Alistair Overeem had his hearing with the NSAC yesterday, and he is now suspended for 9 months as penalty for failing a drug test.  His expected fight for the UFC HW title against Junior Dos Santos is obviously not going to happen now, which is a huge blow to that card.  In his place, Frank Mir will step up to face JDS.  Mir was originally slated to fight Cain Velasquez, who will now take on Antonio Big Foot Silva.

Actually, a nine month suspension is not really all that harsh a punishment.  It basically means forfeiting one fight--albeit a title fight--but it allows for the possibility that Overeem could fight on a UFC year end card.

Overeem's excuse for the high testosterone levels was that his doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication for a rib injury, and unbeknownst to Alistair the med contained testosterone.  That story did not really go over that well with the NSAC, and it does sound a bit far fetched.

Either way, it scuttles one of the most anticipated fights in years.  The UFC suffers as a result, and so do the fans.  But the biggest loser in all this is Alistair Overeem.  He loses a big payday, and all his past wins are now tainted.

PEDs are a big problem for the UFC, and things only seem to be getting worse.  There are no easy solutions, but the commissions and the UFC need to work together to keep illegal drugs out of the bodies of fighters.  Drugs may help athletes perform better, but until they are legalized they are making the sport quite sick.

 

 

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Are you ready for war?  You better be!  Because on May 12th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, Helster MMA is back with another big show.  The card is just about complete, and it's stacked as usual.  And I am very happy to say that I have been selected as the ring announcer, so this is one fight card you do not want to miss--yes, I am saying it's even better with me MCing it.

Check out the Helster MMA website for more details and ticket info.  And get your tickets ASAP, as the show is already nearly sold out.  See you in Sayreville!

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Ashley Rollo is a fighter.  She trains and competes in BJJ and MMA, but she is facing her toughest challenge yet...an unknown disease that is ravaging her body.  She needs all of us in her corner right now, and her family is raising money for treatment not covered by her insurance.

Please visit this link for more details about Ashely and how to help. Thank you.  A Cure for Ashley Rollow.

Excerpt from Ashley's website:

On September 17th, 2007, Ashley was diagnosed with an unknown blood disease after an accidental trip to the hospital. Ashley has since endured over 4 years of medical interventions, which included over 12 surgeries, that have wrecked havoc on her body. In September 2010 Ashley received chemotherapy with a drug called Rituxamb that made her disease go into remission, but 8 short months later, her disease returned in the summer of 2011 and it came back and worse than ever.

Her PET scan in December 2011 showed that the masses were back and were all over her body. Now, after her most recent trip to Robert Wood Johnson after a thymectomy gone wrong, (a painful surgery that doctors decided to do to see what would happen) there were several complications, and her lungs and heart took a beating and needed several surgeries as well as a 5 week stay in the hospital. She put her hope in her new doctors at Robert wood Johnson- The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and still has no answers. She has been seen at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, as well as NYU, The Children’s hospital of Philadelphia, Long Island College Hospital, Centre State Medical Center, Winthrop University hospital, an North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital.

No doctor has yet to find out what is wrong with Ashley. She has had dozens of surgeries, bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions, and has tried a lot of different medications to see if they help. Ashley is in chronic pain all over her body, chronic fatigue, masses growing in different parts of her body, and is getting worse as time goes on. Her current doctors have ran out of treatment ideas, and Ashley is suffering. Prior to 2007, Ashley was a normal 21 year old and in perfect health.

Read the rest here:  Ashley Rollo

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Great card being put on by Bellator, an organization that is quickly gaining in popularity by both mainstream fans and hardcores.  Bellator's cards have been trememdous and the action is always intense.  Tonight, they are back in Jersey again, down in Atlantic City and the card is stacked with great local talent. Check out these match ups!

It's time to rock out.  JBJ 4:13.

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Are you ready for war??  May 12, in Sayreville, NJ, Helster is back with another big MMA show.  I will be doing the honors inside the cage, preparing the troops for battle!  Do not miss this show!  Click on the poster for ticket info, and visit the Helster MMA website for more.  See you in Sayreville!
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Atlantic City, NJ – When Greg Soto defends his CFFC welterweight title this Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, he will go in with the utmost confidence.   The son of a decorated war veteran, Soto disposed of former CFFC champion, Chip Pollard in December of 2011 via a triangle choke in the second round.  Soto will defend his title for the first time and had a chance to reflect on how he got to this point in his career.

“I started wrestling and doing judo at seven years old,” said Soto.  “Then I began training with Kurt Pellegrino at age 15, but I didn't get serious about BJJ until 18.  Around that time, I started training MMA and fighting.   I hold a brown belt in BJJ, and 15 years of wrestling.  I've trained in Thailand and plan on going back to further my knowledge of Muay Thai.”

Although Soto is a UFC veteran, he feels his toughest fight happened before he got to the big stage.  “Fighting Ray Steinbeiss in North Dakota was really difficult,” recalled Soto.  “We fought on an Indian reservation in the middle of nowhere.  The travel was hard on my body and the weight cut was really difficult because of the facilities.  I had a terrible training camp, but I came out on top and getting the “W” is all that matters.”

Right now, Soto has a target on his back as he holds the CFFC welterweight title.  “It means that I'm the most elite fighter at my weight on the east coast, I welcome all challengers,” said Soto.  “CFFC is an outstanding organization and I'm proud to be their champion.”

The one person standing in front of him is his former teammate, George Sullivan.  When talking about his opponent on Saturday night, he didn’t go into their past relationship.  “He's a big strong guy and a kickboxer,” said Soto of Sullivan.  “But it’s nothing I haven't dealt with before.  I’ll take the center of the ring, dictate where the fight goes, the pace, and finish by any means at my disposal.”

If all goes as he plans, Soto retains his title and will see if he can take the next step in his career. 
“I’ll get back to my rightful spot in the UFC fighting at the international level,” said Soto.  “I've been there before, I've proven I belong by winning and I will return.”

After several sold out action packed MMA shows Extreme Fighting Championship is back Saturday May 19, 2012 with EFC IV “Showdown”. Featuring some of the best New Jersey and New York amateur MMA fighters “Showdown” is sure to be a hit with fight fans of all ages.

The May 19th event to be held at Nutley High School in Northern New Jersey will feature a fight card of nothing less than spectacular. Hani Darwish has selected seasoned MMA fighters from various fight camps including Extreme Fight Club, AMA Fight Club, Kurt Pellegrino MMA, Jungle Gym, Carmine Zocchi MMA, Lion Heart MMA, Guererro BJJ and Renzo Gracie NY.

This showcase of rising talent will make for a night of exciting fights. With yet another anticipated sold out event, fans are urged to obtain tickets in advance to May 19th.

Tickets are available for sale via all fighters on the fight card, at Extreme Fight Club on 10 Squirrelwood Road in Woodland Park, NJ, or by visiting the website at www.EFCMMA.com Vendor and sponsor packages are also available for EFC IV “Showdown” with various options and can be custom built for any company by contacting EFC @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling (973) 653-5449.

I will be hosting this show once again from inside the cage and I'm pumped!  Be there!!

 

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Author looking to interview amateur and pro fighters for upcoming MMA book titled Unlocking the Cage.

Why does a fighter fight?

It’s a question that has probably been considered from the first time two warriors squared off with their fists up.

Fighters -- both professional and amateur, male and female -- are being sought to answer this question, in their own words, from their own experiences, for possible inclusion in the forthcoming book, Unlocking the Cage.

Former pro fighter-turned-author Mark Tullius is planning three nationwide tours in the spring and summer to interview fighters for the book, which delves into what motivates someone to step into a steel cage, ready to dish out a healthy dose of punches, kicks, take downs and submissions.

“I’m trying to get at who they are as fighters and people, to find out what makes them get in there and do it,” he said. “We’ll only go as deep as people want, but I hope that people will be honest.”

Tullius, 39, a Brown University grad, began fighting in the dark ages of the sport -- back when it was known as No Holds Barred -- and trained with such MMA superstars as Bas Rutten, Marco Ruas, and Frank Mir. Tullius, who went 3-5 as a heavyweight, journeyed to Mexico and Hawaii to fight, and even fought in a warehouse in California, where Tito Ortiz and Ricco Rodriguez were also on the card.

Now a professional writer and a father, Tullius often has looked back on his days as a fighter and wondered what made him step into the cage, “because it’s not something that normal people do,” he said. “Stepping into a cage and risking bodily harm for little or no money, that’s a serious risk.”

Fighters will be asked to fill out a survey and may also be interviewed. The interviews will be taped and some will be shown on Tullius’ blog at marktullius.com. Interviewed fighters may also submit a highlight reel that can be used on the blog and e-book. In addition, on each of Tullius’ three regional trips to conduct interviews, he will be giving away one Body Action System Deluxe by Bas Rutten, a kickboxing workout system. A fourth BAS will be given away to a randomly-selected fighter who has completed the written survey.

Those who are interested can contact Tullius at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and tell him how you would like to be included: written survey, filmed one-on-one interview, or a phone interview, and/or if Tullius can visit your academy to train and conduct interviews.

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