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Alistair Overeem NSAC hearing set for April 24, UFC 146 main event decision comes after

Earlier today, it was reported that UFC President Dana White has already decided to keep the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight intact as a main card showcase at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That seemed like an interesting decision considering the circumstances.

Those circumstances include Alistair Overeem having failed a surprise drug test at a press conference and throwing his main event match-up against Junior dos Santos into doubt. The situation is murky in the sense that Overeem can't be suspended because he hasn't actually been licensed for the heavyweight title fight over the Memorial Day weekend.

Which means he's going to have to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to plead his case. So far, he hasn't requested for his "B" sample to be tested to confirm (or deny) the positive result of his "A" sample. Either way, he's fighting an uphill battle and he's going to need to come up with an awful good reason for his T/E ratio being 14:1 when normal levels are 1:1.

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer recently told the MMA Show that Overeem's hearing in front of the Commission will take place on April 24, where they will determine whether or not to license him for the fight. As it turns out, that's the reason Dana White has yet to make a decision on a replacement opponent for dos Santos.

The Wrestling Observer reports that White told them no decision will be made prior to Overeem's hearing. He did reiterate, however, that a heavyweight championship fight will take place at UFC 146, no matter what.

That almost makes it sound as though UFC is hoping "The Reem" has a damn good explanation and ultimately is granted a license and the fight goes ahead as first planned. That seems like a long shot, but crazier things have happened in this game.

In the meantime, a back-up plan will surely have to be put together. Fans are still rallying for Mark Hunt to step in while others are clamoring for the UFC to sign Fedor Emelianenko. Even Dan Henderson has thrown his name in the ring, saying he would definitely take the fight if offered.

All that will have to wait until April 24 though.


Source: mmamania

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Video: Alexander Gustafsson i UFC Ultimate Insider



He comes from Sweden and is known as "The Mauler".

Meet rising light heavyweight star Alexander Gustafsson as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career at UFC on FUEL TV in his hometown of Stockholm.




UFC: Sweden är numera bara runt hörnet, och det innebär att UFC sakta men säkert börjar ladda upp med marknadsföringen inför galan.

UFCs alldeles egna veckoprogram UFC Ultimate Insider tog därför möjligheten att ställa en kamera framför svensken Alexander Gustafsson och ställde honom några frågor om hans karriär och om Thiago Silva.

Samtidigt föddes citatet ”It’s impossible to lose this fight.

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UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva

UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva (also known as UFC on Fuel TV 2) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 14, 2012 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

This will be the first UFC event held in Sweden, and is the fastest selling European event in UFC history, selling out in three hours.

A rematch between Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver at featherweight was briefly linked to this event. However, Siver is now expected to face Diego Nunes.
Mike Goldberg is slated to do play by play for this event in place of Jon Anik due to scheduling issues.
Akira Corassani was expected to face Jason Young at the event, but Corassani pulled out of the bout with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Eric Wisely.
Antônio Rogério Nogueira was expected to face Alexander Gustafsson at this event but pulled out due to injury. His replacement will be Thiago Silva.
Jorgen Kruth was expected to face Cyrille Diabate at the event but pulled out of the bout with an injury, Tom DeBlass has agreed to step in for Kruth and fight Diabate.

Official fight card

Main card

Light Heavyweight bout: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
Middleweight bout: Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Featherweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes
Welterweight bout: DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Bantamweight bout: Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page

Preliminary card (Facebook)

Welterweight bout: Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Middleweight bout: Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Lightweight bout: Reza Madadi vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
Welterweight bout: Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Featherweight bout: Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely

Bouts in the works:
Cyrille Diabate vs. Tom DeBlass

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"The last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action in June

Following a week of speculation about where "The Last Emperor" will end up next, Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Gloval director of operations,

announced Friday afternoon that Emelianenko will fight on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emelianenko's opponent will be announced at a later date.

Emelianenko (33-4, 1 NC) has gotten back on the winning track after losing three straight fights in Strikeforce in 2010-11. He snapped his losing streak by defeating Jeff Monson via unanimous decision in Nov. 2011 and then knocked out Satoshi Ishii on New Year's Eve in Japan.

Late last month, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted that he would be open to negotiating with Emelianenko if M-1 Global dropped its co-promotion stipulation, but UFC president Dana White quickly put an end to that talk when he said that he was not interested in signing the Russian fighter under any circumstances.

The 35-year-old Emelianenko tweeted on Thursday that he was training in Holland.

"Spring weather, the mood of combat, begin the training process," he wrote.

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Medical Beat: What are T/E ratios? And why do cutoff limits vary for testosterone?

Source: mmajunkie
by Dr. Johnny Benjamin


Following UFC 146 headliner Alistair Overeem's failed drug test, my inbox is full of questions regarding T/E ratios and the like.

So maybe it's time for a quick physiology primer for you fight junkies.

Testosterone (T) is the naturally occurring male hormone produced primarily in the testes. Epitestosterone (E) is an inactive form of testosterone that may serve as a storage substance or precursor that gets converted to active T.

Most men have a ratio of T to E of 1:1, which means normal men have equal amounts of T and E in their blood. There is some normal ethnic and time of day variation in the normal T/E ratio (as low as 0.7:1 and as high as 1.3:1).

Statistics reveal that a ratio of up to 3.7:1 will capture 95 percent of all normal men, and a ratio of up to 5:1 will capture greater than 99 percent of all men. That's why the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) allows up to 4:1 (so its test is at least 95 percent accurate) and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the NCAA and some others allow up to 6:1 (for 99 percent accuracy). The whole goal is to not label someone a cheater when he or she isn't. (Very, very rarely, some people are just freakishly high, but they have a ratio of less than 6:1).



Overeem, of course, had an eye-poppin' 14:1 ratio.

T/E ratios are used in performance-enhancing-drug (PED) monitoring because taking an external (exogenous) source of T will not effect the E levels in the blood. E stays the same, but T climbs because of the injection, and the T/E ratio follows suit and climbs.

The half-life of T is only eight hours. So every eight hours, half of the T you took is washed out of your blood. Therefore, if a cheater knows when he is likely to be tested (i.e. post-fight), he doesn't need to be a genius to know when to stop taking ("cycle off") to test lower than 6:1 or 4:1. Twenty-four hours is three half-lives, and virtually none of the extra T is left in your system to get you busted.

T abuse is making a resurgence because of therapeutic-use exemptions (TUE for TRT). Also, it naturally occurs in men's blood – unlike other anabolic steroids that at any level are unnatural (not made within the body) and must be masked in an attempt to beat the test. Cheaters don't have to mask T, so they don't worry about testing positive for a masking agent. They just need enough time for their bodies to get rid of it naturally.

If you don't know when the test is coming, you cannot adequately plan or time when to stop taking a PED like T. This, of course, is the rationale for random testing.

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NSAC Confirms That Alistair Overeem Has The Testosterone Of 14 Men

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer gives more information about Alistair Overeem's failed drug test

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Siyar Bahadurzada: 'When I Fight, I Fight To Kill, Every Time'


Source: bloodyelbow


It's been a long road to the UFC for Siyar Bahadurzada. After signing a four fight deal with Strikeforce that failed to produce a single fight, the young Afghan finally announced signing a UFC contract in September, 2011. He was scheduled to fight earlier this year, but had to withdraw due to a hand injury. I recently secured a quick interview with Siyar, where he discussed his upcoming April 14 bout with Paulo Thiago on UFC On Fuel TV 2, and why he left Golden Glory.

Stephie Daniels: Would you consider Paulo Thiago the biggest fight of your career thus far?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Yeah, I do. Paulo Thiago is, until now, the toughest, most skilled opponent that I've faced, because of the fact that if you're in the UFC, you're one of the best. I think the UFC has top notch fighters, but I'm also coming from some great fights at welterweight. Forget about my other fights. Just like at the ones at welterweight, especially my last three fights. They were all won by knockout. At welterweight, I feel really strong. I'm an improved fighter also. I'm looking forward to Thiago, and it will be a hell of a fight.

Stephie Daniels: Do you see this being a stand-up fight for the most part?

Siyar Bahadurzada: I hope Thiago stands with me, because that's my plan. Everybody knows I'll stand with him. I'll stand with anybody. If he stands with me, it will be fight of the night.

Stephie Daniels: Are fight of the night honors more important to you then knockout or submission of the night?

Siyar Bahadurzada: When I get in there, I always want to finish fights as soon as possible. Sometimes, things turn out differently. I never look for knockouts. Knockouts should come naturally. If you look for them, they'll never come. I just go out and fight, and while I'm fighting, sometimes I connect and finish them off. When I fight, I fight to kill, every time.

Stephie Daniels: Why did you leave Golden Glory?

Siyar Bahadurzada: I had some trust issues, and that's all I can really say about Golden Glory. I had trust issues, and that's why I decided to leave.

Stephie Daniels: Did you ever get paid for winning the United Glory tournament?


Siyar Bahadurzada: I just got paid three days ago.

Stephie Daniels: Were you paid in full?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Yes, I was.

Stephie Daniels: You had a very close relationship with Martin De Jong. Do you still maintain any kind of contact with him?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Well, we had problems, me and him. It came down to the point where I had to train somewhere else. I did that, and I'm training with a legendary striking coach, Lucien Carbin. I still have my friends, and I still train with them. I am prepared and well conditioned right now. I'm ready.

Stephie Daniels: You mentioned at the start of the interview that you were a little grumpy because you're cutting weight. How far out do you start your cut?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Well, I cut weight in a very strange way. I don't want to feel weak when I'm cutting weight, so I don't really follow a strict diet. I do eat specific food, and I do have a cheat day, once a week.

When I find out that I have a fight, I start watching my food, because I don't want to have to be on a strict diet, because it costs a lot of power. For the two or three months that I'm in training for a fight, I watch my food. Slowly and gradually, I get down in weight. I don't feel that I lose any power or strength that way. I do it in a very natural way that I'm used to. All these years I've done it the same way, and it works.

Stephie Daniels: What's your go to cheat food?

Siyar Bahadurzada: It's a secret. It makes me big and strong. If I tell you, then you'll be want to be in there fighting too [laughs].

Stephie Daniels: After weigh-ins, what's your last big meal?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Well, there is no such thing as a last supper, or last meal. I eat like seven times between the weigh-ins and the fight. Carbs, everything. My body is used to it. Afghan food is all carbs, and I don't eat any other food. My body accepts it and works really well with it, and that's why I'll keep doing it.

Stephie Daniels: Do you think octagon jitters will be a factor for you?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Personally, I think when I'm in the cage, and the door locks, I will be stronger. In the ring, between the ropes, he might escape, but in a cage, he will not escape, so he will be mine.

Stephie Daniels: After the Strikeforce contract failed to provide a fight, you finally got picked up by the UFC and were scheduled to fight earlier this year, but had an injury to your hand. Talk about that, and is your hand completely healed?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Well, it was bad. I felt like there was a big gift under the Christmas tree, and when you open it up, it's empty. Let me make it worse. You open it up and there's poop inside. That's how I felt about my UFC debut, because I was really excited. I waited for a long time, finally I got my chance, and a few weeks before the fight, I broke my hand.

It was really terrible, but despite my hand being in a cast, I kept training. I trained my knees, my kicks, and I jogged, so my conditioning wasn't affected in any way. The only thing that was affected was that I couldn't fight. That's the worst thing. Right now, I'm even more motivated than I was for the first fight.

My hand is 100%. I can hit hard. It's my treasure. I feel strong and confident, and I'm ready to go.

Stephie Daniels: I know you trained with Mayhem Miller for a couple months at Reign Training Center. Do you have any plans to come back to the states to train with some of the other camps out here?

Siyar Bahadurzada: Of course. After my fight, I'll come to see Jason Miller fight, and after that, I will train for some time, then come back to Europe. To be honest, the training at Reign is great over there. I mean, I might visit the Blackzilians and I would like to go to Greg Jackson's gym, to have a look and see how they train over there.

Stephie Daniels: Are there any weaknesses with Thiago that you feel you can capitalize on?

Siyar Bahadurzada: I hope there's big weakness between his ears [laughs]. To tell the truth, I respect Thiago a lot. He's a tough fighter. He's from the B.O.P.E. for God's sake. He's mentally tough, and I'm mentally tough. He's a perfect way for me to test my will and my mentality. I'll find out myself, if I'm as strong as I thought I was, or if it was just some kind of illusion. I think if I can break Thiago, I can break everybody in the UFC.

If you don't think you can beat people, or you're not mentally strong enough, then fighting doesn't make sense. When I fight, I don't fight for money. I fight for my country, and I fight for honor. Every time I fight, I put everything on the line. It's not just a sport for me. It's more than that, and I give everything.

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UFC president White furious after Overeem fails drug test

Source: the star phoenix


The Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title match next month between champion Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem is in jeopardy after Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

A random drug test was conducted on March 27 in Las Vegas, when six fighters in the top-three bouts at UFC 146 were gathered for a press conference to promote the May 26 event. Overeem tested positive for increased testosterone levels. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Kizer in a news release issued Wednesday, Overeem’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels were greater than 10-to-1.

Under NSAC guidelines, anything above a 6-to-1 ratio is considered a violation.

“I am beyond pissed about this,” said UFC president Dana White on Wednesday in a conference call with Canadian media that had been scheduled for one week.

“I’m so (expletive) mad right now I can’t even begin ... ”

Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all tested negative, Kizer noted.

Overeem will have to appear before the NSAC in order to be licensed in the state, Kizer said in the release.

The Dutch heavyweight made his UFC debut last December, beating former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the UFC 141 main event in Las Vegas. His appearance wasn’t without controversy, however.

Overeem missed a drug test in Nevada, saying he had flown back to Holland to be with his sick mother. A pair of drug tests conducted in Europe were then mishandled until he eventually submitted a sample to an accredited lab. He passed that test, along with a subsequent test in Nevada prior to UFC 141, and was granted a conditional license. Among the conditions of that license, he would be subjected to random tests throughout 2012.

Kizer, in an email to The StarPhoenix, gave no indication that Overeem’s victory over Lesnar would be changed to a no-contest or otherwise taken away from him.

“By itself, test result has no effect on that decision,” wrote Kizer.

White was incredulous over the positive result, struggling to find words when the topic was broached.

“The worst part is that he sat in front of us and lied to us,” said White, noting that Overeem has been in UFC’s offices meeting with White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, where he insisted he was clean and would pass all drug tests.

The UFC president feels that health issues, the loss of money and damage to reputation should be more than enough to deter fighters from using performance-enhancing drugs.

“How (expletive) stupid do you have to be? Seriously dumb. Anybody who’s using (performance-enhancing drugs) right now is an absolute (expletive) moron,” he said.

“It’s beyond — what’s the word I’m looking for — it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute (expletive) dummy. It goes beyond a guy having any common sense whatsoever.”

Should Overeem indeed be pulled from the UFC 146 main event, it leaves a major hole in the card. Velasquez and Mir are currently scheduled to meet in a No. 1 contender’s bout, but the drug test has led to speculation that Mir would receive the title shot. Velasquez lost the belt to dos Santos last October, while Mir — himself a former champion — is on a three-fight winning streak, with victories over Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

“I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146 if the reports released earlier today regarding Alistair Overeem failing his ‘A’ sample drug test are true,” Mir said in a release issued by his management.

“I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior Dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream.”

White said it was too early to announce any changes to the card. He said he learned of the Overeem test results literally 30 minutes before the media call.

“I don’t have a plan-B,” he said.

He also doesn’t know what Overeem’s future with the company holds. White said he’s still waiting to hear from the Nevada commission and for Fertitta to hear Overeem’s side of the story.

“It doesn’t look good, does it?” he said. “It doesn’t look good.”


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Nick Diaz Attorney says Use Exemption Not Needed For Out Of Competition Use

In this case, Nick Diaz tested for the presence of its metabolite, called “THC carboxylic acid,” which is an inactive ingredient of marijuana metabolite, which can stay in your system stored in your fat tissues for weeks, up to months, after use of marijuana. Most people understand that [the] psychological effects of marijuana after smoking it wear off within two to six hours. That is what the commission, the regulatory agencies, are concerned about because you don’t want somebody fighting under the influence or impaired by a psychoactive substance. Once that active ingredient wears off within two to six hours of use, then all that’s left are the residual metabolites from the metabolism of the marijuana stored in somebody’s fat tissues, which is not a controlled substance, which is not psychoactive, which is simply an inactive metabolite which has no impact on an athlete.

Yeah, but Nick Diaz wasn’t using it in-competition, so it’s completely inapplicable here. What you’re talking about are prescribed medications that an individual needs to continuously use and therefore uses during competition. Nick Diaz has a general practice of discontinuing marijuana use eight days before a fight, so he wasn’t under the influence and he wasn’t consuming an illegal substance — whether you want to call it prescription medication or medical marijuana — in-competition. So there was no need for him to seek a therapeutic use exemption. And again, that’s why Nevada and the World Anti-Doping Agency say, “We don’t care about your marijuana use before the fight. We only care about it in-competition.” And Nick doesn’t use it in-competition. It would be foolish for him to use it in-competition.

- Ross C. Goodmam, Attorney For Nick Diaz vs.

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