Cris Cyborg talks USADA notification: 'I'm on medical treatment'
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.
Cris 'Cyborg' Justino notified of potential anti-doping violation
Invicta FC featherweight champion and top pound-for-pound women’s fighter Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC officials today announced that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency noted a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on Dec. 5, 2016.”
Makwan Amirkhani is back! Faces Arnold Allen at UFC London
The biggest MMA star in Finland, Makwan Amirkhani has been booked against Arnold Allen at UFC London on March 18th at the O2 Arena as reported by several MMA media including SprawlMMA. Amirkhani has not been in action inside the Octagon sincentive securing his third UFC victory against Mike Wilkinson back in February 2016 also in London.
Cody Garbrandt and Maddux are friends for life
*A bit of a tear jerker and tug at the heart strings...*
Fighting is real, but the hype around it only very rarely is. However, amidst the weeks of bickering between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt has come a short video that is as real as it gets.
Lasting less than one round, it reveals the friendship between Garbrandt and a young man named Maddux Maple, back in their hometown of Uhrichsville, Ohio.
Diego Ferreira accepts 17-month USADA suspension
In May, Brazilian lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira became the 12th UFC fighter in 2016 to be sanctioned for a test failure. His fight with Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88/Vegas: Almeida vs. Garbrandt on May 29 was scrapped. Ferreira was flagged for Ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator with steroid-like properties. Additionally, he volunteered that he had used a supplement that contained the banned substance, 7-keto-DHEA.
Overeem vs. Hunt lands on UFC 209 card
They never met in the kickboxing ring, but Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt, two former winners of the K-1 World Grand Prix championship, will meet in the Octagon on Saturday, Mar. 4, as they compete on the UFC 209 card in Las Vegas.
Gegard Mousasi tells Chris Weidman to hurry up and sign the bout agreement
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.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima meets newcomer John Phillips at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver
The UFC’s January return to the “Mile High City” has another addition to the card.
According to a report from Combate.com, middleweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima (14-4-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will fight promotional newcomer John Phillips (21-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 23. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card will air on FOX following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Gilbert Burns vs. Paul Felder added to UFC 208 in Brooklyn
A pair of lightweights looking to rebound from a recent loss is the latest addition to UFC 208.
Promotion officials today announced that Gilbert Burns (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will meet at the event, which takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller among new additions to UFC 208 in Brooklyn
UFC officials today 155-pounders Dustin Poirier (20-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Jim Miller (28-8 MMA, 17-7 UFC), as well as heavyweights Luis Henrique (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Nik Lentz (27-7-2 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) vs. Islam Makhachev (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and flyweights Wilson Reis (21-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (19-3-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC 208 takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Brock Lesnar suspended for one year, fined $250,000 for failed UFC 200 drug tests
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Thursday issued former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar a one-year suspension stemming from two failed drug tests in relation to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt.
In addition to the suspension, Lesnar has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine as part of a settlement agreement with the Nevada attorney general's office. His win against Hunt will be overturned into a no contest.
Lesnar twice tested positive for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene in drug tests administered prior to his UFC 200 fight on July 9 against Hunt, first in an out-of-competition USADA drug test on June 28, then in an in-competition test the day of the event.
Lesnar initially defeated Hunt via unanimous decision. He earned a then-UFC record $2.5 million purse for his victory, according to NAC documents. The $250,000 fine is equivalent to 10 percent of that purse.
Derrick Lewis meets Travis Browne at UFC 208
“The Black Beast” is getting a big fight next.
After headlining his first UFC card on Dec. 9, rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis is set to take on Travis Browne at Brooklyn’s UFC 208 on Feb. 11, MMA Fighting confirmed following a report by ESPN.
Ex-champ Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC on FOX 23
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will look to bounce back against hot prospect Francis Ngannou at UFC on FOX 23.
FOX’s “UFC Tonight” reported the matchup between Arlovski (25-13 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Ngannou (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) on Wednesday evening. Although the event’s bout order has not been finalized, the matchup is expected to air on the FOX-televised main card of the Jan. 28 card at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 23 now includes:
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
J.C. Cottrell vs. Jason Gonzalez
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Eric Shelton
Angela Hill off UFC 207 due to USADA guidelines
Invicta strawweight champion Angela Hill is going to have to wait a while before returning to the UFC.
The current Invicta strawweight champion was slated to return for UFC 207 later this month against Jessica Andrade, but her return was cut short upon receiving the news that she has to re-enter the USADA testing pools due to their guidelines.