News and Notes:
- James Thompson is slated to return to action for the first time since losing on primetime to Kimbo Slice at Sengoku 7 on January 4th in Japan.
- Chuck Liddell has begun training at American Top Team.
- Martin Kampmann will likely fight a local newcomer at UFC 93 on January 24th in Dublin, Ireland.
- The California State Athletic Commission has finalized the changes to it’s MMA drug testing program, which include increased testing for steroids and drugs of abuse, and will resume testing fighters beginning on December 11th.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to six WEC 37 fighters. Receiving medical suspensions were Manny Tapia, Akitoshi Tamura, Wagnney Fabiano, Joseph Benavidez, Johny Hendricks, and Cub Swanson.
- Alexandre Franca Nogueira, who lost his WEC debut to Jose Aldo in June and subsequently failed a post-fight steroid test, has been released by the promotion and will likely sign with Sengoku.
- Veteran Dennis Hallman could return to the UFC in 2009.
- Affliction partner Golden Boy Promotions announced on Saturday that a scheduled boxing match between Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, mere miles away from Affliction’s scheduled event, “Day of Reckoning”, at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
- Remy Bonjasky won the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 on Saturday in Japan, defeating Badr Hari via disqualification in the finals after Hari stomped on Bonjasky after illegally taking him to the ground.
- Welterweight Paul “Semtex” Daley TKO’d John Alessio in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship 19 on Friday. Daley revealed in the post-fight interview that he expects to return to action in January in either Sengoku or Affliction.
- FightChat.com counts down the top 10 leglocks in MMA.
- MMA Fanhouse has an interview with former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Affliction “Day of Reckoning” Promo: