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Cung Le Puts An End To The UFC’s Out Of Competition Drug Tests

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In a media session with Bleacher Report, Dana White announced an end to the UFC’s out of competition drug testing. The initial goal of the testing was to expand the UFC’s responsibility and accountability over it’s fighters. It was thought that the Nevada State Athletic Commission had too limited of resources to properly monitor the UFC’s roster (let alone every boxer and fighter in the state). Unfortunately, the second edge to that sword is the responsibility. Responsibility when things go wrong.

After the Michael Bisping/Cung Le card (UFC Fight Night 48), the UFC administered post fight drug tests for both of the fighters. Cung Le subsequently failed his drug test, testing high for human growth hormone, leading to a 9 month suspension. The 9 month suspension was then upped to 12 months by Lorenzo Fertitta who apparently felt that 9 months would be a slap on the wrist for the offense. It was at that point that Cung Le vigorously fought the suspension while simultaneously voicing a desire to be let out of his contract with the UFC.

A pre-fight image of a veiny flexing Cung Le, in conjunction with the test result, essentially turned online MMA fans and even Cung Le’s own fans against him with everybody declaring him a cheater. The damage to his reputation was immense with many people laughing at Le’s attempt to fight the suspension.

Then, details came to light about the nature of the drug test. Bloody Elbow got a bunch of smart people with PHD’s to explain exactly why Cung Le’s test result should be dismissed and the fighter reinstated. Basically, (in not-doctor speak) the UFC hired a shady ass drug testing clinic out of Hong Kong who decided to test Cung Le right after his fight, which is apparently when dude bros. are raging off the charts with human growth hormone. Reputable companies never test for the presence of HGH after strenuous bro stuff in order to obtain clean results. Secondly, the company only tested for a presence of HGH and not specifically for external sources of HGH, basically resulting in a vague and inconclusive test. The final insult was that the clinic destroyed extra test samples after the test, which eliminates any ability to re-test or challenge the results.

Dana White summarizes the situation perfectly…

“Our legal team completed screwed that up. We fucked it up, and we will fuck it up again. That’s what the commission is there for…”

So now the UFC puts themselves in a position of culpability for ruining Cung Le’s reputation. Once Cung Le’s legal team brought these testing details to the attention of the UFC they immediately discarded with Cung Le’s suspension and reinstated him. They clearly over extended themselves into a new responsibility under prepared and with too much liability on their hands. Their ability to be police officer, jury, and executioner back fired in their face reminding the UFC how situations of conflicted interest can be bad for both parties.

In the future the UFC will be leaving drug testing responsibilities where they belong, in the hands of the commission. In the hands of the commission there is oversight and due process, even of everybody there is consequence proof like a senile high school teacher with tenure.

Dana white explains, “What we’ll do is we’ll help fund it, so they can do more drug testing,” he said. “Our legal department screwed that whole thing up. We’ve got no business handling the regulation.”

So like that, the UFC’s testing program went down in a burning heap. The very real legalities of flippantly outing a fighter as a cheater hit home and Cung Le won. The UFC will now be funneling money into the commission coffers so that the commission can expand their own testing as they see fit. Only time will tell if this approach will give the commission the means to help clean up the sport.

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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds

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Our hearts are heavy this week as we remember our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in Las Vegas.

The perpetrator Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.

It was the largest mass shooting in Modern American history.

Dana White and the UFC were quick to step up as they donated $1M to the residents of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy. White has also stated that this weekend’s UFC 216 card will be “dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas.”

The UFC and Fanatics have also teamed up to sell #VegasStrong shirts and 100% percent of the proceeds will be donated.

These shirts are available at UFCStore.com

#VegasStrong

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Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

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What happens in the gym, stays in the gym.

That is, until recently when Conor McGregor’s camp posted photos of his former training partner Paul Malignaggi on the receiving end of what looked to be a knockdown during a sparring session. McGregor, preparing for the blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather taking place on August 26, brought in Malinaggi to help sharpen and test his skills in preparation for the boxing contest.

However, when pictures of their sparring battles surfaced, painting Malignaggi in a negative light. The former IBF/WBA World Champion boxer turned analyst took to social media to defend himself stating the images were taken out of context, sparking controversy.

Late Friday evening, UFC President Dana White out all of the rumors to bed by taking to Instagram to post a pair of clips from their sparring session, most notably, the infamous “knock down” that Malignaggi defended adamantly.

Video 1: The video shows McGregor blasting Malignaggi with a hard left hand that popped his head back and then following up with a series of punches causing Malignaggi to retreat from the pressure.

 

Video 2: The knockdown. Conor hits Malignaggi with a punching combination, sending the former boxing champion to the canvas.

While the knock down does come after a series of punches from McGregor, Malignaggi was not completely knocked out. With this video evidence coming to light, it seems the UFC Lightweight Champion’s hands may be better prepared for the upcoming fight against one of boxing’s best than previously thought.

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather takes place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap

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The second week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series provided some incredible moments from fighters looking to earn their shot in the UFC.

With five fights on the docket and Dana White handing out only one, possibly two UFC contracts at the end of the show, fighters not only had to win their fights, but make a statement to impress the boss. If nobody makes a strong enough impression, White could also decide to not award anyone with a contract.

That was not the case on Week 2 thanks to three exciting finishes.

Sean O’Malley said in video packages in the lead up that he shows up to knock people out and he did exactly that with an exciting first round finish of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley kept his undefeated record in tact by utilizing hard, fight-ending strikes that sent his opponent to the canvas in the closing minute of the first round. A hard right hand dropped Khashakyan for good and O’Malley ran over towards Dana White to let him know he’s ready for his shot.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 veteran Thanh Le got the fans on their feet with his impressive finish of Lazar Stojadinovic, and made his case with Laura Sanko for Dana White to give him a contract.  Stojadinovic, a solid boxer began fighting angry in the second round after getting caught with a few clean strikes, which only left more openings for Le. Moments later, Le would land a beautiful kick followed up by hard strikes to get the second-round stoppage.

Daniel Spohn, after a rough start to his fight against Angel De Anda, recovered from illegal blows to the back of the head to lock in a submission in the first round. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action after three illegal blows by De Anda, and once the action resumed, Spohn blitzed across the cage to unleash strikes and eventually find the arm triangle submission.

At the conclusion of the show, Dana White decided to give Sean O’Malley an opportunity on the big stage by awarding him with a UFC contract due to his flashy, exciting style inside the Octagon.

Below are the full results of Week 2:

  • Daniel Spohn (16-5) vs. Angel De Anda (18-6)
    • Result: Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 1 – 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley (8-0) vs. Alfred Khashakyan (8-4)
    • Result: Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 4:14
  • Thanh Le (7-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (15-6)
    • Result: Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via KO (Strikes), Round 2 – 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw (9-4) vs. Michael Cora (4-2)
    • Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • CJ Hamilton (11-5) vs. Casey Kenney (7-0-1)
    • Result: Casey Kenney def. CJ Hamilton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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