Matt Riddle: “I Got Fired For Taking My Medicine”
“They (UFC legal department) hit me up yesterday morning and said I had failed a drug test,” Riddle told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I still don’t know how it’s possible; I quit smoking three weeks out from the fight. I’ve passed drug tests when I quit two weeks out from a fight; it’s just crazy to me. I asked for my numbers and they sent me a form that just said I tested positive for marijuana. It didn’t say how much, it just said I was over the amount.”
”It is what it is I’ve failed two drug tests in seven months. There’s not much I can do I was prescribed my medicine and I’m going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don’t want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it’s just s****y, but it is what it is.”
Cage Ban Confirmed for Western Australia MMA
The Western Australian government has passed legislation for the cage to be banned for all local MMA fights as of March 1, 2013.
The government announced its intentions midway through January 2013, and Minister for Sports Terry Waldron confirmed the decision after the Department of Sports and Recreation commissioners met with promoters to inform them of the new law change. The decision was based upon “image” concerns, not on fighter safety.
“We just don’t want to see cage fighting in Western Australia,” Premier Colin Barnett said. “It’s been a policy decision of the state government.
Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters.
Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Hunger Games? Nike? What’s Next After Ronda Rousey Signs with WME Talent Agency?
The UFC women’s bantamweight championship now firmly around her waist, is The Hunger Games franchise, as rumored, next on the list for Ronda Rousey to conquer?
Maybe or maybe not, but an entirely new world of sponsorships and other endeavors has opened up, as Rousey signed on with WME (William Morris Endeavor), the largest and oldest talent agency in the world.
Rousey’s signing with WME was first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday...
Chavez Jr. receives $900K fine and 9 month suspension from NSAC
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) was really smacked around today in his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to determine his case for his positive marijuana test from his last fight against Sergio Martinez last year on September 15h.
Chavez Jr. basically threw himself on the mercy of the Commission. He had no real concrete reasons why he chose to use marijuana in the weeks before his fight with Martinez. The only thing Chavez Jr. could say is he smoked in nine days before the fight in order to relieve stress.
'Bellator 95: Curran vs. Shamhalaev' set with 11 bouts, including Nover, DeBlass
The fight card is set for April's Bellator 95 event, which includes a championship headliner between featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), who recently replaced injured Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC).
The event takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
The full Bellator 95 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - for featherweight title
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA - middleweight-tournament final
Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland
Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera
PRELIMINARY (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET)
Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera
Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza
Darrel Horcher vs. Phillipe Nover
Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass
Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes
Will Martinez vs. Michael Phillips
Brett Martinez vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight.
The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight.
Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
WSOF lightweight John Gunderson calls out Jacob Volkmann
Veteran lightweight John Gunderson (34-14-2) would like to welcome recent World Series of Fighting signee Jacob Volkmann (15-4) into the promotion's decagon.
"I just don't like the guy," Gunderson on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't like any of the s--- he says, and I don't like the style he fights. He's gotten on my nerves ever since I've seen him fight."
The UFC vet, whose WSOF debut was delayed by a neck injury, is back to training at upstart Las Vegas gym Syndicate MMA, where he works alongside UFC vets Mike Pyle, Vinny Magalhaes and others.
Bellator 91 weigh-in results: M'Pumbu, Vegh official for 205-pound title fight
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
-Christian M'Pumbu (201.6) vs. Attila Vegh (204) - for light-heavyweight title
-Saad Awad (155.5) vs. Will Brooks (156) - lightweight tournament semifinals
-Jason Fischer (155.6) vs. David Rickels (155.7) - lightweight tournament semifinals
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7:45 p.m. ET)
-Blas Avena (170.7) vs. Lenny Lovato (170.9)
-Andres Quintana (145.5) vs. Russell Wilson (145)
-Holly Holm (135.2) vs. Katie Merrill (135.4)
-Josh Montoya (135.4) vs. Ed West (135.9)
-Adrian Cruz (135.5) vs. Nick Gonzalez (135.4)
-Josh Appelt (245.1) vs. Josh Lanier (212)
-Yair Moguel (187.6) vs. Brennan Ward (184.9)
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized.
Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8.
Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event.
The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza*
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker*
* Not officially announced
With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95
With Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) sidelined by a broken hand, his title fight with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) will instead go to recent tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC).
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the change.
The title fight headlines Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. It's part of the Spike TV-televised main card, which follows prelims on Spike.com.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first passed along news of Straus' injury earlier this week.