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Monday 12, Jan 2015

  Gustafsson Wants Johnson To Be Tested

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Swedish mixed martial artist Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) wants his UFC opponent on FOX main event Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) to be drug tested before their scheduled fight.

Without naming Johnson of wrongdoing, Gustafsson said he just wants Johnson to be subjected to the same type of drug testing he himself already has undergone. During the so-called out of competition period, Sweden was tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) leading up to his January 24 bout against Johnson.

Alexander Gustafsson posted that a request from Sweden has been sent to US Anti-Doping commission to come and test him. The Swedish MMA fighter said this is the way it is done in Sweden, no matter where you are, you are under control which he really appreciates, and he wants his sport to be clean so everyone compete under the same terms. Gustafsson added therefore, he would like to request that the same tests applies to his competitor Rumble Johnson and he wants us both to show the world that we are clean top athletes competing in the UFC on equal terms.

In a recorded video statement, the Swedish mixed martial artist said he just got tested by USADA and he is thankful for them coming here and doing the test.

UFC was earlier planning to conduct its own out-of-competition, year-round drug testing program but its president Dana White recently remarked that was no longer the case as the UFC had “no business” jumping head first into the regulatory business. White said we have no business doing drug testing but did remarked that the UFC will fund the efforts of different regulatory bodies that sanction events around the globe so that they can do more and better drug testing.

Gustafsson is presently signed with the UFC in its light heavyweight division. Alexander Gustafsson is the #1 contender in official UFC light heavyweight rankings as of January 17, 2014. He is ranked the #2 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and is ranked the #15 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by the UFC as of January 5, 2015.

Gustafsson is best known for his killer instinct, powerful striking, and the reckless ways by which he finishes his fights. Gustafsson started training in boxing in 1996 and started training Mixed Martial Arts in 2006. The Swedish mixed martial artist made his UFC debut on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105 against Jared Hamman by winning the bout via KO at 0:41 in the first round. In his next fight, Gustafsson lost via submission because of an anaconda choke to tap out at 4:55 of the first round.

At UFC 120, Gustafsson was scheduled to face MMA and kickboxing veteran Cyrille Diabaté and trained with notable UFC fighters like Phil Davis, Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera, Joey Beltran, and Travis Browne. Gustafsson defeated Diabate via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round. After the fight, Gustafsson said that the main reason for his success against Cyrille Diabaté as the time that he spent at Alliance MMA in the training camp for a month.

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Friday 04, Jul 2014

  Wanderlei Silva Admits Using Diuretics

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UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva has admitted that he avoided a random drug test on May 24 as he was taking diuretics at the time.

Recently, the 37-year-old pulled from a light heavyweight bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 when it was made clear that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not grant a fighter’s license to Silva after he fled from a random drug test. The martial artist appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at an “information gathering” and was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney Ross Goodman.

Chael Sonnen, who was scheduled to fight Silva, recently announced his retirement from UFC after testosterone replacement therapy was banned in all forms of combat sports. Sonnen remarked he did not use the therapy to enhance performance but it was medically advised. The UFC, which previously supported TRT, decided to honor the TRT ban and Sonnen announced his retirement.

 Goodman admitted on behalf of Wanderlei Silva that the martial artist had been taking diuretics at the time of the test. Diuretics are banned in combat sports and are used to quickly cut weight or mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs in the body.

The MMA fighter remarked he used diuretics in conjunction with anti-inflammatories for dealing with an injury to the wrist he had suffered in February. Goodman said Silva injured his wrist in February of this year and was scheduled to fight in May but X-rays confirmed he had fractured his right wrist and therefore the UFC moved the fight to July 5. Goodman added Silva regretfully started taking diuretics at that time for the sole purpose of reducing inflammation and water retention.

Before the admission of Silva, the independent sample collector provided a detailed account of what occurred before the refused test. Jim Guernsey, with an experience of 34 years in collecting drug-testing samples, said he attempted to reach the MMA fighter at his residence in Las Vegas at approximately 1 p.m. He decided to call Silva and his wife after there was no response at their residence. After this, Guernsey drove to the Las Vegas gym of Silva and found him and other members of the gym. Guernsey then told Silva that a random drug test had been requested by the NSAC and then Silva said he wanted to talk to his manager and left without giving the test. Details as described by Guernsey were confirmed by Silva during his admission.

The Las Vegas-based attorney added Silva was surprised and this was the first time in his career where something like this, somebody showing up at his gym and that does not negate or minimalize what Silva did and he is here to apologize to the commission. Goodman added Silva was concerned the diuretics would show up on his sample and there should not be inference or suggestion that Silva was trying to mask or hide any performance enhancing drugs or testosterone use.

The former Pride middleweight champion had never failed a drug test before this incident. Silva made his professional MMA debut in 1996.

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Friday 10, Aug 2012

  Nate Marquardt Wins Strikeforce Gold

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Nate Marquardt Wins Strikeforce Gold – Cliff Notes

@Nate Marquardt, the former UFC contender, has won the vacant Strikeforce welterweight championship with a knockout of Tyron Woodley.

 Nate Marquardt – Post Tyron Woodley Interview – Strikeforce MMA

A few years ago, the MMA fighter admitted in an interview that he was suffering from low testosterone levels and his doctor recommended testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Before his fight against Dan Miller in New Jersey, he requested a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) but the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board indicated that request of his doctor was incomplete and the TRT treatment was not in accordance with the standards of USADA. The Board said they would authorize the testosterone treatment as long as Marquardt agrees to go off treatment for eight weeks and take three blood tests after the fight.

However, the personal doctor of the fighter suggested aggressive treatment and recommended injecting the testosterone straight rather than allowing Marquardt to take oral medications that promote the pituitary gland to spur testosterone production in the testicles. The testosterone injections pushed the fighter’s levels out of the range accepted by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC) and UFC President fired Marquardt through Twitter.

White said Nate Marquardt would never fight in the UFC again after he failed to clear his medicals for his main event fight against Rick Story at a UFC event in Pittsburgh. Marquardt then went public and disclosed that his medicals failed because of elevated levels of testosterone due to a testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. The UFC President added that the MMA fighter tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2006, was on suspension for New Jersey, then failed to clear his medicals at Pennsylvania, and could not get a fourth chance. White added that there is a difference between testosterone replacement therapy and getting to levels where it is performance enhancing.

Born on April 20, 1979, Marquardt is an American mixed martial artist running the High Altitude Martial Arts Academy in Aurora, Colorado. Marquardt (31-10-2) has compiled 10 wins since joining the UFC in 2005 and has fought for the middleweight title in 2007 against Anderson Silva, which he lost via first-round TKO. Marquardt came close twice in 2010 to compete for the title again but fell short after decision losses to Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami. On July 3, 2010 he was expected to face Alessio Sakara but the flight was called off after Sakara pulled out due to the death of his father. On March 19, 2011 at UFC 128, he won a fight against Dan Miller via unanimous decision after Yoshihiro Akiyama pulled out of the bout. The MMA fighter signed with top U.K. fight promotion BAMMA, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts after his suspension was lifted by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

Recently, Dana White made an announcement that the fighter has signed with Strikeforce and his debut was Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy against Tyron Woodley in a bout for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship where he knocked out Woodley to become the Strikeforce Welterweight champion. The former UFC contender Nate Marquardt controlled the stand-up for the first two rounds and held off takedown attempts of Woodley to emerge victorious.


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Thursday 09, Aug 2012

  Rafael Feijao Cavalcante Tests Positive

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Brazilian mixed martial artist, Rafael Custodio a.k.a. Rafael Feijao Cavalcante, has tested positive for a banned substance.

The California State Athletic Commission has suspended Rafael Cavalcante for a period of one year for testing positive to stanozolol metabolites. The Strikeforce light heavyweight champion tested positive following his win over Mike Kyle last month in San Jose, California.

The MMA fighter has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission. His suspension was applied retroactively to May 18, 2012 and the result of his last fight with Mike Klye will be changed to a “No Decision” with Rule 368. According to Commissioner George Dodd of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), “Feijao,” who submitted “MAK” last month on the main card of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final tested positive for stanozolol metabolites.

The suspension of Cavalcante marks the third high-profile Strikeforce fighter getting suspended for banned substances after Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Muhammed Lawal were both suspended by the California State Athletic Commission and Nevada State Athletic Commission, respectively.

Cavalcante trains with Anderson Silva and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira as part of the Black House camp and is best known for his aggressive Muay Thai style and explosive knockout power. He made his professional MMA debut on February 10, 2006 by knocking down Eduardo Maiorino by TKO at a Pantanal Combat event in Brazil.

On May 15, 2010, he became the number one contender for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Antwain Britt at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. His next fight against Muhammed Lawal in Houston, Texas for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship saw him become he new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Lawal by TKO due to elbows from the clinch at 1:14 of round 3.

In May 2011, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante was defeated by Dan Henderson, the former Pride champion of two different weight classes, in Columbus, Ohio with a third-round technical knockout. Henderson started slow but drilled Cavalcante with a hard right hand to knock him down and then finishing him with about half-a-dozen punches on the ground to get the TKO win. Feijao, defending the title for the first time, falls to 10-3, while the record of Henderson after the win improved to 27-8. Cavalcante, however, rebounded with a second-round knockout of Yoel Romero Palacio to improve his overall Strikeforce record to 4-2.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion would be making an appeal against the one-year license suspension at the next meeting of the California State Athletic Commission on October 6.

Ed Soares, the manager of Cavalcante, said the MMA fighter would be represented by a drug expert who witnessed the testing of the fighter’s “B” sample and a lawyer. This was announced after the second test that was conducted on June 26. If the appeal fails, the suspension of Cavalcante would run until May 18, 2013, one year from the date he was tested. The MMA fighter may challenge former champion Gegard Mousasi for the vacant light heavyweight title after the suspension.

California State Athletic Commission Suspends License of Fighter-Rafael Feijao Cavalcante

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Tuesday 31, Jul 2012

  Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test

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Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test – Cliff Notes

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.

Chris Leben Suspended After Failed Drug Test

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