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‘I Messed Up’

By now, we’ve heard from just about everyone in mixed martial arts (MMA) regarding the recent drug test suspension handed down to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, who tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in the wake of his UFC Brooklyn loss to Henry Cejudo.

One person we haven’t heard from was Dillashaw himself, likely because the disgraced ex-champion was too embarrassed to show his face. But it sounds like he’s ready to own up to his mistakes and wants the combat sports universe to know that he’ll spend his two-year timeout reflecting on his poor decisions, while also healing up from recent injuries.

From his lengthy Instagram post:

“I messed up. I have been having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this. Which I should have a hard time. I understand the criticism and scrutiny coming my way. But what I really feel bad about is the bad light bringing on to my coaches, my family and my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them. I have a 15-month old son and I want to be a role model for him. As well as a lot of other kids out there too, it’s tough. But I got to man up for what I did. I accepted all penalties and I didn’t try to fight this. I am going to sit for the next two years. 2021 is when I am allowed to come back. The road to comeback is, I had shoulder surgery yesterday on my right shoulder. Two months later I am getting my left one done. I had a torn rotator cuff, labrum, for the last two and a half years and I’ve been dealing with it. It will be nice to get those healed up and come back. I have had people telling me I should just disappear and let this thing die out for the next two years. But I don’t think that’s the way to handle it. I’m coming out, showing my son that when you make a mistake face it to its face and don’t run form it. Trust me, I’d love to run away and go hide in a cave for the next two years and continue to grow out this shitty beard. It has been weighing on me, and like I said, it should. This is who I am, a fighter and I will fight my way through this one. I want to apologize to my fans and anyone I have let down. Obviously to my family and my coaches ad teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for stuff you are dealing with because of me. This won’t be the end of me and I will be back. I am making you a promise now that I will be back better and stronger and prove that all hard work that I put in is what brought me where I am at and not the bad decisions I made. All I can do to redeem myself is work hard and be better. I want to be better and I will.”

Dillashaw, who was also suspended for one year by New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), was unsuccessful in his hasty attempt to drop down to the flyweight division to capture the crown from the 125-pound “Messenger.”

Following his departure, Cejudo has agreed to move up in weight to challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight strap. They’ll do the deed at the upcoming UFC 238 pay-per-view (PPV) event this June in Chicago.

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Oscar De La Hoya Releases Statement Telling Dana White to ‘Shut the F–k Up’

UFC President Dana White didn’t hold back when criticizing Oscar De La Hoya for his first venture as a mixed martial arts promoter. On Wednesday, the former boxing champion had some strong words for White in response.
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De La Hoya Fires Back At Dana – ‘Shut The F*ck Up!’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently had some harsh words for ex-boxing champion turned promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, calling him a “crackhead junkie” for criticizing Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) pay.

It’s a sentiment White found ironic seeing as how many of the combatants who competed at Golden Boy MMA 1 were paid very little (full payouts here) after Oscar promised he’d take care of fighters better than UFC.

Now, the former boxing champion has fired back at White, telling TMZ Sports that White is simply threatened by the new competition in town.

“Dana is so small and threatened by our success with DAZN and now in MMA that he is bringing up news from a decade ago to try to stay relevant,” said Oscar while taking a dig at White’s ventures into the boxing world.

”Boxing has entirely rejected him. And, MMA fighters are now realizing they don’t have to risk their lives just so he can get rich. Golden Boy and I are moving forward and are bigger than ever,” he added while saying the outspoken-president should worry about saving his sinking ship.

“Dana should shut the f*ck up and try to figure out how to save his own company.”

Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell — the two men who headlined Oscar’s first event — did manage to walk away with a combined purse of $ 450,000. With pay-per-view (PPV) numbers still being tallied, De La Hoya plans to move forward despite being heavily-criticized by the MMA community after the fight.

As for Oscar and White, it seems the two promoters’ once-friendly relationship is now beyond repair.

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Oscar De La Hoya Releases Statement Telling Dana White to ‘Shut the F–k Up’

UFC President Dana White didn’t hold back when criticizing Oscar De La Hoya for his first venture as a mixed martial arts promoter. On Wednesday, the former boxing champion had some strong words for White in response.
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Poirier: ‘When Nate Signs A Contract, He’s Always Shown Up’

Lightweight contender Poirier gives his thoughts on Diaz possibly pulling out of their UFC 230 fight in New York.

Dustin Poirier did a pretty big 180 degree turn in the days following his huge win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30. Originally, he stated he wasn’t going to even pick up the phone unless it was Dana White on the other end offering him a shot at the lightweight title. A few days later, it was revealed that Poirier didn’t just pick up the phone for a non-title bout, he agreed to it. Poirier is now set to face Nate Diaz at UFC 230 on November 3rd.

”These guys are fighting in October, no telling when the belt’s going to be defended again,” Poirier explained on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “I don’t want to wait 8 or 9 months for a title shot. I’ll just keep earning it, keep winning, and getting better.”

As for all the recent drama regarding Nate’s willingness to go through with the fight? Dustin thinks there’s nothing much to it.

”I don’t believe the fight’s in jeopardy, no,” he said. “I would have heard something. I have the bout agreement in my inbox, I’m about to sign it and send it off, so everything is moving forward like it was supposed to after the press conference. I think he was just upset with coming out to a press conference and then them advertising another fight, talking about Conor like he was there, when the guy’s not even present. I think he just felt disrespected.”

But Poirier doesn’t seem to care about any of that, because in the end he thinks the Diaz brothers are pretty reliable.

”So long as he shows up November 3rd, you know? I’m not sure if he’s signed a contract yet, but he’s a guy that follows through. I don’t think him or his brother have ever pulled out of a fight with an injury or not shown up when they said they’d show up. What happens between fights and in the build up of fights is another thing, but when he signs a contract and commits to a date, he’s always shown up.”

Now we (and Dustin) have to hope Nate signs that contract.

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Paulo Costa offers to ‘beat up’ transgender fighter Fallon Fox for ‘free’

Despite not competing in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2014, transgender women’s bantamweight fighter Fallon Fox is still grabbing headlines.

This time around, rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Paulo Costa was the one to take shots at Fox during a recent Facebook video submission, offering to step in and take out the transgender fighter for free.

“I would love it if this Fallon Fox fought a man,” said Costa (translation via AG Fight). “A well-prepared fighter. In fact, I’m making myself available to fight him for free, just so I can beat him up. I wouldn’t even need much time. Just a few minutes.”

Remember, this isn’t the first time someone in the MMA community took shots at Fox for fighting in women’s MMA after being born a man. Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey discussed chopping off peckers, while former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione called Fox a “sick, sociopathic disgusting freak.”

“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual”, said Costa. “It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him, but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity. He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk”.

While Costa believes that Fox is taking advantage of his/her ability to compete against female fighters, the Brazilian also wants his fans to know he’s not speaking out against transgenders in general or homosexuality.

“I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not,” said Costa. “What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one. This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”

As it stands today, current UFC bantamweight fighter Ashlee Evans-Smith is the only fighter to defeat Fox. But if Costa ever gets his hands on the transgender 42-year-old, that lone loss would most certainly turn into two.

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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Anderson Silva Vows ‘I Will Not Give Up’ Following Failed USADA Drug Test

In his first statement since being removed from the UFC Fight Night 122 headliner, Anderson Silva did not deny taking a banned substance.
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Bellator 181’s Valerie Letourneau on women’s Flyweight division – ‘UFC finally woke up’

Bellator 181 comes to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., this Friday night (July 14, 2017) as Brandon Girtz and Derek Campos look to settle their score with a trilogy fight in the night’s Spike TV-televised main event after splitting two previous encounters over the last four years.

Earlier in the night, though, an important Bellator debut is taking place. A slew of female Flyweight fighters came to Bellator MMA in April, with Valerie Letourneau being perhaps the most instantly recognizable name. Many will remember that she challenged Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the Strawweight title at UFC 193, taking “Joanna Champion” to the limit in a five-round decision loss. Now, Letourneau gets to rebrand herself at a more natural weight of 125 pounds, but the 8-6 fighter doesn’t get an easy debut against Emily Ducote (5-2), who is fresh off a rear-naked choke of Katy Collins at Bellator 174 earlier this year.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with Letourneau about the “Trouble” she plans to give all of her opponents in Bellator now that she gets to fight in a weight class better suited to her.

“It’s a true blessing. Like I’ve said, my weight cut at 115, I realized how crazy this was. I’m glad I did it because it brings me to that championship fight (with Jedrzejczyk) and I had a great experience, but my body could never … I couldn’t do more of these weight cuts — especially at my age, it’s just killing my body.”

If that strikes you as odd given Letourneau is not that old at 34, she’ll tell you that it’s hard for anybody to cut, but twice as much so for a woman.

“I’m not old, but let me tell you, women know we don’t cut weight as easy as men. From my experience it’s so much easier for me to stay in a good shape and healthy (at this weight). I know my body, so this is experience that helps a lot with the weight cut. It’s hard to recover after a fight — it’s really not the same the older you get.”

That’s in addition to the already large physical toll a fight camp takes on the human body. Letourneau’s philosophy is simple — why kill yourself twice?

“Oh, it’s crazy! We train so hard, we try to bring our body to the best in conditioning, eat well, and next thing you know 24 hours before the fight you just forget it all. It just makes no sense. Fighters need to learn to fight in their natural weight class and focus on performing.”

In addition, Letourneau believes UFC should have had a 125-pound division for women long before it was announced for The Ultimate Fighter.

“Maybe they finally woke up just (in) time. There’s a reason why they decided to open that 125 weight class, because I don’t think it was their mind, they weren’t ready for this. But, their biggest mistake I think has been to open 145 before 125. There’s not many women there and actually you can see (that) they don’t even know who to give to ‘Cyborg.’ There’s so many women that want to fight at 125, it’s a much more natural weight class for women. Bellator was very smart to make this move first and find all these girls.”

Will it be as smart to start Letourneau against a tough fighter like Ducote? The more you hype up a debut, the bigger the chance it can backfire. Letourneau is scouting Ducote to avoid a letdown.

“Of course. That’s the first thing I did. I always watch everything I have for my opponent over and over so I get used to their style, timing and everything. She’s well rounded to me. I like the way she fights. That’s a girl that I mean, I have to fight her but you know there’s just some fighters that … that’s my job I have to go and do it but I kind of really like this girl. I think she’s very talented — it’s a good challenge for me.”

There was no way Letourneau would have turned down a fight with anyone in the Flyweight division, though, whether she knew their reputation in advance or not.

“Just give me a fight, I’m ready to go. At the same time I have to be honest, I don’t watch fights on TV too much. If I have to fight someone then I’m going to watch tape, and I ended up knowing some other girls (in the division). Because I was fighting for the UFC obviously I knew more of the women in the UFC division, but I never really stopped myself and sit down and just watch random fights. I get to know these girls and I’m gonna get to know them even more, but I didn’t really have a name in mind when they gave me Emily.”

The most important thing for Letourneau is that she’s able to fight and train in a healthier way now, which she believes will combine to create a vastly superior performance.

“I feel awesome! I just keep building around what I already have and make it stronger, and not doing (the) little mistakes that sometimes can lead to (the) finish. I’ve been really focusing. We know with my coach what I’m good at and what I’m not so comfortable with, and we try to build on the positive to fight and just make my game stronger in every aspect. I just feel like a better version of myself.”

So how soon should an improved Letourneau fight to be the uncrowned Bellator Flyweight champion? In her opinion, pick anybody new who fights well and make it happen … or perhaps give her a fight with Macfarlane.

“I would jump on it right away if I can. I have to feel like I deserve (a title), and if so it’s gonna depend on my performance with Emily. I think it’s the same for all these girls. I don’t know when they’re going to fight, but once we put on a show there and people see what we have and what we can bring, I guess we’re gonna pick some of these girls and make them fight for the title (but) I feel like Ilima-Lei (Macfarlane) is the one who deserves it most so far.”

The bottom line for Emily Ducote and the Flyweight division on July 14 is that “Trouble” is coming her way … sooner than later.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Girtz vs. Campos 3” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

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