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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Bathroom-Themed Ads in Las Vegas Restrooms Highlight the Costs of Prohibition and the Benefits of Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol One ad design features toilet paper made of money and says law enforcement’s ‘limited resources should be reserved for serious matters’ instead of punishing adult marijuana consumers; a second ad design features a toilet full of money and asks why Nevada is flushing revenue from marijuana sales down the toilet into the underground market The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Friday launched its first ad campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Nevada. The bathroom-themed ads, which are scheduled to appear in restrooms at more than two dozen restaurants and bars across Las Vegas throughout July and August, highlight the costs of marijuana prohibition and the benefits of replacing it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“A lot of people know alcohol prohibition failed but have yet to realize marijuana prohibition is just as big of a disaster,” said Joe Brezny, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “These ads will reach folks at a time when we know they have a few minutes to put some thought into it.” One of the two ad designs features a nearly depleted roll of toilet paper made of money accompanied by text reading, “Limited resources should be Continue reading

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UFC signs Holly Holm

The UFC’s women’s bantamweight division got a jolt of significant firepower with the announcement of the signing of unbeaten Holly Holm, one of the hottest prospects in MMA and a former world boxing champion.

UFC president Dana White tweeted the news Thursday afternoon.

Long considered the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, Albuquerque’s Holm held a 33-2-3 boxing record before moving to MMA in 2011. Unbeaten in seven pro bouts with six wins by knockout the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA product will now look to fight the best in the game in the UFC, with her eventual goal being a shot at champion Ronda Rousey.

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Everything Metamoris 4

The Metamoris 4, which takes place on 9 August in California, inaugurates a new era in the event: the belts. According to the creator and president of the organization, Ralek Gracie, Dean Lister and Josh Barnett will fight for the first title of Metamoris – and the winner will face the biggest name in Jiu-Jitsu current, Marcus Buchecha .

“We want to have weight divisions in Metamoris. In issue number four, Dean Lister and Josh Barnett will fight for a title. We wanted to not report it so much, but we want someone to win the title, because then we will bring Buchecha to fight the champion. And it will build the next event. We are very excited, “said Fightland Ralek the site, explaining why usher titles by category.

“We want to create these titles because some very good guys, who have a spectacular technical Jiu-Jitsu, are not getting the respect they deserve. I think we need to create bonds because it connects people to the event and provides ways for people to appreciate the Grappling in a different way. ”

Ralek also talked about the resignation of Chael Sonnen at UFC after being spotted in a new doping test. The U.S. is the main event of Metamoris 4 against Brazilian Andre Galvao. Continue reading

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Seattle’s First Recreational Weed Store Opens, SMH

The crowd outside of Cannabis City in Seattle was hot and excited today as reporters and cameras crushed together, blocking an entire lane of traffic.

Today is the first day recreational sales of marijuana are legal in the state of Washington, and even though the new law was voted in almost two years ago, many weed retailers are still not ready to open their doors. The state issued licenses to 24 retailers earlier this week, but in the city of Seattle only one recreational marijuana store opened for business. Cannabis City is in Sodo, the industrial area on the south side of town, and at 8am camera crews and reporters outnumbered the 30 or so customers lined up to be the first in the state to buy legal weed. By the time doors opened at noon there were over 150 people from the press and over 250 people in line.

“I’ve been here since 6am,” says Michael, a 39-year-old consultant for the medical marijuana industry from West Seattle. I ask Michael if he has any problem getting recreational weed without legal retail shops. “Of course not,” he scoffs, “But I’m here as a customer because I want to support the industry, I want to support the legislation and the law. We’ve put a lot of work into making marijuana a legitimate business and now that’s it’s legal I think the right thing to do is to support the retailers so the system works.”

Behind Michael is Kevin, 25, who also has no trouble finding recreational weed. “I’m here because one of my favorite radio shows, Tom and Curly in the Morning on KIRO, are paying me a hundred bucks to buy weed and call in every couple hours.” Behind him is Dan, who works with a medical marijuana dispensary. “I’m here to see their set-up,” he says. “Retail shops have different regulations than the medical dispensaries so I want to see how they handle product display, packaging, customer flow, that kind of stuff.” And so it is with everyone waiting in line for for the doors open, there is more curiosity than clamor. Continue reading

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Draculino speaks on Romulo Barral and the famous spider guard

Few in the world of Jiu-Jitsu as well as dominate the art of the guard as Vinicius Magalhaes and Romulo Barral .Especially when it comes to spider guard. Master and pupil, however, were responsible for just two of the famous perfect position. That explains the black belt Carlinhos Gracie, in an interview with tatami magazine.

“The first guy I saw doing the spider guard was Renzo, within academia. I found it brilliant and as it was small and light, the game like a glove. And I copied what Renzo was doing. I was one of the first to make this guard a more offensive way, with sweeps and submissions in championships since the blue band. The funny thing is that I started receiving criticism from some people saying that grab the sleeves was a horrible thing that had to ban etc.. But today is one of the most common guards to watch during training and competitions. I used guard this since 1988 and to date, adjust and create new positions from it, “he said.

With the new weapon in their arsenal, Magalhaes was not selfish and decided to pass on the position. And thanks to the spread of spider guard Romulo Barral became one of the best fighters in Jiu-Jitsu.

“Cristiano Titi, one of my first students in BH, this saves me learned and became very good at it, making a slightly different way, holding one hand on the collar. And as Romulo began training with Titi, he took this game very well. The Romulo began training with me at the end of the white or the beginning of the blue, I’m not sure, but he had already showed an ethic of differentiated training plus a physical and genetic privileged. One day he turned to me and said: ‘Draco, is what I want for my life. I will train to be the best ‘. And I said, ‘mete scolding!’. And from there, never seen anyone train and devote more than he. He deserves all this success, “he added.

Article courtesy of Tatame and E. Ferriera

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“Lock ’Em Up Nation” Mandatory Sentencing for Medical Marijuana

How did the United States, land of the free, become the world’s top jailer? It’s a question asked by visitors from other democracies, and the American citizen who wakes from a stupor to find that our prisons are stuffed with people serving interminable sentences for nonviolent crimes.

For the answer, you need look no further than the real America, the sparsely settled, ruggedly beautiful, financially struggling eastern third of Washington State. There, 70-year-old Larry Harvey, his wife, two family members and a friend are facing mandatory 10-year prison terms for growing medical marijuana — openly and, they thought, legally — on their farm near the little town of Kettle Falls.

To get a sense of the tragic absurdity of this federal prosecution, reaching all the way to the desk of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., consider what will happen next month. Pot stores will open in Washington, selling legal marijuana for the recreational user — per a vote of the people. A few weeks later, the Feds will try to put away the so-called Kettle Falls Five for growing weed on their land to ease their medical maladies. Federal sentencing guidelines, which trump state law, call for mandatory prison terms. Continue reading

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