UFC 149 wins for Riddle, Rivera overturned to no contests after positive drug tests
Following the Thursday news that a pair of UFC 149 fighters had tested positive for banned substances, the UFC has issued a statement.
As MMAjunkie.com reported earlier this week, UFC 149 fighters Matt Riddle and Francisco Rivera tested positive following the July event. Riddle tested positive for marijuana, while Rivera was flagged for an over-the-counter stimulant.
Both were suspended for 90 days by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission. Those suspensions expired on Friday, the day the UFC issued its statement.
Roy Nelson's manager says Shane Carwin and camp has found crafty way out of blood testing
We've been closely following the drama surrounding the drug testing for the upcoming UFC bout between Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin over the past week and now Nelson's manager has reached out to confirm that VADA testing is out.
Mike Kogan sent me a tweet on Twitter last night, explaining the "crafty" way Carwin's team found out of the testing.
Here's the tweet:
@brentbrookhouse this @ShaneCarwin @roynelsonmma VADA thing is been boiling over with too much drama.. Roy wanted additional testing Shane and his management danced around the issue talking about everything but the answer. Today I finally got the answer from Jason that they will not do VADA but will gladly do others. Problem is others aren't offering to sponsor the test and I'm pretty sure Jason not gonna pay. So this was crafty way to get out of blood testing. Either way he getting his ass beat by Roy so it's whatever at this point.
So, VADA is out.
Jones vs. Sonnen Targeted for New Jersey
Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson, coaches of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, will square off at the season finale on Dec. 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The recently announced pairing of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as coaches for TUF 17 will not follow the same path.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale will take place at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, but it’s not going to feature the coaches. Jones vs. Sonnen will instead head a pay-per-view fight card on April 27, likely in New Jersey.
'UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II' official for Dec. 29 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas
The UFC's annual year-end card in Las Vegas is set for Dec. 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The long-talked about event was made official by the UFC on Friday for the date and location that previously had been reported by MMAjunkie.com. Though the event number and date were known, the MGM Grand location had not been made formal until Friday, nor had the main event.
Headlining the card, as expected, is a title fight between heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos meets ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez in the pay-per-view's main event.
Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes official for December's UFC on FX 6 event
A long-rumored featherweight matchup between Hacran Dias and Chad Mendes is now official for December's UFC on FX 6 event.
UFC executives recently confirmed the contest, which was originally reported by Brazilian outlet SporTV.
UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
Former BALCO boss Victor Conte estimates 50 percent of MMA fighters using PEDs
Former doping specialist turned anti-doping crusader Victor Conte has a potentially sobering view of mixed martial arts.
During a recent appearance on UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan's popular podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," Conte said he estimates around half of all current MMA fightersareusing some type of performance-enhancing drug.
"From total of all performance-enhancing drugs, it's in the neighborhood of 50 percent," Conte told Rogan.
Report: Japanese star Kazuo Misaki to retire after DEEP 60 bout
It appears as if the former Grabaka Hitman is choosing retirement over a cloudy future in Strikeforce. Kazuo Misaki (25-11-2, 1 NC), the Pride 2006 welterweight grand prix winner, will take one more bout in Japan before he hangs them up for good according to MMAAsia.com:
In the biggest news of the night, the legendary Kazuo Misaki announced that he will step away from MMA action and that his final fight will be at DEEP’s December 22 Haleo Impact event. Due to Misaki’s Strikeforce contract, the match may have to be a "special exhibition bout" and no opponent was named.
Demian Maia would like to fight Jon Fitch or Nick Diaz
"I think Nick Diaz and Jon Fitch that opponents would surely have much name this division and I would climb fast. The others, I think they are marked with struggles, but these two guys are certainly very tough and they would have proved much I climb in the division.
I think the two have much jiu-jitsu. Both with Nick as with Fitch. Both are good with that, just that I feel more focused on the Fitch's wrestling than with his jiu-jitsu, and Nick is a guy more with boxing than jiu-jitsu."
In wake of cancellation of Sheila Gaff fight at Cage Warriors 49, Rosi Sexton says, 'I'm out!'
The fallout from Sheila Gaff pulling out of their fight may extend for more than one bout for Rosi Sexton.
Gaff and Sexton were scheduled to meet for the vacant flyweight title at next week's Cage Warriors 49 card. On Friday, though, it was announced Gaff is off the card, citing an illness.
In response, Sexton, on her official Twitter account, said she may be done with the sport – saying women's MMA has an issue with competitors' drug use.
Phil Davis tapped to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December
Despite losing Chael Sonnen as his opponent, Forrest Griffin will remain on the UFC 155 card this December to close out 2012. UFC President Dana White confirmed as much this week in a conference call regarding Sonnen's coaching slot opposite Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter.
Now, Griffin has a new opponent, as the UFC announced on Friday that Griffin will now meet Phil Davis on the card. The bout is likely to serve as co-main event under the Heavyweight Championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens issues video following release from jail
UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens spent 12 days in jails in Minnesota and Iowa this month, but earlier this week was released.
The fighter's management team on Wednesday released a statement on Stephens' website, and the fighteralso released a video in which he thanked the UFC and fansfortheir support and maintained his innocence.
"I'm innocent, and I get a chance to prove myself," Stephens
UFC153:Silva vs.Bonnar Medical Suspensions; Several Fighters Face Six Months Off
The UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar medical suspensions were released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday. There was no sanctioning commission for the event, which took place on Oct. 13 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, so the suspensions were submitted by the UFC to the Association of Boxing Commissions database maintained by Mixed Martial Arts LLC.
Several fighters received six-month suspensions
'TUF 16' coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson randomly tested by NSAC
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reportedly has selected Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson for out-of-competition testing in advance of their fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the impending test, which was subsequently confirmed to MMAjunkie.com by the fighters' representatives.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission declined comment on the matter.
UFC contender Glover Teixeira fine facing Jackson but hopes 'Rampage' truly focused
UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira appears to again be in line for a huge opportunity against former 205-pound champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
And if that's what the UFC wants, Teixeira said, then he's just fine with that.
Of course, if Jackson is next in line, Teixeira said he hopes it's a fully motivated, fully dedicated "Rampage." After all, the Brazilian slugger believes wins are important, but he only wants to fight the best opponents available.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira says he's 'training again', wants Forrest Griffin at UFC 155
Days after Big Nog's win over Dave Herman, "Lil' Nog" Antonio Rogerio Nogueira aimed to get back into action by asking to replace Chael Sonnen as Forrest Griffin's opponent at UFC 155.
The last time we saw Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, he soundly defeated Tito Ortiz at UFC 140, but he has yet to fight this year. He was Alexander Gustafsson's original opponent for the Sweden card in April, but an injury forced him out and there have been no murmurs about his future since. Well that's changed after Forrest Griffin was left without an opponent following the UFC's decision to send the undefeated, undisputed Chael Sonnen against Jon Jones for the light-heavyweight title. Lil' Nog took to Twitter to announce he's healthy, training, and wants Forrest Griffin at UFC 155.
2 fighters suspended following positive UFC 149 drug tests
Two more UFC fighters recently tested positive for banned substances.
Following July's UFC 149 event, welterweight Matt Riddle was flagged for marijuana while featherweight Francisco Rivera tested positive for an undisclosed over-the-counter stimulant, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the event.
Both fighters were suspended for 90 days retroactive to the July 21 event, which makes them eligible to fight on Friday. The results of their respective bouts were not changed.
According to sources close to the competitors, both fighters declined to appeal their punishments and apologized for their actions.
CroCop: "I suffered from a mental barrier in the UFC"
Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic says he was suffering from “a huge mental barrier” during his time with the UFC.
The legendary Croatian heavyweight, winner of the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix in 2006, joined the UFC in 2007 and was expected to smash his way to a title shot with ease. Instead he was knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga in his second fight for the organisation and never really recovered his confidence.
Having left the UFC recently he was expected to retire, but instead he returned to his first love, kickboxing. CroCop always regretted not having won a K-1 tournament and so now, even though the organisation is shadow of its former self and all the top fighters are in Glory, he is taking a run at winning a K-1GP title.
Last week he fought US heavyweight Randy Blake and won a unanimous decision to progress to the next stage. There was controversy when CroCop struck Blake after a knockdown - clearly still in MMA mode - and was then flattened by Blake when he was looking for a glove touch by way of apology.
Anderson Silva says that if Jon Jones agrees to, he'd be willing to work on a catchweight bout.
What was once an impossibility seems to have become something that is routed to happen. A fight between two of the biggest names in the MMA world may finally be making the dreams of fans and passing slowly becoming reality. In an interview during a promotional event in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Anderson Silva has admitted for the first time, you may face Jon Jones , regarded by many as the only fighter able to overcome it in the UFC octagon, yet that unwillingly.
- "People are talking about it so much ... I have no such intention, it has something that motivates me, just because they have other athletes on my team, as Nogueira, Maldonado, Beans, Cauldron, which is the weight of it. My weight is 84kg, this is my title. But people talk so much, and we are the official UFC. Of course, I do not want to be talking, but what if he goes there and accepted the money that Dana will give him wanting to fight? It'll be difficult. It's not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I dunno ... I would not. But if it happens, would be that the weight-matched. Not worth his belt. I already got mine and I do not want to leave a title dropped."
The statement was the first Spider admitting that confrontation regarded by many as "the real fight of the century" might happen. After the press conference of UFC Rio III in the early hours of last Sunday, the UFC president, Dana White, said he will make every effort to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva would face, because that is the will of the fans.
UFC Featherweight Dustin Poirier joins American Top Team (ATT)
Sometimes, moving up means moving out.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Dustin Poirier has left the Gladiators Academy in South Louisiana to join the established mixed martial arts (MMA) stars at American Top Team (ATT) in Coconut Creek, Florida, home to several current and former Octagon veterans.
Legalization of MMA Across Canada Takes Another Step Forward
The legalization of mixed martial arts across Canada has taken another step forward.
Bill S-209, an Act to remove the Criminal Code prohibition on mixed martial arts, has now been introduced into the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Massimo Pacetti, according to a UFC release. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament and Chair of the MMA Caucus, was one of many other prominent MP’s to second the bill.
First introduced into the Senate by Senator Bob Runciman and then subsequently approved in June 2012, the private member’s bill must pass through three readings in the House of Commons before receiving Royal Assent.