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The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation has declared bantamweight Joe Warren medically ineligible to compete in his scheduled match against Nick Kirk at Bellator 98 on Saturday night. Although the commission did not make its specific reason public, it announced that it reached its decision after “reviewing the medical documentation submitted.”

Warren’s bout with Kirk has been removed from the card and delayed until further notice, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a media statement. It will be replaced on the Spike TV main card with an undercard fight between Derek Anderson and Patricky Freire.

“Joe’s been with us since the beginning,” Rebney said, “and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”

Rebney praised commissioner Mike Mazzulli, saying that his promotion and the commission agreed to “err on the side of caution” with respect to Warren’s health.

Bellator also appears to be erring on the side of secrecy, having released no further information about the specifics of Warren’s medical ineligibility. His last fight was in November 2012, when he won a unanimous decision against Owen Evinger. Also, in March of that year, Pat Curran did this to him:

It’s possible that was bad for Warren’s brain. A medical condition resulting from fighting-related head trauma could obviously threaten Warren’s career, and it would be irresponsible to speculate until we know what’s wrong. In that spirit, here are some possible reasons for the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation’s decision:

  1. Still upset over the Eddie Alvarez thing, Dana White hired a magician to hypnotize Warren into pooping his pants every time he hears a bell.

  2. A routine cardiovascular examination found that Warren has two hearts living in just one mind, beating together until the end of time, commonly known as Phil Collins Disease.

  3. After reviewing a couple episodes of Fight Master, the commission declared Warren’s charisma levels dangerously low. They also recommended that Frank Shamrock be hospitalized immediately.

Johny Hendricks is ducking VADA

GSP has made a big deal of making his fight with Johny Hendricks a VADA-tested fight, and while the Georges has jumped through all the hoops to prove he’s a clean fighter (at this moment when he knows he’ll be tested through the wahoo), Hendricks is being slightly less enthusiastic about the whole process:

Despite publicly accepting Georges St. Pierre’s offer to participate in VADA and despite not having to pay for it himself, TVASports in Canada reports that Hendricks has yet to formally submit his paperwork to undergo VADA testing. With the fight a little over two months away, the window is closing for meaningful tests. VADA asks for an eight week window to test participants leading up to an event, so if he doesn’t apply by September 22 he may be considered ineligible to participate.

Also mentioned in the TVA report, was size of the bill that GSP has offered to foot. The price of a clean record comes in at around $20,000. Apparently that’s the bill for GSP and Hendricks combined, maybe Georges will save a little money if he goes it alone.

Mind games? Nefarious reasons? Or is Hendricks just having second thoughts on having people show up at his house at 6am to demand pee? Everyone who has participated in VADA has declared it a general pain in the ass, and it’s not like Hendricks has a giant shadow league of fighters and fans basically accusing him of juicing. So what’s the upside for him to participate? An answer to a question no one is asking. And the downside? Potentially getting pulled from the biggest fight / payday of his life because of improperly used cold medicine or supplements or a million other wacky things that could set off alarm bells when you’re being tested this thoroughly.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Increases Marijuana Threshold to 150ng/mL, Insanity Sort of Not Really Ends

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially increased the threshold for failing a marijuana test to 150ng/mL (from 50ng/mL) following similar moves by the UFC (for international events), the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the Association of Boxing Commissions. The folks at MiddleEasy, having taken a celebratory toke or three themselves, ebulliently described this 200% increase as a “300% increase,” accentuating its “far-out” quality.

As easy as it would be to bill this as a total victory, we here at Fightlinker don’t take the “coward’s way out,” as TJ Grant would say, so I’ll plainly state that it’s not a total victory. Every other MMA outlet out there will probably make the cheap joke of billing this development as a pro-Nick Diaz development. However, this would have only negated one of Diaz’s two NSAC suspensions. His most recent 12-month suspension was for a sample reading 25ng/mL (which he was rumored to deliver after ingesting multiple gallons of water, but that is neither here nor there); that one would now fly under the radar.

However, the original insane-on-its-face overturning of Diaz’s gogoplata victory over Takanori Gomi would have still taken place under the new 150ng/mL threshold. At that time, Diaz’s level was 175ng/mL, and NSAC Chair Tony Alamo was quoted as saying, “I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated and… that it made you numb to the pain. Did it help you win? I think it did.” I personally don’t buy it: I do BJJ stoned all the time, and it still hurts. Plus, someone like Nick Diaz would either have to fight on edibles (probably not a smart idea) or smoke pot in the few minutes before a fight if he actually wanted to be high come fight time. Not likely. But under the new regulations, Diaz would still have no recourse against this same bullshit logic of pot being performance-enhancing.

The only meaningful thing pot provides is the entertainment factor: sober, Diaz would be a cranky nightmare to be around; on weed, after the fight, he called Gomi a “bobble head” and described his own hairdo as a “pile of dogshit” because he hadn’t gotten it cut due to being busy smoking weed and training. I would contend that Diaz deserves an extra commendation in the record books for having succeeded while he was so high. With weed being fully legal in numerous states, there should be no threshold. The level that actually comes up is highly dependent on hydration anyway. Although it’s good to see a significant domino fall in favor of maybe semi-sanity in the weed wars, it would be better to see the problem fixed completely.

Check out this quick feature on Duane Ludwig, who has put Team Alpha Male on an impressive 17-0 streak since joining as their striking coach. He’s not as amusing as Master Thong, but I guess you can’t argue with results.

Depressing Link Day!

Good Morning, Jackals! Now that you’ve imbibed your morning caffeine, settled down, and begun to surf the Internet for poop jokes on your employer’s dime, you must be pretty happy. After all, you’re getting paid to read poop jokes. Well, I’m here to keep your awesome feelings going with a dump of mood-boosting links from around the web. Enjoy!

Josh Samman’s girlfriend dies in traffic accident

Evidently, the TUF alum’s significant other, Hailey, died last Friday. Samman was also removed from a fight with Uriah Hall last month for unknown reasons. It is unknown what comes next for Samman, who won his first UFC fight but now tries to pick up the pieces of his life like a shattered mirror.

XFC Alum Cornelius Godfrey dies in motorcycle accident

Sticking with the same theme, bantamweight prospect Cornelius Godfrey, who had a 7-1 record, died after he crashed into a guard rail on motorcycle while heading home from a pub approximately 1 mile from the crash site. He had an infant daughter and a wife, who pinged his phone to locate the body.

A new 20-minute video on Evan Tanner’s death

Just in case you had somehow managed to forget about tragic MMA figure Evan Tanner, who died on a literal treasure hunt in the desert in 2008, behind the link is a 20-minute video reveling in the occurrence. Not only that, but you can donate money so the filmmaker can make a feature-length film about Tanner. Happy overload!

TUF 18 debut ratings el stinko

The 2-hour debut of TUF this Wednesday averaged only 762,000 viewers for a 0.4 rating, and the main card of UFC Fight Night 28 averaged 539,000. I personally fell asleep during TUF, not being able to keep up my meth bender any longer. It’s official: the market can’t stand any more UFC programming.

P.S. Stefan Struve’s career is probably over, and he may die; Major MMA journalists, such as Luke Thomas, still think Glover Teixeira sucks; and we got a preview of the golden tonguework of TJ Grant, soon to be the subject of a major PR campaign. He won’t take the coward’s way out… stop the presses!

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