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Sunday 27, Apr 2014

  Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

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Rousey Is ‘New Chuck Liddell,’ Says Dana White

Dana White, the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, has remarked MMA fighter Ronda Jean Rousey is his new Chuck Liddell, “The Iceman.”

White remarked Rousey wanted to fight Alexis Davis at UFC 175 for the July 5 fight card (at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center) as she wanted to get back in the octagon as soon as possible.

Liddlle is highly admired in the MMA circles and is best known for testing his skills against anyone at any time and White remarked Ronda Jean Rousey owns that same mindset. White added she wants to fight, so she’ll fight back-to-back, she’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice – she’s the new Chuck Liddell.

Termed as “the biggest star in UFC history” by UFC president Dana White, the women’s bantamweight champion recently received flak for her comments against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.

Rousey accused Justino of being a user of anabolic androgenic steroids for long and said she is not a woman anymore. Condemning her remarks, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said he would never want to verbalize disrespect for a fighter but to characterize her as the biggest star in MMA is a little disrespectful to a lot of fighters who have put in year after year after year in this game. Rebney added if Ronda fights ‘Cyborg’ and she could beat ‘Cyborg,’ he thinks that would be a big statement as to where she is in the game but to characterize her as the biggest star is a bit disingenuous but he thinks there are a lot of huge stars in MMA.

Ronda Jean Rousey is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and is undefeated Rousey became the first American woman to bag an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy and enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker in July 2012 as striking coach. According to MMARising and other publications, she is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world and is the #10 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC s of March 10, 2014. Rousey will soon hit the movie stage with her roles in The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.

In another development, UFC commentator Joe Rogan has remarked Ronda Rousey would win if there is a fight between Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rogan remarked it is all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense and that would be the big thing. The commentator said if Ronda got a clinch on him, it’s not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it’s worrying about knees to the body and went on to add that it is worrying about her manipulating his body in ways that he doesn’t understand. Rogan remarked Mayweather would need at least six months of training to be able to have a chance with Rousey.

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Thursday 06, Feb 2014

  Dana White Supports TRT Ban

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has called therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy a form of “cheating.”

White has supported the proposal of the Association of Ringside Physicians to eliminate TUE in combat sports.

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) recently issued an announcement that decried the practice of athletic commissions granting TUE for testosterone replacement therapy. It was remarked by ARP that the incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare and the use of anabolic steroids such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. ARP added that the use of any type of steroid, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. It also added that testosterone replacement therapy may give an unfair advantage to a combat sports athlete contradictory to the integrity of sport and the Association of Ringside Physicians consequently supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.

White’s hard-line stance on TRT is believed to have come after Vitor Belfort’s request for a TRT exemption when he will meet 185-pound champion Chris Weidman this summer. White remarked Belfort drives him crazy and both of them were not on good terms a few months ago.

Velfort is one of the many fighters using testosterone replacement therapy. The UFC fighter has been widely criticized for using the treatment in spite of his tainted history with the abuse of performance enhancing drugs. The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is #2 in official UFC middleweight rankings as of January 27, 2014.

Popularly known as “The Phenom“, Vitor Vieira Belfort failed a steroid test for testosterone at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006, before his Pride fight in Las Vegas where he lost to Dan Henderson. Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, an illegal substance and claimed he bought an over the counter supplement containing the substance. He also explained that he may have received the substance as the result of rehabilitative injections administered to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco after a surgery for repairing a torn meniscus in his knee in the summer of 2006. Belfort was suspended for nine months from the date of hearing on December 21, 2006 after the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Belfort was still in violation of banned substances policy even if the practitioner did not inform him that the post surgical injections (containing testosterone) contained anabolic steroids. In Nevada, no fighter who has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the past has received a therapeutic use exemption.

Belfort, at the age of 19, became the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. Vítor participated in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships and fought against the likes of Alistair Overeem, Bobby Southworth, Heath Herring, Gilbert Yvel, and Daijiro Matsui. On May 18, 2013, Belfort faced final Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and promotional newcomer at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold and won the fight in the first round via knockout.

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Saturday 25, Jan 2014

  Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

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Georges St-Pierre Claims Doping Stance Of UFC Behind Departure

Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, has claimed that he walked away from the UFC because of the promotion’s stance toward testing for performance enhancing drugs. St-Pierre recently said a lack of strenuous drug testing was one of the factors that led to his decision to step away from the sport.

The UFC fighter tried to get Hendricks to agree to random, unannounced drug testing prior to his fight at UFC 167 on November 16 with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks agreed initially but then decided not to and said he wanted the testing to be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency. However, St-Pierre had arranged the deal with the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and went through the testing himself and passed all of the tests he was given. Georges St-Pierre believed that the UFC didn’t supported hum in this efforts of implementing the testing that prompted UFC president Dana White to call the situation “weird” during an interview.

St-Pierre went on to remark that he is still undecided on whether or not to make a return to the sport that he dominated for as many as seven years. The fighter remarked he would not make enhanced drug testing a condition of his return.

Meanwhile, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said he was disappointed to learn of the comments of St-Pierre and said he would call on the fighter once he is done with reading all of the stories from the interview St-Pierre gave. The UFC CEO went on to remark that UFC has a very, very strong stance against any performance enhancing drugs and it would surely be supporting whatever drug testing a state athletic commission would request of a UFC fighter. He also remarked that he would be fully supportive even if a commission wanted to test UFC fighters both before and after a fight.

Fertitta also pointed that UFC paid for enhanced testing for both Travis Browne and Josh Barnett prior to their bout at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas. Fertitta added that the topic of drug testing did not surface when Georges informed the promotion he was vacating the title in December. He said we have made it clear, through presentations at various athletic commissions, that we advocate for the most rigorous drug testing possible and we’ve actually advocated for harsher penalties for PEDs. The UFC CEO and co-owner also said the UFC never has turned down a request from an athletic commission to pay for additional drug testing. Fertitta also remarked that maybe Georges didn’t understand the level of drug testing Nevada was doing and they are the ultimate authority that handles drug testing, medicals and everything else — and they are very capable. Fertitta also went on to say that we obviously know there are some athletes that do cheat, but we are catching them and hopefully, because the penalties for being caught have gone to the extent they have — monetary, suspensions, and revocations of licenses – it is convincing these guys it’s not worth it.

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Thursday 09, Jan 2014

  Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

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Silva Flunks Post-Fight Drug Test

The final result of the so-called greatest heavyweight bout in UFC history will now have an asterisk next to it. This was after Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post-fight drug test in Australia after his December 6 fight against Mark Hunt in Brisbane. The bout’s result will be overturned to a no contest on Silva’s record and remain a draw on the official resume of Hunt.

UFC president Dana White who believed the fight between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva was one of the best fights of 2013 said he was bummed out as he loved that fight so much.

According to a statement released by the UFC officials, all fighters on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The statement added although Silva is on a medically approved regimen of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event but the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit. It was added that Silva has been informed that the elevated testosterone level is a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa. The UFC statement revealed that Antonio Silva will receive a nine month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and he must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. It was further added that Silva will additionally forfeit $50,000 in bonus money and the forfeited bonus will go to his opponent Mark Hunt.

António Carlos Silva, the Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Heavyweight division of the UFC, had been medically approved for testosterone-replacement therapy and was expected to stay within legal limits at all times to continue using the treatment. Pre-fight testing showed the UFC fighter was in line with all parameters of the legal limits leading up to the bout but his post-fight test resulted in elevated levels of testosterone. This is the second failed post-fight drug test of Silva after he tested positive for anabolic steroids following a 2008 fight in the now-defunct Elite XC promotion. Silva tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid that has also cost fighters like Josh Barnett and Phil Baroni. He was then given a one-year suspension by the California State Athletic Commission and fined $2,500.

Silva is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, a former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and a former Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. He is presently ranked the #5 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog and had competed in the past for K-1 Hero’s, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce, and World Victory Road. Antonio Silva made his professional debut in the United Kingdom against Georgian fighter Tengiz Tedoradze and won by TKO only 48 seconds into the fight. Later on, he made his debut at the Cage Rage and became the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and then made a return to Cage Warriors to fight longtime veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal for the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship and won again via TKO, and became the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.

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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.

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.