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UFC 122 Drug Tests All Clean
UFC 122 in Germany was Das Drug Free Zone. 8 fighters were tested for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse and UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today confirmed they all tested clean. The only fighters identified as tested were Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt. All of the fighters tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers. Without a regulatory body in place to oversee the event, UFC officials hired a company to conduct the testing.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 3:00PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Don't Be Fat Homie: Jason Miller Baffled By Diaz Weight Restrictions For Possible Grudge Match
And he made his feelings on the matter known recently on Joe Rogan's podcast. "[Diaz has] fought so many times at 183, he always fights there. But then when it's me, somebody he's talked sh*t about for years, his manager says fight at 178. Ok cool, I'll fight Alistair Overeem, he just has to make 190. That's it. I'll fight that [expletive] this weekend at 190. (Strikeforce) wants to do it in January. There's no way. I was a goddamn skeleton (at 170 in the UFC), it was the dumbest thing I ever did."
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 1:19PM by DCRage - 21 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
As Chael Sonnen Prepares for Steroids Hearing, More Details Emerge
In the months leading up to his UFC 117 title challenge, Chael Sonnen had plenty to say. Sonnen seemed to be everywhere, talking up his potential to dethrone champion Anderson Silva in a middleweight championship match. More than 20 minutes into the fight, he was making good on his pre-fight boasting, seemingly on his way to a career-defining victory when Silva caught him with a fifth-round triangle/arm bar submission. In the months since, Sonnen has had almost nothing to say publicly, his silence precipitated by a positive drug test in the days after the fight.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 11:50AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC eyes possible August return to Brazil
After much speculation, it appears as though the UFC will return to Brazil for the first time in more than a decade, perhaps as soon as August at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Respected journalist Joaquim Ferreira dos Santos -- a columnist for O Globo, the second-largest newspaper in Brazil -- broke the news. UFC officials initiated negotiations during an October visit for two meetings, the first with Mayor Eduardo Paes and the second with an assistant of Eike Batista, the richest businessman in Brazil. Ranked as the eighth-richest man in the world by Forbes Magazine, with an estimated net worth of $27 billion, Batista was instrumental in bringing the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 9:09AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chael Sonnen to re-emerge for steroid appeal on Thursday
The meeting will take place on Thursday at 9:30 AM at 2005 Evergreen Street (Hearing Room) in Sacramento. Who knows how the political winds have changed in California and whether or not this will be a forgiving appeals panel to one Chael Sonnen. What I do know is this — after Thursday’s hearing, we may find out some new angles to usage of PEDs in MMA. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned publicly that I thought it was curious that all of a sudden we are starting to hear reports about fighters allegedly using TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). TRT is not exactly something that you associate with healthy guys in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Yes, I realize that 2010 became the year that lots of potions and infomercials for “Low T” (testosterone) got pitched to the public to buy the latest and greatest invention to give your sex life a boost and make you more active again like you used to be. However, we’re talking about MMA fighters here who are viewed by many fans as tremendous athletes. (More on a TRT defense here.)
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 9:07AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna Slotted For UFC 127
A light-heavyweight bout between New Zealand fighter James Te Huna and Swedish competitor Alexander Gustafsson will be part of February's UFC 127 event. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 127 is expected to take place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Te Huna has fought exclusively in Australia, where he won the 2009 Cage Fighting Championships light-heavyweight grand prix, which included a knockout of former UFC fighter Anthony Perosh in the finale. That led to Te Huna's own UFC contract and a TKO victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 110, the UFC's first trip to Australia. He's been on the sidelines since that February win. After posting a perfect 8-0 record with seven stoppage wins, Gustafsson signed with the UFC and knocked out Jared Hamman in his promotional debut at UFC 105 a year ago. However, he then suffered a submission loss to top prospect Phil Davis but rebounded in October with a submission win over Cyrille Diabate at UFC 120.
Submitted Dec 1, 2010 8:46AM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha Targeted For UFC 126
In lieu of a planned bout with Jon Fitch, Jake Ellenberger instead is expected to meet welterweight prospect Carlos Eduardo Rocha on the televised main card of UFC 126. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Ellenberger was originally to have faced Fitch before Fitch was instead tapped to face BJ Penn at UFC 127.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 7:47PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce: Benji Radach vs Ovince St. Preux official for 'Henderson vs Babalu' on Dec. 4
Fast rising light heavyweight prospect Ovince St. Preux, fresh off a unanimous decision win over Antwain Britt less than two weeks ago at Strikeforce Challengers 12, will strap on the gloves once again to battle Benji Radach at the upcoming "Henderson vs. Babalu" event on Dec. 4 in St. Louis. Radach was gunning for a possible bout with Lucas Lopes after Herschel Walker withdrew from Saturday's Showtime-televised card due to injury; however, the promotion has instead matched him up with the former University of Tennessee linebacker, who is the winner of five consecutive fights with four (T)KO finishes.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 4:17PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Krzysztof Soszynski Talks UFC, Stephan Bonnar, Gerald Harris and Dana White
In the sport of mixed martial arts a fighter's fortune can change in a heartbeat. Hours of preparation and training to refine muscled mass into a flexible, powerful and agile machine can all be lost under the white hot glare of the stadium lights. The primal gear may shift into fight mode but the warrior has to recite a game plan that has been drilled a thousand times in hopes that once the cage door closes everything that has been picked up along the road traveled will finally produce gains. When the referee steps aside and the action hits full tilt anything can happen but when TUF alum Krzysztof Soszynski faced Goran Reljic at UFC 122 all of the hard work in combination with the desire to bounce back from a disappointing performance brought the end result he was determined to find. "The Polish Experiment" dictated every step of the three round affair in route to grinding Reljic to exhaustion. Several times during the bout Soszynski looked close to finishing Reljic but the Croatian light heavyweight persevered and held on until the final bell. The end result came as a unanimous decision victory for Soszynski and while on paper it will fall as another notch in the win column, to Krzysztof it meant that past issues where resolved and he was back to doing what he does best. A few days after returning to the states I caught up with Krzysztof to talk about his victory over Goran Reljic in addition to other major topics that have hit the MMA headlines since his fight in Germany at UFC 122. In this Bloody Elbow Exclusive interview "The Polish Experiment" added his unique perspective to several of the larger fires that are currently burning across MMA.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 4:15PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Trial Begins for Man Accused of Manslaughter in Death of Tapout's 'Mask'
Opening statements began on Tuesday in the vehicular manslaughter trial of Jeffrey David Kirby, the driver of a Porsche that allegedly crashed into the Ferrari of Tapout co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis in an accident that killed Lewis. Kirby was arrested shortly after the March 11, 2009 crash in Newport Beach, California, registering a .13 blood/alcohol level, well above the legal limit. According to the Orange County Register, prosecutor Jason Baez told jurors in his opening statement that skid marks show that Kirby was driving at speeds over 100 mph when he lost control of his car and crashed into Lewis.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 4:11PM by emfleek - 12 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera promoted to UFC 125 main card
An intriguing light-heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (11-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has been salvaged from untelevised purgatory. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the onetime preliminary-card bout has been promoted to the pay-per-view main card of "UFC 125: Resolution." The event takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 4:10PM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC Fighter Lee Murray's Bank Heist Sentence Increased to 25 Years
Former UFC fighter Lee Murray, who was convicted of masterminding the biggest non-wartime cash heist in history, has had his prison sentence increased from 10 years to 25, according to BBC News. On February 22, 2006, Murray and a group of others broke into a Securitas cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent and escaped with the U.S. equivalent of $92.5 million in cash. A series of arrests soon followed and the British-born Murray was named as the mastermind of the crime.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 11:47AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Greg Jackson Fires Back at Dana White Over Recent Criticism
MMA trainer Greg Jackson isn't pleased with some of the recent comments coming from UFC president Dana White, so he decided to do something about it. With White criticizing the Jackson camp for what he describes as a boring, conservative approach to fights, Jackson is firing back with a weapon of his own: statistical analysis. On Monday night Jackson sent MMA Fighting an email listing all the bonus awards and finishes tallied by his fighters in Zuffa events in 2010. The list includes the names of 20 Jackson camp fighters who competed in the UFC or WEC in 2010, but perhaps the most telling figure is the distribution of UFC's bonuses after each event, Jackson explained. "Here's a quick stat for you. So there's been 22 [UFC events] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year," Jackson said in a phone interview. "So one out of every two, one of my fighters got Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, or Fight of the Night."
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 11:46AM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Strikeforce Not Interested in Signing Gerald Harris...Right Now.
When Gerald Harris was released by the UFC last week following his loss to Maiquel Falcao, a lot of his fans hoped he would resurface with Strikeforce. However, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that the organization isn't interested in signing "Hurricane."
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 11:44AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Nate Marquardt Calls Out (And Wants To Knock Out) Wanderlei Silva
Evidently Marquardt thinks the path from "choker" (as Dana White called him) back to #1 contender involves a fight he thinks everyone wants...and some promises. "In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva. I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war. Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression."
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 11:06AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC middleweight contender Gerald Harris: "I messed up"
Believe it or not, Gerald Harris (17-3) is not angry. Despite being released from the UFC following a decision loss to Maiquel Falcao (26-3) at UFC 123, Harris does not harbor ill will toward the organization or UFC president Dana White, who was openly critical of Harris' performance. Instead, Harris said he has learned a valuable lesson from his release and vows to be a better fighter the next time he's in the cage. "I messed up," Harris told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I had the biggest opportunity in the world, and I didn't seize the day. I didn't take advantage of the situation I was in.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 8:34AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bisping wasn't interested in Rivera at UFC 127, now he'll teach opponent a lesson
Michael Bisping's bout agreement was signed the moment Jorge Rivera (18-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) called him out. Bisping (20-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) said there was no other choice than to say yes, even if Rivera wasn't in his crosshairs. "I had to take the fight just to shut him up," he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). As MMAjunkie.com earlier reported, the two will meet at UFC 127, which takes place Feb. 27 at the Acer Arena in Sydney. Bisping in February co-headlined the promotion's first trip Down Under at UFC 110 and fell short on points to Wanderlei Silva.
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 8:31AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Was Gerald Harris Released Because He Wasn't "Being A Team Player"?
Jon Jones thinks so. "That's absolutely insane. ... You know a lot of times when you get booted, I think it's because of guys not being team players. The UFC likes guys who show up on time, they're never late to their appearances, they don't give people in the offices a hard time, they don't give too much of a big fight when it comes to contract negotiations; they like guys who are team players. Maybe he wasn't being a team player. I mean, three knockouts and one loss and to get booted, there's definitely something more than performance. ... There's more to the story."
Submitted Nov 30, 2010 7:46AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kyle Noke Heads Home To Australia To Face Chris Camozzi At UFC 127
Kyle Noke will get his wish and head home to Australia for his next fight as the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor will face off against former housemate Chris Camozzi in a middleweight bout on the UFC 127 fight card. The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the negotiations on Monday, with verbal agreements in place for the Feb. 27 bout. Since his time on the 11th season of the reality show, Noke (18-4-1) has looked impressive stopping both of his opponents, picking up wins over Josh Bryant and Rob Kimmons...
Submitted Nov 29, 2010 7:45PM by Khaos - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Replacement Mike Kyle meets Antonio Silva at "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu"
Mike Kyle (18-7-1 MMA, 2-2-1 SF) has stepped in as an injury replacement for Valentijn Overeem (28-25 MMA, 0-0 SF) and now meets heavyweight Antonio Silva (14-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the switch with multiple sources close to the show, including a Strikeforce official. The fight is part of the Showtime-televised main card of the show, which takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Overeem was forced off the card this past week with an elbow injury
Submitted Nov 29, 2010 7:03PM by Twenty20Dollars - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
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