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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When the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight was made, Greg Jackson hinted that he might sit the fight out and watch it from the sidelines. This was because of his long relationship with Evans, who left the camp after Jones became part of Team Jackson.  Despite Jackson's statements, I always believed he'd be in Jones's corner for the fight, and now he says that he will indeed corner the UFC LHW champion, but that it won't be fun.

Jackson explained his decision to corner Jones on The MMA Hour, where he said:

"I felt I had kind of a duty to the team.What I mean by that is Jon Jones is on the team, Rashad has left the team and has made it pretty clear he’s not coming back. My personal feeling, if I wanted to be a little selfish, I would say, 'I don’t want to deal with any of it. I don’t want to be there at all.' But it has to mean something to be on a team. It has to mean something, and I felt I had a duty to do that, because Jon’s on the team, so it’s my responsibility to corner him. Even though it’s a really hard decision, I decided to go with it."

He went on to say that cornering Jones against a guy he "loves" is a tough thing to do:

"It’s not fun," he said of the situation. "I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just not fun. I love Jon to death, but I love Rashad, too. And so it’s not a position I enjoy at all. It’s not something I like, but it something I think I have to do."

Jackson is a great strategist, so whether he corners Jones or not, you can bet that Bones will have a gameplan designed around what Jackson knows about Evans.  Still, this fight is likely to be Jones's toughest test yet.  Evans knows things about Jones from training with him, so this fight should be a doozy.

 

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New interview with Chuck Liddell in which he talks about who he thinks will win the big Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight.  He also talks about how retired life is treating him, the state of MMA judging and his respect for referees.  Good stuff from the legendary Iceman.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has returned to his WWE roots.  After his loss to Alistair Overeem, Lesnar decided that he'd had enough of MMA and has now moved back to professional wrestling.  Last night, at WWE Raw, he went into the ring and F5'd John Cena, which made the place go berserk.  Brock is back, baby!  Here's the video of his triumphant return.

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In a week and a day, Dead Serious MMA returns to Rahway, New Jersey.  This card is stupendous and if the last show was any indication, the place is going to be sold out.  I will once again be hosting the show, so get your tickets now!  Click on the poster above or check out the Dead Serious MMA wesbite. April 7...be there!

 

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You read that right.  New York is getting its first sanctioned MMA event in the state, despite MMA still being illegal.  It seems there is a loophole in the law that allows amateur MMA events to take place.  And now that loophole is going to be put to test when TNT Fight Series puts on their event in North Tonawanda, NY on May 19.

There have been MMA events in New York, but only on Indian Reservations.  This event is not on a reservation and it could lead to more events taking place all over the state.  It remains to be seen if politicians will try to prevent the show from happening.  We'll keep you posted.

I heard about this event from NY MMA Now, a great website dedicated to the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York.  Check it out.


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(Ms. Dana White: You're Fired!)

What happened to Dana White?  For years he pretended to be a tough guy, shooting from the hip, immune to political correctness, and never afraid to speak his mind.  But now, it seems that he is undergoing a transformation, or more accurately a pussification, because every time a UFC fighter says something not politically correct, Dana fires the guy.

Miguel Torres quoted a joke from a TV show on his Twitter account and got fired for it.  Dana White made the judgement call that Torres was over the line, and although the joke made it past TV censors, it didn't make it past White, who was obviously deeply shaken and disturbed by the offhand remark.  Fortunately for Torres and fans, Lorenzo Ferttitta apparently overruled Dana and had White hire Torres back.

Now King Mo is feeling the wrath of the new pussified Dana White.  He just got canned for some remarks about a member of the NSAC, in which he called her a "bitch."  I am not excusing King Mo for that language, it was a dumb thing to say.  However, Dana becoming upset enough to fire him for the remark is absurd and hypocritical.  Remember Dana's rant against Loretta Hunt, one of MMA's top journalists?  He called her a "bitch" and other epitaphs, and even used the word "faggot" in his rant.  But now he is shocked and dismayed when fighters use the same language?

Actually, some fighters can use that language and are safe from Dana's newfound sensibilites.  Forrest Griffin joked about rape, Phil Davis joked about pedophilia, etc, but they are still with the UFC.  Dana's selective outrage is outrageous and unfair.

Here's the background on the King Mo Lawal situation:  King Mo tested positive for steroids after his fight with Lorenzo Larkin.  His win was overturned and he was suspended for 9 months by the NSAC, and fined 39000 dollars.  This prompted Mo to lash out on his Twitter account, and he hinted at racism from one of the NSAC members, a female, whom he called a "bitch."

Like I said, it was a dumb thing to do, and he should be reprimanded for it.  Firing him is over the line, however.  Nothing Mo said was worse than what other fighters have said in the past--and nowhere near as bad as what Dana says.

But Dana has shown, especially since the Fox deal, that unless you are one of his pet fighters, you need to walk on eggshells around him, because he is just itching to assert his authority.  In my opinion he feels emasculated in many ways by the Fox deal, and in response he is going overboard in trying to look like the decision-maker.  He is trying way too hard to make every situation about him, at the expense of his own company--and it's backfiring in a big way.

Case in point is his statement about soccer.  He dissed the most popular sport in the world, at the same time that the UFC is trying to expand its base around the world.  That's not the way to win friends and influence people, and it's no wonder that America's mainstream press treats the UFC president as a joke--because he acts like one.

The firing of Torres and King Mo are indicative of a man who feels powerless and needs to assert his authority in order to feel good about himself.  I hear that Dana even fired his chef recently, and for no apparent reason.  Again, it's about flexing those phony muscles.

But like I said, it's backfiring and it's beginning to hurt the UFC brand, in my opinion.  Lorenzo needs to reign this guy in before he totally destroys what the UFC has worked so hard to achieve.  Dana is certainly a big part of the UFC's success, but his micro-management, foul mouth, and irrational behavior lately might just be undoing all that he's done.  It's time the Baldfather took a long vacation, because the stress seems to be getting to him.  Or maybe he just needs to grow up.

Just days after lamenting about the world becoming "pussified," Dana fires King Mo because Mo said "bitch."  Ironic?  No, moronic is more like it.  And unacceptable.  Lorenzo, please sit this guy down.  Again.

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Cyborg

Cris Cyborg's career and legacy took a massive hit when she was busted for steroids after her last fight, a brutal KO over Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka last December.  Cyborg's win was changed to a NC and now her career is up in the air.  After the positive test, she had apologized, and said that she unknowingly took the drug, which was given to her by a member of her camp.

Now Cyborg has released another video, in which she reiterates her inadvertent steroid use and basically issues a public service announce raising awareness about steroids.  Here it is:

Either the fat guy in this video is from the Mike Tyson school of fighting, or he was just hungry.  Either way, he took a big bite out of his opponent's ear before get dismantled.  Whatever happened to honor in street fights?  Oh, that's right, there never was any.  Here's the video.

 

 

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