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Mirko Cro Cop admits to using growth hormones on injured shoulder 

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News broke of MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop’s retirement due to injury earlier this week. Not a day later the UFC released a statement informing fans and media that his scheduled fight with Anthony Hamilton in South Korea was off due to him being suspended after failing a USADA pre fight drug test. 

Late Thursday night Cro Cop wrote on his website that he had injected an injured shoulder with growth hormone to help him heal for the fight. A few days later the USADA officials came to test him, tests which have not even come back yet, and the Legend immediately informed the UFC that he used the injections. 

Growth hormones are on the list of banned substances. I knew that already. But there was no other way to shave my shoulder — at least in my mind– without combining blood plasma with growth hormones. Unfortunately it turns out the only cure was a good break and rest. But a desperate man will try anything. 

Cro Cop added that he informed the UFC immediately after USADA collected their samples. 

After 6 days of growth hormone and plasma injections, the USADA came to test me. I gave them my blood and urine samples and immediately told the the UFC about the test. I also said that I had been taking blood plasma and growth hormone since nothing else was working. 

Crop Cop, a former PRIDE Grand Prix champion maintained that his retirement was from injury and not his USADA suspension. Stating he had been tested by the UFC 5 times during this most recent stint with the promotion, all of which came back clean. Cro Cop stated he was asking the UFC not to cancel the fight up until this last weekend when his shoulder gave out. An MRI which was done on Monday he had a ruptured muscle and liquid filled tendons due to the damage. 

It did not make me any better or increase my performance like testosterone or anabolic steroids would, but those are the rules. On Friday I was still telling them to not cancel the fight and that I wanted to fight because of all the hard work I had done. 

The 41 year-old Cro Cop (31-11-2-1) has called time to a legendary career coming off of a April TKO victory over his old nemesis, Gabrial Gonzaga, which left the MMA world a buzz with the return of the beloved fighter. 

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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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”.

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.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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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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