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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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Midnight Mania! Rousey only ranked UFC fighter not tested by USADA in 2017

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Ronda Rousey remains ranked in the UFC after a year, but, despite Dana White’s claims, she wasn’t tested once in all of 2017.

To clarify, Dana White claimed earlier this year that Rousey was still being tested.

“She has not retired. USADA is still popping up at her house testing her,” White said about Rousey. “She refuses to retire. She’s not ready to say ‘I quit.’ She’s not ready to say, ‘I’m done,’ for whatever reason. She doesn’t tick like everybody else ticks. We found that out over the years.”

Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd dug a little deeper and, in a piece of excellent reporting, found that a little-known loophole in the UFC-USADA arrangement could secretly allow fighters to avoid testing completely by retiring and then un-retiring. He put it succinctly, so I’ll just let him explain it:

Under the WADA code, athletes returning from retirement have to undergo testing for six months. WADA may give a waiver after consulting the relevant national anti-doping organization and sport federation. Under the UFC’s anti-doping policy, the UFC gives the waiver. I wrote about that here.

That wouldn’t be a big deal if we knew which athletes had retired. If an athlete suspiciously retired and un-retired, skipping the testing pool whenever they didn’t have a fight, we would notice, right? Wrong.

It turns out the UFC and USADA can, and do, hide that information. There is no way for anyone to see who is and is not part of the registered testing pool at any time. USADA cannot or will not confirm which athletes are part of the pool, and the UFC, thus far, haven’t even responded to questions about it.

Is this the case with Ronda Rousey? There isn’t any actual way to know. This is just another way that the UFC being held largely by private equity causes problems with the long-term integrity of the sport of mixed martial arts. Private equity groups such as the firms that financed the WME-IMG deal are exempt from many of the transparency and financial disclosure rules mandated with other forms of business, meaning that they can more or less do whatever they want. I wrote more about that issue here, but in the case of USADA, it essentially allows the UFC to play fast and loose with the rules (see: Brock Lesnar) in pursuit of short-term profit, to the neglect of long-term concerns.


Insomnia

UFC Flyweight champion Rose Namajunas with long hair threw me off. I love her look now, this Furiosa from Fury Road/Eleven from Stranger Things look works for me, but she looked good with long hair too.

Stipe Miocic looks like he’s from the 1920’s in this shot and he’s about to take a Tommy gun to some Chicago mobsters.

Stipe may refuse to be anything other than his quiet Midwestern self, may refuse to engage in a war of words, but he, without doubt, looks the part of heavyweight champion- and his record speaks for itself.

Pat Miletich’s Croatian grandma is with Stipe 100%.

Pettis got engaged to his girlfriend, Lisette Gadzuric, over New Years.

She happens to be very attractive. Good for Anthony.

Kajin Johnson is everyone who went out on New Year’s Eve.

All the Canadians are back in the gym- Rory Macdonald is prepping for his Bellator welterweight title fight against Douglas Lima.

Desus and Mero couldn’t help but comment on Gabi Garcia’s weird weigh-ins. That’s because Japanese MMA is amazing.

Check out this video of the first black world champion in boxing- from 1906. That’s 112-year-old footage.

McGregor does it for his Ma.

You can thank me for spotting this Jean Claude Van Damme hook kick to the face of then-UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

Cyborg is angling for a quick turnaround fight with Megan Anderson at UFC 221. Hopefully it happens!

Random fan art can get you noticed!


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Which one was your favorite?

Moat Fights are by far the coolest version of MMA


Insomnia

TJ Dillashaw really wants this superfight with Mighty Mouse.

Kevin Lee says Justin Gaethje sounds like a good matchup for him.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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NYSAC: Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva will be drug tested before Bellator NYC

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will both be drug tested ahead of Bellator NYC, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday.

The news was first reported Monday by MMA Report.

Per New York State Department of State spokesperson Laz Benitez, Sonnen and SIlva, both recently coming off lengthy doping suspensions, will underdog out-of-competition drug testing administered by a third-party agency. The cost of the tests will be “borne by the athlete being tested,” Benitez said via e-mail.

Bellator president Scott Coker said Tuesday on a media conference call that the tests are expected to return before the event at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 24. Sonnen and Silva are scheduled to compete in the night’s pay-per-view main event.

Coker said that it was his understanding that both fighters have already been tested. Silva, 40, confirmed on the call that he, indeed, has had a sample taken already. This will be his first fight back coming off a three-year suspension for evading a drug test by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).

“Both fighters have been tested recently for out-of-competition testing,” Coker said. … “Those test results will be back I want to say any day now.”

Sonnen, 40, served a two-year suspension in Nevada from 2014 to 2016 after he tested positive for banned substances in multiple drug tests prior to what would have been a 2014 fight with Silva at UFC 175.

Sonnen returned in January, falling to Tito Ortiz by first-round submission at Bellator 170 and was tested four times by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) in relation to that bout.

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Brock Lesnar tested positive for anti-estrogen; Lesnar, Jon Jones won’t face UFC fine

Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones share something more in common than just their former billing as UFC 200 headliners.

The banned substance Lesnar tested positive for in in-competition and out-of-competition drug tests in relation to his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt was hydroxy-clomiphene, a source with knowledge of the test result confirmed with MMA Fighting on Friday. ESPN and the LA Times were the first to report the news earlier this week.

Jones also tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogen agent, as well as Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor, before what would have been a main event fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. Jones was pulled from the bout three days before the card after his sample taken June 16 came back. Lesnar’s sample taken June 28 didn’t come back until after the fight.

Both Lesnar and Jones are facing sanctions from USADA, the body that collected the samples, and the Nevada Athletic Commission, because of the sample collections’ proximity to UFC 200, which took place in Las Vegas on July 9.

After an adjudication process, the NAC has the power to suspend and fine both Jones and Lesnar. In Lesnar’s case, the fine would be a percentage of his disclosed $ 2.5 million fight purse. USADA can also suspend them as the UFC’s anti-doping partner.

The UFC will not be levying fines against anti-doping offenders, leaving fines up to individual state athletic commissions, according to senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler.

Lesnar, a current WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion, made far more than $ 2.5 million in undisclosed pay at UFC 200 for his win over Hunt, according to reports. That money is likely to go untouched. Hunt has asked the UFC to give him at least half of Lesnar’s fight purse because Lesnar was allegedly enhanced in the bout, or he wants to be released from the promotion. The fight would be overturned into a no-contest if the NAC sanctions Lesnar, but it’s doubtful Hunt will get his financial wish.

Jones is also not facing any kind of fine from the UFC, just a commission fine. In a case like Chad Mendes, who has been suspended two years by USADA due to testing positive for a banned substance, he will not be fined at all. Mendes’ sample came from an out-of-competition test not related to a fight and no commission has jurisdiction.

Money from an NAC fine does not go to the commission, but to a Nevada general fund to be used in other areas. If Lesnar decides to just go back to WWE, never fight again and not pay an NAC fine, the commission would have the ability to seek legal means against him.

Clomiphene, the substance found in both Lesnar and Jones’ system, stymies the production of estrogen to stimulate natural testosterone production. It is commonly used as post-cycle therapy (PCT) for those coming of anabolic steroids and works somewhat in the same way as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Clinically, it is prescribed to stimulate female ovulation and can also help male virility.

Jones has denied knowingly taking any banned substance and is in the process of having supplements he took tested to determine if any were tainted. Lesnar released a statement to the Associated Press earlier this week, saying, “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”

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Jon Jones tested positive for estrogen blockers, is temporarily suspended by NAC

The banned substances which threw UFC 200 into a state of upheaval have been formally revealed.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, during a June 16 out-of-competition drug test administered by USADA, according to multiple reports.

The Nevada Athletic Commission revealed the findings at Monday’s meeting in Las Vegas. Both Rashad Evans (for CBS Sports) and Chael Sonnen (on Joe Rogan’s podcast) previously reported Jones popped for estrogen blockers.

The commission unanimously issued Jones a temporary suspension pending a full hearing, which will be held at a date to be determined, likely in September or October.

Jones and the UFC were informed of the test failure on July 6, three days before Jones was scheduled to headline UFC 200 against Daniel Cormier. Jones was pulled from the bout and Cormier eventually met Anderson Silva in a non-title fight, which Cormier won via unanimous decision.

Jones has retained the services of Southern California attorney Howard L. Jacobs to fight the case. Jacobs is a noted anti-doping attorney whose clients include cyclist Floyd Landis, sprinter Marion Jones and basketball star Diana Taurasi.

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Brock Lesnar still under UFC contract, will continue to be tested by USADA

Brock Lesnar may never fight again, but for the time being he remains a member of the UFC roster.

The former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star is still under contract with the UFC, even after his victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last weekend, UFC officials confirmed with MMA Fighting.

That means Lesnar will continue to be drug tested by USADA as part of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden said. He’ll continue to be tested until he informs USADA that he is retired from UFC competition.

“To my knowledge, Brock Lesnar has not notified USADA of his retirement from the UFC,” Madden said. “Therefore, he remains subject to USADA testing and the UFC anti-doping policy.”

The UFC has a rule that states a fighter must inform the promotion four months in advance if he or she is coming out of retirement so that fighter can be placed back in the USADA testing pool. The UFC waived the rule for Lesnar, which drew some controversy. Lesnar was tested six times in the four weeks before UFC 200, but was not subject to four months of testing. The UFC gave Lesnar an exemption, because he didn’t retire while USADA was running the UFC’s anti-doping problem and a long time had passed since Lesnar stepped away. The promotion treated him as if he were a new athlete just signed.

Lesnar, 38, was dominant in beating Hunt despite a layoff of more than four years. Before Lesnar stepped away from the UFC in 2011, he was plagued by multiple bouts of diverticulitis, a debilitating digestive system illness. Lesnar had 12 inches of his colon removed just months before losing to Alistair Overeem in his most recent fight before Hunt.

At the UFC 200 post-fight press conference, Lesnar kept the door open for a UFC return. Right now, though, he’ll go back to WWE, where he is one of the promotion’s biggest names. Lesnar will be involved in the pro-wrestling organization’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event next month.

Lesnar (6-3) is a freak athlete, a man who won an NCAA wrestling title and then became the UFC heavyweight champion in just his fourth career fight with a win over legend Randy Couture.  Before coming to the UFC the first time, he had prolonged success as a top draw for WWE. Headlining events like UFC 100, Lesnar is also one of the top draws in UFC history.

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UFC 200 Embedded, Episode 5: ‘Jones tested positive’

In the fifth episode of UFC 200 Embedded, Dana White sits down with Daniel Cormier and informs him that Jon Jones failed a drug test and their fight was off.

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UFC 200 Embedded, Episode 5: ‘Jones tested positive’

In the fifth episode of UFC 200 Embedded, Dana White sits down with Daniel Cormier and informs him that Jon Jones failed a drug test and their fight was off.

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Proposed rule changes for eye pokes, kicks to grounded opponent to be tested at VFC in Iowa

Eye pokes are one of the most reviled things in MMA. They have cost fighters win bonuses and victories. Worse yet, they have caused serious injuries.

The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) MMA Rules and Regulations Committee wants to do something about it.

The committee is discussing a rule change with the hopes of cutting down on eye pokes significantly, MMA Fighting has learned. The proposed regulation states that a fighter who moves forward offensively with an open hand and fingers pointed out toward his or her opponent can be called for a foul. An eye poke doesn’t even have to take place — just the fingers facing out and the fighter moving forward.

This potential new rule, and a host of others, will be tested out Friday during the Victory Fighting Championship event in Urbandale, Iowa. VFC 48 will air live on UFC Fight Pass.

All of the rules being experimented with Friday night will be voted on by the MMA Rules and Regulations Committee in the coming months, according to committee chairman Sean Wheelock.

“One of the best ways to figure out if these rule changes are good, if they’re going to change the sport dramatically is to test them out and see what actually happens when you put them into play at a real event,” Iowa Athletic Commission executive director Joe Walsh said.

The language of the new possible eye poke rule is as follows:

In the standing position, a fighter that moves offensively toward their opponent with an open hand, fingers pointing at the opponent, will be a foul. Referees are to prevent this dangerous behavior by communicating clearly to fighters. Fighters are directed to close their fists or point their fingers straight up in the air when reaching toward an opponent.

There has been criticism that referees are too conservative with taking points away when eye pokes clearly affect the fight. This would allow officials to call a fighter for a foul before a poke even takes place, whether or not their actions are intentional or accidental.

“That’s one of the areas where we’re going the other way and making the rule a little more stringent,” Walsh said. “I definitely think something needs to happen in the communication with the fighters in advance. I don’t know if there are fighters specifically using that as a tactic or that’s just the way the sport has developed, but something needs to be done about it.

Also being tested out Friday night are new rules regarding the definition of a grounded opponent.

Currently, a grounded opponent is defined as any fighter who has any part of their body other than just the soles of their feet on the ground. If a fighter is grounded, he or she cannot be kicked or kneed in the head. Under the proposed rule change, a fighter has to have both palms or fists touching the mat or another part of their body that isn’t their feet touching the mat to be considered grounded. This would eliminate fighters bending over, placing their fingertips on the canvas to prevent kicks or knees to the head. Officials have called that practice “playing the game” for years.

In addition, another rule change being experimented with is be the elimination of the 12-to-6 elbow as an illegal maneuver. No elbow of any kind will be banned. Bans on knees to the kidneys and grabbing the clavicle will also be removed.

The full list of proposed amendments is here:

Proposed Updates for the Unified Rules ABC Conference 2016

The Rules and Regulations Committee will vote on all these changes, but even if they pass through the committee it doesn’t mean they will be adopted across the board. The ABC would then vote on them to become part of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts in August and then each state will have to individually install them.

“One of the things that’s really important to the ABC is to make sure that any rule changes that are done, that it’s done in a very open and transparent way,” Walsh said. “And that we’re really studying this stuff, we’re really trying to look at it and get input from a variety of different sources.”

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USADA responds to Anthony Birchak’s claim that UFN 77 fighters weren’t tested

The UFC anti-doping program became official on July 1, 2015, with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) conducting year-round, in- and out-of-competition drug testing in its entire roster. Four months after its start, the program still raises questions.

The UFC made its last trip of the year to Brazil on Nov. 7, the second visit to the country under the USADA program, and Anthony Birchak revealed on his Twitter page that he wasn’t tested by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) or USADA before or after his loss to Thomas Almeida in Sao Paulo.

Almeida, who improved to 20-0 with a first-round knockout over Birchak in Sao Paulo, wasn’t tested either.

“I wasn’t tested because it’s random,” Almeida told MMAFighting.com. “When we stepped out of the van outside the arena, the USADA guys reached out to Alex Oliveira to test him right in front of me, so I saw them doing the tests. Birchak didn’t say the truth there. He wasn’t selected, and I wasn’t either, but I’ve seen fighters being tested.”

UFC Fight Night 77 featured 13 bouts. According to the USADA official website, only 14 of those 26 fighters were tested by the entity since July 1. Almeida and Birchak have yet to be drug tested by USADA.

According to USADA, not testing every athlete on fight night is part of its long-term plan.

“While we have conducted event testing in Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and other countries, it is important to remember that the UFC Anti-Doping program is a year-round program, not just a bout testing program,” spokesperson Annie Skinner said in a statement sent to MMA Fighting. “As such, we conduct intelligent testing, and create test distribution plans that focus on both in-competition and out-of-competition testing. One of the important parts of creating a successful anti-doping program is ensuring unpredictability, and we vary the times, places and events we are testing accordingly.”

Marc Raimondi contributed to this story

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