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UFC Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario in Critical Condition Following Cardiovascular Collapse

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Jesus. Less than 24 hours after hearing the story of UFC featherweight Matt Grice’s miraculous recovery from a September car crash that left him in critical condition, it is being reported that UFC heavyweight and Strikeforce veteran Shane Del Rosario has suffered a “full cardiac collapse” and is currently resting in “critically ill” condition in the hospital. Del Rosario’s manager, Jason House, released an official statement earlier today:

Shane had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.

Del Rosario was scheduled to take on Guto Inocente at UFC 168 until a rib injury forced him out of the contest. It is not known whether the rib injury and cardiovascular collapse are related, but we will keep you updated on Rosario’s condition as information is made available.

CagePotato would like to let the Rosario family know that our thoughts and prayers are with them all in this difficult time. To wish Shane a smooth recovery, head over to his Twitter page.

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Rory MacDonald believes he was unfairly criticized following recent win

LAS VEGAS — Rory MacDonald talks about his UFC 167 fight against Robbie Lawler, why the criticism he received after his last fight was unfair, whether he’s changed his stance on fighting Georges St-Pierre, and more.

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Thiago Tavares plans drop to 145 following quick UFC win

GOIANIA, Brazil — Thiago Tavares is back in the win column, and he wants a fresh start in the UFC.

Following a first-round submission victory over Justin Salas at UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil, Tavares asked to be part of UFC Fight Night event in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, on Feb. 8, and that could be mark his debut as a featherweight.

“If the UFC approves it,” Tavares said after the fight, “I’ll be fighting at 145 in Jaragua do Sul.”

Tavares leaves the final decision on his drop to the featherweight division in Joe Silva and Dana White’s hands, as he feels he could still be a force in both divisions.

“Tonight, I’ve proved that I’m strong at 155,” he said. “But I believe I could be even stronger and more competitive at 145. I’m a UFC fighter and I’ll do anything they want, though. I have to work a lot to fight at 155, and I would easily make 145.”

Tavares’ perfect night at UFN 32, however, almost became a nightmare.

As he was warming up for the fight, the Brazilian suffered a cut when shooting for a takedown at teammate Nazareno Malegarie few moments before entering the cage, and Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) almost decided to cancel the bout.

“The doctor wanted to cancel the fight, but we stopped the bleeding,” he said. “I cut my eyebrow 30 minutes before the fight, I couldn’t even warm up or I would start bleeding again, but tonight was my night to be reborn.”

When he finally entered the Octagon, he needed less than three minutes to finish Salas with a rear-naked choke.

“When I take my little friend to the ground, I know he’s in trouble,” he said. “I started in judo when I was 5 and in jiu-jitsu when I was 9, so I know I won as soon as I take my opponent to the ground. Sooner or later, I knew I would get the finish.”

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Fight video: Uriah Hall punches Mayhem Miller inside Commerce Casino following racial slur

Here’s the video of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Uriah Hall swinging on ex-ZUFFA 185-pounder Jason Miller during a scuffle at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., last Friday night (Oct. 25, 2013) following the BAMMA USA: “Bad Beat” event.

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Stipe Miocic calls out Gabriel Gonzaga following ‘Napao’s’ UFC 166 win over Shawn Jordan

If Daniel Cormier can do it, then dammit, so can Stipe Miocic.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight prospect doesn’t feel like waiting around for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to arrange all the pieces of the 265-pound puzzle and has instead gone into business for himself, calling for a future fight against Brazilian behemoth Gabriel Gonzaga.

UFC Tonight brought word of the potential pairing on Wednesday night.

Miocic (10-1) kickstarted his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with a perfect 9-0 record. After outworking the recently-released Joey Beltran at UFC 136, the Ohioan blew the doors off Philip De Fries, as well as Strikeforce import Shane Del Rosario.

Then it all came crashing to a halt with a technical knockout loss to Stefan Struve in late 2012.

An upset win over Roy Nelson got him back into the win column earlier this year and Miocic is now hoping to make it two straight against Gonzaga, who has enjoyed a career resurgence after back-to-back knockout wins over Dave Herman at UFC 162 and Shawn Jordan at UFC 166.

Speed and athleticism vs. power and submissions.

Of course, nothing is official at this time and the “Napao” camp has yet to respond. That, however, shouldn’t stop us from speculating, so let’s get some predictions on this fantasy fight in the comments section below.

Who takes this heavyweight throwdown?

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Despite torn ligament, Mike Pierce likely able to avoid surgery following Rousimar Palhares heel hook

After UFC Fight Night 29, Rousimar Palhares earned the heel hook submission victory early in the first minute of the first round over Mike Pierce, but was later cut from the organization for holding the dangerous submission long past the point of Pierce tapping and even the referee interfering.

While Palhares has the opportunity to ply his trade in another organization, the lingering question was the medical status of Pierce.

On Thursday after receiving MRI results, Pierce gave MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani an update on his medical condition.

“Sprained MCL and an almost completely torn ligament on the outside of my left ankle,” Pierce said via text message. “[Doctor] says I should be feeling a lot better in 2-3 weeks and that I shouldn’t need surgery. But to check back in with him at that 2-3 week point.”

The heel hook is one of the more dangerous finishes in submission grappling because of the twisting pressure it simultaneously applies to both the knee and ankle as well as the speed with which it can cause serious damage.

Palhares, a heel hook specialist, was previously suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in 2010 for holding the same submission too long against Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111.

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Rousimar Palhares asks for forgiveness following controversial submission win

Released from the UFC following a controversial stoppage win over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Brazil, Rousimar Palhares gives his thoughts on the ankle lock, why he took so long to release the submission, Dana White’s decision to release him and his future in MMA in this interview to Zona de Attack, Esporte Interativo.

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Ben Rothwell suspended nine months by UFC for elevated testosterone levels following UFC 164 victory

UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell may have defeated Brandon Vera at UFC 164 in August by TKO, but his victory isn’t now without a blemish.

UFC has suspended Rothwell nine months following word via written letter from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services that while Rothwell had a Therapuetic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), the amount of testosterone was beyond allotted levels. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news.

According to a statement provided to Yahoo! News, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner indicated the UFC chose nine months as a suspension because Wisconsin has no regulatory authority to suspend Rothwell. While they provided the UFC a letter indicating Rothwell had committed the infraction, any punitive action had to be taken by the UFC. In handing out a punishment, Ratner says they followed what would’ve been the typical punishment for that infraction in Nevada. “We always try to do the right thing everywhere. If he had had this result in Nevada, he’d have gotten a nine-month suspension, so we felt that was the appropriate thing to do in this case, to suspend him for nine months,” he said.

In addition, because Wisconsin has no laws regulating punishment of TRT infringements, the bout cannot be overturned by the commission. Rothwell’s win over Vera will stand as a consequence.

The UFC has not issued an official public statement at the time of this writing. Calls to Rothwell’s manager Monte Cox were also not returned to MMA Fighting.

This is the second time Vera has faced an opponent and lost to them where it was subsequently discovered they were either using a performance enhancing drug (PED) or improperly taking a legal if controversial medical treatment. Vera previously lost to Thiago Silva at UFC 125 in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2011, but it was later discovered Silva had provided the athletic commission with a fraudulent urine sample. Silva’s win was subsequently overturned.

In a statement provided to MMA Junkie, Rothwell said the news of being over the acceptable testosterone limit came as a ‘shock’ because he asserts he’d been prescribed the treatment by a medical doctor and tested every week for the eight weeks prior to the fight all the while staying in permitted ranges.

Rothwell will eligible to begin competing again on June 1, 2014.

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Another Broken Hand Sidelines Douglas Lima Following Bellator Tournament Victory

On Sept. 20, Douglas Lima hinted that he may have broken his hand during his Bellator tournament-winning knockout of Ben Saunders.
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Dana White: Brazil ‘turned’ on Anderson Silva following UFC 162 loss to Chris Weidman

16 straight wins with 14 finishes but hey, you’re only as good as your last fight.

That’s according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White during a recent media scrum (watch it), who was aghast at the reception former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (33-5) got after coughing up his 185-pound strap to new division kingpin Chris Weidman at UFC 162 over Fourth of July Weekend.

Must be a Brazilian thing.

“I was kind of feeling for him coming into Brazil, he was getting a lot of criticism coming here. This is his country. He’s been fucking fighting for this country forever. He goes out and he loses one fight, the way that it went down, and like everybody turns on you. In one fight? After all the things he’s done and all the things he’s accomplished? I‘m sure it’s tough to deal with, but he’s handled it like a champ. You don’t ever see Anderson Silva snap or flip out on people. I do, daily, but you don’t see him do it. He always composes himself like a champion and a good dude.”

He doesn’t snap … unless it’s on a “criminal” like Chael Sonnen.

His fellow countrymen may not be so incensed over the fact that “The Spider” lost, but perhaps because he lost while clowning around inside the cage. Even Silva’s longtime friend and manager, Ed Soares, thinks the former champion may have “taken it too far.”

That, however, was the old Anderson Silva and when you see him later this year for another go-round with the “All American” at UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 28, 2013, he will be “new.”

But will it make a difference?

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