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TUF Is Back! Results, Recap For Ep. 1 Of ‘Heavy Hitters’

The drought is over!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) back to FOX Sports 1 for the final time, as the promotion will transition to ESPN at the start of 2019 but don’t worry, there are no plans to cancel TUF.

Woo hoo!

For this latest round of the combat sports reality show, eight female featherweights and eight male heavyweights will bang it out for the coveted “six-figure contract” in two divisions that sorely need the additional help.

Coaching this offering will be middleweight rivals Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. As with most seasons, they’ll throw down for “The Reaper’s” 185-pound strap at the conclusion of the show, at an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event to be named.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT (Weds., Aug. 29, 2018) at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and follow along with us in the comments section below. Then stick around after the credits roll for our complete TUF 28 results and recap.

Enjoy the show!

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Midnight Mania! Lesnar Back, Eligible to Fight in January

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“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the USADA statement read. “With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

And thus Brock Lesnar is officially back. His melodramatic entrance to the Octagon and unceremonious shove of Daniel Cormier will not be wasted; Lesnar will indeed be fighting Cormier. We think.

Lesnar, 40, is currently suspended for his use of banned substance clomiphene in the lead-up to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt. That fight, which saw Lesnar’s easy win overturned to a no-contest, resulted in a lawsuit from Hunt. Hunt alleges the UFC, which waived the standard 4-month testing period Lesnar was supposed to undergo prior to his return from a 2011 retirement, knew Brock was on steroids and allowed him to compete anyway. Cormier has stated he wants Lesnar tested rigorously prior to competing again in the Octagon.

A January return rules out the big fall card at Madison Square Garden. Will Daniel Cormier opt to fight someone else in the meantime? Or should Alexander Gustafsson’s request be honored and he receive an interim light heavyweight title shot? If Cormier decides to wait half a year for his money fight vs. Lesnar, the interim belt might actually make sense for once. It’s just long enough to where DC, 39 years old himself, might not want to try to fit another fight camp in. He was clear in the post-fight press conference he doesn’t plan on too many more fights in his career.

What should Cormier do? Not fight Shogun. Sorry, DC.


Insomnia

Tito Ortiz mocked Chuck Liddell for looking like an old man on the pads; just another reason this fight shouldn’t have been made.

Jon Jones is somehow still wanting to be the role model he never could live up to.

Khabib Nurmagomedov working with his first coach, his dad.

Bellator’s new fighter Lyoto Machida took his family for a water buffalo ride

Passeio de búfalo no Pará. Buffalo ride in Pará.

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Your reminder that Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are fighting again.

Francis Ngannou vs. Derek Lewis was always going to be a bad fight until it got good- but it never got good.

Worst UFC co-main event in history ?

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Stipe Miocic is so damn classy. He’s still the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time until someone breaks his title defense record.

Paul Felder is the man. By all rights, he should have gotten a performance bonus for that brawl against Mike Perry, fighting through a broken arm and a mask of blood to battle Mike Perry to a split decision a division up.

This is still funny to me.

I would hope the odds are right on this one.

George St. Pierre got put in a rear-naked choke by Chuck Norris.

Black Fedor is the best.

l Hail to the new Champ-Champ

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There were a lot of fighters present for International Fight Week.

Suga Sean O’Malley with his real dad, Suga Rashad Evans.

My real dad

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Let’s not forget Friday night’s breakout star, Israel Adesanya, who put on a free striking clinic against the very tough Brad Tavares. Here’s how he unlocked his chakra prior to the bout:

@stylebender got the post-fight award for Top Anime Betrayal

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His meme game is on point too

#anotherone

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This is what Nigerian-born Adesanya said after the fight in his native tongue.

And lastly here’s a taste of what he can do once he’s warmed up.

This was a real thing that happened that I had to cover Friday night and I never want to speak of it again.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Just hand wraps

Just stay down

Ezzard Charles was an old-school great.


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Melendez Back In MMA Saddle, Excited To Punch Valle In The Face

Bellator 201: “Macfarlane vs. Lara” takes place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., this Friday night (June 29, 2018), featuring undefeated women’s Flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) making her first defense of the world title against Alejandra Lara (7-1) in the main event of the evening.

The ladies are shining in general on this Paramount Network-televised event, as four fights throughout the card put women front and center. In fact, one of the “Prelims” undercard fights sees respected Muay Thai and kickboxing veteran Keri Anne Melendez take only her second professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout against promotional newcomer Tiani Valle. That first fight was certainly impressive, though, as Melendez needed only 47 seconds to crush her opposition, Sheila Padilla, winning the fight via technical knockout thanks to the precision and power of her striking technique.

MMAmania.com recently chatted with Melendez about taking her second fight outside of kickboxing this weekend and how she originally planned to be fighting a lot sooner this year.

“I was working through my injury and initially I really wanted to be on the May 12 Bellator card. They had me set up to do that May 12 card and my knee injury was lingering. I had to call them and let them know, ‘You know what? I can’t confirm this May 12 card and I need to push it back. I would like to push it back for the next card as soon as possible.’ So they were really accommodating and they said, ‘You know we can put you on the next card, but we’re going to put you on the ‘Prelims.’’ I said, ‘That’s fine, I just want to be active and get going, and I’d love to be on the same card as the girl main event.’”

To backtrack a little bit, Melendez was originally scheduled to face Sadee Williams at Bellator 180 one year ago, but was forced to withdraw because of an injury. I asked Melendez to explain the injury and take us through the delay in making her MMA return.

“I was about six weeks in for my training camp and I had four weeks left, and I ended up just tearing my ACL doing some wrestling, and then I had to get surgery. I decided to get it right away so I could get back. That’s what I’ve been doing, but pretty much (they said) I’d be out for a year. At the end of January I was able to box, so I was super stoked and thought I’d be able to come back sooner, but it’s been grueling to get back to par for where I wanted to be.”

Very few people can be up to par on a bad knee, so taking extra time to get ready is understandable. At least being able to spar early gave Melendez confidence her already-excellent striking has improved.

“I believe so. It gave my body time to rest and it made me hungrier than ever to get back to doing what I love to do. It’s my turn in this Melendez family to get going, so I definitely feel better than ever.”

And thanks the mental toughness of her husband, Gilbert Melendez, Keri has all the support she needs to come back stronger than ever in 2018.

“We decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to fight first, so he agreed that he’ll fight second, so he’s just being my head coach in MMA and helping out in the household, helping out with our business, and we’re team-working this whole thing. He’s doing well and he plans to fight after me.”

Now that she is ready, Melendez has been studying anything on Valle she can find. That’s easier said than done when your opponent appears to be 1-0 as a pro.

“I’ve done some online research and she seems to be a great boxer. She’s a striker and her first pro MMA fight she TKO’d her opponent, I believe by some knees. She’s predominantly a striker and I’m excited to go out there and battle against a striker. She does have an amateur record of 8-2 or 8-4, I don’t know, there’s not too much (out there) about her, but I’ve seen some video and to me her strength is her boxing and that excites me.”

Melendez has more info on Valle than most MMA resources online, which is good news for her having a strong performance, but I wondered how she felt about a potential “boxing vs. kickboxing”-style fight.

“Well, I like that! I believe that Muay Thai there’s just … and I think she’s actually a good striker all around I just think her strength is boxing, but I think Muay Thai fighters use all the weapons — use their legs, use their elbows. I’m expecting everything from her. I think her strength is her boxing, but I’m just expecting a well-rounded fighter.”

Even though this is only the second time she’s taken a Bellator fight under MMA rules, Keri is happy with her progression and understands the timetable she set for herself had to change.

“So far so good! My (first) fight went well, but having an injury is just not fun at all. It definitely set me back, and I didn’t have that in my plan. I didn’t have that in my little three-year plan I had going on, and it definitely deterred some of my goals. But, now we’re here, and it’s a year later, and I’m ready to just get back going and staying active.”

Last but not least, Keri teased that if the promotion doesn’t eventually creat a 115-pound title, she might just have to go up and challenge somebody at 125 pounds.

“I’m fighting at 115 and Bellator is awesome by allowing me to do that (but) I know they’re focusing on the 125 division, so I would have to move up if I want to try to fight for the title. I’m just going to see where it takes me and still fight at 115 as long as they allow it, and if I need to move up then I might have to try that.”

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of Bellator 201: “Macfarlane vs. Lara” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Olympic Judo Champ Kayla Harrison Rolls in MMA Debut; Will Brooks Back on Track at PFL 2

She wasn’t in the main event, but in her much-anticipated MMA debut, two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison was positively golden on Thursday night at Professional Fight League 2 in Chicago.
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Olympic Judo Champ Kayla Harrison Rolls in MMA Debut; Will Brooks Back on Track at PFL 2

She wasn’t in the main event, but in her much-anticipated MMA debut, two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison was positively golden on Thursday night at Professional Fight League 2 in Chicago.
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Guess Who’s Back … Back Again

So, Dana White = John Cena and Yair Rodriguez = Nikki Bella?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, angrily told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media that he cut featherweight phenom Yair Rodriguez after “Pantera” repeatedly turned down fights, including a showdown against Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 227 in Los Angeles.

I’m not sure what changed between then and now, but it appears the two parties recently reconciled and the Magomedsharipov is back on the table, though the date looks to have been pushed back about a month or so.

“I’m told UFC is rescinding its termination letter to Yair Rodriguez, essentially reinstating his contract,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote on Twitter. “Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov is now verbally agreed to for UFC 228 in September.”

The Mexican-born Rodriguez (10-2) began negotiating with other organizations in the days after he was (cough) “released,” even drawing a lucrative offer from Hispanic-based combat sports promotion Combate Americas, which has a stranglehold on the Latin American MMA scene.

No telling if the negotiations were an attempt to gauge his market value or if the kerfuffle was just another case of White losing his cool, but for now, it appears Rodriguez is heading back to the Octagon later this year.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Stewart Makes Max Holloway Back Down

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UFC 145-lb. champion Max Holloway went on tour to entertain the troops with comedian Jon Stewart and Paige VanZant (among others) and got into a staredown with Stewart. Everyone was intimidated when the middle-aged comedian tore his shirt off, including the featherweight champion of the world, who found himself backing away from laughter… er… fear.

The experience seemed like a pretty positive experience for everyone.

Max Holloway faces Brian Ortega for the title in the co-main event of an extraordinarily stacked UFC 226 on July 7th.


Insomnia

It might be too much too soon, but Israel Adesanya is getting a big step up against Brad Tavares in a main event.

Houston traffic leaves me deeply existentially angry, but this guy found a way to make it fun.

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Robert Whittaker’s training location looks both incredibly hard to run up and incredibly idyllic.

It never gets easier , you just get better

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Khabib Nurmagomedov, world traveller

This guy works in one of my favorite genres, art memes.

MMA, but with guns looks fun

This was the first MMA fight I bet money on, and both because of that and because this was the peak of Matt Brown’s run as the Immortal, it remains one of my favorite fights ever.

Thanks Ryan Madigan for an amazing camp for this fight!

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Sage in the north, cutting logs with his bare hands.

How I feel rolling with a black belt in grappling.

Gunnar Nelson had to withdraw from his fight with Neil Magny, and of course both athletes were extremely respectful about it.

Will Brooks speaks up against racially biased police brutality.

Brooks’ old rival Michael Chandler (who he bested twice) was, to say the least, not impressed by Dillon Danis.

To be fair Danis’ toehold was pretty cool

My money is on Garry Tonon when this inevitably happens

Make it happen. @rich_chou @bellatormma @onechampionship @garrytonon @dillondanis

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Keep an eye out for my shirtless head shots, coming soon 2020

I was as happy as anyone to see Fedor Emelianenko get himself a KO win over the weekend.

Derrick Lewis should be doing Midnight Mania at this point.

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Whoops

Be careful which snowflake your punk ass decides to sling them slurs at, bruh.

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This is me

l What could it be tho??

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Some narrated Joe Rogan during his podcast and it’s pretty great.

Wow

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Deep cut

This is elite training

Jorge Masvidal gives his timeline for return


Podcasts and Video

Some of our podcast Friday is still relevant (and two out of three of us picked Fedor-Mir correctly)- Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

This looks really interesting and right at the intersection of my professional worlds.


Slips, Rips- all the Weekend Clips

Standing arm triangle? Don’t mind if I do.

I don’t know what this was, but I’m gonna slap all these highlights up here in random order so just get used to it.

EFC

Wrasslin’

All of Bellator 198 in two minutes.

Some single-leg takedown defense

Hellbows

Last weekend I was the guy in black and red shorts, getting my arm twisted off all day long. I tapped much more quickly than this though.

We love Kikuno kicks around these parts

Flying triangle to say goodnight.


Good Reads


Random Land

Zercher squats are supposed to be really good for MMA

Your daily dose of politics*

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*consuming entertainment is not doing politics.

Hyenas are massive animals up close.

Wow! Amazing… Video by @maxstrong #Destination_Wild

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Someone named Rodrigo Koxa set the world record for largest wave surfed and boy did he take his life in his hands.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Stewart Makes Max Holloway Back Down

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

UFC 145-lb. champion Max Holloway went on tour to entertain the troops with comedian Jon Stewart and Paige VanZant (among others) and got into a staredown with Stewart. Everyone was intimidated when the middle-aged comedian tore his shirt off, including the featherweight champion of the world, who found himself backing away from laughter… er… fear.

The experience seemed like a pretty positive experience for everyone.

Max Holloway faces Brian Ortega for the title in the co-main event of an extraordinarily stacked UFC 226 on July 7th.


Insomnia

It might be too much too soon, but Israel Adesanya is getting a big step up against Brad Tavares in a main event.

Houston traffic leaves me deeply existentially angry, but this guy found a way to make it fun.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Robert Whittaker’s training location looks both incredibly hard to run up and incredibly idyllic.

It never gets easier , you just get better

A post shared by Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) on

Khabib Nurmagomedov, world traveller

This guy works in one of my favorite genres, art memes.

MMA, but with guns looks fun

This was the first MMA fight I bet money on, and both because of that and because this was the peak of Matt Brown’s run as the Immortal, it remains one of my favorite fights ever.

Thanks Ryan Madigan for an amazing camp for this fight!

A post shared by Matthew Brown (@iamtheimmortal) on

Sage in the north, cutting logs with his bare hands.

How I feel rolling with a black belt in grappling.

Gunnar Nelson had to withdraw from his fight with Neil Magny, and of course both athletes were extremely respectful about it.

Will Brooks speaks up against racially biased police brutality.

Brooks’ old rival Michael Chandler (who he bested twice) was, to say the least, not impressed by Dillon Danis.

To be fair Danis’ toehold was pretty cool

My money is on Garry Tonon when this inevitably happens

Make it happen. @rich_chou @bellatormma @onechampionship @garrytonon @dillondanis

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets_) on

Keep an eye out for my shirtless head shots, coming soon 2020

I was as happy as anyone to see Fedor Emelianenko get himself a KO win over the weekend.

Derrick Lewis should be doing Midnight Mania at this point.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Whoops

Be careful which snowflake your punk ass decides to sling them slurs at, bruh.

A post shared by Secret Moves (@secretmovesmma) on

This is me

l What could it be tho??

A post shared by Because jitsu (@because_jitsu) on

Some narrated Joe Rogan during his podcast and it’s pretty great.

Wow

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Deep cut

This is elite training

Jorge Masvidal gives his timeline for return


Podcasts and Video

Some of our podcast Friday is still relevant (and two out of three of us picked Fedor-Mir correctly)- Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

This looks really interesting and right at the intersection of my professional worlds.


Slips, Rips- all the Weekend Clips

Standing arm triangle? Don’t mind if I do.

I don’t know what this was, but I’m gonna slap all these highlights up here in random order so just get used to it.

EFC

Wrasslin’

All of Bellator 198 in two minutes.

Some single-leg takedown defense

Hellbows

Last weekend I was the guy in black and red shorts, getting my arm twisted off all day long. I tapped much more quickly than this though.

We love Kikuno kicks around these parts

Flying triangle to say goodnight.


Good Reads


Random Land

Zercher squats are supposed to be really good for MMA

Your daily dose of politics*

A post shared by Jessica Anteby Tebele (@beigecardigan) on

*consuming entertainment is not doing politics.

Hyenas are massive animals up close.

Wow! Amazing… Video by @maxstrong #Destination_Wild

A post shared by Destination Wild (@destination_wild) on

Someone named Rodrigo Koxa set the world record for largest wave surfed and boy did he take his life in his hands.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Midnight Mania! Dana: Brock Lesnar Coming Back, I Don’t Know When

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Dana White went on the UFC’s state-run television, UFC Tonight on Fox, to talk about Nurmagomedov-Holloway, Conor McGregor, and deny that Covington-Rafael Dos Anjos has been made. He said Eddie Alvarez was the first guy they called, but Alvarez couldn’t make the weight. He also made the following statement about Brock Lesnar:

Brock Lesnar is coming back. I don’t know when, but yes he is.

The claim is certainly an enticing one for fans and the promotion, which has struggled to field crossover stars since McGregor’s circus-style boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. White, despite his insistence in this interview not to believe the media unless he is the one talking, has a more than checkered history with facts. There is smoke to this rumor, though, as White posted a picture of himself hanging out with Lesnar earlier this year. Lesnar’s manager recently stated that Brock has a genuine desire to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship- that he’s not using it as a negotiating tactic to wring concessions from his current employers, the WWE. His current deal is up soon after Wrestlemania.

However, there are complications with a Lesnar return, thanks to his failed drug test after his last UFC return, a win-turned-no-contest against Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Hunt is suing the UFC (and Lesnar) for allegedly allowing Brock to compete knowing he was on steroids; Brock would presumably still have to serve out part of his one-year suspension, as he exited the testing pool after UFC 200. That hangup may be part of the reason Dana isn’t sure when he will be returning. A matchup with Jon Jones had been highly anticipated after Jones’ most recent fight with Daniel Cormier, but Jones subsequently tested positive for his own steroid, and is currently facing what is likely a lengthy suspension.

Who should Lesnar face if he does indeed return?


Insomnia

Max Holloway is channeling some serious teen heartthrob style.

Leslie Smith realized NBA2K players have it better than UFC fighters.

Max is going real easy on the pads… hopefully he has gas in his tank Saturday night.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ actor Chris Pratt hanging with the Nogueira brothers

Das wassup

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Dana White often tells half truths, or less than half truths.

How Artem Lobov must have felt in that hallway

Khabib Nurmagomedov was not playing around.

Apparently this is what Nurmagomedov confronted Lobov about

The real story:

True story.

Rampage doing whatever these are with his daughter on his back is endearing

My daughter is heavier than i thought

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An update on Chris Weidman

This is going to be fun.

The video of Luke Rockhold spearing these massive fish is really trippy and primal.

Time for a feast. @spearfishing_reviews @scott_skewt @buellsurf

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Gregor Gillespie is a good fisherman, but has he ever speared massive ocean-going fish with a speargun?

Khabib’s ground and pound is just qualitatively scarier.

Jose Aldo light sparring… he was the featherweight champion whose takedown defense and footwork I thought would be a really interesting foil for Khabib.

Michael Chandler, the Bellator lightweight champ, gets into some crazy wrestling scrambles in training.



Podcasts and Video

Khabib’s ground and pound, explained by pro fighter and MMA Mania’s native analyst Andrew Richardson, with Andrew Coyne of Team Alpha Male. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more!

Heavy Hands with an extended UFC 223 discussion

The Monday Morning Analyst rates Max Holloway’s chances of avoiding the takedown

BJJ Scout’s breakdown might be the most essential of all:


Random Land

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Josh Barnett May Have Beaten USADA, But He Ain’t Coming Back for a While

Heavyweight pioneer and former UFC champ Josh Barnett may have done the impossible by beating USADA, but don’t expect him back in the Octagon anytime soon.

He hasn’t been part of USADA’s testing pool in a while, and unless you have a Brock Lesnar-esque waiver that trumps all, you need to have passed a few drugs tests to gain entrance into the UFC’s cage.

MMAWeekly has the scoop:

While that was a huge win for Barnett, he was still forced to sit out for over a year while waiting on a verdict from the arbitration hearing with USADA. Now if Barnett plans on fighting in the UFC again, he’ll be waiting at least another six months assuming he re-enters the drug testing pool

Barnett pulled himself out of the UFC drug testing pool back in 2016 and USADA officials confirmed on Thursday that he still hasn’t notified them with any intention to return to action.

Assuming Barnett does re-enter the drug testing pool with USADA, he would have to undergo six months of testing before he would be allowed to book a fight in the UFC. That means at minimum if Barnett notified USADA immediately that he intended to fight again, it would be at least late September before he could fight in the UFC.

Of course, all of this assumes that Barnett even wants to come back to the UFC. The dude has always been happy doing his own thing, like dabbling in pro wrestling and fighting in Japan, so this whole six-months thing might be a moot point.

 

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