Boy oh boy is Hermes Franca ever getting the fucking shaft. First his boss totally rips him a new asshole in an ESPN article…
ESPN The Magazine: One of the things Hermes Franca hinted at was that he was forced to take steroids because he had an injury but he had to fight.
White: That’s one of the dumbest things ever said. He said he twisted his ankle. It happens all the time. He called us and said he was hurt. Two days later, he said he could fight. Nobody is ever forced to fight. I can go down the list and tell you 50 guys who’ve pulled out of fights because of an injury.
…and then his 1 year suspension is upheld while repeat offender James Toney got his suspension cut down to 6 months. You’d think the silver lining in all this was that the CSAC conceded Hermes could still corner fighters during his suspension. But the Lord our God and Savior works in mysterious ways, and today he’s working mysteriously hard to kick Hermes Franca directly in the nutsack:
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer affirmed through an e-mail today that combat sports regulations will prohibit suspended UFC lightweight Hermes Franca from obtaining a corner’s license in the state of Nevada.
“In Nevada, pursuant to regulation, a suspended fighter would not be able to corner another fighter during the term of the suspension,” wrote Kizer. “This is especially important when a fighter has been suspended for taking a prohibited substance.”
Sucks to come clean and tell the truth, doesn’t it?
You all may remember Josh Gross’ hamfisted attack against Dana White in the wake of the Sean Sherk / Hermes Franca steroid debacle. It seems so long ago … I’m actually surprised that it was a meer two and a half weeks ago. Well, one thing worth noting is that since that article hit the front page of Sherdog.com, there hasn’t been one UFC fighter interviewed on any of Sherdog’s many radio shows. In fact, the only Zuffa-signed fighters to appear on the Sherdog Radio network since July 20th have been WEC fighters Jeff Curran and Tiki Ghosn.
So this begs the question: has Dana White officially asked his fighters not to interact with Sherdog any more? While I doubt there’s a mandate carved in stone (yet), it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that Dana has sent word to his fighters ‘requesting’ they not support his “mortal enemies”.
Only time will tell, and this may merely be because no fucking UFC events = no UFC guests. But still … two and a half weeks with no UFC guys on any of the Sherdog radio shows? And I thought our radio show was having troubles!
I know what you’re thinking: What the fuck is Joost? Well, it seems like Joost is a video sharing site that’s full of legal content from big media companies. So basically the revolutionary thing about it is that it does what the rest of the internet has been doing for the past 5 years, only legally.
Anywho, one of the groups involved in Joost are our friends from The Fight Network. Okay, maybe ‘friends’ is a strong word to use. God knows, they never return my calls. And Loretta Hunt continues to ignore my Smiles on Lavalife. Regardless, there’s a decent amount of programming from the bastards at The Fight Network on Joost, mainly TKO and Rumble on the Rock fights. Here’s some highlights:
TKO 15 – Jeremy Horn vs David Loiseau
TKO 14 -Jeff Joslin vs Jonathan Goulet
TKO 14 – Pete Spratt vs Georges St. Pierre
Rumble On The Rock 4 – Takanori Gomi vs BJ Penn
Rumble On The Rock 4 – Paul Buentello vs Andy Montana
Wait a second … what the hell is Taco Bender?
At Tio’s Tacos, David hears a voice through the pipes of the urinal: someone is trapped in a basement room. David wants to do good, so he creeps downstairs and opens a heavy door: behind it is a massive shirtless Mexican man in a devil mask.
According to Globo News, this Wednesday, August 8, Elaine Paiva da Silva, 27, confessed to the kidnap and murder of Priscila Belfort, sister of fighter Vitor Belfort, three years after her disappearance.
Silva said she herself pulled the trigger on Priscila after the leader of the gang expressed displeasure with the lack of negotiations for ransom.
I don’t really have anything funny to say about this, just thought I’d pass along the news.
This is really lame ‘news’, but I figured I’d put it up here to try and avoid getting 1001 emails from people going “OMG LOOK CHUK LIDELL IN A NICKLEBACK VIDEO!!!”
Yes, what exciting news: Chuck appears for a grand total of 6 seconds in this abortion of a music video by Canadian embarrassment Nickelback. Even with the volume all the way down this thing still gave me eye cancer. I’m left wondering why MMA fighters can’t be in cool music videos? Ah well, at least there was that awesome Prodigy video staring Gina Carano. Okay maybe it’s not Gina starring in it. But I can pretend, right?