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After Passing Seven Drug Tests in the Last Nine Months, Alistair Overeem Gets His License Back

(We now return to your regularly-scheduled maulings. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

Due to the comically-elevated levels of testosterone he produced during a random drug test last March, Alistair Overeem has spent the last nine months unable to re-apply for licensure with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Overeem’s time-out came to an end this morning, when the Dutch heavyweight appeared at a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing to seek the re-instatement of his license, and was unanimously approved, making his scheduled UFC 156 bout against Antonio Silva official.

What’s particularly interesting is what Overeem had to accomplish to make that happen. Here’s MMAWeekly with the details:

According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, in the last nine-plus months, Overeem has submitted a total of five drug tests of his own accord, all of which came back negative. In addition, the commission tested Overeem randomly on Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, 2012, with those tests also returning negative results.

“I’m ready to get my life back on track,” said Overeem when speaking to the commission.

Following his failed drug test last year, Alistair Overeem denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs and claimed ignorance, blaming his high T-levels on an “anti-inflammatory medication that was mixed with testosterone,” prescribed by his doctor to treat a rib injury. Though Overeem wasn’t subject to the standard fine and suspension that he would have received from the NSAC if he pissed hot for steroids, the Reem lost out on an imminent UFC heavyweight title shot against Junior Dos Santos, and was forced to do appearances in Gainesville, Florida as penance. Jesus. Who says the UFC isn’t hard on cheaters?

If Overeem gets past Antonio Silva at UFC 156 on February 2nd, he is expected to be the next challenger to Cain Velasquez’s title. Will 2013 be the Year of the Reem?


Fight Booking Roundup: Jordan Mein Gets Dan Miller in Debut, Cruickshank Takes On Makdessi at UFC 158

Mein looks to continue his winning ways in UFC debut. Props: MMAMadhouse.com

Jordan Mein (26-8) has put together an excellent record on smaller shows, losing only to Tyron Woodley by split decision and beating the likes of Forrest Petz, and has gotten a call up to the big leagues at UFC 158. Unfortunately for him, he’s drawn one of the toughest outs in MMA – Dan Miller, as his UFC debut fight. The UFC announced the fight last week.

The match up for the Montreal card, headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, is yet another welterweight one that totally probably doesn’t mean that Dana White is nervous he’ll have to do match up musical chairs again like he did at UFC 137 when Diaz and GSP’s ACL decided to gunk everything up. UFC 158 ain’t going to be all welterweights, though.

TUF 15 vet and Detroit heart throb Daron Cruickshank will face John Makdessi. The two lightweights are both coming off of wins as Makdessi gets to fight in his home country once more.

- Elias Cepeda




Erick Silva Injured, Jay Hieron Gets Strikeforce Veteran Tyron Woodley at UFC 156

An injury to Erick Silva has forced him to withdraw from his bout with Jay Hieron at UFC 156.
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Bec Hyatt gets call to fight in Invicta FC 4 strawweight title match


Australia’s Bec Hyatt has received and accepted the call to step in on short notice and fight Carla Esparza for Invicta’s inaugural strawweight title in a match scheduled for January 5.

The 23-year-old Hyatt is replacing Claudia Gadelha, who was forced to withdraw from the title bout after suffering a broken nose in training.

All four of Hyatt’s wins have come in 2012, with three coming by way of finish. She is 4-1 overall, and will be making her organizational debut.

Esparza, 25, is 8-2 and has captured her last three fights, including a decision over Felice Herrig.

Meanwhile, Hyatt’s original opponent Joanne Calderwood will now draw Livia von Plettenberg as her foe.

The event, Invicta FC 4, takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The 12-bout card will be available via online pay-per-view.

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Friday Link Dump: Sonnen vs. Jones TUF Trailer, Tim Kennedy Disses Strikeforce Fighters, BJJ Gets Sexy in New Commercial + More

(Jon Jones can count on three things: Death, taxes, and Chael Sonnen whippin’ your ass.”/ Video via YouTube.com/UFC)

- Tim Kennedy Takes Shot At Fighters Who Pulled Out Of Strikeforce Bouts (Fightline)

- Dana White on Gay Fighter Liz Carmouche: ‘I Love What She Did’ (MMAFighting)

Mata Leon’s Sexy New BJJ Kimono Ad (BloodyElbow)

MMA’s Top 10 ‘Holy S#!t’ Moments of 2012 (BleacherReport)

Check Out the 20-Second Fight That Almost Ended in a Double KO (MiddleEasy)

- Video: Reshat Mati, 13 Year Old MMA and Boxing Prodigy (FightDay)

- 5 Other Apocalypses That Didn’t Happen (Besides the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse) (EgoTV)

The Quentin Tarantino Soundboard (Complex)

- 6 Supplements You Shouldn’t Be Skipping (MensFitness)

- The 50 Best Viral Videos of 2012 (WorldWideInterweb)

- RAW COMMENTARY: ‘Muppet Christmas Carol’ (ScreenJunkies)

- Adorable. (Facebook.com/CagePotato)


UFC 157 Gets Chad Mendes-Manny Gamburyan, Matt Grice-Dennis Bermudez Featherweight Fights

A quartet of featherweights has been added to the developing UFC 157 bill.
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Cody McKenzie Injured, Leonard Garcia Gets Max Holloway in Featherweight Duel at UFC 155

Featherweight prospect Max Holloway has stepped up on short notice to replace the injured Cody McKenzie at UFC 155.
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Cody McKenzie, Karlos Vemola Out of UFC 155 With Injuries; Chris Leben Gets New Opponent

(Yeah, pretty much. Props: The UG)

Already smacked down by injuries to Forrest Griffin, Chris Weidman, and Gray Maynard, December 29th’s once-epic UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 card just got hit with another pair of withdrawals, less than two weeks before showtime.

First up: Cody McKenzie, the affable guillotine-choker who got gut-shot KO’d by Chad Mendes in his last appearance in July, has pulled out of his preliminary card bout with Leonard Garcia due to an undisclosed training injury. The UFC is currently searching for a replacement opponent for Garcia, who is looking to rescue his career after losing his last three matches. We’ll update you if/when Bad Boy gets a new booking.

Speaking of undisclosed injuries, Czech wrestler Karlos Vemola is out of his main card match against Chris Leben, and will be replaced by Strikeforce vet Derek Brunson. After winning his first nine pro fights, Brunson has dropped his last two, a knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza and a decision loss to Kendall Grove. Leben vs. Brunson will remain on the UFC 155 main card, and will mark Leben’s first UFC appearance since his TKO loss to Mark Munoz in November 2011, and subsequent one-year suspension for oxycodone and oxymorphone. The Crippler is currently taking it one day at a time.

UFC 155′s bruised lineup is after the jump. Check it out, and ponder what could have been…

Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez (for HW title)
Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller (LW)
Tim Boetsch vs. Constantinos Philippou (MW)
Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher (MW)
Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson (MW)

Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner (LW; reported, but not officially confirmed)
Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland (BW)
Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth (BW)
Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury (LW)

Philip De Fries vs. Todd Duffee (HW)
Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga (FlyW)


Dana White: Michael Bisping ‘probably’ gets shot at Anderson Silva with a win


LAS VEGAS — Michael Bisping’s long-awaited UFC middleweight title shot just might be in reach.

At Saturday night’s TUF 16 Finale postfight news conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that if the British veteran wins his next fight, he’s likely to get the next shot at Anderson Silva’s crown.

“If Bisping wins, Bisping will probably will get that next shot. If not, we’ll see what happens.”

Of course, there’s still a formidable hurdle in the “Ultimate Fighter 3″ champion’s path, as he’ll meet former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in the main event at UFC on FX 7 on Jan. 19 in Brazil.

But if Bisping does defeat Belfort, that would mark six wins in Bisping’s past seven fights. And with Chris Weidman on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the path to a potential title shot finally seems to have cleared for Bisping (23-4) to get his long-awaited crack at the gold.

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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal Gets an Opponent for Bellator Debut and It’s Some Guy

(Yeah, we’re not really stoked for this one either, Mo.)

Not too long ago, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal signed a — I guess you’d call it groundbreaking — deal with both Bellator and TNA Wrestling after being released from Strikeforce following a positive test for steroids and an epic Twitter meltdown, a decision he is probably patting himself on the back for in light of recent events. Ever since, we have been quietly waiting to see which one of Bellator’s remaining light heavyweights Mo would square off against first, whether it was…what’s his face, or, uhh…*snaps fingers*…uh…God, I know this…

…Turns out, Bellator is going the Josh Barnett route for King Mo’s big debut, bringing in a complete outsider named *checks glasses* Przemyslaw Mysiala to conveniently get squashed just before confetti falls from the ceiling and Mo is declared the next challenger to whomever emerges victorious from the Christian M’Pumbu/Attila Veigh fight. And you better believe that some form of energy drink will be used to hose bitches down at some point in this ceremony, because it sooo will.

To be fair, Mysiala holds a decent 16-7 record to his credit, so counting him out right from the start seems a bit foolish. On the other hand, he is just 2-2 in his past 4 fights and suffered both those losses by (T)KO, and if Mo is good at one thing, it’s the TKO. I’m not sure where Bellator’s matchmaking department finds these people, but we’ll give them credit for keeping things underground and not selling out to those conformist corporate pigs *puts on skinny jeans and cranks up A-track player*.

The fight is scheduled for Bellator 86 on January 24th, which goes down in Thackerville, Oklahoma and will also feature Ben Askren vs. Karl Amoussou for the promotion’s welterweight title. It will be Bellator’s second event of season eight and will be broadcast live on SpikeTV.

King Mo has not fought since his win over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine (Author’s note: Man, never gets any easier writing that.) was overturned to a no contest, but can any of you even picture the sick, twisted future in which Mo does not win this?

I hear if Mo takes a header in the locker room on fight night, the bookies will pay you out. Just sayin’.

-J. Jones