George Sullivan fails drug test, facing second UFC anti-doping violation
George Sullivan’s toughest opponent over the last year has been USADA.
The UFC welterweight failed a drug test and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Thursday. Sullivan is the first athlete to be flagged by USADA twice since it became the UFC’s anti-doping partner in July 2015.
The positive test stems from a sample collected Jan. 14. Sullivan, who is currently serving a one-year suspension by USADA, has been provisionally suspended on top of that.
Michael McDonald is so broke he can’t even afford to accept a fight from the UFC right now
It's pretty common knowledge at this point that making it into the UFC doesn't result in immediate riches and financial security. In fact, more and more stories continue to pour out featuring fighters struggling and going broke fighting for the organization. Here's the latest disheartening tale: #8 ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald can't even afford a camp right now, so he's stuck working a second job until he can save up enough to train.
UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw reveal 'TUF 25' coaching staffs
Filming for Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series is already underway. That means UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw are already in Las Vegas.
Earlier this month, it was announced former teammates-turned-rivals Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) would coach “TUF 25: Redemption,” which will feature a cast filled entirely with returning “TUF,” competitors as well as current UFC athletes.
I am actually looking forward to this should be interesting considering Faber and Ludwig will be there.
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos targeted for UFC 211
Junior dos Santos was scheduled to fight Stefan Struve at UFC Halifax on February 19th, but was pulled from the card after Struve suffered an injury, and UFC officials couldn’t find a suitable replacement. Instead, it looks like dos Santos will upgrade in a major way and fight for the heavyweight title.
Combate reported on Tuesday that the former UFC champion will go up against current champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.
Niko Price replaces Sheldon Westcott at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston
Alex Morono has a replacement opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 104 event.
As MMAjunkie first reported, Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was recently forced out of the welterweight bout. Today officials announced Niko Price (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Morono (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 104 takes place Feb. 4 at Toyota Center in Houston. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Mike Goldberg opens up about ‘disappointing’ UFC departure: ‘I watched everything around me be shattered’
No one is more disappointed than Mike Goldberg about the way things ended between he and the UFC.
The longtime play-by-play voice of the Octagon unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last month after spending 20 years as a mainstay of the company’s broadcast booth — exiting the UFC without even a tribute from the promotion itself. On Monday, speaking publicly for the first time his departure, Goldberg said was stunned to learn of the UFC’s decision to not renew his contract at the beginning of December, and explained that he simply resolved to close out the final three shows of his UFC career with the same level of professionalism as everything that came before.
UFC Fight Night 105 adds Carmouche vs. McMann, Janes vs. Meerschaert, Sicilia vs. Tucker
The UFC Fight Night 105 lineup is finally filling out, and UFC officials have announced three new contests for the card, as well as a rebuilt contest.
The additions include a women’s bantamweight matchup between Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Sara McMann (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a middleweight contest with Ryan Janes (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (25-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a featherweight bout with Sam Sicilia (15-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) vs. Gavin Tucker (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported matchup of Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard. Additionally, injuries forced a shuffle of planned lightweight bouts, and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) now meets Alessandro Ricci (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event.
Felder had been expected to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 208, while Ricci was matched up with Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 105.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A newly announced headliner of Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis tops the bill for the FS1-broadcast event.
UFC 211 set for May 13 in Dallas
The UFC returns to the Lone Star State in May for UFC 211.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole today tweeted the promotion’s plans to visit Dallas on May 13, and MMAjunkie confirmed with UFC officials that the card will serve as UFC 211.
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
Featherweight Rony Jason will welcome an undefeated Canadian to Brazil at UFC Fight Night 106.
UFC officials today announced that Jason (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC), the featherweight winner of the debut season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” will face Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 106 at March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Melendez plans one last title run, at featherweight
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez entered the UFC early in 2014 with one of the best contracts in league history, but went just 1-4, and is on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez, who turned pro in 2002, is not done yet, however. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie radio, El Nino said he wants one more title run, at 145, a weight he has not fought at since 2005.
Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106
Paulo Henrique Costa will still make his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 106, but he’s got a new opponent.
Just a couple days after announcing Costa (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was slated to fight middleweight Alex Nicholson (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the March event, officials today announced he’ll instead meet Garreth McLellan (13-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
A reason wasn’t given for the change.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.