Ricardo Abreu retires from MMA after failing second USADA drug test
Ricardo Abreu failed a drug test while serving a two-year suspension from USADA, but that doesn’t matter to the UFC middleweight after all.
"Demente", who is suspended until June 2018 after testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June of last year, told MMA Fighting on Friday that he expected to fail a drug test and announced his decision to retire from the sport to focus on his health and family after battling depression. Combate first reported Abreu’s retirement.
Matt Brown unsure of his future in UFC: ‘If I've peaked out, that means it's time to stop’
It’s been a rough couple of years for Matt Brown. Like really rough.
As one of the top prospects to graduate from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7, Brown (20-16) struggled to find consistency inside the Octagon until a torrid, seven-fight win streak led him to a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler.
Then it all came crashing down.
Since then, the “Immortal” welterweight has been a wretched 1-5 run that left him finished in three consecutive losses. At age 36, with a family, that kind of slump can make a fighter question his or her career.
Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan
For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
The UFC’s latest fighter rankings update has removed three quite prominent fighters from its list. Free agent Lorenz Larkin no longer being ranked may be a sign that he won’t be re-signing with the promotion, but out of left field are two names you wouldn’t have expected. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn reported on Wednesday that Misha Cirkunov and Rick Story are also not under UFC contract right now.
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia.
But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down.
Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit.
The good news is that one might already be present.
UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension.
Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection.
The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Dana White interested in making Nick Diaz vs. Demian Maia
“I offered Nick Diaz the (Robbie) Lawler fight and he turned it down. Lawler accepted the fight and Nick turned it down so I’m looking for something else for Lawler right now,” White revealed on the latest “UFC Unfiltered” podcast.
“(Diaz’s team) were terrorizing me saying ‘we want a fight’ so they wanted to announce it that night at the Sacramento card (at FOX UFC Fight Night). Cause he was there, it’s the right crowd, it’s close to his hometown and they wanted to announce it. I got Robbie Lawler to accept the fight, I called him, and they turned it down and they’ve been radio silent on me ever since.”
UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban.
The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018.
A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it.
After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up.
Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston.
No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung.
"The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston.
We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
After controversial no-contest, Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira rematch slated for UFC Fight Night 106
After a controversial end to their fight fight, Tim Means and Alex Oliveira will do it again.
Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who fought to a confusing no-contest in December at UFC 207, will run it back at UFC Fight Night 106.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the welterweight matchup with Oliveira’s camp, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. Combate first reported it.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 6 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.