Of the forthcoming summer cards, few have generated as much curiosity as the bill promoted by Affliction, a premium clothing manufacturer whose skull-and-crossbones inspired designs are just as likely to be worn by ripped fighters as they are by fast-food-fueled wannabes.
Featuring a contingent of the sport's top heavyweights including
Though Affliction representatives remain tight lipped, discussion surrounding the card -- appropriately dubbed "Banned" after the UFC, and later EliteXC, prohibited fighters from wearing the clothing brand -- has escalated in recent weeks.
Among the group of handsomely compensated fighters, middleweight
However, SI.com learned Tuesday that the leading candidate to face the gangly wrestler is Brazilian middleweight
When Lindland steps back into the cage this summer, it will have been 15 months since Emelianenko armbarred the Team Quest leader in less than three minutes in St. Petersburg, Russia. Turning 38 on May 17, Lindland has long been part of the discussion regarding 185-pound fighters who could challenge the division's best. Negao, despite a unanimous points victory over
With Lindland simply interested in fighting an opponent endowed with a strong pulse, the Brazilian will make do. Either way, fans of the pay-per-view card, which has recently been rumored to shift venues from Dallas to Anaheim, Calif., will probably happily shell out the money given the evening's main event: a showdown between the top heavyweight on the planet, Emelianenko (27-1, 1 NC), and former UFC champion Sylvia (24-4).
Also recently confirmed by both competitors, Barnett (21-5) and Rizzo (16-7) will meet in a rematch of an exciting 2001 contest that saw the Brazilian score an iconic knockout.
But now to the readers. A number of SI.com users emailed me regarding my first article on judging in MMA. Here are your questions, and your answers.
I couldn't think of a more thankless job. Do it correctly, no one pays attention. Have an off night, and the world is after you.
While there aren't any hard and fast rules when it comes to something as subjective as judging, the idea that some officials aren't as well versed as your average fan is down right frightening. Now don't get me wrong, there are great officials out there -- just not enough for an exploding sport.
I couldn't imagine being asked to judge something I didn't know inside and out, and you can't place blame solely at the officials' feet. If you take what Hamilton said to heart, responsibility rests with the regulatory bodies handing out judging and reffing assignments to people who aren't equipped for the job.
If you're serious, contact your local athletic commission and inquire about the job. Also, do what NSAC executive officer
If bouts end in submission, terrific. But a rubber guard practitioner, whose goal is to land a submission from the bottom, is the type of fighter that could suffer if judges don't recognize what they're watching. I live 10 minutes from Legends MMA in Hollywood, Calif., where rubber guard founding father