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Hidden Talent MMA: Set to Impress

In the first ever Mixed Martial Arts event at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Hidden Talent MMA presents it’s debut show, Who’s Next!. The event takes place this Saturday, July 7th, at the Libertyville Sports Complex in Libertyville, Illinois. Doors open to the general public at 6PM and the fights start at 7PM.

Interested attendees can purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.localmmatickets.com/event/Hidden-Talent-MMA-Whos-Next-1112

Promoter Darrell Romanos has the night set for fireworks, as the card is packed with 12 fights. The line-up includes some of the biggest amateur names and gyms in the area.

In the main event, explosive striker Sean Gee will take on veteran Jason Crose. Just before that, in the co-main event, Army sniper Roger Muntain faces fellow unbeaten fighter Adrian Ortega. Other top match-ups on the main card include Jason Floyd vs. Steve Davidson and Michael Hayden vs. Jake Childers.

Romanos expects a very professional showing, and he has done a great amount of work to make that a reality.

“I want the event to come across as one that best showcases amateur fighters climbing the ranks on their way to their professional career,” said Romanos.

He hired Kage Concepts to run the event on fight night. Romanos turned over beer to be run by Mickey Finns, and beverages and food to be run by the Libertyville Sports Complex. He even decided to have Hidden Talent MMA clothing made, including event t-shits to be availbale for purchase at the event.

“For me, this is my opportunity to make the Libertyville Sports Complex the home of Hidden Talent MMA,” said Romanos. “This event creates a foundation to bring the organization to the next level.”

For more information on the event, visit http://www.hiddentalentmma.com/.

 

Dakota Cochrane Busting Onto the Scene

Tuff Ultimate Fighter Contestant Dakota Cochrane Gay

Tuff Ultimate Fighter Contestant Dakota Cochrane

Apparently for TUF 15 cast member Dakota Cochrane having a film crew around while he works isnt anything new. Before gracing your flatscreen next month on TUF, he had played the role of “Danny” in some gay porn movies.

While I have nothing against homosexuals, and certainly have nothing against porn, I’m not sure how this will play out with the rest of the TUF cast. Lets face it, MMA is not tennis or figure skating. You are in close contact with your opponent the entire time. And in many cases, in some very awkward positions ( i.e. North/South) which I still get uncomfortable watching. With a house full of overflowing testosterone and male bravado. I have a feeling that if Dakota Cochrane makes it into the house, there could be some very interesting and controversial interactions with his new roomies. Hopefully, everyone will be mature enough to deal with the situation…but come on, its a bunch of young, cocky, and typically outspoken fighters, put into a pressure cooker in front of the world to watch.

The UFC was completely aware of Dakota’s past and seem to be fine with everything. I understand that there are most likely quite a few gay men and women competing in MMA. That being said, I hope the UFC isnt using this case as a marketing ploy for more mainstream media attention. In defense of their decision to give him a shot at the contract, he does have a good record and holds his most notable win over former WEC lightweight champ Jaime Varner back in September. Yet, I just cant dismiss the feeling that the timing of this seems to be a nice little FREE advertisement for ZUFFA and FOX.

Hopefully this ordeal doesn’t linger as an underlying theme for the entire season. I want to watch fights, not think about which fighter is going to make headlines the next day for something he said that wasn’t sensitive to the situation. Let us know what you think, leave a comment below.

 

Nick Diaz Tests Positive For Marijuana, May Face Year Suspension

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By MMAFREEAGENT Staff Reporter Samuel Adamek

Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his highly debated loss to Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 143. The positive test was rumored yesterday, but confirmed earlier this morning by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.

This is the second time Diaz has tested positive for marijuana in his career. His first offense was a pre-fight positive test in 2007 when he fought Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33. Diaz was suspended for six months for that offense, and the result of the bout was changed to a no-contest.

Diaz reportedly will have to appear before the NSAC in April. Because this is his second offense, Diaz may be suspended for a full year. Thats means that an instant rematch with Condit would be swept off of the table, as well as any other possibilities for 2012.

While marijuana is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”, it is punishable as such. Diaz is already on a temporary suspension now, and with a possible year-long wait ahead of him, many will now speculate if this really is the retirement of Diaz.

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UFC 143: Condit/Diaz, Werdum/Nelson Recap

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Written by Samuel Adamek

Another great night of UFC fights is in the books, seeing a rejuvenated Fabricio Werdum top a tough, gritty Roy Nelson, and Carlos Condit edge Nick Diaz in an interim-title showdown. The event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand on February 4, 2012.
Werdum is back, and in prime condition. The knees he blasted Nelson with likely would have wilted any other man. Fists and knees flying, the pair slugged it out to a decision. The exciting battle won Fight of the Night honors and was an excellent lead-in to the main-event.
The win launched Werdum to the higher ranks of the UFC heavyweight division, getting many people talking about a possible Mir vs. Werdum showdown. Currently at the top of the mountain sit Junoir Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, who will fight in the coming months of the UFC heavyweight title. Following close behind are Frank Mir, Cain Velascuez, and now, Fabricio Werdum.
For the first time since 2008, a new man is king of the hill in the welterweight division. That man is Carlos Condit, who evaded a hard-pressing Nick Diaz for five rounds and walked away with a controversial split-decision for the interim Welterweight title.
Condit effectively carried out his game-plan by keeping his distance and delivering counter strikes. He slipped punches, threw kicks, and immediately vacated, not allowing Diaz to go about his typical swarming boxing.
When Condit did not fall victim to this strategy that had previously been so effective for Diaz, Diaz became frustrated and began to taunt Condit. The gestures did not seem to faze Condit, who continued to circle away and implement his kicking game.
Maintaining his poise, composure, and strategy, Condit began to settle in and get the better of Diaz in the third and fourth rounds. It appeared that the first two rounds went to Diaz, and the third and fourth went the way of Condit. This meant that the fight over round five was the fight over who would become the welterweight champion.
Condit landed the better strikes in the opening minutes of the final frame. With just over a minute on the clock, Diaz snuck to the back of Condit, tripped him to the mat, and sunk a body triangle in. This secured him on Condits back as he worked for a choke and finally decided on an armbar at the rounds end. Condit defended the barrage of submission attempts well, but Diaz had sealed a win for the round — or so it appeared. At least one judge was not so convinced, and scored the round for Condit, regardless of Diaz getting the better of the ground battle.
Many believe that Diaz deserved the decision, despite Condit landing more strikes, but the judges thought otherwise, handing the win and the belt to Carlos Condit. An obviously-frustrated Nick Diaz said after the fight that he may very well be done with MMA, stating in perennial Diaz fashion, “I don’t need this sh**.”
MMA fans will have to wait and see going forward if this statement holds true or not. Eventually, Nick Diaz will have an opportunity to think in a much calmer environment about this decision, and may choose otherwise. At any rate, this fight was a voluminous display of athleticism and excitement, much to the satisfaction of the loyal fans of this sport and the new interim UFC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit.