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MMA News Roundup for June 20

June 20, 2014

It’s been a slow week around here. There aren’t good fights to bet on this weekend but the MMA news cycle never sleeps so here are a few nuggets to hold you over until we start prepping for another UFC marathon next weekend.

Dana White comments on Wanderlei Silva’s NSAC problems
Wanderlei Silva feels he’s in the clear after explaining himself to the Nevada State Athletic Commission but his current boss begs to differ. Dana White spoke on the subject of Silva’s dodge of drug test in May telling MMAJunkie.com, “I’m not the athletic commission, but I think he’s very wrong. I think he’s in big trouble. You can not run away from a test. You can’t do it, and it sets a very bad precedent. He would have been better off taking the test and testing positive than running from the test. But I’m not a commission member. Maybe I’m wrong and he’s right. We’ll see what happens.”
With his antics on the Ultimate Fighter Brazil and dodging the drug test Silva has lost some favor with White and UFC fans, it will be interesting to see how hard the NSAC comes down on Silva and what other repercussions come from it via the UFC. Silva’s asking to fight Chael Sonnen or Vitor Belfort but we think both are pipe dreams right now.

UFC 173 disappoints with just 200k buys
Did you watch TJ Dillashaw dismantle Renan Barao? If you didn’t you weren’t alone. Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com said the buy rate for UFC 173 was between 200k and 215K. Those aren’t positive numbers for a PPV featuring a title fight and a co-main event between two popular fighters in Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier. The UFC should be worried about their UFC 174 numbers, as the buzz surrounding the event was small compared to most PPV cards. The lighter divisions offer some great fights but it seems they aren’t big enough (pun totally intended) to carry a PPV card. The UFC might be best to leave those fights in Fox or Fox Sports 1 cards.

UFC Signs Rin Nakai for Japan fight
Misha Tate has her next opponent. The UFC has signed Japanese women’s star Rin Nakai to face off against Tate when the promotion goes back to Japan for UFC Fight Night 52 on September 20. Nakai isn’t a household name in North America but she’s had great success in her native Japan. She’s undefeated in 17 pro fights holding a 16-0-1 record with her most notable win coming against former BodogFight women’s champion Tara LaRosa. Nakai is making a name for herself, outside of the ring too with her sexy and unique photo shoots. If she beats Tate, we imagine her style and her ah hem, assets will earn her a lot of North American fans.

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