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Dan Miller is one of the UFC's toughest fighters, but nothing he's faced in the Octagon can compare to the fight that his son is waging against autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease.  Like his Dad, Daniel James Miller is battling hard and hanging tough, but he needs your help.  On Saturday, December 3, at AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey, a Super Seminar is being held to raise funds for the treatments against the disease.

All proceeds from the seminar will go towards Dan Jr.'s treatments.  Visit the Daniel James Miller Foundation's Facebook page for more details on the seminar.  You can also donate via Paypal:

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Please help support this very worthy cause by attending the seminar and/or donating via Paypal.  Check out this heartwarming video of Dan Jr. thanking everyone for helping.

Bad enough getting cut to shreds and losing the fight against Mark Munoz at UFC 138, now Chris Leben has to deal with the fallout of failing another drug test.  The UFC vet will have to sit out a full year after testing positive for Oxycodone in a post fight drug test.  This marks the second time that Leben has been busted for illegal substances.   In 2008, Leben was suspended for nine months after testing positive for steroids following his fight with Michael Bisping.

In a statement released by UFC.com, president Dana White said:

“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year.  If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the Octagon, but in his personal life.”

Oxycodone is a pain medication, which is different than steroids, but still banned.  Pain killers are highly addictive, and I hope that this test does not indicate that Leben has a opiate addiction.  All fighters get banged up both in training and in their fights, so it's understandable, if not acceptable that they use strong pain meds.

In a statement released by the UFC, Leben said:

“I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and [the] sport of mixed martial arts.  I’m learning that I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. I can’t succeed in the Octagon or in life behaving this way. I’ve got to make some real changes over the next year, and I’m going to focus on getting my life and career back on track.”

Hopefully Chris can get back on track and put this all behind him.  Maybe it was the wake up call he needs to get off the meds.  Here's hoping that he gets clean and gets back into the Octagon next year with a new outlook on life.

When Mike Massenzio is healthy, he is a tough match up for anyone in the UFC.  Mike has had a series of injuries that prevented him from performing at his best, but he was at 100 percent in his last UFC fight, against former WEC champion Steve Cantwell, and it showed.  Mike won by unanimous decision and looked great in the process.

Next up for the NJ fighter is Rousimar Palhares, the submission machine and borderline head case.  Palhares is known for his bizarre antics in competition, including holding onto subs for too long.  He fought at UFC 134 in Brazil, beating Dan Miller in a wild fight.

This is a good fight for both guys.  A win in Brazil for Mike would move him up the rankings in the UFC's MW division.  Already some people are saying that Palhares will dominate, but if Mike comes in healthy, it could be a long night for the Brazilian.

I actually saw Mike last weekend where he was cornering a fighter at Evolution Fighting Championships 8, and he said that he's feeling great.  Look for him to silence the crown down in Rio against Palhares.


Pete "Drago" Sell is one of MMA's most colorful personalities.  He is also a fierce competitor and his fights are always very exciting.  In his last fight, at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat 36, Pete won the ROC welterweight crown with a victory over Elijah Harshbarger.  Drago had problems with Harshbarger in the first round but came back to submit him in round two and win the crown.  This Friday, November 18, Sell returns to action at Ring of Combat 38, where he defends his title against Nordine Taleb.  I will be down in Atlantic City calling the action for the GoFightLive broadcast, and I can't wait to watch Drago do his thing in the cage.

Kristen Brown interviewed Sell recently and they spoke on a range of topics, including Pete's infamous partying at the season 4 TUF house.  Pete even says that he would like to be back in the UFC, which is something that I believe he can do.  He started at the ROC, moved onto the UFC and is now back at the ROC.  A few wins here and he's liable to be back inside the Octagon once more.  Pete Sell never says never!

 

MMA fans are known for being fickle.  They can love a fighter, then turn on a dime and hate the guy.  Some people are already saying that Cain was overrated and was not that great to begin with.  Shane Carwin disagrees.  On the UG Forum, Shane said:

"I know we are about to call the Cain hype train derailed. I want to remind you guys how young and talented he is. Junior hits hard and is accurate. This should not be a surprise to any of you. Cain is a young talented fighter and if you want to see the qualities of a UFC Champion you have to look no farther then Cain. Everyone loses it is what they do with that loss that defines them. I am certain that Cain will be a Champion again."

After Cain's dismantling of Brock Lesnar, I was very much onboard the Cain hype-train.  Hell, I even wrote a song about the guy.  I still feel he is one of the top guys in the UFC, and hopefully his confidence won't be destroyed by the quick KO that Junior Dos Santos laid on him.  This is one rematch I definitely want to see.

Dana White was pissed.  I'm just not sure what he was pissed about.  Immediately following the fight--a 64 second blowout of champion Cain Velasquez by Junior Dos Santos--Dana and Brock Lesnar analyzed the fight.  Brock did a great job of breaking it down, but Dana mostly just sat there and steamed.  When he did speak, Dana inexplicably trashed Dos Santos's cardio and questioned Cain's game plan rather than praising the new UFC undisputed heavyweight champion.  It was a definite WTF moment.  White's body language also told the tale: he was drumming his fingers in frustration and just looked totally angry.

Perhaps it was the fact that Velasquez, who had been touted so heavily, got blown out so quickly.  Or perhaps it was that the Fox Sports host kept talking to Brock instead of Dana.  As they wrapped up the interview, Dana looked at the host as though he desperately wanted to say something, but was ignored.  As they cut away Dana's face showed, in my opinion, a little bit of rage.

Nobody at the UFC, except for Junior Dos Santos, could have been happy with a 64 second blowout. Everyone was hoping for an epic war.  Fox would have been better off putting on one undercard fight--Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson--which was a great fight.  Henderson won and in the process put himself in line for a title shot.  And it would have been a great way to introduce new fans to the sport.  Still, this was only a preview and so the decision was made to go with one fight.

The UFC on Fox experiment was still a success, however, because the UFC, for the first time in its 19 year history, was on Network TV.   That, if for no other reason, should have left Dana White smiling last night after the fights. It was kind of a bummer to see him scowling instead.  He reminded me of a butthurt fan refusing to acknowledge that JDS was the better man last night.

Welcome to the Junior Dos Santos era, even if it comes in with a scowl.

Al Iaquinta, one of Long Island's best fighters, is the current Ring of Combat lightweight champion.  He'll be defending his title next Friday, November 18, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ, against UFC veteran Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood.  This is an excellent match up for both guys and the fight is guaranteed to be a war.

Kristen Brown talked with Al the other day, and we present the video for your viewing pleasure.  Keep on eye on Iaquinta.  You will be seeing him in the UFC soon.  He's the real deal.

Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez has been on a tear at TUF. He's 3-0 on the program and with his first round submission victory over Akira Corassani now moves to the finals.  The TUF 14 finale will be held on December 3, and it will mark Bermudez's official debut with the UFC.

We've featured Dennis several times on here, and I even had the pleasure of ring announcing him when he fought on the M-1 Global card in New Jersey last year.  Dennis is a highly skilled competitor and he makes a great addition to the UFC.  We'll be talking to him again before his UFC match in December, so stay tuned.

Congratulation Dennis Bermudez!

Press release:

MMA Legend Randy Couture to Headline 3rd Annual MMA World Expo in NYC, Dec 17 & 18, 2011

2011 Event Features MMA Legend Randy Couture, Renzo Gracie BJJ Open 2011 Tournament, All-New Alternate MMA-Style Tournament, Exhibit Hall with Leading MMA Products and Services, Training-with-the-Masters Seminars, MMA Business Classes, Special Events and More!

New York, NY - The mixed martial arts community will reconvene this December in New York City as the 3rd annual MMA WORLD EXPO returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center (in the North Pavilion). The Saturday through Sunday Expo will feature an exhibit hall full of leading MMA products and services, professional MMA fighters, autograph sessions, live tournaments, training sessions, business seminars and special events.

General Admission tickets for the Expo are $20 in advance and $25 on-site for a day pass, $35 in advance and $45 on-site for a two-day pass and will go on sale Tuesday, November 1st on the show website, www.MMAWorldExpo.com.

In addition to the complete schedule of events, website visitors may also purchase tickets to training seminars, tournament ring-side seats and official show t-shirts and merchandise.

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