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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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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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Saturday 01, Jun 2013

  Anti-Doping Committee Established By IMMAF

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Anti-Doping Committee Established By IMMAF

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced its plans of establishing an anti-doping committee that is focused on enabling its members to meet World Anti-Doping Agency compliance in a year’s time.

According to an official release, the IMMAF took the step due to battling performance enhancing substance abuse is crucial not only to ensure fair play but most importantly from a health and safety perspective. Bertrand Amoussou, Vice President of the IMMAF and President of the French MMA Federation, has been selected to chair the committee, and IMMAF member federations have asked to nominate candidates to fill the committee. That process is expected to take six months, at which point the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will outline its anti-doping plans and submit them to WADA for approval.

As per the announcement by the IMMAF, the first order of business for the committee is to investigate implementation for WADA compliance within the member federations and implications on matters such as sanctioning of professional events and compliance with the national guidelines in each individual country. Anti-doping policies are paramount if mixed martial art is ever going to become an Olympic sport.

The anti-doping committee has established its responsibilities as the development and maintenance of IMMAF anti-doping policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the WADA code, development of IMMAF anti-doping education and information programs for all stakeholders, education of member federations and assistance in implementation of anti-doping policies and procedures, development and maintenance of the IMMAF doping control program including pre- and post-competition testing, result based testing, random testing and targeted testing, annual report on IMMAF anti-doping activities, WADA and national anti-doping organization communication, and establishment of criteria for and maintenance of the IMMAF Registered Testing Pool (RTP), identifying those who need provide their whereabouts.

The IMMAF, started in 2012, was created to further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA, enabling international competition through the organization of national federations around the world and quickly added federations in the U.S., Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Nepal, and the United Kingdom. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) was founded by Austin Wallen on Feb. 29, 2012 and this anti-doping committee’s task is to enable World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) compliance within a year’s timeframe, ensuring that mixed martial arts is up to par with other major international sports when it comes to anti-doping policies.

In another development, Ken Shemrock has remarked that Brock Lesnar could have been the best fighter in MMA history if the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gave him ample time to grow. Lesnar, upon entry into the UFC, made it very clear that he did not want easy fights and the UFC obliged by matching him up against former heavyweight champ Frank Mir where Mir latched on a kneebar for the first-round submission finish. Lesnar officially announced his retirement from MMA in December 2011 with a 5-3 professional record, a decision that many believe was based primarily on his constant battle with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder.

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Wednesday 17, Nov 2010

  UFC Heavyweight contender linked with steroids

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UFC Heavyweight contender linked with steroidsA US prosecutor has named Shane Carwin, the UFC Heavyweight contender, as one of the twenty two athletes receiving steroids from a drug ring in Alabama.

The contender recently faced the UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, in first round of the championship battle and lost after appearing to win.

This incidence has once again given birth to speculations that WWE and UFC fighters take steroids to stay on a high.

Wednesday 13, Oct 2010

  Shane Carwin associated with steroids by DEA

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Shane Carwin associated with steroids by DEAUFC Heavyweight contender Shane Carwin has been named by a US prosecutor as 1 of the 22 athletes who received steroids from a drug ring in Alabama.

Carwin recently faced Brock Lesnar, the UFC Heavyweight Champion, in the first round of their championship fight. Though Carwin was all set to win the game, Lesnar won with a triangle choke.

The incident has once again brought speculations about WWE fighters taking steroids and UFC fighters joining them to a high.

Sunday 22, Nov 2009

  Steroids may have caused Lesnar’s disease to be diagnosed late

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Steroids may have caused Lesnar’s disease to be diagnosed late  Although Brock Lesnar’s condition was not confirmed that steroids has something to do with it, people still keep on dragging steroids in the whole health issue.

Writers have even cited WebMD and other medical professionals regarding his condition. Nobody knows for sure what caused his condition or when he would recover. All we know is that he is very sick and he has to take an indefinite leave from the UFC.

Brocks’s condition called diverticulitis was cited by one website to be sometimes hard to detect if a person is using steroids because the substance may mask the disease’s symptoms. This according to them could delay appropriate therapy.

This is in reference to the article written by Holly Salzman, MD and Dustin Lillie, MD of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The article is titled Diverticular Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment. The authors concluded that steroids might mask symptoms of Diverticulitis.

I hope that Brock is not on steroids because if he were, he would be destroying his own credibility. He had vehemently denied since he entered MMA that he was using steroids. He even made his point by punching walls and walking out on interviews.

From Bleacher Report:

In 2003, the New Zealand Medical Journal reported, “One of the lesser known but most life-threatening gastrointestinal side effects of steroids is the perforation of colonic diverticula.”

Wednesday 10, Sep 2008

  Dana White will just be “sitting and waiting” for the Randy Couture-Fedor Emelianenko bout

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During a conference call Tuesday, MMA observers witnessed a very confident Dana White. The UFC president is assuring MMA fans of  two things – the possibility of the Randy Couture-Fedor Emelianenko matchup and the security of his fight promotion vis-à-vis Affliction Entertainment.

White says the bout between MMA’s two most popular fighters is as close to a sure thing. UFC, he states, will just simply wait.

“Randy Couture’s going to fight November 15,” White said. “He’s going to fight Brock Lesnar in the biggest fight in UFC history. The rest of the heavyweight division will be figured out in December. I would be f—king horrified if Affliction is still in business by January. They’re going to burn a lot of cash in the next couple of months, believe me. Good luck to them and I’ll be sitting here waiting to see what happens.”

Things have recently patched up between Couture and UFC. “The Natural” recently signed a three-fight deal with the promotion. Emelianenko, meanwhile, has committed his services exclusively to Affliction Entertainment. But White is expecting an outcome favorable to UFC, confidently predicting the demise of the rival promotion.

“These guys are dying on the vine,” said White of Affliction. “They’ll be gone in a couple of months anyway and then Fedor will have to come here. Listen, you’re not under contract if the company isn’t in business anymore. We’ll figure it out.”

White’s promotion remains at the top of the industry’s echelon despite several attempts to displace its position. There was the International Fight League, which many had thought could go head-to-head with UFC, but only ran for 23 events and incurred $36 million debt, reports say. Pro Elite, parent company of several fight promotions including EliteXC and King of the Cage, is reportedly suffering the same fate as did IFL.

Sunday 07, Sep 2008

  Randy Couture is back to UFC

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Randy_CoutureIt will be a reunion worth watching.

Randy Couture, the reigning UFC heavyweight champion has finally and officially returned to the UFC. After a nasty split in October last year from the UFC, Couture will be fighting for the organization once again at UFC 91 in a championship bout against Brock Lesnar.

Dana White himself, UFC’s president, confirmed the news to the media. White said UFC 91 is slated for November 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

White also announced that their legal battle is over and that Couture’s return to UFC will be on a clean slate as a new multi-fight deal welcomes “The Natural” back to the fight promotion.

“I think some compromises were made on both sides,” Couture said.

“All I give a [expletive] about is that he’s back and fighting,” White said.

White also said that the winner of an upcoming fight between interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will likely meet the Couture vs. Lesnar winner next year for title unification.

When Couture resigned from the UFC in October one of the apparent reasons for the split was the organization’s inability to sign Fedor Emelianenko. And now, Couture might get what he wanted, a matchup with the Russian fighter. White is open to the possibility of a Couture vs Emelianenko bout. However, White said Emelianenko’s current contract situation might pose some problems. The “Last Emperor” has just recently signed a long term deal with rival Affliction Entertainment.

Randy Couture will probably not test positive for anabolic steroids, but he is clearly a user of human growth hormone (HGH). We will see if the new HGH testing is possible/positive, it seems very early stage.