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  1. Ten months from his last outing, Northern Irish fan favorite Alan Philpott is adamant that he will make a lasting impression when he debuts under the ONE Championship banner at Thursday’s Warriors Series. After being left on the sidelines during ACB’s hiatus in 2018, Philpott tried unsuccessfully to join the Bellator ranks. “The Apprentice” was also on the verge of getting a short notice call-up to face Kai Kara-France at UFC Adelaide before the promotion opted for Elias Garcia instead. A recent invitation to tryout for ONE’s Warrior Series gave Philpott a new lease on life, but it wasn’t until he finished displaying his prowess on the pads that he felt he had found “his calling” with the Asian promotion. “They line you up and you’re doing drills, but it’s only 60 percent,” Philpott told Eurobash, reliving his tryout experience for ONE Championship’s Warrior Series. “We went through all the ground position, then we did pads. And, mate, when I was on those pads the whole place was looking at me. I was just zoned out. I had talked to my coach Johnny before it and we had decided that we were going for this. With me and Johnny, he’ll call out a combination and we’ll go, but then we’ll just flow without saying anything; I’m throwing strikes and he’s just catching them. It’s an unbelievable thing, but as we were doing it we were smiling at each other, we were fully into it and just zoned out, simulating a fight.” Clearly enjoying himself as he went through the motions, it wasn’t until the session was called to a halt that the Next Generation fighter—now a coach at Legends MMA gym in Sydney, Australia—realized that he had made a lasting impression on his fellow ONE hopefuls. “Then they shouted ‘Time!’ We stopped and the whole place just erupted. I was like, ‘Sh*t!’ It was so good. I left that day confident [that I would earn a call up] so as soon as I got home I went into fight camp. It just felt like that was it, this is my calling,” he remembered. Despite a hellish ten months of inactivity, Philpott believes his times on the sidelines have strengthened his resolve ahead of what he hopes will be a breakthrough moment with ONE when he clashes with Min Jong Song on Thursday morning in Singapore. “I feel complete; I feel like a complete fighter,” Philpott said. “There are usually all these little doubts, but I don’t feel that this time. I’ve never felt like this. Hand on heart I’ve never felt this calm, relaxed or mentally strong. I’m a martial artist, so no matter what it takes I’m going to do it. I’ll make the weight, I’ll pass the [hydration test], I’ll show that I’m serious, show that I’m professional and then I’ll go out and have the best performance of my life.” Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Alan Philpott interview begins at 40:20. Afficher l’article complet
  2. After it was revealed Tuesday that Nicco Montano has been on the shelf due to a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the former UFC flyweight champion provided her own update on the situation. It was announced by the USADA that Montano (4-2) is currently serving a six-month suspension dating back to Nov. 15, 2018, as a result of the 30-year-old testing positive for ostarine in an out-of-competition sample last October. She will be eligible to compete again on May 15 and she took to Instagram to let fans know when she expects to return to action. “First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life,” Montano wrote. “As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. “This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer.” Montano burst onto the scene as a relative unknown on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where she defeated Lauren Murphy, Montana De La Rosa (nee Stewart), and Barb Honchak to book her spot in the tournament final. She defeated short-notice replacement Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on Dec. 1, 2017 to become the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion, but has not competed since and was later stripped of that title due to inactivity. Afficher l’article complet
  3. Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day. Before we begin, let’s tip our cap to a pair of fighters previously featured in Missed Fists that showed out at UFC Saint Petersburg this past weekend. Movsar Evloev won a unanimous decision over Seungwoo Choi to close out the prelims, and 22-year-old Arman Tsarukyan went a competitive 15 minutes with sleeper lightweight contender Islam Makhachev in the co-main event. We’re proud of these boys. Chance Staggs vs. Chante Stafford AL: With respect to both these fine athletes, we’re not spotlighting “Fat” Chance Staggs and Chante Stafford for what they could be, but for what they already are: two regional fighters without a care in the world. They got their chance to compete in a 160-pound catchweight bout live on UFC Fight Pass last Wednesday at Alaska Fighting Championship 147 when another fight fell through at the last minute and they did not waste the opportunity. ROCKED#AFC147 pic.twitter.com/ltijKf4FNF — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 18, 2019 JM: That fight was substantially more fun than it had any reason to be, which should probably just be the Alaska FC motto by now. Stafford drops Staggs early and then does what people with no idea about fighting would think he would do, he gasses hard. All the way back! ..... Careful, Kevin..#AFC147 pic.twitter.com/rZa13otWqt — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 18, 2019 That guillotine that cements Staggs’ comeback isn’t even torqued super hard but Stafford is just completely spent from letting it all go early in the round. AL: This was a superbly dumb one-round brawl, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Pat Carroll vs. AJ Hardaway AL: From Alaska’s largest city to the heart of The Big Apple, we check in on the Combat at the Garden kickboxing show that took place on Saturday at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, which is also available on UFC Fight Pass. In the first fight of the night, we’re given a little MMA connection to sink our teeth into as competitor Pat Carroll apparently trains with UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante at Bellmore MMA. He did Villante proud with this awesome KO of AJ Hardaway that he set up by making Hardaway respect his left hand before uncorking a jaw-popping right. Clean. Just cleeeean to the chin.#CombatAtTheGarden pic.twitter.com/nW1a8Zh8rv — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 21, 2019 JM: That’s just beautiful timing. Hardaway got put away hard with that right hand that landed right as he was switching his stance and didn’t have a good base to absorb the shot. David Allen vs. Lucas Browne Speaking of picture perfect timing, would you care to see a man’s liver explode? WHAT A BODY SHOT BY @DAVIDTHEWHITER1! #AllenBrowne pic.twitter.com/1SEX7D1BcD — DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 20, 2019 At a Matchroom Boxing event in Greenwich, London, on Saturday, David Allen delivered one of the nastiest left hooks to the body that you will ever see in combat sports. Just look at Lucas Browne’s entire body quit on him. As well it should! AL: The blood dripping down from Browne’s face afterwards is also a lovely visual. JM: Allen times that body shot beautifully and it lands right as Browne is stepping in and turns his body square to the left. I bet Browne is still feeling that one. AL: They had to hook Browne up to an oxygen tank after this one. And he was smiling the whole time. Now, we move on to some more pressing business. Knockouts are never a laughing matter, but sometimes when a fighter is caught just right, their body glitches out and the part of your brain that is engaged by unnatural sights can’t help but be triggered. Case in point, we now present to you several examples of fighters being completely shut down by their opponents and plummeting to the mat in disturbing fashion. Khamzat Chimaev vs. Ikram Aliskerov Luan Santiago vs. Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady Hashem Arkhagha vs. Jeremy Smith AL: I don’t know what was going, but my goodness there were some souls stolen this past weekend, perhaps nowhere more aggressively than at Brave CF 23 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday (available for pay-per-view replay on FITE TV in the U.S. or for free with a subscription to Brave TV for our international readers). First, there was welterweight Khamzat Chimaev, who landed an uppercut that caused Ikram Aliskerov to go completely stiff before he even hit the canvas. 1R KO by Khamzat Chimaev (BraveCF) pic.twitter.com/LDmdUehmsE — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Good. AL: Then lightweight Luan Santiago drove his elbow directly into Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady’s brain and the results are about what you’d expect: 1R spinning back elbow KO by Luan "Miau" Santiago :O #AndNew Brave CF LW Champion pic.twitter.com/z4e7lEIeob — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Better. AL: And middleweight Hashem Arkhagha now has arguably the leading candidate for Walk-off of the Year with this counter-punch KO of Jeremy Smith: 1KO by Hashem Arkhagha :O (BraveCF) pic.twitter.com/c71AFOhV82 — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Best. And the haphazard slap on the back to the clattered opponent is *kisses the fingers motion*. Kazuki Yamagiwa vs. Sho Oizumi AL: It might be difficult to compare kickboxing KOs with MMA KOs, but we weren’t going to leave out this head kick by Kazuki Yamagiwa from K-1 Krush.100 in Tokyo last Friday. Head kick KO by Kazuki Yamagiwa pic.twitter.com/f4NvEJvwaw — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 Best wishes to Sho Oizumi, who suffered the dreaded “delayed reaction fall”. JM: First, let me just say that I’m a big fan of the palm banana leaf Muay Thai shorts. It’s a shame Oizumi got so thoroughly blasted. The thing I like about this clip is that you can see the set up for the finish as well. To start, Yamagiwa snaps a body kick in that Oizumi blocks. Then, just a tick later Yamagiwa goes high instead and you can see Oizumi preparing to block low before getting K-1 Krushed upside the head. Paulo Pizzo vs. Caiona Batista Ednilson Santos vs. Marcos Cirino Wellington Turman vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr. AL: Our last two contenders come from Future Fighting Championship 4, which took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last Friday. Paulo Pizzo put Caino Batista into a delayed fall here, but unlike Oizumi, Batista was open to follow-up strikes and Pizzo did not miss. KO by Paulo Pizzo (Future FC) pic.twitter.com/2i5a2fRaKu — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 20, 2019 Bad hesitation on the part of the referee, who was a half-second away from being an accomplice to an in-cage fatality. JM: Yeah, I have no idea what that ref was doing in there. Thank God Pizzo knew what was up because the ref’s decision to not jump in despite Batista being splayed out like Jesus on the cross was terrible. Heck of a KO by Pizzo, too. Fast hands like vintage Vitor, right there. AL: Speaking of late stoppages, I’m not sure what other sign Marcos Cirino could have given to indicate that he was done after taking a thunderous knee from Ednilson Santos. Knee to the face TKO by Ednilson Santos (FutureFC) pic.twitter.com/65Ty3bPVH2 — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 20, 2019 Apparently, it took Cirino’s arm going limp and banging against the mat and Santos mauling him like a Rottweiler with a chew toy before the bout was called off. JM: In the name of science, I counted every shot that landed after the fight should’ve been stopped. I came up with 11. Cirino should get to land 11 shots on that ref in recompense. It’s the only fair way to handle this. AL: You’re a hard, but fair man. Lastly, let’s give a shout-out to up-and-coming middleweight Wellington Turman who defeated the infamous Marcio “Lyoto” Alexandre Jr. (not to be confused with Lyoto “Marcio” Machida) in the evening’s main event. Turman is just 22 years old and he showed a ton of potential here. 22-year-old Wellington Turman (now 15-2, middleweight) submits UFC vet Marcio "Lyoto" Alexandre Jr. via first round RNC. Stunned Alexandre on the feet as well. #FutureFC4 pic.twitter.com/JvhgmHVA37 — caposa (@GrabakaHitman_) April 20, 2019 Aggressive, powerful, great killer instinct, and a solid 15-2 record. JM: 17 fights at only 22 years old is an incredible clip of combat and running through a UFC vet without any trouble is definitely something to make people stand up and take notice. Given the middleweight division’s thinning ranks with all the guys moving up to 205 recently, I’d be surprised if Turman didn’t get a call from Sean Shelby soon. AL: As our own Guilherme Cruz has informed us, both Pizzo and Turman (as well as 45-fight veteran Gleristone Santos who was also victorious at Future FC 4) have received offers from Legacy Fighting Alliance, so we’ll probably be seeing more of them in Missed Fists and beyond. You can check out Future FC 4 in its entirety on the promotion’s YouTube channel. If you know of a recent fight or event that you think may have been overlooked or a promotion that could use some attention, please let us know on Twitter @JedKMeshew and @AlexanderKLee using the hashtag #MissedFists. Afficher l’article complet
  4. Pedro Munhoz’s UFC 235 celebration will leave his wallet a little lighter. At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, a sanction was passed that will see Munhoz fined $2,500 for exiting the cage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas immediately following his first-round knockout of Cody Garbrandt on March 2. The 32-year-old bantamweight will also have to pay $327.06 in prosecution fees before becoming eligible to compete again after previously being placed on temporary suspension. Munhoz is next scheduled to fight Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. A representative of the attorney general’s office on the behalf of Bob Bennett explained that Munhoz was expressly told by commission officials to not jump over the fence after his fight was over. On Wednesday, it was reiterated that any fighter exiting the cage could be a safety concern for the fighter, the fans, and other parties seated cageside. In the wake of the recent UFC 229 incident involving lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and their respective camps, concerns were raised by the commission as to whether $2,500 was enough, but after some deliberation it was determined that Munhoz’s actions were not malicious and that this fine should be enough to “serve notice.” Munhoz’s fine was not based on a percentage of his UFC 235 purse. The commission agreed that it will continue to seek consistency in reviewing situations where athletes leave the cage. Afficher l’article complet
  5. Augusto Mendes was one of four fighters issued six-month suspensions by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday in cases of contaminated supplements. The problem is, he was originally flagged 13 months ago. “Tanquinho” tested positive for performance-enhancing drug ostarine in March 2018, a month before a planned UFC bout with Merab Dvalishvili, and “didn’t expect the process to take so long”. Over the last 13 months, the jiu-jitsu star says he spent more than $20,000 between lawyers and testing to be able to prove his wasn’t guilty. ”I sent every supplement I was using to my lawyer, more than 20 supplements, and it’s an expensive process that is paid by the athlete, not by USADA,” Mendes told MMA Fighting. “It’s 500 dollars to test each supplement, and I was using more than 20, so I couldn’t test all at the same time otherwise I would pay more than $10,000. ”It was a slow process, testing two or three at a time, so it takes time. It’s a long, frustrating, stressing process. I lost a lot of money, but I knew I didn’t do anything wrong and I was willing to try to find the stuff and prove my innocence.” Mendes was informed that the contaminated supplement was discovered in January. From that point on, his lawyer sat down with USADA to discuss the next steps before signing a deal to agree to a six-month suspension, retroactive to March 20, 2018. The 36-year-old bantamweight hasn’t decided yet if he will file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the contaminated supplement. ”It was really bad because I lost time, I lost money, I had to leave the UFC,” Mendes said. “So it was a mix of many bad things.” Mendes has guaranteed since the beginning that he was innocent and would prove it, but paying for the costs of the process was something he couldn’t afford while sitting on the sidelines. With that in mind, “Tanquinho” asked for his UFC release and signed with ACB. ”I had to ask them for my release because it was a way to make money outside the UFC. In the end, I never really fought for anyone,” Mendes said. “I don’t know if it was good or bad, but my idea was to try to make money to pay the costs of the case. I got the money competing in jiu-jitsu, things were happening for me, so I was able to pay the costs of the process and prove my innocence.” ACB would merge with World Fighting Championships of Akhmat (WFCA) a few months later after he signed the contract, becoming Absolut Championship Akhmat (ACA). “Tanquinho” doesn’t know if his contract is still valid, but feels he’s “open to talking to anyone who makes me a good offer”. Asked if he would be open to re-signing with the UFC, where he competed three times between 2016 and 2017, defeating Frankie Saenz and losing to Cody Garbrandt and Aljamain Sterling, Mendes says would happily do that — if paid better. ”I don’t think I have to prove my worth with more fights to get back in the UFC,” Mendes said. “I consider myself one of the best in the division. I’ve only fought tough guys and I did well, but for me to get back to the UFC today, I don’t think it would be worth it getting paid what I was. It’s too much headache. ”There are many people in the UFC today that don’t have the fights I have, haven’t fought the guys I fought, doesn’t have the same accomplishments and name I have in jiu-jitsu, and are getting paid more than I was. ”To go there and go through this process getting paid what I was, I’d rather fight somewhere else and make more money. If I were paid better, I would go back to the UFC, no doubt.” With the entire process finally over, Mendes understands USADA’s role in the sport even though it took a long time to complete the investigation of his case. ”It is what it is,” Mendes said. “I understand what they are trying to do, trying to clean the sport and everything else, and I agree with it. I was always tested and never had any problem. I was tested after that and again, no problem. It’s frustrating, disappointing. ”I had highs and lows over the last 13 months, at moments I thought it would never end. I was working in the gym, seeing my evolution every day in training, but couldn’t actually fight. It was really upsetting. But what can I do? It was out of my control. USADA will do her part. Unfortunately, my case took longer than it should have, but I have to be grateful that it’s over now and I have more time to fight.” And even after being proven a victim of contaminated supplements, the jiu-jitsu star expects criticism from some people down the line. ”There will always be haters saying stuff. What can I do?” Mendes said. “I wish I never had gone through that, having that image linked to my name, but deep inside I know I did nothing wrong. I’ve been fighting at a high level since I was 17, and I’m 36 now, and never had any issues.” ”People will say whatever they want, but they are not the ones putting food on the table for my family,” he continued. “I have my conscience clear. God knows what He does. I’ll work hard and bounce back. I know I never did anything wrong, I proved I never needed any of that stuff.” Afficher l’article complet
  6. This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting. Today on the show, we’ll be talking about Tony Ferguson’s outside-the-cage issues. His wife dropped the restraining order case against him recently, so what does that mean for his prospects of returning to the Octagon? Are there any concerns about his fighting future? If not, who should he fight in his return? We’ll also discuss this weekend’s UFC Fort Lauderdale, which is headlined by Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson in a middleweight fight. This wasn’t the initial plan for the main event, so what is up with Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero? Is there anything else on the card worth getting excited about? We will also speak about USADA’s six-month suspensions of four UFC fighters — Sean O’Malley, Nicco Montaño, Augusto Mendes and Marvin Vettori — for testing positive for ostarine. The suspensions run four months and are all retroactive to last year. Why did USADA come to this conclusion? How do these cases differ from other anti-doping cases? Also on tap, Khabib Nurmagomedov talked about his future UFC lightweight title unification bout with Dustin Poirier last weekend after UFC St. Petersburg. Is that definitely the fight to expect next? When? Does Poirier have a shot? Another topic can be Bellator 220, which is headlined this weekend by a welterweight title fight and grand prix tournament first-round matchup between champion Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends her women’s flyweight title in the co-main event against Veta Arteaga. Will the champions hold or could the challengers give them a run? Will MacDonald be ready with a win in time for the Madison Square Garden show in June? If there is time, we can also talk about Alistair Overeem’s big win over Aleksei Oleinik from UFC St. Petersburg. Plus, Rizin was last weekend and Kyoji Horiguchi picked up another knockout win, while Muhammed Lawal was unsuccessful against Jiri Prochazka. This will be Marc’s final show. There is plenty to talk about, so join us to discuss all of the above and much more. All is up for discussion. The chat will start at our time of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. As always, we’ll post the video window as the event draws near and answer any questions you might have if you post them in the comments below. For the comments you deem the most deserving, please click the “rec” button. Comments in green will get first priority. Please link this page and use the hashtags #theaside or #chatwrappers on Twitter when you’re watching to tell everyone you’re taking part with us. Audio-only versions of the podcast can be found on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. Afficher l’article complet
  7. Conor McGregor wowed the gathered crowd in his old stomping ground, Crumlin Boxing Club, when he returned to the venue for the club’s annual “Good Friday Boxing Show” last weekend. A former competitor for the south inner city gym, “The Notorious” was a surprise addition to the card and took to the ring against Micheal McGrane in the main event. The pair contested an exhibition, which was deemed a draw in the interest of ceremony after the final bell had rung. Irish boxing legend and two-time Olympian Phil Sutcliffe Sr., a former coach of McGregor’s from his boxing days from the ages of 11 to 17 in Crumlin, explained how McGregor’s inclusion at the 27th annual fund-raising event came about from an impromptu training session days before the action took place. “It was a last-minute thing,” Sutcliffe Sr. explained on the latest episode of Eurobash. “Conor came in for a bit of sparring and we were delighted. I told him he never needed an invitation to come back to his home gym and we were delighted that he came. He did some pads with our own Patrick Brady, and also two of our other coaches, Brian Geraghty and Tommy Martin.” After the training session, McGregor expressed interest in competing on the celebrated Good Friday card, which Sutcliffe believes the Dubliner first competed on 15 years ago. “He knows how famous [the Good Friday events] are, they’re famous all over the world. We’ve had people from all over the world box on our Good Friday shows, some of the biggest names in Irish boxing have boxed on these shows,” he explained. “Conor said he’d love to box on the Good Friday show. He boxed on the Good Friday show in 2004 and he said he’d like to go again. I said, ‘No problem, but we have to get a proper match for you,’ you know, someone that’s around his own weight and someone around his own class.” Sutcliffe eventually decided that the man McGregor had sparred during his training session at the club—former All Ireland juvenile champion Micheal McGrane—would be his opponent on the night. “[Phil] told me after the spar on Wednesday,” McGrane recalled. “He said, ‘Hopefully Conor gets back to us about Friday—you and him could be the main event.” Although he has fought an uncountable amount of rounds during his amateur career, McGrane acknowledged that he was quite apprehensive before their meeting took place on Friday. “My nerves were gone,” McGrane admitted. “I had my Ma there, I had my granddad there and I had every single one of my mates there. I suppose you could say there was a small bit of pressure there, but it was a lifetime experience. It was just perfect, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’m about to go professional myself. I have a fight coming up in Denmark next month and I was thinking that after that fight I might go professional. I think this made it all fall into place a bit.” Dave Fogarty McGrane praised the UFC fighter’s showmanship and his power based on their exchange: “He’s a 10-out-of-10 showman. As a striker, his power is 10-out-of-10 as well. He landed [punches] with accuracy and precision. You can see that in his UFC fights, he always stops people with his [punches]. But they didn’t stop me. I’m not American, I’m Irish, so I think he knew he was in for a fight after I sparred him on the Wednesday!” Sutcliffe Sr. described McGregor’s performance as supreme and noted a third-round knockdown “The Notorious” scored with a body shot. “He showed supreme class in sparring Micheal McGrane, who was an Irish champion. It was a great spar, the two of them went hell for leather at each other. Conor decked him with a body shot in the third round, which was fantastic. Micheal got back up and he went at Conor straight away. He’s a warrior, he went back at Conor and he caught him with some beautiful shots. Conor danced away from him, but it was a very good exhibition of boxing,” said Sutcliffe. “He caught me with a body shot and he took every last gasp of wind out of me,” McGrane remembered. “I didn’t think I was going to comeback from it to be honest, but when you’re looking at the crowd and you’re looking at the corner…you have to get your breath back. I got my wind back before the 10 count, so I knew I was ready to rock again.” Mirroring McGrane’s comments, Sutcliffe highlighted McGregor’s showmanship during the bout. “There was a bit of showboating. I can’t go without saying it, but Conor is a showboater, “ he quipped. “There was a bit of showboating and there was some spectacular head movement from Conor. It was a great attempt by Micheal, he wasn’t holding back for one instant. It was cracking bout, the two of them went hell for leather as I said, but Conor was just that little bit more skillfull than Micheal with the body shot.” With the MMA world constantly speculating as to when McGregor could make his return to the Octagon, McGrane remarked that his fellow Irishman was definitely in “fighting condition”. “He looks fit and ready to go, but you still don’t know what he’s thinking or what his plans are for fighting again, you really don’t know. It’s hard to know what he’s thinking. He’s a multi-millionaire, he could have anything going through his head, you wouldn’t know. He’s in fighting condition anyway, that’s a definite,” he said. Coach Paddy Brady, who cornered McGregor alongside Sutcliffe on the night, had poked fun at McGregor in the lead up to the Mayweather bout in an interview in which he claimed the former two-weight champion still owed him €70. In McGregor’s teenage years, Brady loaned him the money so he could buy tools for his plumbing apprenticeship. McGregor, who was presented with a certificate for competing at the Good Friday show, made sure he settled his debt and posed for a picture with his former coach on the night. Dave Fogarty “That’s the money owes me from 15 years ago,” Brady explained. “I got him his tools when he was going off to do his plumbing and he never paid me back. Every time I see him I say, ‘Don’t forget you owe me that few bob!’” “It was a joke between a few of us, it was going around the whole club,” said Sutcliffe. “We had a picture in the gym of Paddy saying [Conor owed him money] on Sky television before the Mayweather fight. Conor was slagging him and he wrote him a check for 70 quid. Now, the check isn’t going to be cashed, it’s going to be photographed with a picture of the two of them and it’s going up on the wall.” Sutcliffe also highlighted that the UFC star is going to help with the refurbishment of the Crumlin facility in the future. “Conor is going to help us with refurbishing the gym. The gym was already refurbished, but we still have things to do with the club. We’re always in the growing process, we always want to be better for the kids and to continue to produce champions.” Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Phil Sutcliffe Sr. and Micheal McGrane interview begins at 1:32:00. Afficher l’article complet
  8. No one has watched Greg Hardy’s train wreck of a UFC debut more than the man himself. After notching six combined amateur and professional first-round knockouts to kick-start his mixed martial arts career, a run highlighted by thunderous back-to-back wins on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the controversial former NFL star made his Octagon tenure official in January with a debuting showdown against Allen Crowder on the first-ever card broadcasted on ESPN. Thrust into a massive spot at the outset of his UFC career, it is safe to say the night did not go as planned. Hardy swung for the kill early, then gassed out hard and lost via unceremonious disqualification after landing an illegal knee to the head of Crowder midway through the second round. For Hardy, whose mere presence in the UFC is an affront to many observers because of his past, it was a worst-case scenario brought to life — and one that supplied plenty of schadenfreude to his detractors, as any quick glance online would tell you. But the loss also may very well have been the kind of self-reflective crash back down to earth that Hardy needed. And as he readies to make his sophomore appearance against Dmitrii Smoliakov on April 27 at UFC on ESPN 3, the 30-year-old former Pro Bowler has vowed to turn his disappointing introduction to the highest levels of the sport into nothing else but a positive. “It’s frustrating,” Hardy told MMA Fighting. “It’s not difficult [to watch] but very frustrating. I’ve watched it a lot, and believe it or not, the knee is not what frustrates me. The mistakes I made while I was on the ground, my [transitions] on the ground, my underhooks and overlooks weren’t right — just the little basic things that went out the window once it got hot [are what frustrate me]. Once I didn’t get the knockout and the first 40 seconds went by, it’s just like, what do you do then? Those are the things that haunt me.” After a brief regional career typified by ferocious knockouts usually attained in less than a minute, Hardy refers to his time spent on the stool between the first and second round against Crowder as his “oh shit” moment. As in, oh shit, I smacked this guy with everything I have and he didn’t fall. Or, oh shit, the first round ended and this giant man is still coming. Or, as Hardy says simply, oh shit, “I’m in a fight, finally.” It’s that last point, more so than any else, that was the eye-opening wake-up call from an anticlimactic UFC debut. Like many fighters young in the game, Hardy was forced to learn through trial by fire that “it’s not a knockout competition, it’s a fight.” And now the lifelong athlete understands well what it meant when coaches and teammates always told him that he’d learn more from his first loss than he ever would from 100 first-round knockout wins. “It’s very true, man,” Hardy admitted. “It helps you look more. I wasn’t looking for my flaws when I was winning. Like, I couldn’t see them, I didn’t want to see them. And since I got the loss, I’m a little more humble than I was, which is always a good thing. And you start looking and you start seeing the things where you really messed up. … I’ve had a lot of years of football so I’ve been in control of power for a very long time. Even though you can hit a quarterback, it’s not always in your best interest. Sometimes [being penalized] 15 yards will f*ck your team more than a hit. And it’s just those kind of decisions I’m finding, just because I can knock someone out doesn’t mean I should go for it. “You’ve got to control these things because there are no timeouts, there are no breaks. You’re in a cage, nobody can save you, man, and you’ve got to make these decisions. That’s the kind of things I’m finding out, and you’ve got to have a humble mind for that, because power’s a drug, man. Power is a drug. In this sport, it’s dangerous. It’ll gas you. You saw me. I was bloodthirsty. The man said he was going to kill me — I wanted to separate him from his consciousness so bad that I energy-dumped everything after I told myself not to energy dump. And you’ve just gotta deal with those kind of things, because you’ve got to be honest. Like honestly, it’s not, ‘Oh, I made a mistake.’ I was cocky. Gotta humble myself.” It is thus no accident that Hardy has kept low-profile since UFC on ESPN. That has been part of the process. He hasn’t spoken much to the media. There have been no boisterous callouts or proclamations of grandeur. His social media output has generally been confined to Instagram posts about his family or teammates or training sessions. A lot of eyes were on him for his Octagon debut, for better or worse, and that attention will no doubt continue for UFC on ESPN 3. But Hardy knows it simply isn’t his place to speak until he has at least accomplished something worth speaking about. “Losers don’t get to talk, man,” Hardy said. “I don’t care how it happened. If I would’ve won, that would’ve been a different story, I would’ve had a story to tell. I probably would’ve still come back and been humbled [by my performance], but I’m a loser now, man. And until I can prove differently, until I can go back up my words, that means nothing. You’ve got to get back to the drawing board and pay the price, so that’s what I’m doing right now.” As for the illegal knee itself, which induced the end to a UFC debut already in disarray, Hardy admitted that aspect of his failed outing messed a little bit with his mind. The blowback to his mistake compounded with his troubled past to become all-encompassing on social media, and he briefly considered never throwing knees in a fight again. But as it turned out, watching a grizzled veteran like Jon Jones make the exact same mistake in his UFC 235 title defense against Anthony Smith helped Hardy, in a way, to turn his own page. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for that guy because he walks in there like a monster, like a king, like a savage, and has everybody on his back,” Hardy said of Jones. “I know after my last fight: That’s hard to do, dude. That’s hard to do. But just to see him [land the illegal knee] and to see everybody’s response made me feel better, because I felt like a bad guy when it happened. Everybody’s just booing, telling me I did it on purpose, telling me I’m a piece of shit for doing it. And then you get to see [what happened at UFC 235]. “It’s like, oh, well, damn, maybe I’m not that bad of a guy. I made a mistake. It’s just reassurance, you know? Because sometimes fans get to you, dude. They say things and it starts to creep in. So to see that, it helped my confidence a lot and just the fact that, like — because I wasn’t going to throw knees anymore, but you can’t do that — it helped me readjust.” Hardy now heads into April 27 with even more to prove than he already had before. His opponent, Smoliakov, previously trained at American Top Team before Hardy called the gym home. He said Smoliakov was still at ATT when the former defensive end arrived in Coconut Creek, but the two never got a chance to train together because of restrictions Hardy’s coaches put in place to protect his own newcomer status to the sport. “I would’ve died,” he joked when asked what could’ve happened without those restrictions. Although Smoliakov may be little known, Hardy knows the Russian is still light years ahead of him when it comes to experience and knowledge and breadth of understanding in the sport. Smoliakov carries with him seven years of mixed martial arts service compared Hardy’s paltry two. In 2013, the same year Hardy had his lone NFL Pro Bowl season, Smoliakov racked up four first-round stoppage wins across the Russian and Ukrainian regional scenes. He had already been there and done it all before Hardy even really understood what it was. But these are the types of challenges Hardy wants — and he plans to make amends for a first time around that left him hungry for a second chance. “I’ve only been here for two years, on the negative side. But on the positive side, I’ve been here for two years — I know how to fight,” Hardy said. “Nobody survives this place for more than a month without knowing how to fight. And these days I’m sparring, doing everything that I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve just got to understand, keep it under control and fight. You’re a fighter. You belong here, you earned it. Like I said before in my earlier interviews when I was just starting, I’m not a CM Punk. Like, I’m not here to jump in, take whoopings, and cash checks. I went through the circus for free, man. I was paying basically to go fight people ... and I’ve just got to remember that. That’s a hard thing to remember when you’re in there and your life is on the line and it’s a fight-or-flight situation. “So that’s from now until the end of my career, man — there is no more ‘let’s knock him out in 20 seconds.’ If it happens, it happens. We’re going to make people suffer. We’re going to make people regret signing the contract. That’s what it’s about for me now.” Afficher l’article complet
  9. For well over a year, UFC President Dana White has said he would like to get involved in boxing promotion, and apparently those plans are still in motion, despite signing a new deal with the UFC. In a recent interview with CNN (transcribed by Bloody Elbow), White once again addressed the issues he thinks plague boxing today and how he would do things better. “What I don’t like what [boxing] is doing if how they’re not fighting the best guys out there right now,” White said. “They have [Deontay] Wilder and [Tyson] Fury who just fought to a draw in an incredible fight that people loved. The rematch isn’t happening with those two, and neither one of those two are going to fight [Anthony] Joshua. “These guys could do a round robin fight, fight each other. You know, both guys could fight Joshua and they’d kill it. They’d make so much money and they would bring so much energy and life back to boxing. But these guys just keep shooting themselves in the foot.” White has railed against the ills of boxing for a number of years. In fact, one of his key arguments as to why MMA would surpass The Sweet Science has always been that the UFC always gets the fights the fans want to see get made. But after helping to promote the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Money Fight, White revealed he had a mind to stop this problem by moving into boxing with Zuffa boxing. Those plans have yet to gain any traction, but White told CNN that he was biding his time and that this summer, we would see things start to happen. “I am making all my boxing moves after this summer,” White said. “When this summer is over, you’ll be hearing a lot about what I’m doing in the sport of boxing.” And when he does make his move, one of the biggest stars in the sport appears to be on his radar. Anthony Joshua is the undefeated heavyweight champion that many project to become one of the most financially successful fighters of all time. And White seems to want to be in the Joshua business. “I would like that,” White said. “Right now, Anthony Joshua should be a huge star in the United States too. But he’s not.” “[Fighting in New York on June 1st] isn’t necessarily going to turn you into a big star. Hopefully it does.” This is not the first time Joshua’s name has come up with Zuffa boxing. When Dana first began making overtures towards boxing, Joshua said he would “100 percent” consider signing with Zuffa boxing if the offer made sense. It was later reported that the UFC was interested in a $500 million deal to sign Joshua but White has denied those reports and Joshua went on to sign a three-year extension with Matchroom Boxing last summer. MUST-READ STORIES Withdrawn. Tony Ferguson’s wife drops restraining order case. USADA. Sean O’Malley, Nicco Montaño, two others suspended six months by USADA in contaminated supplement cases. Good luck. Ronda Rousey trying to have baby, will re-examine WWE future afterward. Golden Snitch. UFC’s Jeff Novitzky: USADA ‘still evaluating’ Paulo Costa case. Pitbull. Andrei Arlovski knows his ‘window’ is closing, but he’s having too much fun to leave just yet. VIDEO STEW Conor, possibly throwing a cheap shot? Or McGrane getting karma for showboating. Sage getting his acting on. Inside Cerrone’s BMF Ranch. Roxy interview. Chael on Conor doing good instead of living the bit. LISTEN UP Eurobash. Interviews with Jack Shore, Alan Philpott, Phil Sutcliffe, and Michael McGrane. A Few Good Fights. Discussing UFC St. Petersburg and UFC fort Lauderdale. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Tony. On Any Given TiramisuTuesday Anything Can Happen,.. For Good Ol’ Fathead Khabieber @TeamKhabib #defendorvacate -Champ Shit Only Hometeam -XTA- pic.twitter.com/NzYbt6O1r0 — Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) April 23, 2019 Bobby Knux trying to draft off that Khabib stardom. I’m telling you, homie needs to grow a goatee and go full heel mode. He’d be one of the biggest stars in the sport when he comes back. Friends. I’m tied in the rankings with JoJo now! #TeamSyndicate @SyndicateMMA @ufc @DRkneevil pic.twitter.com/SyaYZ1tjxR — Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) April 23, 2019 I think I’m suppose to be six but they just made a mistake. But high five’s all around with my homie pic.twitter.com/XEMkKQUiCD — Jo Jo Calderwood (@DRkneevil) April 24, 2019 What a good dude. @DustinPoirier I don’t have nearly the star power that you have but I would love to donate my fight kit from my last fight to raise money for your cause. — Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) April 23, 2019 Tom got so screwed. Hello @usantidoping can you please explain to me the differences in these athletes sanctions and my own? https://t.co/napalAXuwB — “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) April 23, 2019 Very laissez-faire attitude. When I beat Jorge it is likely that I get a title shot. If not oh well, I will beat someone else up. https://t.co/pqtGUNbgdP — Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 23, 2019 Full shade. The only "stupid" path was getting caught especially in an organization that doesn't test year round. Will give him some credit considering he was fighting Rousimar Palhares & fighting fire with fire. The "not seeing benifits" was probably because his opponents were better. #smh https://t.co/CQDD7fdXUw — The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) April 23, 2019 Matchmaking. What about it... #Rizin16 Who wants to see me in Kobe, Japan and who against...?@rizin_PR @rizin_English @ZenGinnen @MmaShingo @SubmissionRadio @Jasonthekid23 @alanbelcherufc #catchweight #whateverweight @espnmma @FiteTV #letsgoson pic.twitter.com/uDwgJzdYwv — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 23, 2019 I'd take that scrap at LW. What's up @rizin_PR let's work. https://t.co/C1e0XYdeow — Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 23, 2019 Yewww the man @ILLxWillBrooks lets go son... #Rizin16 #Respect @ZenGinnen https://t.co/Sg0i3vD1xO — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 23, 2019 It’s important to know how to laugh at yourself. When you get caught sleeping on the job pic.twitter.com/mKGZlV2TkS — Eryk Anders (@erykanders) April 23, 2019 This man knows. Just a friendly reminder to block the shit out of Colby Covington since "Endgame" is coming out this week. — Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) April 23, 2019 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Rolando Bedoya (11-1) vs. Daniel Zellhuber (7-0); Combate Americas, May 31. Marlon Gonzales (14-4-2, 1 NC) vs. Pablo Villaseca (14-5); Combate Americas, May 31. Maria Paola Buzaglo (1-1) vs. Alitzel Mariscal (2-0); Combate Americas, May 31. Andres Ayala (12-7) vs. Renzo Mendez (12-6); Combate Americas, May 31. Eduardo Torres (9-0) vs. Rodrigo Vera (8-0-1); Combate Americas, May 31. Dana Zighelboim Grau (2-0) vs. Jennifer Gonzalez (10-5); Combate Americas, May 31. Kevin Moreyra (4-2) vs. David Martinez (2-0); Combate Americas, May 31. TODAY IN MMA HISTORY 2010: Jose Aldo battered Urijah Faber for five rounds to retain his featherweight title at WEC 48. In the co-main event that evening, Ben Henderson submitted Donald Cerrone with a first-round guillotine choke to retain the lightweight title. FINAL THOUGHTS Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it! Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, and like us on Facebook! 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  10. Paulo Costa seems to still be trying to work his way back to the Octagon. The UFC middleweight contender was recently fined by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for an undisclosed violation, which Costa has said was triggered by his use of a stomach medication before a 2017 fight. In an interview with UFC Unfiltered that published Tuesday, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky confirmed that USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, is also looking into Costa’s status. Novitzky was asked by show hosts Jim Norton and Matt Serra why Costa was unable to fight Yoel Romero this month, a bout that was initially targeted for UFC Fort Lauderdale. “I don’t have any comment on that,” Novitzky said. “My understanding is that New York has issued him a fine or a sanction and that USADA is still evaluating this. It’s not until cases are adjudicated and resolved that we comment on them. So I’m not gonna comment on that one right now.” USADA has also not commented on the situation and won’t do so until the completion of the investigation. Costa’s team declined a request for comment from MMA Fighting on Tuesday. It remains unclear what exactly Costa is being investigated for. NYSAC hit Costa with a fine of $9,333.33 earlier this month, though he has not fought in New York since a November 2017 win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 and has competed since then. He has not been suspended and NYSAC would not comment on what exactly the violation was. Lee Park, the New York State Department of State spokesperson, told MMA Fighting at the time that “evidence received and reviewed by the Commission conclusively showed that Mr. Costa failed to comply with Commission rules and policies regarding the use and disclosure of non-performance enhancing substances while licensed.” Costa, who has denied using banned substances and said he did not fail a drug test, told the Brazilian website Combate that he used the stomach medication Plasil in 2017, which led to the NYSAC sanction. “[Romero] came back from a reality show and could finally sign the contract,” Costa told Combate. “(But) on the same week the New York Athletic Commission asked me to talk about a stomach medication I had used. And they said: ‘For you to talk about this, unfortunately you won’t be able to fight. You will be ineligible for this fight because you have to notify us about what you used for your stomach.’ It was a simple medication, Plasil. That’s not doping. You take it when you have stomach pain. So, because of that, I didn’t understand it too, but they said I couldn’t fight, that I had to figure this out first.” Plasil is not a prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. However, a video surfaced in October 2018 that appeared to show Costa being administered an IV, which is a prohibited method over a certain threshold, regardless of whether the medication being ingested was banned. It’s unclear when the video was recorded. In place of Costa, Romero was then scheduled to fight Ronaldo Souza at UFC Fort Lauderdale, a card set for next week. Romero then withdrew with an illness and Souza will now fight Jack Hermansson in the main event. ESPN has reported that the UFC is working on Romero vs. Costa again for a card in June. Costa (12-0) is one of the top up-and-coming names in the UFC’s middleweight division. “The Eraser” has won all four of his UFC fights via TKO. On top of that, Costa, 28, has stopped every single one of his professional career fights inside the distance. Afficher l’article complet
  11. If you’re making a movie about fighters, you may as well go with the real thing. That appears to be the route that Moving Box Studios went in casting two of its roles for its unauthorized project Street Fighter: Genesis, based on the long-running Capcom video game series. In the trailer that was released Tuesday, fight fans may recognize two familiar faces: Sage Northcutt and Seth Petruzelli. Northcutt, a former UFC fighter who is set to make his debut with ONE Championship in May, is playing “Ken”, a character who has been part of the series since the very first Street Fighter game. He can be seen in the clip sporting flaming fists and going toe-to-toe with another character based on the popular “Blanka”. As for Petruzelli, he is playing the infamous “Sagat”, a one-eyed Muay Thai specialist who has also been a part of the Street Fighter franchise since day one. Petruzelli competed in MMA for 13 years, appearing in such promotions as the UFC, Bellator, and Strikeforce, among others. The film, written and directed by Joe Zahar, is not officially affiliated with the Street Fighter franchise or Capcom. Afficher l’article complet
  12. Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry has “Fight of the Night” written all over it — and the Brazilian “Cowboy” is promising a dominant victory at Saturday’s UFC Ft. Lauderdale event. The Tres Rios native welterweight is set to return to the Octagon less than six months after his submission loss to Gunnar Nelson, a rear-naked choke setback which Oliveira says may have well been a knockout loss to a “guy that tore my face” apart. “Cowboy” ended up being sidelined from training for just a few days until his 29 stitches were taken out and he was able to get back into the gym. And after originally being booked to face Chinese prospect Li Jingliang at UFC Ft. Lauderdale, Oliveira was more than happy to welcome the late change to “Platinum” Perry. “This guy, Mike Perry — I don’t even know how to say his name. … This guy is aggressive and brings problems,” Oliveira told MMA Fighting. “He’s a bit problematic, a trash talker, but he’s in for a fight. As long as he doesn’t talk about my mom, we’re cool. ”I’m focused, I’m feeling great. I’m ready for everything. The strategy changed a little bit, but let’s do it.” Prior to his defeat to Nelson in December, “Cowboy” submitted former UFC interim champion Carlos Condit with a guillotine choke then knocked out Carlo Pedersoli in 39 seconds. Perry, meanwhile, enters the cage coming off a first-round defeat to Donald Cerrone after a trio of exciting brawls against Paul Felder, Max Griffin, and Santiago Ponzinibbio. “I’m expecting a brawl. That’s what he brings,” Oliveira said. “I’m focused, even if he comes with surprises. We’re two strikers, that’s what we expect from each other, but tactics may change during a fight because we’re fighting MMA. Anything can happen.” Oliveira is hoping that a win on Saturday moves him back into the top 15 of the welterweight division in UFC’s official rankings, and he plans on making a statement at Florida’s BB&T Center. “The welterweight division is crowded, but we have to be ready for everything,” Oliveira said. “The champion has changed, there are a lot of big-name fighters there, but I’m a tough fight for anyone. I want to become UFC champion, so I have to stay focused and keep my hands heavy. “Any top 10 [opponent], whoever they bring me next, I’m good,” he continued. “I’ll beat [Perry] anyway, I know that. It’s my time, it’s my moment. I had a hiccup (against Nelson), it’s part of the game, but I’m back now. I’ll run through [Perry] now. My time is coming. “I see myself knocking him out. He’s a brawler. Wherever we go, it will be a war. [Dana White] can write the check for the best knockout of the night.” Afficher l’article complet
  13. Four UFC fighters have been suspended six months by USADA, all for testing positive for the banned substance ostarine, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Tuesday. The four fighters were former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montaño, prospect Sean O’Malley, Augusto Mendes and Marvin Vettori. All had trace amounts of ostarine in their system in drug tests last year, which USADA says is consistent with supplement contamination. USADA found “no evidence of intentional use” in any of the four cases, per a release. “The trace amounts of ostarine found in each of the athlete’s samples was made possible by sensitive laboratory detection capabilities,” USADA stated in a press release. “However, as detection windows increase and the potential time between ingestion and detection lengthens, it has become more difficult for athletes to identify a contaminated product that may be the source of their positive test. As a consequence, the investigation period in ostarine cases is frequently relatively long, as has been the case in each of the cases announced today.” Of the four cases, O’Malley and Mendes were the only two that were publicly known. Mendes was announced by the UFC prior to a change in policy, while O’Malley announced the news of his positive drug test himself last September. Last summer, the UFC decided to change its policy on when positive drug test announcements were made, changing from as soon as the results got back to the completion of the investigation and adjudication process. Montaño, 30, tested positive for ostarine in an out-of-competition sample collected Oct. 25, 2018. She was provisionally suspended Nov. 15, 2018 and her six-month suspension is retroactive to that date. Montaño is eligible to return to the UFC on May 15. Montaño (4-2) has not fought since beating Roxanne Modafferi to win the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title at the TUF 26 Finale in December 2017. The New Mexico native was supposed to defend the title against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 last September, but withdrew after having to be taken to the hospital due to a bad weight cut. The UFC subsequently stripped Montaño of the title. O’Malley, 24, failed a drug test stemming from out-of-competition samples collected Sept. 5, 2018 and Dec. 8, 2018. The two positive tests were treated as a single violation, because the amount in both samples was consistent with “ingestion prior to” the first positive. O’Malley’s ineligibility began Sept. 19, 2018, so he can return immediately. O’Malley was also suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for the violation. I’m freeeeee . July 6th I’m busting someone up . — Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) April 23, 2019 Vettori, 25, came back positive for ostarine stemming from a sample collected Aug. 24, 2018. His period of ineligibility began on that date, so he can fight immediately. Mendes, 36, tested positive in a March 7, 2018 sample with an ineligibility period that started March 20, 2018. Mendes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout, can fight in the UFC immediately, however he is no longer on the roster. “Tanquinho” asked for and was granted his release in June 2018. Ostarine, which is in the selective androgen receptor modules (SARMs) family, has performance-enhancing properties and carries a suspension length of two years from USADA if intentional use is found. Ostarine is an illegal drug in the United States, though commonly found in dietary supplements as a contaminant. Afficher l’article complet
  14. After making a successful transition from MMA to professional wrestling, Ronda Rousey may be leaving the squared circle behind for the foreseeable future. The former UFC bantamweight champion recently became the first woman to headline the WWE’s flagship pay-per-view event WrestleMania alongside wrestling stars Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, and has since been on hiatus from making any other appearances for the company. It’s no secret that Rousey has wanted to start a family with husband and fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne, and on Monday the 32-year-old crossover star provided an update on her personal and professional life via her YouTube channel: In the above clip, Rousey confirms that she injured a knuckle in her pinkie performing at WrestleMania 35 earlier this month, and discussed how it was not her intention to become a main event player for the WWE at first. “Originally, we approached them, or I approached them, I thought I’d only be able to wrestle from WrestleMania (34) to November because we already wanted to start a family,” Rousey said. “We came to the WWE like, ‘Hey, before we have a baby, I just want to be able to come and do this for a couple of months because it’s something I always wanted to do.’ And then it just kind of snowballed into instead of being a small detour in my life, it became my whole life for an entire year and I completely fell in love with it.” After participating in a tag team match at WrestleMania 34 last year, Rousey became a regular on WWE’s weekly Monday Night Raw program and became the company’s storyline women’s champion last August. She carried that title until dropping it to Lynch at WrestleMania 35. One reason Rousey stuck around to participate in that match was because of her chance to make a mark on pro-wrestling history, as she did during her rise in MMA in which she became one of the sport’s most popular and polarizing fighters. “As time went on, I was in the company, we were kind of playing it by ear and I loved it so much and I ended up getting the title and then when it became a real possibility that women could be the main event at WrestleMania, I decided to stick around,” Rousey said. “We planned that after WrestleMania me and my amazing husband here would go off and start trying to start our family.” Rousey revealed that she currently has two pins in her hand from surgery and that the cast she is sporting in the video is expected to come off in four weeks. When that happens, Rousey and Browne are planning to go on a vacation and work on having a child. Browne suggested that Rousey could already be pregnant, but Rousey declined to make any concrete statements on that matter or whether she will be involved with the WWE going forward. “As for WWE plans in the future, we want to have a baby first,” Rousey said. “I don’t know what it’s like to have a baby. I could look down at this beautiful child and be like, ‘F*ck everything, I don’t care about anything else other than this baby’ and you’ll never see me again, or I could be like my mom. She trained until she was eight months pregnant and then won the U.S. Open six weeks after giving birth. It was unbelievable, I don’t think I’m going to try and aspire to her level. “I’m just saying, you never know, the thing is I don’t want to make any promises about the future when I don’t know how I’m going to feel in the future.” Rousey was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last July. While neither she nor Browne have officially declared themselves to be retired, Rousey has not competed in MMA since December 2016 and Browne has not fought since July 2017. Afficher l’article complet
  15. As the PFL gets ready to kick off its 2019 campaign, a few among the returning cast are accordingly a little heavier in the pocket. One of those who picked up the cool $1 million prize at the end of the rainbow last year was Louis Taylor, the 39-year-old Chicago veteran whom many didn’t see coming. After navigating a tough semifinals field at middleweight last October — fighting Rex Harris and John Howard on the same night — Taylor smoked Abusupiyan Magomedov in the finals to win the money. It was a payday like no other he’d ever experienced, and more money than he had accrued in 22 pro fights beforehand. Seven figures for half-a-minute of fighting is a dream ratio. So what did he do with the money? Buy a nice car? “I wish, I’m hoping I win it this year so I can get something special,” Taylor told MMA Fighting. “I’ll tell you honestly, a million’s not that much money. It’s not chump change, but once you get done paying $400,000 to taxes, $200,000 on your home, you’ve got to pay your manager $100,000, your camp another $50,000, you’re left with, like, one investment. That’s where I’m at now. I’ve got a chance to make one good investment, and I’m not even mentioning retirement and this and that that I need to put away.” Taylor’s ultimate goal, the one that would deliver him flush in the black, would be to win consecutive championships in the PFL and give himself some padding financially. It won’t be easy. With the addition of the women’s lightweight division to the season, the men’s 185-pound weight class — where Taylor won his championship — was eliminated from the field. That means he’ll be cutting down to 170 pounds for the first time since high school for his season-opening fight with Chris Curtis on May 9. He’s ultimately uncertain about how the cut will go (or how it will affect him come fight night), but his sense of adventure is right now overriding any unknowns. “It was something that wasn’t in my control, in my power,” he said. “If I had my choice I’d be at 185. I’ve always believed in a proper weight cut, and keeping a certain amount of fluids on the organs, on the brain, and keeping healthy. So for me, I need to make weight, but I need to do it healthy. I need to do it where I can compete and I’m not putting my organs at risk, doing damage, especially at the age of 40. “It’s not what I wanted to do, but when the money’s right you make the effort, and I had to get out of the way for the women’s division to come in. Nothing I can do about. Just get out of the way of the Kayla Harrison train and go fight at welterweight.” Last season was an eye-opener for anybody who wasn’t familiar with Taylor’s body of work. He went 4-0-(1) in 2018, and handled himself with a business-like brand of professionalism in working toward his goal. Yet if you’ve seen Taylor fight over the last seven years, you know that this past season was just a carryover for how he’s been for years. Since 2012, Taylor has only lost a single time, and that was against David Branch at WSOF 34 in 2016 (he lost via rear-naked choke) for the middleweight title. He’s been sneakily good for a long time, but the million-dollar dangling carrot at the end might have finally got him the credit that he deserves. “I was surprised coming into the season how many people overlooked me within the media and within the PFL organization,” he says. “I thought it was interesting, because I was the last guy to fight David Branch for the belt. I was like, how did I fall off of everybody’s radar? But you take it in stride. You use it as fuel, and you keep your dreams focused.” If there’s been any real change to Taylor in the last half-a-decade, it’s his nickname. At one point Taylor went by “Handgunz,” due to the power he was carrying around in his hands. Yet last year, wanted to make a more positive statement, he switched it to “Put the Guns Down.” At first people didn’t understand the sentiment. “It was ‘Handgunz,’ but I changed it to ‘Put The Guns Down,’ then back to ‘Handgunz,’” he says. “As I changed it back, people started to pay attention to the other name. ‘Put the Guns Down’ was always more of a message from me to my community, to the South Side, where I’m from.” Taylor says he feels a sense of vindication having emerged as a winner in the PFL’s first full season of action. Coming from a tough place and fighting in just about every promotion other than the UFC has given him a healthy chip on his shoulder. And yet in the end, he didn’t need Zuffa to make a small fortune in fighting. He needed the chance. And he made the most of it, being one of those guys who does enjoy the PFL set-up. “I like the season, I like fighting often, and I like knowing when I’m going to fight, and potentially whom I’m going to fight,” he says. “I like that the promoters can’t hand pick [opposition] and keep doing what they’ve been doing, which is pushing me out. They’re always supported the other guy more than me, but the tables have turned. I’m finally on the favorable side of the promoters. I’m just ready. I love PFL and I’m always going to appreciate this format. “You have guys who are similar to me, whom the UFC ain’t calling. The UFC is signing everybody and their momma from other countries, but they kind of leave us American-born fighters alone. You see Brazilians and Mexicans and Russians and everybody else, but look at their records. I’m like, how do you guys all get to sign just off the strength that the UFC wants to build a more international base? They’re just going to continue to neglect everybody here until they need us, saying OK, we’ll pick you up, here’s a one-fight deal.” “I know why they’re doing it, but I look at so many good fighters right here that don’t get their shot.” Taylor is one of those who has succeeded on his own terms, without going the conventional route in MMA. Should he win again in 2019 at welterweight — a feat that even he himself realizes will be extremely tough — maybe he can get that fancy car he wants. It’s something that he believes, even at the age of 40 (his birthday is three days after his fight on May 9), is out there for him. 
“It feels like a long time coming,” he says. “It’s something I’ve been working at and I’ve paid my dues in this sport, so I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity that the PFL was giving us with that amount of money. “You know how life gives you these uppercuts and you keep taking them and chugging forward? I had a lot of people saying, ‘when you stopping? —when you doing this?’ Constantly pushing a negative tone about the age, or things not working out, and I’m like — bro, I’m not looking like a guy who should retire when I fight. Even when I fought Branch I was like, why you acting like just because I’m a certain age I should stop? “I could understand if I was getting knocked out or beat up or something like that, but every fight was close. Every fight is competitive. I’ve only lost to one person who was a champ-champ and probably No. 6 in the world right now, so you’re going to lose sometimes. But it’s the way you lose that signifies if you should stop or not.” Courtesy of PFL Afficher l’article complet

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