UFC: Report of pay withheld from Anderson Silva after drug test failure 'not true'
A report Sunday evening by Brazilian media outlet Veja.com stated the UFC had withheld a payment of nearly $6 million to Anderson Silva after his failed pre-UFC 183 drug test.
The report claimed the withheld money was Silva’s (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC) $600,000 fight purse, $200,000 win bonus and the money he made off of his pay-per-view “points,” or percentage of PPV revenue, for the Jan. 31 pay-per-view fight, where the former longtime middleweight champion returned from a 13-month layoff to earn a decision win over former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC).
It's so unlike Brazilian websites to post lies
Edit: For some reason when I post from my iPad the links never work. Sorry about that it's the first story on junkie.
Ben Rothwell plans on May return, lays out three-fight path to UFC title
With the biggest win of his career now comfortably in the rearview mirror, Ben Rothwell (34-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) is ready to take a good look at what’s ahead. Right now, that seems to be a May booking with a top-10 opponent.
“I did ask for something at the end of May,” Rothwell told MMAjunkie Radio. “I know that I’m on the radar for May. I’ve got to make sure my body is read for May. That’s what I’m planning for...
Mairbek Taisumov announces new five-fight UFC deal
With a pair of back-to-back knockout wins under his belt, Chechnyan lightweight Mairbek Taisumov (23-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has a new five-fight deal in place.
The 26-year-old prospect today took to to announce he finalized a new deal with the sport’s largest promotion.
UFC releases Johnny Bedford, Dustin Kimura, and Jianping Yang
Disclaimer: This information is all based on updates to the UFC.com lists of active fighters. Profiles will very likely still exist for each fighter as the UFC retains a database of all former competitors, but these fighters no longer appear on the UFC roster lists themselves. It often takes a day or so for roster changes to become apparent, so some fighters may still remain listed for the short term. All information in this post is gained through ,a twitter account that uses a ruby script to check the UFC's website for changes.
Diego tweets NSFStomach surgery pic
UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez has not fought since June of 2014, due to a series of injuries. The latest was a broken collar bone suffered in training on Jan 26, so serious it necessitated surgery. "The Nightmare" posted on image on Twitter that is, bluntly, kind of a nightmare.
Anderson Silva's win over Nick Diaz switched to a No Contest
Things have gone from bad to worse for Anderson Silva, after an impressive win against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 the UFC announced that the former long term champion had tested positive for two performance enhancing drugs in his Jan 9th pre-fight drug test. While Silva adamantly denies any wrong doing NAC executive director Bob Bennett has decided to overturn Silva's victory. In light of the failed drugs test the bout result will now be changed to a No Contest which could have massive financial repercussions for Silva.
Zahabi: GSP Ready to Resume Sparring
Firas Zahabi, longtime head trainer to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, still does not know whether the Canadian will ever fight again.
If St-Pierre does return, however, Zahabi will have no reservations regarding his two surgically repaired knees.
Nearly one year after suffering the second ACL tear of his career, St-Pierre (25-2) is training every day, according to Zahabi. Earlier this month, St-Pierre posted a video to social media that shows him somersaulting into a forward flip in a gymnastics facility. He sticks the landing, in case you're wondering.
The 33-year-old Canadian tore his left ACL in March, three months after he vacated the 170-pound title to take an indefinite leave of absence. In 2011, he tore his right ACL but made a successful return with three title defenses.