Ben Rothwell: Increased drug testing in MMA has led to increased injuries
While it seems like ages ago now, at this time last year Ben Rothwell was mired in what he calls the "lowest point" of his career. Rothwell, a veteran heavyweight who at the time had been prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in the aftermath of a dramatic Aug. 2013 win over Brandon Vera. The UFC acted swiftly, handing down a nine-month suspension that had the 33-year-old agonizing over his wrong turn.
Erick Silva won’t leave X-Gym, but plans on training at Jackson’s MMA in 2015
Scheduled to meet former RFA welterweight champion Mike Rhodes at UFC Fight Night 58 on Dec. 20 in Barueri, Brazil, Silva was forced to change his plans of training at Jackson’s MMA. A training partner of the likes of Anderson Silva and Ronaldo Souza at X-Gym, the welterweight was hoping to train at Greg Jackson’s team this year, but since the UFC offered him a fight in December, he won’t be able to train in Albuquerque until early 2015.