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Roundup: Sherk and Penn Pass Drug Tests, Kimbo on ESPN Cover, and More

  • Sean SherkSean Sherk and BJ Penn have both passed early random drug tests for their upcoming UFC 84 bout.
  • Rich Franklin’s manager, Monte Cox, has stated that Franklin would indeed make the move to light-heavyweight if the UFC requested.
  • The lightweight match up between Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian has been confirmed to take place on August 9 at UFC 87.
  • CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone publicly criticized the EliteXC-CBS broadcast partnership for not being “socially responsible.”
  • The revised DREAM 3 card now features Nick Diaz and Jason Miller, as well as Hayato Sakurai and Katsuya Inoue.
  • Kimbo Slice will appear on the cover of this months issue of ESPN The Magazine. Kimbo is only the second MMA fighter to ever be featured on the cover of the publication after Chuck Liddell.
  • Kimbo Slice was also the subject of a recent ESPN column which criticized Slice as a poor representation of African Americans.
  • “Anytown Beatdown”, the new reality T.V. series starring Tito Ortiz, is holding a casting call this Sunday to find contestants who will be trained by Ortiz to compete in MMA grudge matches.
  • A welterweight bout between Chris Wilson and Steve Bruno has been booked for UFC 86.
  • The UFC is currently auctioning off several items including George St. Pierre’s autographed UFC 83 shorts and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s autographed UFC 81 gloves/shorts.
  • Former UFC middleweight Travis Lutter is asking Dana White for $36,000 in Xyience sponsorship money, which he claims was never delivered.
  • Recently interviewed Jay Larkin, CEO of the IFL, questioned the overall demand for MMA and more specifically, the demand for his teetering promotion.


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