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Amazinz wrote:Flyweight division added to WEC.
Mookie finally has his own division...
For the past several days I have been reading statements made by St. Pierre and Greg Jackson about our fight on January 31. St. Pierre claims that he is “not a cheater” and that he and Greg Jackson will have “no problem with a rematch in the summer of 2009.” To the untrained eye the grease might not look like much, but every grappler knows the effect that it has. Being able to apply your submissions and sweeps or just being able to hold on to your opponent to defend yourself from being hit is absolutely critical! There is a reason why you are not allowed to put grease anywhere on your body except for the area around your eyes. Because of the grease applied to St.Pierre’s Body the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Keith Kizer has stated that the Penn-St. Pierre fight “definitely wasn’t fair”. I hereby accept George St. Pierre and Greg Jackson’s challenge for a fight in the summer 2009. Lets call Dana now and set it up.
Amazinz wrote:I don't think the greasing was a deciding factor. Having said that, wiping Vaseline with a towel does nothing but smear it into the pores. Then the fighter sweats...
UFC's Montreal return in jeopardy?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The UFC's next event in Montreal is in jeopardy of not taking place.
Due to circumstances surrounding the fallout from an event held last week in Montreal, the Quebec Athletic Commission (under the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux) is re-evaluating rules that govern the sport of mixed martial arts within the province, according to Sportsnet sources.
To date, the QAC has been following the Unified Rules of MMA in North America. But since laws differ by city, state or province, a commission can insist on its own rules, which could differ drastically.
Changes the commission may implement could affect UFC 97, the Las Vegas-based promotion's second event in Canada, which is scheduled for April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and for which tickets went on sale Wednesday.
Sources close to the say these could include a requirement for a much smaller cage than the UFC's patented Octagon, prohibiting elbow and knee strikes and requiring that the referee halt a bout should a fighter get knocked down from a strike in order to ensure the downed fighter is okay to continue.
In pure forms of MMA, this does not occur as the action continues onto the ground while the referee determines during the action -- which could include further strikes -- whether or not a fighter is intelligently defending himself.
Representatives from the commission told Sportsnet.ca the UFC will have to follow the rules set forth by the commission if they wish to hold their show in Montreal. Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of government and regulatory affairs, is fully aware of the new situation and is hopeful that ongoing discussions with the commission will prove that this will not jeopardize the UFC's return to the province.
UFC 83 was held without a major hitch on April 19, 2008, at the Bell Centre, where Montreal's Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Serra to reclaim his welterweight belt. That event broke the attendance record for a UFC event and was also the fastest sellout in the organization's history.
The province has held sanctioned MMA events under similar rules to the UFC for over seven years. The most high-profile ones have been put on by TKO Championship Fighting, a Montreal-based organization which had held events at the Bell Centre since 2006, its last being TKO 35 in October.
TKO 36 was scheduled for December, but it was scrapped after the organization's CEO, Stephane Patry, resigned. Patry subsequently launched a new combat sports promotion called Strikebox, which differed from MMA in that referees were to stand fighters back up immediately whenever one would go to the ground.
The promotion's first event was held Friday, Feb. 6, at a smaller venue in Montreal, but according to Sherdog.com the commission told organizers at the last minute that it would not sanction the event unless it was under traditional MMA rules. Thus referees were not permitted to interfere if any fight did go to the ground and it was up to the individual fighters to choose to stand back up.
While all fighters were reportedly made aware of the situation and seemed to have discussed a "gentleman's agreement" to keep fights off the ground, when the main event saw James Thompson take down hockey enforcer and local favourite Steve Bosse and work some ground-and-pound, an angry crowd began throwing things, including beer cans, into the cage.
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