion has re-signed British welterweight Paul Daley, who fought once in the Bellator cage in July 2012.

Daley (34-13-2) recorded a first-round TKO over Rudy Bears in that Bellator debut, but was released by the promotion one year later due to visa issues stemming from a legal matter in England. Daley pled guilty to one count of assault by beating.

In an appearance on The MMA Hour on Monday, Daley, 31, said he didn’t expect the visa issues to prevent him from rejoining the U.S.-based promotion this year.

A knockout artist with 27 career finishes, Daley has previously fought in the UFC and Strikeforce. In May 2010, the UFC released Daley after he sucker punched Josh Koscheck after losing a decision to him at UFC 113 in Montreal. Continue reading

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Rickson Gracie To Launch New Jiu-Jitsu League

According to sources close to Rickson and Kron Gracie, in the next few days, Rickson will officially announce his latest project: a new Jiu-Jitsu federation.

Rickson Gracie’s new federation would rival the other two major BJJ federations: The IBJJF (presided by Carlos Gracie Jr) and the UAEJJ (which organizes the World Pro and is in a coalition with the IJF).
The sources have indicated that the new federation will be open to all: IBJJF, NAGA, ADCC competitors etc and will be a platform for the major BJJ athletes today. There will also be self defense programs.

The new federation’s website is expected to be launched on July 20th, 2014.
What to expect:
In past interviews, Rickson has talked about how he didn’t like the current sport rules of BJJ where many competitors are stalling, playing for points and advantages. He also feels that the ‘modern’ sport specific techniques are not applicable in a real life fighting situation.
We could expect a new set of rules which favor an attacking and less strategic Jiu-Jitsu. Something similar to his past venture, the ‘Budo Challenge’ (see more below) which gave extra point for submission attempts and negative points for guard pulls.

Past ventures- The Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge
This is not the first time that Rickson Gracie’s attempts to change the current set up of Jiu-Jitsu, which is separated between sport (IBJJF, UAEJJ), self defence, and Jiu-Jitsu for MMA advocates. In 2005, he launched ‘The Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge’ Continue reading

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