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Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia, Jon Jones, and Chael Sonnen Compete on Chopped

By Jared Jones

Four chefs, three courses, only one chance to win! The challenge: Create an unforgettable meal from the mystery items hidden in these baskets before time. runs. out. Our distinguished panel of chefs will critique their work, and one by one, they must face the dreaded chopping block. Who will win the $10,000 prize, and who will be…Chopped? 

Four MMA fighters-turned chefs think they have what it takes to win. Lets meet them. First up, Tito Ortiz…

[*Cue a montage of Ortiz hitting truck tires with a sledgehammer, pointing to business documents that clearly have nothing written on them*]

Tito Ortiz: “My name’s Ito Tortiz. I mean, Tito Ortiz. For years, people have been doubting my ability to compete at the highest level of reality show cooking competitions. But I’m here to prove them all wrong today and show that ‘The People’s Champ’, like no other, cooks like no other.”

Next up, Tim Sylvia…

[*Cue this video*]

Tim Sylvia: (*while eating jelly doughnut*) “I’m a real outside the box thinker when it comes to preparing meals. Just the other day, I filled an old oil barrel with ham hocks and melted cheese. It was a fantastic mid-afternoon snack.”

And then there’s Jon Jones…

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And Now He’s Fired: Chael Sonnen Axed by FOX For Being a No Good, Steroid-Using Double Cheater


(Yep, we’re sticking to our *guns* with this photo. BA-DUM-TSH!)

How about some actual news for a change?

On the subject of Chael Sonnen‘s second straight drug test failure, I believe Old Dad summed it up best when he said that the American Gangster had a “cheater’s dream cocktail” flowing through his veins. And indeed, Sonnen tested positive for not trace amounts of HGH, EPO, WWE, TRL, HSN, and BET when retested, which made his previous failed drug test prior to UFC 175 all the harder to swallow.

It’s important to note that Sonnen’s second test was administered before the results of his first test were made public, meaning that he was still technically competing while loaded to gills with a veritable pharmacy heading into UFC 175. Following his all but forced retirement shortly thereafter, the question quickly became not where Sonnen’s fighting career was headed, but if the UFC/FOX would continue to employ a multiple time steroid cheat simply because he was charismatic in front of a camera. It would send a hell of a mixed message to the rest of their fighters in their roster, that’s for sure.

Well today brings an answer, and that answer is “Eff no.”(via a UFC-FOX press release sent out this morning):

The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

I guess this means Sonnen won’t be given the opportunity to defend himself via a laughably rushed interview on America’s Pregame, then?

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Chael Sonnen Tests Positive for HGH and EPO, Fails His Second Drug Test [UPDATED]


(This picture is great in retrospect. / Photo via Getty)

Remember when Chael Sonnen failed his random drug test not too long ago (and was removed from UFC 175 and subsequently retired?) Well, he failed the second drug test the Nevada Athletic Commission issued too…and failed it BIG. MMAFighting.com was the first to report the news.

Get more details after the jump.

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Friday Link Dump: Fighters Who Will Have Successful Post-Fight Careers, The Return of Yoshihiro Akiyama, Sexy Argentinian Soccer Fans + More


(Metamoris 4: Sonnen vs Galvao Official Trailer)

5 Fighters That Will Have Successful Post-Fight Careers (BleacherReport)

Brendan Schaub Says New UFC Game Can “Suck a D*ck” (BloodyElbow)

Twitter Mailbag: Another UFC doubleheader, for Better or Worse (MMAJunkie)

Akiyama, Yamamoto, Gomi All Set to Compete on UFC’s Sept. 20 Show (MMAFighting)

‘Shady’ Chael Sonnen Admits to Biting Opponent (MMAMania)

Can Dominick Cruz Return to the Top of the UFC’s Bantamweight Division? (MMACorner)

17 Photos of Sexy Argentinian Soccer Fans (HolyTaco)

Top 10 Most Controversial Family Guy Episodes (EveryJoe)

Quick Look Behind the Scenes of Jurassic World (EscapistMagazine)

Honest Trailers: Forrest Gump (Screenjunkies)

Underboob – Cleavage From A Different Point Of View (Radass)

The 41 Most Entertaining Celebrity Tweets This Week (Guyism)

Classic Hollywood Starlets Colorized (20 Pictures) (WorldWideInterweb)

40 People Slapping Each Other in the Face…And Enjoying It (PopHangover)

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Report: Chael Sonnen vs. Andre Galvao to Headline Metamoris 4, August 9th in Los Angeles


(Yeah, this should go well. Photo via MMAWeekly)

The fourth installment of submission-only grappling series Metamoris will be headlined by a stunt-match that makes very little sense from a competitive standpoint, but we’ll probably watch it anyway. According to an MMAFighting report, Metamoris 4 (August 9th, Los Angeles) will feature freshly-retired superheel Chael Sonnen vs. highly decorated jiu-jitsu champion Andre Galvao.

Though Sonnen will enjoy a size advantage against Galvao — who has spent most of his competitive grappling career between 181-194 pounds, and used to compete in MMA as a welterweight — this is a talent mismatch of cosmic proportions. Galvao’s accomplishments include seven gold medals at the BJJ World Championships between 2002-2008, and three golds at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, including his first-place finishes in the 88kg and Absolute categories in 2011.

Sonnen has no such pedigree to rely on. His effective ground-game earned him submission wins against Mauricio Rua and Brian Stann later in his UFC career, but keep in mind, this is the guy who used to get subbed by Brazilians on a regular basis. Our prediction: Sonnen sells a lot of tickets, then gets styled on. (And I guess Metamoris doesn’t drug test its competitors, huh.)

Metamoris 4 is also expected to feature a heavyweight match between Josh Barnett and Dean Lister.

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The Underdog Heel: How Chael Sonnen Became a Sports Entertainment Superstar


(They say Chael is still out there somewhere, working as a real estate agent and speaking with a Hispanic accent. / Photo via Getty)

By Seth Falvo

We know that the UFC is a sports entertainment company, but few fighters have ever embraced sports entertainment as fully as the recently retired Chael Sonnen had. “The Gangster from West Linn” understood the importance of drawing attention outside the cage, and shamelessly promoted himself as one of the most outlandish heels on the planet. But now that his fighting days are behind him, how will the fans remember Sonnen? There’s little doubt that Sonnen was one of MMA’s most infamous personalities, but was Sonnen a truly great sports entertainer?

Before we begin analyzing Sonnen’s smack-talking, fake championship belt wielding antics however, let’s not forget the overwhelming majority of his career: the thirty-plus professional fights (including his initial 1-2 run in the UFC) he had between 1997 and 2008. During this time, Chael Sonnen was a name that only the most hardcore fans had known of. He was a skilled, albeit smothering (and submission-prone) wrestler who could dish out one-liners and give thoughtful interviews, but was mostly known for his part in the unmitigated disaster that was Filho vs. Sonnen II.

If that seemed like a half-assed recap of twelve years of fighting, that’s exactly the point. Despite the best attempts of MMA fans to pretend that they’re above valuing personality over talent, the relative obscurity of Sonnen’s “pre-heel” career proved otherwise. If it weren’t for his ability to give a memorable interview, it isn’t entirely unreasonable to wonder if he would have even been invited back to the promotion when the WEC did away with the middleweight division. It’s even more likely that he would have been cut after getting choked out in the first round by Demian Maia during his Octagon return at UFC 95. The bottom line is, one doesn’t need to be entertained by Sonnen’s attempts to stand out in order to acknowledge their importance; Sonnen pretty much told Thomas Gerbasi just that back in 2010:

“You listen to some of these guys and it’s like hitting ‘play’ on a tape recorder. Whether these guys just aren’t free thinkers or just scared, I truthfully don’t know, but it is pretty annoying. Every now and then you get a guy that appears that he’s read a book or watched a news program and has an autonomous thought, and those are the kind of guys that I would visit with, but it’s pretty hard to find them in a UFC locker room.”

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Wanderlei Silva Admits to Skipping Drug Test, Claims He Was Taking Diuretics Related to Wrist Injury


(By the way, the hearing was streamed live on Fight Pass, which means that UFC is finally starting to take our advice. It’s about damn time! / Props: MMAWeekly)

Wanderlei Silva appeared at an “informational meeting” yesterday held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, in which he was asked to explain his mysterious disappearance when a sample-collector showed up at his gym last month to give him a random drug test. And while Silva himself didn’t say a word during the meeting — instead speaking through his lawyer, Ross Goodman — he managed to dig himself into a deeper hole.

Chael Sonnen was right: Silva did intentionally run out the side door when the tester arrived. From Sherdog’s recap

Prior to Goodman’s statement, the NSAC had Jim Guernsey, an independent sample collector with approximately 34 years of experience, to detail the events of May 24, when he arrived at Silva’s gym to retrieve a blood and urine specimen from the fighter. After unsuccessfully trying to track down Silva via telephone and at his home, Guernsey found the UFC veteran at his Las Vegas gym. However, Guernsey would not find the cooperation he was seeking.

“I explained that the Nevada Athletic Commission had asked me to get a blood and urine sample from him. He said OK and was finishing eating and visiting with the people around him… After they finished, he asked me if he could talk to his manager or trainer,” said Guernsey, who provided his account from detailed notes he took that day. “I asked him if this person was at the gym and he said yes. I told him that was fine and gave him a little space. I think he had just finished working out.

“He walked up to the front desk and I followed a little way behind him,” Guernsey continued. “He went into an office in the middle of the gym and came out after just a few seconds. He walked back to the front counter and then walked past the office toward the back of the gym and went around the corner to the right. I casually followed behind him, and when I turned around the corner I realized there was an exit there and a bathroom. I didn’t see him anywhere. I went into the bathroom and looked around and didn’t see him there … I kept looking around for a few minutes, and I still couldn’t find him. I came to the conclusion that he left.”

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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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