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An investigation of Robbie Lawler’s ‘very suspicious’ test results
Rory MacDonald recently claimed on the MMA Hour that Robbie Lawler tested 'four times higher than the limit,' and had some ‘very suspicious’ results. I believe Rory is referring to the Nevada athletic commission tests which were performed at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab In June 2015—prior to their UFC 189 bout—the results of which were first brought to my attention by @dimspace on twitter.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 3:47PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
‘Fan’ sues Jon Jones over UFC 200 removal
Business and analytics writer Paul Gift reports for BE that on August 19, Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, as well as his managers, First Round Management. Slattery charges concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence. Slattery reports he bought four tickets “for the express purpose” of seeing the unification fight between Jones and division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. “Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein,” argued Slattery. “In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:19PM by tildengolfer - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC signs Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held
Bellator MMA recently signed away from the UFC an exciting fighter who turned pro at 16. That of course was Rory MacDonald. Now an exciting Bellator MMA fighter who turned pro at 16 just announced he has signed with the UFC. No, MacDonald did not change his mind. Instead, the UFC has signed “the prodigy of Polish MMA” Marcin Held. Held is a phenomenal grappler, who started BJJ at nine, and was promoted to black belt at 21, becoming the youngest black belt in his native Poland. He took bronze at the 2010 ADCC Submission Wrestling European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and gold at both the 2011 FILA Grappling European Championships and 2010 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu European Championships.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:18PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
With 3-hour broadcast, 6-bout WSOF 33 main card complete with Nurmagomedov-Howard
The lineup is set for WSOF’s first three-hour main-card broadcast. Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie two new and final main-card additions for WSOF 33. They include welterweights John Howard (24-12) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (12-1) and heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) vs. Ashley Gooch (10-4). WSOF 33, which features two title fights, takes place Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:17PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Former UFC lightweight Ramsey Nijem signs with WSOF
The Ultimate Fighter season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has signed a an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with World Series of Fighting. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday. Nijem hasn't fought in over a year. His last fight was at UFC on Fox 16 back in July 2015, where he lost a split-decision to Andrew Holbrook. The 28-year-old lightweight is currently 9-6 as a professional fighter and has fought for the UFC since 2011, compiling a record of 5-5. Nijem holds notable victories over Beneil Dariush, Joe Proctor, and Danny Downes. Nijem's WSOF debut is expected to be announced soon, according to the promotion.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:14PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang booked for ONE: Defending Honor in November
ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will look for his third consecutive title defense in November when he'll face off with Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor, ONE Championship announced. Aoki, 33, is riding a nine-fight win streak dating back to 2012 across three weight classes. He won the ONE championship lightweight title after scoring a second-round submission victory over Kotetsu Boku in 2013. Since then, he's competed at featherweight, defended his ONE title twice and most recently scored a first-round TKO victory over Kazushi Sakuraba in a welterweight contest in December. His record stands at 39-6 with 1 no contest.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:13PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans moves to middleweight, wants to fight in New York but has no official opponent
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be making a drop in weight class for his next UFC bout. Evans, who built an impressive career in the UFC's 205-pound division, seizing light heavyweight gold and competing against the best fighters in the world for many years, announced his drop to middleweight on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. The 36-year-old fighter also clarified previous reports that stated he'll be fighting Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in November.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:11PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
For those complaining about UFC fighter pay and heralding Bellator for being more profitable for fighters
The proof is all right here, we seen folks all upset about Uda, wonder how many showings in Bellator it would take for him to make that NFL money. Main card (Spike) Benson Henderson ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Patricio Freire ($50,000) Derek Anderson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Saad Award ($18,000) Georgi Karakhanyan ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Bubba Jenkins ($14,000) A.J. McKee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody Walker ($8,000) Prelims (Spike.com) David Duran ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Kyle Estrada ($1,500) Steve Ramirez ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Ron Henderson ($2,000) Joey Davis ($5,000 + no win bonus = $5,000) def. Keith Cutrone ($1,500) Gabriel Green ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Alex Trinidad ($1,500) Andy Murad ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000) Jake Roberts ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Stephen Martinez ($2,500) Chinzo Machida ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mario Navarro Jr. ($2,500) Jacob Rosales ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Segura ($1,500)
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 10:57PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator
How about Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York City?
Here’s some fuel for your fantasy matchmaking. How about a November showdown between former champion Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and rising contender Donald Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC) at UFC 205? It’s a fight at least one of the potential participants is campaigning for.
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 5:40PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ex-UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald not likely to make Bellator debut until summer 2017
If you’re anxious to see how Rory MacDonald will do now that he’s made the move from the UFC to Bellator, you’re going to be waiting for a while. After his official introduction as the newest member of Bellator’s welterweight division this past Friday at Bellator 160, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., MacDonald said he’s not expecting to step into the Bellator cage for the first time until 2017. MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has struggled with recurring broken nose issues and said he wants his nose to heal once and for all before getting back in another fight.
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 5:36PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Scorecards: Jim Miller topped Joe Lauzon with 67% of judges – but just 7% of media, 11% of fans
In Saturday’s network-televised opener at UFC on FOX 21, Miller (27-8 MMA, 16-7 UFC) and Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) engaged in a grueling, bloody and hard-fought three-round lightweight scrap. And like the first meeting, which came at UFC 155 in 2012, Miller again emerged victorious. This time, it was via split decision, with two of the three judges sitting cageside at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena awarding Miller the victory via 29-28 scores (watch the Miller vs. Lauzon video highlights). However, the judges turned in three different scorecards, and they agreed on only one round: the first, which Miller picked up with 10-9 scores.
Submitted Aug 28, 2016 9:48PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 21 bonuses: Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon earn Fight of the Night again
A tight finish in a rematch helped Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller earn Fight of the Night honors, UFC officials announced after UFC on FOX 21 on Saturday night. Miller defeated Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) to kick off the main card portion of the card. Miller also defeated Lauzon in their previous meeting at UFC 155, which earned them Fight of the Night honors as well. For Lauzon, it was the 14th post-fight bonus of his career. The night's additional two Performance of the Night bonuses went to Paige VanZant and Demian Maia.
Submitted Aug 28, 2016 10:01AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Invicta FC 19 adds six fights, including MMA debut of Lion Fight champ Tiffany Van Soest
Invicta FC’s returns next month with a pair of title fights at the top of the bill, and now the rest of the card has taken shape. Invicta FC 19 has six new fights, including the pro MMA debut of muay Thai and kickboxing standout Tiffany Van Soest. Invicta FC 19 takes place Sept. 23 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, interim flyweight champ Jennifer Maia defends her title against Roxanne Modafferi, and in the co-feature, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends her belt against Jinh Yu Frey.
Submitted Aug 27, 2016 9:47AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone earns Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone earned his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall last night. Although Donald Cerrone is lauded for his kickboxing ability and dynamic striking, Cowboy is also a highly skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. The combat sports veteran has 16 submissions to his name and, last night at Easton Training Center in Denver, Colorado, Cerrone was awarded his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 11:05PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC’s Adam Hunter flagged by USADA, pulled from UFC on FOX 21 fight
Saturday night's card is down a fight. Adam Hunter was flagged by USADA for a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation Friday and was removed from his UFC on FOX 21 bout with Ryan Janes, the UFC announced Friday. Hunter failed a drug test in an out-of-competition sample taken Aug. 11. USADA does not release the name of the substance until after the adjudication process or when the athlete does so first. Hunter (7-1), a middleweight, was set to make his UFC debut. The New Brunswick, Canada native was riding a seven-fight winning streak into what would have been a fight with Janes. Hunter, 32, is coming off a first-round knockout of Chris Dempsey in June under the GOTC banner. Janes (8-1) has won seven straight and he, too, was attempting to make his UFC debut. Now the nearby Victoria, B.C., native will be without a fight on the card. Both Hunter and Janes officially weighed in Friday morning. The UFC released the following statement Friday evening:
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 11:00PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
David Branch to Defend 205-Pound Title Against Vinny Magalhaes at WSOF 33
WSOF 33 goes down on Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan., and will be headlined by a lightweight championship tilt between titlist Justin Gaethje and Ozzy Dugulubgov. NBCSN will televise the action live. Branch, who is also the promotion’s 185-pound champion, snagged the light heavyweight strap by submitting Teddy Holder via rear-naked choke last September. He defended his crown in April by edging Clifford Starks over five rounds and now Branch, who hasn’t lost since Anthony “Rumble” Johnson beat him on points four years ago at Titan FC 22, looks to win his ninth in a row versus Magalhaes.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 5:03PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Valentina Shevchenko signs seven-fight extension with the UFC
Valentina Shevchenko has settled into the UFC pretty nicely. And now she has a brand new, long-term contract for her hard work. Shevchenko signed a new, seven-fight extension with the UFC this week, her manager Roger Allen told MMA Fighting on Friday. UFC officials confirmed the news. The Kyrgyzstan native is coming off a huge unanimous decision win over Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 last month. Shevchenko debuted with a split decision win over Sarah Kaufman last December before falling to now-champion Amanda Nunes by unanimous decision at UFC 196 in March. Shevchenko (13-2) is a 17-time former Muay Thai world champion and one of the most decorated strikers in the UFC, male or female. The 28-year-old has lived in Peru for the last eight years, but also trains in Houston and Thailand often. Her only two pro MMA losses have come against Liz Carmouche and Nunes.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 4:51PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Perry quickly booked, meets 'Hot Chocolate' at UFC 204 in England
Less than a week after his UFC-debut win, Mike Perry has his next assignment. Perry (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who upset Hyun Gyu Lim via first-round TKO at UFC 202 this past weekend, is slated to fight fellow welterweight Danny Roberts (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 204, officials today announced. UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 3:53PM by JLS1980 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim slated for UFC's return to Northern Ireland
UFC is close to finalizing the main event for its return show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim is currently slated to headline UFC Fight Night 99 on Nov. 19, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight. Nelson (15-2-1) is coming off a second-round submission of Albert Tumenov in May, improving his UFC record to 6-2. Kim (21-3-1, 1 NC) hasn't fought since his Nov. 2015 win over Dominic Waters. He was scheduled to fight Neil Magny at UFC 202, however, he pulled out of the fight due to a minor injury.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 12:44PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Featherweight prospect Paddy Pimblett meets Johnny Frachey in Cage Warriors 78 title fight
Cage Warriors will crown a new featherweight champion next month at Cage Warriors 78. Officials today announced Paddy Pimblett (11-1) and Johnny Frachey (18-10) are slated for the fight, which awards the winner the vacant 145-pound title. Cage Warriors 78 takes place Sept. 10 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. The belt was previously held by current UFC fighters Alex Enlund and Jim Alers.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 6:35AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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