The “Say it ain’t so, Anderson!” wishes have some glimmer of hope.
Anderson Silva passed his second out-of-competition test for UFC 183. The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the results of the test from January 19, which included a test for HGH. The test was conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab. Results of the test can be found here.
This is certainly good news for Silva who failed his initial test taken on January 9, which popped him for drostanolone and androstane. While this clean test doesn’t get him out of hot water completely, it does help his case when Anderson meets with the commission on February 17. Anderson’s initial post-fight medical suspension by the NSAC was March 3, 2015, with no contact until February 22, 2015 for a tough fight with Nick Diaz. Silva is potentially looking at a much lengthier suspension for his failed drug test, which the commission may lay out in this meeting, or in a future hearing.
This doesn’t mean Anderson wasn’t on any banned substances when failed his initial test as the drugs could have left his system by time the second test was taken. However, it does open the window for potential contamination issues or some other mix-up.
The NSAC’s reach in this whole UFC 183 drug testing debacle has extended into UFC’s plans for the upcoming series of The Ultimate Fighter, “TUF: Brazil 4”.
Anderson was scheduled to be a coach on the show opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. After news of the failed UFC 183 drug test, Dana White said that Silva would still remain on the upcoming series of the show as a coach. The UFC released in a statement today, “The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates The Ultimate Fighter series’ exhibition fights filmed in Las Vegas, requested that Silva cease participation in the series as a result of his temporary suspension following the recently announced preliminary results of his January 9 pre-fight drug test for UFC 183.” While the UFC has shown support for Anderson throughout all the recent news, it will comply with the commissions request.
Silva has been replaced with mixed martial arts legend “Big Nog” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who will head Team Nogueira against Team Shogun. The series of the show, which is currently filming in Las Vegas, will see Brazilian lightweights and bantamweights contend for a spot on the UFC roster.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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