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UFC Fighter Stefan Sekulic Accepts 2-Year USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Stefan Sekulic has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after failing an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC Fight Night Moscow on Sept. 15.
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UFC Fighter Stefan Sekulic Accepts 2-Year USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Stefan Sekulic has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after failing an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC Fight Night Moscow on Sept. 15.
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UFC Fighter Stefan Sekulic Accepts 2-Year USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Stefan Sekulic has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after failing an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC Fight Night Moscow on Sept. 15.
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UFC Fighter Stefan Sekulic Accepts 2-Year USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Stefan Sekulic has accepted a two-year suspension from USADA after failing an in-competition drug test in relation to UFC Fight Night Moscow on Sept. 15.
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Something Shady Is Going on With USADA

There’s something shady going on with USADA. I know, I know – that’s like saying “water is wet” and “Dana White curses a lot.” But the tiles that make up the grand mosaic of combat sports are starting to reveal a bigger picture… and it’s ugly.

The Solution to the UFC’s Drug Problem… Somewhat

Rewind to just a few years ago… heck, rewind to anytime from the birth of the sport here in the US in 1993 to when the UFC handed USADA the keys to the performance enhancing drug kingdom: steroids were rampant. Back when Ken Shamrock was a star and Kimo Leopoldo was lugging around crosses, no one gave a crap if fighters were on drugs. Then Zuffa took over, and they cared enough to test fighters outside of whatever athletic commissions would do (when Zuffa caught a fighter testing hot, they usually warned them; some didn’t listen – one lost his heavyweight championship belt when the commission busted him for real!).

But in the never-ending quest to get legit everywhere, the UFC put that testing stuff on USADA. As per veteran boxing journo Thomas Hauser:

USADA has shown that it knows how to catch drug cheats. In 2015, it entered into a contract to test mixed martial arts combatants for UFC. UFC wanted USADA to catch the drug cheats. In part, that might have been because a multi-billion-dollar sale of UFC’s parent company was in the works and prospective buyers wanted a clean sport. It’s also possible that Dana White and the rest of the UFC leadership understand the difference between right and wrong when it comes to illegal PED use in a combat sport.

Since then, some of the biggest names in UFC have been suspended pursuant to tests administered by USADA. This includes Brock Lesnar, Chad Mendes, Junior Dos Santos, Francisco Rivera, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Josh Barnett, and Nick Diaz.

An Imperfect System

No system is perfect, though, and USADA has had its issues. Mostly, it’s been things like busting fighters for taking tainted supplements, punishing them without recourse, and messing with careers when they didn’t have to.


Lyoto Machida: screwed by USADA.

However, the rising tide of shadiness got up to our knees when they busted Jon Jones for his one thousandth failed drug test, yet gave him a slap on the wrist for – supposedly – snitching. I saw supposedly because, well, there’s no real transparency in what may or may not happen next with whoever Jones snitched on. Are the USADA police kicking down the doors of Jones’ suppliers and carting dealers off to jail?

There might not be any mechanism in place for what happens next with that stuff, but there should be. Because if we don’t know what happens with all the info Jones allegedly gave to earn his wildly reduced sentence, then how do we know for sure that he actually did something worthy of him not being banned from competition for twenty years? How do we know that USADA didn’t let Jones off the hook simply because the UFC desperately needs one of its pay-per-view stars back in rotation? I’m not saying that’s the case. I’m just saying, how do we know it isn’t?

Can USADA Be Trusted?

I want to believe in the best in people, and that government has our best interests at heart. Also, I want to believe that the UFC puts the sport before business, and that as a general rule only immoral fighters do drugs. I also want to believe that the organization tasked with policing the drug use of UFC fighters is doing that unequivocally. But I’m too old and wise for any of those wants to overshadow reason and facts.

According to Hauser, USADA is being shady as f*ck with their oversight of boxing.

USADA has been testing professional boxers for performance enhancing drugs since 2010. Its website states that it has administered 1,501 tests on 128 professional boxers through August 22 of this year. Yet it appears as though, in all these years, USADA has reported only one adverse finding regarding a professional boxer (its belated report of Morales to the NYSAC) to a governing state athletic commission.

Is it possible that USADA has administered 1,501 tests to 128 professional boxers and that only one of these tests has come back positive? Yes. It’s also possible that a giant asteroid will obliterate life as we know it on earth tomorrow. But it’s statistically implausible and highly unlikely.

Sure, USADA has busted tons of UFC fighters, but if they’re dropping the ball in the boxing arena, what does that say about their efforts in mixed martial arts? At the very least, it raises some questions, like: How genuine are their efforts to police the sport? What happens when MMA starts getting the same treatment that boxing does – will we even notice?


Oh, look, some boxing.

California Is Getting Uncomfortable With USADA

Erstwhile UFC superstar Jones is returning at the end of this month. He’s fighting Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in Las Vegas because of dollars, dollars, dollars. Because Jones failed his drug test at UFC 215 in California, he had to do a song and dance before the California commission, and of course they’re letting him fight in Nevada. Because dollars, dollars, dollars.

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier UFC 226
I can post any picture of Jon Jones in the cage, and odds are he’s on drugs in the pic.

But Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission spoke afterwards about how he’s not too high on USADA. Most of what he said had to do with procedural stuff, like USADA screwing over fighters. Yet the crux was that he didn’t want to let USADA decide punishments anymore. Foster would prefer the Commission handle that.

He also wasn’t too keen on Jones getting a reduced sentence for snitching. As per MMAFighting:

“That’s nonsense to me,” Foster said. “You’re gonna tattle on somebody and get your [suspension] reduced? That doesn’t mesh with my way of thinking. I’m dealing with Mr. Jones or I’m dealing with Fighter X or Fighter B. I’m not gonna reduce their punishment if they tell me somebody else is a doper. I don’t want to speak exactly for [USADA], but part of the rationale was that’s part of an effective anti-doping program. I don’t know about anti-doping programs other than the drug tests that we issue here at CSAC. … Somebody wrote, it’s called the ‘snitch’ rule. Somebody wrote that. I don’t know about that.”

However

Multiple sources say that Foster has made it clear to promoters that he is uncomfortable with the pattern of USADA’s reported test results for boxing and would prefer that promoters use VADA or another reliable testing agency until the issue is resolved. On December 5, Foster told this writer, “It’s the weirdest thing. USADA has reported lots of positive test results for MMA but none for boxing. When it comes to boxing, I feel much more comfortable with VADA.”

Imagine that. A commission expressing their mistrust of USADA, and leaning towards the use of another organization to screen for drugs. What is this world coming to?

I’ll tell you what it’s coming to: A world where we might have to question USADA and whether they’re truly effective and genuine.

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Something Shady Is Going on With USADA

There’s something shady going on with USADA. I know, I know – that’s like saying “water is wet” and “Dana White curses a lot.” But the tiles that make up the grand mosaic of combat sports are starting to reveal a bigger picture… and it’s ugly.

The Solution to the UFC’s Drug Problem… Somewhat

Rewind to just a few years ago… heck, rewind to anytime from the birth of the sport here in the US in 1993 to when the UFC handed USADA the keys to the performance enhancing drug kingdom: steroids were rampant. Back when Ken Shamrock was a star and Kimo Leopoldo was lugging around crosses, no one gave a crap if fighters were on drugs. Then Zuffa took over, and they cared enough to test fighters outside of whatever athletic commissions would do (when Zuffa caught a fighter testing hot, they usually warned them; some didn’t listen – one lost his heavyweight championship belt when the commission busted him for real!).

But in the never-ending quest to get legit everywhere, the UFC put that testing stuff on USADA. As per veteran boxing journo Thomas Hauser:

USADA has shown that it knows how to catch drug cheats. In 2015, it entered into a contract to test mixed martial arts combatants for UFC. UFC wanted USADA to catch the drug cheats. In part, that might have been because a multi-billion-dollar sale of UFC’s parent company was in the works and prospective buyers wanted a clean sport. It’s also possible that Dana White and the rest of the UFC leadership understand the difference between right and wrong when it comes to illegal PED use in a combat sport.

Since then, some of the biggest names in UFC have been suspended pursuant to tests administered by USADA. This includes Brock Lesnar, Chad Mendes, Junior Dos Santos, Francisco Rivera, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Josh Barnett, and Nick Diaz.

An Imperfect System

No system is perfect, though, and USADA has had its issues. Mostly, it’s been things like busting fighters for taking tainted supplements, punishing them without recourse, and messing with careers when they didn’t have to.


Lyoto Machida: screwed by USADA.

However, the rising tide of shadiness got up to our knees when they busted Jon Jones for his one thousandth failed drug test, yet gave him a slap on the wrist for – supposedly – snitching. I saw supposedly because, well, there’s no real transparency in what may or may not happen next with whoever Jones snitched on. Are the USADA police kicking down the doors of Jones’ suppliers and carting dealers off to jail?

There might not be any mechanism in place for what happens next with that stuff, but there should be. Because if we don’t know what happens with all the info Jones allegedly gave to earn his wildly reduced sentence, then how do we know for sure that he actually did something worthy of him not being banned from competition for twenty years? How do we know that USADA didn’t let Jones off the hook simply because the UFC desperately needs one of its pay-per-view stars back in rotation? I’m not saying that’s the case. I’m just saying, how do we know it isn’t?

Can USADA Be Trusted?

I want to believe in the best in people, and that government has our best interests at heart. Also, I want to believe that the UFC puts the sport before business, and that as a general rule only immoral fighters do drugs. I also want to believe that the organization tasked with policing the drug use of UFC fighters is doing that unequivocally. But I’m too old and wise for any of those wants to overshadow reason and facts.

According to Hauser, USADA is being shady as f*ck with their oversight of boxing.

USADA has been testing professional boxers for performance enhancing drugs since 2010. Its website states that it has administered 1,501 tests on 128 professional boxers through August 22 of this year. Yet it appears as though, in all these years, USADA has reported only one adverse finding regarding a professional boxer (its belated report of Morales to the NYSAC) to a governing state athletic commission.

Is it possible that USADA has administered 1,501 tests to 128 professional boxers and that only one of these tests has come back positive? Yes. It’s also possible that a giant asteroid will obliterate life as we know it on earth tomorrow. But it’s statistically implausible and highly unlikely.

Sure, USADA has busted tons of UFC fighters, but if they’re dropping the ball in the boxing arena, what does that say about their efforts in mixed martial arts? At the very least, it raises some questions, like: How genuine are their efforts to police the sport? What happens when MMA starts getting the same treatment that boxing does – will we even notice?


Oh, look, some boxing.

California Is Getting Uncomfortable With USADA

Erstwhile UFC superstar Jones is returning at the end of this month. He’s fighting Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in Las Vegas because of dollars, dollars, dollars. Because Jones failed his drug test at UFC 215 in California, he had to do a song and dance before the California commission, and of course they’re letting him fight in Nevada. Because dollars, dollars, dollars.

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier UFC 226
I can post any picture of Jon Jones in the cage, and odds are he’s on drugs in the pic.

But Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission spoke afterwards about how he’s not too high on USADA. Most of what he said had to do with procedural stuff, like USADA screwing over fighters. Yet the crux was that he didn’t want to let USADA decide punishments anymore. Foster would prefer the Commission handle that.

He also wasn’t too keen on Jones getting a reduced sentence for snitching. As per MMAFighting:

“That’s nonsense to me,” Foster said. “You’re gonna tattle on somebody and get your [suspension] reduced? That doesn’t mesh with my way of thinking. I’m dealing with Mr. Jones or I’m dealing with Fighter X or Fighter B. I’m not gonna reduce their punishment if they tell me somebody else is a doper. I don’t want to speak exactly for [USADA], but part of the rationale was that’s part of an effective anti-doping program. I don’t know about anti-doping programs other than the drug tests that we issue here at CSAC. … Somebody wrote, it’s called the ‘snitch’ rule. Somebody wrote that. I don’t know about that.”

However

Multiple sources say that Foster has made it clear to promoters that he is uncomfortable with the pattern of USADA’s reported test results for boxing and would prefer that promoters use VADA or another reliable testing agency until the issue is resolved. On December 5, Foster told this writer, “It’s the weirdest thing. USADA has reported lots of positive test results for MMA but none for boxing. When it comes to boxing, I feel much more comfortable with VADA.”

Imagine that. A commission expressing their mistrust of USADA, and leaning towards the use of another organization to screen for drugs. What is this world coming to?

I’ll tell you what it’s coming to: A world where we might have to question USADA and whether they’re truly effective and genuine.

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Midnight Mania! Why Is A Brock Lesnar USADA Sample Missing?

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It could just be an error, but one of Brock Lesnar’s USADA samples is missing from the USADA database.

It is noteworthy mostly because of Lesnar’s history with USADA and the UFC. He was granted a special testing exemption in order fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200, a fight he handily won, only for tests to return afterwards positive, a result USADA could have sped up, but chose not to. Mark Hunt is currently in the process of suing Lesnar and the UFC over the entire incident.

Now, he is back in the testing pool in order to potentially face UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier sometime in 2019. Naturally, suspicions run high around another MMA return for the 41-year-old athlete. Daniel Cormier wants to ‘drug test the hell out of him’, and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz says he’s absolutely doping.

This is something to keep an eye on.


Insomnia

Good on the UFC for still paying Renato Moicano for training to be the backup fighter, even though he missed weight by a pound. That’s more generous than they needed to be.

Derrick Lewis shot his first day on his first TV show.

It was instantly meme-worthy stuff.

Tenshin Nasukawa hitting pads at Floyd Mayweather’s gym

The story of a man who beat Carlos Gracie- and paid the price.

Mayweather was asked a great question- why wasn’t he kickboxing Tenshin when he had been posting clips of training in an Octagon? He quickly revealed his true colors, confirming what we knew to be true- that the MMA rumors were, in his own words, “bullshit”.

Snow sparring

Michelle Waterson wishes a happy birthday to Claudia Gadelha, who fights tomorrow night.

Leslie Smith on Full Frontal:


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This really could have been stopped at least half a minute before it was.

Under normal MMA rules, this would have been a finish.

Those uppercuts…

Elbows are like the shotgun blasts of striking: You can only land them at close range but man are they effective.

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Jon Jones Touts Science of USADA Testing in Recent Anti-Doping Case: ‘They Don’t Make Mistakes’

As Jon Jones’ Octagon return against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 draws near, the former light heavyweight champion will make more and more appearances on national media shows to address his history with USADA and two failed drug tests within the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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USADA Strikes Again

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was keeping itself busy over the summer and has now claimed another Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight veteran in the form of Marvin Vettori, who flunked an out-of-competition drug test back on Aug. 6.

But unlike past infractions, the promotion — as well as the governing body — will no longer announce drug-testing violations until the cases are resolved, which means “The Italian Dream” is providing this update of his own free will.

“Since the beginning of my career I have always been a clean fighter,” Vettori wrote on social media (via Sherdog.com). “I have never intentionally assumed anything that could favor my performances inside the cage because I am convinced that the results are the result of sacrifice, dedication, blood and sweat. This is just a small stop on the way to achieve what I have set. As soon as I will be allowed to return to the cage, I will do it as always at my best and with only one goal in mind.”

Vettori (12-4-1) has struggled to stay consistent over the past couple of years. After signing with UFC on the strength of a five-fight winning streak, the 25 year-old submission specialist has only managed to break even inside the Octagon at 2-2 with one majority draw.

His last appearance ended with a split-decision loss to middleweight wunderkind Israel Adesanya at UFC on FOX 29 back in April, and depending on how things shake out with USADA, it could be well into 2019 before “The Italian Dream” returns.

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With USADA Situation Pending, Sean O’Malley Reveals Plans to Undergo Hip Surgery

Sean O’Malley will undergo surgery on his right hip, a procedure he estimates will keep him sidelined for approximately four months.
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