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Josh Barnett’s issues with banned substances continue.
The former UFC heavyweight champion failed an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a Dec. 9 screening, the UFC announced Tuesday. Barnett has been flagged by USADA and is facing a UFC anti-doping violation.
Cain Velasquez will not be licensed to fight at UFC 207.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has pulled Velasquez from his bout with Fabricio Werdum on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Saturday with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The situation follows Velasquez telling ESPN.com last week that pain from a back and leg injury, which requires surgery, is so bad that he has been using cannabidiol oil to remedy it during training camp.
"Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we've determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani.
ESPN was the first to report Velasquez’s inability to get licensed to compete.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held gold at 145 pounds before relinquishing that title to Jose Aldo, is no stranger to the welterweight division.
“Notorious” made two trips north to fight Nate Diaz.
The power-punching Irishman was subbed by Diaz at UFC 196 — because the savage Stocktonite was clearly three times his size — but was able to battle back and capture a unanimous decision win in their UFC 202 rematch.
That makes them tied at one apiece.
So, when can mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expect their highly-anticipated rubber match? Never, according to promotion president Dana White, because fighting a MASSIVE guy like Diaz could be a career killer.
The UFC’s decision to leave Invicta FC champ Cristiane Justino out of the promotion’s first title fight at the newly-created women’s 145-pound division raised some eyebrows.
Now, in light of Justino’s possible U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, it just looks like they dodged a bullet. At least that seems to be the sentiment for UFC president Dana White, who spoke to TMZ approximately 30 minutes after hearing the news.
Cris Cyborg did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The top UFC female fighter said in a statement Thursday on Facebook that her failed USADA drug test was due to a diuretic called spironolactone. USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Cyborg did indeed test positive for that drug, which is banned in- and out-of-competition under the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.
A diuretic is considered a specified substance in the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which means Cyborg is facing at least a one-year suspension from USADA.
The UFC announced on Thursday that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Cris Cyborg of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Dec. 5.
Cyborg, who is one of the most tested UFC fighters in the USADA era, talked briefly to MMA Fighting after the promotion made the announcement.
The Brazilian fighter declined to reveal which substance she popped up for, but said that it was something to recover from her recent brutal weight cut for UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24, when she defeated Lina Lansberg.
Velasquez recently told ESPN that he will be undergo surgery five days after the fight to correct a lingering health issue.
It’s a pain that also forced him out of his previous scheduled fight with "Vai Cavalo" at UFC 196 earlier this year.
Pulling out this time around was not an option for Velasquez. That’s the reason Velasquez turned to Cannabidiol (CBD) — one of the compounds that makes up cannabis — to help ease the pain. As of now, CBD is not prohibited by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), so he can take it with a clear mind ... though he intends to ease up come fight week.
Gegard Mousasi is apparently getting tired of the polite approach to his fighting career.
At 31 years old and with a four-fight winning streak in his back pocket, Mousasi continues to implement an outspoken strategy to booking his next fight.
Today, Mousasi asked former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman why he “disappeared” since receiving a verbal offer from the promotion.
A former UFC fighter was arrested on domestic violence charges Sunday.
Cody East, recently released by the promotion, was taken into custody in Albuquerque, N.M., on three separate charges: aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault against a household member, per jail records.
He was being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on $30,000 bail as of Sunday night.
The MMA Fighters Association started up nearly a decade ago. The Professional Fighters Association kicked off in August. And last week, the MMA Athletes Association launched via a conference call with significant buzz.
All the groups want to represent the interest of fighters against promoters. Most have similar goals, though there are many conflicts on how to achieve them. The MMAFA and MMAAA are associations, while the PFA is a prospective union.
On Wednesday, a group of lawyers representing fighters in an antitrust case (many of whom are in the MMAFA) against the UFC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the MMAAA. The MMAAA responded with a statement hours later.
The MMAFA and PFA have been at odds, too, on social media. The conflict between the groups have been public. And none of that is good news for the fighters, according to PFA founder Jeff Borris.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court.
According to the Clark County (Nevada) civil court records, McGregor has filed a petition for judicial review naming NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett and the NSAC as respondents.
Bennett did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MMAjunkie. A hearing date has yet to be scheduled.
The Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has officially reduced Roy Nelson’s suspension and fine after the UFC heavyweight formally apologized to referee John McCarthy on Friday.
Nelson was issued a nine-month suspension for kicking the referee following his second-round TKO win over Antonio Silva on Sept. 24 in Brazil, and the Brazilian court issued him a nine-month suspension and $24,000 fine.
The heavyweight was given a chance to reduce his penalty if he formally apologized in some form of UFC press conference, and he did so on Dec. 2. Six days later, STDJMMA announced its decision to reduce Nelson’s penalty to a six-month suspension and $13,700 fine. Nelson is suspended until March 29, and has 30 days to pay his fine.
A suspect has been arrested by police in connection with the recent attacks against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Anthony Pettis, who was twice victimized by car bandits at his Milwaukee residence.
The surprising part? The perpetrator is just 13 years old.
Last week Donald Cerrone was part of a five-man collective of UFC fighters that announced the formation of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association. A week later, with a fight looming on Saturday night at UFC 206 against Matt Brown, Cerrone said he wasn’t nearly as involved with the MMAAA as it might have appeared.
Cejedo dropped a split decision after 15 minutes of non-stop, high-level mixed martial arts action.
"You know it's bad when Dana White calls you to apologize for the judging," Cejudo said on “The MMA Hour” (transcription via Joe.CO.uk). “He literally called me two seconds right after I sent [a] text message to him. He was like, 'Listen Henry, I apologize. I'm sincerely sorry. You won that fight. Everybody I talked to -- Sean Shelby said you won the fight, everybody that was ringside, there was not one person in that arena that thought you didn't win that fight.'
"It was just a sincere apology and I don't really have a relationship with Dana White,” he continued. “I just happened to text him and he was apologetic."
Last week’s bombshell announcement that the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA) had formed in an attempt to even the playing field between the UFC and its fighters came with some peculiar asterisks. Namely, the presence of Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s beleaguered former CEO.
With a three-pronged focus primarily geared towards better revenue distribution between promoter and fighter, the group — led by welterweight great Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, TJ Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone — got a lot of attention.
Yet one person who hadn’t weighed in with his opinion was UFC president Dana White, who finally aired his thoughts on it all on Tuesday.
In what was one of the weirdest endings to a fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, Jorge Masvidal was awarded the technical knockout (TKO) victory over Jake Ellenberger after Jake’s foot got stuck in the fence during last night's (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale "Johnson vs. Elliot" event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unbeknownst to him, Masvidal proceeded to rain down strikes on Jake before Herb Dean out a pause in the action to clarify the rules with representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
After a brief discussion, Jorge was given the TKO win since Jake couldn’t "intelligently defend himself." And how could he with his toes stuck in the cage? As a result of the bizarre ruling, "The Juggernaut" plans to appeal the loss.
Both Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes are no longer employed by the UFC.
The legendary MMA fighters were recently among another group of employees laid off by new owners, WME-IMG, MMA Fighting has confirmed. According to multiple sources, approximately 10-15 employees were let go this week.