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NSAC's Keith Kizer: 'I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us'
If Vitor Belfort wants to continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career while receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), he'll have to do it somewhere other than "Sin City," which just so happens to be home base of his employer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). That's because "The Phenom" doesn't meet the requirements for the controversial treatment under the guidelines of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Any fighter previously popped for steroid abuse -- which is a contributing factor to low testosterone later on in life -- is immediately disqualified. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer comments to Bleacher Report: "I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us. I really don't and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he's trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that. The rules are the rules and you have to draw the line somewhere."
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 9:36AM by SmileR - 5 comments
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Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish slated for UFC on FX 8
A lightweight fight has been added to UFC on FX 8 in May. Gleison Tibau and John Cholish have verbally agreed to fight on the card, which is set to take place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil, sources close to the fight confirmed with MMAFighting.com...
Submitted Mar 6, 2013 8:04AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Dave Meltzer: Ronda Rousey is the number five PPV draw in UFC
The early estimate for the UFC 157 PPV buy rate is in the 400,000-500,000 range, more or less in the middle of that range. Dave claims UFC budgeted itself for 250,000 PPV buys for the Anaheim Pond event, hoping that Ronda would draw around what the smaller fighters like Jose Aldo & Frankie Edgar draw. Drawing 250,000 PPV buys is fine, 300,000 is good, and 400,000 is very good. “A big success” even though “it’s still Liz Carmouche in the main event.” Both women made north of $150,000 USD in terms of money from the fight. When Dave first saw the original PPV barker ad for the UFC 157 show (the now infamous Rousey mean/smile combo ad), he said it hit him that it’s two girls fighting and that it wasn’t going to draw so well. The early ticket sales in Anaheim were around 4,000 sold for $600,000 at the gate. However, unlike normal UFC business trends, the event ended up sold out and had more momentum for the close...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
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Bantamweight Francisco Rivera signs new four-fight deal with UFC
UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera, unbeaten in three fights since his return to the promotion, has re-upped with the company after his most recent victory a month ago. Representatives at Iridium Sports Agency on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Rivera (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 8:37PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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UFC on FX 8 official for Brazil in May; Rio-Trinaldo, Hollett-Maldonado added
The UFC's return to Brazil now is official for May, along with a pair of newly booked fights. "UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold" is set for May 18 at Arena Jaragua, which is located in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. UFC officials on Tuesday made a formal announcement of the card and its current lineup of fights. The main card of UFC on FX 8, featuring a middleweight bout between Brazilian favorite Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and final Strikeforce 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. In addition to a slate of previously reported bouts for the card, the UFC announced bouts between lightweights Mike Rio (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Francisco Trinaldo (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and light heavyweights Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC). The latest UFC on FX 8 card includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham CB Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 8:36PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL 8's best and worst
The UFC's return to the Saitama Super Arena was a bit slow in the early part of the show, but everything picked up nicely and culminated in a superb top of the card demonstration of utterly insane MMA. From Mark Hunt's brutal knockout of Stefan Stuve to the ferocious battle between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, there was much to enjoy about Saturday's fights. Then again, the controversial decision between Takanori Gomi and Diego Sanchez wasn't particularly great and neither was the performance of Hector Lombard. It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise from UFC on FUEL TV 8...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 7:46PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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UFC to run twelve 'Fight Night' cards on Fox Sports 1 starting from August through end-of-year
Big news for MMA fans broke today, as Fox Sports executives confirmed that the UFC will hold bi-weekly fight cards on the new Fox Sports 1 channel, which will launch on Saturday, August 17th.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 3:42PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann bout more than doubles all-time FUEL ratings record
UFC and Fox officials were in celebratory mood over the success of Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 8 show headlined by Wanderlei Silva's knockout win over Brian Stann. The fight of the year candidate - on a show featuring Silva's, Mark Hunt's and Takanori Gomi's return to fighting in Japan after years of absence - drew 485,000 viewers live for the three-hour show. That more than doubles the previous all-time record for the station of 217,000 viewers set for UFC on FUEL TV 1, headlined by Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger, on February 15, 2012...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 1:35PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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Nick Diaz to GSP: Go ahead and take me down, then you have to deal with problems
Outspoken UFC Welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz has been somewhat quiet leading up to his UFC 158 fight versus Georges St-Pierre, until now. In a pre-fight interview from UFC.com, Diaz states that he is fine with GSP taking him down, because then the champion will have problems on the ground.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 12:06PM by postman - 23 comments
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Stipe Miocic to face Soa Palelei at UFC 161
Soa Palelei is back in the UFC after a six-year absence, and the Australian is reportedly making his return fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 161.
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 11:07AM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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Sara McMann vs Sheila Gaff, Ovince St. Preux vs Gian Villante added to UFC 159
Sara McMann, the first American woman ever to win an Olympic medal in wrestling, will make her UFC debut on April 27, when she faces Sheila Gaff at UFC 159. The UFC officially announced the bout on Monday. It will be the third in the UFC's women's division as the promotion ramps up the offerings in its newest class. McMann won silver in the 63kg category at the 2004 Games...
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 10:11AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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NYBA Phil Baroni - "TRT is bullshit"

1. Recently fighters have been given exceptions that allow them to do Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), while other fighters are losing their jobs or getting suspended for medical marijuana. What is your take on the whole situation? Phil Baroni - “I don’t think that marijuana is a performance enhancing drug at all. But if you can’t stop smoking weed for a month before a fight you got a problem or maybe fighting isn’t that important to you. Don’t get me wrong, it should be legal. I mean TRT is bullshit. It is a legal way to cheat the system and an attempt to prolong your career when you should be retired. Smoking Mary Jane is far less cheating than taking shots of testosterone.”
Submitted Mar 5, 2013 3:28AM by nwowolfpack - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews, UFC
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson on June 15
The UFC will be holding an event on June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 15 and will feature Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans.
Submitted Mar 4, 2013 5:23PM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
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Shogun Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira verbally agree to June rematch
Back in 2005 at Pride Critical Countdown, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira engaged in one of my favorite fights ever. Shogun walked away with the unanimous decision victory that night, but it looks like Lil' Nog will get his chance for revenge eight years later. Brazilian website Tatame confirmed that the fighters have agreed to face off on a yet-unannounced card in June, and the fight will NOT be taking place in Brazil: The confrontation should take place in June, but the fight will not be in Brazil, as every fan would like. The site of the newspaper The Lance! reported the possibility of holding the fight at the last weekend (of the month).
Submitted Mar 4, 2013 2:24PM by Budgellism - 21 comments
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Gracie/Kennedy, Dollaway/Ferreira at UFC on FX 8
Two middleweight bouts have been added to UFC on FX 8 in May. One involves a couple of ex-Strikeforce fighters, while the other sees a TUF Brazil winner facing a stiff challenge.
Submitted Mar 4, 2013 1:31PM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Takanori Gomi broke his hand early in fight with Diego Sanchez
It turns out that Takanori Gomi broke his right hand in the first round of his UFC on Fuel 8 bout with Diego Sanchez.
Submitted Mar 4, 2013 1:30PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Tom Watson tells Wanderlei Silva to 'stay on your supplements at 205' or drop to 185 'and get knocked the f**k out'
Wanderlei Silva's knockout win over Brian Stann will stand out as both one of the best fights of 2013 and one of the best moments of 2013. But, as is standard in the UFC, it didn't take long for potential opponents to come out of the woodwork and begin to call out the man riding a high. In this case it was Tom Watson who took to his Twitter account with the following: Tom Kong Watson ? @TomKongWatson Yo @wandfc, stay on your supplements at 205, or come back to 185 and get knocked the fuck out. You decide? Obrigado @ufc & @danawhite. 2:10 PM - 03 Mar 13
Submitted Mar 3, 2013 1:14PM by Budgellism - 22 comments
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'TUF' Champs Robert Whittaker And Colton Smith Join UFC 160 Lineup
Two recent winners from "The Ultimate Fighter" will meet at UFC 160 as Robert Whittaker (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on Colton Smith (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 160 in May. UFC officials recently announced the welterweight bout. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Whittaker vs. Smith likely will be part of the prelims.
Submitted Mar 3, 2013 1:12PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Diego Sanchez Wants to Fight Nate Diaz Following UFC on Fuel TV 8 Victory
Diego Sanchez may have won a controversial split decision over hometown hero Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Tokyo, Japan, but the 31-year-old American also feels lucky just to be back in the Octagon injury free...
Submitted Mar 3, 2013 9:15AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC On FUEL TV 8 Draws A Reported 14,682 Attendance In Japan
Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event drew an announced attendance of 14,682 fans. No live gate was announced.
Submitted Mar 3, 2013 9:13AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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