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Yoel Romero Hit with “Potential USADA Violation” + An Update to Our Steroid Bust Timeline

(“Gay Jesus, why you have forsaken me yet again?”)

Despite officially being rolled out on July 1st, the UFC’s new, comprehensive drug-testing policy only really went into effect at the start of the new year, according to those in the know. Less than a month later, it appears that USADA has already nabbed its first violator in the form of top middleweight contender Yoel Romero.


Friday Link Dump: Jacare Calls for Rematch With “Dirty” Yoel Romero, Mir vs. Hunt to Headline Fight Night Brisbane + More

(Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz returns from a lengthy injury layoff once again next weekend, so let’s celebrate by watching him beat the tar out of Takeya Mizugaki.)

Jacare Souza Not Happy With ‘Dirty’ Romero, Wants Rematch or Fight with Weidman (BloodyElbow)

Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt Targeted for UFC Fight Night Brisbane (MMAFighting)

Dana White: Ryan Bader Will ‘Deserve His Shot’ at UFC Title With Win Over Anthony Johnson (MMAJunkie)

The Question: Will Others Follow McGregor, Cerrone in Switching Weight Classes? (Bleacher Report)


UFC 194: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

(Oh, just f*ck and get it over with already. via Getty.)

By Nasir Jabbar

The MMA gods have, for the most part, safely guided one of the most stacked cards in UFC history to fruition. Amidst those ever-prevalent claims of oversaturation, the UFC have mustered up an ubercard for the ages. Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will finally defend his title against interim champion Conor McGregor. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on No.1 contender Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Then you’ve got Romero vs. Souza, Maia vs. Nelson…the list goes on and on.

Nation, it’s been an emotional journey. An unprecedented world media tour. Fractured ribs. Interim titles. More heated staredowns. These have all led to this mammoth main-event. I don’t know about you, but I’m giddy with excitement as months of trash-talking all culminate this weekend. To honour this epic event, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 194. Join me?


Yoel Romero vs. Jacare Souza Joins Already Stacked UFC 194 Card in December

(There’s probably a fight happening somewhere in this picture, but I’ll be damned if I can see anything but Mike Beltran’s awesome beard. Look at how it flows with the wind, Nation, like a field of wheat or those giant rubber wipers at a carwash that you would always pretend were octopus tentacles when you were a kid. Remember being that age, your mind full of wonder and excitement at even the simplest of things? Now there is only cynicism. Cynicism and self-loathing brought about by your lack of a beard as cool as Mike Beltran’s……………………………

…………………………………………….I have completely forgotten what I was talking about.)

We know that declaring any UFC card in today’s era as “stacked” is all but the kiss of death, but you guys, UFC 194 is stacked. That it only has three fights booked so far is a testament to how stacked it is, and unfortunately also a testament to how doomed it is to lose at least one of those fights within the coming weeks.

But for now, the December 12th-scheduled card will feature a pair of title fights in Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo and Chris Weidman vs. Taylor Swift’s BFF. As if that wasn’t enough, the UFC announced earlier today that another key middleweight matchup will take place on the card as well: 4th-ranked Yoel Romero vs. 3rd-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.


Fight Night 70 Highlights/Results: Romero Obliterates Machida, Larkin, Santos, and Sims Score Big KO’s

(via UFC on FOX)

Lyoto Machida may have been the slight favorite heading into Saturday’s fight against Yoel Romero, but “The Soldier of God” nearly sent him to Jesus with a series of (as Thomas Myers best described them) “murderous” elbows in the third round of their Fight Night 70 headliner.

Video highlights and a complete list of results are after the jump.


Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Catches Pneumonia, UFC 184 Fight With Yoel Romero Postponed

(Souza is the alligator-man in front. Romero is the guy in the diaper, obviously. Props: Luke Rockhold’s Instagram)

Well shoot, this one kind of hurts. Due to a bout of pneumonia, top middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has withdrawn from his scheduled meeting with Yoel Romero at UFC 184 (February 28th, Los Angeles). UFC officials have decided to reschedule the match for a later date, rather than find a replacement opponent for Romero at the event.

With Jacare vs. Romero scratched, a prelim bout between lightweights Tony Ferguson and Yancy Medeiros has been pulled up to the PPV main card. The current UFC 184 lineup looks like this:


Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Yoel Romero Added to UFC 184

(Real shirt, available here for $15. Finger-pointing swagger and missing tooth not included.)

A middleweight bout between top contenders Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero has been added to the stacked UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort lineup, February 28th in Los Angeles. The UFC confirmed the booking this morning.

It’s a match with high stakes, as it could theoretically produce a new title contender at 185-pounds. Jacare is currently listed as the #3 middleweight contender in the promotion’s rankings, and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC with stoppage wins against Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami, and Gegard Mousasi. Romero is ranked #6 and is 5-0 in the UFC, with four of those wins coming via KO/TKO. The “Soldier of God” most recently picked up a very controversial win against Tim Kennedy (#stoolgate), but nevertheless, this is a dangerous dude who can swing the hammers.

As it stands, UFC 184 will feature two title fights, a win-or-GTFO match in the heavyweight division, and now a potential #1 contender bout at middleweight. Meanwhile, this Saturday’s UFC 180 card in Mexico City is 59% non-wiki, but that’s none of my business.


Tim Kennedy Is None Too Pleased With Big John McCarthy’s “F—ed Up” Performance at UFC 178

(Alas, Kennedy was *so* close to having his There Will Be Blood moment. Photo via Getty.)

True story: After being forced to reign in my gambling habit (and temporarily flee the state) due to a particularly tough beat in the Dolphins-Pats game, I sheepishly made another go of it for UFC 178 last weekend, placing a harmless 100 dollar bet on an Ebersole-Masvidal-Zingano-Kennedy parlay. If all went according to plan, the bet would have netted me around $990, a.k.a enough to stop Hairy Mike and that bug-eyed goon Roscoe from throwing me out of another speeding car. (It’s the lack of respect that hurts the most. That and the road rash.)

At the end of the second round between Kennedy and Romero, I was never more sure that I would avoid another unfortunate roadside beatdown. Though I was bound to a chair with a gasoline-soaked rag stuffed in my mouth, confidence was flowing through every fabric of my being. “Mff iff i d,” I mumbled aloud, which is rag-speak for “This is my day.” When the allotted 60-second break between rounds had passed and Romero was still slunken on his stool, I came as close to jumping for joy as my constraints would allow. How could the fight *not* be over? Romero was out on his feet ass and Kennedy has already begun celebrating! Surely my moment of validation was at hand!

You could imagine my surprise when Big John McCarthy — he of MMA lore and Marvin Gaye lyric-stealing fame — not only *didn’t* call the fight right then and there, but actually allowed Romero to continue. The utter madness! In any case, the third round started, Romero channeled what I can only assume was voodoo strength, and the next thing I know, I’m being pushed out the back of an F-150 onto a crowded interstate highway. Life’s not fair sometimes.

The only person arguably more pissed at the controversial turn of events than myself was Tim Kennedy, who engaged in a heated debate with Romero’s corner backstage before filing an official appeal of the decision. Never one to shy away from telling it like it is, Kennedy appeared on The MMA Hour yesterday to air his grievances with what has since been dubbed “stoolgate” and took primary aim at none other than Big John himself.

I think John is the best ref in the promotion. He and Herb Dean, truly, I have respect for. He f—ed up majorly in my fight. He got owned. He got owned that night by a bunch of guys doing sh—y things. He got played by all three of them, and he just let it happen.


Tim Kennedy Argues With Yoel Romero Backstage At UFC 178 About #Stoolgate, Shirtless Debate Ensues

(Photo via Getty)

At UFC 178, Tim Kennedy was on the cusp of knocking out Yoel Romero in the dying seconds of round two, after he had endured a difficult 10 minutes against the Cuban powerhouse in their main card battle. Kennedy, who also grabbed Romero’s gloves to land several uppercuts, had “Soldier of God” in a world of hurt, as he continued to pounce on his adversary. The horn saved Romero, and as referee “Big” John McCarthy separated both fighters and ordered them to their respective corners, Romero looked as if he had spent three days in an afterhours club hopped up on Molly.

He had no clue where he was, sat on his stool, and looked quite petrified as he mumbled words to his coaches.

As both fighters were summoned for the third and final round, Romero just sat there while his coaches moved like tortoises exiting the cage. Despite his corner men stalling, Romero was still on his stool, with too much Vaseline on him. His corner proceeded to wipe it off, while the American walked around frustrated. As Joe Rogan went ballistic, the fight wasn’t called off, a point wasn’t even deducted, and more so, “Big” John McCarthy didn’t do a damn thing about it.

Seconds into the third round, Romero dropped Kennedy, pummeled him to hell and back, and stood over his bloody foe in victory after being awarded with the stoppage victory.

Pretty strange, huh?

Now, this reeks of controversy from both sides. Kennedy’s blatant glove-grabbing maybe wasn’t worthy of disqualification, yet Romero on his stool was pretty atrocious. Even if the fighter has too much Vaseline on him, which according to Dana White at the post-fight presser, was the promotion’s fault because it was one of their employees, he shouldn’t be chilling on the stool. But here’s the thing … were the corner men told to exit before taking the stool? Probably. However, isn’t it their job to actually take the stool?

Take a look at the confrontation between both fighters backstage, courtesy of a Vine post (props to MMA Fighting for the link) after the jump.


Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 178 Edition

(Photo via Getty)

UFC 178 is in the books, and it was arguably the best UFC event of the year. Leading up to the extravaganza at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the fight card looked promising, even though the cancellation of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight championship had us all pretty bummed out.

With Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso stepping up to the plate, nobody was truly interested in their flyweight title fight, simply because the rest of the card had more compelling stories, alongside fights deemed a little too difficult to call in order to bet the house, Coleman style.

That being said, let’s take a look at the most compelling scraps, and what to make of it all after we spent the last eight hours shadowboxing, binging on dollar store mini donuts, and obsessively searching the web for that CRUZ sweater.

Welcome to “Cutting Through The Bullshit,” UFC 178 style.