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Mark Hunt gets visa, now cleared for UFC 160 co-main event vs. Junior dos Santos
(mmajunkie.com)
Mark Hunt's short national nightmare apparently is over. The heavyweight, slated for the co-main event this Saturday at UFC 160 in Las Vegas, had been stuck in Australia due to a visa issue, threatening his trip to the States to compete in what amounts to the biggest fight of his MMA career. But on Sunday, Hunt posted on his Twitter account that he has obtained his visa, clearing the way for him to head to the other side of the world for Saturday's fight. Hunt also this past Friday received his license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the bout.
Submitted May 20, 2013 1:54AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort's latest win fuels testosterone debate, which may be a good thing
(mmajunkie.com)
Right off we might as well talk about it. Why not? We're thinking about it, whether we want to admit it or not. How could we not be, when it's right there staring us in the face? Vitor Belfort pulls off an amazing spinning heel kick against Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8, then declares that he's "stronger than ever," and it's like he's begging us to talk about it. On the broadcast we hear references to his impressive career turnaround, and it feels like they're hinting at the things they can't or don't dare say. Or maybe they aren't. At least not intentionally. Maybe it's a Freudian slip, or no slip at all. Maybe it's just that when you get an elephant this big in a room this small – and when that elephant keeps stomping on the heads of all who come near it – anything you say feels like it's either directed right at the damn thing or else conspicuously avoiding mention of it. That's where we are with Belfort and his testosterone usage. Tucked away in Brazil, where the commission is brand new and therapeutic-use exemptions for former steroid cheats are apparently no problem, he faces a problem he doesn't seem to want to acknowledge. The more fights he wins and the more highlight-reel finishes he stacks up, the more he stokes a fire that he'd rather we just ignore. The thing is, we probably would ignore it if we could. We'd rather watch and enjoy and be awed by these finishes that look like something out of a video game. But knowing what we know, it's impossible to come away from Belfort's recent performances without wondering how much of what we just saw came from him and how much came from a syringe. And honestly, that's what really sucks about testosterone use in MMA – for the fans, anyway. The fighters, sure, they have to worry about the concussions and the competitive imbalance and all the rest of it. Those of us on the couch get stuck with the nagging doubt and bitter aftertaste. Guys like Belfort are making this sport hard for a thinking fan to relax and enjoy. We see him pull off some fantastic move and we can't appreciate it for what it is. We just can't. Unless we want to become the willing marks in this little PED carnival, we have to ask whether he could have done that without a steady injection of steroids (and for the last time, while the testosterone that occurs naturally in your body is a hormone, the synthesized testosterone that MMA fighters are injecting is a steroid; let's stop dancing around it and call it what it is). But testosterone doesn't kick people in the head, right? You need to skill to do that. And that's true. You also need skill to hit a baseball over a fence, but I think we've learned that it doesn't hurt to get an infusion of chemically-enhanced power and explosiveness to give that existing skill a little extra push. It also doesn't hurt to get that push all through training camp. That's the thing about performance-enhancing drugs. They take what you already have and improve it with the help of some stuff you don't. That's why athletes use them. You think Belfort would be putting up with all the scrutiny from the media and the criticism from fans if this stuff didn't work? It's worth noting how Belfort is handling that scrutiny, by the way. With the UFC's help, he's managed to avoid the prying eyes of the various U.S. state athletic commissions, many of which aren't exactly all that strict to begin with. But when John Morgan of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) asked him about his testosterone use after his win over Rockhold, Belfort's response was to try to silence him as quickly as possible. "Can somebody beat him up for me, please?" Belfort said of Morgan at the post-fight news conference. "Can somebody beat him up?" Right, because nothing says "I'm using a totally legitimate medical treatment" quite like threatening those who ask questions about it. It's not just immediately after the fight that Belfort avoids these questions, either. Let's not forget, back before the UFC confirmed that he was using testosterone, Belfort refused to admit it, even when asked point blank about it by ESPN. It was only after the UFC outed him that he voiced his support for full public disclosure for all testosterone users. If the UFC hadn't put his business in the streets, he'd probably still be doing it in secret. The sad part is, Belfort doesn't seem to realize how much the controversy is hurting him. He seems genuinely oblivious to the fact that, in the minds of many fans, there's an asterisk next to all these wins. Maybe he didn't need the testosterone to beat Rockhold. Maybe he could have pulled off that kick without it. But the thing is, we'll never know. Neither will he. He can tell us that it's all him, that the testosterone has nothing to do with his career resurgence. But if that's true then why doesn't he get off the juice? If it's not responsible for his success, then it shouldn't matter if he stops using it. And if he won't stop using it, then he can't be surprised when we won't quit talking about it. Maybe that's the silver lining here, is the enduring force of the conversation. The more fights Belfort wins while on testosterone – and the more violent, spectacular finishes he reels off in the process – the more he fuels the debate. Looking at Twitter on Saturday night, the first response to his knockout of Rockhold was a kind of stunned amazement. The second response was skepticism and suspicion. By Sunday morning, it was the suspicion that lingered. It'll keep lingering, too. Just ask all those power hitters from baseball's steroid era. Performance-enhancers like testosterone might be fast-acting, but the stain they leave behind is a stubborn one. The way Belfort's headed, he'll still be staring at it long after his fighting days are done.
Submitted May 19, 2013 8:40PM by SmileR - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
John Cholish retires after UFC on FX 8 loss, pushes for better fighter pay
(mmajunkie.com)
JARAGUA DO SUL, Brazil – After a three-fight stint in the UFC, lightweight John Cholish said he will retire following his loss to Gleison Tibau. But he also told MMAjunkie.com he believes lower-level fighters need better compensation.
Submitted May 19, 2013 11:43AM by FastKnockout - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 8 bonuses: Belfort, Souza, Martins, Larsen earn $50,000
(mmajunkie.com)
JARAGUA DO SUL, Brazil – Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo Souza, Lucas Martins and Jeremy Larsen each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC on FX 8 event. Belfort earned the "Knockout of the Night," Souza won "Submission of the Night" and Martins and Larsen picked up "Fight of the Night" honors. UFC officials announced the winners following Saturday's card.
Submitted May 18, 2013 11:17PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Renan Barao Withdraws from UFC 161 Main Event (Injury)
(mmafighting.com)
It looks like UFC 161 is going to need a new main event. According to Brazilian-based Tatame, interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout with Eddie Wineland after suffering a foot injury. Tatame reported that Barao injured his right foot and would not have enough time to recover for the June 15 bout in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Submitted May 18, 2013 6:51PM by emfleek - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sam Sicilia not released, still with the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Often, it seems, when a fighter gets released he's the last to know. But on rare occasions the fighter gets the last say on his contract status. At least that's what's happened with Sam Sicilia. Initially reported as part of the mass roster trimming on May 8th, Sicilia's manager spoke to MMAWeekly about the news of his fighter's release. "He is not cut. He’s actually still on the roster," Sicilia’s manager, Nima Safapour of Alchemist Management, told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. "I anticipate for him to be back in the cage probably in the fall sometime."
Submitted May 17, 2013 11:56PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cat Zingano and camp say Bryan Caraway intentionally elbowed her in head at TUF 17 Finale weigh-ins
(bloodyelbow.com)
"I genuinely like everyone until I have a reason to dislike them. I saw [Caraway] all week, I smiled and was respectful. I get Miesha and not being bff's fight week, I'm not fighting her to make friends. But as far a corners go, good fights are the product of well coached athletes, with heart & talent. Brian smiled back in my face then elbowed me in the head at weigh-ins. I was pissed. I considered him in that same respect. I am a fighter all the same, but that was dirty and cheap to do to anyone, let alone a girl. They were both in on it, which makes it even more disturbing. If my husband or son ever pulled something like that, I would be their biggest problem. I won't be bullied nor condone it." - Cat
Submitted May 17, 2013 11:24PM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC suspends Nate Diaz for 90 days, fines him $20,000 for derogatory tweet
(mmajunkie.com)
A day after handing Nate Diaz an indefinite suspension pending an investigation, the UFC has come up with its terms for the recent lightweight title challenger following a derogatory tweet. Diaz has been suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000.
Submitted May 17, 2013 9:25PM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
With MMA as his hobby, UFC on FX 8's John Cholish has sights fixed on Tibau
(mmajunkie.com)
John Cholish didn't want to be off for the past year. And when thinking about the injury that kept him down, one could hardly blame him.
Submitted May 17, 2013 4:19PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 8 weigh-in results: Belfort, Rockhold make weight, immediately scuffle
(mmajunkie.com)
MMAjunkie.com was on scene and reporting live from today's UFC on FX 8 fighter weigh-ins, which saw an intense faceoff between the event's headliners.
Submitted May 17, 2013 4:17PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz SUSPENDED
(sports.yahoo.com)
Mr. Nate got suspended for his "homophobic" slur regarding Brian Caraway
Submitted May 17, 2013 12:19PM by tallica62 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz calls Bryan Caraway 'biggest fag in the world' for accepting submission of the night bonus
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz is not happy at all with Pat Healy losing his bonus money after testing positive for marijuana, and he is incredibly displeased with Bryan Caraway for "accepting" his unexpected Submission of the Night award.
Submitted May 16, 2013 5:24PM by FastKnockout - 71 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St. Pierre lends voice to Monsters University
(bloodyelbow.com)
Georges St. Pierre will voice a character in the French-Canadian version of Monsters University.
Submitted May 16, 2013 2:07PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FX 8's Chris Camozzi looks for told-you-so moment in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
Seven months ago, Chris Camozzi stood in the tunnel of an arena in Rio de Janeiro as 17,000 Brazilian fans screamed obscenities at him. Fortunately for the UFC middleweight, he doesn't speak Portuguese.
Submitted May 16, 2013 1:30PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva Was Ready to Walk Away, but the Nogueira Brothers Saved the Day
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, but may have never realized his potential if not for the Nogueira brothers.
Submitted May 16, 2013 12:37AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 159's Bryan Caraway ecstatic with new bonus, blasts marijuana usage in MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 159 is actually the second time marijuana has impacted Bryan Caraway's professional MMA career, but the first in which it's actually paid off. 
Submitted May 16, 2013 12:08AM by prophecy033 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Antonio Silva says forget superheroes – he's taking Velasquez's title at UFC 160
(mmajunkie.com)
The summer movie season is officially underway: Iron Man. Superman. Wolverine. But as far as Antonio Silva is concerned, you can forget about superheroes in MMA. And if you think the UFC heavyweight champ is one already, he plans to change your mind.
Submitted May 16, 2013 12:07AM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bryan Caraway awarded Pat Healy's $65K 'Submission of the Night' bonus
(mmajunkie.com)
Pat Healy's loss is Bryan Caraway's gain; a $65,000 "Submission of the Night" bonus initially awarded to Healy instead will go to Caraway. UFC President Dana White today confirmed the change via Twitter.
Submitted May 15, 2013 12:14PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sanchez wants Thomson, Diaz, or Melendez at 164
(bloodyelbow.com)
With his first win in his return to Lightweight under his belt, The Dream is calling out three top-10 fighters for his next fight. He's hoping to return to the Octagon in August at UFC 164.
Submitted May 15, 2013 10:28AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Reza Madadi out of UFC on FOX 8, Jorge Masvidal now meets Michael Chiesa
(mmajunkie.com)
Reza Madadi (13-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced out of his lightweight fight against Michael Chiesa (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8, and Jorge Masvidal (24-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. The announcement was made on Tuesday night's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. Visa issues for Madadi reportedly are to blame. With the change, UFC on FOX 8 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga - for UFC flyweight title Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonaldv Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook, 4 p.m. ET) John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher Germaine de Randamie vs. Julie Kedzie Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas
Submitted May 14, 2013 11:23PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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