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Video: Drew Chatman flips off of KO’d opponent’s back, gets disqualified at LFA 36
This is a new one. Following the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 36 on Friday, one of the amateur “postlims” saw heavyweight Irvins Ayala knock himself out by attempting to land a hammerfist on grounded opponent Drew Chatman. And yet that isn’t the strangest part of this story. For some reason, Chatman decided to celebrate the dubious win by standing on Ayala’s back and doing a front flip that ended with him landing partially on his opponent and partially with his butt on the canvas: Per the LFA Twitter account, Ayala KO’d himself by slamming his own chin into Chatman’s knee and Chatman was subsequently disqualified for his post-match antics,
Submitted Mar 24, 2018 3:42PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Josh Barnett gets no suspension after arbitration in USADA doping case
Josh Barnett is free and clear of his issues with USADA. The former UFC heavyweight champion received only a public reprimand following arbitration in his USADA doping case, the agency announced Friday. That means Barnett will receive no suspension and can return to the Octagon right away.
Submitted Mar 23, 2018 8:38PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Augusto Mendes fails USADA drug test, pulled from UFC Atlantic City fight
Augusto Mendes will not be competing next month in New Jersey, after all. The UFC bantamweight fighter failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test, stemming from a sample collected March 7, according to a release sent out Tuesday by the UFC. Mendes is now facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation and USADA will handle the adjudication process and sanctions.
Submitted Mar 20, 2018 7:50PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC lightweight Marco Polo Reyes notified of potential doping violation
Marco Polo Reyes failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC doping policy violation. Promotion officials today announced the news, saying Reyes popped hot from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8.
Submitted Mar 16, 2018 2:21AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Biceps injury knocks Paulo Costa out of fight with Uriah Hall at UFC-Atlantic City
An injury has knocked a high-profile fight from the UFC’s return to Atlantic City next month. Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) today said a biceps tear has forced him out of a middleweight fight against Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) at UFC fight Night 128. UFC officials had not yet made the matchup official, so likely won’t make an announcement of the injury. It is not clear if Hall will remain a part of the card against a new opponent.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 4:02AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michal Oleksiejczuk gets one-year suspension, win overturned for UFC 219 drug test failure
Michal Oleksiejczuk’s second UFC fight will have to wait. Oleksiejczuk was issued a one-year suspension Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) stemming from his failed drug test in relation to his Octagon debut at UFC 219. Oleksiejczuk tested positive in an in-competition drug screening ahead of the Dec. 30 bout, which initially saw him defeat Khalil Rountree via unanimous decision. Oleksiejczuk popped for the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene, a commission official told MMA Fighting. In addition to the one-year suspension, Oleksiejczuk was fined $3,600 — 30% of his $12,000 purse — and will be required to submit a clean drug test before seeking relicensure. The Polish light heavyweight’s win over Rountree has also been overturned into a no-contest.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 3:58AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cynthia Calvillo receives nine-month suspension, fine from Nevada Athletic Commission for marijuana failure
Cynthia Calvillo will face some extra time on the sidelines courtesy of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for her positive UFC 219 drug test for marijuana. Less than a week after Calvillo accepted a six-month suspension from USADA, the 30-year-old strawweight contender was issued an additional nine-month suspension by the NAC at a Tuesday meeting in Las Vegas. The nine-month suspension runs concurrently with Calvillo’s USADA suspension, meaning Calvillo will be cleared to return on Sept. 30. Calvillo was also fined $6,150 — 15 percent of her $41,000 purse — and will be required to submit a clean drug test before seeking relicensure.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 6:47PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Ronda Rousey says a UFC return is ‘as likely’ as her going back to the Olympics for judo
Ronda Rousey doesn’t seem poised for a UFC comeback any time in the near future. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said Tuesday on “The Ellen Show” that she would put a return to the Octagon on the same plane currently as a return trip to the Olympics. Rousey won the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 3:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports
Yoel Romero: Robert Whittaker title rematch set for UFC 225
Yoel Romero said his rematch with Robert Whittaker is set for June’s UFC 225 fight card. Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) announced the middleweight title fight against Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), which had been previously reported by ESPN.com and BJPenn.com, on today’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:44PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cynthia Calvillo accepts six-month suspension for marijuana
Cynthia Calvillo’s failed drug test won’t keep her out of competition for long. The 30-year-old strawweight has accepted a six-month suspension from the USADA after an in-competition drug test came in positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a marijuana metabolite — last December, per a USADA release.
Submitted Mar 7, 2018 10:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley set for Bellator 199 in San Jose
Bellator’s newest addition has his first assignment. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch signed an exclusive contract with the promotion earlier this week, and on Friday night’s Bellator 195 card, it was announced that Fitch would be facing welterweight standout Paul Daley when the organization heads to San Jose for Bellator 199 on May 12.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 10:51PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
Sarah Kaufman to fight Katharina Lehner for vacant bantamweight title at Invicta FC 29
Former women’s Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman will be looking to add some more hardware to the shelf soon. Kaufman has been booked to fight Katharina Lehner at Invicta FC 29 on May 4 for the promotion’s vacant bantamweight title, officials confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. A venue has yet to be announced for the card.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 7:03PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, UFC
Paulo Costa says he's fighting Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
It looks like Uriah Hall will be back this spring – a few months after suffering medical issues that sent him to the hospital ahead of weigh-ins for a scheduled January fight.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 7:02PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Azunna Anyanwu accepts one-year suspension for USADA test failure
Following an October 2017 drug test failure, UFC heavyweight Azunna Anyanwu has accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 6:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Jon Fitch signs with Bellator
Jon Fitch is headed to Bellator. The promotion has signed the MMA veteran to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal, MMA Fighting has learned. Fitch’s signing and debut is expected to be announced in the very near future.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
Dana White says chances are ‘very, very, very good’ that Brock Lesnar returns to the UFC
In 2016, when the UFC needed a draw to juice up their marquee summer event, UFC 200, UFC President Dana White pulled a rabbit out of his hat by negotiating the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Though Lesnar is under contract with the WWE, he was allowed a one-off opportunity to come back to the realm of unscripted combat. But with Lesnar’s WWE contract ending this year, it appears White has a more permanent return in mind for “The Beast.” Speaking recently with the Happy Hours radio show on SiriusXM Nascar, White was succinct in summing up the odds on a possible Lesnar return to the UFC in 2018. “They’re very, very, very good.”
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:13PM by Braden - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White: Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz trilogy won't happen in UFC
Talk of a trilogy fight between UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has heated up, and Dana White says he wants no part of it.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:06PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jon Jones California State Athletic Commission doping hearing live stream
Jon Jones will face the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Tuesday for a doping hearing. The former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition test taken last July in relation to his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. On Tuesday, the CSAC will decide sanctions for Jones, who is facing a suspension and fine. Jones will receive a separate sanction from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, at a later date.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping says retirement fight vs. Luke Rockhold would ‘stoke the fires’
After Michael Bisping lost his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre last year, and then subsequently lost to Kelvin Gastelum just a few weeks later as a short-notice replacement fight at UFC China, the former Ultimate Fighter winner made it clear that his time as a professional fighter was rapidly coming to a close. Bisping said he wanted one more fight to end his career on but as possible bouts with Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida have fallen through, the question became, ”what fight could interest Bisping enough to return one more time instead of heeding the wishes of his family and walking away from MMA?” Well now we may have an answer. Speaking recently on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that a trilogy fight with the man Bisping took the title from, Luke Rockhold, would certainly interest him as a swan song.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC's debut event in Chile gets first five bouts, including Grasso, Lee and Luque
The UFC will land in a South American country other than Brazil for the first time ever this May. The promotion today confirmed the UFC Fight Night event, which has yet to be numbered, will take place May 19 in Santiago, Chile. The event goes down at the Movistar Arena and will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Five matchups already have been confirmed, though no headliner is official.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:42AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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