November 30, 2011
GSP has it in for Diaz
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency
There’s no doubt Nick Diaz got under Georges St. Pierre’s skin.
The controversial welterweight called out the Montreal native after dispatching B.J. Penn at UFC 137, causing a furious St. Pierre to demand he face Diaz next.
However, in a recent interview with QMI Agency the UFC welterweight champion down-played the whole situation, claiming he only asked for Diaz because it was the fight he always wanted.
But training partner John Makdessi admits St. Pierre lost his cool.
“There are no surprises when it comes to those guys (Cesar Gracie Academy),” Makdessi said. “Everybody knows they have to make drama.
“I was more surprised at Georges’ reaction, how angry he got and how upset he got. He begged Dana White to fight Nick, instead of (Carlos Condit).
“Georges is never going to fully express himself. Georges always has a poker face.”
THAT MUST HAVE HURT
Last Saturday’s Bellator 59 featured the most bizarre ending to a fight this year.
The heavyweight tournament final came to an abrupt halt when Thiago Santos delivered a full-on football punt to Eric Prindle’s crotch. Prindle was unable to continue and the bout was ruled a no contest.
Accidental low blows happen fairly often in MMA. An inside leg kick can slip up the thigh and hit the cup, a fighter can mistakenly cut an angle and walk straight into the trajectory of an opponent’s shin, or a misplaced knee from the clinch can find its way to the groin.
But Prindle was lying on the ground with his legs up to absorb low kicks. In what should have been a disqualification, the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt opted instead to blatantly send one straight between the pipes.
But referee Greg Franklin felt the kick was unintentional.
“It looked like he was trying to kick the back of his hamstring,” Franklin told MMA Junkie. “And when he swung his leg, it caught (Prindle) right between the legs.
“So, I didn’t deem that it was intentional.”
CAUGHT CHEATING AGAIN
Chris Leben has been suspended for one year after failing his UFC 138 post-fight drug test.
The middleweight brawler’s results came back positive for painkillers Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his second-round TKO loss to Mark Munoz Nov. 5, in Birmingham, England.
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” UFC president Dana White said. “If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the octagon, but in his personal life.”
This is the second time Leben has failed a drug test. He tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol following his unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 — also in Birmingham.
Since both events took place in the U.K., where there is no sanctioning body, the UFC hired an outside company to handle drug testing.
RESULT WAS A JOKE
Polish fight organization KSW was left with a public relations nightmare after a controversial judges’ decision in the rematch between former strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski and PRIDE veteran James Thompson had MMA fans screaming “screw job.”
Thompson submitted poster boy Pudzianowski at KSW 16 this past May. The two met again in a two-round fight at KSW 17 on Saturday that saw Thompson completely dominate the first frame. The second was closer, but you could argue it also went to Thompson.
However, the judges awarded Pudzianowski a majority decision, causing Thompson to flip out and steal the announcer’s microphone.
“F---ing joke!” Thompson yelled. “Give Mariusz a big round of applause. Come on. What a f---ing joke. I thought KSW was really trying to be serious. If you can watch that back and call that serious, then you’re f---ed and KSW is going down the f---ing toilet.”
The promotion has now ruled the bout a no contest, claiming there was a scoring error by judge Piotr Baginski.
Nice try, KSW.