Nick Diaz has gone on record in the past to say that if there was as much money in triathlons, he would leave fighting to do just that. The UFC star is still currently suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission, and from the looks of it, he will now have a tougher time racing as well.
The proud Stockton native in Diaz took to social media to talk about a recent home invasion in which his specialized triathlon bike has been stolen.
LINK: Tweet of the Day: Nick Diaz's expensive triathlon bike stolen in home invasion
One Championship has announced its entire 2016 schedule on Monday.
Starting on Jan. 23, with a fight card at the Changsa Stadium in China, the promotion will hold 14 events next year, including trips to new markets in Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Besides the 14 fight cards announced, the promotion will still put on 10 other shows in China, with dates and locations yet to be announced.
Check out the 2016 ONE Championship schedule below.
January 23: Changsa Stadium, Changsa, China
January 29: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 20: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
March 18: Thuwanna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
April 15: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
May 06: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
May 27: Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
June 17: Pho Phu Stadium, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
July 01: Asia-World Expo, Hong Kong, China
August 05: Ntu Sports Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
September 02: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 22: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
November 11: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
December 02: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
LINK: ONE Championship announces full calendar for 2016
Details are out on the arrest of UFC women's bantamweight Julianna Pena, who was booked on assault charges early Sunday morning. According to a Spokane, WA police report, Pena and her training partner were denied use of the bathroom at Zola's bar following an alleged street fight, and Pena responded by kicking the bar's owner and an employee in the groin. (via MMA Fighting):
An alleged victim and two witnesses told officers that Pena and Josh Gow, her training partner on the Sikjitsu fight team, attempted to enter Zola's bar after being involved in a street fight. Witnesses said Gow's face was covered in blood from the brawl and the two wanted to use the bathroom to get Gow cleaned up. Bar employees told Pena and Gow that the establishment was closed and they could not come in, which prompted Pena to become "irate," according to one witness.
Witnesses said that Pena kicked a bar employee in the groin and then, while outside the business, kicked the owner in the groin twice. Gow did not get physical with anyone, witnesses said, and was described as being clearly drunk. The two attempted to enter Zola's again, witnesses said, but were locked out. Gow then rubbed his bloody face on the bar's front window, according to witnesses.
According to Sgt. Erik Kannberg, Pena, who was the only person arrested at the scene per Spokane officials, said the fight involved 20 people outside a different establishment, but denied anything happened at Zola's and that she and Gow left after they were barred from entering Zola's.
Kannberg said Pena told him that they had been involved in a fight with 20 people outside Globe, Gow had suffered a facial injury and she wanted to take him to Zola's to clean up because she knew the owner. Pena said that employees at Zola's didn't let them in because Gow was bleeding, according to Kannberg. Pena indicated that they had then left, Kannberg said. He wrote that he asked Pena if anything happened and she said no.
UFC vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told MMA Fighting on Sunday that the promotion is "aware of the situation" and "in the process of gathering more info."
LINK: Police report: UFC's Julianna Pena allegedly groin kicked two men at bar
No great surprise here, but UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate wants the title shot she was promised. She isn’t in favor of a second go-around between champ Holly Holm andRonda Rousey, either.
“I’m not a fan of the rematch in that amount of time, because with everything else that Ronda has going on, plus her injuries, I just don’t think it’s going to amount to a good outcome,” Tate told MMAjunkie Radio.
“It wasn’t a competitive fight, and Holly has the perfect style to beat Ronda,” Tate said. “Holly’s already back in the gym training; she had no injuries from the fight. She knows she’s fighting Ronda next, but she gets this whole time to fix maybe even the little things she wanted to improve on in the fight. She’s going to be even more prepared, and I don’t know if it’s a smart move, because Ronda might go 0-2.”
In July, the UFC publicly announced Tate would be next to fight for the women’s bantamweight title after her fourth straight win, which came via decision over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16. Butthe promotion changed its mind, saying Tate needed to earn more wins, and announced Holm as the next contender.
Tate turned down a proposed matchup with surging bantamweight Amanda Nunes and was critical of the promotion’s choice. Since then, she’s been awaiting her next fight.
“I’m not exactly sure who yet, but I would like for it to be the title fight,” she said. “But that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. So I’m just waiting to hear back from the UFC.”
LINK: Miesha Tate expects February return, thinks Ronda Rousey might go 0-2 against Holm
With a number of big-name UFC fighters currently seeking their value on the open market – all of them represented by the Florida-based firm First Round Management – the firm’s CEO, Malki Kawa, admits he’s not sure if we’re seeing a new era in contract negotiations or simply an interesting anomaly.
“I don’t know if this is necessarily going to be a wave of the future,” Kawa told MMAjunkie. “I can tell you I’ve been doing this in the UFC for about seven years, eight years now, and this is the first time I’ve been in a position where I’ve had four clients all in the same month just become free agents. If I told you that I planned this out, I’d be lying to you because that’s not what happened.”
Nevertheless, Kawa and his firm are currently working with Benson Henderson, Aljamain Sterling,Alistair Overeem and Sarah Kaufman, all of whom fought out their UFC contracts within the past month.
The first high-profile athlete to complete his deal was Henderson (23-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC).
“My partner Wayne actually is meeting with the UFC this week to start negotiating his deal,” Kawa said. “They’ll make an offer, they’ll hear Ben out, and we’ll go from there. If Ben wants to shop around and see what it is, they’ll probably let him do it. Then he’ll go get an offer and bring it back to them, and they’ll have an option to match it or let him go.
“I think they’re going to do that rather fast as opposed to slow. I think that from a matchmaking standpoint, they have to get their plans together for 2016.”
While the UFC typically retains exclusive negotiating rights for fighters for the first 90 days after their contract expires, Kawa said the UFC was happy to waive that period for Sterling when the two sides didn’t agree on a new deal. The UFC still maintains matching rights, meaning they can decide whether or not to match any formal offer made by a competing promotion.
“Aljamain’s case it was, ‘Here you go. If you think guys can get a better deal than what we’re offering, then go ahead and go look around and bring it back,’ and that’s where we are with Aljamain,” Kawa said. “I didn’t have to wait 90 days. I think the UFC, with having so many shows and having so much stuff going on, them holding a guy doesn’t make any sense for them either. Let’s move forward. Are we making this happen or not?
“‘Why don’t you go see what he’s worth, and come back and let’s talk when you have some solid numbers. Let’s not pull numbers out of the air.’ And I appreciated that. That’s something that worked out for Aljamain.”
LINK: Free agent update: Henderson to meet with UFC this week, Sterling clear to seek offers
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