Northcutt opponnent fails drug test for UFC 192
UFC lightweight Francisco Trevino had a bad day at UFC 192. First he failed to make weight, coming in at 160 for a 156 lbs limit division; he did not look like he went through a long, hard cut. Then he lost via ferocious TKO in the first. Then he shoved referee Herb Dean after the loss.
Now the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has announced that Trevino failed a recreational drug test, with a urine sample showing 85 ng/ml of marijuana metabolites. The TDLR’s limit is 50 ng/ml.
Nick Diaz White House Petition Hits 100,000 Signatures
A petition to the White House to lift the five-year ban on Nick Diaz has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures.
At the time of this writing, the petition has hit 111,868 signatures. The threshold of 100,000 is needed within thirty-days in order to merit a response from the White House; the petition hit the six-figure mark with two days to spare. Assistant White House Press Secretary Frank Benenati told MMAjunkie that “We do plan on responding within 60 days, per our new rule.”
Pat Curran injures knee, withdraws from Justin Lawrence bout at Bellator 145
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has withdrawn from his Bellator 145 bout opposite former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Justin Lawrence. According to a press release issued Tuesday by Bellator, Curran sustained a knee injury that caused him to be removed from the bout.
Lawrence will still appear on the card, but now faces late replacement Emmanuel Sanchez.
Georges St-Pierre sounds off on Nick Diaz's five-year suspension
Georges St-Pierre was one of the loudest advocates for more stringent drug testing regimes in mixed martial arts during his latter years in the sport, but even he can see the lunacy in the five-year suspension the Nevada Athletic Commission handed down last month to his former rival, Nick Diaz.
"Personally, I think five years is too much," St-Pierre told Canadian outlet RDS. "Especially when you think about Anderson Silva and other guys who were doping and received a lighter suspension compared to [Diaz].
Ronda Rousey's mother says daughter's coach Edmond Tarverydan is 'terrible' and a 'bad person'
Ronda Rousey's mother is nothing if not brutally honest. And for the first time, she is making it known how she feels about Rousey's coach.
AnnMaria DeMars is not a fan of Edmond Tarverdyan as a coach or a human being, she told LatiNation in a recently released video.
"I think Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly," DeMars said. "I think he's a terrible coach. I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there. She was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in."
Stipe Miocic out of next weeks fight with Ben Rothwell
An undisclosed injury has scratched UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic from next week’s UFC Fight Night 76 co-headliner, and a replacement search is underway.
Sources with knowledge of the situation today confirmed the news with MMAjunkie. The sources asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Miocic’s manager and UFC officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Narantungalag and Gafurov to unify featherweight titles at ONE Championship 35
The ONE Championship featherweight titles will be unified at ONE Championship 35 in China.
Officials today announced reigning champion Jadamba Narantungalag (10-3) and undefeated interim titleholder Marat Gafurov (12-0) will meet at next month’s event.
ONE Championship 35 takes place Nov. 21 at Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing. The event is expected to stream as an online pay-per-view in North America.
UFC inks undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho
The UFC has added undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the promotion’s active roster.
Danho’s management team, Control Master Management, announced the move, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the deal with UFC officials.
Nick Newell wasn't offered WSOF tournament spot, hopes to bypass winner for title shot
To his surprise, Nick Newell said he wasn’t asked to join the field of competitors for WSOF’s upcoming eight-man, one-night lightweight tournament.
The tournament takes place at WSOF 25 on Nov. 20, but Newell (12-1) has a fight scheduled against Tom Marcellino (7-3) at WSOF 24 on Oct. 17, which takes place at Foxwoods Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
'Cyborg' says she's been bullied by UFC president Dana White, champ Ronda Rousey
While their relationship has never been all that great, Cristiane Justino and the UFC seem to be drifting further and further apart.
“Cyborg,” the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, has long been considered a potential future opponent for UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. While the 10-pound difference has halted any shot of real fighting in the cage, it’s led to more than a few online feuds between the two fighters, as well as UFC President Dana White.
Bristol Marunde unveils aftermath of broken jaw suffered in RFA 31 headliner
As rough and tumble as the sport of MMA can be, fight fans probably never get comfortable looking at a broken jaw.
Veteran Bristol Marunde (16-10) came up short in his bid for the RFA welterweight title this past Friday. In a grueling RFA 31 headliner at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Nevada, the AXS TV-televised title bout came to an end in the fourth round, when reigning champ Gilbert Smith (12-4) connected on a flush punch.
Mike Wilkinson on Makwan Amirkhani's callout: You're 'not on my level'
Makwan Amirkhani minced no words when he called for a future matchup with fellow UFC featherweight Mike Wilkinson.
After Wilkinson (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knocked out one of Amirkhani’s (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) teammates and training partners in his most recent outing, “Mr. Finland” made it clear to MMAjunkie he wants revenge, ideally at the UFC’s scheduled event in London on Feb. 27, which is likely to be UFC Fight Night 83.