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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:

Nick Catone, one of New Jersey's finest fighters, is set to take on Chris Camozzi at the UFC on FX 4 show on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Catone is on a two fight win streak, but he hasn't fought since March, 2011, due to a tear of his achilles.  But he's back and now, and this should be a great comeback for him.

I see Nick all over the place at New Jersey MMA events.  He is a great trainer and has a stable of excellent fighters that he's developing.  It will be great to see him back in action in June.

MMA Diehards first broke the story confirming his fight with Camozzi.

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(Dana White's Grueling Boxercise Workout)

UFC "tough guy" president Dana White, who was a boxercise instructor before he ran the UFC, dissed soccer and decried the "pussification" of the world in an interview with Calgary Sun yesterday.  The irony is laughable--remember when Dana fired Miguel Torres recently for an off-color joke?  Dana was so offended he gave Torres the boot instead of just accepting that not all fighters are going to be PC every minute of their lives.

Not to mention Dana's boxercise career, which is about as pussified as you can get.

His answer was in response to a question about fighting in hockey and what Dana thinks about it:

"That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period."

He has a much different view on hockey, calling soccer players talentless:

"Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big?"

OK, tough guy.  Keep talking the talk while others walk the walk.

 

We already knew that Justin Bieber was a fan of mixed martial arts, as he's been seen at several UFCs.  What most folks didn't know was that he is not only a fan, he's a fighter.  And he just might be the next big thing in MMA.

Complex Magazine profiled Bieber for an upcoming issue in an article entitled: Justin Bieber: Second Round Knockout.  Their website, Complex.com, included some pics of Bieber in MMA action.  He looks great and armbars and much bigger opponent, but if he wants to get into the UFC, he'll need to bulk up some to make the lightest weight division, which is 125 pounds.

More pics after the jump.

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Urijah Faber, who fights in the UFC's 135 pound division, is the Sir Edmund Hillary of MMA.  In this photo by the inimitable Tracy Lee, Faber climbs atop two massive meat mountains--because they were there.

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Congratulations to former UFC champion Matt "The Terror" Serra, who was promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu 3rd Dan Black Belt by Renzo Gracie.  Matt is well known for his colorful personality and exciting fighting style, and he's always ready to help with charitable causes around Long Island.  He also trains many up and coming fighters, including title contender Chris Weidman.  Well done, Matt Serra!

 

Hitman Dan Diaz, founder of Hitman Fight Gear has filed a lawsuit against TapouT clothing in the Superior Court of California in Orange County.  Diaz alleges a whole slew of wrongdoing from TapouT and specifically Dan Caldwell aka Punkass of the TapouT crew.  The official complaint is very long and written in legalize, and you can read it here:  Dan Diaz Official Complaint.

To sum up (thanks to Rob Maysey for putting it in simple terms), the gist of the lawsuit is this:

TapOut execs artificially reduced the true sales price of TapOut by taking disguised payments to themselves personally that weren't included in the purchase price for TapOut;

TapOut artificially increased the costs of goods sold--for 2 reasons:

1. To reduce the amount of royalties payable to third party licensees (i.e. fighters); and

2. To obtain "kickback" payments from vendors to themselves personally, in the form of expensive gifts, cash payments, and the like.

This would serve the purpose of showing TapOut on the "books" as much less profitable than it actually was, since a select few were diverting TapOut revenues to themselves, personally.

The UFC principles, Dana, Lorenzo and Frank--had/have an ownership interest in Tapout--allegedly at least 11%.

The UFC principles were instrumental in TapOut obtaining a TV show.

Interestingly, this lawsuit has gotten almost no attention from the MMA media, probably because of the possible ownership of the TapouT by the UFC.  But if these allegations are true, the bottom line is that TapouT basically stole money from fighters, because those fighters did not get all the money they'd earned due to machinations by TapouT.  That's pretty pathetic, and the story deserves far more attention that it has received.

I'll be keeping on eye on this developing story and will keep you all updated.

Rampage Jackson has never been one to mince words. He has not been happy with his recent opponents in the UFC because he feels all the guys he is given to fight are wrestlers who want to "hump" him. Which is why he feels that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva "needs to be slapped in the face."

This bold statement from the colorful MMA legend came during a phone conversation with HDNet's Bas Rutten. You can really feel Rampage's frustration during the call, which I have for you after the jump. Rampage likes to bang, and he likes opponents that feel the same way, but the fact is that wrestlers are dominating the UFC, which sometimes makes for less than exciting fights. The Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis "grapplefuck" is a good example.

In the conversation with Bas, Rampage also talks openly and honestly about his use of testosterone. He'd made a statement previously that he was on TRT, but Dana White later said that Rampage had backed off the statement. In the Bas interview, Rampage says that he is not backing off, and is on TRT.

Very wide ranging and interesting interview with one of the sports most exciting fighters. Check it out.

Thirty two fighters fought last night in Las Vegas for a chance to enter the TUF House on this season's The Ultimate Fighter.  In a format depature, the fighters only had a single five minute round to make the statement that they deserved inclusion on the show.  Al Iaquinta, from Wantagh, Long Island, a talented up and coming fighter who we've profiled here in the past, shined in his bout against Jon Tuck, winning by unanimous decision and moving into the Sweet Sixteen.

There are a lot of very talented fighters on this season's show, but I think that Iaquinta, out of the Serra-Longo camp, has a very good shot at winning it all.  We'll track his progress right here as he advances throughout the season.

After his win, Iaquinta said:

"I worked really hard to get here and I'm happy and relieved to get the victory."

Here are the complete results of the fights last night.

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