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Nick Diaz Tries to Avoid Interview with Ariel Helwani, Rambles About Fight

Nick Diaz is headlining Saturday evening’s Strikeforce card in San Diego along with Paul Daley. The two are fighting for the welterweight title and they went through the weigh-in and interview pre-fight song and dance Friday, only Diaz wasn’t delighted about having to do his media promotion. Check out his bizarre interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, and all I can say is it sure sounded like Nick’s weed talking more than anything else. Here’s their interview:

Alright, so what I gathered there is Diaz didn’t want to talk because he wanted to avoid a controversy. What it seems like to me is Nick is one of those guys who tells it straight, so the more interviews he does the more he gets himself into trouble. In that sense, he’s similar to guys like T.O. or Randy Moss who have had to shut out the media at times just to avoid causing problems. I think it’s the same issue for Nick. Still, something seemed a wee bit off there, and it wasn’t Ariel’s behavior.

Thanks to 5th Round for the heads up.

Junior dos Santos Implies Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem Have Used Steroids

Junior dos Santos reportedly has said out loud what many fighters and fans already believe, that many heavyweight fighters in MMA are on something. Dos Santos is 12-1, riding a seven-fight winning streak, and he’s earned a fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 131. The two are opposing coaches in The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, and JDS appears to have taken the rivalry with Brock to another level recently, implying he is a heavyweight fighter on the juice.

Speaking on the UFC Sem Limites show along with Shogun Rua and Mario Yamasaki, dos Santos reportedly said many fighters use PEDs.

“No I’ve never seen (someone taking performance-enhancing drugs [PEDs]), but I think at Heavyweight that happens a lot for sure. When you see people like Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, look at the size of those guys, they’re really big. As Mario (Yamasaki) said, a lot of people use them but a lot of people don’t. I’m someone who has never used (PEDs), I think I came in the good phase of MMA and I’ve never used them.”

The entire show was conducted in Portuguese so I cannot confirm 100% what dos Santos said, and I’m not sure who had the transcription and translation first. The quotes above have spread throughout the online MMA communities, and it wouldn’t be the first time someone has suspected Lesnar or Overeem of using something.

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Dana White Supports Overtime Round to Eliminate Draws

UFC President Dana White is displaying the creativity and wits that has helped grow the UFC into the most popular MMA organization in the world. Speaking on The Ultimate Fighter Aftermath, White said he wants to explore the possibility of adding an overtime round to eliminate draws.

“I hate draws,” White said, as noted by MMA Fighting. “I think it’s just such a waste of everybody’s time and energy. It’s something that I would definitely explore.”

Even though particulars would have to be worked out, I think it’s a great idea. Say they go to the cards and find out the judges have it as draw, why not go to an extra round to see if a winner can be established?

This year alone we’ve seen Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight to a draw at UFC 125, and B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch do the same in the main event at UFC 127. Wouldn’t it have been much more satisfying for fans if there were an extra round to break the tie? Overtimes and tie-breakers are used in pretty much every other major sport, so why not MMA?

Like White said, draws are a big waste of everybody’s time. When two fighters meet in the Octagon, we want to see a winner. Anything that helps achieve that outcome while maintaining a safe environment for fighters sounds like a good idea to me.

Gina Carano Reportedly Leaving Xtreme Couture for Greg Jackson

Gina Carano has made a change in trainers according to a report, and she has left Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas to join Greg Jackson MMA in Albuquerque. Sources at Five Knuckles, which published the report that I first read about at MMABay, did not give a reason for the move, but we have a feeling what inspired it if it’s true.

Greg Jackson is one of the hottest names in MMA thanks to the dominance of his students Georges St. Pierre, and most recently, Jon Bones Jones. Carano was beat up in her most recent fight in 2009 by Cyborg Santos (watch the video) and is looking to sharpen her game.

Carano announced in February she was returning to fighting after taking time off to pursue an acting career, but no date has been given regarding her next fight.

Thiago Silva Used Non-Human Urine

Thiago Silva submitted an adulterated and/or substituted urine specimen for his drug test leading up to his UFC 125 fight with Brandon Vera on January 1st, the Nevada State Athletic Commission alleges. We had heard Silva was pulled from a scheduled fight for UFC 130 because of suspicion regarding his drug test, and their allegations support the report.

The NSAC report says the specimen by Silva is inconsistent with human urine. Got that? Inconsistent with human urine.

What did this guy do, pull off the Onterrio Smith special and exchange it for goat piss? Was he up all night looking for doggy chew toys like Tony Mandarich to store urine in so he could beat the drug test?

You know who’s most to blame for this whole fiasco? Clearly it’s Silva’s entourage.

Are you really telling me between his family, friends, and training staff there wasn’t one person willing to step up and offer their sweet and sour lemonade for this guy? Don’t they know that’s their job? What good is an entourage if they can’t at least provide clean urine. And if the entourage couldn’t figure it out, maybe Thiago should have consulted Nick Diaz for advice.

I know Thiago doesn’t have an answer for his problems, but I do have one conclusion: from now on we’ll refer to him as horse piss. I do believe he’s earned the name.

Diego Sanchez Tells Martin Kampmann He Had No Punching Power, Could Rematch

Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann put on a show earlier this month for the UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville. Despite getting bloodied and battered with a Margarito face, Sanchez won a controversial unanimous decision. I thought Kampmann won the first and Sanchez took the second and third, so I felt they got the winner right. Many people disagree because they look at the end result and say based on the way Sanchez was beat up, Kampmann should have been the winner. That wasn’t the case, and Sanchez said on twitter Friday that Kampmann’s punches lacked power.

Responding to a tweet from Kampmann who answered a follower’s question by saying he’d be interested in a rematch, Sanchez questioned Martin’s desire to square off again. He wrote in response “you really want a direct rematch? I trained no boxing! zero! I just wrestled my ass off I underestimated your td defense. … plus you just lost two in a row u need to earn it get a W then we can talk rematch. Your punches had snap to cut but no power … if I can’t get a better fight that a win would move me up the ladder, I would love to fight you again!”

The fighters showed tremendous respect for each other at the end of their fight and they each seem to be really positive about a rematch. Kampmann is right more than Sanchez in that the fight was so close, a rematch would be more appropriate than Sanchez getting a shot at someone else. He barely escaped in that fight, and he may have even lost had Kampmann not injured his hand at the end of the third round. And if they do end up rematching, Sanchez better watch himself otherwise he’s liable to get pummeled by Kampmann’s manos de piedra.

via 5th Round

Fedor Emelianenko Will Fight in July Strikeforce Event

Fedor Emelianenko had some people worried last month when he declared he might retire immediately after getting his face bashed in by Big Foot Silva (watch the video, see the pictures). Luckily that talk didn’t last long — we had heard Fedor was interested in fighting in a Russian sambo event but decided against it. No doubt he needed time to heal from his injuries and get back to his senses. That has happened, and the good news is we’ll be seeing Fedor in the Octagon before too long.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed to Sherdog’s Beatdown radio show that “Fedor’s gonna fight sometime in July.” Coker continued “It’s probably toward the end of July or mid-July, but we have fights with Fedor that we’re gonna honor and continue forward.”

Coker also added that Fedor may be used as an alternate for the Heavyweight Grand Prix in which he already was defeated by Silva. Sergei Kharitonov beat Andrei Arlovski in the other quarterfinal, but the other side of the tournament has yet to begin.

The big question is who Emelianenko will fight next, but at this point we have more questions than answers. As always, we’ll have to stay tuned to see the latest developments, but I wouldn’t be wild about seeing Fedor fight another super-sized heavyweight. Who knows? Maybe the Fedor-Dan Henderson fight may actually happen.