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NSAC BLOODBATH: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Hit With Fines and Community Service, Wanderlei Silva Gets Lifetime Ban at Disciplinary Hearing

(Yes, this is the actual poster image used to promote the stream on Fight Pass, and not the cover of a jazz album. MMA is the greatest circus in the entire world.)

Today was Judgement Day for a trio of misbehaving UFC stars, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission held a disciplinary hearing today to address the infamous Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier media day brawl in August, as well as Wanderlei Silva‘s equally-infamous dodging of a random drug test in May. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first — the punishments:

- Jon Jones was fined $50,000 for his role in the brawl, which is 10% of his disclosed purse for his upcoming fight against Cormier in January. He will also be required to complete 40 hours of community service in Las Vegas; Jones is not psyched about that part, as he feels it will impact his training for the fight.

- Daniel Cormier was fined $9,000, which is 10% of his disclosed purse for his upcoming fight against Jones. Cormier will be required to complete 20 hours of community service in his hometown of San Jose, CA. The Nevada Commission felt that Cormier had less responsibility in the brawl — despite the fact that Cormier’s shove set it off — and gave DC a smaller community service requirement as a result.

- The newly-retired Wanderlei Silva has received a lifetime ban and a $70,000 fine, which represents 35% of the $200,000 purse he was expected to earn at UFC 175. NSAC board member Anthony Marnell wanted to take the whole thing.

Here’s what else you missed, if you didn’t watch the Fight Pass stream…


UFC Drug-Fail Alert: Kevin Casey Tests Positive for Steroids, Robert Drysdale Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone (Again)

(And yet, this is still the most shameful thing that Kevin Casey has ever done.)

Drug testing at the UFC’s back-to-back events in Las Vegas earlier this month caught two more PED-cheaters, who will be facing fines, suspensions, and the overturning of their victories. MMA Junkie broke the news yesterday evening.

We’ll begin with middleweight Kevin Casey, who tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his 61-second TKO of Bubba Bush in the curtain-jerking match at UFC 175. The fight represented a second chance in the UFC for “King” Casey, who bounced out of the promotion last year after a stint on TUF 17. Unfortunately, Casey has pissed all over that chance, and might find himself on the chopping block after this one.

Fun fact: Though 2014 has been plagued by positive drug tests for elevated testosterone, HGH, EPO, hCG, and assorted hormone regulators and diuretics, this is the first time all year that a fighter has tested positive for old-school steroids. UPDATE: I was wrong. Bellator welterweight Herman Terrado tested positive for the same steroid in April.

And in “enough testosterone to choke a horse” news…


GIF of the Day: Kevin Casey KO’s Andrew Sanchez, Referee Mike Beltran Uses Sanchez as Grappling Dummy

(Props: Zombie Prophet)

TUF 17 vet/gangsta rapper Kevin Casey won the RFA middleweight title on Friday night, with a thunderous first-round knockout of previously undefeated Andrew Sanchez. Like any good referee, Mike “The Walrus” Beltran dived in to cover Sanchez’s body from further punishment. What happened next is slightly harder to explain, but basically, Beltran used Sanchez’s half-conscious body as a Bubba dummy, transitioning from side-control to an arm-triangle choke, then used his own braided moustache to tie Sanchez’s wrists together (not really). Anyway, it was awesome in a Cecil Peoples-esque “WTF are you doing?” sort of way.


And Now They’re Fired: Phil De Fries and a Slew of TUF 17 Alums Among the UFC’s Latest Batch of Roster Cuts

(1-0 over constrictive tanktops, 0-1 over actual competition. You will be missed, Gilbert. Photo courtesy of 

The UFC continues to steamroll ahead with its massive roster cuts, Potato Nation. And while we are never one to praise the departure of a Zuffa employee (unless it’s Paul Daley, of course), we should at least be able to take comfort in the fact that there are no Jon Fitch level mind-bogglers for us to mourn this time around. However, the UFC’s most recent list of firings does feature — somewhat unsurprisingly — every TUF 17 alum who came up short in the season’s finale earlier this month, as well as a couple other guys who have had less than successful UFC runs as of late.

Taking out the trash is never fun, so let’s just get this thing over with…


‘The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen’ Episode 4 — Complete Video & Recap

(Props: ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ on Hulu)

With Team Sonnen up 2-0 following Uriah Hall‘s brutal knockout of Adam Cella, it’s time for Team Jones to shift the momentum before it gets out of hand — and it’s up to their #5 pick Collin Hart to save the day. Here are the brass tacks from last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen, which you can watch above in its entirety.

- Adam Cella returns to the TUF house, still wearing his hospital gown, and claims he has no memory of the fight. Nevertheless, he tracks Uriah Hall down in the shower and jokingly asks Hall why he hit him so hard. Hall still feels uncomfortable about the fact that he nearly ended Cella’s life. The fact that he’s naked while Cella is trying to have a conversation with him does nothing to alleviate the tension.

- Kevin Casey suffered a cut over his right eye during his elimination-round fight against Eldon Sproat, and says he chose to fight Collin Hart — a wrestler — because he runs a lower risk of getting the cut re-opened against Hart than he would against a talented striker, like Bubba McDaniel, for example. So yeah, in a way he is ducking Bubba, but it makes sense from a strategic standpoint. Unfortunately, Collin vows to elbow Kevin Casey’s face in.


‘TUF 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen’ Cast Features Seasoned Vets, Famous Victims

(Basically, TUF 17 is ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ with Chael Sonnen playing the Tom Cruise role.)

USA Today/MMAJunkie has released the 28-member cast list for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen (aka TUF 17), which premieres Tuesday, January 22nd on FX. You can check out the full roster after the jump, but here are a few guys you may already know…

Nik Fekete (5-1, LHW): The New Jersey-bred wrestling savant had the dubious honor of becoming the second Bellator fighter to lose via flying inverted triangle choke. Fekete followed up that defeat with a TKO win over Mark Griffin at Bellator 48 in August 2011, but hasn’t competed since then.

Kevin Casey (5-2, MW): Best known as Heidi and Spencer’s BJJ coach, the rapper/grappler (“rappler”?), and Strikeforce vet has earned three of his five victories by first-round rear-naked choke, but has suffered TKO losses to Matt Lindland and Ikuhisa Minowa.

Zak Cummings (15-3, LHW, listed here as “Zach”): A Missouri-based vet who has made appearances in Strikeforce Challengers, Bellator, and MFC, Cummings kicked off his pro career with a 10-0 streak. Since then, he’s been more notable for losing to Tim Kennedy and losing to Ryan Jimmo.

Tor Troeng (15-4, MW): Remember how Dana White said there was one guy in the TUF 17 cast who “scared the living shit out of everyone” and put all his opponents in the hospital? Well, there are unsubstantiated rumors that it might be this guy, a Swedish vet who has won four straight fights since being submitted by Thales Leites at Superior Challenge 6 in October 2010.

Robert McDaniel (20-6, MW): “Bubba” has only gone to decision once in his long career, and 75% of his wins have come by submission. McDaniel holds stoppage wins over Kala Hose, Kyacey Uscola, and Johnny Rees, and is currently on a six-fight win streak.

And now, the full roster…


‘Strikeforce: Challengers’ Aftermath: Lindland Is as Lindland Does; Coy (Possibly) Screwed in his Own Hometown

("Limited government, fiscal responsibility and a literal definition of the Constitution. I don’t know what’s so hard for you to understand about this, Kevin.")

While the Strikeforce broadcast team was busy reminding us how “old school” Kevin Casey’s one-dimensional, jiu-jitsu-only approach was on Friday night, they forgot to mention that Matt Lindland wasn’t exactly born yesterday, either. If Casey fought like it was 1993, as Mauro Ranallo suggested at one point, then Lindland fought like it was 1996 and the results were very much the same as if the main event of “Strikeforce: Challengers” had actually happened 15-years ago.

And somewhere, Michael Schiavello wept …


Video: Ariel Helwani Interviews Kevin Casey, Spencer Pratt and Alistair Overeem on The MMA Hour

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Ariel Helwani was back yesterday with his The MMA Hour, which is arguably the best Internet radio show out there right now. (Sleep with one eye open though, Helwani. We’re coming for you.)


MMA FightPicker Update: Make Your Predictions for Moosin and Strikeforce Challengers [UPDATED]

Moosin Gods of Martial Arts Tim Sylvia Mariusz Pudzianowski poster

This Friday, the DCU Center in Worcester will host the oddly-named Moosin: God of Martial Arts event, in what is being billed as the first major, sanctioned MMA event in Massachusetts. The show will be available on pay-per-view, and should feature some entertaining matchups, including the headliner between former UFC champ Tim Sylvia and strongman-turned-MMA-fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski, and the female feature between Tara LaRosa and Roxanne Modafferi. Eric "Butterbean" Esch — who is also the event’s promoter — will be taking on radio host Lyndon Byers, though the fight won’t be part of the PPV broadcast.

Also on Friday, the Strikeforce Challengers series returns to Showtime, headlined by the "WTF, Are You Serious?" match between Matt Lindland and Kevin Casey. Tyron Woodley, Roger Bowling, and Tarec Saffiedine will also be on the card.

The full list of this week’s MMA FightPicker questions are after the jump. Give ‘em a look, and go get those PotatoChips. And if you haven’t done so already, please follow MMA FightPicker on Facebook!


‘How Far They’ve Fallen’ Alert: Matt Lindland

Man, you thought going from Japanese MMA royalty to Strikeforce prelim fighter was bad? Dude. Strikeforce sent out a press release this morning announcing that MMA pioneer Matt "The Law" Lindland — who has been stopped in his last two fights against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Vitor Belfort — will be headlining the next Strikeforce Challengers event (May 21st; Portland, Oregon), against Kevin Casey, best known as the jiu-jitsu coach of reality-show ass-pimple Spencer Pratt. Casey’s 3-1 MMA record includes a TKO loss to Ikuhisa Minowa, and three wins against guys you’ve never heard of. His Wikipedia page offers this telling anecdote:

[Casey] began to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1999 when he befriended Rockson Gracie, son of Rickson Gracie…Casey has [promoted him]self to Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He was banned from the school by Kron Gracie the son of Rickson Gracie because of his attempt at self promotion.

Really? A guy who recruited his celebutard buddy Spencer to look hard in a music video about his own awesomeness is a shameless self-promoter? You don’t say. Lindland vs. Casey is the ultimate matchup of grumpy old-timer vs. young entitled d-bag. And if Casey wins, we will never hear the end of it. So train well, Matt…and keep protecting our jobs. If you’re curious, the current lineup for Strikeforce Challengers 8 is after the jump.