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Report: UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw leaves Alpha Male to train in new MMA team in Colorado

TJ Dillishaw said: "In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career. "I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they've offered me an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities. "I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I've taken lightly."

Uriah Faber said: "We are sad to see [Dillashaw] go, but we're excited about the next set of champions being developed at Team Alpha Male."
Dillashaw's striking coach Duane Ludwig isn't a part of the team, however, Dillashaw will still be training with him since he also lives in Colorado. In addition to Ludwig, Dillashaw's new coaches will be Leister Bowling (head coach), Elliot Marshall (jiu-jitsu), Christian Allen (striking) and Loren Landow (strength & conditioning). The team, which already includes the likes of Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny, Brandon Thatch, Cat Zingano, Drew Dober and others, is based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Institute in Denver. It's exclusive to professional fighters. Original Post: Report says he is going to Colorado to train with Duane Ludwig and open a new gym named MP Elevation.
Submitted Oct 6, 2015 1:54PM by GDPofMPG - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team, General MMA
Wanderlei Silva files motion to dismiss lawsuit, says Belfort test evidence of UFC cheating
Attorneys for Wanderlei Silva have filed a motion to dismiss the UFC's lawsuit against the renowned MMA fighter with the Clark County, Nevada District Court on Friday, October 3, 2015. The motion claims that the UFC's suit is an attempt "to chill Silva's free speech" and "public participation" as well as send a message to other fighters, and that Silva comments about "cheating" and "fight-fixing" received additional credibility with Vitor Belfort's recently revealed lab results. The UFC filed a complaint of "Intentional Misconduct" against Silva on July 29th for comments he had published on Facebook referring to "fight fixing" in the UFC and comparing the promotion to professional wrestling. Silva's counsel, Terry A. Coffing of the firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing, argues that the complaint should be dismissed because it fails to show damages from his comments or prove his comments were false, and that the UFC's true motivation behind filing the suit is to silence his client.
Submitted Oct 5, 2015 10:09PM by GDPofMPG - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Joe Schilling: Five-year suspension will be 'good thing' for Nick Diaz, the sport
Joe Schilling sees the silver lining in the bleakness of Nick Diaz's suspension. In fact, the Bellator MMA and GLORY star thinks the whole situation will turn out positively. Schilling told MMA Fighting this week that he sees the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision being overturned briskly and the organization's oversight being examined. Once Diaz returns to the Octagon, Schilling sees him being an even bigger draw.
Rich Franklin announces MMA retirement
The former UFC middleweight champion penned a retirement column on theplayerstribune.com, a site that future MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter founded in 2014 to give athletes a direct medium to reach fans.
Submitted Sep 28, 2015 10:41PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Bellator's Kendall Grove calls fighters to organize following Nick Diaz's 'death sentence' suspension
While Kendall Grove prepares to face Joey Beltran Sept. 25 at Bellator 143, the former Ultimate Fighter winner admits a bigger fight is being waged right now. With the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) handing down an unprecedented five-year suspension and $150,000 fine to Nick Diaz following a failed drug test for marijuana metabolites, Grove says it's time for change in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
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
Phoenix Jones: 'The fans think I just got here because I run around in a rubber suit'
Ben Fodor's first World Series of Fighting win was an emotional one. The 27-year-old welterweight, better known by his crime-fighting alias "Phoenix Jones," submitted Roberto Yong on Friday night at WSOF 23, and afterward admitted that the road back from his listless promotional debut was one of the most challenging experiences of his professional life...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:41PM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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
41-year-old UFC vet Pedro Rizzo wins in Brazil, announces retirement
Pedro Rizzo returned to action Saturday after a hiatus of more than two years. After a win in his native Brazil, the heavyweight announced his retirement. The 41-year-old Rizzo (20-11) fought Andrew Smith at Face to Face 12’s main event in Vitoria, Brazil. Rizzo’s leg kicks were too much for Smith after five minutes, and he didn’t answer the bell for Round 2, giving “The Rock” a TKO win in his finale. Rizzo hadn’t fought since a decision loss in May 2013 to Satoshi Ishii in Japan. Prior to that, he headlined an M-1 Global event 11 months earlier, but was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in the first round. That fight came nearly two years after a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in Australia gave him a three-fight winning streak.
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:59PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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
Fedor to announce signing in 3 weeks, first fight will be in Japan or US
The return of Fedor Emelianenko continues to be a topic that attracts attention from pundits and fans alike, as many eagerly anticipate the end of the sweepstakes for the Russian heavyweight to determine where he will fight in the near future. According to a recent report from CombatPress.com, Emelianenko has already signed with the UFC and is awaiting an official announcement from the promotion. However, according to the Russian heavyweight, he remains fixed in negotiations for the time being. Fedor was present at FightSpirit Championship 5 in Russia as the guest of honor and revealed during a quick interview that he would announce his potential signing in the next couple of weeks. "I can not say exactly, but negotiations with the leading promoters are in place," said Fedor. "In the next two or three weeks everything will become clear."
Submitted Sep 7, 2015 10:21AM by Budgellism - 29 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Canadian UFC veteran Sam Stout retires
Veteran Canadian lightweight Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout has retired from mixed martial arts after a 12-year pro career. The 31-year-old from London, Ont., fought 20 times in the UFC. He collected seven fight bonuses from the organization, six for fight of the night and one for knockout of the night.
Submitted Sep 2, 2015 11:41PM by FlashyG - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira officially retires from MMA, will work for UFC
One of the best fighters in the history of MMA has officially retired. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a former Pride and interim UFC heavyweight champion, will hang up the gloves and move onto a job with the promotion that he competed in for the last eight years.
Submitted Sep 1, 2015 2:50PM by FlashyG - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
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
Updated: 'Wandy' offers no evidence to support fixed-fight claims, faces lawsuit over comments
It’s no secret that Wanderlei Silva is not fond of the UFC or its management. The former PRIDE and UFC star has been lashing out at UFC officials since running out of a gym to avoid a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test ahead of his scheduled bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175. UFC President Dana White made it clear that Silva was “in a very bad position” with the UFC initially, before calling Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) “very wrong” for thinking that the situation would blow over. A minor war of words escalated with Silva lashing out at the UFC and retiring from MMA before the NSAC handed down a $70,000 fine and lifetime ban for skipping the drug test. Silva has popped up repeatedly whenever the UFC is affected by controversy. The 39-year-old has now released statements on Facebook in support of Jacob “Stitch” Duran, the veteran cutman whom the UFC relieved of his duties after speaking out about the way he was impacted by Reebok’s sponsorship deal with the UFC.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 9:31PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Attorney conflict forces another delay to Nick Diaz’s NSAC hearing
As it turns out, Nick Diaz won’t go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the commission’s Thursday meeting in Las Vegas. After the NSAC this past week confirmed Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC), Diaz’s rep said his attorney has a conflict that day and can’t attend...
Submitted Aug 10, 2015 6:21PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
NAC issues temporary suspensions to WSOF's Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields
The Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary process has begun for Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields. The NAC issued temporary suspensions Wednesday to both Palhares and Shields for their roles in a messy World Series of Fighting main event Saturday night in Las Vegas, executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMAFighting.com.
Submitted Aug 5, 2015 6:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Report: UFC veteran Chris Leben pleads guilty in felony assault weapon case
Chris Leben seems to have taken a plea deal. The UFC veteran pleaded guilty Monday to three criminal charges, including a felony charge of possession of an assault weapon in San Diego district court, NBC San Diego reported. The two misdemeanor charges were vandalism and violation of a temporary restraining order.
Submitted Aug 5, 2015 6:04PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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