- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter2 days ago
As UFC 202 draws near and Nate Diaz gears up for his highly anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor, the Stockton, Calif., fighter has been busy doing his media rounds. And for those familiar with Diaz, you never quite know what may come out of his mouth.
For over a decade Diaz has fought in relative obscurity, except to hardcore MMA fans. Often in the shadow of his brother Nick, Nate has never dealt with the spotlight shining so brightly on him. It took a long time to get to this point and Diaz reflected on his early MMA fighting days during an interview with Fox Sports’ Andy Nesbitt.
Once upon a time, a 22-year-old Nate Diaz thought his future was going to be paved with gold after coming out victorious on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The winner of a six-figure contract, Diaz believed that he was rich and the fighter acted as if he was swimming in money … until he realized he wasn’t.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter3 days ago
Although Kimbo Slice is no longer with us, his spirit will live on in the cage as Bellator recently announced the signing of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr.
Bellator already set a date for the debut of the 24-year-old son of the late Kimbo Slice as well – August 26 at Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.
“Baby Slice” will fight for the same promotion that his father last competed in before tragically dying of congestive heart failure on June 6. Although Ferguson Jr. doesn’t have a professional MMA fight under his belt, he did have his first amateur fight in March when he scored a knockout in 84 seconds.
He’s only been training MMA full-time for the past two years. Prior to that, he studied photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
“I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on,” Ferguson told the AP. “I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do.”
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter4 days ago
The last time we saw Chael Sonnen compete in the Octagon, it was November of 2013 and Rashad Evans dominated him en route to a first-round TKO at UFC 167. Since then, the self-proclaimed “bad guy” has been on the bench after being suspended for failing multiple drug tests by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Shortly after his latest drug test in 2014, Sonnen announced his retirement.
While being “retired,” Sonnen has done some analyst work for other MMA and pro wrestling promotions as well as competed in a trio of submission grappling matches.
But as of this week, Sonnen has completed his suspension and is now eligible to return to mixed martial arts competition. The question is whether we will see him in the UFC anytime soon.
The answer to that inquiry is that he’d love to come back, as long as he’s able to pass a drug test.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter4 days ago
Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones sure do have a lot in common lately. Both were booked for UFC 200. However, Jones was pulled from the main event after testing positive for a banned substance while Lesnar won his match with Mark Hunt but had positive test results from drug tests taken both in-competition and out-of-competition.
It was found that both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for hydroxyl-clomiphene, an estrogen blocker, which can mask steroid use. In addition to clomiphene, Jones also tested positive for Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor.
The similarities don’t stop there, however.
Although both are facing sanctions from USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the UFC has decided not to fine either fighter for their failed drug tests. That will be left up to the NAC, according to UFC vice president of public relations, Dave Sholler.
Lesnar will likely be fined a percentage of his $2.5 million purse for fighting at UFC 200. Jones, on the other hand, didn’t have a purse because he did not compete.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter9 days ago
The hammer has come down swift and heavy for UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes. USADA announced that the Team Alpha Male fighter has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.
The positive result came from an out-of-competition urine test on May 17. The test found GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide) in his system.
Mendes has long been one of the top 145-pound fighters in the UFC despite a recent slide when he was knocked out in back-to-back fights against Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor. He hasn’t fought since losing to Edgar last December.
The 31-year-old will be sidelined until June 10, 2018, two years after the date the provisional suspension began.
This comes hot on the heels of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar being flagged by USADA for banned substances. Both Jones and Lesnar are waiting to see what disciplinary action will be handed down from USADA.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter11 days ago
Michael Page is quickly becoming Bellator’s fastest rising star and the 29-year-old added to his growing legacy with one of the most violent knockouts of all time against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 158 over the weekend.
The unbeaten welterweight scored an absolutely devastating knockout of Santos with a flying knee in the second round of their bout. To put a cap on the scintillating knockout, Page celebrated by channeling the Pokemon Go craze that has taken the world by storm. With Santos still sprawled out on the canvas, Page went to his corner, grabbed a Pokemon hat and then rolled a Pokeball at his downed opponent in an attempt to “capture” his prey.
With a “Cyborg” now in his faux Pokemon stable, Page wrapped up his post-fight celebration with a “Yatta!” pose at the end.
But the celebration would take a back seat to the damage that Page’s knee inflicted on the skull of Santos. The 38-year-old had a very visible dent in his forehead as a direct result of the knee and will need surgery to repair the fractured skull.
Page took to his Instagram to wish his downed opponent a full recovery.
- Cagewriter15 days ago
It was certainly a tumultuous week for Daniel Cormier. From preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Jon Jones to wondering if he’d even compete on the card and then ending up being relentlessly booed by fans at UFC 200 when he chose to ground legendary striker Anderson Silva to win a unanimous decision in a short notice fight, Cormier certainly is glad that it’s all over.
But that doesn’t necessarily put an end to the turmoil surrounding him.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter19 days ago
The UFC had one hell of a week. Three days, three events and 36 fights sounds like something that would keep the top MMA promotion in the world with their hands full. For a minute, it appeared that the weekend would go off without a hitch, as only one fighter scheduled for UFC 200 wasn’t able to make it to the finish line (Derek Brunson).
However, when you lose your main event just three days before the biggest and most stacked card in UFC history, things can spiral out of control. Somehow, the UFC managed to steady the ship by bringing Anderson Silva in to face Daniel Cormier and put a Band-Aid on a glaring hole. But the show went on and was ripe with multiple narratives.
But, alas, the end is here and not everyone could come out a winner. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from a huge week in MMA.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter19 days ago
UFC 200 came and went with much to discuss. Among those topics includes Daniel Cormier’s performance against Anderson Silva. Many fans were not happy with Cormier opting to put his wrestling to work despite holding a significant size advantage and the fact that Silva stepped up to face the UFC light heavyweight champion on two days notice after Jon Jones was pulled due to a failed USADA drug test.
Cormier won a clear unanimous decision but it became the topic of debate between Donald Cerrone and CM Punk during a special Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo that was titled “UFC 200 Aftermath.”
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter20 days ago
A former MMA fighter has targeted UFC president Dana White with death threats and has allegedly claimed that he will show up at UFC 200 with a crew and guns to murder White.
According to TMZ, Dan Quinn is looking to get payback on some unresolved issues between he and White. Although he has never fought in the UFC, Quinn has made White a target for several years. Back in 2012, Quinn left death threats on White’s voicemail and threatened to shoot him in the head.
Quinn is known for some extraordinarily strange videos and his bizarre support of Stevia, which is a sweet leaf sugar substitute that grows North and South America. He has been jailed on several occasions and some of his offenses include domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.