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USADA suspends UFC’s Ricardo Abreu for four years after second anti-doping violation
As expected, Ricardo Abreu won’t be fighting in the UFC any time soon. Or, more likely, ever again. The middleweight fighter was suspended for four years by USADA after failing a drug test while serving a previous USADA suspension for a positive test, it was announced by the UFC’s anti-doping partner Friday. The second anti-doping policy violation resulted in the sanction length being doubled. Abreu, 33, tested positive for nandrolone metabolites and other 19-norsteroids stemming from a sample collected Dec. 21, 2016. The non-natural origin of the agent was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio analysis, per the USADA release. The substances Abreu tested positive for fall under the anabolic agents category in the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:38PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder booked for UFC Fight Night 113
A few days after they went onto Twitter and agreed to a fight, the UFC has made it official: Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder have a date in Glasgow. The lightweights will square off at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland on July 16, the company announced on Friday.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:37PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson Jr. returns against D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179 in London
Kevin Ferguson Jr. — a.k.a. ‘Baby Slice’ — is fighting again in 15 days. It was reported on Friday by The Sun that Ferguson will take on D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179, which will take place on May 20 at the SSE Arena in London, England. Bellator officials have confirmed the bout. After making his amateur debut in March 2016, Ferguson — who is the son of the late Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson Sr.) — made his MMA debut last November against Aaron Hamilton. He ended up losing via second-round submission (guillotine).
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:36PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Georges St-Pierre to Michael Bisping: I’ll fight you any time ‘after October’
Don’t plan on seeing the UFC middleweight title defended until late in 2017. Georges St-Pierre posted a video message to middleweight champion Michael Bisping on Friday, saying he’d be ready to fight for the belt “any time after October.” The bout has already been announced, but a timeframe has been up in the air until now. “Mr. Bisping, I cleared my entire schedule to get ready for training camp after the summer,” St-Pierre said. “So I can fight you any time after October. Pick the date. Let’s get it on.”
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:32PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
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UFC 211 gets two late fights added, including replacement, bringing card to 14 total
The UFC’s summer return to Dallas is officially jam packed. Two bouts have been added to the May 13 fight card at American Airlines Center, one of which replaces a last-minute scratch. As first reported by dallasnews.com, Dallas heavyweight and LFA veteran Rashad Coulter (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut against Chase Sherman (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Additionally, a light heavyweight matchup between Joachim Christensen (14-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Gadzhimurad Antigulov (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been confirmed by the promotion, bringing the total number of bouts to 14.
Submitted May 4, 2017 11:02PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Charlie Ward welcomes newcomer Galore Bofando to octagon at UFC Fight Night 113
As Conor McGregor previously announced, his SBG Ireland teammate will compete at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland. UFC officials today announced that Irish welterweight Charlie Ward (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face English newcomer Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 16 it SSE Hydro in Glasgow. A main event for the card has yet to be announced. The main card airs on FS1.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:28PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Cris 'Cyborg' and Megan Anderson appear to be all-in on UFC 214 clash
As the status of UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie continues to remain a mystery, frustration among fellow fighters in her weight class is beginning to boil over. Although the UFC’s women’s 145-pound division technically only consists of two fighters in de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the UFC is having a difficult time booking a championship fight between the two. De Randamie is apparently not ready to fight despite winning the gold nearly three months ago with a unanimous decision over Holly Holm at UFC 208.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:21PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Gerald Meerschaert meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC 213 in Las Vegas
A middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert and Thiago “Marreta” Santos is the latest addition to July’s UFC 213 lineup. Brazilian outlet Combate.com first reported the matchup between Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC). MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the news with representatives from both sides of the fight. UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:16PM by JLS - 5 comments
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Chris Wade meets Frankie Perez in Ring of Combat rematch at UFC on FOX 25
The UFC’s debut event on Long Island this summer has another fight featuring a local – and it’ll be a rematch. Long Island’s own Chris Wade (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will take on Frankie Perez (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a lightweight fight when the UFC heads back to New York for UFC on FOX 25. The bout was reported by Long Island-based Newsday.com, though it hasn’t been officially announced by the promotion.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Danny Roberts vs. Bobby Nash latest ticketed for UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland
The UFC’s return to Scotland in July continues to build with the addition of a welterweight fight. American Bobby Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will take on England’s Danny Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113. The booking first was reported by Mirror.co in England. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Matt Bessette meets new challenger Reynaldo Trujillo in CES MMA 44 headliner
Injury has forced Jeremy Spoon (20-3) to withdraw from a planned CES MMA 44 headliner, and a replacement opponent has been secured. Veteran Texan Reynaldo Trujillo (21-18) has agreed to step in on short notice and now challenges CES MMA featherweight champion Matt Bessette (21-7) at the event, which takes place May 12 and airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “It’s frustrating when we were so close to making this fight happen, but thankfully CES found a man to step up and fight,” Bessette stated. “Rey Trujillo likes to fight, not pretend he likes to fight. Those are the best scraps that get me amped.”
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:02PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko in the works for UFC 213
UFC 213 is expected to feature at least two championship fights. Amanda Nunes is slated to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko on July 8 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:16AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Anthony Pettis returns to lightweight, meets Jim Miller at UFC 213
Anthony Pettis is back at 155 pounds. The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion has ended his two-fight experiment at featherweight and will return to the division over which he once ruled. Pettis will meet veteran Jim Miller at UFC 213 in Las Vegas on July 8. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:14AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Rashad Coulter added to UFC 211, Faces Chase Sherman
Dallas TX heavyweight Rashad “Daywalker” Coulter will make his UFC debut as the hometown favorite at UFC 211 later this month. That’s according to a report by the Dallas Morning News‘ Mark Francescutti, who notes that Coulter (8-1) will replace the injured Dmitry Poberezhets on the card. Opposite Coulter, who is on a five fight win streak that includes stops in Bellator MMA and LFA will be Chase Sherman (9-3). Sherman is himself an injury replacement, filling in for Jarjis Danho. He’s 1-1 in the UFC to date.
Submitted May 3, 2017 9:21PM by JLS - 2 comments
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UFC champ Tyron Woodley needs opponent for upcoming title defense, calls out many fighters
Tyron Woodley is training for a fight but still has no opponent. The UFC welterweight champ told “UFC Unfiltered” that finding someone to face him in the octagon has been more difficult than he thought.
Submitted May 3, 2017 8:02PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Longtime UFC veteran Nik Lentz announces departure from American Top Team, figuring out future plans
Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center. Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) stated on Twitter, “Choosing to part ways with American Top Team. I wish the team and all of the coaches well.” In a text message to MMAjunkie, Lentz declined to go into specifics about his departure. The 32-year-old fighter said he’s in the process of finding a new team.
Submitted May 3, 2017 8:01PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Dominick Cruz eyeing Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw winner: ‘I think that I’ve earned that position’
Dominick Cruz has stayed plenty busy in the months since his UFC 207 title loss to Cody Garbrandt, traveling the country in his role as a FOX Sports analyst and even appearing in the UFC broadcast booth as a color announcer during fight nights. But now, after giving his body a break from the rigors of fight camp, Cruz is beginning to turn his gaze back towards his next move in the UFC bantamweight division. And for the former two-time champion — a man who many consider to be the G.O.A.T. of 135 pounds — a shot at the winner of UFC 213’s showdown between Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is precisely what Cruz covets next.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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‘Refreshed’ Rory MacDonald returns home to Kelowna, ready for second chapter of his career
When we last saw Rory MacDonald he was in the UFC against Stephen Thompson, in the fan-friendly confines of Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, fighting out his contract for a chance to explore free agency. Eleven months later he’s now settled in with Bellator, and he’s heading into enemy territory. MacDonald — perhaps the most prized free agent of 2016 — will face England’s own Paul Daley in London on May 19 at the SSE Arena. It will mark the Bellator debut of one of MMA’s finest talents, who put on a Fight of the Year back in 2015 fighting then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Dan Henderson to make promotional appearance for Bellator during fight series at NASCAR event
When last we saw Dan Henderson, he was fighting for the UFC middleweight title. Now, he’s working for Bellator. Sort of. Henderson, the former Pride champion and MMA legend, will be making a promotional appearance signing autographs for fans and taking pictures for Bellator next month in Charlotte. Henderson will be part of the first stop on the Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series, which includes live fights and appearances by prominent names, the promotion announced Tuesday. Tito Ortiz will also be there.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:58PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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The Andersons are playing with matches, and the sparks are flying
Monday was unique in that two of the hardest to book contenders perhaps in the history of the UFC found huckleberries. During an appearance on The MMA Hour, current Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson made it abundantly clear that she would fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 in July if the UFC would but ask. Volunteering to meet “Cyborg” in 2017 is like picking a fight with Sir Rider Haggard’s “She” in some dark corner of Hell.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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