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Thursday 17, Nov 2016

  Tukhugov Removed From UFC Fight Night 102

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Zubaira Tukhugov, the Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been removed from UFC Fight Night 102 event on December 9 following a potential doping violation.

In a statement, UFC said Tukhugov was informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from out-of-competition samples collected on September 7 and October 29. The Russian mixed martial artist has been provisionally suspended by USADA, and UFC officials are presently in the process of trying to locate a replacement opponent to face Brazilian featherweight Tiago Trator.

The statement read USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC anti-doping policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. The statement further reads it is important to note that, under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed and added consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Tukhugov (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) saw a nine-fight winning streak end at UFC 198 in May where suffered a split-decision loss to Renato Carneiro. Trator (20-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has not fought since a September 2015 win over Clay Collard at UFC 191.

A heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov headlines UFC Fight Night 102 at Times Union Center.

Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Russia after starting as a professional MMA competitor since 2010. Tukhugov has participated in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights MMA (EFN) and others. In 2010, Zubaira Tukhugo made his professional debut and won Pancration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament. He after a 10-3 mixed martial arts records was signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes, Harun Kina, and Vaso Bakocevic. Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors during his time on Fight Nights and defeated Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58. Tukhugov signed a contract with UFC in December 2013 and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February, 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi. Tavares however was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade. The fight was dominated by Tukhugov and he won via a unanimous decision win.

Tukhugov then faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story and won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round. The Chechen-born Russian mixed martial artist was then expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68 but the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury. Zubaira Tukhugov then faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 won the fight by split decision.

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Saturday 05, Nov 2016

  UFC Veteran Flagged For Potential Doping Violation

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency, the anti-doping partner of the UFC, has provisionally suspended UFC light heavyweight and middleweight competitor Tom Lawlor after a potential doping violation stemming from an out of competition drug sample collected on October 10 was flagged.

In a statement, the UFC said it was notified that USADA has informed Tom Lawlor of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 10, 2016. The UFC officials wrote in the statement that the United States Anti-Doping Agency has provisionally suspended Lawlor based on the potential anti-doping violation.

The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It was also said in the statement that it is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The statement also reads that additional information or UFC statements consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

In March, Lawlor last competed when he lost a unanimous decision to former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Corey Anderson at UFC 196.

Lawlor has the right to contest the findings. A first offense could mean a suspension of two years from the sport. Lawlor (10-6, 1 NC) has been with the UFC since 2008 and has fought 11 times in that span at both middleweight and light heavyweight, compiling a 6-5 record. The American professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler currently competing in the light heavyweight division of the UFC was also a cast member of SpikeTV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.

Born in Massachusetts, Tom Lawlor currently trains at Lauzon MMA and works with Team Aggression in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He is best known for imitating other fighters (Art Jimmerson, Dan Severn, Harold Howard, and Genki Sudo) during the Octagon entrances and weigh-ins. Many of his fans regard him as a cult figure and his popularity rose after he paid homage to Hulk Hogan and Apollo Creed amongst others with his tongue-in-cheek ring entrance routines with impersonations.

Lawlor made his MMA debut as an amateur in 2003 before he turned professional in 2007. The American professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler won his UFC debut via unanimous decision against former The Ultimate Fighter 8 cast-mate Kyle Kingsbury. In his second UFC fight, Lawlor took on CB Dollaway at UFC 100 and surprised everyone by putting Dollaway to sleep with a guillotine choke 55 seconds into the first round and was awarded Submission of the Night honors.

In another development, Matheus Nicolau was notified of a potential anti-doping violation. The UFC fighter was scheduled to meet Ulka Susaki at UFC Fight Night 100. The best win of Nicolau to date was a split decision over John Moraga in July at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. He (12-1-1) has won both of his Octagon fights after competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.

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Thursday 03, Apr 2014

  Dennis Siver Tests Positive For hCG

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Dennis Siver Tests Positive For hCG

Dennis D. Siver, the Russian-German mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

The naturally-occurring hormone in both males and females is on the banned substances’ list of many sports due to frequency in use with anabolic androgenic steroids. HCG is commonly used by male athletes and bodybuilders to boost testosterone production and may also be used to lose weight. It is used as a fertility drug by women.

According to a confirmation by Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar, an “appropriate complaint” against the mixed martial artist was being prepared. It is believed Siver may serve a temporary suspension and will have the opportunity to make an appeal against the suspension. However, he may face a full suspension, a fine, and a potential overturning of his win over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas to a no-contest.

In a statement, Dennis Siver accepted for responsibility, but was adamant that it was not an effort on his part to knowingly dope for the fight. Siver said he would like to issue a public statement and give his fans and supporters the opportunity to form their own opinion on how the alleged doping allegations against me came about. He added he hired an external personal trainer and nutritionist before UFC 168 and the nutritionist recommended a new diet method from the US to him, which had been successfully used by the stars. Siver added he confirmed from the nutritionist if he could safely use this supplement and it was confirmed to him but he made the mistake of not making sure through the UFC if individual substances from the supplement could have effects on the drug tests. In the statement, Siver said the B sample revealed a small component of hCG in his urine sample – a minor ingredient of the diet preparation and a substance which is banned in the UFC.

Siver added he doesn’t want to blame anyone for this result and he takes full responsibility for his gullible and careless behavior. He also remarked it was his mistake and it was grossly negligent and he further remarked that he had distance himself from any kind of doping and added in his previous sixteen UFC fights, not even the smallest banned substance has been detected. Siver said this makes the current events all the more disappointing and shocking for him and his team.

Siver is #7 in official Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight rankings. He started training in martial arts in 1994 when he started learning sambo, judo, kickboxing, and taekwondo. Dennis Siver became the WAKO amateur kickboxing champion of Germany in 1997 and was signed by the UFC after his win against Jim Wallhead at CWFC – Enter The Rough House. His victory against Nate Mohr at UFC 93 in Dublin was awarded the Knockout of the Night award where he managed to TKO his opponent via a spinning back kick and punches.

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Friday 14, Mar 2014

  UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

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UFC Bantamweight Fighter Fails Test For Marijuana

According to representatives from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the split decision win of UFC bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on October 19 in Houston has been changed to a no-decision. This was after Jessica, the American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division, tested positive for marijuana after which she was fined $1,875 and placed on a “one year fully probated suspension.”

Kaufman, after learning of the failed test of Jessica Eye, remarked she hates to see our sport marred by athletes who can’t seem to control what substances they put in their bodies and it’s disrespectful to their opponents and employers.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation public information officer Susan Stanford remarked Jessica can still fight in the interim while she is effectively “on probation as long as she complies” with the administrative order.

In her official statement on the matter that was released through the UFC, Jessica Eye remarked she was recently alerted to the fact that she was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC fighter added that while she intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, she had accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on February 22. Eye added she pride herself on following the rules and representing her family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible and apologized for any distractions this has caused.

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White has defended Jessica Eye and said she honestly meant no harm in the matter. White remarked so let me explain the Jessica Eye situation – that thing popped up on my radar like the day it happened. The UFC president added that he understands where you guys are coming from, but let me put you in her situation, Jessica finally makes it in the UFC, the big stage, and first thing most of these people have never dealt with media at the level that they deal with now and nobody ever cared what she said and she gets busted for weed.

White also said that Jessica started panicking when all this stuff started happening and she didn’t know what she could say and couldn’t say, and she didn’t want anybody to know. He also said Jessica is not media savvy, she’s scared and she didn’t know what she was going to get in trouble for or not in trouble for. White revealed in Nevada (the legal limit) it’s 150 (ng/mL), she was 16 (ng/mL).  Texas (limit) is 15 (ng/ML). The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) raised their standard for marijuana last year to 150 ng/mL while the state of Nevada, a commission routinely looked at for drug testing in combat sports, raised their limit for marijuana from 50 ng/ML to 150 ng/mL but Texas has a limit set 10 times less than the recognized testing limit by both WADA and commissions in states like Nevada.

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Friday 26, Apr 2013

  Three UFC Fighters Fail To Clear Drug Tests

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Three UFC Fighters Fail To Clear Drug Tests

According to UFC officials, three fighters have failed to clear drug tests. This announcement by the UFC has once again that there cannot be anything stopping professional sportsmen from relying on banned performance enhancing drugs even after “tall talks and claims” of anti-doping education and awareness.

Lavar Johnson (17-7) failed a test for testosterone use given by the California State Athletic Commission from his February 23 fight in Anaheim where he lost a three-round decision against Brendan Schaub. The heavyweight slugger has not been suspended till date. Johnson had first tested for an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio when the usual urine test results came in and after this the California State Athletic Commission administered the expensive Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test on Johnson that confirmed the first test results.

The American mixed martial artist who last competed as a heavyweight is suspended from fighting till November 23, 2013. Johnson made his MMA debut in the WEC on January 16, 2004, losing to Doug Marshall via TKO (corner stoppage). He made his Strikeforce debut against Carl Seumanutafa at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina, knocking him out with a punch 18 seconds into the first round.

In another development, Alex Caceres tested positive for marijuana and Riki Fukuda tested positive for three banned stimulants; both positive tests came from the March 3 show at the Saitama Super Arena in suburban Tokyo, Japan.

Nicknamed “Bruce Leroy,” Caceres (8-5, 1 no contest) won against Kyung Ho Kang, which he originally won via three-round decision, overturned and ruled a no-contest. Caceres was suspended by the UFC for six months and his suspension is retroactive to the day of the fight. The UFC fighter was also ordered to attend rehabilitation classes and would now have to pass a drug test at the end of the suspension before he will be allowed to fight again. In a statement issued by his management team, Caceres said he accepts full responsibility for my actions and the consequences from his actions and apologized to all that he has disappointed, including the UFC, his family, coaches, training partners and fans. Caceres added that he accepts the sanctions from the UFC and would look forward to completing the necessary steps to getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again.

According to the UFC Director of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner, it is the current protocol that any UFC fighter who tests positive for marijuana on a show regulated by the UCF will be suspended six months and ordered to do rehab from an accredited facility and added that the UFC believe in rehabilitation and penalties for marijuana should not be as severe as those for performance enhancing drugs.

Fukuda (19-7), tested positive for stimulants Phernylpropanolamine, Norpseudoephedrine, and Ephedrine, after his loss to Brad Tavares on the same show. The fighter had been released from his UFC contract after the loss to Tavares left him with a 2-3 record in his two years with the UCF and his positive test result will be reported to the Association of Boxing Commissions that will then make a decision regarding how long before Fukuda would be allowed to fight for another organization.

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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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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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