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Faber Still Being Drug Tested By USADA, Open To UFC Return

Retirement? What retirement?

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter officially retires from cage fighting, it often means “I need a vacation but I’ll be back when I A) run out of money or B) run out of things to do.” Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber, however, may be the exception to that rule.

“The California Kid” is not hard up for cash, nor does he need a hobby, thanks to his role at Team Alpha Male (TAM) in Sacramento, Calif. He just loves the thrill of competition and stays in fighting shape regardless of what’s on the horizon.

Which is why he told Submission Radio it only takes one phone call.

“I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that. It’s well worth it. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

This guy should try that.

Faber (34-10) turns 39 in May and hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22. While the bantamweight title managed to elude him, “The California Kid” is widely-considered the founding father of lighter weight classes and a big reason UFC was willing to dip below 155 pounds back in 2010.

Not sure what opportunities are out there for the aging Californian, especially with this rival already moving on to bigger and better things, but maybe Vitor Belfort was onto something when he called for a “Legends League.”

Or not.

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Urijah Faber Remains in USADA Testing Pool, Would Consider Return for ‘Big Opportunity’

Don’t rule out a Urijah Faber comeback in the Ultimate Fighting Championship just yet.
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Eddie Alvarez, Kevin Lee Respond to Nate Diaz Instagram Post Hinting at UFC Return

It didn’t take long for Nate Diaz to find some potential suitors for his next Ultimate Fighting Championship bout.
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Dana White confident Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor and Diaz bros. will return to UFC in 2018

Will 2018 be Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) biggest year to date?

It sure seems that way, as Dana White is very confident that a lot of his top box office stars will gear up for long-awaited returns to the Octagon this coming year, as he tells TSN Tube that he anticipates Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and even the Diaz brothers will return.

Of course, Dana was given certain odds of each fighter returning, so take from it what you will.

“I’m going to take the odds and say yes,” that Conor will fight more than twice inside the Octagon at odds of +175 that he will.

“I’m going to say yes at +150,” that St-Pierre will return.

“I’m going to say no at -1000,” that Ronda Rousey fights again.

“I am going to take the odds again and say yes.” at +500 that Brock Lesnar will return

“I will take the yes at + 150” that Jon Jones will fight for UFC again in 2018.

“Those are horrible odds. But I am going to go at yes + 130,” that the Diaz brothers will fight in 2018.

As for what those fighters have been doing in 2017, here’s a quick recap:

Jon Jones is still waiting to see how long he will be suspended for after failing his second drug test administered by USADA following UFC 214. Georges St-Pierre was forced to vacate the title after a severe case of colitis derailed his long awaited — yet short— return.

Ronda Rousey hasn’t competed since suffering her second straight knockout loss, while Nate Diaz is content with sitting on the sidelines while waiting for the promotion to ask him nicely to come back. Big brother Nick, however, has to work his issues out with USADA.

Brock Lesnar, meanwhile, is back working for WWE, and word on the street is that the world’s biggest wrestling organization won’t likely allow him to compete in MMA again.

As for Conor McGregor, he hasn’t competed in MMA since UFC 205 back in 2016, and has since been stripped of the Featherweight title and is on the cusp of losing his Lightweight strap for inactivity.

Now that you’ve taken a small refresher course and have Dana’s predictions at hand, who do you think is more likely to make a UFC return this year?

Predictions start at the 4:00 minute mark in the video play embedded below:

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Midnight Mania! Nick Diaz visits UFC Performance Institute, triggering fan hopes for return

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Nick Diaz visited the UFC Performance Institute.

That’s it. That’s all that happened.

Does this mean he is planning on returning to the UFC anytime in the near future? Probably not, considering he is currently in trouble with USADA for not being where USADA could find him, three times in a calendar year. Maybe if they stopped trying to test him while he is smoking weed, we wouldn’t have these issues. UFC VP Jeff Novitsky said he is working with Diaz to resolve this, and claimed Diaz DOES want to fight… but then, Novitsky also said he thinks Jon Jones wasn’t intentionally cheating, which was something of an irresponsible thing to say, so perhaps he was in Just Saying Stuff mode.

Anyway, here’s Diaz’s view of the luxurious UFC Performance Institute, part of Dana White’s claim that the UFC is doing very well financially and that he can offer better deals than anyone.


Insomnia

Criticism aside, the UFC 221 poster is actually good. At least, I think so.

Did we expect anything better from woman-beater and dictator-friend Floyd Mayweather? Still, I’m not sorry the question was asked.

What does this even mean, Cat Zingano?

Touch butt in the park

Tony Ferguson has the greatest dog Tony Ferguson could have.

Cris Cyborg is keeping this good boy healthy

I like watching professional fighters hit pads and do defensive drills. Defensive skill is much harder to learn than offensive skill.

Blending the two simultaneously is even more challenging.

Mairbek Taisumov is looking like a likely opponent for Anthony Pettis in London. I’m definitely here for it.

This old story is a pretty great one; there is no telling whether or not it’s true. Both fighters denied it at various points, but they were also trying to avoid fighting each other for real, because teammate loyalty and all.

Referees really don’t get paid much.

Millionaire vs. billionaire

Face off with Mr. Branson. He is not a knighted Sir on this soil.

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Alright, Conor.

How sweet

Me too kid.

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Kevin Lee shares what he’s heard about Conor McGregor’s UFC return – ‘Something crazy is going to happen’

The interim lightweight challenger shares his thoughts on a McGregor vs. Ferguson fight and when it may go down.

Even though he lost his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson back in October at UFC 216, you’ve got to say it’s been a great year for Kevin Lee.

One year ago, no one was even talking about Lee as a contender for the belt. But a win over Francisco Trinaldo and some compelling smack talk with Michael Chiesa followed by a first round win propelled him to the very top of the pack.

Lee shared the view from the top of the division with MMA Junkie Radio, which included what he’s heard about lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s much anticipated return to the UFC, most likely against interim champ Tony Ferguson.

“Either that, or something crazy is going to happen there,” Lee said (probably in reference to all that Mayweather business). “But, at least I think everything that I’ve seen and all the little whispers that I’ve heard, he comes back, he fights Tony.”

Having been on the wrong side of Tony Ferguson’s fists, Kevin Lee doesn’t believe McGregor makes it past him.

“I don’t think he beats Tony,” Lee said. “There ain’t no way. Tony’s going to be way too experienced, Tony’s going to be way too tough… He’s going to be too much for him. So I’m interested to see that fight. I wish they would just go ahead and make the damn fight happen already. I hear it’s supposed to go down in March, so we’ll see.”

A March date lines up with what McGregor’s coaching team has let slip in the past, but when you’ve got a hundred million dollars in your bank account, who knows what’s going to happen next for sure?

We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on the big surprise press conference allegedly going down this Friday leading up to UFC 219. Maybe a McGregor vs. Ferguson fight for St. Patrick’s will be announced?

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Despite UFC getting into boxing, Holly Holm has no desire to return to the ‘sweet science’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has gone on record saying the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization will indeed venture into the boxing world in the near future.

With plenty of unsigned talent around the globe for UFC and Endeavor to scoop up, it’s easy to assume many fighters currently on the UFC roster will be eager to try their hand in the “sweet science.”

Holly Holm won’t be one of them.

The former world boxing champion turned-MMA star says she has no desire to return to the ring despite now having an easy avenue to do both under the same company.

“I am done boxing,” said Holly during a recent media scrum at UFC 218 courtesy of MMA Junkie. “I don’t have the passion for it any more, and it hasn’t come back to me. Maybe that’s because I’m still fighting, so I don’t feel like I ever really retired.”

Prior to turning her attention full time to MMA, Holm made her name in the boxing arena, amassing a 33-2-3 professional record while winning multiple titles, including leaving the sport as the IBA, WBAN, and WBF female light welterweight champion.

She also holds titles at light middleweight, as well.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” had her last pro fight back in March of 2013, scoring a unanimous decision win over Mary McGee just one month after defeating Katie Merrill at Bellator 91.

After her final boxing match, Holm knew it was time to move on.

“I didn’t know how I would feel when that fight was over, with a win if I’d be excited and want to do it again,” Holm said. “With a loss, I’d probably want to do it again, because I wouldn’t want to end like that. When the fight was over, it was beautiful. It was in my hometown and they brought a beautiful bouquet, and I’m standing there, everything was a beautiful moment thinking, ‘I can’t wait to take my boxing shoes off.’”

Since then, Holm — who went on to win the UFC women’s Bantamweight strap by becoming the first person to defeat Ronda Rousey — says she hasn’t had the urge to put her boxing shoes back on.

“And, that’s it. I keep thinking, am I going to ache for it again? And I don’t. And it’s not because I don’t love boxing. I did, obviously. I did it for 10 years professionally. It’s just my new motivation is this new career I’ve been on. So I have no desire to go back to boxing.”

Up next for Holly is a women’s Featherweight title fight against Cristiane Justino at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A win over perhaps the most powerful puncher in all of women’s MMA will see her become UFC’s latest two-division champion.

Adding yet another accolade in her already storied combat sports career.

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Heavyweight Mark Hunt Medically Cleared to Compete in UFC, Targets February Return

Mark Hunt has been given a clean bill of health – at least clean enough to return to the Octagon.
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Mirko Cro Cop reveals his return from retirement won’t last long

The PRIDE legend has the final fights of his career planned out, and there aren’t many left.

Mirko Cro Cop has come out of retirement, but don’t expect it to last.

The kickboxing and MMA legend is set to return again Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on New Years Eve in Japan. After that, Mirko claims he’ll fight two or three more times and then go back into retirement. The original plan was just a single fight against Fedor Emelianenko, but unfortunately Fedor’s loss to Matt Mitrione scuttled that.

“I would like to make a farewell fight,” Cro Cop said on the latest MMA Hour. “The idea was to do this with Fedor, you know? But Fedor was supposed to win against Matt Mitrione, and the way he lost, that option wasn’t an option any more.”

So Rizin organized the TK fight on New Year’s Eve and suggested Mirko finish things off by fighting the winner of their Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“The want me to fight the winner of the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2018, and I agreed,” Mirko said. “But in the meantime I have to do one or two fights to keep my body in shape. I’m not 25, I’m not 30 any more. That’s the only reason I’m doing this, because I need interval trainings … I have to see targets in front of me. So I’ll fight Kohsaka December 31st now and most likely it’s April or July I have a second one and then next year it will be it.”

While Fedor is tied in in the Bellator heavyweight tournament, Mirko admitted he’d love to face his rival again if the possibility arose.

“It would be a perfect fight,” he said. “Fedor is a true legend of the sport. One of the biggest, maybe the biggest MMA fighter ever. It doesn’t matter. He lost a fight against Mitrione. It doesn’t matter. He will always be marked as one of the biggest, for me, the biggest MMA fighter of all time.”

At this moment, Fedor is set to fight Frank Mir in the Bellator tournament, although a date hasn’t been set.

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Trainer Expects Conor McGregor’s Hands to ‘Be a Lot Better Than They Were’ Upon UFC Return

If and when Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon, fans can expect a more polished striker than the one who took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
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