The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will clash at UFC 156 on February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The framework for this fight began taking shape a few weeks ago when Bigfoot spoke with MMA Junkie and said, "If Overeem really doesn't want to have to wait for a fight after his suspension is up, I am here ready to welcome him. I respect him as an athlete. After all, he was K-1, DREAM and Strikeforce champion. But I am not worried about titles or belts right now. Overeem is big and strong, but I know I can beat him. Even if was created in the lab, I can beat him."
Overeem has been on the sidelines for the past year after he tested positive for testosterone following a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Overeem has continuously expressed his interest in fighting on the UFC’s New Year’s Eve show but the UFC informed him that wasn’t a possibility as he still has to go through the process of getting his license reinstated when his suspension is up on December 27.
MMA Junkie is reporting that Vinicius Queiroz's manager has filed a complaint with the Florida State Boxing Commission on behalf of his client following his loss to Alexander Volkov at Bellator 80.
According to the report, Queiroz’s management felt that referee James Warring played a role in the outcome of the fight. "[Referee James] Warring could have contributed to [and] altered the result of the fight after he ordered the fighters to rise up with [after] only 15 seconds [on the ground] … in a moment that was favorable for Vincius. MMA means also fighting on the ground. Getting a takedown and dominating the ground also adds points to the fight."
Issues began in the first round when Queiroz’s scored a takedown following a flurry from Volkov. While working from the closed guard, Queiroz tried to create separation by grinding his head into the chin/chest of Volkov. Moments later the fight was stood up and Warring warned Queiroz not to use his head in that manner.
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Two-time UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen made a bombshell announcement on tonight's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, revealing that he'll be making an expected move up to the light heavyweight division and will face former champ Forrest Griffin at the UFC's year-end show on December 29.
In talking about the matchup, Sonnen praised Griffin for his achievements inside the cage and stated that he felt that he was underlooked. He also went on about current champion Jon Jones and the fact that he would be able to steal his title like "halloween candy". (Update - Video of Sonnen's announcement is after the jump.)
Sonnen and Griffin met once before at IFC's talent-stacked light heavyweight tournament at their "Global Domination" event in September 2003. Griffin submitted Sonnen with a triangle choke in the quarterfinals of an eight-man tournament that night. Not much of a surprise there.
The bout will be Sonnen's first at 205 lbs since he fell to Renato "Babalu" Sobral all the way back at UFC 55 almost seven years ago. Griffin is coming off of a unanimous decision over Tito Ortiz last month in a rubber match between the two.
Eric Prindle's run of bad luck continues.
After finally being scheduled for a title shot against reigning Bellator heavyweight champ Cole Konrad at this weekend's Bellator 65 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Prindle tweeted today that the fight has been pushed back to Bellator 70 on May 25 in New Orleans, Louisana.
Prindle is reportedly recovering from a hand injury. Bellator 65 will now feature a main event pitting Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky and top contender Eduardo Dantas. Other notable bouts on the card include Daniel Straus vs. Mike Corey, Alexis Vila vs. Luis Alberto Nogueira and former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good vs. LeVon Maynard.
"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?
Longtime MMA play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello takes the alternative route and questions whether or not Alistair Overeem has done wrong following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
It's an interesting point, but one that misses the mark completely if you're against PED's in the sport altogether.
UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has formally filed for a license to fight in the state of Nevada and will be forced to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to do so following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer sent out a release to the media earlier today.
Overeem's positive test was revealed last week, putting his scheduled clash with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on Memorial Day Weekend in severe jeopardy.
Courtesy of Super Fight League, here's UFC veteran Todd Duffee fighting for the first time in over a year and picking up a 34-second KO of Neil Grove at SFL's latest event on Saturday at the T-Box Mobile Arena in Chandigarh, India.
The card also saw Bellator middleweight star Alexander Shlemenko halt Ikuhisa Minowa with strikes in the first round and Ryan Healy win a unanimous nod over Paul Kelly.
Longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko will return to action at an M-1 Global event on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia against an opponent yet to be named.
M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan revealed the news earlier today via Twitter. An update on Emelianenko's opponent is expected to come in the near future. For what it's worth, MMA Junkie says that it could possibly be Bobby Lashley.
Emelianenko snapped a three-fight losing streak to win a pair of consecutive fights at the end of last year. "The Last Emperor" won a one-sided unanimous decision over Jeff Monson at an M-1 Global event in November and then scored a first-round KO of Satoshi Ishii a little more than a month later at DREAM's New Year's Eve Show in Japan.
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — With an already stellar main event featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler taking on 32-win MMA veteran Akihiro Gono, Bellator 67 from Casino Rama on May 4 will feature a welterweight semifinal showdown between Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Bryan “The Beast” Baker, as well as a host of stacked feature fights sure to get the Canadian faithful on their feet.
On the heels of his title-winning fight of the year performance against the world’s top lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler returns to face one of his greatest tests to date as the Las Vegas-trained fighter takes on former UFC lightweight Akihiro Gono.
After Chandler’s amazing fourth-round submission victory against then champion Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58, the undefeated champion knows that he’s now the one with the target on his back.
So what's next for Alistair Overeem?
According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, the UFC heavyweight contender does have some time to make a decision, but has some pretty limited options. From a radio interview with MMA Weekly:
“He’s got some time,” Kizer said about how long Overeem has to request a second test be done. “As I understand it, if an ‘A’ sample comes back positive, the lab keeps that for quite a long time. If it comes back negative, they basically toss it after a couple of weeks assuming there is no further request for the ‘B’ sample. So they’d have the ‘B’ sample for quite a while, but I would assume if he’s going to request a ‘B’ sample testing, he should do it sometime this month.”
Overeem will have the option of having his alternate sample tested through Quest Diagnostics, the company that the NSAC employs or another accredited lab elsewhere in the country. Using Quest will take about a week for the results while a different lab will take a couple.
If the other sample tests positive as well, Overeem will likely be denied a license by the state of Nevada and will not be permitted to reapply for at least a year. The only positive from the entire situation is that Overeem will not be disciplined, at least by the athletic commission. And his chances of the "B" sample coming back negative are slim according to NSAC history.
“They always come back positive, except for one case we had a fighter, I think he was positive for six different, the lab found six specific prohibitive substances in his sample, the ‘B’ sample was tested and it did come back negative for one of those drugs, which myself and the attorney generals, we immediately dropped that from the complaint, dropped that one prohibitive substance,” Kizer explained.
“We weren’t even asked to do so, we did it on our own accord, the tie goes to the runner as I said back then, and I still say, but we still proceed with the others and he ended up getting a 12-month suspension and a big fine. Not with us (has a fighter’s test ever come back at a legal level). It may have happened with other drug testing groups, WADA or USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) may have had it, or other groups, but not with us.”
Like Dana White said last night, it's not looking good.