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Thursday 14, Sep 2017

Jones Stripped By UFC Of Light Heavyweight Title

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Jon Jones, the three-time Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been stripped of his light heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as the 205-pound champion after the latest failed doping test of Jones. The 205-pound champion was originally flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on August 22 this year after it was revealed he failed an in-competition at the weigh-ins for his UFC 214 title win over Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC). It has now been confirmed by USADA that the B sample of Jones also came back positive for metabolites of the steroid Turinabol.

The California State Athletic Commission has now overturned the result of Jones and Cormier fight to a no-contest. The California State Athletic Commission will now conduct a hearing to determine the final punishment of Jones. The next CSAC meeting is scheduled for October 17 in Los Angeles. CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster remarked the commission will work with Jones if he needs more time to put together a case. In response, the UFC stripped Jones of the light heavyweight belt and reinstated Cormier as the champion.

Jones faces up to a doping ban of four year that is likely to bring curtains down to his career. Cormier blasted the claims of Jones and his team that the steroid was in a supplement by saying Turinabol is a very expensive drug and something that could not be easily found in a supplement.

Cormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1). Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while the troubled UFC star was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.

Jones has a lengthy history of controversies and misbehavior. Jones avoided serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction before he was stripped of his title in 2015 in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. Months later, Jones made a return to the Octagon and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was nursing an injury. In November 2016, the belt of Jones was stripped after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.

The American mixed martial artist is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Presently, Jones has the longest active winning streak in the UFC and was ranked number one in the world during his championship reign. Jones holds many UFC records in the light heavyweight division, including the longest win streak, the most successful and consecutive title defenses, the most submission victories, and the most wins.

Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008 and took a unanimous decision victory against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008. In his second fight, he stunned veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009 and won by another unanimous decision victory. The third UFC fight of Jones was against Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 where he secured a modified guillotine choke that rendered his opponent briefly unconscious just after he tapped.

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Friday 25, Aug 2017

Career Of Jon Jones Hangs In Balance

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Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier on July 29.

The failed drug test in question was administered the day of the UFC 214 weigh ins (July 28), a day before Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via third-round knockout. Andy Foster, California State Athletic Commission executive officer, revealed Jones had passed all of his out-of-competition drug tests leading into UFC 214. Jones was tested on July 6 and July 7 by USADA, the results of those samples came back negative.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Cormier, the UFC 214 opponent of Jones, said he was shocked to learn about the positive test of Jones for the anabolic steroid Turinabol but asked fans to let the USADA testing process unfold before jumping to conclusions.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said we cannot comment on an on-going case, but importantly all athletes under the UFC anti-doping program are innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise. The statement also reads that Jones as part of this process is given the opportunity to be heard, confront and cross examine the evidence and have the ultimate decision of whether he violated the rules or not be decided by independent judges and added it is only fair to let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Jones.

In a statement, the UFC said USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jon Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. The statement also reads that there is a full and fair legal process under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The UFC statement also reads that the California State Athletic Commission [CSAC] also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Jones has not been stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight championship till now. The UFC fighter is likely to face a possible doping ban of four years that could mean the end of his illustrious career.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, said his understanding is the sample was collected in the hours after the weigh-ins, so that would put him in an in-competition period under the program. Novitzky added Jon is afforded due process and added the B sample would not have been tested already but he is of the view that the substance is 99.999-percent of the time is in the body of that athlete when a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited lab makes an announcement of a positive test of a substance in that athlete’s body. The UFC vice president of athlete health and performance added they do some confirmatory testing on even the A sample.

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Friday 16, Jun 2017

Ian McCall Cleared Of Potential Doping Violation By USADA

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UFC flyweight Ian McCall has been cleared of potential doping violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The anti-doping agency granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption to the UFC fighter from an incident that occurred around UFC 208 in February. USADA said McCall would not face any disciplinary action after he received an IV before being pulled from his previously scheduled bout in February.

McCall was supposed to face Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on February 11 but he was removed from the card. McCall was later transported to a local hospital with gastrointestinal issues.

Officials from USADA disclosed that an intravenous infusion of saline was given to McCall on the advice of his physician prior to his fight at UFC 208. Athletes are not allowed to receive an IV more than 50mL per a six hour period under regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency even though saline is not a banned substance. All IVs of more than 50mL per six-hour period are prohibited under anti-doping policy of the UFC unless the athlete receives a TUE in advance or if the infusion is legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures, or clinical investigations.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that it had determined after a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the potential violation that included the retroactive therapeutic use exemption application process that Ian McCall had a diagnosed acute medical condition for which the use of an intravenous infusion is consistent with the standard of care. It was further commented by USADA that his use of a prohibited method will not result in an anti-doping policy violation because the TUE application of McCall was granted retroactively.

The UFC flyweight last competed at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015 where he lost to John Lineker via a unanimous decision. McCall has pulled out of proposed bouts vs. Neil Seery citing illness, against Dustin Ortiz because of injury, and lost prospective foes Ray Borg at UFC 203 because of illness and Justin Scoggins to weight cut issues.

The American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has fought for World Extreme Cagefighting and Tachi Palace Fights in the past. The first fight of McCall in Tachi Palace Fights was against Jussier Formiga, who at the time was ranked as the #1 Flyweight in the world. McCall defeated Formiga with a unanimous decision victory and then went on to defeat previously unbeaten prospect Dustin Ortiz at Tachi Palace Fights 9 to set up a championship bout with the TPF Flyweight Champion Darrell Montague at TPF 10: Tachi Palace Fights 10 where he won by submitting Montague in round 3 with a rear naked choke. McCall faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round of the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion tournament and this fight was the first flyweight bout in the history of UFC.

A professional MMA competitor since 2002, McCall is #6 in the official UFC flyweight rankings as of February 8, 2017.

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Friday 09, Jun 2017

Hunt Given Green Light To Sue Brock Lesnar And UFC

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The high-profile case of UFC star Mark Hunt against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, and Brock Lesnar has been given green light as his lawsuit survived a motion to dismiss.

Hunt has alleged that the UFC, White, and Lesnar committed fraud, battery, racketeering, and civil conspiracy with regards to the failed drug test of Lesnar at UFC 200. Lesnar beat Hunt by unanimous decision but the victory of Lesnar was overturned. Lesnar was later suspended by both USADA (United States Ant-Doping Agency) and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) fined him.

Hunt is alleging that the UFC, White, and Lesnar knew about the failed test before the bout. The claims of Hunt go further as the UFC star stated that he was financially and physically damaged by what his legal team has alleged was a criminal conspiracy.

The complaint reads Brock Lesnar, Dana White, and the UFC acted in concert as set forth fully above, to defraud Mark Hunt and commit a battery against Hunt by a scheme to knowingly pit Hunt, a clean fighter, against Lesnar, a doping fighter, to the wrongful benefit of defendants and to the detriment of Hunt.

The UFC waived its rule that permits return of fighters must be in the USADA testing program for four months before competing again. Lesnar was only tested starting about one month out of UFC 200. The fighter did cleared multiple USADA tests in June before a June 28 sample that was taken 11 days prior to the July 9 fight came back positive after UFC 200. Lesnar tested positive for Clomiphene (Clomid), the banned substance in a USADA pre-fight, out-of-competition test and then tested positive for the same substance on fight night. The pre-fight test result did not come back before his fight against Hunt at UFC 200 that allows him to fight and defeat Hunt by unanimous decision.

It was continued in the complaint that White and UFC, on information and belief, were intentionally delaying the announcement because Lesnar was using banned substances and needed additional time in order to circumvent testing procedures. Hunt claimed in interviews to preview UFC 200 that he knew his opponent was “juicing” but didn’t care and would knock him out anyway and the legal team of UFC included that in their motion to dismiss the case. The complaint by Hunt also mentions failed drug tests by Frank Mir and Antonio Silva, two previous Hunt opponents, and a questionable Vitor Belfort drug test before his fight with Jon Jones in 2012. This information was supplied as evidence of the UFC’s questionable handling of past doping situations.

Mark Hunt is claiming compensation for loss of earnings after the defeat, lucrative personal appearances and endorsements that he claims have been lost due to his defeat. The UFC fighter is also claiming treble damages “pursuant to stature,” and punitive damages sufficient to deter illegal doping in the sport of mixed martial arts. Hunt has also asked the court for the defendants to expel their “ill-gotten profits.”

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Thursday 11, May 2017

Kelvin Gastelum Gets Reduced Sanction

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Kelvin Gastelum, the American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, will receive a reduced suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency following a positive test for marijuana.

USADA announced the six-month suspension of the UFC middleweight was reduced to three months following the completion of a drug awareness program. This means the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17 is eligible to return to competition after his suspension expires on June 10.

Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) went to Brazil in the UFC Fight Night 106 main event in March and beat local star and former champion Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-9 UFC) with a first-round TKO. The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award. However, Gastelum tested positive for carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (otherwise known as “THC,” a metabolite found in marijuana) in a sample collected on the day of the event, which took place March 11 in Fortaleza. Currently competing as a middleweight and is ranked #8 in the UFC official middleweight rankings, the Yuma native earned back-to-back victories over Tim Kennedy and Johny Hendricks in 2016 prior to facing Belfort. Gastelum is 8-2 over the course of his promotional tenure.

The potential positive test of Gastelum was announced on April 6 by USADA. Earlier this month, the Superior Tribunal de Justica Desportiva do MMA (STJDMMA), the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA, reached an agreement with the fighter. The win of Gastelum was officially overturned and declared a no-contest, and he was suspended 90 days retroactive to the March 11 test date. Gastelum also was fined 20 percent of his purse. The plea agreement was made in accordance with representatives from USADA, the UFC and Cristiano Sampaio, who oversees operations for Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA, Brazil’s MMA commission).

In a statement, USADA said Kelvin Gastelum accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on March 11, 2017, the date of sample collection. The statement further reads that his period of ineligibility was reduced by three months and is now scheduled to expire on June 10, 2017 based on Gastelum’s successful completion of a USADA approved drug awareness and management program. It also reads that Gastelum’s positive test also falls under the jurisdiction of the Brazilian MMA Sports Court, which has the authority to independently adjudicate the case in accordance with CABMMA’s rules and regulations because the UFC Fight Night event in Fortaleza was sanctioned by the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). The USADA statement also reads that Gastelum’s sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy is now identical in length to the period of ineligibility imposed by the Brazilian MMA Sports Court on May 7, 2017 following the reduction to a three-month period of ineligibility.

Gastelum was scheduled to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 212 before the news of his positive test emerged. Silva was pulled from the card as Gastelum would not be eligible in time. Gastelum has expressed his wish to fight Silva in July at UFC on FOX 25 in New York.

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Saturday 06, May 2017

Ricardo Abreu Announces Retirement After Doping Ban

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UFC middleweight Ricardo Abreu has announced retirement after receiving a doping suspension of four years from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a second failed drug test within a six-month period.

In a statement, USADA announced tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA), the main urinary metabolite of Nandrolone (19-nortestosterone) and other 19-norsteroids, above the decision limit of 3.4 ng/mL, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on December 21, 2016. The statement further reads that the exogenous, or non-natural, origin of the 19-NA was further confirmed by sophisticated carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis in accordance with standard practice. The GC/C/IRMS analysis can reveal the presence of synthetic anabolic agents and the GC/C/IRMS analysis result in this case was consistent with the exogenous origin of 19-NA. Anabolic Agents, including 19-NA, are non-Specified Substances prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The fighter said he already had a 3-year-old son and his wife was pregnant, and he had no idea if we would have money the next month. Abreu said he was expecting a second anti-doping test failure and had been undergoing treatment for depression. The UFC middleweight also remarked he was afraid and that fear dominated him. The former “Ultimate Fighter Brazil” competitor said staying in California was very expensive for him.

Abreu remarked his sponsorship funds were coming from Brazil and the financial crisis in the country made things worse for him and also commented his sponsor informed him that he would not be sponsored anymore. The UFC middleweight also remarked he was seeking professional assistance from a psychologist and he was suggested to undergo bioidentical hormone replacement. Abreu remarked he did not obtain clearance from the UFC since he had no desire to continue fighting in the league at that time. Abreu said it was really fortunate for him to receive the support of Wanderlei Silva and his lovely family for a significant amount of time.

Abreu announced his retirement after being informed of his positive test. The sanction of four years will start if and when he informs UFC and USADA of a return to fighting. His sanction would have started on May 4 if he had remained active.

In the past, the 33-year-old Brazilian tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) above the decision limit of 3 ng/mL and 19-noretiocholanolone in an out of competition test administered on June 3, 2016. Abreu was initially suspended for a period of two years following the failed test and was eligible to return on July 1, 2018.

The UFC middleweight debuted in the Octagon with a second-round submission of Wagner Silva Gomes at “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” finale before dropping a split decision to Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night 68 in June 2015. He has not competed since the loss to Collier.

Abreu is the second UFC fighter to face a second anti-doping policy violation after George Sullivan failed to clear an anti-doping test while he was serving a ban.

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Saturday 22, Apr 2017

UFC Pulls Kelvin Gastelum From Anderson Silva Fight

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UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum has been pulled from a scheduled fight on June 3 against Anderson Silva after he tested positive for marijuana on March 11.

Under WADA standards, the legal decision limit for Carboxy-THC in-competition is 180 ng/mL. Gastelum was flagged for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Carboxy-THC, “which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish.” Marijuana metabolites under the UFC’s anti-doping policy are classified as a specified substance, which carries a potential one-year suspension.

The 25-year-old Gastelum (14-2) is riding a three-fight win streak. He now has been placed under provisional suspension. Gastelum, who won “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2013 over Uriah Hall by split decision, has since missed weight on three different occasions, the most recent coming at UFC 205. He was ordered by UFC president Dana White to move up to middleweight after not making weight on two occasions while fighting in the welterweight division in the UFC. He has since won back-to-back fights in dominant fashion at 185 pounds where he stopped both Tim Kennedy and Belfort inside the distance.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency informed the UFC of violation of the drug policy by Gastelum. The failed drug test happened after the knockout win of Gastelum over Vitor Belfort in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum defeated Belfort via first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 106 to propel himself into the top-10 of the UFC middleweight rankings. The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award.

The American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17. Currently competing as a middleweight and is ranked #8 in the UFC official middleweight rankings, Kelvin Gastelum made his professional MMA debut on December 11, 2010 and won via submission because of punches in the second round. Gastelum then went on to amass undefeated record of 5–0 and had finished every opponent he had faced with 2 TKOs and 3 submissions on his record. Gastelum was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen in January 2013. He defeated Kito Andrews by decision to get into the TUF house and was picked last by Chael Sonnen for Team Sonnen.

In a statement, the UFC said a replacement is currently being sought to face Silva at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. Yoel Romero has expressed interest in taking on Anderson Silva but Romero wants the fight to be for the interim belt. The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Gastelum, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation.

The UFC statement also reads that USADA will work to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Gastelum’s potential anti-doping violation because the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) was the regulatory body overseeing the fight in Fortaleza and has licensing jurisdiction over Gastelum. It was also added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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Wednesday 15, Mar 2017

Ben Rothwell Flagged By USADA For Potential Doping Violation

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Ben Rothwell, the American mixed martial artist who competes as a Heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC announced the 35-year-old Rothwell is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation stemming from a Feb. 6 sample collection. The UFC and USADA do not disclose the substance-in-question until the completion of the adjudication process unless the athlete decides to divulge it first.

Rothwell was expected to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas. A Wisconsin native, Rothwell was on a four-fight winning streak before he lost via unanimous decision to Junior dos Santos in April 2016. The fighter was expected to meet Werdum last September, but withdrew due to injury.

In a statement, Rothwell remarked that he would like to take this time to let everyone know that he had been under the care of a physician and trying to overcome a medical illness. Rothwell (36-10) added he would appreciate the chance to show that he had not cheated nor did he intend to cheat. The American mixed martial artist also asked people to hold their opinions of him until all the facts are out and added he would appreciate everyone’s support as he goes through the process with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

In 2013, Rothwell was suspended by the UFC for a period of nine months for elevated testosterone levels stemming from an in-competition sample collected in relation to his UFC 164 fight with Brandon Vera. At the time, Rothwell was a user of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) but tested for levels outside the threshold despite having a valid therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the bout. However, Rothwell was not suspended by the Wisconsin Athletic Commission.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency will take into account details of the first failed drug test during its adjudication process to determine sanction length.

Recently, a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) was granted to Cris Cyborg after she was flagged for a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation back in December.

Ben Rothwell is best known for competing for the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the International Fight League where he held an undefeated 9–0 record before leaving the promotion because of a contract dispute. The #5 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings, Rothwell has also had one-fight stints in Affliction, M-1 Global, and King of the Cage. In early 2001, Rothwell made his professional debut and won by TKO only 21 seconds into the fight. Rothwell then went on to win his next three fights, all under two minutes into the first round and all with strikes.

The fighter then faced Tim Sylvia, the future two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and fellow Miletich Fighting Systems fighter but lost. Rothwell however managed to come out of the defeat and won his next seven fights, all by submission or TKO. Rothwell made his UFC debut at UFC 104 against undefeated Cain Velasquez on October 24, 2009 and lost controversially via TKO one minute into round two as Rothwell seemed to be getting to his feet as the referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight.

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Saturday 25, Feb 2017

Doping Suspension On Cyborg Lifted

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been cleared to resume her career with the UFC after being cleared of a potential anti-doping violation.

In December, Justino tested positive for a banned substance – diuretic Spironolactone – but the UFC star said the failed drug test was because of a prescribed medication used to combat an endocrine disorder.

A retrospective Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the substance was granted to Cyborg by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The provision suspension imposed on her was also lifted. USADA announced in a statement that the application for a TUE was granted because the athlete had an unequivocally diagnosed chronic medical condition for which the use of Spironolactone is the appropriate standard of care.

In a statement, Justino said she is extremely happy that USADA took the time to carefully review the detailed TUE application that she submitted, and agreed that her use of the prescription has always been medically justified. The Brazilian and American mixed martial artist added she is looking forward to returning to the octagon as soon as possible, and proving that she is the pound-for-pound champion of women’s MMA. The former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion added she would also like to thank her fans for their continued support, who made a very difficult time easier for her.

The UFC created a 145-pound featherweight division to showcase her. Last year, Justino fought twice in her UFC debut and stopped two opponents at a 140-pound catch weight. Cyborg was expected to compete in the first 145-pound title fight this winter but declined the fight and cited the strain of her previous weight cut to face Lina Landsberg in September.

‘Cyborg’ was expected to challenge for the UFC’s first featherweight title but she could only find a place in the crowd when Germaine de Randamie claimed the belt with a points win over Holly Holm. An appeal was made by Holm to the New York Athletic Commission where she claimed Germaine should have been deducted points by referee Todd Anderson for punches thrown after the bell.

The Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist of Afro-Surinamese and Dutch descent has since offered a rematch to Holm although she said she would first have to recover from injuries suffered during the bout of last weekend. De Randamie said she believes if Holly feels that the lack of point deductions are the reasons she lost the fight, and she is looking for a no-contest or a draw, she should simply accept the offer that she put out to her to have a rematch. De Randamie added she believes she was the better fighter, and she dominated the standup. Randamie, who previously competed in the Strikeforce featherweight division, said she believes Holly is sad that she lost the fight and she is entitled to feel and do whatever she wants to do, and she respects that.

Cyborg said she expects to make a return to the UFC in June at UFC 212 in her native Brazil. Considered the world’s top 145-pounder, Justino (17-1) for several years flirted with the possibility of a 135-pound fight with former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

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Tuesday 07, Feb 2017

Brock Lesnar Conspired To Break Anti-Doping Regulations

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The lead attorney of UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has alleged that the UFC comeback of Brock Lesnar fits into a larger pattern of selective enforcement of UFC anti-doping laws.

Hunt’s attorney Christina Denning remarked there is nothing deterring American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar from doping, getting $5 million-plus from pay-per-view and the purse, and just turning around to pay a nominal fraction of that when they have no desire to come back to the UFC, anyway. Christina added the avenue to punish Brock is there and it is just not being executed by the UFC, which is a problem, because this is what happens in every situation.

The lawsuit suit was filed in Nevada District Court against the UFC, its president Dana White, and Hunt’s former opponent and WWE star Brock Lesnar. It cites federal racketeering and fraud violations and alleges that the defendants affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit, including being complicit in doping proliferation under the guise of advancing ‘the best anti-doping program in all of professional sports.’

Hunt’s attorney remarked her client wants to be compensated for Lesnar and the promotion’s alleged impropriety. Denning remarked we are not making any allegations as to which defendant is more responsible than the other and added we just want a bunch of money based on what the statutes allow us. Denning remarked there are punitive damages at issue here sufficient to punish the UFC, and the UFC has a lot of money.

Denning went on to remark that the jury is not going to award that much in damages if you are suing somebody for fraud and punitive damages, and they only make $100,000 a year but when you are the UFC and the jury sits and hears about how awful and how egregious the pattern of conduct was leading up to UFC 200 and going back to prior fights, knowing how much the UFC’s worth, they can award an amount sufficient to deter future conduct.

Denning added Lesnar conspired with the UFC to evade the rules and fight her client with an unfair advantage. The lead attorney said Lesnar essentially admitted he was in on the scheme when he previously remarked he had been negotiating with the UFC since this past March. Denning said Lesnar was coming from the WWE and on steroids and he could not sign up officially with the UFC in March, because he is going to be dumped into this program for doping and he is going to fail. The UFC was also criticized by Denning for granting Lesnar an exemption from a four-month testing window normally required for fighters coming out of retirement and contended that UFC and Lesnar were only looking for a big payout and did not want the anti-doping rules to get in the way. Denning said Lesnar talked about how big he is and how much money he would be going to make on this and added he purposely conspired to circumvent doping regulations.

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