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RANDY COUTURE ABOUT FIGHTERS USING TRT: "SOME ARE GOING TOO FAR"

Randy Couture thinks that some fighters are pushing it with Testosterone Replacement Therapy:

“There is such fine line with all of the anti-aging stuff that’s out there now. TRT is generally something a guy does in their 40’s and 50’s when their natural production of testosterone drops off,” 

“There are other natural ways to boost your own body’s production without replacing it and it’s safer as well, but it still should be under the care of a physician.

“It’s a very fine and a very personal thing and there is no easy answer. An athlete is using his body to earn a living and entertain the fans, they want to get the most out of themselves, but sometimes they go too far with it.”

Couture’s comments come in the same week that would-be title challenger Alistair Overeem was denied a license to fight Junior Dos Santos in Las Vegas next month.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission turned him down, and banned him from reapplying for nine months, because of a 14:1 testosterone ration in a urine sample taken at random in March.

The upper limit is 6:1; Overeem’s defence was that he had undergone anti-inflammatory treatment from a Texan doctor and the medication had inadvertently contained testosterone. NSAC was unmoved.

Overeem’s title shot has now passed to Frank Mir.

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Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch in works for UFC 147 headliner

 

According to rumors Erik Koch will step up to face Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 147 in Brazil.

Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White spoke at UFC 148 press event in Rio abot the possibility of having Jose Aldo on the card, in light of the fact that the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnenis now re-scheduled for July 7th.

Erik Koch is 13-1 in his MMA career, with 7 Submission and 3 KO/TKO victories. Koch's only loss came against Chad Mendes (via Decision), who was viciosly knocked out by Aldo at UFC 142.

At the age of 23, Koch is widely considered as one of the Top 5 Featherweights on the planet, with a clear potential to dethrone Jose Aldo. This will be Jose Aldo's third UFC Featherweight title defense.

UFC 147 is currently headlined by the long-anticipated rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. The card will also feature the Heavyweight scrap between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow, as well as two TUF: Brazil Finale bouts.

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Chael Sonnen's security one of the major problems that made UFC move rematch to Vegas

The UFC had to abandon plans to book UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva defending his title against Chael Sonnen in a Brazilian stadium due to logistical issues involving hotel room shortages due to a UN conference. That might not be such a bad thing, for the UFC security team that is since apparently just bringing Sonnen into the country for a press conference is a serious security challenge.

The wise-cracking Sonnen, who gave Silva the toughest fight of his UFC career at UFC 117, certainly knows how to piss off Brazilian fans. He's made a long series of semi-racist remarks about the alleged primitive state of the country, made endless jokes at the expense of the Nogueira brothers and other Brazilian stars and continues to push his luck at every opportunity.

Sonnen and Silva will now meet in the headliner of UFC 148 in Las Vegas. UFC 147 will remain in Brazil, although the promotion is still working to secure a venue. UFC Featherweight champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch is expected to headline that event with a co-main of Ultimate Fighter Brazil coaches Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva.

 

"With the stuff he said and everything else, we made sure we had proper security. We had seven guys with us who do this for a living. We mapped out the whole route. We literally landed at the airport in Rio, went through customers, then jumped on helicopters that took us right through to the hotel. I came in the front door and we put him through the side door, had him in a holding room.

"You know those disguises with the mustaches and the glasses you get at a joke shop? He had one of those on and he said ‘you wonder how I got into this country, this was my disguise.' He says, ‘everyone was asking me if I was one of the Nogueira brothers, and the people were asking, which Nogueira brother was I, the fat one or the bald one? The one that was good or the one that was never good?'

"We did a scrum with him, the reporters were getting really aggressive. Someone got him with a shock pen, all kinds of stuff like that. He went out the side door, I went out the front door, we got back in the helicopters, got him back through customs, got him on a plane, and got him out of there."

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Dana White: It took 75 min's to convince Anderson to move Sonnen rematch

Anderson Silva didn't lash out publicly at Dana White when the UFC president declared he wanted to move the rematch with Chael Sonnen to Las Vegas, USA - but on the quiet he was very upset.

It took the UFC president 75 minutes to convince him to fight Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas instead of Rio de Janeiro and this was the reason for the press conference delay yesterday, reports Gustavo Noblat of OGlobo.com.

The talk was heated - initially Anderson refused to change the venue of what could be the rematch of the century. Two years ago, the Brazilian middleweight champion defeated Sonnen in an epic combat. The upcoming confrontation was set to occur at Stadium Engenhao in Rio, and would have been the biggest show of UFC history with 80 thousand tickets to be sold.

But the date coincided with international events in the city and White alleged Rio would not have the infrastructure to hold the fighting event. “There wouldn't have been enough hotel rooms,” he said.

The champion was frustrated and insisted on fighting in Brazil. Anderson told Dana that Sonnen had been disrespectful with him, his family and all the Brazilian. “He deserves to taught a lesson here, I owe this to my people", repeated Silva. But Dana was adamant. “If there is no way how to make the event in a stadium, it has to be in Las Vegas,” said the company president.

Dana explained that Las Vegas is a city that has structure to promote the UFC from one day to the next. The capital of betting and fights is there, remarked the boss. He reminded Silva of the appeal that the bout will have in the United States landing as it does in the week of the celebrations for Independence Day. 

He spoke about the potential of the Pay-per-view sales it would generate and in the end, he guaranteed a good percentage of the pay-per-view share to Anderson. As with so many things in life, money talks louder than anything.

After a lot of discussion Anderson concluded by turning to White and asking “Okay, so tell me - what do you want from me?” White answered, “I want you go to Las Vegas and perform well, make it a great fight.” It was then the champion formally accepted the mission. “If it has to be like this, I will beat this guy wherever. He deserves a lesson.”

Dana was excited with the 'yes' of Anderson. He told him he was the “perfect UFC ambassador in Brazil” and also reaffirmed that the Brazilian “is the best fighter ever made in MMA - today everybody talks about Jon Jones but for me you are the best by far,” said a smiling White.

Anderson now blames the UFC’s Brazilian investment partner Eike Batista and his IMX company for the failure to organize efficiently what would have been the ‘UFC Rio 3’. IMX is UFC partner and promotes the fights of the UFC in Brazil. Anderson thinks they didn't understand the size of the event and didn't have sufficient competence to make it.

Anderson's managers are frustrated with the moving of the bout to USA but they recognize that it can be a good deal. The pay-per-view rates promise to beat or to get close to the record. And, having reversed his refusal to fight in the US, the champion scores important points with the organisation.

The UFC plans to invest in academies in Brazil with the brand Anderson Silva/UFC. The event recognizes in Anderson the biggest MMA talent of all time and wishes to use his image even when he gets retired.

“Anderson knows this partnership with UFC is for life,” Jorge Guimaraes told Noblat. “There are no motives to get into friction with the event, so we accepted to fight in Vegas. We don't go against the UFC, we go on the same side - after all, Anderson is its employee.”

The duel could have been kept in Brazil but it would take place at a smaller location than a soccer stadium. "A fight of this magnitude has to be at a grand place and Las Vegas is a good venue,” Jorge said.

UFC 147 has no venue set as yet but the schedule stays untouched: June 23. The event will likely be headlined by Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, unless the organisation confirms the featherweight champion Jose Aldo to defend his belt in the same card.

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Nate Diaz Says Brother Nick Diaz Not That Interested in Fighting Right Now

Two months have passed and the status of Nick Diaz remains as much a question mark as it was on the night of UFC 143, when Diaz stunned spectators by retiring from mixed martial arts after expressing disgust at the judging for his interim title loss to Carlos Condit.

With Diaz still in his prime at 28 years old, many, including UFC President Dana White, believe the impulsive retirement to only be temporary. However, the man closest to Diaz, his younger brother UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz, has rebuffed those sentiments in the past, stating that he believes the former Strikeforcechampion is unlikely to change his mind.

On Thursday afternoon, Nate reiterated those feelings, explaining that his brother has other priorities besides a return to MMA.

 

"He's busy right now. He's got triathlon season," Diaz said. "I don't think he's really that interested in fighting. So as of right now, no."

Further complicating matters, Nick remains caught in a tenuous battle with the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from a positive test for marijuana metabolites following UFC 143.

Diaz' lawyer Ross Goodman contends that the presence of marijuana metabolites do not qualify as a prohibited substance as Diaz possesses a legal medical marijuana card, and that Diaz' usage was stopped eight days before for the fight, and thus should be considered out of competition.

Diaz is currently scheduled to meet Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Braulio Estima in a 180-pound BJJ superfight at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo on May 12 in Long Beach, CA.

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UFC on FOX 3 weigh-ins slated for May 4 at New Jersey's IZOD Center

Official fighter weigh-ins for next month's "UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller" event take place May 4.

IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., hosts both the weigh-ins and the following night's FOX- and FUEL TV-broadcast event.

The night's main event sees a scrap between top lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.

In addition to the night's headlining matchup, UFC on FOX 3's four-fight main card also features Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck, Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares and Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson.

The weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open to the general public at 3 p.m. ET. A UFC Fight Club Q&A featuring a fighter yet to be named takes place at 2 p.m. ET and is open to members of the UFC Fight Club, the UFC's official fan club.

The official UFC on FOX 3 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX)

  • Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
  • Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
  • Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
  • John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
  • John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
  • Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
  • Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
  • Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
  • Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola

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Dana White: Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn Deserve to Be in UFC Hall of Fame

 The UFC hasn’t set a time or date for its next set of inductions into the company’s Hall of Fame. But when they get around to it, said company president Dana White, two former champions will likely get a call.


During a lunch gathering at The Palm restaurant, White said two fighters coming close to the end of the line, former UFC light heavyweight championTito Ortiz and multi-weight class champ B.J. Penn, belong in the Hall of Fame.

"Despite my personal problems with Tito, he belongs in," said White. "He was the champion when we first bought this thing. The fact that Tito is still here, Tito and I have had our moments, but it doesn’t change what he did for the company."


Ortiz was the first major drawing card of the Zuffa era. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" held the light heavyweight title from 2000-03, still the third-longest reign in company history, and his rivalries with Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell helped etch the new-era UFC into mainstream consciousness.

Ortiz and White have famously clashed over the years. But White says he can’t deny the former champion his place in history.

"The beef between me and Tito, Chuck and Tito, the fact is, that played a huge role in helping making this thing as big as it is."

Penn, a Hilo, Hawaii native billed as "The Prodigy," is one of the most naturally gifted fighters ever to set foot in the Octagon. His willingness to fight anyone -- he once gave up 50 pounds in a fight against future UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and took him to a decision -- made him one of the company’s most popular fighters.

Penn is one of just two fighters to win titles in multiple weight classes. In 2004, the natural lightweight went up to welterweight and submitted Matt Hughes to claim the crown, ending Hughes’ 13-fight win streak. In 2008, he defeated Joe Stevenson for the vacant UFC lightweight title and held the belt for two years.

"Definitely," White said when asked if Penn belongs in the Hall. "The thing about B.J. Penn is that what he brought to the lightweight division, there was a point in time when we first bought this company when people thought guys in the lighter weight divisions couldn’t be stars and couldn’t see pay-per-views and couldn’t cross over. B.J. Penn was definitely that first crossover guy for us."

Ortiz will fight Forrest Griffin in their trilogy fight on July 7 in what is expected to be Ortiz’s last fight. Penn is hinting at retirement, but White thinks he’s not done yet.

"He’ll be back. It’s tough, when there are 16,000 people in the arena chanting your name, it’s tough to walk away from that. B.J. Penn is a fighter. You hear some of these guys, and Tito was one of these guys, he said he wanted to be famous. B.J. Penn is a fighter."

Fighters currently in the Hall are Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture,Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes. Late TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis is also inducted.

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UFC champ Jon Jones' eventual move to heavyweight 'not going to be that fun'

ATLANTA – He's just 24 years old, but UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones' future is quickly becoming one of MMA's most popular talking points.

Following a decisive unanimous-decision victory over Rashad Evans at Saturday's UFC 145 event at Atlanta's Phillips Arena, he's now defeated four straight ex-UFC champions.

But UFC president Dana White warns that a move to heavyweight shouldn't come anytime soon.

Jones used his ridiculous reach and inventive striking to post a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Evans in Saturday's pay-per-view headliner. Evans was clearly the No. 1 contender, and many felt he had the best chance at upsetting the titleholder. But Jones simply operated on a different level.

But White said Jones still has work to do at 205 pounds. For example, he already announced that Jones will meet veteran Dan Henderson later this year in the champ's next title defense.

"Jon Jones is a physical specimen," White said. "The guy is huge at 205 pounds. He's out there doing things, and not only is he a big guy, he's super athletic. He was throwing elbows like they were hands tonight.

"But he needs to stay at 205. He can make 205. This is where he needs to stay. Once he cleans out a division and [expletive] starts getting a little old and stale, then maybe he makes that move to heavyweight."

Henderson, 42, has extended his career in large part due to his adaptability. In recent years, he's competed at middleweight, light heavyweight, and even heavyweight (for a bout with famed Russian Fedor Emelianenko). But the moves were born more out of necessity as Henderson attempted to secure big fights with Strikeforce and now for a title fight in the UFC.

Jones, though, has the luxury of staying put. And according to White, it's a luxury he should enjoy while he can. After all, the heavyweight division is a different animal altogether.

"You move up to heavyweight, and you've got [expletive] Junior Dos Santos up there," White said of the division's current champ. "Dude's got bombs in his hands. ... You've got some big serious dudes at heavyweights. It's a big jump.

"It's not going to be that fun at heavyweight."

Besides, White said, Jones eventually will be forced to move to heavyweight anyway. He's seen it before with young stars. Eventually, the weight cut will be too demanding, and his body will force him up a weight class.

"The guy eventually is going to naturally have to go to heavyweight because he's so big," White said. "He's 24 years old, and as he gets older, it's going to be harder to cut that weight. It's going to be harder to stay as lean as he is, and it'll just naturally happen.

"If I was him, and I'm not his coach or advisor or anything else, I'd wait until that naturally happens. Get a lot of experience at 205 before you go up there to heavyweight."

Currently, Dos Santos rules the weight class, and following Alistair Overeem's removal from the card, he now meets Frank Mir at UFC 146 next month. Ex-champ Cain Velasquez, recent imports Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum, and prospects such as Travis Browne, Stefan Struve and Mike Russow have given the division depth like it's never had before.

And many of them cut weight to make the 266-pound limit.

All those are reasons, White believes, that Jones should enjoy his light-heavyweight run while he can.

"I wouldn't be too itchy to move up to heavyweight," he said. "Dude, it's a whole other level."

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Dana White: I thought NSAC would suspend Alistair Overeem for one year

UFC President Dana White shared thoughts about Nevada State Athletic Commision's decision to suspend Alistair Overeem for 9 months due to failed UFC 146 pre-fight drug test. White was not impressed with Overeem's line of defense, once again stating that the Dutchman lied to his face when he said "I'm the most tested athlete in MMA. I never used PEDs". As for Alistair Overeem's future with the UFC, Dana White commented "we'll see what happens".

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Mir: Seems like 'Reem had a viable explanation

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