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War Machine guilty of 29 counts in beating of porn actress ex-girlfriend, could face life in prison
(mmajunkie.com)
A Las Vegas jury today found former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter War Machine guilty on multiple charges in connection with the beating of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, in 2014. War Machine, born Jon Koppenhaver, was found guilty on 29 of 34 charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and coercion. He avoided the most serious charges as jurors deadlocked on two attempted-murder chargers. Koppenhaver could face up to life in prison...
Submitted Mar 20, 2017 7:50PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Misha Cirkunov done in UFC after 'flaking out' on new contract
(mmajunkie.com)
Rising light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov will apparently not be back in the UFC anytime soon after contract discussions with the free agent went sour, according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 3:48AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
(mmafighting.com)
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought? Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December. UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 9:53PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Yoel Romero calls into Michael Bisping's show after heated Twitter exchange
(mmafighting.com)
The rivalry between Yoel Romero and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping continues to grow. Following a fiery Twitter exchange between the two on Thursday, Romero personally called into Bisping's SiriusXM show The Countdown to confront Bisping live over the phone line. The phrase "poopy-pants" may or may not have been repeated several times.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 1:55AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Sarah Kaufman returns to action next month
(mmafighting.com)
Sarah Kaufman is on the comeback trail. The bantamweight contender has signed a one-fight deal with new South Korean-based Battlefield to compete on their March 18 card, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 4:12PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Daniel Omielanczuk accepts no-fault finding from USADA in meldonium case, doesn't face suspension
(mmajunkie.com)
More than a year after he was first tested, it appears there is some closure to UFC heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk’s meldonium saga with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Submitted Feb 6, 2017 6:27PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: UFC Fight Night 104 winner Jessica Andrade next for champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk
(mmajunkie.com)
Jessica Andrade earned the next crack at undefeated UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a dominant win over Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 104. UFC President Dana White said after Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Toyota Center in Houston that Andrade will indeed be next for the Polish titleholder.
Submitted Feb 5, 2017 2:37AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC President Dana White on 'TUF 8' winner: 'Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader'
(mmajunkie.com)
The most tenured light heavyweight fighter in UFC history officially will be taking his talents elsewhere. Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) appears to be headed for Bellator. UFC President Dana White today told USA TODAY Sports that the promotion gave its blessing to Bader leaving for its top competitor and would not match any contract offer Bader might receive from the Viacom-owned Bellator.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 11:17PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
WSOF vacates Marlon Moraes’ belt, books three title fights for WSOF 35
(mmafighting.com)
On the heels of 2016’s year-end show, World Series of Fighting is returning to New York with another championship triple-header at WSOF 35 in Verona, NY. And one of the titles up for grabs on March 18 will be the bantamweight belt long held by 135-pound stud Marlon Moraes, which has since been vacated, according to the promotion.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 7:00PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Ricardo Abreu retires from MMA after failing second USADA drug test
(mmafighting.com)
Ricardo Abreu failed a drug test while serving a two-year suspension from USADA, but that doesn’t matter to the UFC middleweight after all. "Demente", who is suspended until June 2018 after testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June of last year, told MMA Fighting on Friday that he expected to fail a drug test and announced his decision to retire from the sport to focus on his health and family after battling depression. Combate first reported Abreu’s retirement.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:47PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Matt Brown unsure of his future in UFC: ‘If I've peaked out, that means it's time to stop’
(mmamania.com)
It’s been a rough couple of years for Matt Brown. Like really rough. As one of the top prospects to graduate from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7, Brown (20-16) struggled to find consistency inside the Octagon until a torrid, seven-fight win streak led him to a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler. Then it all came crashing down. Since then, the “Immortal” welterweight has been a wretched 1-5 run that left him finished in three consecutive losses. At age 36, with a family, that kind of slump can make a fighter question his or her career.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 6:07PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Thiago Tavares out of the UFC, signs with Brazilian promotion Aspera FC
(mmafighting.com)
Thiago Tavares’ run inside the Octagon is over. The Brazilian fighter competed under the UFC banner since 2007, and the promotion has decided not to re-sign his contract after his first-round loss to Doo Ho Choi last July, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 3:13PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan
(mmafighting.com)
For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 3:04PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC’s latest fighter rankings update has removed three quite prominent fighters from its list. Free agent Lorenz Larkin no longer being ranked may be a sign that he won’t be re-signing with the promotion, but out of left field are two names you wouldn’t have expected. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn reported on Wednesday that Misha Cirkunov and Rick Story are also not under UFC contract right now.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 11:01PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia. But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down. Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit. The good news is that one might already be present.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension. Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection. The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
(mmafighting.com)
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban. The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday. Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018. A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 3:11PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
(mmajunkie.com)
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up. Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:46PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
(mmafighting.com)
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston. No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung. "The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston. We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:41PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Jon Jones gets next UFC title shot, fights light heavyweight winner of Cormier vs Johnson
(mmamania.com)
This likely won’t sit too well with the rest of the light heavyweight division. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed during a recent conversation on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that former 205-pound champion Jon Jones would likely get an immediate title shot upon his return from suspension this summer.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 8:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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