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."
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.
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...