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Ed Soares: “It will be very bad for Brazil if something happens…” to the idiot Chael Sonnen

The concerns for Chael Sonnen’s safety going into the rematch with champion Anderson Silva in Brazil on June 23rd seem to be very legitimate.

Anderson Silva’s long time manager, Ed Soares, recently made this statement to portaldovaletudo.uol.com.br.

“Hopefully people will understand that they shouldn’t do anything against Chael, just boo him. Let Anderson settle this with him in the Octagon. It will be very bad for Brazil if something happens to him. The guy is an idiot, but he is promoting the fight and it will be the greatest MMA fight of all time.”

The fight will likely be the biggest rematch in MMA history, set to take place at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and is expected to hold 60,000 spectators during the summer games four years from now. Dana White has publically stated he expects the stadium to pack upwards of 80,000 fans for UFC 147.

With Chael Sonnen’s brash statements such as, “Hey Anderson, stick to what your country does best, like soccer or harboring infectious diseases,” the concern regarding his safety is well warranted. With death threats sent directly to Mr. Sonnen, and groups on the internet calling for nothing short of his head, we have to wonder what measures the UFC is going to have to take in order to ensure Chael’s safety.

Dana White has hinted at ‘presidential style’ security, and many fighters have made jokes about a helicopter evacuation should the ‘Oregon Gangster’ win the bout. We all know there is usually a great level of respect towards the opponent regardless of the outcome, or the hype going into that fight. The question is will Ed Soares’ request of the Brazilian fans to let Chael Sonnen make safe passage to and from the octagon be heard by Rio de Janeiro, especially should he win.

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NICK DIAZ COUNSEL RESPONDS TO NEVADA ATHLETIC COMMISSION

Counsel for UFC welterweight Nick Diaz responded on Wednesday to the Nevada Athletic Commission’s amended complaint regarding Diaz’s positive test for marijuana metabolites following his Feb. 4 bout at UFC 143.

The NAC initially filed its complaint against Diaz several days after his unanimous decision defeat to Carlos Condit, and Diaz was then suspended indefinitely on Feb. 22 pending a disciplinary hearing.

Diaz’s attorney, Ross C. Goodman of Goodman Law Group, responded to the complaint on March 7, alleging that Diaz -- a medical marijuana patient in his home state of California due to his diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- should not be subjected to disciplinary action on the grounds that marijuana metabolites are not a banned substance as defined by the NAC for legal users of the drug.

The NAC then amended its complaint on March 28, alleging that Diaz indeed violated the Nevada Administrative Code by testing positive for marijuana metabolites and by providing false or misleading information on his pre-fight questionnaire. Diaz had checked “no” when asked if he had taken any prescribed or over-the-counter drugs within two weeks of his bout or if he suffered from any serious medical conditions.

On Wednesday, Goodman responded to those claims, reiterating his stance that inactive marijuana metabolite is not a prohibited substance as defined by the NAC in regard to Diaz, who legally uses the drug out of competition.

Goodman also asserts in the document that Diaz responded to the pre-fight questionnaire to the best of his knowledge and did not supply the NAC with false or misleading information. Attaching a signed letter from the physician who recommended Diaz as a candidate for medical marijuana use in California, Goodman submits that Diaz answered the questions truthfully in that marijuana is neither a prescribed nor an over-the-counter drug.

The response also notes that the one-page questionnaire does not provide definitions of terms or examples. As such, Goodman alleges that Diaz’s interpretation that the term “serious medical condition” did not apply to his ADHD was a reasonable one and should also not serve as grounds for discipline. This stance is echoed by Diaz’s physician, Dr. Robert E. Sullivan, who states that while he defined Diaz’s ADHD as a “serious medical condition” when approving his use of medical marijuana, he believes “most laypeople would consider serious conditions to include cancer, heart attacks, strokes, a broken neck, AIDS, etc., but would not include ADHD on that list.”

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Diaz, 28, saw an 11-fight winning streak snapped when he was outpointed by Condit in the UFC 143 headliner. Known for his excellent boxing skills and top-shelf conditioning as well as his potent jiu-jitsu game, the lanky southpaw owns notable wins over B.J. Penn, Hayato Sakurai, Robbie Lawler and Frank Shamrock, among others. It is currently unknown when Diaz will appear before the NAC, but the commission’s next meeting takes place April 24 in Las Vegas.

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UFC on Fuel 2 Predictions

The long absence of UFC-event weekends is officially coming to a close this Saturday. On top of that, the UFC returns to Europe, this time making their debut in Sweden. That's important because it's the home of headliner and rising MMA contender Alexander Gustafsson. He'll lock horns with American Top Team's Thiago Silva, who returns to action for the first time since being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for PED-related test infraction. Silva also took the time to heal from a nagging back injury.

Can the Swede make good on the promise of expectations? Will he be the first fighter other than former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida to defeat Silva? Or can the ATT light heavyweight stalwart return to form after a lengthy layoff.

We'll attempt to answer those questions and more as we predict the winners at UFC on FUEL TV 2.

What: UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva

When: Saturday, the Facebook fights begin at 12:30 PM ET, the main card on Fuel begins at 3 pm ET.

Where: Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Predictions on the six television fights below.

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva

As I've previously discussed, there could be a path to defeating Silva that uses a healthy mix of takedowns and strikes. Either way, though, I don't think we're going to see Gustafsson have too much trouble. He isn't a blitzkrieg fighter, which is a good thing. He is more patient with his opportunities and I think either striking or with offensive grappling he's going to pressure Silva into a mistake. I also cannot ignore the time lost Silva had both in his suspension and with his back injury. Silva's talented and not beyond defeating virtually anyone in the division, but I just don't see him controlling Gustafsson en route to a decision like he did with Vera or blasting him out as he did with Jardine.

Pick: Gustafsson.

Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara

Stann has had a number of issues in this camp relating to family issues he had to attend to. As a result. he had to relocate it and had to communicate with coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn over the phone, sending video tapes back and forth, and more. It's not clear what this will do to his performance, but suffice it to say Stann didn't get the best camp he's ever had.

Still, I like him to beat Sakara. Stann's offensive striking style - power heavy, combination punching, head focused without being head hunting - is just the sort of style that gives Sakara all sorts of problems. Stann won't want to revert to his old WEC days and charge forward, but if he can pressure Sakara back and do what he does best he emerge the victor.

Pick: Stann

Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Bahadurzada is a talented fighter, but I tend to believe he's going to come up short here. Thiago's not a dynamic takedown machine, but he's got enough submission grappling credentials - especially from the clinch - to lord those skills over the Afghan. Bahadurzada obviously has more than a puncher's chance, but I see Thiago's striking as potent even if it's not as dangerous as Bahadurzada's. Between than and the clear superiority of Thiago's grappling game, it's hard for me to pick against the Brazilian.

Pick: Thiago.

Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes

Nunes is the more active of the two inside the cage, but does he really put that activity to effective use? I'm not convinced. Nunes doesn't get enough credit for his defensive skills. He's hard to hurt and is respectably talented elsewhere in terms of slowing down or stopping his opponents. But his offense is all over the place. He isn't a combination or power puncher. He isn't a dynamic offensive grappler. He can strike, yes and he's good on the ground, yes. But against a more thoughtful and direct striker like Siver - and one who can fight at range - Nunes is going to have a tough road.

Pick: Siver

DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire

I'm not really sure what to make of either of them given the lack of well-rounded skills and questionable competition. Johnson should win this fight, but I've got a feeling Maguire might be able to dictate fight location and complexion if not for a finish then a decision win. I'll be honest and say I'm not sure Maguire is the guy to exploit Johnson's weaknesses grappling, but if we are measuring liability against liability I'll tip my hat to the European.

Pick: Maguire

Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page

I'll take the Brit over the American, which is not something I often say. Page is a live dog here, but gets himself out of position with his wild attacks. I don't know if I see Pickett jumping guillotine to seal the win and Page has tremendous power punching. But the New Mexico-native can be controlled over the course of the fight. Pickett's wrestling is actually pretty solid. And Page is no Renan Barao who can both fight technically and with a sense of urgency when an opponent is hurt.

Pick: Pickett

 

 

Source: MMAFighting
By: Luke Thomas

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Kenny Florian On MMA Drug Users

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California State Athletic Commission Passes Amendment, Exemptions For TRT, Marijuana Could Be Allowed

The California State Athletic Commission voted on Monday to approve an amendment that allows therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for combat sports’ athletes who use drugs currently banned by the state agency for medical purposes, including testosterone and marijuana.

To be adopted into state law, the amendment’s verbiage must now be reviewed and approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs and then the state’s Office of Administrative Law, a process that could take months or even years, if it passes at all.

 

According to CSAC executive officer George Dodd in December Dan Henderson’s rigorous approval process served as a test case that the commission used to evaluate its proposed TUE requirements.

Like Henderson, one of three fighters approved for a testosterone TUE in Nevada, Dodd said future TUE candidates would need to provide extensive medical records documenting past use of the drug for medical purposes.

For a testosterone exemption specifically, Dodd said an applicant would be asked to provide blood tests prior to (30 days before) and after a contest to ensure levels were within acceptable margins. Dodd said that all materials submitted would be reviewed by the CSAC’s medical advisory board, which added an endocrinologist to its ranks on Monday for such cases.

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Bobby Lashley NOT fighting Fedor Emelianenko after all. Booked against James Thompson

The Super Fight League promotion has announced the main event for their third fight card which will be a heavyweight clash between former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley and MMA veteran James Thompson.

The event is set to take place on May 6th at the IGI Stadium in New Delhi, India, and the event will be broadcast via the Super Fight League’s Youtube page (www.youtube.com/SFL).

Lashley (7-1) was last seen in action submitting Karl Knothe at the Shark Fights 21 event last November to win the promotional heavyweight championship.

Lashley has rebounded to win consecutive fights after suffering the only setback of his career against Chad Griggs in August 2010. Lashley also owns wins over MMA veterans Bob Sapp and Wes Sims.

James Thompson (17-14, 1NC) is coming off a verbal submission win over Bob Sapp at the inaugural SFL event in March. Sapp verbally submitted after injuring his leg three minutes into the first round.

Thompson has won back to back fights (with the no contest sandwiched in between) which ended a stretch where Thompson had lost eight of nine fights dating back to 2007.

The SFL promotion also announced the following bouts for the SFL 3:

Trevor Prangley vs. Baga Agaev (LHW)
Doug Marshall vs. Zelg Galesic (MW)
Lena Ovchinnikova vs. Joanne Calderwood (125lb)

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SIYAR BAHADURZADA ON PAULO THIAGO, AFGHANISTAN, THE UFC

Siyar Bahadurzada makes his debut for the UFC this weekend.

Born in Afghanistan, he relocated to Holland as a teenager when his family decided to leave their homeland because it was becoming too dangerous. But Siyar swapped one war zone for another as he quickly immersed himself in the Dutch kickboxing scene.

That eventually led to him joining Golden Glory and it was a fruitful relationship until recently, when a dispute over money led to him leaving the team and striking out on his own. Now training with the legendary Thai-boxing coach Lucien Carbin in Amsterdan, Siyar faces Paulo Thiago in Sweden on Saturday night.

So, UFC debut this weekend and its against Paulo Thiago. Your thoughts?

Man, Thiago is a great fighter. He always brings it, great stand up, great ground. Always wants to fight, so he is a perfect opponent. My fighting style is savage - violent, ferocious. I don’t hold anything back, everything I throw is with bad intentions. Every time I connect I put people to sleep, whatever I throw is with bad intentions. I am not used to holding back. When I train I throw every punch, every kick every knee hard, and that is how I fight.


Some people trip over your name when trying to pronounce it; Afghan names aren’t easy for Europeans! Aside from the name, are you still closely tied to Afghanistan? Why did you leave there?

Well there were some problems which forced us to leave Afghanistan but even being far from Afghanistan, I still love Afghanistan and fight for Afghanistan. Because we have had a really bad reputation in the media worldwide and now I have the chance to set some things right and show Afghanistan in a good light.

You see terrible things about Afghanistan but Afghanistan is not terrible! The media manipulate the news, everyone knows that - you know that, I know that - but Afghanistan is not like that, its not like everything you see on the news. It is much more. If you go to the history books you can read about the emperors in Afghanistan and what kind of people we are, what kind of history we have and what kind of warriors we are.

We are actually like everybody else, we are a hospitable people, we are loyal, we are honourable. We are just as good as anybody else but the media put us in a dark light over us in recent years. Right now we Afghans, the sportsmen, are working hard to change that picture.


Afghanistan has been war-torn for so long; do you still have hopes that it can be turned around?

Hope is the last thing I will give up, so of course there is hope for Afghanistan. And if I do my best on my part, out of the love for Afghanistan, if I do whatever I can and I don’t expect anything in return like everyone who is raiding Afghanistan, it will be a better place soon.


There are segments of the American crowd that are infamously ‘patriotic’ (by which I mean, the chant ‘USA’ at every opportunity). Do you fear you Afghan heritage might go over badly with them?

When I fight I don’t fight like ‘Afghanistan vs. USA’, I don’t want to fight that fight. I am fighting the bad image of my country. I want to be a role model, I want to put a positive person in the media so that people can see Afghanistan is not everything you see in the news, that is my goal.

And I want to inspire the little kids in Afghanistan who never had a chance. I want to give them an opportunity and show them that if they try their best they can be something. If you have nothing else you can train and get to the top of the world in sports. That is my goal.

In 2010, your name was in the MMA headlines because you had signed an exclusive deal with Strikeforce. Your debut was highly anticipated - but then never happened; Strikeforce claimed the contract wasn’t valid. What actually happened?

Well my future is my brighter than my dark past, so actually the brightness in my future pulls me more than the darkness in my past. What is Strikeforce, is this an organisation? I don’t even know. They don’t exist for me. I am looking forward to the UFC. The UFC is the place where I am right now, the UFC is the place where I will stay and make my point.


What is that point, to take a run at the belt?

I know I can be champion. That’s why I am doing this - I would not be wasting my time if I knew I wouldn’t be champion. As Muhammad Ali said, ‘in order to be a champion you have to have the will and you have to have the skill, but the will should be stronger than the skill’ - and I have that will to be the champion. I will be the champion.


You have a strong striking pedigree and the UFC is well stocked with fighters who are primarily wrestlers. Is that going to present a problem?

Well yeah, there are a lot of wrestlers in the US and they are pretty good at wrestling. I could never be as good at wrestling as they are - but they can never be as good at striking as I am. So its always this… game… who imposes his game on the other one? Considering my abilities I think I can hang with those wrestlers easy and I can bang with them on the feet, easy.

Its all about the tactics and strategy in the fight. If you are a smart fighter and you go there and have a good gameplan, you will go there and come out victorious. Knowing that I have power in my hands and I have been training with wrestlers all the time, it wont be a factor for me.


Thanks for talking to us Siyar; any message for the fans?

Thanks very much for following me on Twitter and Facebook and I would like to thank Fighters Only for taking this interview. Fans, I am so excited to fight for you guys and hopefully you guys will like my fighting style. I will fight to finish. I am looking forward to fighting April 14 in Sweden and hopefully you guys will watch.

 

Source: Fighters Only
By: John Joe Regan

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UFC 146: Mark Hunt Discusses Possible Bout With Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem's Failed Test

Possible shot at JDS:

"I have no idea. I think maybe, they want to see a feel good story of the year. I think people like to see an underdog. I mean, I wasn't event wanted in the UFC and here we are talking about getting a title shot. I think people like the feel good story. No one's told me nothing. I'm always last to find out. I'm still looking to fight Struve, but if I get a title shot then that is better for me and that will be thanks to the 'Army of Doom.' It's not up to me but the chances are good. I think the 'Army of Doom' has been bombing Dana Whites twitter. But whatever happens, it is what it is. But I won't be disappointed and Struve is a tough opponent and I will be moving on and when it is my time to get a title shot, I will. You can say whatever you want, but the UFC, at the end of the day they are going to do what they want, it's their call."

On how he matches up against "Cigano:"

"I match up good against anyone so I do match up against him. It's good to be underestimated and be the underdog, it's great, it gives me more drive and more fire. When someone tells you can't beat anyone or are not good enough, I get motivated."

Alistair Overeem and PED's in MMA:

"Drugs in all sports is a big problem. It's a cutthroat business, people take this shit just to get by. I don't use that shit, but when Alistair takes that shit or whoever takes it they just screw themselves out. Like when Barnett screwed himself out of the fight with Fedor. But who am I too judge anybody. I don't take that shit and no one else should. If they do, that's on them, Alistair got caught,that's his problem and now he's dealing with it and everything that Alistair has done is meaningless now. At the end of the day he just got caught cheating, so what's the deal? I lost to him, so did he use that shit when I was fighting him? That's on him, he has to live with that shit not me. It's not my position to judge him, he has to look himself in the mirror. At the end of the day, I don't give a crap who's taking what. The steroids are not going to help them when I hit them. Take as much as you like, I don't care."

 

 

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James Head looking to finish Papy Abedi quickly at UFC on Fuel TV 2

This Saturday's UFC on Fuel TV 2 card in Sweden will feature a Middleweight bout between James Head and Papy Abedi. Head is confident about his chances heading into his fight against Papy Abedi.

"Right now I am training in Oklahoma City with a strong group of fighters at Lovato Jiu-Jitsu, I have Bellator Fighter Jared Hess, World Jiu_Jitsu Champion Rafael Lovato Jr., Matt Grice as well as some local guys who are solid.

I'm not worried about being out of action as I was training really hard for a proposed fight at UFC 138 before I tore the MCL in my knee. I've been in the gym every day getting ready to fight. I'm just excited to get back in there. He's obviously a big strong guy, I watched the fight against Thiago at UFC 138 and he definitely has holes that I feel I can exploit.

I feel I have the advantage in the stand-up and he showed once he got hurt he was looking for a way out on the ground, but Thiago got the choke on him and put him away. I think I stack up well against him in all aspects of MMA. I plan on putting him to sleep. One way or another I'm looking to end this fight early. The UFC pays us to show and to win; they don't pay us any overtime!"

Head will be coming off a lengthy layoff since fighting at UFC 131 last July, where he was involved in a war with Nick Ring before being finished late in the last round. Head was scheduled to have a fight at UFC 138 before tearing his MCL, and is now aching to get back into the Octagon. He knows that his opponent Abedi holds more overseas experience than he does, but he is fully confident in his extensive training camp and will seek an early finish this Saturday night in Sweden.

 

By: Mike Drahota 

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WTF! Craaazy Mirko Crocop prank! Must see!

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