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James Mulheron accepts one-year suspension for USADA violation
The USADA announced Tuesday that UFC heavyweight James Mulheron has accepted a one-year suspension from competition after testing positive for the banned substances clomiphene and hydroxyclomiphene last November.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:08PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Chuck Liddell is spending his February in the Celebrity Big Brother house
Chuck Liddell may not end up fighting Chael Sonnen in Bellator, but the practice he got ignoring Chael’s crazy smacktalk may come in handy for his next actual gig: an appearance on the first US edition of Celebrity Big Brother. CBS gradually revealed the cast members during the Grammys broadcast and TV Guide has compiled a list of the oddball assortment of personalities.
Submitted Jan 29, 2018 2:18AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ronda Rousey appears at WWE Royal Rumble, signs as full-time wrestler: ‘This is my life now’
WWE just got a little “Rowdy.” Ronda Rousey made her highly anticipated appearance at the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday night in Philadelphia. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion confronted three of WWE’s top women’s wrestlers. Then she shook the hand of WWE exec Stephanie McMahon, who was sitting ringside. Rousey came out at the very end of the major show to a huge pop from the crowd, which chanted “Holy sh*t!” After sizing up the three women in the ring, she looked up and pointed toward the WrestleMania sign high above Wells Fargo Center. In an interview with ESPN, Rousey said she has signed with WWE to be a full-time performer.
Submitted Jan 29, 2018 1:52AM by Braden - 9 comments
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Las Vegas police: Dana White, family not involved in investigation of alleged attempted sexual assault at White home
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted sexual assault at the home of UFC president Dana White, MMA Fighting confirmed Friday with a department spokesperson. White and his family, the spokesperson said, don’t have any involvement in the alleged incident.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:17AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Demetrious Johnson wants to fight T.J. Dillashaw on “a stacked card,” not afraid of being stripped of his title
Since reclaiming the UFC bantamweight title with a knockout win of Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, T.J. Dillashaw has been aggressively calling for a flyweight title shot against pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson but “Mighty Mouse” has been mostly disinterested in the fight. But with the tides of inevitability moving inexorably towards the superfight taking place, Johnson has gotten fully on board with the bout, just so long as it takes place on a major pay-per-view event. Speaking recently with ESPN, Johnson explained that he was ready to fight Dillashaw but he wanted to do it on a “stacked” card, one that would be sure to draw in large PPV numbers and guarantee a big payday for the all-time great.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:52PM by Braden - 10 comments
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Nate Diaz teases that he’s ready for UFC return
Is Nate Diaz ready for a comeback? The wildly popular UFC fighter posted a fairly cryptic Instagram message Tuesday night, which followed a string of videos and photos from his fights. The final one was a picture of Diaz flipping his trademark double bird with a major hint about a return fight. Diaz wrote that he’s “sick of sitting around waiting” and that there’s “no excitement in this fight [sh*t].” “Step your games up,” he wrote. “I’ll see u around may,June.” Diaz signed off with: “Sincerely The Real Champ.” Sources told MMA Fighting that the social media barrage is legitimate and he’s ready to fight again in the timeframe mentioned.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 2:39AM by Braden - 7 comments
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Jon Jones takes, passes polygraph test in attempt to prove he didn’t knowingly take steroid
There’s a new chapter in the Jon Jones saga. Last month, Jones took a polygraph test in hopes of proving he is telling the truth when he states he never knowingly took Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, or any other performance-enhancing substance prior to his UFC 214 fight against Daniel Cormier in Anaheim, Calif. Jones passed the test, according to UFC sources.
Submitted Jan 16, 2018 5:49PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Video: Matt Hughes makes emotional return at UFC St. Louis
As Matt Hughes’ signature entrance music says, “A country boy can survive.” The UFC welterweight legend was involved in a horrific truck accident last June that left him hospitalized with a severe head injury. Thankfully, Hughes survived the ordeal and he has been showing positive signs of recovery ever since. On Sunday, the 44-year-old Hall of Famer was welcomed back to the Octagon at UFC St. Louis.
Submitted Jan 15, 2018 4:17AM by Braden - 3 comments
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Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes receive BJJ belt promotions from Ricardo Almeida
UFC standouts Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes achieved a high point in their martial arts careers this week. Both fighters had their Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt status upgraded by longtime coach Ricardo Almeida.
Submitted Jan 11, 2018 3:45AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Volkan Oezdemir pleads not guilty to felony charge, case won’t affect UFC 220
Volkan Oezdemir currently has no legal obstacles in his way for UFC 220. The UFC light heavyweight contender pleaded not guilty on a felony charge and demanded a trial by jury at an arraignment Tuesday in Broward County (Fla.) Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court, his attorney Bruce A. Zimet told MMA Fighting. Oezdemir’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 22. Per state attorney spokesperson Kristi Grimm, there have been no stipulations made by the court regarding Oezdemir’s travel. So, he should have no issue making it to Boston for his title fight against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of UFC 220.
Submitted Jan 10, 2018 3:39PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk carries Olympic torch in 2018 Games relay
Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk recently received an honor worthy of her world-class athletic accomplishments. Jedrzejczyk, a native of Olsztyn, Poland, was selected to carry the Olympic torch for a segment of the torch’s journey to Pyeongchang County, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games, which begin on Feb. 9.
Submitted Jan 8, 2018 2:25PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Anderson Silva plans to continue fighting: ‘It’s not over yet’
It’s been 11 months since Anderson Silva stepped foot inside the Octagon, but he’s looking forward to coming back as soon as possible. “The Spider” has not fought since February 2017, a unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 that snapped a four-year winless drought. Silva, 42, was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai, China, this past November, but he was removed from the bout after failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Submitted Jan 8, 2018 1:25AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Video: Jean-Claude Van Damme kicks Cody Garbrandt in the face
Finally, a video has emerged of Cody Garbrandt eating one of movie star Jean Claude Van Damme’s infamous kicks.
Submitted Jan 5, 2018 5:38AM by Braden - 5 comments
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Matt Brown willing to come out of retirement to ‘lock horns’ with Carlos Condit
There is still hope out there for one of the most anticipated welterweight matches that never quite came to fruition. Four years ago at UFC on FOX 9, Matt Brown and Carlos Condit were set to face each other in what looked to be a surefire Fight of the Night, if not a Fight of the Year contender. Unfortunately, the injury bug intervened when Brown sustained a back injury that forced him out of the fight. The bout never got re-booked and with Brown’s recent statements about potentially retiring from MMA after fight at UFC Norfolk last November, along with Condit’s own waning interest in the sport, it looked like it may never come to pass. But not so fast! Speaking recently with the Fight Society podcast, Brown suggested that he would postpone his “semi-retirement” if a fight with Condit was on the table.
Submitted Jan 4, 2018 3:41PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Former UFC champ Miesha Tate expecting baby girl this year with new boyfriend
Miesha Tate has been quite active since her November, 2016 retirement from fighting. In the 13+ months since her last contest, a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington, Tate has become an analyst for FOX Sports, an avid podcaster, started an online fitness service, and is still cornering fighters (Cindy Dandois fight at this past weekend’s RIZIN card). And that’s just in her professional endeavors. In the much more private sector of her personal life, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has ushered in a new era of happiness and personal contentment, and it doesn’t include ex-boyfriend Bryan Caraway whom she dated and trained with for several years. On New Year’s Eve, “Cupcake” released a photo collage on Instagram that showed off her new boyfriend, identified by MMA Fighting as TUF Season 22 contestant Johnny Nunez, and more importantly, the proverbial bun in the oven the two have cooked up together. That’s right, one of the sport’s most eligible bachelorettes appears to be off the market and will be having a baby girl in the coming months.
Submitted Jan 2, 2018 3:42PM by Leonstolzz - 4 comments
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Khabib Nurmagomedov hints at future move to featherweight
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a history of weight mishaps at 155 pounds. But he’s thinking of someday competing at 145. The undefeated Russian looked trim and healthy in Las Vegas on Thursday, one day before he’s scheduled to step on the scales and weigh-in for his UFC 219 co-main event bout against Edson Barboza. And while he still has plenty of unfinished business ahead of him in the division, Nurmagomedov found himself thinking of a move to featherweight somewhere down the road.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 9:36PM by Braden - 15 comments
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Nate Marquardt announces retirement
Former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt is done with professional fighting. The 56-fight veteran announced on his website Thursday that he is hanging up the gloves after 18 years of MMA competition. Marquardt, 38, made a name for himself as a top-ranked fighter during his time with the UFC, Strikeforce, and Japan’s Pancrase promotion.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 4:13PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk will carry the Olympic torch for Poland
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to carry the Olympic flame for Poland as it travels around the world on its way to Korea for 2018.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 4:53PM by Braden - 2 comments
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MMA’s Naughty or Nice List: 2017 Edition
I believe it was the late great John Lennon who turned an ordinary statement into an accusatory question — “So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” John didn’t waste time getting to his point, especially when harvesting suspicions that other people wasted time in general. What does Lennon’s song have to do with an MMA column on Christmas? Everything! Or nothing. The truth is it’s just a cheap way to set up a premise for this year’s MMA list of who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice. Some people did good things in MMA. Some didn’t. Some were decent people. Some were not. And some, like UFC president Dana White, just fanned their faces with cash while mouthing the words over and over again, “it is what it is.” Let’s get right into it.
Submitted Dec 26, 2017 1:16AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Mackenzie Dern believes she’s ready to fight in the UFC
Undefeated prospect Mackenzie Dern discusses her recent win over Kaline Medeiros at Invicta FC 26 and successfully making weight for a strawweight bout, the improvements as an athlete a little over a year since her first fight, balancing her careers in MMA and jiu-jitsu, when she hopes to fight in the UFC, and much more.
Submitted Dec 23, 2017 5:05PM by Braden - 2 comments
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