Alistair Overeem fails pre-fight drug test, likely out of UFC 146 title fight
Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) us unlikely to fight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) for the UFC heavyweight title this summer at UFC 146.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the No. 1 heavyweight contender failed a pre-fight drug test conducted this past Tuesday following a press conference for UFC 146.
Overeem's "A" sample was flagged for an elevated T/E ratio that exeeded 10-to-1, well over the 6-to-1 limit. Kizer said the heavyweight has the right to request the test's "B" sample, which, if negative, would make him eligible to receive a fight license.
The former Strikeforce champion was among six top-billed fighters who were tested for the all-heavyweight pay-per-view event, which takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. All were tested for diuretics, masking agents, anabolic steroids and T/E ratios in addition to drugs of abuse.
Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all passed their tests.
Chael Sonnen enlists jiu-jitsu world champion Vinny Magalhaes to help train for Anderson Silva rematch
If you think Vinny Magalhaes is "that guy who got knocked out by Ryan Bader" in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 Finale, then you better ask somebody.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt is the winner of five straight, finishing all five of his opponents in the process en route to capturing the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship. And in his spare time, he packed on a few pounds to win the 99 kilogram division of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) submission grappling world championships by defeating Fabricio Werdum.
Not too shabby.
Those are the kind of credentials that keep you employed, and Magalhaes' next paying gig will take place in Oregon, where he'll lend his grappling expertise to current UFC middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen, who unfortunately has a long history of tapping to Brazilians.
That includes a heartbreaking loss he suffered to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 117 back in 2010, where he brutalized "The Spider" for four-and-a-half rounds prior to getting caught in a fight-ending triangle choke.
Will history repeat itself in their UFC 147 rematch on June 23 in Brazil? Not if Magalhaes, who Renzo Gracie says has the best jiu-jitsu in the heavyweight division, has anything to say about it.
UFC Veteran John Olav Einemo Retires
John Olav Einemo has elected to retire from mixed martial arts after recently being cut from the UFC, the heavyweight told Norwegian news outlet VG Nett on Tuesday.
Einemo fought just twice in the octagon, making his debut at the age of 35 at UFC 131. He lost the match against Dave Herman by TKO, but the bout was awarded the Fight of the Night bonus. He came back at UFC on FOX 2, but was mostly smothered by Mike Russow en route to a unanimous decision loss.
Einemo told the paper that he could have returned to the UFC with a few wins, but decided against trying because it would require spending time away from his family. He said he would continue to stay involved in the sport as a coach and to help the sport grow in his native Norway.
Tom DeBlass replaces injured Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FUEL TV 2
Ring of Combat champion and undefeated UFC newcomer Tom DeBlass (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured light heavyweight Jorgen Kruth (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and now meets Cyrille Diabate (17-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at next week's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event.
DeBlass recently announced the change, though officials haven't formally confirmed it.
UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
FUEL TV carries the main card, and Facebook is expected to stream the preliminary card. DeBlass vs. Diabate is slated for the prelims.
Miguel Torres: 'My fighting style would cause Dominick Cruz nightmares
Once the king of the hill in the Bantamweight division, Miguel Torres was an unstoppable force at 135-pounds. During his heyday, Torres ran through all contenders competing in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization.
Torres won and defended his title three times in the midst of his remarkable 17 fight win streak. What's even more impressive? Of those 17 wins, 15 of them were finishes.
Since that remarkable run, Torres has gone an even 3-3 with his most recent win coming over Nick Pace at UFC 139 back on November 19, 2011. However, Torres most recently won an even more important fight, his job back with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after an inappropriate Twitter joke was cause for UFC President Dana White to cut the mullet-wearing brawler.
With a second chance to compete in the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) stage of them all, Torres says he regrets his Twitter postings and looks forward to a new beginning inside the Octagon, starting with Michael McDonald at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012.
And though he knows he has his hands full with "Mayday," who is on a seven fight win streak of his own, that hasn't stopped the former champion from looking into his crystal ball and seeing a future title fight opposite current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz.
Cyrille Diabate Draws Ring Of Combat champ Tom Deblass for UFC On Fuel TV 2 In Sweden
Ring of Combat light heavyweight champion Tom DeBlass is expected to make his Octagon debut against striking specialist Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
DeBlass (Pictured) announced the news on Tuesday, revealing the booking on his Facebook page.
“The plan was to let an injury heal, but this is an opportunity I cannot let pass,” DeBlass wrote. “Thanks everyone, and I'll fight hard. Godspeed!”
Diabate had been slated to face Swedish muay Thai ace Jorgen Kruth, but “The Last Viking” has reportedly suffered an injury and will be unable to compete, according to Swedish outlet MMANytt.se.
Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout III added to UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City
Another trilogy fight is in the works, this one for UFC on FX 4.
Lightweights Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) and Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) are set for a third fight at the event, which takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.
Sportsnet.ca reported the matchup, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) later confirmed.
UFC on FX 4's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV is expected to carry the prelims.
John Alessio returning to octagon, replaces Matt Wiman at UFC 145
John Alessio (34-14 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has finally booked his return to the UFC.
The veteran fighter has replaced injured Matt Wiman (14-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and now meets fellow lightweight Mark Bocek (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) later this month at UFC 145.
Bocek today tweeted the news and stated Wiman suffered a knee injury. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm details of the injury.
UFC 145 takes place April 21 at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook carry the prelims.
Wiman vs. Bocek was slated for the PPV portion of the card, though it's not clear if it'll retain its main-card slot with the change.
Nick Diaz Set to Compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Super-Fight Next Month
While Nick Diaz's MMA future may still be in doubt, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has decided to return to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu roots.
The World Jiu-Jitsu Expo and Cesar Gracie, Diaz's trainer and manager, have confirmed that Diaz will compete in a BJJ super-fight at the WJJE on May 12 in Long Beach, Calif.
According to Gracie, Diaz wanted to enter one of the WJJE's tournaments, however, Expo officials chose to have him only compete in a super-fight. No opponent has been signed just yet.
Diaz, a black belt under Gracie, hasn't competed in a BJJ match in two years. Gracie said the UFC, "usually doesn't want (Nick) competing (in BJJ) if it's near a fight, (but) he has no fight lined up."
Brock Lesnar's WWE Return - Video
For some reason that I can't really put into words, I was really liking Lesnar in MMA...and now that he's gone back to the WWE, I lost respect (although I can't raelly say why)... I guess at the end of the day money talks...but this just bothers me
And it makes me think...what can those other wrestlers say to him in the "ring"? Oh so now you're returning from that real life fighting business and think you can stand up to us fakers....lol
Jon Jones Feels Like Rashad Evans Can’t Get Inside His Head
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his first title defense of 2012 against an ex-teammate and past champion, as “Bones” collides with Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 145 later this month.
For several months now, Jones and Evans have verbally sparred, as the two have had matches cancelled due to injuries to both men. Now, with their date set for April 21 from Atlanta, the stars appear aligned.
Evans, who missed out on a title chance back in March of 2011, has done all he can to try and get inside the head of Jones, who became the youngster UFC champion ever when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in place of Evans. As “Bones” told the London Free Press recently, Evans will not control his thoughts.
Dos Santos is doing it the Chuck Liddell way - White
UFC president Dana White has likened Junior Dos Santos to Chuck Liddell, but has questioned whether the Brazilian has the necessary variety to cope with world class kickboxer Alistair Overeem at UFC 146.
Dos Santos is preparing for the first defence of his UFC heavyweight crown, having knocked out Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds to take the belt. The Brazilian's hands are the best in his weight class, but Overeem should hold the edge when it comes to other facets of striking, such as kicks and knees.
Liddell was arguably the most devastating light-heavyweight the UFC has seen and White sees plenty of parallels with Dos Santos, which could spell bad news for Overeem, who was knocked out by Liddell back in 2003.
"For me, the question is how is Dos Santos going to deal with the kicks and the knees and the elbows?" White was quoted as saying by MMAWeekly.
I would trade punches with Diaz - Hardy
Dan Hardy admits he would love the chance to fight Nick Diaz if the welterweight decides to come out of retirement.
Diaz quit the UFC in sensational fashion last month after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit, but subsequently tested positive for marijuana.
Despite Nate Diaz claiming his brother remains set on retirement, Diaz has remained in training and his trainer Cesar Gracie believes the former Strikeforce champion will return.
And Hardy, who is looking to snap a four-fight losing streak when he takes on Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 in May, says he would be happy to welcome Diaz back to the Octagon.
No more three-minute commercial breaks on 'TUF: Live,' White says
As UFC president Dana White has often said, live television ain't easy.
The latest reminder came on Friday's new edition of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, when what should have been a one-minute break between rounds turned into three.
Welcome to the never-ending headaches of live television, White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"We were on a network commercial break," White told MMAjunkie.com immediately following the bout, which aired live on FX from the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. "You can't break a network-commercial break. We need to fix that. This is a live sporting event, and we need to be on our toes knowing that we can go to another round. We have a 60-second commercial, and you come right back to the fight. That was bad."
Nevada amends complaint against Nick Diaz, shifts strategy
BEFORE THE NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION
FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND NOTICE OF HEARING
KEITH KIZER, Executive Director for the ATHLETIC COMMISSION of the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, STATE OF NEVADA, complains for disciplinary action against NICK DIAZ (DIAZ), as follows:
With five fights left on contract, UFC 148's Cung Le taking it one bout at a time
If you haven't yet noticed, Cung Le has other things he can do.
No fewer than three movies featuring Le are scheduled for release this year. In one of them, "The Man with the Iron Fists," he co-stars with Hollywood heavyweights Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.
Le is 39 years old and has been fighting in one way or another since his tweens. He has another way to make a living in which it's far less likely he'll have his nose rearranged, as it was in his most recent fight.
Why keep doing it?
Why not? That's probably a better question, if you ask Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Four months after his octagon debut went awry against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, he's on target to meet former middleweight champ Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Le vs. Franklin serves on the pay-per-view main card while preliminary-card bouts air on FX.
Jake Shields Not Set on Move Back to 185, but Feels Stronger There
In 2009, with limited options at welterweight and a teammate competing in the same division, Jake Shields decided to try his hand at what it was like to fight at middleweight.
For his first trip to the division, Shields faced knockout artist Robbie Lawler, and while many questioned the lifetime 170-ound fighter moving up in weight, it took him just over two minutes to prove critics wrong.
Shields submitted Lawler and then went on to win a five-round decision over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He then scored his biggest win at 185 pounds as he took out former Pride champion Dan Henderson in dominating fashion, as well.
It was then that Shields signed with the UFC and moved back down to his natural weight of 170 pounds, but the results have been somewhat mixed since then. Shields has gone 2-2 in the UFC, although his losses have come to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Jake Ellenberger, but the San Francisco area fighter admits the differences in the weight classes have shown through lately.