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A Sketchy Drug Test Didn’t Stop Vitor Belfort From Fighting At UFC 152
Just more than 24 hours ahead of their Memorial Day fight this year, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman stepped up to his opponent, Vitor Belfort, in public, ready to accuse him of cheating. At a weigh-in inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Belfort, 38, disrobed to boos. A densely muscled frame had helped him savage foes as far back as 1996, when at the age of 19 he debuted in mixed martial arts by bouncing super-heavyweight John Hess’s head off the canvas like a basketball to score a 12-second victory. From that day forward, people were drawn to his athleticism, his dynamic finishing ability, and his physique, the latter of which would be augmented over the years with performance-enhancing drugs. Additional Reading: It's almost 3 years ago to the day since Vitor Belfort stepped up on short notice to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 in Toronto. Belfort nearly submitted Jones with an armbar in the 1st round, then proceeded to get shellacked until he tapped out to an Americana in round 4. Belfort has been the subject of heavy scrutiny and multiple controversies concerning his TRT use and drug testing results, and we have another chapter to add to the book. In a special investigation penned by Josh Gross and published on Deadspin, Belfort had actually tested positive for elevated testosterone in the state of Nevada just under three weeks before fight night in Ontario.
Submitted Sep 22, 2015 5:53PM by GDPofMPG - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce. "I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Submitted Sep 16, 2015 4:40PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Nick Diaz fined $165,000, suspended five years by NSAC for UFC 183 positive drug test
After a protracted hearing that featured plenty of boring legalese from both sides, Diaz, 32, was fined $165,000 (33-percent of his $500,000 purse) and suspended for five years for what amounts to his third positive drug test in Nevada. The first came after a submission win over Takanori Gomi in 2007, followed by another in defeat to Carlos Condit in 2012. note: 5 years, god damn son, thats like prison time almost
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 5:49PM by RhythmAndStyle - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Ronda Rousey to Star in MGM’s ‘Road House’ Reboot
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is starring in MGM’s reboot of the 1980s cult classic “Road House.” Rousey will step into the role Patrick Swayze made famous...
Submitted Sep 9, 2015 1:05PM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Demetrious Johnson's Xbox sponsorship in limbo in UFC's Reebok era
At a recent media event in downtown LA, Johnson told MMAFighting.com essentially, that his Xbox sponsorship is in limbo. "I'm still in touch with them," Johnson said. "If any opportunities come up, then if I fit that role I'll be reached out. Other than that, it's just not there." The problem with maintaining outside sponsorships in the Reebok era is that the sponsor's big payoff came when their brand was displayed on television. While fighters can still do things like personal appearances outside of fight week, the sponsorship loses value if there aren't hundreds of thousands of people watching. "All the sponsors out there, they're looking for that prime-time spot, that's what they're paying for," Johnson said. "So if any, Bad Boy, Hayabusa, whatever's out there, they're looking for that prime spot. Of course they can do stuff outside the Octagon, but they're going to make their big money inside the Octagon, that's where they get the most viewers."
Submitted Sep 8, 2015 12:56PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Champion (1) Demetrious Johnson: $40,000 Challenger (2) John Dodson: $30,000 21 bouts and above (1) Frank Mir: $20,000 16 to 20 bouts (3) Andrei Arlovski: $15,000 Anthony Johnson: $15,000 Ross Pearson: $15,000 11 to 15 bouts (1) Joe Riggs: $10,000 6 to 10 bouts (4) Jessica Andrade: $5,000 John Lineker: $5,000 Jimi Manuwa: $5,000 Francisco Rivera: $5,000 1 to 5 bouts (11) Corey Anderson: $2,500 Jan Blachowicz: $2,500 Alex Chambers: $2,500 Clay Collard: $2,500 Paul Felder: $2,500 Nazareno Malegarie: $2,500 Raquel Pennington: $2,500 Joaquim Silva: $2,500 Ron Stallings: $2,500 Tiago Trator: $2,500 Paige VanZant: $2,500 Average fighter structured sponsorship payout: $8,750
Submitted Sep 8, 2015 12:52PM by GDPofMPG - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Justin Wren has returned from the Congo, but his fight for the Pygmies has just begun
Justin Wren stroked his prodigious beard, scratched the dry, red skin on his arm and squinted. "It's kind of crazy we're here," he said. "All that green." The ivy-covered coffee shop patio about two miles from the campus of UCLA brought Wren back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, more specifically, the vision he had that led him to the African nation in the first place. Four years ago, Wren was an MMA fighter struggling with addiction and depression, looking for something else of value in his life. During a spiritual retreat, he found it even if he didn't know where it was.
Submitted Aug 28, 2015 1:09PM by GDPofMPG - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Wife: Ronda Rousey dating hubby while UFC investigates him for domestic violence
Looks like Ronda Rousey's personal life just became a lot more public. Over the past couple weeks, rumors have been cropping up around the internet that the UFC's biggest star and 135 lb champ has been dating one of the promotion's current persona non grata. The man in question? Current UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, who is under investigation by the UFC after his wife publicly accused him of domestic violence back in July.
Submitted Aug 26, 2015 11:36AM by GDPofMPG - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Rumble threatens 'ugly' woman after gym incident
Not a good look for UFC fighter Anthony Johnson, who already has a long history of domestic violence charges and accusations against him.
Submitted Aug 19, 2015 10:26AM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Schaub slams MMA media for twisting Ronda comments
UFC fighter and personality Brendan Schaub takes back his comments about Ronda Rousey.
Submitted Aug 12, 2015 10:27AM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
NY official guilty of taking bribe to work for MMA legalization
The FBI conducted a sting on a town supervisor in New York, and the bait? A bribe to help in the fight for MMA legalization.
Submitted Aug 12, 2015 10:25AM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Aljamain Sterling recounts story of Floyd Mayweather trying to get his girl
The story of Floyd Mayweather showing up at a Las Vegas pool party and trying to pick up Aljamain Sterling’s girlfriend has been talked about plenty, but Sterling had been strategizing exactly how his small group was going to take on Mayweather’s entourage.
Submitted Aug 12, 2015 10:14AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Chris Leben denies domestic violence allegations, accuses his wife of being abusive
The TUF 1 alumni reveals details on his felony arrest.
Submitted Jul 28, 2015 10:19AM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Miscellaneous
FMJ tries to pick up fighter's girl, backs down
There is some dispute over whether UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could beat the greatest boxer of his generation Floyd Mayweather Jr. How about FMJ vs. undefeated UFC male bantamweight Aljamain Sterling? On a recent periscope session, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman related how Mayweather did not want to find out, when the boxer tried to pick up Sterling's girl.
Submitted Jul 24, 2015 12:28PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Rumble wanted to beat up Sanchez back in the day
In an amusing story, Anthony Johnson recounts the time when he wanted to beat up Diego Sanchez before his own career had even started.
Submitted Jul 22, 2015 10:38AM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Muay Thai champ executed by ISIS for trying to quit
Longtime German Muay Thai fighter Valdet Gashi was reportedly executed for attempting to escape the IS stronghold.
Submitted Jul 22, 2015 10:34AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Former Kickboxing Champ Turned Jihadist Dies in Syria
ZURICH: A former world champion kickboxer who left his home and family in Germany to join up with Middle East jihadists has died in Syria, Swiss television reported on Monday, citing his brother.
Submitted Jul 7, 2015 3:20PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Chael Sonnen upset with Chad Mendes; posts his number publicly on Facebook
Chad Mendes recently found out the hard way what happens when you 'p**s off a gangster'. According to Chael Sonnen, the #2 ranked featherweight in the world has been avoiding his calls and decided to post Mendes' number publicly on his Facebook page.
Submitted Jul 2, 2015 9:14PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
UFC fighter Ali Bagautinov elected to Public Chamber of the Republic of Dagestan
Former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov has officially been elected as a member of the Public Chamber of the Republic of Dagestan.
Submitted Jun 30, 2015 1:53PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
Hector Lombard gets submitted inside 2 minutes at the BJJ event in Atlanta
(sorry this is off topic from MMA, thought I would share since Lombard has been suspended from the UFC) Following his dominant win at UFC 182, Hector Lombard's UFC title aspirations came to an abrupt halt when he tested positive for designer steroid desoxymethyltestosterone in a post-fight screening. Not content to sit out the 1 year ban issued by the NAC, Lombard made a decision to compete at the highest level in the world of submission grappling, accepting an invitation to compete at the illustrious ADCC 2015 in Brazil. Over the weekend, Lombard entered the first of his planned ADCC warm-up tournaments and things didn't go to plan for the Judo Olympian. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jun 29, 2015 10:51PM by Wez - 0 comments
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