Dana White Says he Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Stiffer Penalties For Drug Violators

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn’t disagree with those want stiffer penalties for drug violators. The problem lies with the fact that the issue is handled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), not the UFC. Since USADA stepped in, a number of fighters have been flagged for violating the anti-doping policy. While some […]

Junior dos Santos Says he Was Devastated by USADA Violation

Junior dos Santos initially didn’t handle his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation well. “Cigano” was set to take on Francis Ngannou last month. The heavyweight tilt would’ve taken place inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the UFC 215 card. When dos Santos was flagged by USADA, the match-up was pulled. Speaking to Combate, dos […]

Marlon Vera Says Bout With John Lineker Will Prove He’s a Threat

Marlon Vera will feel on top of the world if he can defeat John Lineker. Vera and Lineker will mix things up inside the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil for UFC Fight Night 119. The action takes place on Oct. 28 and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Vera is riding a three-fight […]

Former Bellator Champion Liam McGeary Shows off Nasty Broken Thum

Liam McGeary was content fighting Bubba McDaniel after Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal bowed out of Bellator 185. However, the former champion suffered an injury himself and was forced to follow Lawal ahead of Friday’s card. McGeary, who is 12-2 overall and 9-2 with the promotion, showed off his broken right thumb on Instagram recently. After […]

Rena, Oliveira Dominate at 108; Kawajiri Flattened in BW Debut at Rizin GP in Fukuoka

It’s hard to handicap Rizin Fighting Federation‘s women’s atomweight tournament after the promotion’s Sunday card at Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan, on account of two particularly outstanding quarterfinal performances.

Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos Winner Gets Next Title Shot Against Tyron Woodley

Rafael dos Anjos isn’t competing for an interim title fight against Robbie Lawler on Dec. 16 but he will be getting the next best thing.

On Friday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the winner of the upcoming bout between Lawler and dos Anjos would be next in line to face welterweight champion Tyron Woodley while speaking at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference in Toronto. 

White didn’t offer any extra details on the decision other than confirming “yeah” when asked directly if the winner of Lawler vs. dos Anjos gets the next shot.

Still it’s good news for the two top five ranked welterweights who will clash in a five round main event in December with a lot more on the line now than just a win or a loss.

As a former welterweight champion, Lawler obviously wants to get back to the belt but he’d surely like to avenge his last loss to Woodley, which cost him the title in 2016.

As for dos Anjos, ever since he moved to 170 pounds, he’s been gunning for the gold and now with one more win it looks like he’ll get his chance.

Lawler vs. dos Anjos headlines the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card from Winnipeg, Canada on Dec. 16.

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Georges St-Pierre Shoves Michael Bisping After Enduring Insults at UFC 217 Press Confrence

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The war of words turned physical on Friday as Georges St-Pierre once again took a swipe at Michael Bisping following their latest press conference to promote their upcoming fight at UFC 217 in New York.

Following 30 minutes of Bisping needling at St-Pierre in front of the Toronto crowd, the fighters came nose-to-nose with UFC president Dana White standing in between them.

Bisping raised his hands towards St-Pierre’s face after jawing back and forth for a few seconds, which prompted the former welterweight champion to extend his arm for a shove before White could quickly separate them before anything else happened.

The talking didn’t stop from there as Bisping continued to fire away at St-Pierre until the press conference concluded. 

Judging by the latest face off, Bisping and St-Pierre are anxious to settle their difference when they meet at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York. 

After nearly four years on the sidelines, St-Pierre will challenge Bisping for his UFC middleweight championship. Other title fights on the UFC 217 card include Cody Garbrandt putting his bantamweight belt on the line against TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending against Rose Namajunas.

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Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Added to UFC in Winnipeg

The year end FOX UFC Fight Night card has just added a couple of blockbuster fights.

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return to action for the first time since falling to Max Holloway when he faces old foe Ricardo Lamas on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Also on deck for the card will be a welterweight slugfest between heavy handed striker Mike Perry and fellow knockout artist Santiago Ponzinibbio, who is fresh off a stellar finish over Gunnar Nelson in his last fight.

UFC officials confirmed the new matchups on Friday.

Aldo vs. Lamas had previously been reported but now the fight has a date and location. Aldo defeated Lamas the last time they met in 2014 but now both fighters are looking to get back into title contender with this rematch.

As for Perry, he’s been gunning for a top 10 opponent for quite some time and now he’ll get his wish as he faces off with one of the most lethal strikers at 170 pounds.

Ponzinibbio has won five consecutive fights in the welterweight division including three of those victories coming by way of knockout or TKO.

The trio of new bouts for the Winnipeg card join the main event that was just announced on Thursday as former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler faces off with Rafael dos Anjos in the five round fight that will determine the next No. 1 contender at 170 pounds.

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UFC Streams Glory Kickboxing 46 for Free, Featuring Bigfoot Silva vs. Rico Verhoeven

The world’s greatest kickboxer – GLORY world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven – collides with former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this Saturday, October 14 in the main event of GLORY 46 SuperFight Series. The historic event from Guangzhou, China, can be seen FREE for fight fans around the world via UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, and GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion.

The platform and the promotion have worked together to make the entire seven-fight GLORY SuperFight Series available both live and on a video-on-demand basis.

Fans who download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop will be able to enjoy the action, whether they currently have a subscription to UFC FIGHT PASS or not.

The live event begins streaming at 6am ET, with Bigfoot and Verhoeven expected to clash around 8am ET. After the live stream, the event will be available on a video-on-demand basis – for FREE – for a period of one week. 

As FIGHT PASS subscribers are well aware, 28 year old Dutchman Verhoeven has established himself as kickboxing’s No.1 star. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 260 pounds, “The King of Kickboxing” is riding a 13-fight winning streak inside the GLORY ring that includes five defenses of his heavyweight title and victories over a who’s who of the division including kickboxing icons Badr Hari, Daniel Ghiță and Peter Aerts.

Verhoeven describes facing former UFC contender Silva as a new challenge: 

“Fighting MMA fighters in cross-over fights is interesting and I’m always looking for new challenges and new ways to keep entertaining the fans. Bigfoot always brings a war in his fights and that’s what the fans want to see. If I take him lightly, I will put myself in a dangerous position. He can hit hard from all angles and has real heavyweight power, so I know I can’t lose concentration for an instant.”

“Bigfoot is dangerous throughout the fight – I know we will have an exciting fight this Saturday.”

The Brazilian-born Silva, who will be making his kickboxing debut in China, is well-known to MMA fans. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound brawler boasts 14 knockouts from his 19 wins in MMA and holds stoppage wins over the likes of former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Andrei Arlovski along with PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko.

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“Bigfoot” relishes the challenge of competing under kickboxing rules, especially in a sprint of a fight which will be contested over three, three-minute rounds: 

“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight. I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.”

“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on his, I will put him down.”

The full GLORY 46 SuperFight Series is below:

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series

  • Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
  • Catchweight (75 kg): Shanghai Gao vs. Alan Scheinson
  • Middleweight: Wei Zhou vs. Andre Walker
  • Catchweight (53 kg) Bout:  Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree
  • Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Lei Xie vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao
  • Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Pascal Schroth
  • Professional Sanda Bout: Hongxing Kong vs. Yang Sun

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

(Courtesy of UFC)

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‘Ultimate Fighter’ Winner Jesse Taylor Suspended One Year by USADA

Recent “Ultimate Fighter” winner Jesse Taylor has been suspended one-year after testing positive for a banned substance and violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

USADA (United States Anti-Doping), who enforce the UFC’s anti-doping policy, announced the news on Friday.

“Taylor, 34, tested positive for clomiphene following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on August 22, 2017,” USADA officials wrote in the statement. “Clomiphene is a specified substance in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the male population, as its use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.”

Taylor received the maximum penalty for the anti-doping policy infraction.

Taylor’s suspension started on Sept. 13, which means he will be eligible to return one year from that date in 2018.

The veteran fighter was expected to make his next appearance inside the Octagon at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Sydney, Australia in November, but he was pulled after being placed on a provisional suspension for the positive drug test.

Now Taylor will have to sit out until the latter half of 2018 before making his return to action.

This all comes just months after Taylor capped off an incredible run on “The Ultimate Fighter” season titled “Redemption” as he returned to the reality show and won three fights in a row before submitting Dhiego Lima in July to earn his UFC contract.

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