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A few more WFA thoughts

Here are a couple more quick thoughts about last night’s WFA show:

  • Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s bjj looked great in his move up to 205 lbs. against Lodune Sincaid. The MMA newbies near me did not appreciate Mayhem’s work in repeatedly taking Sincaid’s back and eventually sinking a choke, but I did. However, Sincaid is a blown-up 185 pounder. Miller would be smart to cut weight and move down to the 185 pound division because he would likely be out-muscled against top 205 pound fighters.
  • People loved Miller’s antics and personality. I sat next to one of the investors in the new Legends Gym who turned to me with a big grin and said, “I had lunch with Mayhem this week. He really is that crazy.” That, of course, is one of the biggest reasons MMA fans love Mayhem. If Mayhem can get enough wins in front of a big audience, he will be a star.
  • Ricco Rodriguez looked lke a slob at 295 pounds, but fought well in TKO’ing Ron Waterman. Frankly, I did not expect Rodriguez to be that effective on his feet. The fight served as a reminder that an in-shape Rodriguez is a good athlete who can get back in the mix, especially in the weak UFC heavyweight division (keeping in mind, of course, that Sylvia KO’d him decisively). The question with Rodriguez is whether he will bear down and do the work necessary to compete at that level.
  • Referee Herb Dean sat down next to me during the show and we got a chance to talk. He still feels very strongly that he did the right thing in stopping the Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight. Dean says that, from his angle, the elbows that looked like they glaced off of Shamrock actually connected squarelly. I wish I had my tape recorder handy when we talked, but I was not expecting him to sit down in a seat next to me. However, I can tell you that Dean makes a pretty convincing case for the stoppage. While I still think the stoppage was a little early, I do not fault Dean for making a split-second decision to protect a fighter’s safety. tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. I agree on Miller. He’s becoming a huge star in Hawaii–especially for a haoli boy. Mainly because he’s so crazy but laid back at the same time.

    If he finishes Robbie Lawlor and keeps it from a judges decision I bet he’ll be in back in the UFC right away.

  2. Two interesting items on the WFA show.

    1. My reading of section 516 of the CASC’s regulations the Rodriguez – Waterman fight should have ended as a technical draw. Specifically: “Method of Scoring When there is an Injury Not Resulting from a Foul” Quote: … “

    If, at the end of the recovery period the referee or ringside physicial determine that the injured fighter cannot continue, the bout will be decided on the score cards if a majority of the rounds have been completed (including the round in which the inury occurred) or, if a majority of rounds have not been completed, the bout will be called a technical draw.”

    The fight was ended by the ringside doctor between round one and two of three rounds. I think that’s pretty clear.

    2. CSAC does not administer steroid tests BEFORE fights. Like Navada, they only require them in championship fights, and even then, only of the winner… If Kimo failed a test, it wasn’t for steroids.

    Possible out here: the Commission has the authority to order ANY medical test of ANY fighter for any reason they choose (Setion 18710 of the CSAC Law’s and Regulations) It’s possible that they required it of Kimo.

  3. Two items on the WFA show:

    1. CSAC does not require steroid tests before all MMA fights. Like Nevada they only administer such tests AFTER a championship fight, and even then only on the winner.

    Possible out: CSAC regulation 18710 gives the authority to the Commission Inspector to demand ANY medical test of ANY fighter at his discretion. It’s possible the Inspector asked Kimo to take the tests.

    2. My reading of the CSAC rules suggests that the Rodriguez – Waterman fight was a Technical Draw, not a TKO. Section 516 states that the referee and doctor have the authority to stop a fight. If a majority of rounds are completed (2 of 3 in this case), then the scoring to that point will determine the winner. If a majority of rounds are not completed (in this case we have 1 out of 3), the result (regardless of scoring) will be a technical draw.