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Stefan Struve Tweets Photo Of Broken Jaw Following UFC on FUEL TV 8 Loss

Stefan Struve's broken jaw

Stefan Struve’s broken jaw

UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve looked like he would pick up the decision win last weekend in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8 against opponent Mark Hunt.

That is until the ‘Super Samoan’ loaded up with a two punch combo which sent the ‘Skyscraper’ to the mat with a broken jaw. Referee Herb Dean called for Struve to continue fighting but the seven-foot fighter was unable to continue giving the third round TKO victory to Hunt.

Struve was sent to a hospital in Saitama, Japan where he had his jaw wired shut and is expected to have surgery once he returns home to Holland.

The Dutch fighter Tweeted (@StefanStruve) this image of his broken jaw on Sunday.

I expect that Struve will be out for a number of months while this heals.


Matt Riddle released from UFC following second failed marijuana drug test


Matt Riddle’s UFC career has come to unceremonious end.

The welterweight was released from the UFC recently after he failed a post-fight drug test for marijuana following his UFC on FUEL TV 7 split decision win over Che Mills earlier this month, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the situation. MMA Junkie first reported the news Tuesday.

Riddle wasn’t available to comment on the situation when contacted by MMAFighting.com. No word just yet on whether his win will now be overturned.

This marks the second time in less than a year that Riddle tested positive for marijuana following a fight. His July UFC 149 win over Chris Clements was changed to a no contest after he failed his post-fight drug test in Calgary.

The 27-year-old Riddle has a medical marijuana license from the state of Nevada, and he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour that he smokes for legitimate medical reasons.

“I do smoke but I’m not smoking to get stoned,” he said. “I’m smoking so I can finally relax, sit back and just not worry about things. People, maybe they did it in college one way, but for a guy like me, for a professional athlete that goes through what we go through, it’s medicine for me. Maybe for some little stoner sitting on the couch playing XBox, for him, it’s a drug. For me, it’s medicine.”

The UFC acted as the governing body in London since there isn’t an athletic commission in place there.

Riddle (8-3, 1 NC) made his UFC and MMA debut in June 2008 following a stint on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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Cub Swanson Hungry for Dominant Wins Following UFC on Fuel TV 7 Decision

Cub Swanson may have earned the judges’ approval Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV 7, but the featherweight contender sees plenty of room for improvement in the wake of his victory over Dustin Poirier.
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Rick Hawn Claims Sponsor Reneged on Payment Following Bellator 85 Defeat

Rick Hawn has allegedly been jilted by one of his sponsors.
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Sponsor refuses to pay Rick Hawn following Bellator 85 loss to Michael Chandler


Talk about kicking a guy while he’s down.

Former Bellator lightweight number one contender, Rick Hawn, came up short in his bid to capture the crown at last weekend’s (Jan. 17, 2013) mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Spike TV, succumbing to a second-round rear naked choke at the hands of Michael Chandler.

And he didn’t just lose the fight.

According to Hawn, he also lost a payday from one of his “main sponsors,” who was so disappointed that “Genghis” didn’t win, that he put a “stop payment” on his check because “great TV exposure” holds no weight in defeat.

Hawn shares his sponsor’s explanation via Twitter:

“At this point, a stop payment has been placed on check which cannot be cashed or deposited now. I will not comment on Rick and his fight. That is not my place. But what I will tell you is this: I took a huge chance with him. TV exposure was great…but it only holds weight if he wins or puts on a good show. Neither happened. At the end of the day…not one sole (sp) will run to [my] store and buy product because they [saw my logo and saw] Rick loose (sp) the fight. I’ve made it my career and business to know what nets a return on investment for the brand…and this is the number 1 reason why I DO NOT hand out money or product to fighters.”

It should be noted that Hawn competed at the 2004 Olympics (Judo) and has a 14-2 record overall, not to mention he was in the main event on Spike TV. And it’s not like he was beaten by Joey Bananas, either, as Chandler is one of the top 155 pounders not competing for ZUFFA.


As a result of his pending lawsuit, Hawn was unable to comment or identify the sponsor in question when contacted by MMAmania.com, but we’ll be sure to update you on this story as it unfolds.

See how his fight at Bellator 85 went down by clicking here.

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C.B. Dollaway Eyes Top 10 Spot in 2013 Following UFC on FX 7 Win Over Daniel Sarafian

It could be argued that C.B. Dollaway has earned a break — but “The Doberman” says he has no interest in taking his foot off the gas pedal now.
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Ed Herman, Kurt Holobaugh Receive Indefinite Medical Suspensions Following Strikeforce Finale

Five fighters from Saturday’s Strikeforce “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” card have been issued medical suspensions by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.
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Beltran And Palhares Deny Any Intentional Wrong Doing Following UFC on FX 6 Failed Drug Tests

Joey Beltran

On Thursday, news broke that both UFC light heavyweight Joey ‘The Mexicutioner’ Beltran and UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares had failed post-fight drug tests following last months UFC on FX 6 event in Australia.

Beltran tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, while Palhares tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Both fighters received nine month suspensions and Beltran had his victory over Igor Pokrajac changed to a “No Contest.”

Both fighters released statements today on the failed drug tests denying any intentional wrong doing on their part, but were accepting of the sentences handed down by Ultimate Fighting Championship officials.

Beltran took to Twitter (@mexicutioner760) to apologize to fans over the “shame” of the situation.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt I did not inject Nandrolone into my body. I am sorry to my family and friends for the shame this brought to any of you. I promise soon the whole story will be told and I will go through whatever is necessary to find the reason for this positive test. I am at fault for taking a supplement or perhaps combination of something that caused my test result. My team and I will seek the truth. I am sorry once again and truly apologize to the people that matter the most to me.

- Joey Beltran

Palhares released a statement to MMAjunkie.com which was posted this afternoon.

“I’ve always been extremely regimented with my diet and would not use anything that could harm my body or my performance inside the octagon,” Palhares stated. “And it wasn’t different this time. I never had the intention to cheat. I’ve got almost 30 fights in my career, most of them in the UFC. I have been subjected to several surprise tests, and there was never anything wrong. Besides, I knew that I would be tested after the fight in Australia because it is standard in the UFC. I have a clear conscience, but accepted the punishment. The rules are there for everyone and must be followed.

“I consulted with my doctor, and he will go over all food supplements used in my preparation for the fight and the test results. I want to know exactly what happened that made the testosterone rate unusual in my body.”

Both men will now have to sit out for the next nine months and will have to pass a drug test before they are reinstated.

UFC on FX 6 took place on December 15, 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia.

As noted, Beltran had originally earned a unanimous decision over Pokrajac competing on the Fuel TV broadcasted prelim card, while Palhares suffered a first round TKO defeat against Hector Lombard in the opening main card bout on FX television.


Rousimar Palhares, Joey Beltran Fail Drug Tests Following ‘UFC on FX 6′ Appearances

(You know what, bro, put down that birthday cake. You don’t deserve it anymore.)

MMA’s drug-failure tally has gotten off to a fast start in 2013, with two notable fighters already netted by the UFC’s independent testing. Here’s the promotion’s official statement via UFC.com:

Rousimar Palhares tested positive for elevated testosterone and Joey Beltran tested positive for nandrolone, following their respective bouts at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Both athletes have agreed to serve a nine-month suspension retroactive to December 14. They must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again.

Palhares was knocked out by Hector Lombard on the “Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson” main card, marking Toquinho’s second-straight KO loss. Between his losing skid and the fact that this isn’t even his first suspension while under contract with the UFC, Palhares is on very thin ice. As for Beltran, the light-heavyweight slugger defeated Igor Pokrajac by decision during the UFC on FX 6 prelims. That win will likely be changed to a no-contest.