Three fighters test positive for marijuana at UFC Fight Night 104
Three UFC fighters have failed drug tests and have been sanctioned in the state of Texas. But not with USADA.
Niko Price, Curtis Blaydes and Abel Trujillo all tested positive for marijuana in in-competition drug tests in relation to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, sources told MMA Fighting on Friday. All three have been suspended 90 days and fined $1,000 by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), sources said.
'UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov' lineup set for Nashville with 13 bouts
The 13-bout lineup up is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov” event in Tennessee.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the headliner, Cub Swanson (24-7 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, takes on Artem Lobov (13-12-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who headlines his first UFC event.
UFC’s Hacran Dias considering return to lightweight
Hacran Dias is likely done fighting at 145 pounds.
The Nova Uniao talent, who fought seven times as a featherweight under the UFC banner, is considering a return to the lightweight division.
Dias, who competed the majority of his career before signing with the UFC in 2012, entered the promotion with a 20-1-1 record. After joining the UFC, the Rio de Janeiro native went 3-4.
UFC Announces Upcoming Events in Scotland, Netherlands, Poland
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has revealed a trio of European events for the second half of 2017.
The Las Vegas-based promotion will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, on July 16; Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 2 and Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21. According to a release, those events will complete the UFC’s European schedule — which features a total of five fight cards — for the year.
Aljamain Sterling meets Augusto Mendes at UFC on FOX 24
Aljamain Sterling's return to the Octagon is set for April 15, when he takes on Brazilian grappler Augusto Mendes in a bantamweight bout at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City. MMA Fighting confirmed the bout with sources close to the situation.
Sterling (12-2) is looking to bounce back from consecutive decision losses to Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao, snapping his 12-fight unbeaten streak.
Report: Over a dozen fighters removed from UFC roster, including Brandon Thatch
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is doing some spring cleaning as it wraps up the first quarter of its 2017 fight campaign, removing nearly a dozen fighters from its mixed martial arts (MMA) roster this week.
That’s according to UFC Fighter’s Info (via Bloody Elbow).
Chief among them is welterweight slugger Brandon Thatch, who debuted with very high expectations — along with a pair of violent back-to-back wins — but since dropped four straight, getting submitted in all four losses.
Nicolas Dalby announces his release from UFC
Nicolas Dalby’s UFC run has come to an end.
The Danish welterweight announced on Wednesday that he has been cut from the UFC following an up-and-down 1-2-1 run within the promotion.
Dalby (14-2-1) entered the UFC as an undefeated 13-0 prospect in May 2015 and promptly picked up a split decision victory over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. But that performance would ultimately serve as his lone UFC win.
Krause gets staph on TUF, 3 surgeries, 25 stitches
The latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter, features 14 welterweights who previously appeared on the series. One, James Krause, was even an active UFC fighter.
Shortly after filming wrapped, a cut on Krause’s leg that he got during the show developed what he accurately termed a “nasty infection.” Like any normal person, he documented the ten days in the hospital, three surgeries, and 25 stitches on his social network.
UFC Fight Night 106 medical suspensions: Tim Means potentially out 180 days
UFC welterweight veteran Tim Means was one of two fighters to receive a potentially lengthy medical suspension in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 106, according to information released Monday by the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA).
Means lost in a rematch against Alex Oliveira via second-round rear-naked choke on the night’s main card opener. He will now be required to receive doctor’s clearance on an x-ray of his right foot, or be forced to sit on the sidelines for up to 180 days...
Anderson Silva seeks rematches with Michael Bisping, Nick Diaz
Kelvin Gastelum maybe have asked for a fight with Anderson Silva after his win on Saturday night over Vitor Belfort, but “The Spider” has other plans.
Posting a note on his Instagram page, the former UFC’s middleweight champion expressed a desire to face a couple of familiar names — Michael Bisping and Nick Diaz. The 41-year-old Silva said that either fight would bring fans a sense of resolution...
Kelvin Gastelum and Edson Barboza take home performance bonuses at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza
While one of them got the lively crowd in Fortaleza, Brazil on their feet, the other one silenced them for the night.
Edson Barboza’s highlight reel knockout of Beneil Dariush on the UFC Fight Night 106 main card on Saturday night was a thing of beauty. He landed a perfectly-timed flying knee just as Dariush was coming in, a blow that left Dariush out cold.
The knockout was enough to earn the lightweight Barboza a Performance of the Night bonus...