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With PRIDE FC: FINAL CONFLICT fast approaching, speculations are running wild on who will take it all in the final rounds. We’d like your opinion on who will win and why. We’d also like to hear your opinions on whatever is on your mind regarding MMA … Thoughts on UFC 44 … Thoughts on upcoming Pride Middleweight Grand Prix … Thoughts on Tim Sylvia and the revelations regarding steroid use … Steroid use by MMA athletes: fair/unfair, good/bad, affects the outcome of bouts/gives no advantage?
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Champion Couture Speaks Out on Ortiz’s Claims for Rematch
By Loretta Hunt
We recently brought you Tito Ortiz and his desire for an immediate rematch. Now undisputed UFC light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture strikes back with his on thoughts on a rematch, who he thinks Ortiz and he should really fight, as well as insight into his recent showdown with "the Huntington Beach Bad Boy." It’s all part of another exclusive interview to appear in this month’s Full Contact Fighter. Let’s take a look at an excerpt:
FCF: Once again, congratulations on another stellar outing at UFC 44. I’d like to start by asking you about an interesting comment you made at the press conference following that fight. You said that in fighting Ortiz, he made you do a lot of things you didn’t want to do.
FCF: Jumping to the hot topic at hand, you stated at the press conference that you would gladly give Ortiz a rematch, but under a certain condition…
FCF: What if Liddell does less than favorably in PRIDE?
Find out Couture’s thoughts when we brought Vitor Belfort in the mix, as well as his plans for his next and final fight on his UFC contract. All in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter.
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UFC Champion Tim Sylvia Issued NSAC Complaint For Steroid Use
By Loretta Hunt
For a second time in less than two years, another UFC champion has tested positive for steroid use. Current heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia was verbally notified through his management a week after the fight that test results detecting anabolic steroid use had come back positive. As required by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) regulations, Sylvia had voluntarily submitted to a urinalysis following his title defense victory over Gan McGee at UFC 44, held on September 26, 2003 in Las Vegas. A formal written complaint, filed by the NSAC, was faxed to Sylvia’s management and a copy mailed out to his Bettendorf, Iowa home.
In the complaint issued by Keith Kizer, Chief Deputy Attorney General and acting legal counsel for the NSAC, alleged violations included the use of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol Metabolite, a drug or injection that is not approved for use by the NSAC. More familiar by its street name, Winstrol, the drug is utilized to promote body tissue-building processes.
As part of standard procedure adopted after January 1, 2002, the NSAC began regular steroid testing in title fights for all its unarmed combat sports. For UFC 44, Sylvia, Gan McGee, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture all went through the requisite steroid testing, as well as standard drug testing, which includes scans for marijuana, various foreign substances and masking agents. Sylvia’s urinalysis was the sole sample to come back positive for steroids. Kizer could not confirm if the other fourteen UFC 44 competitors that night were drug-tested as well.
Waiving his right to answer these allegations within 20 days of notice, Sylvia’s management has already verbally communicated, with Kizer, the champion’s admission to the charges filed in the complaint. Sylvia and his camp also issued a public statement on October 7th stating such. In response, the champion has been asked to appear before the NSAC’s five-member board, chaired by Luther Mack, at a previously scheduled October 15th meeting. Since Sylvia has already acknowledged his wrongdoing, the meeting will most likely move into the NSAC’s disciplinary phase. "I assume that’s how it will go," stated Kizer, "unless he changes his mind [referring to Sylvia's admittance of guilt]. For better lack of the term, Sylvia will have to ‘throw himself on the mercy of the court’ and give reasons, if he can, as to why they should be lenient." Marc Ratner, the Executive Director of the NSAC, will present the evidence relevant to the case at the proceedings, with Kizer there to assist him. Monte Cox, Sylvia’s manager, will also be in attendance, along with representatives of Zuffa Sports Entertainment, the promoters of the UFC. At this time, Sylvia is not planning on using legal counsel. (If for some reason Sylvia fails to attend these hearings, a decision can still be reached in his absence.)
Once under disciplinary consideration, Sylvia’s license to fight in Nevada could be suspended for any given period of time deemed appropriate by the Commission, including permanent suspension or revocation of license. The least severe response would be to give Sylvia a warning. In lieu of or in addition to the suspension or revocation of his license, the NSAC can also administer a penalty not to exceed $250,000 or 100% of Sylvia’s fighting purse, whichever is greater. Sylvia received a purse of $30,000 to fight McGee and a bonus of $30,000 for his win. In the written complaint, obtained by FCF, recommendations issued on behalf of the Executive Director included both a monetary fine and action taken on Sylvia’s license.
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MATT HUGHES TO DEFEND WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FRANK TRIGG AT UFC 45: REVOLUTION LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW, NOV. 21
‘Tank’ Abbott Returns To Fight ‘Cabbage’ Correira In Heavyweight Action As Ultimate Fighting Championship Marks Its 10th Anniversary At Mohegan Sun Arena
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LAS VEGAS, October 8, 2003… Two of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) most popular fighters, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and legendary Heavyweight Tank Abbott, will headline an all-star, eight-fight card LIVE on pay-per-view at UFC 45: Revolution starting at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
UFC 45: Revolution, which will mark the UFC’s 10th anniversary, will feature Hughes’ fifth title defense against highly-rated Frank Trigg, while Tank, one of the UFC’s all-time knockout artists, will meet Hawaiian power-puncher "Cabbage" Correira. The remainder of the card will be announced.
Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun box office and at www.tickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-477-6849 or 860-862-8499. All ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 45: Revolution will be available LIVE on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
Hughes (29-3-0 in mixed martial arts), from Hillsboro, Ill., is considered by most experts the strongest pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. Known for his high amplitude body slams and devastating ground and pound attack, he won the welterweight title at UFC 34: High Voltage on November 2, 2001, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a second round knockout of Carlos Newton. Since then, he has looked more and more unstoppable in title defenses against Hayato Sakurai, Newton in a re-match, Gil Castillo and Sean Sherk.
But in Trigg (9-1-0), from El Segundo, Calif., Hughes will be challenged by a fighter who feels he is more talented in all facets of MMA, including wrestling. Trigg is a four-time U.S.A Wrestling All-American and a 2000 Olympic trials wrestling finalist. He also is a second degree black belt in judo and the current World Fighting Alliance welterweight world champion. Trigg also has beaten Dennis Hallman, who defeated Hughes twice. Trigg says he knows Hughes is very strong and an excellent wrestler, but he is confident he is the better fighter.
"Tank" (8-9-0) from Huntington Beach, Calif., is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC’s ten-year history. All fans love knockouts and he has delivered some of the most memorable. Tank, who says he was born to fight, respects no martial arts style or fighter and says that even when he loses it is his opponent who usually ends up in the hospital.
"Cabbage" (16-4-0) from Hilo, Hawaii, made his debut at UFC 39: The Warriors Return, September 27, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun, in an absolute war with future Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Cabbage displayed fast hands and an incredible chin and fans demanded to see him again. He returned at UFC 42: Sudden Impact, April 25, in Miami, Fla., where he knocked out jiu-jitsu champion Sean Alvarez at 1:46 of the second round. Cabbage said he will be in the best shape of his life and will be ready to go to war with Tank.
The UFC’s first fight event, UFC 1: The Beginning, was held November 12, 1993, at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colo. That night, Royce Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau in the final match with a tap out by rear naked choke to become the first UFC champion. Other fighters on that first card included Ken Shamrock, Kevin Rosier, Art Jimmerson, Teila Tuli, Patrick Smith, Zane Frazier, Jason DeLucia and Trent Jenkins.