Memories of The Ultimate Fighter 3 are sure to surface in the newest season of the MMA reality series. According to The Sun, Michael Bisping, who will serve as coach of Team UK, blasted opposing coach Dan Henderson after the American said he'd turn the other cheek to bad behavior on the show.
Earlier, Hendo told The Sun:
"The coaches are buffered from all that - we're not living in the house. I probably won't hear about a lot of things but some of them I will. But you have to understand these guys are cooped up with no TV, no magazines, no books - nothing but each other to pick on - and that's what makes for good TV. Whatever keeps them happy in the house and keeps them sane is fine by me - as long as they work hard in the gym, that's all that matters."
Given last season's cast of trouble-makers - notably Junie Browning - Bisping's concerns seem justified. The majority of Browning's fame stemmed from his drunken tantrums and fights with housemates. Doesn't show well for a sport still trying to garner respect from those unknowledgeable about MMA.
Bisping's response to Henderson:
"I want my team to represent the sport of mixed martial arts well, represent themselves well and represent the UK well. I don't want any of the [crap] going on that went on last season - like trashing the house, getting wasted and all the rest of it. If guys are coming on there looking for TV time and all the rest of it, then don't bother turning up. I'm there to train serious fighters who want to fight and succeed in the UFC."
To the cast members of Team UK: have fun.
- Bisping blasts Dan's remarks (The Sun)
Anyone see this one coming? A New York Times' Best Selling author, who also happens to be a major MMA fan, penned a novel that blends romance, mixed martial arts and travel.
As taken from the synopsis of Lori Foster's, My Man, Michael:
Michael thinks an injury will keep him from fighting again until a woman shows up and promises to heal him. But, he must travel with her and teach a community of woman warriors to fight in return. Imagine Michael's surprise when she fulfills her end of the bargain and finds that, to fulfill his he must travel into the future!
Since this latest find has left us speechless, be sure to check out CagePotato.com's review.
- My God, This MMA Romance Novel (CagePotato.com)
The fight to have MMA sanctioned in New York hit yet another snag.
If you'll recall, Assemblyman Steven Englebright introduced a bill last week that would legalize the sport in New York. Included was a three-year "Sunset Clause," which essentially allows the legislature to examine MMA's social and economic value down the road. The government would have the option to extend or repeal the law at the end of the third year.
"For now, it's not on the table," he said. "Everything is so crazy with the budget and the budget cuts...there's nothing at this point on it being on the agenda. The budget's going to take up the entire time of the session. It'll get on there, but I only know so much."
Englebright hosted the first meeting on Nov. 12, in which several proponents of the sport, including representatives from the UFC, spoke on the its behalf. Assemblyman Bob Reilly, a vocal critic of the bill who represents Albany and Saratoga counties, said most members of the Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development Committee--tasked to make the first vote on the legislation--were not invited.
The cancellation comes as the UFC's New York lobbying firm, Global Strategy Group, has ramped up efforts to garner public support for the bill. In recent weeks, the bill has caught the attention of several mainstream news outlets, including the New York Times and Newsday. A petition to legalize the sport, drafted by MMA blog site Cage Potato, has made the rounds online.
Kimm was confident the bill would be placed on the agenda for a vote before the close of the session in June.
"It's only a matter of time..we'll get there soon enough," he said.
The future doesn't look good for UFC veteran Jeff Monson.
According to The Olympian, there's a warrant out for Monson's arrest for "first-degree malicious mischief" after pictures of him spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington capitol appeared in the December issue of ESPN the Magazine.
The charge is a class B felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in the slammer and a $20,000 fine. The cost to clean up the graffiti? $19,000. The chances of him escaping this one? Slim.
"In full the caption above the picture reads: ‘On a recent night in Olympia, Monson suddenly pulled out a spray can and tagged the state capitol (sic),'" court papers state. "The term ‘tagged' seems somewhat puerile in light of the fact that the State Buildings and Grounds expended $19,013.50 (labor and materials) to eradicate the damage."
- Mixed-martial-arts champion charged in Capitol graffiti case (The Olympian)
Antonio Silva isn't the only one on the hot seat.
The California State Athletic Commission scolded Silva for taking on a fight in Japan while suspended for testing positive after his EliteXC win July 26. But the Commission also threatened to fine and suspend Silva's manager, Alex Davis, for arranging the Sengoku 7 bout this past weekend.
Davis, however, refuses to accept the punishment. According to CagePotato.com, Davis plans on fighting the CSAC tooth and nail, claiming the Commission's action is simply an effort to "extend their jurisdiction to the whole world." Said the American Top Team manager:
"We've got to. I don't see any other options at this point. We're going to go through civil court.
"Antonio has acromegaly. He has to treat it. He spends between $6,000 and $8,000 a month just on medicine for it. He needs to be able to keep fighting to make a living. If it's between Antonio's health and pleasing the athletic commission, we have to choose his health."
- Alex Davis Says He'll Fight CSAC Action in Antonio Silva Steroid Case (CagePotato.com)