Nsac Passes “no Contest” Amendmentfor Substance Abusers
NSAC Passes "No Contest" Amendment
for Substance Abusers
By Loretta Hunt
Regulations affecting unarmed combatants caught using banned substances in Nevada just got a little tougher.
As of October 21st, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has the jurisdiction to change the results of an unarmed combat bout to a "No Contest" when a participant is found in violation of its banned substances provisions for steroids and other unapproved drugs.
Amendment RO58-05 pertains to boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts bouts where an athlete either won or drew his contest, then did not pass requisite drug testing afterwards. Altered rulings will be handled on a case by case basis under the NSAC’s "sole discretion" following review.
Similar guidelines are already in place in both New Jersey as well as New York, where an April 30th heavyweight boxing championship victory for James Toney over John Ruiz was changed to a "No Contest" when Toney tested positive for a banned substance. Toney was subsequently stripped of his title by the WBA on May 11th. In MMA, where a promotion acts as its owning sanctioning body, it will be up to the individual promotion to penalize a title holder following a "No Contest" ruling.
Not retroactive in nature, this amendment will not affect recent Ultimate Fight Night 1 participant Nathan Marquardt’s pending case with the NSAC where he allegedly tested positive for steroids following his August 6th victory over Ivan Salaverry, and then tested negative in a second test administered a week later. Marquardt has submitted a letter to the NSAC stating he "did not intentionally" take substances not approved for use by the Commission and a hearing for his case will be tentatively scheduled for next month.
From the event’s promoter:
2005 Women’s Grand Prix
November 19, 2005
Since 2002, HOOKnSHOOT has been the hotbed and advocate of women’s Mixed Martial Arts. Even the event promoters themselves said they would never do a women’s show after a spectacular event in April 2002…..but they did.
In November 2004, the women topped themselves with yet another show. "Evolution" far surpassed the first event with more skilled and faster-paced fights that still has people talking.
On Saturday, November 19, HnS takes another monumental leap. For the first in North America 8-women will step into the ring but only one will become the "Queen of the Ring."
"I’m not a fan of tournaments. You run the risk of athletes who fight long fights versus an athlete who got a :10 second win. I guess it adds to the excitement" says Jeff Osborne.
"I asked the women what THEY wanted. 15 out of 17 of the women asked said they would rather do a tournament than just a single fight. They don’t get the opportunity to fight but maybe once or twice a year (if they’re lucky). This may be the reason." continues Osborne.
Not only will fighters be paid per fight (the two finalists get considerably more) but there is an even bigger prize. A championship belt that has been hand crafted by legendary belt makers Reggie Parks and Ed Chuman. The belt has been appraised at over $3,200 and the winner takes it home as the ultimate trophy.
"I wanted to give an opportunity to the new women or women who maybe jumped into things a little too early and have a few loses. If all goes well, I’ll run a tournament with Howe, Montoya, Modafferi, Fuji and some of the others who’ve achieved success. But for now, I think this tournament could produce several new female stars" says Osborne.
As of press times, these are the current tournament pairings:
The promotion recently signed with a major marketing firm who will be sending up a Universal Studios film crew to chronicle the entire weekend’s happenings.
Also scheduled are four men’s bouts featuring: DARRON MORSE vs. COURTNEY RAY, JORGE SHELBY vs. TONY WHEET, SCOTT HENZE vs. RICK SEXTON and STONIE HAYHURST vs. JASON BRYANT.
Tickets are on sale right now athttp://store.yahoo.com/fightworld2/http://store.yahoo.com/fightworld2/
From the event’s promoter:
Opposites Attract Card Guarantees Fireworks!
News Media and Fans Invited to Meet Fighters at Press Conference.
Honolulu, HI — Icon Sport, the new face of Super Brawl, is excited to announce the complete card of the highly anticipated Friday, October 28 event, Icon Sport: Opposites Attract. The main event will feature Falaniko Vitale (808 Fight Factory), returning from his two-month training at the elite AMC Pankration academy in Kirkland Washington, against the outspoken submission expert, Jason "Mayhem" Miller (Team Punishment-Huntington Beach, CA.). The winner of this match will face current Middleweight Champion, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, in the February 2006 Icon Sport event.
In the co-main event Japan’s Pride Fighting Championship Lightweight K.J. Noons (City Boxing-San Diego, CA.) returns for his third Icon event against one of Hawaii’s top talents, Harris "Hitman" Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory). Noons literally destroyed his opponents in his two prior Icon appearances, dazzling audiences with laser-guided precision and explosive knockout power. At the July 23rd Icon event, Noons folded Sarmiento’s teammate, Bryson Kamaka, with a devastating high kick. Sarmiento seeks to revenge this loss on Friday, October 28.
Nick Ring (AMC Pankration-Kirkland, WA.), also of the Pride organization, returns to Icon to match Mike Malone. Ring, a muay-thai kickboxing specialist, submitted Kimo Woelfel via rear naked choke at the July 23rd Icon event. Malone, Woelfel’s coach at Windward Oahu’s Eastsidaz Gym, is coming off a big win at the K-1 World Grand Prix event held at earlier this year at Aloha Stadium.
Members of the local armed forces are buzzing about Hawaii Marine and war-veteran, Sergeant Steve Byrnes (Team M.M.A.D.-Kaneohe), as he makes his Icon debut on Friday, October 28. Byrnes, a very popular martial arts instructor at Marine Core Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay, is undefeated in Icon Sport’s amateur event, Full Contact Showdown. Byrnes currently holds the title belt in that event’s Middleweight (185-lb) division. Byrnes will be put to test by seasoned Icon veteran Bob "Bob-O" Ostovich of the Jesus is Lord Gym in Waipahu.
Mark Oshiro vs. Ed Newalu has been postponed as Oshiro is tending to the recent passing of family member.
Fans are invited to meet the fighters at the press conference/autograph session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Eastside Grill (Pucks Alley-University Avenue).
From the event’s promoter:
Wiuff Gets Submission, Clark TKO
in Extreme Challenge 65
MEDINA, Minn. — Travis Wiuff’s training with jiu-jitsu standout Jeremy Horn was very apparent as the "former" ground-and-pound specialist secured an armbar victory over Jimmy Westfall in the main event of Extreme Challenge 65.
It was first armbar submission for Wiuff, a 2-time UFC veteran, who improved to 39-6 overall.
"I thought about just pounding like usual when I got on top, but then I thought I should use some of the things I’ve been working on with Jeremy," Wiuff said. "I’ve learned so much since I started training in Utah… I’m glad I got to show something in my fight."
Meanwhile, LaVerne Clark notched his 20th victory with a technical knockout win over tough Cruz Chacon near the end of the first round. Clark, a 5-time UFC vet, dropped Chacon after a barrage of punches and the referee stepped in to prevent further damage. Chacon did manage to break Clark’s nose during the bout.
The third UFC veteran on the card, Tyrone Roberts, did not fare as well as he lost a close decision to Ron Fields. Roberts, who stands 5-foot-9, competing up a weight class and struggled with the 6-foot-4 Fields’ reach advantage.
In a very close majority decision, Sean Huffman defeated local favorite Joey Clark by scores of 29-29, 29-28 and 29-28. The bout featured many takedowns by Clark and lots of reversals by Huffman.
Local standout Dan Casey stayed unbeaten with a surprisingly quick 22-second armbar win over K-1 MMA veteran Gabe Lemley. Casey is now 17-0-1.
Also, Jake Ellenberger of Omaha, Neb., moved to 6-0 with a ground-and-pound win over previously unbeaten Evan Boemer.