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UFC’s Eddie Yagin hospitalized with brain injury following training session

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An apparent brain injury has sidelined featherweight Eddie Yagin from his UFC on FOX 5 bout against Dennis Siver.

Yagin’s manager, Jason House, confirmed the news, which was originally reported by MMAWeekly.com.

According to House, Yagin, a Honolulu native who formerly trained with San Diego’s Alliance MMA, became woozy after returning home from a sparring session, and checked himself into a local hospital.

“He suffered it in sparring on Saturday,” House said. “The injury was not the result of a certain strike or exchange. [He] came home, had a headache, started to vomit whatever liquids he drank and then decided to go to the ER the next day.”

House said that according to Yagin’s family, doctors said Yagin has swelling on his brain, which caused pressure and led to his headaches. While Yagin remains hospitalized, as of this writing, doctors believe surgery won’t be necessary.

The 33-year old Yagin earned Fight of the Night honors in his most recent bout, a thrilling brawl against Mark Hominick at UFC 145, which he won via split decision. He’s 16-5-1 in his MMA career.

The bout with Siver was originally scheduled for UFC 151 on Sept. 1, which was canceled. There’s no word yet on who might replace Yagin on Dec. 8 in Seattle.

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UFC 150 Victory For Jake Shields Changed To “No Contest” Following Suspension

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Just last week, UFC fighter and former Strikeforce champ, Jake Shields (27-6-1, 1NC) announced that he had tested positive for a banned substance following his win over Ed Herman at UFC 150 this past August in Colorado.

The fallout for Shields has been a six-month suspension, a fine of $ 5,675, as well as having the result of the fight ruled a “No Contest” by the Colorado Boxing Commission. All this, according to an official with the commission who spoke to MMAWeekly.com recently.

Shields released a statement on Friday accepting responsibility for his actions

“Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules. This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career. I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.”

The fighter will have to sit at least until February 11, 2013 before he is allowed to compete again.

Shields earned a unanimous decision over Herman at UFC 150 in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on the main card of the Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II event.

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Wha?!!: Jake Shields Suspended for Six Months Following Positive Test for Banned Substance at UFC 150


(We don’t mean to insinuate, but…) 

Before you even go there, no, Ambien is not a banned substance. At least not to our knowledge. But the truth is, not much has been revealed in the few hours since it was made public that Jake Shields was just suspended for six months after testing positive for a banned substance in his UFC 150 post-fight drug test. The situation is a bit bizarre to say the least, with no details currently available as to the alleged substance that Shields was busted for, or why it took two months for this test to be made public, or when the suspension was handed out. All that we know is that Shields’ has already released a statement apologizing for actions:

To my friends, fans and the UFC,

Prior to my professional bout at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado, I used a substance prohibited by Colorado Boxing Commission rules.

This was a mistake that I fully regret. I have shared this issue with my family and the UFC and I have apologized to them and now I also apologize to you, the fans. I promise this will never occur again in my fighting career.

I accept the Boxing Commission’s decision for a six-month suspension, which will expire in February. I ask that you accept my apology. I will be back fighting soon, and hope that the fans of MMA will support me until that time.

Given Shields’ training partners, one might assume that the substance Shields was busted for would be of the herbal variety. You know, the sticky icky. Feeling irie on fight night, mon. Nawmsayin? Anyone?

……..

Pot. I’m guessing Shields partook in a little of the doobage. Thanks for making me spell it out.

If you recall, Shields’ UFC 150 unanimous decision win over Ed Herman was his first fight at middleweight in nearly two years, so the likelihood of a diuretic being responsible for the test should be relatively low. Unless Shields decided to hop on the TRT bandwagon without informing the UFC (which, honestly, is a very possible scenario), all roads lead to Mary Jane here. Think about it, you’ve all been at a party where someone partook in stuff he/she clearly never normally do just to try and impress his/her friends. And peer pressure is a real bitch when your friends are two incoherent, ass-kicking, pothead delinquents like the Diaz brothers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

We will have more on this story as details become available (and I stop rambling about the perils of youth). In the meantime, I can only offer Shields and you readers this one bit of advice.

Happy Friday, Potato Nation. Always remember to pass to the left. OK, that’s my last bit of advice.

-J. Jones

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