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Saturday 11, Jun 2016

UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes Flagged For ‘Potential’ USADA Violation

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Two-time featherweight title contender Chad Mendes has been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), according to an announcement by the UFC.

However, the UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in the sample of Mendes. The 31-year-old Mendes is currently the No. 4 ranked featherweight in the UFC’s media-generated rankings. Mendes has been out of action since December 2015, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss at the hands of Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Mendes has dropped three of his last four contests including a failed bid for the interim UFC featherweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. The two-time featherweight title contender has twice fought for the UFC featherweight title and lost to former longtime champion Jose Aldo via first-round knockout in 2012 and then fell short via decision in a highly competitive rematch in 2014.

An official UFC statement read the UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection. The statement further reads USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The UFC statement continued it important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and further added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

In the last few weeks, many UFC fighters have failed anti-doping tests.

B.J. Penn was suspended after he disclosed IV use that is prohibited by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A UFC statement reads Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection and was removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

Few weeks back, Diego Ferreira has been removed from this month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event because of a potential failed drug test. In a statement, the UFC had then remarked that it was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection.

UFC welterweight Tim Means was also named by USADA for a positive drug test stemming from a tainted supplement. Means accepted a suspension of six months, retroactive to the February 3 date he was provisionally suspended for of a potential anti-doping violation. The 32-year-old Means was tested out-of-competition on January 21 and tested positive for Ostarine, a banned androgen modulator with anabolic properties. It was later found out that the banned substance came from a tainted supplement that the fighter admitted to using. He initially faced a suspension of two years as a first-time offender but his punishment was reduced in light of the tainted supplement. The United States Anti-Doping Agency had previously delivered a similar ruling for UFC middleweight Yoel Romero, who failed an out-of-competition test for a growth hormone substitute and subsequently proved his positive test stemmed from a tainted supplement.

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Thursday 26, May 2016

Ken Shamrock Tests Positive For Steroids

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American mixed martial artist Ken Shamrock has reportedly tested positive for elevated testosterone at Bellator 149.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, as was 12.4:1, well above the Texas limit of 4:1. Methadone and Nandrolone were also found in system of the professional wrestler. Shamrock tested positive for the opioid Methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter while the threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.

This is not the first doping instance for Shamrock. He tested positive after his fight with Ross Clifton and received a suspension of one year.

During the course of his career, Ken Shamrock set numerous pay-per-view records with his drawing power. Widely considered to be an icon in the sport of mixed martial arts, he was named The World’s Most Dangerous Man by ABC News in a special entitled “The World’s Most Dangerous Things” in the initial days of his UFC career. Shamrock became the first UFC Superfight Champion after he defeated Dan Severn at UFC 6 and is best known for his rivalry with Royce Gracie.

Ken Shamrock also holds the distinction of being the first foreign MMA Champion in Japan when he won the title of King of Pancrase. Ranked by Inside MMA as one of the top 10 greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time, Shamrock has the distinction of being a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, one-time WWF Tag Team Champion, and the 1998 WWF King of the Ring. He is the founder of the Lion’s Den mixed martial arts training camp. During his prime, Ken Shamrock was hailed by everyone as an explosive grappler with speed, physical strength, agility, and power.

Shamrock appeared in the films Scarecrow Gone Wild, Beyond the Mat, Champions, and Virtuosity besides he appearing in That ’70s Show episode “That Wrestling Show” as Wrestler #1. He has also appeared in the video games WWE ’13 and WWE 2K16.

The rivalry of Shamrock with the Hart Foundation led to his first WWF pay-per-view main event at In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede. This was after his name was associated with a feud with Big Van Vader, Bret Hart, and The Hart Foundation throughout 1997. Shamrock challenged Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship in the main event of December’s D-Generation X: In Your House and defeated Michaels by disqualification when Triple H and Chyna interfered. Shamrock won the King of the Ring tournament in June 1998 after he defeated Jeff Jarrett in the semi-finals and WWF Intercontinental Champion Rocky Maivia in the final. Shamrock feuded with Owen Hart following the King of the Ring. Hart defeated Shamrock in a “Hart Family Dungeon match” at Fully Loaded and Shamrock took the revenge by defeating Hart in a “Lion’s Den match” at SummerSlam. Shamrock defeated X-Pac in the finals of an eight-man tournament to won the vacant Intercontinental Championship on October 12, 1998.

In another development, Kimbo Slice also failed post-fight drug test. Slice’s testosterone level was 6.4:1 and he also tested positive for Nandrolone.

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Tuesday 24, May 2016

BJ Penn Comeback At UFC 199 Canceled

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Former UFC champion BJ Penn has been pulled by the UFC from a scheduled comeback bout against Cole Miller on June 4 because of a potential doping violation.

 In a statement, the UFC said it was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. The statement further reads that Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method — the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period — during a March 25, out-of-competition sample collection. It was also announced by the UFC that it is presently looking out for another opponent for Miller on the UFC 199 card at Inglewood,California. The UFC remarked it will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 50 ML per 6 hour period are prohibited except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations. Since Penn did not fall into any of these categories, USADA flagged him for a potential violation after he disclosed his IV use.

Penn, issued a statement via his website, in which he announced he voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that he had an IV administered under the care of a doctor. The former UFC champion said the rule for IV usage had changed since his last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA and added he had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year, The statement of Penn further reads he has never doped at any time in his career and added he anticipates test results from USADA will come back clean and said he will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.

Penn (16-10-2) has not won a fight since he knocked out Matt Hughes in 21 seconds in a non-title bout at UFC 123 in November 2010. Since then, Penn is 0-3-1, with losses to Frankie Edgar, Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz and his bout against Miller at UFC 199 was scheduled to be fought at 145 pounds.

Penn, arguably the greatest lightweight of all time, has been preparing hard for his comeback at Jackson-Wink MMA inAlbuquerque. The American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner was the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight divisions in mixed martial arts. Penn, during his reign, holds the distinction of being undefeated as a Lightweight for over eight years that spanned a nine-fight unbeaten streak in the division. UFC President Dana White credits Penn as the first crossover pay-per-view star for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lighter weight divisions and the man who brought the lower weight divisions into the mainstream of mixed martial arts.

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Monday 04, Apr 2016

British Tour De France Riders Were Treated With Banned Substances, Claims Doctor

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According to an article that appeared in the Sunday Times, a British doctor has claimed he provide performance-enhancing drugs to many clients, including unnamed British Tour de France riders plus other sporting clients.

The doctor in question, Mark Bonar, was quoted by the story as saying that he assisted the athletes obtain the substances that are forbidden under anti-doping rules. Undercover reporters were told by the 38-year-old doctor that banned performance enhancing drugs were prescribed by him to 150 elite sportsmen, including British Tour de France cyclists, an England cricketer, Premier League footballers, a British boxing champion, tennis players, and martial arts competitors. The reporters were told by the doctor that he had treated sportsmen from the United Kingdom and abroad over the past six years banned substances such as Erythropoietin (EPO), anabolic steroids, and human growth hormone. Bonar described the performance improvements were “phenomenal”.

Bonar was secretly filmed by an undercover reporter at a private London clinic. The reporter pretended to be an athlete who was experiencing difficulties in recovering from training. In a video recording, Dr Bonar tells the ‘reporter athlete” that growth hormone and testosterone are very important for recovery and also in building strength. Bonar said obviously some of these treatments he use are banned on the professional circuit and added so you have to be mindful of that. Bonar added he had worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments, but it is how you do it. The initial cost of the consultation between the “reporter athlete” and Dr Bonar was £780.

The athlete returned to the doctor after a period of two weeks and was told his blood tests were normal but Dr Bonar still suggested continuing taking banned substances. The doctor mentioned the levels of hematocrit in blood and talked about how they could be improved. Dr Bonar said the way that you would boost that potentially is to use Erythropoietin. Bonar also suggested that the “reporter” used DHEA and Injected growth hormone that are also banned in sport. The doctor also offered the reporter an injection of a slow-release testosterone at that point in time.

During the third meeting, another undercover reporter accompanied the first posing as his uncle and made it clear that the athlete was aiming to make it to the British Olympic squad. It was conceded by Dr Bonar that though the patient had no medical problems, the levels were ‘suboptimal’ and justified the prescribing of banned substances to him. Dr Bonar said the truth of the matter is that drugs are in sport and what he does is that he prescribes responsibly and he tries to keep his patients the optimum level of normal.

Responding to the Sunday Times, an inquiry into the taxpayer-funded UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) watchdog was ordered by the British culture secretary John Whittingdale. The allegations were described by Whittingdale as “shocked and deeply concerned” and he suggested that UKAD’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead should resign.

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Thursday 21, Jan 2016

Anderson Silva Responds To Bisping’s Comments

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Anderson da Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has responded to a jibe from Michael Bisping.

Recently, Bisping had tweeted Silva to stay out from Viagra. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was referring to Silva’s admission that he took a sexually enhancing blue vial and did not used anabolic androgenic steroids after he tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites and Androsterone following his fight with Nick Diaz. A $380,000 fine and a 12-month suspension, retroactive from January 31, were handed to Silva by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Reacting to Bisping’s remark, Silva said he does not have to prove absolutely anything to Bisping or anyone else besides himself. Silva, who holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, remarked he never needed any illegal substance, steroid or anything like that and also remarked he did made a mistake like everyone does and he had never tested positive before. Silva said he was questioned by the commissioner and it was arrogant for the NAC commissioner to ask him if he had ever been randomly tested before. The Brazilian mixed martial artist said he is excited for the Michael Bisping bout and said a dominant win for him will catapult into title contendership.

Bisping has been a vocal critic of users of performance enhancing drugs throughout his career. The former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion, who is ranked #7 in official UFC middleweight rankings, once said if Cung Le was on some kind of enhancing drug, it only makes my performance seem better, referring to the UFC Fight Night 48 in August but also remarked he would have been outraged and pissed off if he had lost. Bisping has fought no lesser than three opponents who were known users of synthetic testosterone, all of whom took the “shield” of therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy. TRT is now banned in MMA and the UFC and Bisping said if people’s testosterone levels can be 10 times higher than what it normally is, of course that’s going to give you an edge.

Bisping said on his radio show he is telling people right now that he is going to destroy Anderson Silva. The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament winner said his camp is going the best it has ever been and he is performing better. Bisping also remarked he is way better mentally than he has ever been and he is going to get the people of London to cheer and make some goddamn noise and demand that he gets a title shot.

Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 15-2 UFC) vs. Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) will headline the UFC Fight Night 83 card in London, England on February 27th at London’s 02 Arena. The matchup between the two has been brewing for many years but it never came to reality because of the previous position of Silva as UFC champion paired with struggles of Bisping in key bouts.

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Sunday 03, Jan 2016

Durodola Cleared By WBC Of Doping Allegation

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Nigerian-born cruiserweight contender, Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola, who defeated Dmitry Kudryashov, the current WBA International cruiserweight champion, has been cleared of doping allegations made by Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

Durodola emerged to limelight following his upset win over WBC Silver Cruiserweight Championship-winning TKO 2 over highly touted Russian, Dmitry Kudryashov, on November 4 in Russia. Durodola remarked the Russian anti-doping agency tried to take away that what he worked so hard for and added he thanks God the agency was not able to snatch his hard-earned win. The Nigerian-born cruiserweight contender said he is a champion and he did that his fists and not drugs. Durodola added it hurts him when they tried to say he cheated.

The World Boxing Council, in conjunction with an Independent Commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency, ruled after an administrative investigation that RUSADA was non-compliant with proper testing procedures. The 35-year-old Durodola was reaffirmed as the WBC #2 contender. The 2008 Olympian now finds himself in an excellent position to eventually challenge champion Grigory Drozd. After the verdict came in his favor, Durodola remarked it is his dream that he had worked for all his life and commented it was nightmares to have them try to lie and take that away from him. Durodola also agreed to participate in the new WBC Clean Boxing Program.

Under the new WBC Clean Boxing Program, random and mandatory anti-doping testing of boxers both in-competition and out-of-competition would be provided.

Durodola’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, said he is pleased that the WBC took control of the situation and acted swiftly and appropriately. Cohen added Durodola was a 25-1 underdog and won in spectacular fashion and this career defining victory can now be thoroughly enjoyed by the entire Durodola team and we are looking forward to a world title opportunity in the immediate future.

Roland Jankelson, Durodola’s manager, said it was hard on Olanrewaju Durodola, himself, and the Durodola team as they knew the test results were bogus and used to threaten the bout results and rob Durodola of his victory. Jankelson added the Kudryashov interests immediately rushed to fill the media with these false allegations, violating WBC rules regarding confidentiality requirements and added that Durodola, our team, and he are grateful to the WBC for its thorough investigation and decision declaring the Russian tests flawed. Jankelson also said the WBC has been a leader in the ongoing efforts to eliminate illegal drug use in professional boxing and Durodola and he wholeheartedly support the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program, however, as our just concluded experience demonstrates, protocols must be in place to protect boxers from false allegations of the type employed against Durodola and Wach.

Durodola’s manager added that boxers must necessarily subject themselves to foreign jurisdictions, and should be able to be confident in the fairness and neutrality of governing officials in these countries. Jankelson also said these officials and national governing bodies are understandably resistant to oversight, however, our experiences demonstrate the need for improved oversight, and he will engage with the WBC in conversations about how this can be accomplished.

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Thursday 26, Nov 2015

Mirko Cro Cop Suspended for Doping Violation

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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic became the first UFC fighter officially sanctioned under drug testing program of the UFC, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Earlier this month, Cro Cop pulled out of his UFC Fight Night 79 co-main event bout opposite Anthony Hamilton. However, he was provisionally suspended within days of his withdrawal because of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Later, Cro Cop admitted to using Human growth hormone (HGH) for healing the shoulder injury that eventually forced him out of the fight.

The retired Croatian heavyweight mixed martial artist recounted basic methods like massages and icing the shoulder did not help when his shoulder problems started. Cro Cop also recounted that he then went to blood plasma that went straight into the shoulder and he had a little mix of growth hormone with each blood plasma to make his shoulder heal faster.

A suspension of two years was issued by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for the violation, according to a UFC statement. The statement, recognizing the sanction, said UFC recognizes the two-year sanction issued today to Mirko Cro Cop by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. The statement also revealed that UFC secured the services of USADA, a third-party agency, earlier this year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. It was further added that the UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport. The UFC statement also said Cro Cop has subsequently announced his retirement from the sport after a storied career and UFC recognizes his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts and wishes him well in future endeavors.

Following a 2011 loss to Roy Nelson, Cro Cop briefly retired from mixed martial arts but made a quick return over a year later to fight in Japan. Earlier this year, he returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with a victory over Gabriel Gonzaga earlier this year.

The retired Croatian heavyweight mixed martial artist said he might be the first fighter who has ever been suspended after retirement. Filipovic also said maybe they think it is good for them to sanction someone that is well known as everyone knows the UFC has a deal with the USADA, an anti-doping agency, who now tests all fighters.

Considered one of the greatest heavyweights in kickboxing and mixed martial arts in history, Filipović was a martial arts enthusiast since his youth and his early martial arts inspirations were Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Filipović became the second fighter in the world to win mixed martial arts and kickboxing championships and tournaments. Filipović is the 2006 Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion and the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. Signature move of the former Inoki Genome Federation Champion was his lightning quick left head-kick that was once described as “right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery.”

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Thursday 12, Nov 2015

Vitor Belfort Says He Is Ready To Move On

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Vitor Belfort, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, has remarked he is ready to move on in his life. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion also remarked he is not hiding anything and has always fought with the approval of a commission and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The 38-year-old Belfort has almost served as the de facto face of the testosterone replacement therapy argument. Belfort remarked fourteen men were in the treatment and twelve of them were Americans and the media kind of picked him up because of his success.

In 2013, the Brazilian knocked out Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson, and Michael Bisping in a span of 10 months but with the help of TRT that is now banned but was completely legal at that time with a therapeutic use exemption. In September this year, it was reported by veteran reporter Josh Gross that testosterone levels of Belfort were significantly elevated before his light heavyweight title bid at UFC 152 against then-champ Jon Jones. In his defense, Belfort said he lives with a clean and clear conscience regarding his use of legally-administered performance enhancing substances. Belfort remarked he is one of the very few fighters who openly accepted they are on TRT and he is not like those who don’t come out and hide. The MMA fighter also remarked he was on TRT for medical reasons.

Belfort has passed five random drug tests ever since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency took over the anti-doping efforts of the UFC this year. He passed four tests since October 1 and insisted he is at peace with his place in the world of mixed martial arts.

Belfort is not new to controversies. He tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006. The MMA fighter argued that he bought an over the counter supplement that had the illegal substance and also explained that he could have received the drug because of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco. A statement from Dr. Greco was received by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that stated that he had given post-surgical injections containing testosterone to Vitor Belfort. NSAC remarked Belfort would still be guilty of a violation of the banned substances policy even if he was unaware that the medical practitioner did not inform him that injections contained anabolic steroids. Belfort was banned on December 21, 2006 for a period of nine months and was fined $10,000.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist is the #4 contender in official UFC middleweight rankings s of June 29, 2015 and was also the last Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion. He was given the nickname The Phenom after he started competing in the UFC. At the age of 19, he became the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the Octagon. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is expected to face Dan Henderson, the American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler, in a rubber match at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7, 2015.

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Tuesday 10, Nov 2015

Georges St-Pierre Says Return Is Possible Soon

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Georges St-Pierre, a former three-time Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has hinted a return to the UFC. The Canadian semi-retired mixed martial artist is going to attend a training camp for six weeks before he makes his decision on whether to fight or retire.

GSP has been training at the Renzo Gracie academy with eminent grapplers like Gary Tonon and others. He also spent a few days in LA visiting Freddie Roach’s gym. His long-time coach Firas Zahabi has also hinted at a potential return. Zahabi said Georges will beat anybody if he prepares with a training camp and added he thinks his star student has lots of fighting left.

St-Pierre decided to vacate the 170 lbs. title after he defeated Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision in 2013. In September this year, UFC president Dana White said he believes GSP will never return and also remarked GSP is rich and is living the good life. White said you have to be hungry in this sport and want to be a world champion and Georges St-Pierre has already accomplished that and he does not see GSP ever coming back.

Georges St-Pierre recently pledged public support for longstanding rival Nick Diaz who bas banned for five years and heavily fined after he tested positive for marijuana. GSP remarked the ban imposed on Diaz was questionable, at the very least and also remarked the ban is huge especially when you think about Anderson Silva and other guys who were doping and received a lighter suspension compared to Nick.

 GSP also commented that he believes the Nevada State Athletic Commission wanted to make an example out of him to send a message because Nick is a colorful character who talks a lot and makes a lot of noise. Georges St-Pierre also said that fighters who have failed drug tests for marijuana should be treated differently than those who use anabolic steroids and other performance enhancers. The former three-time Welterweight Champion said marijuana could help someone that suffers from anxiety, but it won’t make you stronger or more powerful and he does not believe it should be judged upon so severely.

St-Pierre, considered by many as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, was ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world for many years by Sherdog and several other publications. Born on 19 May 1981 in Quebec, Georges St-Pierre took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and boxing when he was 16. He received a black belt in Kyokushin before he turned professional at the age of 21. The MMA fighter made his UFC debut at UFC 46 and defeated highly ranked Karo Parisyan by unanimous decision in his first fight and then went on to defeat Jay Hieron at UFC 48 via technical knockout in only 1:42 of the first round. GSP defeated former UFC welterweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 58 to become the No. 1 contender for the UFC welterweight title and won the match by split decision.

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Monday 02, Nov 2015

Anderson Silva Is A “Coward”, Says Ben Rothwell

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Top-ranked UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell has called Anderson Silva a “coward” for not admitting his guilt after receiving a 12 month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission for using anabolic androgenic steroids.

Rothwell said Anderson Silva destroyed his legacy not because he was busted but because he continually denied everything to show just what a coward he is. Ben Rothwell added he has no respect for Silva and added Silva is a cheat and is not a man.

Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history. He tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane after his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. Silva beat Diaz via unanimous decision but the win was overturned to no contest after his use of performance enhancing drugs. The former middleweight champion pleaded his innocence and said he tested positive because of a mysterious sexually enhancing “blue vial” that he acquired from a friend in Thailand.

In 2013, Ben Rothwell himself tested positive for elevated levels of Testosterone. He was suspended for a period of nine months but took full responsibility for his actions and vowed to never cheat again.

In another development, Michael Bisping said he is no longer interested in Anderson Silva. Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) said the drug test failure of Silva has changed his desire to fight against Silva. Bisping added he believes that a person does not make a decision to try a new thing called steroids at the age of 39 and Silva must have been on the juice the whole time. Bisping, who is arguably the most famous fighter to have never received a UFC title shot, said he is not sure if he would accept a fight with the man who is considered by many as one of the greatest of all time.

Bisping added nobody expected Anderson Silva to test positive and he has always been a fantastic fighter, always been a fan favorite. The English mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship added it is ridiculous that Anderson’s positive test was the first time he was ever tested out of competition and he failed it. Bisping also remarked Silva came up with every excuse under the sun, including Viagra, and he looked the fool and added he wouldn’t fight Silva or anyone else that has a history of taking steroids.

Silva was recently criticized for laughing when his team made fun of Steven Seagal, action movie star and former mentor of Anderson. Seagal has always been a figure of ridicule within the MMA community. The 63-year-old started working with Silva and Lyoto Machida in 2010 and served as a mentor and teacher to the former UFC champions. However, Seagal has been absent from the mixed martial arts sphere since he started taking credit for some of their techniques. Anderson Silva started to distance himself from Seagal after he took praise for the front kick Silva used to knockout Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

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