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UFC 158 Drug Tests Come Back Clean
Although he cast doubt on his ability to pass a drug test prior to the biggest fight of his life, Nick Diaz is in the clear following UFC 158. The Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux (Quebec's athletic commission) today passed along word that drug tests for the March 16 pay-per-view event came back clean. A total of six competitors were tested, QAC rep Joyce Tremblay wrote in an email to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The substances tested for are confidential, she added.
ONE FC 8 weigh-in results: Champ Boku, challenger Aoki official
-Champ Kotetsu Boku (70 kg/154 lbs.) vs Shinya Aoki (70.1 kg/155 lbs.) *for ONE FC 7 lineup -Brock Larson (83.9 kg/185 lbs.) vs Melvin Manhoef (83.9 kg/185 lbs.) -Jens Pulver (60.9 kg/134 lbs.) vs Masakatsu Ueda (61 kg/135 lbs.) -Thanh Vu (61 kg/135 lbs.) vs Kevin Belingon (61.1 kg/135 lbs.) -Arnaud Lepont (69.9 kg/154 lbs.) vs Eddie Ng (69.9 kg/154 lbs.) -Yusup Saddulaev (61.1 kg/135 lbs.) vs Leandro Issa (61.1 kg/135 lbs.) -Rene Catalan (56.1 kg/124 lbs.) vs Alex Silva (56.5 kg/125 lbs.) -Bashir Ahmad (65.7 kg/145 lbs.) vs Shannon Wiratchai (65.8 kg/145 lbs.) -Swain Cangco (92 kg/203 lbs.) vs Jake Butler (92.9 kg/205 lbs.) -Chen Yun Ting (56.3 kg/124 lbs.) vs Ronald Low (56.4 kg/124 lbs.)
UFC exec says English TV deal nearly done, teases launch of weekly magazine show
For years, UFC President Dana White has pinned the potential for U.K. expansion on key factor: the "right" TV deal. Now, it seems, the company may finally be on the verge of signing such a contract. "What we've worked hard on is finding a TV partner that just doesn't pay money for our rights but actually gives us the opportunity to produce and develop a magazine program that tells the story and creates awareness about the sport," UFC Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa Garry Cook told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "So we've worked with a TV partner. We're very close to having a deal."
Melvin Guillard finds new home at Grudge, coach optimistic about turnaround
This morning UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard moved in to a triplex that serves as a fighter house for the Grudge Training Center in Denver, and a handshake deal has put a new head coach in his corner.
With back still against wall, UFC on FUEL TV 9's Pablo Garza enlists help of ATT
A much-needed win over Mark Hominick means Pablo Garza has a little room to breathe – but he admits it's not much. And so "The Scarecrow" changed things up, enlisting the service of American Top Team.
Amir Sadollah injured, Nah-Shon Burrell now meets Stephen Thompson at UFC 160
Amir Sadollah (6-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been forced out of his welterweight fight against Stephen Thompson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 160 next month, and a Strikeforce vet will instead get his second octagon test. Nah-Shon Burrell (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in for Sadollah to meet Thompson on the card. UFC officials on Wednesday announced the change. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card, including a Cain Velasquez-Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva heavyweight title fight, will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Ryo Chonan responds to Chan Sung Jung's open letter
Former Pride FC star Ryo Chonan has some choice words for Chan Sung Jung and those offended by the image of the rising sun.
After first failed attempt at online PPV, Invicta FC betting big on Ustream fix
The last time the all-female MMA promotion Invicta FC tried selling an event via online pay-per-view, it charged $7.95 for a stream that didn't work.
Shahbulat Shamhalaev plans to stop champ Pat Curran at Bellator 95
Russian fighters often get painted as nearly emotionless – fighters with scowls and cold stares and ice in their veins and as Ivan Drago replicas in terms of their dispositions. If Shahbulat Shamhalaev is not like that, he's not giving many indications of it.
Industry insiders weigh in on who's to blame over Alexander Gustafsson's cut
UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson was sparring with MMA gloves and not wearing headgear in the final couple weeks of his training camp, several sources close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com. But who's to blame for the cut?
Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin joins UFC 161 lineup
A bantamweight bout between Dustin Pague and Yves Jabouin is the latest addition to June's UFC 161 lineup.
UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner Ilir Latifi feeling pressure in teammate's absence
It was simply too good of an opportunity to let pass by, but promotional newcomer Ilir Latifi admits he's feeling pressure to perform now that he's replaced teammate Alexander Gustafsson in Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner.
UFC's Alexander Gustafsson plans to sleep in headgear ahead of next fight
Alexander Gustafsson is over the sorrow of losing his headlining spot at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event, and he's already looking ahead. But he's learned a valuable lesson for the future: Headgear can be a fighter's best friend.
Florida regulator finds no fraud with transgender fighter Fallon Fox, drops case
A Florida regulatory agency that oversees the state's athletic commission has found insufficient evidence to prove transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox committed fraud prior to her most recent bout.
Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard added to July's UFC on FOX 8 card in Seattle
The July UFC on FOX 8 card has its first booking with the addition of a lightweight fight between a pair of "Ultimate Fighter" veterans. Mac Danzig will meet Melvin Guillard with both fighters will be looking to get back in the win column.
Shinya Aoki will be dropping down to Featherweight
Japanese MMA star, Shinya Aoki will be dropping down to 145 lbs regardless if he wins or loses against Kotetsu Boku at ONE FC 8 this Friday.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 11 Recap: Semifinal Matchups Announced
Episode 11 of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen featured the last two quarterfinal bouts and the announcement of the semifinal matchups. Having to face Uriah Hall in the quarterfinal round didn’t sit well with Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel from the moment it was announced. Last week he was having trouble getting mentally prepared. In this week’s episode, McDaniel’s concerns turned to his physical state. “I’ve fought three times in a short time period now and I feel completely drained. Like, I’m pretty much just wanting to be asleep, and then my back has been hurting again too around my kidney area,” said McDaniel...
Alexander Gustafsson posts photo of cut that forced him out of UFC on FUEL TV 9
Based on a photo released by the fighter, the cut that forced Alexander Gustafsson out of Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event was pretty substantial. On his official website, Gustafsson posted a photo showing a long gash just under his left eyebrow...
Mousasi opens as four digit favorite over Latifi
In an absolute shocker, Gegard Mousasi opens as a monumental favorite against his new UFC on Fuel 9 opponent Ilir Latifi.
Mousasi will face Iliir Latifa this Saturday live on @FUELTV
from Twitter. Latifa is from Sweden and training partner of Gustafsson.
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