Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Although Nick Diaz is yet to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in regards to his failed drug test at UFC 143, his lawyer, Ross Goodman, has issued a response to statements made by the commission’s public information officer, Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez claimed that Diaz lied on his pre-fight questionnaire by stating that he had not used any prescribed medications in the two weeks prior to the bout.
Goodman states that the “complaint does not allege any facts support that Diaz violated a rule.” He then reiterates that marijuana metabolites are not a prohibited substance under the rules adapted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission from WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
In past cases, a second offense has landed an athlete with a one-year suspension from the NSAC.
The California State Athletic Commission has approved an amendment that allows therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for combat sports’ athletes who use drugs currently banned by the state agency for medical purposes, including testosterone and marijuana.
To be adopted into state law, the amendment’s verbiage must now be reviewed and approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs and then the state’s Office of Administrative Law, a process that could take months or even years, if it passes at all.
Also on Monday, the CSAC voted unanimously to exclude two asthma medications, salbutamol and salmeterol, from its prohibited substance list.
Bellator’s trip to Cleveland later this month will feature a number of big names and now the event’s undercard has taken shape.
The card will include Jessica Eye taking on Anita Rodriguez, light heavyweights Attila Vegh and Dan Spohn as well as Finland’s Marcus Vanttinen and John Hawk go to battle, Frank Caraballo will take on UFC veteran Donny Walker, lightweight Tyler Combs meets another UFC veteran in Jason Dent, and more 155-pound fighters will be in action as Julian Lane locks horns with Joe Heiland.
The event is headlined by former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez facing Dream champion Shinya Aoki. It will broadcast live on April 20 starting at 8 p.m. ET on MTV2. The preliminary card will stream live on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Harrah’s New Orleans will be the venue for the last event of Bellator’s sixth season. The event will feature the promotion’s middleweight tournament finale on Friday, May 25.
Also on the card will be the long-awaited Bellator heavyweight title bout between Eric Prindle and reigning champ Cole Konrad.
UFC veteran Rich Clementi will make his return to the Bellator cage after a two-year absence.
The remainder of the fight card will be announced shortly. The main card will air on MTV2 while the preliminary card will stream on Spike.com.
Raphael Davis has been arrested and charged with four felony counts of insurance fraud.
Prosecutors say that he filed for worker’s compensation insurance between December 2008 and May 2011. The fighter claimed he was not healthy enough to work his Los Angeles fire department job, yet he competed in Bellator and M-1 Global during that same timeframe. He fought seven times during that period, going 6-1.
Davis, who was arrested at his home and being held on bail, could face up to five years in prison.
The Ohio Athletic Commission denied Brandon Saling’s appeal of a license revocation that was handed down after it was discovered he lied about his criminal background.
Saling admitted to falsifying his application.
Saling’s revocation runs until April 11, 2013. Should he wish to fight in Ohio after that term, he will need to appear before the commission to show “just cause” as to why he should be reinstated.
Saling’s status as a sex offender and felon came to light when he fought Roger Bowling on March 3. In 2004, a then-18-year-old Saling was indicted in Ohio for gross sexual imposition following an incident in which he and friend had sexual relations with two underage girls. Four years later, he went to jail on a domestic violence charge.
On an application he filed prior to the Strikeforce fight, Saling marked “no” when asked about previous convictions beyond traffic offenses.
Ohio initially revoked Saling’s license on March 6. He subsequently filed an appeal.
Strikeforce released Saling following the loss and subsequent controversy over his past.
Photo: Nick Diaz (Rob Tatum/Bleacher Report)
Photo: Nick Diaz (Rob Tatum/Bleacher Report)