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Johny Hendricks’ struggles on the scale continue.
The former UFC welterweight champion missed weight once again on Thursday at UFC 207’s early morning weigh-ins. Hendricks weighed in at 173.5 pounds for his 170-pound contest against Neil Magny — 2.5 pounds over the division’s limit.
With his suspension now behind him (due to a positive test for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 183 fight with Anderson Silva), Nick Diaz is set to return to the Octagon. Diaz, who proudly reps the 209 of Stockton, CA, looks to make his return at, you guessed it, UFC 209.
Sources close to the UFC have confirmed to MikeSwick.com that the perennial welterweight title contender is looking to enter the cage once again March 4, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC’s final event of 2016 will reportedly double as the final broadcast for Mike Goldberg. Following a report from EntImports, MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed on Wednesday that Goldberg will depart the company following this Friday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. There has been no official comment made by the UFC.
Two exciting young lightweight prospects will square off when Lando Vannata, fresh off a 'Knockout of the Year' candidate at UFC 206, returns to fight TUF 22 alumnus David Teymur on March 4 at UFC 209. The UFC announced the bout Wednesday.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title-holder TJ Dillashaw was pissed when he learned that he wouldn’t be getting a rematch against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, getting passed over in favor of Cody Garbrandt. In fact, it was that very decision made by UFC matchmakers and company president Dana White that ultimately compelled Dillashaw to join Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).
Josh Barnett’s issues with banned substances continue.
The former UFC heavyweight champion failed an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a Dec. 9 screening, the UFC announced Tuesday. Barnett has been flagged by USADA and is facing a UFC anti-doping violation.
With Damian Grabowski off the UFC Fight Night 103 “Rodriguez vs. Penn” card next month, heavyweight contender Viktor Pesta needed an opponent. According to a report from MMAJunkie, it looks like Pesta will be grappling with the “Boa Constrictor.”
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Cain Velasquez will not be licensed to fight at UFC 207.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has pulled Velasquez from his bout with Fabricio Werdum on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Saturday with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The situation follows Velasquez telling ESPN.com last week that pain from a back and leg injury, which requires surgery, is so bad that he has been using cannabidiol oil to remedy it during training camp.
"Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we've determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani.
ESPN was the first to report Velasquez’s inability to get licensed to compete.
It looks like The Ultimate Fighter 25 is going to be an “all stars” season, and there are a bevy of familiar names on the rumored contestant list.
According to Champions.co, the rumored roster list includes some former TUF winners and a few who are still on the current UFC roster.
Johnny Nunez (6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 22)
Dominic Waters (9-5, 0-3 UFC - Season 16)
Jesse Taylor (30-15, 0-1 UFC - Season 7)
Joe Stevenson (33-16, 8-8 UFC - Season 2)
Gilbert Smith (12-6, 0-1 UFC - Season 17)
Julian Lane (11-6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 16)
Eddie Gordon (8-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19)
Dhiego Lima (10-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19)
Kajan Johnson (21-12-1, 2-1 UFC - TUF Nations)
James Krause (23-7, 4-3 UFC - Season 15)
Zak Cummings (20-5, 5-2 UFC - Season 17)
Mehdi Baghdad (11-5, 0-2 UFC - Season 22)
Gerald Harris (23-5, 3-1 UFC - Season 7)
Justin Edwards (8-5, 2-5 UFC - Season 13)
Seth Baczynski (19-14, 5-6 UFC - Season 11)
Mike Ricci (11-5, 1-2 UFC - Season 16)
Jamie Yager (7-4, 0-0 UFC - Season 11)
Hector Cervantes (Urbina) (17-10-1, 1-2 UFC - Season 19)
Eddy Ellis (21-16, 0-0 UFC - Season 16)
Junie Browning (4-6, 1-1 UFC - Season 8)
Ramsey Nijem (9-6, 4-4 UFC - Season 13)
Hayder Hassan (6-3, 0-2 UFC - Season 21)
Tom Gallicchio (19-9, 0-0 UFC - Season 22)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held gold at 145 pounds before relinquishing that title to Jose Aldo, is no stranger to the welterweight division.
“Notorious” made two trips north to fight Nate Diaz.
The power-punching Irishman was subbed by Diaz at UFC 196 — because the savage Stocktonite was clearly three times his size — but was able to battle back and capture a unanimous decision win in their UFC 202 rematch.
That makes them tied at one apiece.
So, when can mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expect their highly-anticipated rubber match? Never, according to promotion president Dana White, because fighting a MASSIVE guy like Diaz could be a career killer.
The UFC’s decision to leave Invicta FC champ Cristiane Justino out of the promotion’s first title fight at the newly-created women’s 145-pound division raised some eyebrows.
Now, in light of Justino’s possible U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, it just looks like they dodged a bullet. At least that seems to be the sentiment for UFC president Dana White, who spoke to TMZ approximately 30 minutes after hearing the news.
Cris Cyborg did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The top UFC female fighter said in a statement Thursday on Facebook that her failed USADA drug test was due to a diuretic called spironolactone. USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Cyborg did indeed test positive for that drug, which is banned in- and out-of-competition under the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.
A diuretic is considered a specified substance in the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which means Cyborg is facing at least a one-year suspension from USADA.
The UFC announced on Thursday that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Cris Cyborg of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Dec. 5.
Cyborg, who is one of the most tested UFC fighters in the USADA era, talked briefly to MMA Fighting after the promotion made the announcement.
The Brazilian fighter declined to reveal which substance she popped up for, but said that it was something to recover from her recent brutal weight cut for UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24, when she defeated Lina Lansberg.
Invicta FC featherweight champion and top pound-for-pound women’s fighter Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC officials today announced that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency noted a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on Dec. 5, 2016.”
Velasquez recently told ESPN that he will be undergo surgery five days after the fight to correct a lingering health issue.
It’s a pain that also forced him out of his previous scheduled fight with "Vai Cavalo" at UFC 196 earlier this year.
Pulling out this time around was not an option for Velasquez. That’s the reason Velasquez turned to Cannabidiol (CBD) — one of the compounds that makes up cannabis — to help ease the pain. As of now, CBD is not prohibited by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), so he can take it with a clear mind ... though he intends to ease up come fight week.
The biggest MMA star in Finland, Makwan Amirkhani has been booked against Arnold Allen at UFC London on March 18th at the O2 Arena as reported by several MMA media including SprawlMMA. Amirkhani has not been in action inside the Octagon sincentive securing his third UFC victory against Mike Wilkinson back in February 2016 also in London.
*A bit of a tear jerker and tug at the heart strings...*
Fighting is real, but the hype around it only very rarely is. However, amidst the weeks of bickering between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt has come a short video that is as real as it gets.
Lasting less than one round, it reveals the friendship between Garbrandt and a young man named Maddux Maple, back in their hometown of Uhrichsville, Ohio.
With the addition of three new fights, Invicta FC 21 is complete. The event will held on January 14, 2917, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new fights are:
Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee vs. Jenny Liou at flyweight;
Rachael Ostovich vs. Christine ‘Misfit’ Ferea also at flyweight; and,
Amy Montenegro vs. Celine Haga (10-13) at strawweight.
Lee is coming off her first loss, to Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta 16. Liou is on a three-fight win streak, all via submission.
Ostovich is coming off a Split Decision win over Ariel Beck at Invicta 17. Ferea is making her pro debut, after going 3-1 as an amateur.
Montenegro and Haga each won four of their past five fight.
Invicta FC 21 is headlined by Charmaine Tweet vs. Megan Anderson. Other fights on the card include:
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks
DeAnna Bennett vs. Jodie Esquibel
In May, Brazilian lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira became the 12th UFC fighter in 2016 to be sanctioned for a test failure. His fight with Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88/Vegas: Almeida vs. Garbrandt on May 29 was scrapped. Ferreira was flagged for Ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator with steroid-like properties. Additionally, he volunteered that he had used a supplement that contained the banned substance, 7-keto-DHEA.