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MMA Fighter Nick Diaz Thinks He Knows How to Beat a Drug Test

This seems to be quite the trend lately — first it was Tony Mandarich telling us how to beat a steroids test, now it’s Nick Diaz explaining how to beat a weed test. First off, you need to know that Diaz is fighting on a pretty big card this weekend on Showtime against Frank Shamrock. Now know that MMA requires intense skill, courage, training, and ability. You figure that means cutting out all pleasures in life and just hitting the gym, drinking water, and eating egg yokes. Not the case for Diaz:

“I’m more consistent about everything being a cannabis user,” Diaz said in an interview with The Times last week. “I’m happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].

“I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I’ll be fine.”

Well, if the police ever need to meet their ticket quota for the month, I would suggesting showing up at Diaz’s house. I guess he’s trying to make the case for the “productive pot-head.” Aside from being illegal, weed is banned from MMA because it’s considered a pain-masking agent. And for all the stuff Diaz says about beating a test, it sure didn’t help him two years ago when he tested positive at Pride 33. Maybe he hadn’t quite perfected his routine by then — I’m guessing he was only drinking five pounds of water.

Kimbo Slice Wants to Try Boxing Because It’s Easier Than MMA

Just as quickly as the name “Kimbo Slice” was vaulted into the consciousness of sports fans, the buzz surrounding the underground fighting legend dropped faster than the stock of Citigroup. It was said all along by people “in the know” that Slice was a fraud. He quickly proved that no less than a few fights into his professional MMA career, losing to Seth Petruzelli in 14 seconds. Well in case you were wondering what Kimbo’s been up to lately, he was in the Bahamas and gave an interview to his hometown newspaper. In that article, Kimbo partially blames the loss to Petruzelli on Ken Shamrock backing out of the fight at the last minute. Slice also says that he wants to move to boxing, essentially because MMA’s too hard:

“Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don’t think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand-up boxing because of my fighting style.

“Not taking anything away from boxing preparation, MMA training is extremely hard,” said Ferguson. “When you consider martial arts training, you have to prepare for kicks to the head and legs, and opponents wanting to grapple and throwing you to the ground, pounding you with their knees and hands, whereas in boxing you just have to be prepared to weave and bob although the training can be just as intense.”

Kimbo also added that another reason he prefers boxing to MMA is because the former allows someone to fight as frequently as they would like, whereas MMA requires six weeks in between bouts. Responding to Slice’s primary reason for changing sports, I think this is as strong of an indication as any that mixed martial arts is much more difficult than boxing. Boxing has the past, the tradition, the history, and likely won’t soon be losing it. What MMA helps determine is who is the best overall fighter in a ring where almost anything goes. Clearly Kimbo couldn’t keep up; he hadn’t been trained to.

Roy Jones Jr. Fighting on MMA and Boxing March Badness Card, Will it Work?

My buddy HG at You Been Blinded came up with this idea a while ago and I thought it was genius: why not satisfy both crowds of fight fans with a joint MMA and boxing card? Figuring out how to work a steel cage or octagon and boxing ring in the same venue is kind of tricky, but I think it would go over well if you could swing it. Well apparently Roy Jones Jr. thought outside the box and came up with a good way to pitch his upcoming fight:

The boxing-MMA card — called “March Badness” — takes place Saturday, March, 21. Jones Jr. will fight his “homecoming” light heavyweight bout against the always tough Omar Sheika. Headlining the MMA portion of the card will be Seth Petruzelli, the man responsible for knocking out Kimbo Slice. He takes on Doug Marshall. According to a press release, three-time NCAA wrestling champion and Wrestlemania star Bob Lashley will fight in an MMA bout.

The star power for this fight is somewhat light but the idea behind it is great. I’m really intrigued to see how this works. And good to see that the beating Roy took from Calzaghe hasn’t cost him his creative brain cells — he needs them to try and get people to buy one of his fights now that he’s over the hill.

Video: Corey Hill Breaks His Leg in Fight

I don’t know who Corey Hill is and I really don’t care who he is. All I know is that the guy had an MMA fight on Wednesday night and it didn’t go so well. Make sure you have the stomach for watching gruesome injuries if you plan to take a peak at this video. And seriously, view at your own risk.

That might just be the most horrific injury I’ve ever seen in sports. The freeze frame of the leg snapping might also be the worst picture I’ve ever seen. I wonder if he’ll have the minerals to step in the ring again. That would probably be my deterrent.

(via With Leather)

So That Double KO Was Pretty Sweet

This whole internet thing is pretty new to me. I’m just discovering what they call email, instant messaging, and YouTube videos. I had this vid sent to me because apparently I was in a cave for the entire week-long span that this video got over a million views. If you are not one of those millions, make sure you add to the total. This video is great.

Later in an interview, one of the fighters explains what happened. He says he got caught with a thumb in his eye that hit a certain motor nerve or something and that’s what caused him to go down suddenly, creating the double knockdown. I wonder if he’d be willing to recreate the situation in person for our entertainment — I’d be a willing customer.

Video: Kimbo Slice Knocked Out by Seth Petruzelli in 14 Seconds, Total Fraud

When Kimbo Slice busted onto the scene, I was skeptical about his success; I said immediately, despite my limited MMA knowledge, that he was being set up against easy opponents to rack up an impressive record. Looks like I was right, because Kimbo didn’t even last 15 seconds with Seth Petruzelli in their fight on Saturday night. Check out the video of the fight (if you can even call it that):

Here’s just the knockout (with a great call by Gus Johnson he’s hilarious!):

Here’s the fight including the entire buildup and ring entrances:

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I’m Guessing Norv Turner Doesn’t Approve of LT Training with Kimbo Slice

I was recently alerted to the new Nike ad campaign called “Train Like It” that features LaDainian Tomlinson rolling Knightrider-style to do outrageous training stunts with MMAer Kimbo Slice. This has to be a Nike campaign because there’s no way a player actually drinks leather, punches animal carcasses, and pulls Cadillac SUVs as part of their real training regimen. Seriously, who actually trains by punching refrigerators?

Even with the gloves on, I’m still not sure Norv Turner would approve. Make sure you check out all the other videos as well — they’re equally crazy. And given the recent news about his shredded knee, I’m surprised to hear it wasn’t Shawne Merriman training with Kimbo this off-season instead of LT. Just for the record, I am predicting a major knee injury for LT this year — it’s incredible he’s gone this long avoiding one.