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Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager offers ultimatum to Tony Ferguson
(mmajunkie.com)
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager is apparently growing impatient with Tony Ferguson’s impasse with the UFC. Former WSOF matchmaker and Dominance MMA chief Ali Abdelaziz gave an ultimatum to Ferguson today on Twitter. “You have 6 days to make a deal with the UFC (and) if you don’t make a deal I’m going to find someone else to fight” read the message, since deleted.
Submitted Jan 4, 2017 6:15PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dong Hyun Kim would ‘love to fight’ Demian Maia next
(mmafighting.com)
Dong Hyun Kim discusses why he felt he beat Saffiedine, if he was satisfied with the victory, and why he wants Demian Maia next.
Submitted Jan 4, 2017 3:37PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brock Lesnar suspended by USADA for one year in doping case
(mmafighting.com)
Brock Lesnar’s MMA future remains uncertain, but the results of his doping case no longer are. The former UFC heavyweight champion was suspended one year by USADA for failing two drug tests in relation to UFC 200 in July, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Wednesday in a press release. Lesnar is eligible to return to the Octagon on July 15, 2017, one year after his provisional USADA suspension began.
Submitted Jan 4, 2017 3:32PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
‘Health problems’ force Mirko Cro Cop to retire (again): ‘This is definitely the end’
(mmamania.com)
I know, I know, we’ve heard this before... and even before that. But this time he really means it. We think. Mirko Filipovic, 42, who rose to power under the PRIDE FC banner over a decade ago, recaptured some of that former glory by winning the RIZIN FF open-weight grand prix last weekend in Saitama, Japan. That’s what we call leaving on a high note. “That was definitely my last tournament. I have health problems and this is definitely the end of my career,” Cro Cop told Nova TV (via Croatia Week). “I know I have announced my retirement before, but this is definitely it.” Filipovic (35-11-2) retires on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak.
Submitted Jan 4, 2017 3:27PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Joe Rogan: Nick Diaz ‘passed’ on UFC rematch against Robbie Lawler
(bloodyelbow.com)
According to Joe Rogan, Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with Robbie Lawler.
Submitted Jan 3, 2017 7:39PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ryan Bader: 'UFC has a special place in my heart, but there are intriguing fights in Bellator'
(mmamania.com)
Ryan Bader has yet to ink a new contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after he opted to fight out his existing deal rather than sign an extension last year. A move that proved to be the right one for "Darth," knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last November to secure his second straight win, seven of eight overall. Whether or not that equates to big bucks for Bader, remains to be seen. One thing is certain, though, if his longtime employers don't pay him, he'll gladly go to a company that will. Bellator MMA included, as he recent told Flo Combat.
Submitted Jan 3, 2017 7:35PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ex-UFC fighter Cody East accused of kneeing girlfriend in head, dragging her by hair
(mmafighting.com)
A former UFC heavyweight is being accused of kneeing his girlfriend in the head, dragging her by the hair, and threatening to kill her 10-year-old son, per a police report obtained Tuesday by MMA Fighting.
Submitted Jan 3, 2017 7:32PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Johny Hendricks: 'I'm done fighting at welterweight'
(mmafighting.com)
Johny Hendricks' days of fighting at welterweight are about to come to an end. Hendricks, who failed to make the 171-pound limit on Thursday, prior to tonight's UFC 207 fight against Neil Magny, told MMAFighting.com that he's not going to cut to welterweight anymore. "I'm done fighting at welterweight," he said, just hours before the fight. "Unless they open up a 175-pound division, I'm moving up to middleweight."
Submitted Dec 30, 2016 6:27PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Johny Hendricks misses weight again at UFC 207 weigh-ins
(mmafighting.com)
Johny Hendricks’ struggles on the scale continue. The former UFC welterweight champion missed weight once again on Thursday at UFC 207’s early morning weigh-ins. Hendricks weighed in at 173.5 pounds for his 170-pound contest against Neil Magny — 2.5 pounds over the division’s limit.
Submitted Dec 29, 2016 3:10PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 207 will be Mike Goldberg’s final event as a UFC commentator
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC’s final event of 2016 will reportedly double as the final broadcast for Mike Goldberg. Following a report from EntImports, MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed on Wednesday that Goldberg will depart the company following this Friday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. There has been no official comment made by the UFC.
Submitted Dec 28, 2016 2:45PM by Five-Alive - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Josh Barnett fails out-of-competition drug test, flagged by USADA
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 27, 2016 7:38PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Nevada Athletic Commission pulls Cain Velasquez from UFC 207 fight with Fabricio Werdum
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 24, 2016 8:32PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Conor McGregor too special (and too small) for rubber match against ‘massive’ Nate Diaz
(mmamania.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 23, 2016 2:06PM by Five-Alive - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
'Cyborg' refusal to take 145-pound UFC fights 'not so strange now,' says Dana White
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 8:42PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Cris Cyborg tested positive for diuretic, facing one-year USADA suspension
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 8:14PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Cris Cyborg talks USADA notification: 'I'm on medical treatment'
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 4:09PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 207: Cain Velasquez set for back surgery five days after Fabricio Werdum rematch, medicated with Cannabis oil to ease pain
(mmamania.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 5:38AM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Gegard Mousasi tells Chris Weidman to hurry up and sign the bout agreement
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 20, 2016 5:18PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Former UFC heavyweight Cody East arrested on domestic violence charges
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 19, 2016 3:21PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
PFA head Jeff Borris says three factions vying to organize fighters is ‘good news for the UFC’
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Dec 8, 2016 1:01PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
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