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Sunday 22, Jan 2017

Angela Hill Out Of UFC 207 For Drug Testing Rule

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Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and current Invicta FC champion Angela Hill has been ruled ineligible due to UFC’s anti-doping policy.

The former World Kickboxing Association champion is ranked #3 female MMA strawweight in the world by Fight Matrix as of May 23, 2016. The Australian mixed martial artist, who competes in the Strawweight division and is currently signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships, was about to make a return to the UFC for a matchup against No. 5 ranked strawweight contender Jessica Andrade. However, the current Invicta FC champion was required to undergo four months of testing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency before she can be re-allowed to re-enter the promotion.

The rule from the anti-doping policy of UFC reads that an athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC may not resume competing in UFC bouts until he or she has given UFC written notice of his or her intent to resume competing and has made him or herself available for testing for a period of four months before returning to competition. It further reads that UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was granted an exemption when he made his return at UFC 200 in July. Lesnar however failed a pair of drug tests for the estrogen blocker Clomiphene that ended with his bout against Mark Hunt and suspended for one year for the infraction.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC vice president of health and performance, remarked any fighter that ceases to have a contractual obligation with the UFC, so had a contract and ceases (to have a contract), as the rule reads now by any means or methods. Novitzky added the athlete has to be re-signed or unretired and they have to be back in the program for a period of four months whether it is being cut by the UFC or a decision on behalf of the athlete.

The UFC vice president of health and performance added the UFC does have the ability to waive that as we did in the case of Brock Lesnar, if, and he thinks the wording is it would be manifestly unfair to the athlete. Novitzky added we in the case of Angela Hill did not feel based on several factors including the amount of time that she would have been back in the program, we didn’t feel that it met that criteria and therefore she wasn’t granted that waiver.

Novitzky also remarked the UFC examines the exemptions individually with discussions inside the promotion as well as involving United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC vice president of health and performance added it is absolutely on a case by case basis and added there is an internal discussion in the UFC and then we also have that discussion with USADA to make sure they’re comfortable on it and so that is exactly what had happened.

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Tuesday 27, Dec 2016

UFC Lightweight Ferreira Accepts Suspension

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The UFC lightweight fighter Carlos Diego Ferreira has received a suspension of 17 months for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for Ostarine [a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM)] in an out-of-competition drug test on April 29. The MMA fighter additionally declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that contained the banned substance 7-keto-DHEA. Under the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency, both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said Ferreira following notification of his positive test tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. The USADA statement further reads that although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

It was also added that the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the request of USADA independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. The USADA statement reads that testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. USADA further added that Ferreira advised the United States Anti-Doping Agency that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine.

USADA based on the circumstance of the anti-doping violation elected to reduce the suspension of Ferreira from two years to 17 months, retroactive to April 29. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will now be eligible to return in September 2014.

The UFC lightweight fighter was previously suspended for one year by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the positive test. The UFC will adhere to the lengthier punishment administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Ferreira was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 but his name was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

The former Legacy FC lightweight champion started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He made his professional MMA debut against Joseph Daily at STFC 15 on April 15, 2011 wjere won the fight via split decision. Ferreira went on to compile an undefeated record of 9–0 before he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens in his debut and won a Performance of the Night bonus where he won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke). He then defeated Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 and won the Fight of the Night bonus. Later, ge faced Beneil Dariush at UFC 179 but lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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Saturday 19, Nov 2016

Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Suspended For Doping Violation

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Lyoto Carvalho Machida, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been suspended for 18 months after admitting use of a banned substance as well as failing a subsequent drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion accepted the sanction according to USADA officials in a release. USADA officials wrote in the release the 38-year-old Machida declared the use of a product containing 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto-DHEA) on his sample collection paperwork during an out-of-competition test conducted on April 8, 2016. 7-keto-DHEA is a prohibited substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

The release further reads Machida upon notice from USADA of his potential violation immediately confirmed his use of the product, which listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient, and fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida later failed the out-of-competition drug test that showed evidence that he used the banned substance ahead of his last scheduled fight this past April when he was scheduled to face Dan Henderson in Florida. Machida was pulled from the fight with Henderson and the bout was cancelled.

USADA officials said the sample of Machida was analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory and reported to USADA for an elevated 7ß-hydroxy-DHEA to DHEA ratio, which is consistent with his declared use of a prohibited substance.

Machida has been suspended for 18 months, retroactive to April 8, 2016, which means he would be eligible to return to action in October 2017. Officials of the United States Anti-Doping Agency remarked his sentence from a standard two year suspension was reduced down to 18 months as Machida admitted to taking the banned substance prior to the test. USADA said Machida fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation after advising USADA that he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance when he used the product.

Machida has lost three of his past four bouts. He suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 in June 2015 in his most recent appearance.

Reacting to the suspension, Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer Gegard Mousasi said he thinks the recent 18-month suspension handed out to the former UFC light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger was slightly harsh. Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who fought Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) in February 2014 and lost a unanimous decision, said Machida is a fighter, you have to respect him, and he thinks 18 months it a little bit too much. Mousasi admits the suspension of Machida was probably overboard, and said he hopes his former opponent eventually comes back to the octagon. Mousasi added he said a lot of things about him, but at the end of the day and he is hopeful Machida would come back soon.

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Thursday 17, Nov 2016

Tukhugov Removed From UFC Fight Night 102

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Zubaira Tukhugov, the Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been removed from UFC Fight Night 102 event on December 9 following a potential doping violation.

In a statement, UFC said Tukhugov was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from out-of-competition samples collected on September 7 and October 29. The Russian mixed martial artist has been provisionally suspended by USADA, and UFC officials are presently in the process of trying to locate a replacement opponent to face Brazilian featherweight Tiago Trator.

The statement read USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The statement further reads it is important to note that, under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and added consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Tukhugov (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) saw a nine-fight winning streak end at UFC 198 in May where suffered a split-decision loss to Renato Carneiro. Trator (20-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has not fought since a September 2015 win over Clay Collard at UFC 191.

A heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov headlines UFC Fight Night 102 at Times Union Center.

Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Russia after starting as a professional MMA competitor since 2010. Tukhugov has participated in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights MMA (EFN) and others. In 2010, Zubaira Tukhugo made his professional debut and won Pancration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament. He after a 10-3 mixed martial arts records was signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes, Harun Kina, and Vaso Bakocevic. Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors during his time on Fight Nights and defeated Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58. Tukhugov signed a contract with UFC in December 2013 and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February, 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi. Tavares however was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade. The fight was dominated by Tukhugov and he won via a unanimous decision win.

Tukhugov then faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story and won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round. The Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist was then expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68 but the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury. Zubaira Tukhugov then faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 won the fight by split decision.

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Wednesday 09, Nov 2016

George Sullivan Accepts Suspension Of One Year

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UFC fighter George Sullivan has accepted a sanction of one year after he was found violating anti-doping policy of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The UFC fighter never actually failed a drug test but admitted to using a substance or product with a banned item in it.

In a statement, USADA said that George Sullivan has accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a prohibited substance contained in a product that was inaccurately labeled. The statement further reads that Sullivan did not test positive for any prohibited substances but the admission of use of a prohibited substance or product containing a prohibited substance is regarded as an anti-doping policy violation under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

The 35-year-old declared the use of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on his sample collection paperwork when he described his use of a deer antler velvet product during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 13, 2016.

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. USADA initiated an investigation following the declaration of Sullivan regarding the product declared by him on his sample collection paperwork. Sullivan provided the United States Anti-Doping Agency with information about the supplement product he was referring to when he declared IGF-1.

It was found by USADA that the manufacturer claimed on the product website that each bottle of the product contains an extremely high concentration of IGF-1 although no prohibited substances were specifically listed on the Supplement Facts label. The presence of IGF-1 in the product was confirmed by detailed analysis by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. This product has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.supplement411.org).

An athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. USADA determined in the case of Sullivan that the UFC fighter’s degree of fault and his forthright declaration of the product at issue justified a reduction to one year from the maximum two-year period of ineligibility.

The one-year period of ineligibility of George Sullivan began on January 31, 2016, the day after his most recent UFC bout. USADA said the first time Sullivan disclosed that he was using the product was back in January, which is why his suspension is retroactive to that date.

The American mixed martial artist competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed with the UFC in the winter of 2013 after winning the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Welterweight Championship. In his promotional UFC debut, Sullivan fought against fellow newcomer Mike Rhodes on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10 and won the fight via unanimous decision. Sullivan faced Igor Araújo in his next fight and won the bout via knockout in the second round.

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Saturday 05, Nov 2016

UFC Veteran Flagged For Potential Doping Violation

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping partner of the UFC, has provisionally suspended UFC light heavyweight and middleweight competitor Tom Lawlor after a potential doping violation stemming from an out of competition drug sample collected on October 10 was flagged.

In a statement, the UFC said it was notified that USADA has informed Tom Lawlor of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 10, 2016. The UFC officials wrote in the statement that the United States Anti-Doping Agency has provisionally suspended Lawlor based on the potential anti-doping violation.

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. It was also said in the statement that it is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The statement also reads that additional information or UFC statements consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

In March, Lawlor last competed when he lost a unanimous decision to former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Corey Anderson at UFC 196.

Lawlor has the right to contest the findings. A first offense could mean a suspension of two years from the sport. Lawlor (10-6, 1 NC) has been with the UFC since 2008 and has fought 11 times in that span at both middleweight and light heavyweight, compiling a 6-5 record. The American professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler currently competing in the light heavyweight division of the UFC was also a cast member of SpikeTV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.

Born in Massachusetts, Tom Lawlor currently trains at Lauzon MMA and works with Team Aggression in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He is best known for imitating other fighters (Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, and Genki Sudo) during the Octagon entrances and weigh-ins. Many of his fans regard him as a cult figure and his popularity rose after he paid homage to Hulk Hogan and Apollo Creed amongst others with his tongue-in-cheek ring entrance routines with impersonations.

Lawlor made his MMA debut as an amateur in 2003 before he turned professional in 2007. The American professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler won his UFC debut via unanimous decision against former The Ultimate Fighter 8 cast-mate Kyle Kingsbury. In his second UFC fight, Lawlor took on CB Dollaway at UFC 100 and surprised everyone by putting Dollaway to sleep with a guillotine choke 55 seconds into the first round and was awarded Submission of the Night honors.

In another development, Matheus Nicolau was notified of a potential anti-doping violation. The UFC fighter was scheduled to meet Ulka Susaki at UFC Fight Night 100. The best win of Nicolau to date was a split decision over John Moraga in July at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. He (12-1-1) has won both of his Octagon fights after competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.

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Tuesday 25, Oct 2016

Lyman Good Removed From UFC 205 Fight Card

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Lyman Good, the inaugural Bellator welterweight champion, has been removed from the UFC 205 fight card at Madison Square Garden.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC of a potential doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample. The anti-doping test was Good was conducted on October 14, 2016, just under a month before the UFC makes its New York City debut on November 12.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has not disclosed the substance for which Good tested positive. Under anti-doping rules, USADA cannot reveal that information until after the athlete releases details or until after the adjudication process has taken place.

Good has been provisionally suspended by USADA. The only New York City resident on the card, Good was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad in New York at UFC 205 and now he UFC is currently seeking a replacement to fight Muhammad. Making a debut in the UFC last July with an impressive second round knockout over Andrew Craig, the Puerto Rican American mixed martial artist is best known for his time spent with Bellator, where he was the inaugural Bellator Welterweight Champion. He currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Born and raised in the Spanish Harlem section of New York, Lyman Good joined mixed martial arts after her mother felt it would be right for his son to get into MMA to release his anger. Considered one of the top welterweight and middleweight fighters in the Northeast, Good moved up the MMA ranks quickly and also became a Sensei/instructor for Tiger Schulmann mixed martial arts in Manhattan.

In 2005, Lyman Good started his fighting career at the Ring of Combat promotion. He fractured his hand in the beginning of his second fight but went on to win the match by TKO against John Zecchino. Good also participated in three kickboxing matches in Chuck Norris’s World Combat League and won all three.

Lyman scored a takedown early in the first round in the finals of the Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight tournament took place at Bellator XI. He trapped Omar De La Cruz against the cage, and pounded his way to a TKO victory. In his first title defense, Good fought rising star Ben Askren and went on to lose a Unanimous Decision losing his Bellator Welterweight Title. Good debuted in Bellator’s fourth season welterweight tournament quarterfinals against prospect Chris Lozano on March 5, 2011 and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Good was expected to be a participant on the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn but lost his fight to get into the house. He made his promotional debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a short notice replacement against Andrew Craig on July 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 71. He filled in for an injured Edgar Garcia and won the fight by TKO in the second round. The figher was expected to face Omari Akhmedov on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 but pulled from the bout in late October and was replaced by Sérgio Moraes.

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Thursday 21, Jul 2016

Chad Mendes Gets Two-Year Suspension

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Chad Mendes, one of the world’s best featherweight fighters, has been suspended for a period of two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Mendes tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an out-of-competition sample May 17, according to USADA. The banned substance GHRP-6, also known as growth-hormone releasing hexapeptide, was found in the system of Mendes. The 31-year-old would not be able to make a return to the UFC until June 10, 2018, two years from the date of the beginning of his provisional suspension.

Mendes admitted he did not do his homework and remarked this was a big mistake. The UFC featherweight title contender said he owns the mistake and will pay for it.

The Team Alpha Male product has been one of the UFC’s best 145-pound fighters for the last five years. The American mixed martial artist has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 17, 2016, the date of sample collection, including forfeiture of any title, ranking, purse or other compensation.

The #4 in official UFC featherweight rankings, Mendes is ranked the #5 featherweight in the world by Sherdog and #8 featherweight in the world by Fight Matrix. Chad Mendes twice earned NCAA All-American honors made his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against Erik Koch on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47 and his UFC debut was against judo black belt Michihiro Omigawa on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.

The former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler last fought against Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December where Mendes suffered a knockout loss.

What Is GHRP-6?

GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone Releasing Hexapeptide) is a prohibited substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. It belongs to the class of drugs known as growth hormone releasing peptides but it is not the same as human growth hormone (hGH). GHRP-6 is designed for improving natural production of growth hormone in the body and is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders without requiring any “cycling” or post cycle therapy.

Growth hormone is believed to be a performance enhancing substance. Its use is associated with reductions in body fat and improvements in the levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) that both increases protein availability and inhibits cell death. These properties of IGF-1 facilitate significantly more efficient muscle growth & repair and aid recovery time from exercise and injury.

GHRP-6 is known to significantly increase appetite as it acts as a mimetic of ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”). It indirectly results in increased hGH production in the pituitary, primarily through ghrelin release and the hGH travels to the liver and signals it to produce IGF-1. This means many advantages for athletes such as decreased recovery times, decreased body fat, improved muscle tissue repair, and improved body composition. Growth Hormone Releasing Hexapeptide is usually injected though it may be used in cream form. Administration of GHRP-6, IGF-1 or hGH is banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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Thursday 07, Jul 2016

Jon Jones Pulled From UFC 200 For Potential Anti-Doping Violation

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UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been ruled out of his bout with incumbent champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200 this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, remarked Jones tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition sample taken on June 16 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Regarded as the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, Jones has failed drug tests in two of his past three scheduled fights. Jones tested positive for apparent cocaine use before his first fight with Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015.

In a statement, UFC said the UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016. 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. It was further added that it important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The UFC statement also disclosed that there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout because Jones was scheduled to compete against Daniel Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Las Vegas and therefore the fight has been removed from the fight card.

The statement also reads the three-round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt as a result will become the UFC 200 main event. UFC President Diana White said the new headliner will be the previous co-main event heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

The American mixed martial artist served a suspension for much of 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. He now faces a further two years’ ban, which would take him to the age of 30 and could go as high as four years for “aggravating circumstances.” He was just returning from a ban of one year hit and run incident and was stripped of the UFC crown by the fight organization.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Jon Jones became the youngest champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he won the title in March 2011 at the age of 23. The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was reinstated into the UFC in October 2015 following his arrest on felony hit-and-run charges. His UFC debut came against Andre Gusmão at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 and took a unanimous decision victory and won his next bout against veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009 to earn another unanimous decision victory. Jones then went on to defeat former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO in the first round on August 1, 2010, at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.

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Wednesday 29, Jun 2016

BJ Penn Accepts Six-Month Suspension For Doping

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American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner BJ Penn has accepted a six-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC Hall of Famer will now be eligible to fight again as early as September 25.

USADA imposed the suspension after Penn voluntarily admitted to the prohibited use of an IV ahead of a drug test that was administered back in March. In a statement, USADA said Penn declared the use of an intravenous infusion of a non-prohibited substance during an out-of-competition test on March 25, 2016. The statement further reads that a subsequent investigation by United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed that the intravenous infusion received by Penn was administered in a volume greater than 50 within a 6 hour period. It was also said that intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period are prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations.

A standard first-time suspension for this kind of infraction could be up to a period of two years but the right to change the length of those sanctions based on any number of factors lies with USADA. Penn cooperated with the investigation and the IV he used was with a non-prohibited substance and therefore the penalty was far less than a two-year suspension.

The suspension was made retroactive to March 25, which was the date of the drug test. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was scheduled to fight Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout at UFC 199 until he was forced off the card.

Penn disclosed that he met some doctors to treat vertigo, motion sickness, and vision and one of the doctors suggested he should take a glutathione IV. Penn remarked he was told by the doctor that having the glutathione administered through an IV would be the best way for his body to absorb the antioxidant. Penn added he was unaware of the intravenous infusion ban and checked glutathione was not in the banned list of UFC.

Still serving the suspension, Penn used social media to challenge former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to a 155-pound fight in November in New York. St-Pierre, who is also expected to come out of retirement this year, won both bouts in 2006 and 2008 against Penn.

Before competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Penn became the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, and Heavyweight divisions. Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn is only the second fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes as a former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. He unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record and was later inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, as the inaugural inductee in the Modern-Era Wing by career-long rival Matt Hughes. He holds the distinction of being undefeated during his reign as a Lightweight for over eight years that spanned a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the division.

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