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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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Sunday 05, Jul 2015

  Ex-Bellator Champion Suspended And Fined For Positive Drug Test

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended former Bellator MMA middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko for three years and fined him $10,000 at an appeal hearing in Downtown Los Angeles.

The ex-Bellator champion tested positive for anabolic steroids before he won his second-round knockout against Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133 on February 13 in Fresno. The 30-year-old Russian showed elevated testosterone levels in his screening and was suspended indefinitely by the California Athletic Commission in March. The win of Alexander Shlemenko will be overturned into a no contest.

The testing of his urine sample that was screened at UCLA showed Shlemenko had a 50:1 testosterone/epitestosterone ratio. For MMA fighters and boxers in California, anything more than 4:1 is illegal. The steroid Oxandrolone and Oxandrolone metabolites also showed up in the system of Shlemenko and a second test on the sample confirmed the initial results.

News about positive drug test of the former Bellator MMA middleweight champion broke in March. On Tuesday, Shlemenko appealed and the fines and suspension were upheld. This was after Howard Jacobs, the lawyer of Shlemenko, argued that the disciplined could be wiped away as the California State Athletic Commission never collected a B sample from Alexander Shlemenko. Jacobs also said that the suspension of three years was only put on the table just five days before the hearing. During the hearing, Shlemenko denied making the use of banned performance enhancing drugs.

The commission upheld the discipline brought to the table by executive officer Andy Foster since taking a B sample is not a California State Athletic Commission requirement. It was testified by Anthony Butch, the director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, that he has never seen a B sample that didn’t confirm an A sample in a steroid test.

Alexei Zhernakov, Shlemenko’s manager, said they will take things to the next level. Zhernakov remarked we are extremely disappointed with the way this hearing went and went on to add that all the materials that we prepared, they didn’t bother listening to them or reading to them and also said we were not given even a slight chance to give our side of the story.

The Russian mixed martial artist is ranked as the #8 Middleweight in the world by Fight!Magazine. An expert in hand-to-hand combat and traditional Kickboxing, Shlemenko made his professional MMA debut at the age of 20 in 2004. He received the attention of Russian media and fans after he had an impressive 15-2 record after only one year of his professional MMA career.

Shlemenko (51-9, 1 NC) boasts an impressive record of 11-3 (1 NC) with Bellator. He won the Bellator middleweight title in February 2013 and held it until he lost to Brandon Halsey last September. Shlemenko is now thinking about suing the CSAC and said he believes every part of the drug test procedure was flawed from the start. The Russian fighter said he is not considering the opportunity to compete in Russia. Shlemenko is fully aware that taking a fight in Russia would permanently end his U.S. career.

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