We all knew it was just a matter of time before undefeated New Jersey fighter Tom DeBlass hit the big time. Tom will make his UFC debut on April 14 on the UFC on Fuel 2 show, which takes place in Sweden.  His opponent is Cyrille Diabate, who was originally scheduled to fight Jorgen Kruth.  Kruth had to drop out of the fight, however, which opened the door for DeBlass to make his UFC debut--on just 1 week's notice.

Tom is definitely deserving of this shot, and I believe he'll make the most of it.  He's got a four fight deal with the UFC, and Diabate makes a great first opponent.  Cyrille is a striker, and will have his hands full against Tom, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Almeida.  DeBlass also hits very hard--he trains with boxing coach Mark Henry--and is an excellent wrestlter, so I expect him to take the fight wherever  he wants it.

DeBlass is 7-0, with all of his fights taking place at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat.  His last fight, a stunning 41 second submission victory over tough Randy Smith, took place last February.  Tom now joins a long list of ROC fighters who have gone on to the UFC, including former UFC champions Matt Serra and Frankie Edgar.

Hopefully, he eventually be the third UFC champion to emerge from the ROC.  He's got all the tools and the right attitude, so the sky is the limit for Tom DeBlass.

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Time to get serious, people!  And I mean Dead Serious!  Dead Serious MMA returns to the Rahway Rec Center this Saturday, April 7.  The card is stacked and as of right now, we've got 15 fights scheduled, including a 154 pound title tilt featuring Chris Sladky vs. Mark Cugliari.  The last Dead Serious show was a sell out, so get your tickets ASAP by clicking on the poster above or hitting the Dead Serious MMA website.

I will once again be doing my thing in the cage, and will also be sitting in at the GoFightLive commentary booth.  My partner for this show in none other than my MMA coach Anthony Sansonetti.  He will wow you with his knowledge, believe me.  It's going to be a great show.

Check out the complete card after the jump.  See you at the show!

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There is only one thing worse than being put in the "friend zone" by a hot chick, and that's being put in the friend zone in a very public way.  Which is exactly what happened to a drunk Dana White last night.  Dana was apparently drowning his sorrows over the main event of UFC 146 falling apart, and he wanted the world to know how wasted he was. He posted this rather pathetic pic of himself (above) clinging to Olivia Munn's bosom, and said that he's "dr#*¥ and don't give a Fu@# :)"

So far so good, right?  Well, here's where it gets really sad.  After seeing the pic, Olivia commented on it via her own Twitter.  She said:  "dude, this pic makes it look like I'm breast-feeding you. Its misleading, I admit... Ur my big brother & I love you."

Ouch! That's gotta hurt.

Two things are troubling about this incident, the public humiliation of being friend-zoned by a hottie notwithstanding. One is that Dana is married with children, and it's pretty disrespectful of him to be proudly posting a pic of him burying his drunken red face into Munn's chest.  The other is that White is supposed to be a recovering alcoholic.  In an ESPN article, since removed from the Internet but archived by MMAPayout, Dana's penchant for booze and food was addressed:

"A few months ago, Rolling Stone sent a reporter to spend time with White, and got the full Dana-White-in- Vegas treatment. He’s been very candid about his alcohol troubles and going sober 15 years ago, but he’s also been candid about flopping off the wagon now and then. And Rolling Stone caught him in the midst of a four-month bender of drinking and over-eating.

“'I was a real slob,” White says.'"

Dana, here's a newsflash for you: You still are a real slob. Get help.


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According to the NSAC, Alistair Overeem has been cycling something a bit stronger than horse meat.  The UFC number 1 heavyweight contender has just tested positive for an increased T/E ratio, which means that his testosterone levels were higher than what the body normally produces.  This pretty much scuttles the planed Junior Dos Santos vs. Overeem fight that was scheduled for next month.  Before Overeem can fight, he needs to go before the commission in Nevada.

The official notice for the failed test came from NSAC's Keith Kizer:

"The following athletes were tested on March 27:  Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva.  All test results were negative, except Mr. Overeem tested positive for an increased T/E ratio (> 10).  Mr. Overeem will need to appear before the Commission if he seeks licensure"

Dana White, on a conference call said that he is "beyond pissed" about the results.

This is yet another blow for the UFC, and another black eye for the sport of mixed martial arts.  I'll have more on the failed test and what it means for the UFC in the near future.

 

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In this video, you'll see Rashad Evans refusing to sign a picture for a fan. Although you can't see the pic in question, it's pretty obvious that the fan was bringing a copy of the infamous pic of Rashad getting knocked out by Lyoto Machida.  It was a super douchebaggy move for the fan to ask Evans to sign that, and when Rashad refused and then refused to take a picture with the fan, the fan's face registered just how bad he'd been clowned.

Fighters put their lives on the line to entertain us, and they deserve respect.  Rashad showed great restraint in not bitchslapping the bitch who presented that pic to sign.  I guess the fan  wanted to be an Internet hero, but all he did was clown himself.  Good work, Rashad!

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll STFU and just say 3: Like. A. Boss.

 

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WORLDWIDE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SPORTS, INC. AMAZES EL PASO, TX CROWD WITH DAVID VS. GOLAITH MAIN EVENT

Pay-Per-View event McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting for a Better World official results

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ – March 31, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (WMMA) took a giant leap towards revolutionizing the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) on Saturday, March 31st with their first pay-per-view (PPV) event at the Don Haskins Center located on the beautiful campus of the University of Texas El Paso.

The David vs. Goliath story of Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle vs. the hard-hitting Brian Heden captured the hearts of many when Heden overcame all odds to walk out of the Don Haskins Center as the victor. With his upper lip split in half, Heden toppled the giant by scoring a TKO victory in the second round. During the second round, Heden found himself with his back on the mat being overpowered by the larger McCorkle, however Heden’s heart proved to be much larger as he quickly flipped his position to land McCorkle’s back on the mat. With McCorkle’s left arm trapped, Heden unleashed a furious barrage of hammer fists until the referee called a stoppage to the bout due to excessive strikes, leaving the fans of El Paso on their feet.

The four-fight undercard, streamed live and free of charge through WMMA’s website, provided the fireworks early on as it featured two knockouts, a TKO, and a guillotine choke – all in the first round.

In their first ever event and PPV broadcast to over 175 countries, WMMA entertained the entire El Paso, TX community. The PPV broadcast showcased six bouts that supplied the electricity to the Don Haskins Center.

During the event, WMMA handed over a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Official results after the jump.

Dana White recently made some disparaging remarks about soccer, calling it a sport that requires very little talent.  The comments, which were basically Dana attention-whoring, caused an uproar and many fans expressed how idiotic the UFC president seems every time he opens his mouth.  White's anti-soccer tirade caught the attention of soccer star Jimmy Conrad, who released a video challenging Dana to a soccer match.  This probably made Dana quiver in delight, because once again the focus is on him.  He'll probably respond to this challenge in the near future, and I will post what he says on here.

What's so dumb about this whole thing is that Dana should be the last guy to disparage other sports.  The UFC got a lot of bad press when Brock Lesnar came over from the WWE, and despite never having fought MMA in his life, needed just three fights before challenging for and winning the UFC heavyweight title.  The same comments Dana made about soccer were made about the UFC then, but Dana didn't find it quite so amusing.

Here's Conrad's challenge video:

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(Dana White: Soccer sucks yuh yuh)

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The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB), the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) Medical Chair and lead MMA/Muay Thai physician for the NJSACB, Dr. Sherry Wulkan, in conjunction with Atlantic Health of Morristown Hospital, is pleased to announce a CME accredited symposium in Combat Sports Medicine.

“The symposium kicks off the first Combat Sports fellowship elective in the nation. We believe this approach toward proactively training physicians in the nuances of Combat Sports medicine will help meet the need for well versed ringside doctors for these increasingly popular athletic contests now and in the future.

 

“In the interest of fighter health and safety, we hope both the symposium and this novel approach to Sports Medicine Fellowship training, sparks interest in incorporating Combat Sports Medicine into medical curricula throughout the country.”

- Dr. Wulkan

What:  Combative Sports Medicine Symposium - This comprehensive symposium will introduce participants to Combative Sports medical issues from pre-evaluation to post fight.

Where:  Atlantic Sports Health Conference Center 111 Madison Avenue - 4th Floor Morristown, NJ 07960

When: Friday April 6, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM EDT Registration: 8 - 8:30 AM (Attendees may earn up to 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

Agenda:
8:30 - 8:40am: Introduction to Combat Sports Medicine
Damion Martins, MD / Sheryl Wulkan, M.D. 8:40 - 8:50am: Opening Remarks: A Commissioner’s Viewpoint
Commissioner Aaron Davis, NJSACB 8:50 - 9:00am: A Fighter/Trainer’s Perspective On Medical Issues in Combat Sports
Jim Miller and Mike Constantino 9:00 - 9:45am: An Overview of Ringside Medicine
Dominic Coletta, M.D. 9:45 - 10:15am: Legal Issues in Combat Sports, What Every Ringside Physician Should Know
Nicholas Lembo J.D. L.L.M., Association of Boxing Commissions Legal Committee Chair
10:30 - 11:30am: Facial Lacerations and ENT Issues in Combat Sports Medicine
Kenneth Remsen, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Howard Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.S.
11:30am - 12:20pm: Neurologic Concerns in Combat Sports Medicine
Theodore Conte, M.D.
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Ophthalmologic Concerns in Combat Sports
Steven Rodis, M.D.
2:00pm - 2:50pm: Infectious Diseases in Combat Sports
Robert Smick, D.O. 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Orthopedic Concerns in Combat Sports
Michael Kelly, D.O. 4:00pm - 4:45pm: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for Combat Sports Participants
Dr. Sharon Wentworth 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Current Controversies in Ringside Medicine
Sheryl Wulkan, M.D. 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Ringside Acuity: Fight Clips with Discussion

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