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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Midnight Mania! Macdonald Happy Away From UFC’s ‘Fake’ 170-lb. Division

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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.

Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.

I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.

When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.

I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.

Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.

Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.

Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.

Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.


Insomnia

Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.

I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.

Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography

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Aldo vs Faber in the WEC

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Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.

Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor… for at least a fraction of a second.

Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.

Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt

Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game

If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie

Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?

Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.

The rhythm on this

Brutal body kick

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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Saturday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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Bellator 206 Main Card Gets Sixth Bout After Bolanos vs. Gutierrez Elevated from Prelims

MacDonald-69637″>Bellator 206 main card will be a six-bout affair after a featherweight clash pitting Gaston Bolanos against Ysidro Gutierrez was promoted from the preliminary draw.
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Dana White Denies Claims From Poirier and Diaz of a 165-pound Title Fight at UFC 230

The Ultimate Fighting Championship still doesn’t have a main event announced for their New York event in November at UFC 230, but it isn’t for lack of vocal volunteers.
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Biggest Winners, Loser From ‘UFC Sao Paulo’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Sao Paulo, Brazil to stage UFC Fight Night 137, which aired on UFC Fox Sports 1 yesterday (Sat., Sept. 22, 2018). In the main event of the evening Thiago Santos picked up a huge win by knocking out Eryk Anders in a thrilling headlining bout.

Biggest Winner: Thiago Santos

Despite not being the headlining bout UFC originally wanted, Thiago Santos and Eryk Anders put on a show for the Brazilian fans, as the two men let it all hang out from the opening bell. Despite fighting at 205 for the first time, Eryk hung tough against the streaking Santos. Indeed, Thiago hit Eryk with some solid shots, but Eryk Stuck in there, absorbed them and delivered some of his own. I mean they were cracking one another. Ultimately, Anders couldn’t answer the bell for the fourth round after he collapsed twice (see it) on the canvas at the end of the third thanks to some vicious elbows he was eating before the round came to an end. That is now two straight wins and six of seven overall for Thiago, who made good on his first-ever UFC main event, which was also his first fight at light heavyweight. Wherever he decides to fight moving forward, Santos will be trouble for anyone standing in front of him.

Runner Up: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

It has been two long years since “Lil Nog” stepped foot inside the Octagon due to a failed drug test administered by USADA. But, Antonio breathed a huge sigh of relief after he was cleared of any wrong doing after lab in Brazil was blamed for distributing dirty pills. While his fight against Sam Alvey wasn’t the most technical, it got the job done, though you could see Nogueira’s ring rust. Still, once “Lil Nog” saw his foe wounded, he picked up the pace and stalked his opponent until he finally clipped him with a huge left and ended the fight with a few shots on the ground.

That’s Nogueria’s first win since 2016, and now that he’s got his legs and a win under him, expect the Brazilian bomber to get back into the cage sooner, rather than later.

Biggest Loser: Hector Lombard

What in the world happened to Lombard? He has now dropped six in a row in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. His last win came in 2015, but that was overturned to a no contest after he was popped for steroids. So if we’re getting technical, Lombard hasn’t tasted (clean) victory since 2014. It’s a huge fall from one of the most hyped fighters to ever step foot inside the Octagon after running all over the competition in Bellator. What the future hold for Hector is unclear, but I would be surprised if his next fight is inside the Octagon.

For complete UFC Fight Night 137: “Santos vs Anders” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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