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Thiago Tavares tests positive for steroids; UFC announces Vitor Belfort medically approved for TRT

Thiago Tavares. Photo property of the UFC.

UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares has tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his first-round TKO loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 7 on January 19 in Brazil.

The UFC announced the result this afternoon. Tatame was the first to report the news. Tavares will receive a nine-month suspension and will also have to pass a drug test following the suspension in order to be cleared to fight again.

An official statement from the UFC regarding the matter is after the jump. The most interesting tidbit includes clarification about rumors circulating that Vitor Belfort had tested positive for a banned substance. It also mentions that Belfort has been approved for testosterone replacement therapy.

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KO of the Year: Silva vs. Belfort

Anderson Silva finishes Vitor Belfort. Photo by Tracy Lee/

On February 5, 2011, Anderson Silva was supposed to have met his match.

A fellow Brazilian that was an explosive striker with knockout power, potentially faster on the feet, and a black belt in jiu-jitsu, Vitor Belfort posed the biggest threat that Silva had seen in a long time. Chael Sonnen would argue that, but we're talking about on pre-fight paper here.

It only took "The Spider" three and a half minute to put a stop to the hype.

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Video: A Day in the Life of Vitor Belfort

In the above video, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort gives fans inside access into his training camp as he prepares to take on hard-hitting Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of UFC 142, which will take place on January 14 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Silva Front Kick KO’s Belfort at UFC 126

Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

There has never been a greater champion than Anderson Silva.

Silva surpassed Matt Hughes’ UFC title defense record of seven, successfully defending his UFC middleweight title for the eighth time with a highlight-reel front kick that stopped Vitor Belfort in his tracks in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday.

“That’s just one of the strikes I was working on [during training],” Silva said of his finishing manuever. “I was focusing on many different types of strikes and attacks.

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UFC 126: “Silva vs Belfort” Live Results

MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:15 PM ET with real-time results of tonight's UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 126 is lead by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his eighth title defense against Vitor Belfort. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 10 PM ET. Spike will be televising a pair of preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM ET. Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson will stream on starting at 8:20 PM ET.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 126

Check out the official preview show for UFC 126. The above video previews the three most notable matchups on the main card: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title, a clash between former champions Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin and a battle between top prospects Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Rock the Vote: Silva or Belfort?

We're now hours from one of the biggest fights in the history of the middleweight division as Anderson Silva will put his UFC middleweight belt on the line against former light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort. Will Silva make his eighth straight title defense or does Belfort have what it takes to dethrone "The Spider"?

Video: Silva, Belfort Heated at Weigh-ins

Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.

In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.

All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.

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Video: UFC 126 Pre-Fight Press Conference

Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Vitor Belfort were in attendance for the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Also answering questions for the media were UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.

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UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture

Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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