The Daily Recap: Mitrione Says No to VADA, Ricci on TUF & More

Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Matt Mitrione, who faces Roy Nelson this Saturday, has turned down Nelson’s request for random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Mitrione told MMA Junkie, “Since I was coming on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp, and training for a five-round fight, this is something I wanted to make sure I didn't have anything that could distract me.”

Ronda Rousey was officially crowned the UFC women’s bantamweight champion this weekend at the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference. Following the event, UFC president Dana White said Rousey is currently signed to an eight-fight deal and the women’s division will basically live and die with Rousey. [USA Today]

Mike Ricci and Colton Smith both won their The Ultimate Fighter 16 semi-final fights which aired on Friday and will now appear in the finale set for this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recommend checking out Ricci’s interview on The MMA Hour where he gave a candid breakdown of his feeling regarding the TUF 16 experience. [MMA Fighting]

Bellator has announced that beginning January 17, they’ll start airing weekly fight cards on Spike TV. The first event will feature two title fights and the debut on UFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Pat Curran will defend his featherweight title against Patricio Freire while Michael Chandler defends his lightweight strap against Rick Hawn.

DREAM 18 & Glory 4 New Year’s Eve Special is shaping up nicely, here’s a look at the card:

Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Denis Kang vs. Melvin Manhoef
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Phil Baroni vs. Hayato Sakurai
Will Brooks vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Semmy Schilt vs. Brice Guidon
Gokhan Saki vs. Raomoru
Daniel Ghita vs. Fabiano Aoki
Remy Bonjasky vs. Filip Verlinden
Peter Aerts vs. Mourad Bouzidi
Errol Zimmerman vs. Jamal Ben Saddik
Anderson Braddock Silva vs. Igor Jurkovic
Sergie Kharitonov vs. Rico Verhoeven


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