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CSAC Fines Ex-Champ Jon Jones $205K, Revokes License for Failed Drug Test at UFC 214

While it still might not be clear how the anabolic steroid Turinabol ended up in Jon Jones’ system during an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC 214, there is at least some clarity regarding the punishment for his transgression.
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CSAC Fines Ex-Champ Jon Jones $205K, Revokes License for Failed Drug Test at UFC 214

While it still might not be clear how the anabolic steroid Turinabol ended up in Jon Jones’ system during an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC 214, there is at least some clarity regarding the punishment for his transgression.
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NAC Fines Nate Diaz $50K for Water Bottle-Throwing Incident Prior to UFC 202

Nate Diaz has been fined $ 50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his part in a bottle-throwing incident with opponent Conor McGregor at a press conference prior to their UFC 202 bout.
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NSAC fines, suspends Brock Lesnar, overturns win against Mark Hunt

It was dealt with.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) following a pair of positive drug tests before and after UFC 200.

I guess the “creamy feet” defense came up short.

Lesnar, who flunked an out-of-competition exam ahead of his combat sports return, blew up his second drug test — in competition — for the “Tate vs. Nunes” pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza, which took place earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More on that fiasco here.

As a result, Lesnar will be forced to pay a $ 250,000 fine and his unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt is expected to be changed to a “no contest,” which may or may not mend a few fences for the “Super Samoan” (or not).

ESPN brought word of the ruling on Thursday.

While Lesnar will undoubtedly pay his fine (he can afford it), the suspension is unlikely to affect him. Not long after his short-lived return to the Octagon, the pro wrestling superstar resumed his full time — and perhaps permanent — duties with WWE.

Which has a much more forgiving policy on extracurricular activities.

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Dana White: Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz facing ‘massive fines’ after bottle-throwing mess

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have more to worry about after their UFC 202 fight.

The two men are facing punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission for their roles in the bottle-throwing mess at Wednesday’s UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White told TMZ on Thursday.

McGregor and Diaz won’t be fined or suspended by the UFC, according to senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler. Instead, the UFC will defer to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the regulatory body sanctioning the bout.

“They’re both getting punished,” White said. “I mean, what everybody has gotta understand is we’re overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee you both of these guys are gonna get massive fines and there’s probably going to be a hearing, too, after the fight. There could be suspensions, community service. It’s gonna be ugly.”

NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting on Thursday that the commission is reviewing the incident on video and the matter could be brought up at the NAC meeting in September. Bennett said if McGregor and Diaz are found to have broke commission rules, they could be sanctioned.

“If the fighters are in violation of NAC 467, we will take appropriate actions in accordance with our regulations,” Bennett said in a statement.

NAC statute 467.885 says a fighter can be suspended or have their licensed revoked if he or she “is engaged in any activity or practice that is detrimental to the best interests of unarmed combat.” NAC statute 467.886 says: “A person licensed by the Commission shall not engage in any activity that will bring disrepute to unarmed combat, including, but not limited to, associating with any person or entity if such an association brings disrepute to unarmed combat.”

White said someone was injured during the wild scene and a lawsuit is in the works as well. There was nothing pre-meditated about it, he added.

“It was 100 percent real,” White said. “If you’re gonna come up with something staged, throwing cans and bottles in a public place is probably one of the dumbest things. It’s gonna cost them both a lot of money, a lot of headache and hassle. They’re both in big trouble.”

McGregor came to the press conference late and then Diaz and his team left the press conference early, flipping McGregor the bird on the way out. McGregor’s team was near the door to the Copperfield Theatre at MGM Grand and the two sides began chucking water bottles, coffee cups and other things at each other. Then, McGregor on stage started launching water bottles and cans of Monster Energy toward Diaz’s team.

Both entourages have been banned from the rest of the UFC events this week, per Sholler. Only licensed corner people will be allowed to be around McGregor and Diaz.

Diaz and McGregor meet for a second time Saturday in the UFC 202 main event at T-Mobile Arena. Diaz won the first fight in March via second-round submission. It was McGregor’s first UFC loss.

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Morning Report: After meeting with Dana White, Donald Cerrone still plans on more Reebok fines

Reebok be damned.

UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone is tabbed to earn a $ 20,000 sponsorship payout for wearing Reebok in the Octagon this weekend but it could end up looking closer to $ 15K.

Following his loss to lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos Dec. 19 at UFC on FOX 17, Cerrone was fined by the promotion for stitching a small piece of the American flag inside his fight shorts to honor his grandmother. Cerrone hasn’t disclosed the exact amount of the fine but told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that the “ludicrous” fine was more than $ 5,000.

Booked to headline Sunday’s UFC Fight Night in Pittsburg opposite Alex Oliveira, Cerrone doesn’t sound like he plans to conform.

“I need to go on record and say I’m not the victim,” Cerrone told ESPN. “I was fully aware I would be fined before the last fight. I knew the circumstances going in, I just didn’t know how much I was getting fined. Dana and I talked and came to some grounds that we’re going to stick to.

“There’s a pretty good chance I will [wear the patch on Sunday], yeah.”

Cerrone wasn’t the only fighter fined back in December. Dos Anjos told MMA Fighting that he was fined $ 10,000 by the promotion for wearing a sponsor tee on stage weighing in against Cerrone. Fellow lightweight Nate Diaz earned a $ 50,000 performance bonus for his decision victory over Michael Johnson but later complained of being fined for wearing jeans at the weigh-ins.

Cerrone has been critical of the tiered sponsorship system since its inception and at the time claimed he stood to lose $ 60,000 a fight due to the program.

Cerrone might not be a fan of the arrangement, but it sounds like he’s at least willing to pretend.

“The company man side of me says, ‘Nope, that’s the perfect answer,’” Cerrone told Yahoo! “Nope, that’s about it. Reebok’s doing a great job, three thumbs up.”



‘Everyone will forget him.’ Jose Aldo says Conor McGregor won’t have any UFC belts by the end of 2016.

Better than life? Wanderlei Silva suspended three years for evading May 2014 drug test.

Switching it up. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is training with Frankie Edgar’s striking coach Mark Henry.

All the kicks. 0-2 after losing his lightweight title, Anthony Pettis faces Edson Barboza at UFC 197.

Sandbaggin’. Dada 5000 says his unspectacular open workout was all just a ruse. “I showed them what I want them to see.”




Inside the Octagon with Ariel Helwani.


Conor McGregor isn’t worried about moving to 170 and says he “folded up” the damn Mountain that Rides.


Kimbo and DADA got weird at the Bellator 149 presser. (Full presser here)


Ronda Rousey was in a much better mood on Jimmy Fallon.


Firas Zahabi teaches some knee on belly techniques.


Brush up on bad MMA.


Long watches.

Bellator 149 Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock, Kimbo vs Dada, UFN Cowboy vs Cowboy Care/Don’t Care Preview





April 23rd #ufc197

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Last man standing.


Giving back.








Sort of a T2 thing going on.



Announced yesterday (Feb. 17 2016)

Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis at UFC 197


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CSAC suspends Edmond Tarverdyan three months, fines him $5K for falsifying application

LOS ANGELES — Edmond Tarverdyan will be back in his fighters’ corners before long.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) suspended the well-known coach for three months and fined him $ 5,000 for falsifying his application with regards to a past arrest at a hearing Tuesday. Tarverdyan will also be on probation for three years.

Tarverdyan, known for coaching UFC star Ronda Rousey, was arrested in 2010 on two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest. The coach, who trains fighters out of Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles County, put down a “no” on his corner’s license application in April 2, 2015 regarding whether he had any criminal offenses. His license was revoked for the violation two weeks ago for the offense.

Half the CSAC fine is for violating the rule for falsifying an application and the other half is for discrediting boxing and/or mixed martial arts. Tarverdyan, 34, will not be able to corner any fighter in any Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) jurisdiction for the next three months.

In 2011, Tarverdyan’s identity theft charges were bumped down to a misdemeanor and he pleaded no contest to all three counts. Tarverdyan was sentenced to one day in jail (with one day of credit), three years probation and 30 days of community service. The probation was given an early termination in 2013.

Tarverdyan declined to comment to MMA Fighting on Tuesday, but filed a statement with CSAC before his hearing.

“I want to first and foremost apologize to Executive Officer Andy Foster and the honorable commissioners,” Tarverdyan wrote. “I take my position and role in combat sports very seriously, and I regret if this matter has caused any embarrassment to the California State Athletic Commission.

“In my life, I have not concealed my past indiscretions from people I come into contact with. And I do not want to do so in this instance. I train many young athletes and when I see that they are heading down the wrong path in life, I often remind them of the mistakes and regrets of my past as a way to guide them onto the right track in life. I hope to continue to take the opportunity to help others in combat sports to make the correct moral and ethical decisions in their lives. And I intend to make the correct decisions in my life as well.”

The police report from Tarverdyan’s arrest on Dec. 5, 2010 was put into evidence in the hearing brief Tuesday. The coach was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Glendale Police Department officers due to the absence of a front license plate. After cops asked the driver of the vehicle to exit, Tarverdyan was combative and had to be hit with a Taser twice, the brief said.

Tarverdyan said the driver of the vehicle was a boxer and he did not speak English, per the brief. Tarverdyan told police that he was the boxer’s coach.

During a search of Tarverdyan’s front pants pockets, officers found a stack of papers with multiple social security, credit card and PIN numbers. Tarverdyan told police at the time, according to the document: “If we weren’t in front of my gym, I wouldn’t have acted like that, I would have cooperated. It was my pride that made me do that.”

Another thing was questioned during Tuesday’s hearing was Tarverdyan listing “100 years” as his experience on his CSAC corner application. Tarverdyan said he filled out the paperwork in April, around the time of the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

“I really didn’t mean to disappoint anybody, and it was just a mistake,” Tarverdyan told the commission. “I usually write 10-plus on the application.”

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Suspensions & Fines Levied For Four Bellator 127 Fighters

Last week, a total of four fighters from the Bellator 127 event in Temecula, California were revealed to have failed their post-fight drug testing: Robert Emerson, Fernando Gonzales, Keith Berry, and Nick Moghaddam. That number represented a staggering amount: almost one in five athletes on the card. Our own Jim Genia offered his take on […]

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NSAC BLOODBATH: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Hit With Fines and Community Service, Wanderlei Silva Gets Lifetime Ban at Disciplinary Hearing

(Yes, this is the actual poster image used to promote the stream on Fight Pass, and not the cover of a jazz album. MMA is the greatest circus in the entire world.)

Today was Judgement Day for a trio of misbehaving UFC stars, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission held a disciplinary hearing today to address the infamous Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier media day brawl in August, as well as Wanderlei Silva‘s equally-infamous dodging of a random drug test in May. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first — the punishments:

- Jon Jones was fined $ 50,000 for his role in the brawl, which is 10% of his disclosed purse for his upcoming fight against Cormier in January. He will also be required to complete 40 hours of community service in Las Vegas; Jones is not psyched about that part, as he feels it will impact his training for the fight.

- Daniel Cormier was fined $ 9,000, which is 10% of his disclosed purse for his upcoming fight against Jones. Cormier will be required to complete 20 hours of community service in his hometown of San Jose, CA. The Nevada Commission felt that Cormier had less responsibility in the brawl — despite the fact that Cormier’s shove set it off — and gave DC a smaller community service requirement as a result.

- The newly-retired Wanderlei Silva has received a lifetime ban and a $ 70,000 fine, which represents 35% of the $ 200,000 purse he was expected to earn at UFC 175. NSAC board member Anthony Marnell wanted to take the whole thing.

Here’s what else you missed, if you didn’t watch the Fight Pass stream…

Jon Jones claimed that his brawl with Cormier cost him a six-figure sponsorship with Nike, as well as another potential six-figure sponsorship that he and his lawyer wouldn’t name. Cormier said that some of the kids in his wrestling program left because of the brawl. Advantage: Jones.

From the BloodyElbow recap:

Jones apologized to the commission, to the fans and to the sports of wrestling, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu and boxing as well as the “great sport of MMA.”

Jones told the commission that he had planned to make forehead to forehead contact with Cormier that he had made with other fighters Rashad Evans, Brandon Vera and others. He said that when Cormier touched his throat he felt he had to respond to show he was still champion.

Jones said his howl after the brawl was an instinctive, primal gesture, not a planned action. He said he was feeding off the excitement of the crowd and their enthusiasm for the brawl

Another commissioner pointed out the absence of Dana White might have played a role and that the UFC learned that “a real presence” is required…

(Underhooks, Sholler! Like we did in practice!)

Commissioner Brady asked for mercy for Jones due to his having already lost one of his fights this year due to injury

The commissioners said they are “pissed off” at the outcome of “the last time we tried to do something non-traditional” which presumably refers to attempts to use Chael Sonnen as an advisor on drug testing and testosterone replacement issues…

Cormier then appeared before the commission. His attorney said the NSAC was under pressure from the media due to the “non-sporting event actions of athletes” and he pointed out that “this is not a domestic violence situation, not a drunken driving situation and not a brawl between a professional athlete and a non-professional. Rather it was a brawl at an event designed to promote a fight.”

Cormier’s attorney says that he is standing by his filing that the brawl was a self-defense action on Cormier’s part and that his client is not at fault…

One of the commissioners asked Cormier what he could have done differently. Cormier said he could have taken a step back. [Ed. note: Like a punk?? Nah, son.]

Cormier told the commission that he was surprised by the intensity of the stare down because he and Jones had been cordial backstage before the stare down.

Cormier denied that he was thinking that he would benefit from extra-PPV sales due to the brawl.


Wanderlei Silva’s lawyer called the hearing a “kangaroo court” and promises to appeal.

Kevin Casey got a one-year suspension for his positive steroid test.

One final note, boxer Luis Bello was just disciplined for having the highest T/E ratio in Nevada history … hold onto your hats. 40:1. Yup.”

In short, a day of ceremonial ass-kickings from the suits in Nevada. Now back to our regularly scheduled broadcasting.


UFC Suspends Nate Diaz 90 Days, Fines Lightweight $20,000 for Violating Code of Conduct

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has suspended and fined Nate Diaz for his use of language in a recent tweet.
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