Much has been made been made of the IV ban implemented last year by USADA, which forces all athletes in the UFC to rehydrate orally following official weigh ins. USADA officials have claimed in the past that there reasoning behind the IV ban is in direct relation to their battle to eradicate performance enhancing drugs.
USADA have explained that the IV ban has been implemented to prevent fighter’s from ingesting and or masking certain PED’s as they rehydrate. A fighter is only allowed to rehydrate using an IV if they are in a hospital and it is medically required.
The ban has led to many in the UFC to come into fight’s at a lower weight than they previously walked around at. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman and last weekend’s UFC Fight Night headliner Johnny Hendricks employed this tactic leading up to their last bouts and on both occasions it can be argued that it has not helped them perform to their athletic best.
The ban has had plenty of critics from plenty of MMA’s personalities from fighter’s to coach’s to nutritionists including names like Mike Dolce. Dolce when speaking on the MMA Hour in October with Ariel Helwani voiced his concern as to whether this has benefited the most important person in the weight cutting process, the fighter’s themselves
“These are scary issues and I think it’s a much bigger conversation,” Dolce said. “I don’t believe the conversation has been had in depth and I don’t know if it’s truly protecting the health and safety of the athletes.”
This is not an outspoken critic of USADA policy but a member of the MMA community with experience in helping athletes change their approach from extreme weight cutting to that of weight management. Dolce ultimately believes it is up to all those involved in the process of a weight cut to discuss what is the safest and healthiest way to have athletes weigh in and refuel afterward.
“We’re not trying to change the rules. “We’re trying to have a deeper conversation of, do these rules apply to mixed martial artists within the confines of what is healthy and safe for their sport? That’s something that needs to be addressed.”
Since the IV ban has gotten underway several high profile fighters have either struggled to get on the scales or have looked visibly fatigued while doing so. The UFC ultimately had to scrap a number one contender fight between Tyron Woodley and the aforementioned Hendricks at UFC192 in October. This is the worst case scenario for the fighters, the fans and the promotion and UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz seems to think that no good can come of depriving a fighter of an IV to rehydrate.
In an interview with Fight Hub TV Cruz voiced his displeasure with the athletes that he thinks that by having extreme complications during and after a weight cut have ruined it for those who have acted professionally. The Dominator spoke about how he believed that USADA have no previous experience in the entire process and therefore naturally cannot understand that the IV is something that is required.
“I have no problem taking any of their drug tests, doing any of that stuff,” he continued “Just taking away the one thing that hydrates us so we can put on a good show, I think they’re peaking their nose in places that they don’t really know a whole lot about”
He went further in suggesting that USADA may benefit from more fighter’s breaking current or future rules.
“To me USADA is stepping in there because it’s about money.” “The more rules that they make, the more rules there are to be broken, the more money they have to make because the rules re broken by the fighters.”
Cruz has never been shy about voicing his opinion and its evident that he would prefer the IV to be allowed following all weight cuts in order for fighters to be able to perform at their optimum level come fight night.
As of now there is no indication from USADA or the UFC that the ban will be lifted anytime soon, however personalities such as Cruz and Dolce offering alternate opinions on the topic may influence future decisions made by the promotion and USADA with regards to IV’s
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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