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Nevada State Athletic Commission Confirms Positive Test at UFC 143
Feb 9, 2012 - The Nevada State Athletic Commission has confirmed that someone tested positive for a banned substance in drug testing at UFC 143. What has not yet been confirmed is who that someone was, or what that substance was. In an e-mail to the media sent on Thursday, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer acknowledged that there has been great sustained interest in knowing what the results of drug tests were at UFC 143, and he confirmed that someone tested positive. But he declined to elaborate further than that. "Thank you for the many email and phone calls. I am still waiting for all the steroid and drug test results to come back. We did have at least one positive test. I will send out an email later today on that matter," Kizer said in his e-mail, in which the word "many" was bolded.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 1:17PM by emfleek - 37 comments
Filed under: General MMA, UFC
UFC coming to Hawaii with or without BJ Penn
The UFC’s goal of landing in Hawaii is still happening, but not the way they wanted. The promotion has long talked about landing on the island where MMA continues to be a thriving and very popular sport, but their best laid plans took a hit last October. According to UFC President Dana White, the plan for the UFC’s first ever show in Hawaii was to have former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn headline a card at the Aloha Bowl. Unfortunately when Penn lost to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 last October, the Hawaiian has opted to take some much needed time off and it threw a bit of a monkey wrench into their plans. “We’re still working on that, but we want to do it. I was kind of hoping to go to Hawaii again and do a B.J. (Penn) fight at the Aloha Bowl, but B.J. wants to take some time off. He’s going to relax for a while,” White revealed about the UFC going to Hawaii.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 9:10AM by emfleek - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Igor Pokrajac Replaces Brandon Vera, Faces Thiago Silva At UFC On FX 3
It appears that Brandon Vera jumped the gun when he informed the UFC that he was ready to fight and wanted a rematch with the recently-reinstated Thiago Silva for his next bout. Although matchmaker Joe Silva granted Vera's request and booked the rematch for UFC on FX 3 in Virginia on May 15th, Vera went to the doctor after the fight was agreed-to only to find out that he could not be cleared to fight yet. Vera later apologized to the fans and the UFC for getting ahead of himself, but Joe Silva was already busy finding a replacement for Vera and now it appears he has one in Igor Pokrajac, according to a report from MMA Weekly: With Brandon Vera sidelined due to injury, Thiago Silva will now face Croatian Igor Pokrajac at UFC on FX 3 in May. Sources close to the fight confirmed the new bout to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday with bout agreements issued for the May 15 light heavyweight tilt.
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 2:42PM by FastKnockout - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz II already a no-go, says Cesar Gracie
Almost as soon as it seemed a reality, a rematch between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit is not happening. When contacted today by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Diaz manager Cesar Gracie said "no" when asked if a rematch recently announced is a reality. He declined further comment. UFC president Dana White issued a tweet late Tuesday that said Condit had accepted a rematch with Diaz and was headed to Las Vegas on Friday, presumably, to finalize a contract for the fight. Condit manager Malki Kawa did not respond to a request for comment on the status of the bout but today confirmed the rematch via Twitter.
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 2:41PM by BuffaloDave - 46 comments
Filed under: UFC
Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards added to May's UFC on FX 3 event
An intriguing lightweight contest between Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has been added to May's UFC on FX 3 event. The new booking was announced on Tuesday's new episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. UFC on FX 3 takes place May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The night's main card airs on FX.
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 12:18AM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Condit Accepts Rematch with Diaz
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said he was open to the possibility of a rematch, but made it clear that both parties had to be eager to fight. As Diaz was so maddened by the decision that he announced his retirement immediately post-bout in the Octagon, and because yesterday Condit's camp indicated they were not interested, there was little hope that the rematch would be made. However, sources close to the deal just confirmed with The Underground that Carlos Condit has accepted a rematch with Nick Diaz, with the UFC Interim Welterweight title again on the line.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 11:53PM by jay98107 - 64 comments
Filed under: UFC
Spike TV counter-programs UFC on FUEL TV 1 with Diego Sanchez 'Unleashed' marathon
In its latest counter-programming move, Spike TV will air a Diego Sanchez fight marathon opposite next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. Sanchez headlines the Feb. 15 event, which airs live on FUEL TV, in a welterweight bout with fast-rising contender Jake Ellenberger. During the event time, Spike TV airs a five-hour "UFC Unleashed: Diego Sanchez" marathon featuring the fighter's past UFC bouts.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 6:28PM by FastKnockout - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish added to UFC on FOX 3 in May
A lightweight bout between California's Danny Castillo (13-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and New Jersey's John Cholish (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to May's UFC on FOX 3 event. UFC officials today announced the matchup, which is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 2:12PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jones vs. Evans official for Atlanta at UFC 145
The UFC's spring fight card in Atlanta has its main event, as UFC president Dana White confirmed today that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against former-teammate-turned-rival Rashad Evans, a former beltholder in that division. The heated matchup was expected after Evans handily decisioned then-undefeated Phil Davis at UFC on FOX and was made official today Verbal agreements are in for a thrilling battle between bantamweights this spring. "What may be the hottest prospect in the 135-pound division takes on one of the all-time greats when Michael McDonald meets former WEC champion Miguel Torres at UFC 145 in Atlanta," said UFC president Dana White
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 10:18AM by emfleek - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Champ Carlos Condit on UFC 143 win: In battles, 'you want to pick the battleground'
After watching his fight with Nick Diaz on Sunday, Carlos Condit changed his scorecard. "During the fight, I felt like I won four out of the five rounds," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I watched it yesterday, and it looked a little bit closer. "I probably would have given Nick two (rounds) and myself three."
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:27PM by Kpro - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 3 adds John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
A welterweight bout between John Hathaway (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and unbeaten Pascal Krauss (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 3 card. UFC officials today announced the fight. UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. It's not clear where Hathaway vs. Krauss will be situated on the card.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:01PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FX 2: Daniel Pineda replaces Robert Peralta, meets Mackens Semerzier
After a successful promotional debut, Daniel Pineda now has his second UFC booking. Fresh off a submission win over fellow newcomer Pat Schilling at UFC on FX 1, Pineda (16-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) now has stepped in as an injury replacement for Robert Peralta (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC). He meets fellow featherweight Mackens Semerzier (6-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 2. UFC on FX 2 takes place March 3 at Allphones Arena in Sydney and airs live in the U.S. on March 2 (a Friday night) due to the time difference. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary-card fights, including the above matchup, are slated for FUEL TV.
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 8:00PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 143 salaries: Diaz ($200K) and Koscheck ($146K) earn top paydays
Diaz earned a flat salary, so a victory wouldn't have netted him a win bonus. The same went with Fabricio Werdum ($100,000), a recent Strikeforce import who defeated Roy Nelson for the event's only other six-figure payday. The full UFC 143 payouts included: Carlos Condit: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000 Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Roy Nelson: $20,000 Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000 Renan Barao: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500 Ed Herman: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000 Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000 Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000 Matt Brown: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000 Matt Riddle: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000 Rafael Natal: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000 Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Dan Stittgen: $6,000
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 3:18PM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Koscheck: I'd rather retire than fight Fitch
here is the qoute: "Josh Koscheck has ruled out the possibility of fighting Jon Fitch despite splitting from American Kickboxing Academy, insisting he would rather "quit" the sport than fight a good friend" guess that match-up is out of the window now..
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 12:17PM by Manak - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dillashaw vs. Watson rounds out UFC on FUEL TV 1's five-fight main card
A bantamweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" finalist T.J. Dillahsaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and two-time UFC vet Walel Watson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the fifth and final main-card bout of next week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. The bout was announced in January, but its position on the evening's fight card was only recently revealed. UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner. MAIN CARD (FUEL TV) Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook) John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Submitted Feb 6, 2012 12:08PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ed Herman says Silva is ducking Sonnen
“Of course, Silva is ducking Sonnen. Why would he want to fight Chael again? He got lucky by catching Chael in that triangle arm-bar the first time,” I disagree...I'm taking Silva by KO as he'll surely work is TD defense and knock him out...especially considering how he looked against Bisping
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 10:27PM by tallica62 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews
UFC boss praises Roy Nelson's durability but unsure what his future holds
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best: Walk forward, opponent be damned, and wing right hands. And while his gutsy performance earned "Big Country" one-half of UFC 143's "Fight of the Night" bonus, the loss leaves Nelson at just 1-3 in his past four fights. So despite earning one of the loudest welcomes of the night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, is Nelson's spot in the UFC's heavyweight division secure? "I don't know," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it."
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 2:57PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 143 winner Barao wants title shot; boss says contender becoming Brazilian treasure
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's own media notes on Brazilian bantamweight Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) sum it up nicely: "Has best record, on paper, in all of MMA." On Saturday night, Barao earned his 28th-straight win by downing onetime title-challenger Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision. The 24-year-old is now 5-0 under the Zuffa banner, and while UFC president Dana White isn't ready to grant him a title shot just yet, he admits the Nova Uniao product is quickly becoming one of Brazil's most popular fighters. "He's got an incredible streak going," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's the buzz right now in Brazil. Everybody's buzzing about that guy. We'll see what happens." Barao, of course, famously dropped his first fight as a professional and has since earned 28-straight wins. He debuted for Zuffa with a pair of WEC wins and now has three-straight UFC victories under his belt. He's a consensus top-10 bantamweight according to MMA pundits, and the win over Jorgensen only serves to reinforce that assessment. Yet with just two main-card appearances to date, he has yet to really resonate among casual MMA fans.
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 10:11AM by Kpro - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
With Josh Koscheck's AKA relations strained, is Jon Fitch fight finally possible?
UFC 143 winner Josh Koscheck (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) dropped the first hint of trouble at this past Thursday's pre-fight press conference, when he talked about the importance of "Team Me." Following his split-decision win over Mike Pierce at Saturday's event in Las Vegas, Koscheck opened the flood gates. "I'll be training out of Fresno for now," Koscheck told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm no longer affiliated with some of the people at the gym that I've been training at." "That gym," of course, is American Kickboxing Academy, where Koscheck has long honed his craft. Koscheck made his way up the ranks alongside fellow AKA welterweights Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) and Mike Swick, and the family feel of the team lead to controversial fallouts with UFC president Dana White when the triumvirate refused to fight each other. Recently, however, there have been rumblings of some discontent. Longtime AKA grappling coach Dave Camarillo left the gym in late 2011, and it appears Koscheck is now doing the same.
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 8:51AM by Kpro - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II set for June in Brazil.
LAS VEGAS – The rematch is happening. At Saturday night's UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that both UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) and his nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in Brazil on an as-yet-undetermined date in June. Silva was in Las Vegas for Saturday's fight card, and White said an agreement was reached during the event. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Submitted Feb 5, 2012 6:10AM by Lesnar1 - 5 comments
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