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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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Report: Yoel Romero Sues Tainted Supplement Maker Over 2016 Positive USADA Test

Yoel Romero has been granted another interim title shot, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight has another kind of fight in the works, too.
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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

No matter his current circumstance, mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva seems steadfast that he wants continue fighting.
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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

No matter his current circumstance, mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva seems steadfast that he wants continue fighting.
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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

No matter his current circumstance, mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva seems steadfast that he wants continue fighting.
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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

No matter his current circumstance, mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva seems steadfast that he wants continue fighting.
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Anderson Silva Ahead of USADA: ‘I Will Stop When God Thinks I Can Not Do It Anymore’

No matter his current circumstance, mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva seems steadfast that he wants continue fighting.
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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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Former UFC bantamweight Carls John De Tomas flagged for potential USADA violation

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight prospect Carls John De Tomas has landed himself in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) doghouse, as the promotion revealed earlier today (Fri., Dec. 29, 2017) that the Filipino has been flagged for a potential violation dating back to an in-competition test administered on Dec. 8.

De Tomas last competed at UFC Fight Night 123 back on Dec. 9, which means he failed his USADA test during weigh ins just 24 hours out from competition. “Golden Boy” ended up losing his UFC Fight Night 123 bout opposite Alex Perez via second round submission, pushing his promotional record to 0-2.

From the official UFC statement:

Although de Tomas is no longer under contract with UFC, USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before de Tomas’ bout at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Ortega in Fresno, CA. Accordingly, USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of de Tomas’ potential anti-doping violation.

Despite De Tomas not currently being under contract with UFC, USADA will still handle the matter accordingly. That includes due process for De Tomas and a thorough investigation of the failed test that may or may not result in a suspension or fine.

At just 21 years of age, De Tomas could have made his way back to the Octagon in the near future. But these failed USADA tests tend to hang over the heads of countless fighters, let alone a young kid who showed little in either one of his UFC appearances.

Stick with Mania for further updates on De Tomas.

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