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Wednesday 29, Aug 2012

  Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement

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Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Cliff Notes
 

Stephan Bonnar steroidsUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight @Stephan Bonnar is running out of options these days. Bonnar who was campaigning to get in front of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cameras opposite longtime rival and original castmate Forrest Griffin has given some hints of retirement.

Bonnar was suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for anabolic steroids after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral. The banned substance in the post-fight urine sample of Bonnar was Boldenone Metabolite, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Boldenone or Equipoise is a banned substance and anabolic steroid on the list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.

The American mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rose to fame after he took the second spot on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Bonnar is well-known in the world of MMA for never being knocked out or submitted in MMA competition and earned his Taekwondo black belt at the age of sixteen.

The MMA fighter was awarded a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship after he exhibited good skills in the light-heavyweight finals, where he lost against Forrest Griffin by unanimous decision (29–28). The 2002-04 Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight champion and Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight champion trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie has also trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Fan of the rock band The Who, Stephan Bonnar uses their song “Eminence Front” as his entrance music to UFC fights. Bonnar has gone on to take part in some of the bloodiest wars in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) since the infamous brawl night in April of 2005 with fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one contestant, Forrest Griffin.

Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Video

Born on 4th April 1977 and nicknamed “The American Psycho“, Stephan Patrick Bonnar has announced his plan to retire from MMA unless a third fight with Forrest Griffin or Quinton Jackson comes his way that is highly unlikely as Griffin will meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 and Jackson is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

In 2005, the MMA fighter was part of the first class of TUF alongside other future UFC staples like Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, and Chris Leben.

In a recent interview, Bonnar said while addressing rumors of his potential retirement that retirement is not his preference, but he just has not had any offers that have been worth time. Bonnar remarked, “I fought every second of every fight I was in. I’ve never been stopped, legitimately, and I’ve only lost to champions. I’ve been hit with a ton of shots. I’ve never so much as acknowledged one of them.” The MMA fighter is present lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With neither of his requests like to be entertained, the world may have already seen the last of Bonnar in the cage. Bonnar won his last three fights, with consecutive victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski.

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Tuesday 31, Jul 2012

  Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test

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chris leben 4 - drugtestThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has suspended Chris Leben, an American mixed martial artist, after the veteran middleweight failed a drug test.

Leben was banned for one year after he tested positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone after his second-round TKO loss to Mark Munoz on November 5 at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.

“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” said UFC President Dana White. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

“I like Chris, and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” White stated. “If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the octagon but in his personal life.”

This is the second suspension received by Leben from the UFC. The MMA star was handed a suspension of one year back in 2008 and 209 for using stanozolol and made a quick apology. He tested positive for Stanozolol after a unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping in October 2008. The MMA fighter was sentenced in April 2008 to 35 days in jail for a probation violation stemming from a DUI charge that caused his match against Michael Bisping at UFC 85 to be rescheduled for UFC 89.

“I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and sport of mixed martial arts,” Leben stated. “I’m learning that I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. I can’t succeed in the octagon or in life behaving this way. I’ve got to make some real changes over the next year, and I’m going to focus on getting my life and career back on track. Again, I’m sorry to the UFC and fans that’ve supported me since my days on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’”

 Chris Leben Suspended from UFC for One Year for Failed Drug – Video

 

In 2005, Leben (22-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC) first joined the UFC and was on a stellar 4-1 run before the loss to Mark Munoz (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC). Munoz earned a second-round TKO victory when a corner by Leben deemed him unable to continue for the third round.

Nicknamed “The Crippler”, Leben was one of the most controversial and outspoken fighters on The Ultimate Fighter 1 because of his melancholy and variously abrasive personality.

“Right now life is actually going well for me — it’s going great, considering,” Leben recently said. “Life’s going really good, better than it has in a long, long time.”

He recently tweeted a picture of his newly-earned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt, awarded under Sidney Silva, himself a black belt under Professor Gutenberg Melo. “Chris has a really good ground game. He has a complete notion of basic movements, and as he’s temporarily suspended from fighting and without a date for his next fight, he’s been paying special attention to his ground game, especially in the gi—something he’s been working on for about eight months,” Sidney Silva said. “The guy’s great people, a warrior, and he’ll throw down with anyone. He’s at a great stage in his life, is healthy and focused on his UFC return, which should happen shortly. I feel he’s going to make the middleweight division all the more exciting,” said the wise Jiu-Jitsu professor in conclusion.

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Saturday 07, Jul 2012

  Cavalcante busted for anabolic steroids

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The California State Athletic Commission has revealed that MMA fighter Rafael Cavalcante has tested positive for the use of stanozolol metabolites, a form of anabolic steroid.

This was after Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante submitted heavy-handed Mike Kyle in just 0:33 seconds last month.

In 2010, Cavalcante made a name for himself by defeating Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight title. Cavalcante is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and presently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. Cavalcante, known for his aggressive Muay Thai style and explosive knockout power, trains with Anderson Silva and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Cavalcante now faces a one year suspension from mixed martial arts and also a fine of $2,500. Other MMA fighters who were busted for use of prohibited substances include Chris Leben, Alistair Overeem, Thiago Silva, and Cris “Cyborg” Santos.

Friday 22, Jun 2012

  Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante tested positive for stanozolol

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Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante, the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, recently tested positive for metabolites of stanozolol.

The Brazilian fighter failed a test following his May win over Mike Kyle. The California State Athletic Commission has announced Cavalcante to a year-long suspension besides asking him to pay a fine of $2,500.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC executive officer George Dodd stated. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

Tuesday 23, Dec 2008

  Michael Bisping’s gym to test internally for anabolic steroids

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mma-steroids1Michael Bisping’s gym is now in another type of arena as it leads the fight against use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.

Wolfslair MMA gym in Widnes wants to prove to the followers of the sport that its fighters are not involved in steroid abuse.

American Chris Leben tested positive for the stanozolol following his encounter with Bisping. The American fighter got suspended for nine months and was asked to pay the fine amounting to a third of his fight purse by the UFC. Leben lost to Bisping in points in at the UFC 89 that took place Oct. 18.

Wolfslair owner Anthony McGann stated: “With regards to steroids in the sport, we go one step further than the UFC and test internally. We test in-house before fights. Not because we think our fighters are taking anything but because we don’t want to get tarred with that brush.”

Aside from Bisping, other notable charges of the gym include Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Cheick Congo.

McGann along with another MMA fan Lee Gwynn have been able to establish Wolfslair as UK’s premier training ground for high-level MMA fighters. Not bad for something which has started as a hobby for both its founders.

Friday 07, Nov 2008

  Chris Leben gets 9-month suspension for testing positive for stanozolol

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chris-leben-steroids-winstrolMMAjunkie.com reports that mixed martial Chris Leben is penalized with a nine-month suspension due to failed doping test.

Leben’s promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, handed down the suspension when the middleweight fighter tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in a post-fight screening. Leben was also asked to pay a fine amounting to one-third of the payroll he received at the UFC 89 that took place in Birmingham, England.

Leben lost to English fighter Michael Bisping in said event through unanimous decision.

Leben stated: “I’ve really done everything I can to turn my life around, and this is a huge setback for me, but it is something I will have to deal with. During my time off from fighting, I want to speak to kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing agents and let them know it just doesn’t get you ahead in life. Of course this is a hard hit for me monetarily, but more so this is embarrassing for me and for all of my fans. I apologize to the UFC and everyone who supported me in my fight in England. I hope to work through this and get back to fighting soon.”

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White said: “I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track. To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

Leben is expected to return to the UFC July 2009.

More background info from MMAjunkie.com:

Leben had been scheduled to headline UFC 85 with Bisping in June, but the bout was postponed so that Leben could serve jail time for a previous DUI offense. He hoped jail time wouldn’t be issued and that the move would allow him to secure a visa for the event. However, Leben was sentenced to 35 days in the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon (though he was released early), and the fight was postponed.

Serving the jail time was part of what Leben called a maturation process that followed his move to Hawaii, where he now serves as an MMA instructor at the ICON Fitness and MMA Center. Prior to UFC 89, Leben, who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ (with a few drunken rampages), also said he had quit drinking.

Stanozolol, commonly sold as Winstrol (oral) and Winstrol Depot (injectable) is a synthetic steroid derived from testosterone. It has been prescribed to treat diverse conditions in both human and animal patients. In humans, stanozolol is effective in treating anemia and hereditary angioedema. In animals, it is used in promoting muscle growth, appetite, and red blood cell production.

Other MMA fighters who tested positive for this steroid in the past include Phil Baroni, Tim Sylvia, and German-born Kimo Leopoldo.