Alexander Shlemenko’s drug suspension to be lifted after court ruling
Alexander Shlemenko will be able to fight again in the United States much sooner than expected.
The former Bellator middleweight champion had his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) reduced in a court decision Wednesday, per court documents. Shlemenko tested positive for steroids in February 2015 and was levied the sanctions by a unanimous commission vote in June 2015.
The California Superior Court ruled that CSAC was only able to suspend Shlemenko until his license expired back on Feb. 28.. Shlemenko will also have to pay only a $5,000 fine. The Russian fighter's suspension will be lifted as soon as he pays the fine. Shlemenko is still under contract with Bellator, per promotion spokesperson Danny Brener.
ADCC champion Davi Ramos signs with RFA, debut in August
Davi Ramos will finally return to mixed martial arts in August.
The lightweight prospect impressed with his run to win the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015, and is booked to meet Ray Cercera in his RFA debut on Aug. 19 in Visalia, Calif., sources told MMA Fighting.
Ramos (4-1), who won the ADCC gold medal at the 170-pound division, fought for the last time in October 2014, losing to David Rickels in his first and only Bellator fight. In his previous bouts, Ramos scored four stoppage victories.
Rousimar Palhares returns to middleweight for KSW debut against Michal Materla
Rousimar Palhares will return to the middleweight division for his KSW debut against former champion Michal Materla on Oct. 1, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a report by MMA Rocks.
Palhares (18-7) had a successful 4-0 run as a welterweight with four submission before suffering his first defeat against Emil Meek last May. According to his manager Alex Davis, "Toquinho" will return to 170 pounds after this upcoming fight.
Materla (23-5) held and defended the KSW middleweight championship for over three years before suffering a 31-second loss to Mamed Khalidov last November. Materla recently improved to 14-3 under the KSW banner with a first-round stoppage over Antoni Chmielewski.
Jose Aldo: I had a spy in Frankie Edgar's training room during UFC 200 fight week
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jose Aldo returned in grand fashion at UFC 200, defeating Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision to claim the interim featherweight championship.
Back in Brazil, the Nova Uniao fighter has revealed that he had a spy during fight week.
The UFC usually separates the fighters at the hotel in two different groups, and Aldo says that he looked at the list of athletes training at the second room to see who could give him information about Edgar’s training routine and strategy. According to the interim champion, that’s why he didn’t throw many kicks during the 25-minute fight.
Emil Meek out of UFC debut after possible USADA anti-doping policy conflict
Emil Meek has been pulled from what would have been his UFC debut due to a potential conflict with the promotion's anti-doping policy.
During the new athlete onboarding process, Meek informed USADA that he recently underwent medical treatment that might be out of compliance with the UFC's anti-doping policy, the promotion said Wednesday in a statement. Because of that disclosure, Meek was removed from a fight with Jessie Ayari at UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett on Sept. 3 in Hamburg, Germany.
Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia shifted from UFC 202 to UFC on FOX 21 main event
The highly anticipated welterweight showdown between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia has shifted seven days from UFC 202 to the UFC on FOX 21 main event.
The change to the bout was originally announced on Twitter by veteran Canadian sportswriter Neil Davidson and was subsequently confirmed to MMAjunkie by UFC officials.
UFC on FOX 21 takes place Aug. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The bout order has not been set, but Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) fill the main event vacancy.
So far, the card has 10 bouts.
Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia
Charles Oliveira vs. Anthony Pettis
Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant
Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller
Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak
Thibault Gouti vs. Chad Laprise
Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey
Shane Campbell vs. Felipe Silva
Adam Hunter vs. Ryan Janes
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Garreth McLellan
Insanity behind MMA and WWE
While the dangers associated with playing professional football and other contact sports are well-documented, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) continue operate somewhat under the radar as their athletes enter the cage or ring and fight until what seems like an inevitably early death.
Michelle Waterson vs. Aisling Daly added to UFC Fight Night: Hamburg
A couple of veteran strawweights will do battle in Germany later this year.
Michelle Waterson vs. Aisling Daly has been added to UFC Fight Night: Hamburg. The promotion officially announced the 115-pound fight Tuesday morning.
Waterson (13-4) will be returning to action for the first time in over year. "The Karate Hottie" won her UFC debut last July but has since been sidelined due to a hand and knee injury.
Sean Santella out of UFC 201 bout with Wilson Reis, Hector Sandoval steps in as replacement
Again, Wilson Reis has a new opponent for UFC 201. The UFC announced on Monday that promotional newcomer Hector Sandoval will be taking on the flyweight contender.
Reis was originally scheduled to fight for the UFC flyweight title against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 201, but Johnson pulled out of the fight last week citing injury. Just days after it was reported that the flyweight champion was out of the title bout, the UFC made public that promotional newcomer Sean Santella would be stepping up on short notice to fight the Brazilian flyweight. However, on Monday the UFC announced yet another change in opponent, stating that Santella was unable to gain proper medical clearance, and that UFC newcomer Hector Sandoval will be fighting Reis instead.
Urijah Faber believes he'll get another UFC title shot
Conventional wisdom held that Urijah Faber's loss to Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 marked the end of Faber's days as a championship competitor.
After all, while Faber's groundbreaking WEC featherweight title reign from 2006-08 paved the way for mainstream recognition of mixed martial arts' lighter weight classes, his track record since then hasn't been one to write home about.
With the unanimous decision loss to Cruz, Faber is 0-6 in title fights since dropping the WEC belt to Mike Brown, accounting for UFC, WEC, and UFC interim title shots.
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson lands role in 'Kickboxer: Retaliation'
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant may have chosen to take a pass on filming a role for ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation” but heavyweight Roy Nelson did not.
According to a press release, “Big Country” Nelson (21-13 MMA, 8-9 UFC) has joined the cast for the second film of a planned trilogy. He’ll appear alongside one of the most unique casts in motion picture history...