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  • Wanderlei Silva's lawyer says commission can't punish him

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    MMA legend Wanderlei Silva declined to submit to a Nevada Athletic Commission random drug test at his Las Vegas gym last spring despite being tabbed to fight months later at UFC 175 against Chael Sonnen. Sonnen himself would fail two random drug tests administered by the NAC.

    The NAC has filed a complaint against Silva and looked to deal with his case at a recent hearing but pushed him off of the agenda when the Brazilian's attorney Ross Goodman contended that the commission did not have jurisdiction to test Silva at the time they tried because his license to fight in the state was not current.

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  • Ben Askren on money, respect, drugs and head stomps

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    Former Olympic wrestler, Bellator welterweight and current ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren was a bit peeved when he was abruptly cut-off by an interviewer during a recent interview on the AXS TV cable network. After all, the always vocal Askren was simply discussing the topics the show hosts asked him to talk about. "You guys can't just cut me off," Askren protested on the air. Inside MMA Interviewer and co-host Kenny Rice replied by saying, "yeah we can. We just did." The fighter was downright angry when he went home and watched the taped TV segment and realized that the Rice had not even apparently cut him off because of time concerns, but instead went on his own small rant for some time afterwards. "I was definitely shocked," Askren tells Cagewriter. "It was supposed to be an independent news media show. It's not as if I was on UFC Tonight, criticizing the UFC's business model and tactics. At first, I was a little annoyed when he cut me off but then when I watched the broadcast, Kenny just babbled on about how great the UFC was for awhile. I initially thought they were concerned with time." Whatever the reasons for Rice cutting Askren off, he certainly did so in rude and unprofessional fashion, talking down to the fighter, cracking wise and then debating Askren's points to himself after the fighter's mic was cut and he was unable to answer back. The co-host's mistake compelled at least one AXS TV executive to publicly apologize to Askren on Twitter.

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