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June, 2014

Vitor Belfort Taken Off UFC 175 Lineup, Will Not Appear at NSAC Licensing Hearing Next Week


(Props: Ryan Loco via realvitorbelfort)

According to an MMAJunkie report, the UFC has officially removed Vitor Belfort from UFC 175 (July 5th, Las Vegas). Belfort was left without an opponent after Chael Sonnen was pulled off the card himself due to a failed drug test, and the promotion reportedly hasn’t been able to find a suitable replacement opponent for the Phenom.*

Belfort’s appearance at UFC 175 was always tentative, pending the results of a June 17th licensing hearing, which was expected to address his own random drug test failure in February. But now, MMAJunkie reports, Belfort has also been removed from the NSAC agenda for next week, as he’s no longer in immediate need of a license to compete in Nevada.

A timetable for Belfort’s return has not been set…but I’m just saying, if he competes in Brazil again without settling his business in Nevada first, it’ll just add another sorry-ass layer to the biggest drug-fiasco of the year.

* Or, the promotion wanted to avoid the embarrassment of Belfort being denied a license in that June 17th NSAC hearing, which would surely generate some uncomfortable headlines leading up to their biggest pay-per-view event of the year. But hey, I’m just a guy over here click-clackin’ away on the keyboard, calling it as I see it. If you want to take the UFC’s official statements at face value, have fun with that.

The current, slightly-less-stacked lineup of UFC 175 is after the jump…

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Chael Sonnen Announces His Retirement From MMA in the Wake of Drug Test Failure


(Props: UFC on FOX)

Chael Sonnen — the American Gangster, the Bad Guy, the most entertaining talker and most unabashed liar in the history of mixed martial arts — has announced his retirement after sixteen and a half years of professional MMA competition. Sonnen broke the news on this evening’s installment of UFC Tonight. As the 37-year-old former middleweight title contender explained, he planned to continue using the estrogen blockers he had just tested positive for, in order to get his health back to normal without testosterone replacement therapy. And so, he’s taken himself out of the game.

You can watch Sonnen’s full retirement statement above, which naturally contains his usual massaging of the truth and dubious pleas of ignorance regarding the athletic commission’s rules. The important stuff is below…

I want to talk directly to the thousands and thousands of fans who have supported me throughout my career. Guys, I had a great time. And there are so many people to thank, from the leadership of the UFC, to the people here at FOX that have given us such a wonderful platform and opportunity.

I want to thank my coach, Clayton Hires, who has stood by me through thick and thin, who taught me how to work hard, who taught me about discipline. I want to thank Roy Pittman and Dave Sanville, the coaches that I first had when I very first walked into a wrestling room. And these guys have been great.

I want to thank Bill Brady of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, a man I am proud to call my friend. I got a second wind in fighting, I got to come back, and it was solely due to Bill Brady, and I’m very proud to know him and that our paths have crossed.

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Wednesday Links: Wanderlei Silva Wants In Against Vitor Belfort (LOL!), Paul Daley Working on UFC Return (Double LOL!!), Bulking Up For Dummies + More


(UFC 174 Free Fight: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis via the UFC’s Youtube page.)

After Chael Sonnen Removal, Wanderlei Silva Wants Vitor Belfort Rematch (Bleacher Report)

Jacare Souza Will Return at UFC 176 (MMAFighting)

Paul Daley Interested in Working His Way Back Into the UFC (BloodyElbow)

Chael Sonnen Continues Mighty Struggle Against Truth, But Now He’s on Losing End (MMAJunkie)

Bulking Up for Dummies (DoubleViking)

Meet Claudia Ochoa Felix, World’s Sexiest Drug Cartel Assassin (Allegedly) (HolyTaco)

Who is the Best Fighting Character of All-Time? (Hint: It’s Scorpion. We already covered this.) (EveryJoe)

Honest Trailers: The Lion King (ScreenJunkies)

27 Laws Around the World So Peculiar You Won’t Believe They’re Real (Guyism)

Video Game Company Scraps Planned Female Avatar Because It’s Somehow ‘Too Hard To Make’ (Crushable)

Dumb and Dumber To Trailer (ClevverMovies)

Kate Upton Turns 22 Today. Here Are Her Hottest Pictures of All Time (Radass)

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Claudia Gadelha vs. Tina Lahdemaki Booked for UFC’s First-Ever Women’s Strawweight Match at UFC Fight Night 45 in July


(Gadelha and her teammate Renan Barao, just chillin’ in the bathroom. / Props: PortalMMA.com.br)

Two months before the strawweight season of The Ultimate Fighter debuts on FOX Sports 1 on September 10th, UFC fans will get their first glimpse of the promotion’s new 115-pound female division when Claudia Gadelha (11-0) faces Tina Lahdemaki (5-0) at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller, July 16th in Atlantic City. The booking was first reported by FOX Sports.

Gadelha should be a familiar name for followers of Invicta FC, as the Brazilian Nova Uniao product TKO’d Ayaka Hamasaki at Invicta FC 6 last July, and was supposed to challenge Carla Esparza for Invicta’s strawweight title in December, until a bout of gastroenteritis bumped her out the night before the event. Gadelha was offered a spot in the TUF 20 cast, but turned it down due to concerns over making weight repeatedly in a short period of time. She is apparently the youngest BJJ black belt in Nova Uniao history.

Lahdemaki is from Finland, and has primarily competed at 125 pounds in the past, most recently choking out Karla Benitez at Cage 24 last November in her home country. We don’t know much else about her, but sure, she’s UFC-caliber, why not.

Related: A bantamweight fight between Jessamyn “Sweet BBQ” Duke and Leslie Smith has also been added to the card.

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[VIDEOS] Dana White & Chael Sonnen Play the Blame Game on ‘America’s Pregame’

A lot of blame has been thrown around since word of Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test and subsequent removal from UFC 175 broke yesterday. Some are blaming the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their lack of foresight in banning TRT yet providing fighters currently on the therapy with no means or information on how to adjust to life without it. Some are blaming Sonnen for failing to disclose the banned substances he was on to NSAC prior to his drug test last month. There are even some MMA media members out there crazy enough to blame the UFC for rushing guys like Sonnen and Belfort into fights without first understanding how long their bodies would need to adjust to post-TRT life. Hope you enjoy getting blacklisted, fellas!

In order to help clear things up, both Chael Sonnen and Dana White appeared on FS1′s America’s Pregame last night, because Sonnen is not as expendable a fighter as say, Jason High and thus requires his boss’ assistance when putting out fires. While Sonnen opted to expand on his interview with Jay Mohr Sports that was published just hours beforehand, White fell back on his usual mix of finger-pointing and blatant lies delivered at just below shouting level.

Both are at fault. I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission could have laid it out better for how they were going to end this thing. What would be banned and what wouldn’t be banned for the guys coming down off of it. But again, it’s a matter of them not being very educated on TRT. It’s the thing that made this whole thing impossible anyway. And it’s Chael’s fault too, because Chael should have called the Athletic Commission and said, ‘This is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off of this stuff, so here is what I’m taking.’ He absolutely should have done that. 

Just to clear the air here, nobody is on TRT. And, we only had five guys out of over 500 that were ever on TRT, and it was absolutely legal.

Well thank God the UFC isn’t to blame in any way, shape, or form for this (*wipes sweat from forehead*). Dodged a bullet there, boys. Also, the number of fighters who have ever fought in the UFC while on TRT is a lot closer to 15 than 5. No biggie.

Check out White’s full interview above, then head after the jump for Sonnen’s much lengthier defense. 

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Jason High Released From UFC After Shoving Referee at UFC Fight Night 42


(At least he’s taking it well. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

The axe has finally dropped on Jason High, following his regrettable shoving of referee Kevin Mulhall at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 42. UFC president Dana White confirmed High’s firing in yesterday’s installment of “The Download,” his weekly address on UFC.com. Though White didn’t watch the “Henderson vs. Khabilov” event live due to illness (more on that later), he acted swiftly as soon as he heard what happened:

“What I did find out is that I guess that Jason High kid got up and pushed a referee – he’s cut,” White said in disgust. “I’m going to cut him. I look at that the way (Paul) Daley put his hands on his opponent after a fight was over. You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here. He’s been apologizing on Twitter, but he’s done.”

I feel bad for High. It’s not like he went full-Yvel on Mulhall, and yet he could be shut out of the UFC for life, for a single bad decision. On the other hand, an example needs to be set that you never put your hands on an official, no matter how much you think the stoppage sucked. On the other, other hand:

“Say that Chael Sonnen was the one that lightly pushed the ref and that Jason High failed the drug test. Does Dana instantly fire Chael and then go on TV to publicly defend High?

There’s some truth to that. Maybe High’s biggest crime was simply being expendable.

Dana also confirmed in the “Download” column that the UFC will be paying Ross Pearson his win bonus after Pearson was blatantly robbed against Diego Sanchez, and hoped that the judge who scored the fight 30-27 for Sanchez (Jeff Collins) never judges another professional fight. Also, he was struggling with allergies while relaxing in Maine and buying cars while drunk:

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Fitness Motivation: 14 Photos of Sexy Women Flipping Tires

I’ve become fascinated by the so-called “fitness motivation” Internet trend. Basically, these are photos of hard-bodied men and women working out — usually accompanied by inspirational quotes — with the apparent goal of motivating you to get off your computer/smartphone and get to the gym. I’m sure you have at least one annoying crossfitter friend who posts this kind of crap to tell the world that OMG they’re training for life you guys. But honestly, fitness motivation photos are just another Internet fetish, like feet, or whispering. What is this photo inspiring you to do, exactly?

So earlier today, right before the Chael news broke and I was looking for something to do, I decided to search Pinterest and Google for fitness motivation photos, and see if I could spot any trends. The first one that stuck out is that healthy women love to flip tires. Tire-flipping is a metaphor, actually. If you can flip a tire, you can flip anything. So here are some photos I found of sexy women flipping tires, as promised. Check ‘em out in the gallery after the jump, and stay tuned for more fitness motivation photo galleries, whether you like it or not.

I hope that “girls flipping tires” is an untapped Internet sub-fetish. I hope that thousands of people are searching for it daily. I hope…

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Chael Sonnen Attempts to Explain Failed Drug Test Via Last-Second Interview With ‘Jay Mohr Sports’


(“Thank God there aren’t random drug tests in @EASPORTSUFC” — former CP writer Jason Moles dropping truth bombs.)

Just moments ago, word was handed down that Chael Sonnen had failed a random drug test administered last month (you know, the same one that he verbally executed Wanderlei Silva for skipping out on), and had been pulled from his UFC 175 fight against Vitor Belfort as a result. Being the master of spin-control that Sonnen is, The American Gangster attempted to get out in front of the story by appearing on comedian Jay Mohr’s sports radio show and explaining himself before the ESPN story broke. Attempted being the point of emphasis here.

Instead, Sonnen partook in a rushed interview that not only failed to beat the ESPN story out of the gate, but left as many questions as it answered. Mohr also chimed in at one point that Sonnen should use the next 30 days before his hearing to get “loaded up on steroids,” so there’s that to look forward to as well.

Sonnen’s statement, along with a full transcription (via MMAFighting) is after the jump. 

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BREAKING: Chael Sonnen Fails Random Drug Test, Will Not Fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175


(First hypogonadism, and now breast cancer? Poor guy can’t catch a break. / Photo via Getty)

As first broken by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC fighter/FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen has been pulled from his scheduled UFC 175 fight against Vitor Belfort, after a random drug test administered last month in Las Vegas came back positive for a pair of unapproved hormone regulators.

Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed that Sonnen’s test showed the presence of Anastrozole and Clomiphene. Anastrozole is a non-steroidal estrogen-blocker used primarily to treat women following breast cancer surgery, as well as in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Clomiphene is an selective estrogen receptor commonly used as a fertility drug to induce ovulation, and is used to treat men who are coming off testosterone replacement therapy, as Sonnen was. Clomiphene is also the drug that jiu-jitsu champion Gabi Garcia was busted for following the 2013 BJJ World Championships.

According to ESPN, Sonnen likely faces a suspension, and is not expected to file an appeal. Sonnen is scheduled to address his drug-test failure today on FOX. We’ll keep you updated.

In a way, Chael’s removal from UFC 175 is the most appropriate end to the Sonnen vs. Belfort matchup, which was the the most drug-clouded booking imaginable. Essentially, you had a confirmed testosterone abuser facing a former steroid user (and confirmed testosterone abuser), because another fighter dodged a drug test, and now it’s dead, because of drugs.

From the information we have, it appears that Sonnen was trying to get his body’s testosterone production back to normal, and couldn’t quite do it without some extra help. (Perhaps getting off TRT cold-turkey and returning to fighting shape so quickly was an impossible task in the first place.) A forced time-out might be the best thing for Sonnen’s health at this point; then again, it could also signal the end of his career. The question is, will Vitor Belfort remain on the UFC 175 card? And if so, against who?

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The Durkin Era Continues: Patrick Cummins to Make Quick Return Against Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12 in July

The UFC knows when it has a hot commodity on its hands. And so, the promotion has booked light-heavyweight ex-barista Patrick “Durkin” Cummins to return at UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown (July 26th, San Jose), just days after he ran through Roger “At Least He’s on Sherdog” Narvaez on the Fight Pass Prelim of UFC Fight Night 42. Total time between fights: Seven weeks, which is a little on the short side. Then again, UFC fans are currently in the throes of Durkinmania, and their appetite must be fed at all costs.

I’m sure you’ll tune into this one no matter who Cummins is fighting, but for the record, he’ll be taking on TUF 8 vet Kyle Kingsbury, who hasn’t competed since Jimi Manuwa shattered his orbital bone — and gave him his third consecutive loss — in September 2012. Though Kingsbu considered retirement after that rough patch, he confirmed last month that he’ll be returning to action in San Jose, where he currently trains. Too bad he’s being sacrificed to a GODDAMNED JUGGERNAUT.

We’ve been guilty of declaring “eras” a little prematurely around here, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re already living in the Durkin Era, and are rapidly approaching the Geological Epoch of Patrick Muthatruckin’ Durkins. Trust me, guys. Just watch it happen.

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