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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Junior Dos Santos Says Brock Lesnar Likely Won’t Be Clean For UFC Return

The MMA world was turned upside down by the profane in-cage promo cut by Brock Lesnar after Daniel Cormier knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in their title fight at UFC 226 on Saturday. However, it seems few within the sport other than Cormier are excited about the WWE superstar’s UFC return. Count Junior dos Santos in with those who are dubious about Lesnar’s prospects.
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USADA to Reward Clean Fighters With T-Shirt

Remember when your parents would go on vacation and they’d return and hand you a t-shirt that invariably had a slogan that went, “My Parents Went To ____ And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt”?

Well, USADA wants to honor those fighters who’ve passed 25 drug tests with… wait for it… a lousy t-shirt.

This is one heck of a ridiculous gesture. Sure, USADA has been charged with keeping UFC fighters clean so the UFC doesn’t have to, and sometimes the carrot of positive reinforcement is better than the stick of lengthy suspension, but this is silly.

Does the NFL give out t-shirts to players who manage to go a certain number of days without committing domestic violence?

Does Major League Baseball reward its players with special hats when they go weeks without getting busted for driving while intoxicated?

USADA, you so whack sometimes.

Here’s MMAFighting:

Each month, USADA will honor the UFC fighters who have passed 25 drug tests, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Wednesday. Beginning in May, the fighters who have achieved that amount will get a t-shirt with the hashtag “Follow My Lead” and “25x” branded on it. The shirt will also have the slogan “Train Clean, Fight Clean.”

In addition, those fighters who have been cleared in 25 drug tests will be featured on a new Twitter account (@USADA_UFC) that launched this week. Per a release, that account will provide “stories, advisories, and messages specific to athletes competing in UFC, as well as their fans and followers.”

“Participating in a robust anti-doping program requires a year-round commitment to competing clean, both by being available for testing without notice and in being diligent in what you consume,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement. “The program can be inconvenient at times, but as we hear from athletes frequently, it’s a lot less inconvenient than being seriously hurt or being robbed of a win. These athletes have hit a high mark for the UFC program and are role models for clean sport competition.

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Mirko Cro Cop Is Clean – For Now

The best, most exciting version of Mirko Cro Cop was when he was juiced to the gills and fighting in Japan. Yeah, that was the guy who’d kick people’s heads off like it was nothing.

Unfortunately, his UFC run was less than stellar… pesky drug testing.

But once he was unshackled by United States athletic commissions, he rose again, like a phoenix from the ashes! And now he’s fighting on the Bellator 200 card, rematching with Roy Nelson in London, England.

Of course, a dark cloud of synthetic hormones will forever hang over the Croatian kickboxer, so we must wonder if his trip to the Bellator cage will be “enhanced”.

Well, apparently Cro Cop has passed his first drug test. Hooray!

As per MMAJunkie:

As expected, Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) was tested in early April by Michael Mazzulli, who serves as president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the Association of Boxing Commissions and regulates Bellator events overseas.

Mazzulli today told MMAjunkie that Cro Cop was tested via urine, and his sample was analyzed at a Quest Diagnostics facility back in the U.S. The sample tested negative for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse.

Mazzulli indicated that as long as Cro Cop passes his drug tests in connection with Bellator 200, his past with USADA won’t keep him from the Bellator cage.

“The last thing I want to do is adversely affect a guy’s career,” Mazzulli said. “There’s only so many years they have the ability to earn. In my opinion, and in the Mohegan Tribe’s opinion, 2015 was three years ago, so it’s time to allow him to fight and make a living.”

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Holly Holm Expected Boos As She Awaited ‘Clean Shot’ Against Bethe Correia

The journey might have been a little bit tedious, but the final destination was well worth the trip.
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Holly Holm Expected Boos As She Awaited ‘Clean Shot’ Against Bethe Correia

The journey might have been a little bit tedious, but the final destination was well worth the trip.
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Holly Holm Expected Boos As She Awaited ‘Clean Shot’ Against Bethe Correia

The journey might have been a little bit tedious, but the final destination was well worth the trip.
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Holly Holm Expected Boos As She Awaited ‘Clean Shot’ Against Bethe Correia

The journey might have been a little bit tedious, but the final destination was well worth the trip.
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