UFC 148 drug tests come back clean
All 22 fighters underwent drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 148 event and tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today e-mailed the drug-testing results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 148 took place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC middleweight champion Anderson successfully defended his title with a second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen in the night's heavily anticipated headliner.
Also on the main card, Forrest Griffin sent Tito Ortiz into retirement on a loss, earning a decision victory and claiming victory in the pair's trilogy series.
The NSAC tested those co-headliners along with the remaining 18 fighters on the card.
All tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
Ref Josh Rosenthal acknowledges late stoppage
"I came home and I watched it, and I was kind of like you know, if I was sitting here, watching this on the couch, I probably would have been talking smack about myself," he said on SiriusXM's Tapout Radio show.
"I always say accountability is a huge part of the sport, and you are accountable for your actions," he said. "I feel like I was just a little slow on the trigger [Wednesday]. I don't want to see guys take unnecessary punishment. It's a rough sport. Everyone knows what they sign in for, but it's a millisecond-basis game. You're making choices right there on the spot, and in the heat of the moment, I felt like I was seeing some stuff. In hindsight, I have to step my game up and make sure I'm on point for the next guys."
Chan Sung Jung to undergo shoulder surgery
While it appeared to be a virtual lock that "The Korean Zombie" would compete on the UFC's debut in China in November, sources close to the fighter have informed MMAFighting.com that Jung has instead decided to undergo shoulder surgery next week to correct an issue that has been plaguing him for quite some time.
Michael Bisping: Win over 'fat' Mark Munoz does not make Chris Weidman a contender
Via [Michael Bisping's] Twitter account:
Weidman looked great last night. But no1 contender? If that's the case I want to fight him and prove I'm the number 1 contender. Let's do it.
Oh, but the brash Brit didn't stop there, not by a longshot. Make the jump to see what he told Fighters Only about the current state of the UFC's middleweight talent pool and the recent plethora of call outs he has received:
Yeah it seems like I am the man of the moment right now doesn't it? That's fine by me, I'm a professional fighter and I've not been busy enough lately to be honest so, I will happily fight all three of them - Stann, Weidman and Belcher can all have it. I've got no problem fighting and beating all three of them, either on three consecutive cards or all on one night if they want. Listen, Belcher's getting on my nerves. He keeps saying he has got the style to beat me - what style? No man with a tattoo like that can talk to anyone about style! He's been calling me out for a while now so I'd say to him, when you beat someone other than a pure jiu jitsu guy then call me. Brian Stann I respect, fine, I think we are on collision course and we can have that fight. I'll win. And now Chris Weidman is calling me out. Well, he's on a roll but I don't think a win over a fat Mark Munoz makes you a contender. Especially when Munoz has bounced into the Octagon like he's at a Take That concert and with a haircut that looks like Belcher's tattooist has switched careers. Did that distract him? It distracted me. I couldn't take my eyes off it. What was it supposed to be, do you know? Everyone's talking about Weidman today but I tell you what, we were on the same card in January and I had to switch his fight with Maia off. I was trying to warm up backstage and the fight was putting me to sleep. I wanted to get hyped up and it was like watching paint dry. He looked good last night - or did Munoz look awful? They all seem like nice guys, good luck to them - except Belcher, he's been getting on my nerves so lets not include him [in the good luck wishes] - but I will happily fight them all, no problem. I want to be the champion and I think I am one more win away from a title shot. And any of these guys can be my first defences.
Chael Sonnen says move up to Light Heavyweight, eventual fight with Jon Jones, are possible
When asked bluntly about what the next steps will be for his career (a question he's been asked many times within the last few days), Sonnen stuck to his original guns, in that he still feels he needs time to clear his head a bit before he makes any major decisions.
But this time, Chael made an inference that is sure to raise some eyebrows:
I love this sport and I would never want to retire. My coach Clayton will be the one that retires me based on my results and productivity in practice. I could have easily defeated him, physically I'm fine, mentally im fine. Give me a couple of weeks to settle in and when you get in the spot that I am in, we will see. Anderson could retire any day now. And there is simply an option to start over by changing weight class. My mentors have done it and it could happen. I would go up to 205. Jon Jones. There are some great guys at 185, but traditionally and historically it is a good way to get a fresh start and start over.
“A Lotta Late!” UFC Pres Dana White Critical of Munoz vs. Weidman’s Late Stoppage
Fighter safety is solely in the hands of the referee while inside the cage during any combat sport, and referee Josh Rosenthal failed Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman on Wednesday night, according to UFC president Dana White.
During the second round of the main event, Munoz unloaded a wild right hand and in the process was caught by a well-placed, right elbow by Chris Weidman that hurt the middleweight contender. Munoz fell to the canvas and Weidman followed him. Weidman delivered several unanswered blows before referee Rosenthal stepped in to stop the slaughter.
Munoz was face down on the canvas eating right hand after right hand, unable to defend himself.
The referee’s primary objective is to protect the competitors, but on Wednesday, a referee failed a fighter in the main event on Fuel TV.
“It was a bad stoppage,” said White in a Fuel TV interview following the event.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 ratings: Event peaks with nearly 300,000 viewers
Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event averaged 211,000 viewers, which ranks second among the series' four events to date.
Additionally, the July 11 broadcast peaked with a healthy 291,000 FUEL TV viewers for the night's main event, which saw Chris Weidman stop Mark Munoz via second-round TKO.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the figures with industry sources.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 salaries: Simpson, Weidman, Munoz top payroll
Main-event middleweights Chris Weidman ($44,000) opponent Mark Munoz ($42,000), plus main-card welterweight winner Aaron Simpson ($46,000) were the top earners at Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event.
MMAjunkie.com on Thursday obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $446,000.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 medical suspensions: Mark Munoz, James Te Huna draw long terms
The TKO loss Mark Munoz suffered against Chris Weidman at UFC on FUEL TV 4 was as damaging as it looked. He may have suffered a fractured jaw.
Munoz led a list of medical suspensions issued following "UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman." The suspensions were reported to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) by the California State Athletic Commission.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 took place Wednesday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Its main card aired live on FUEL TV, while preliminary-card fights streamed on Facebook. It drew a reported 4,250 fans for a $163,495 live gate.
Munoz was wobbled by Weidman's standing elbow and was put out by a flurry of punches in the second frame of the headliner. He is suspended six months or until cleared by a physician for a "fractured mandible." The cut the elbow opened up on his right eyebrow and another scalp laceration also were part of the six-month term.
Co-headliner James Te Huna, who reported breaking a hand and foot during a slugfest with Joey Beltran, is suspended six months for a possible left elbow fracture and fractured left foot. He needs a doctor's clearance to be cleared in advance.
Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151
A lightweight bout between veterans Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) has moved from August's UFC 150 event to September's UFC 151 event.
Sources close to the event alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to the change.
UFC 151 takes place Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC Insitutes Formal Written Drug Policy
The UFC and Strikeforce earlier this week held their fourth Fighter Summit in Las Vegas where company officials and special guests worked to educate fighters on a number of issues from health insurance to dealing with the press to social media and numerous other topics.
One of the key points hit on at the Fighter Summit was the UFC’s new formalized written policy against performance enhancing drugs and other banned substances.
Lawrence Epstein, the company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, explained the written policy is a continuation of existing policy, and that both promotions will follow guidelines drafted by the same law firm that advises the National Football League on PEDs.
“It is important to continue educating our athletes on the dangers of PEDs and other banned substances,” said Epstein. “Additionally, no new UFC or Strikeforce promotional agreement will become effective before the athlete has provided a clean PED test result.
Renan Barao Sees Jose Aldo as UFC 149 Secret Weapon
Aldo went the distance with Faber and presumably learned plenty about his style and tendencies in the process. So it doesn't come as a surprise when Barao says he's leaned on his teammate for some advice in crafting a game plan for Faber.
"We had an excellent camp down here, we have an excellent strategy and obviously we benefitted from Aldo’s input," he said through an interpreter during a Thursday teleconference. "Aldo knows how Urijah fights, and he was also able to help us devise our strategy going in to make this camp, so thank God we had an excellent camp and we’ll be very ready for this fight."
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Josh Neer signs new four-fight UFC deal
Despite a loss in his most recent bout, Josh Neer apparently won't be leaving the UFC anytime soon.
The 29-year-old welterweight has signed a new four-fight deal with the organization, his manager, Mickey Dubberly of KO Dynasty, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Neer (33-11-1 MMA, 6-7 UFC), who has one of the highest finishing rates in the sport, first debuted with the UFC seven years ago and is in his fourth stint with the organization.
Most recently, Neer suffered a knockout loss to Mike Pyle at UFC on FX 3. Prior to the setback, "The Dentist" was riding a six-fight win streak that included six stoppages. Two of the victories came in the UFC over Keith Wisniewski (TKO due to a doctor's stoppage) and Duane "Bang" Ludwig (technical submission).
Neer went 0-1 in his first UFC stint, 2-2 in his second, 2-3 in his third, and he's 2-1 in his current one. Outside the UFC, he owns a 27-4-1 record.
Stephan Bonnar Leaning Towards Retirement, Unless Major Name Comes His Way
Since beating Kyle Kingsbury last November, Stephan Bonnar has spent quite a bit of time lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Right now, it appears neither of those requests are likely to be granted, and if neither materializes, we might have seen the last of Bonnar in the cage.
The longtime UFC veteran who helped propel mixed martial arts into a television staple with his role in a 2005 fight with Griffin said that unless some major fight offer came his way, he'd be at peace with retirement.
"Put it this way, I have no interest in fighting the next big thing before the world realizes the talent of the guy," he said on Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL 4 post-fight show. "I've done that too much in my career, and I'm near the end of it. So if it's not meant to be, if us being [TUF] coaches isn't meant to be, then it isn't meant to be. I've just got to accept that and move on. It's fine with me, it really is."
Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin to be 'The Ultimate Fighter 16' coaches
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin will serve as coaches on the 16th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," and they'll meet in a season-ending fight in the show's live finale.
UFC president Dana White exclusively revealed the coaches' selections to USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday.
"TUF," the UFC's long-running reality series, returns to FX in September, and taping begins next month. FX also will air the live finale from Las Vegas in December.
"This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights," White said. "They both have huge punching power and great chins, but outside of the octagon, they couldn't be any more different.
UFC on Fuel TV 4 Aftermath: James Te Huna Breaks Hand and Foot in First Round
After winning a decisive unanimous decision victory over Joey Beltran at UFC on Fuel TV 4, James Te Huna left the Octagon with a broken hand and a broken foot, albeit also with the Fight of the Night bonus to soften the blow.
Te Huna landed big flurries on the feet and from full mount, dropping Beltran in the first round, but the New Zealander knew something was amiss.
It took until Te Huna went back to his corner following the opening round to realize that halfway through the opening stanza he had broken both his hand and his foot.
“I think it was halfway through the first round,” Te Huna said at the post-fight press conference. “I noticed it towards the end of the first and then in the second or third I felt a bit of it every time I stepped on my foot or used that jab.”
UFC on FUEL TV 4 draws reported 4,250 attendance for $163,495 live gate
Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL TV 4 event drew an announced attendance of 4,250 and a live gate of $163,495.
UFC president Dana White announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and featured a main event middleweight contenders fight between Chris Weidman and Mark Munoz, which Weidman won by devastating second-round TKO.
The California State Athletic Commission is expected to verify the figures and release an official tally next week. While the number of "comp" or free tickets was not revealed, the figures represent an average revenue of $38.47 per ticket issued.