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UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson pulled out of a December duel with Brendan Schaub due to injury, delaying the fight until February at UFC 157 where the Strikeforce veteran lost a decision after failing to counter Schaub’s takedown attempts and top control. However, it looks like Johnson still shouldn’t have accepted the bout, as the California Athletic Commission has confirmed the 35-year old tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone. According to a report from MMAJunkie, the result did not indicate a questionable T:E ratio but actual steroid use. As a result, it’s likely Johnson will suffer a 6-12 month suspension and significant fine to boot. Since he lost the bout no change will need to be made to the effort’s result.
The stumble to Schaub was Johnson’s second straight after scoring opening round knockouts in his first two fights under the UFC banner. He holds an overall record of 17-7 with all of his wins featuring some form of stoppage.
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UFC 158 took place on Saturday, March 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In the evening’s main event, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retained his title with a dominating performance over Nick Diaz, while in the co-main event, Johny Hendricks defeated Carlos Condit in a “Fight of the Night” performance.
In all 12 fights that took place on the card, each fighter will receive at least seven days off via medical suspension. The longest suspension from the event was handed down to Nate Marquardt. Marquardt was knocked out in the first round of his bout against Jake Ellenberger, and as a result, he will get 60 days off.
Below is the full list of medical suspensions from the event. Suspensions were obtained by B/R via email from the Quebec Boxing Commission:
Georges St-Pierre: 28-day rest period
Nick Diaz: 28-day rest period
Johny Hendricks: 14-day rest period
Carlos Condit: 14-day rest period
Jake Ellenberger: seven-day rest period
Nate Marquardt: 60-day medical suspension
Chris Camozzi: 14-day rest period
Nick Ring: 14-day rest period
Mike Ricci: 14-day rest period
Colin Fletcher: 14-day rest period
Patrick Cote: 14-day rest period
Bobby Voelker: 14-day rest period
Darren Elkins: seven-day rest period
Antonio Carvalho: 30-day medical suspension
Jordan Mein: seven-day rest period
Dan Miller: 30-day medical suspension
John Makdessi: 14-day rest period
Daron Cruickshank: 45-day medical suspension
Rick Story: seven-day rest period
Quinn Mulhern: 30-day medical suspension
TJ Dillashaw: seven-day rest period
Issei Tamura: 45-day medical suspension
George Roop: 14-day rest period
Reuben Duran: 45-day medical suspension
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The UFC's battle to be regulated in the state of New York continues. The fight has been long and hard, but is it necessary?
Does putting on events in the Empire State make or break the sport's chances of mainstream success?
I don't prescribe to that theory.
Once upon a time, that would have rang true. New York City was and still is the media capital of the world. As the song goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. However, that's not where the world is anymore.
The advancement of media has taken it from a select few to the masses. The Internet and globalization have transformed the word "mainstream."
The UFC's growth has happened without the support of New York, and it will continue to be that way. Fans and media alike do not say that the UFC needs New York. No. They say New York needs the UFC. New York needs the economic impact that the sport brings to the cities it visits.
Other metro areas have embraced the UFC. Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London, Rio and beyond.
The UFC has already received what it needs in order to achieve mainstream success—a media conglomerate's support. The FOX deal was much more vital than being able to run events in New York.
The platform that FOX gives to the UFC is extremely valuable. It puts the UFC in millions of homes it could never have reached otherwise. It legitimizes the sport alongside FOX's other sport properties. The UFC is now alongside the NFL, NASCAR, MLB, the World Cup and other mainstream sports.
Furthermore, what New York is needed for is media. The UFC already have the ability to go in to New York to promote their events. UFC billboards in Times Square are nothing new. Heading off to interviews in the city was never stopped. That is the only thing that matters.
Do you really believe not being able to run events in Madison Square Garden stopped the legitimacy of MMA?
Madison Square Garden was once the Mecca for professional sporting events, but that is no longer the case. It may hold a certain bit of nostalgia for some, but most are used to the new state of sports. Fans growing up today hold no special place for MSG. It's just another venue to them.
Running events in the state of New York will bring more money to the UFC's bottom line. That is a given. If the organization is again turned away, it will not stop the MMA's ascent as a mainstream sport or make fans think the UFC is less of a success.
It will only make New York look like they are behind the times.
The landscape has shifted. New York is no longer needed to become mainstream. It is a new world.
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A look back at the highlights of today's NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session 1 from the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines Iowa, including a full list of results by weight class and current team standings.
The main story going into this year's NCAA Division I national wrestling championship tournament was the conscious decision to design the finals on Saturday to close with 165lbs, in the hope that the top seeds Kyle Dake of Cornell and David Taylor of Penn State meet in a potentially historic clash. Having finals take place sequentially by weight class had been the standard procedure of tournaments past, but the NCAA recognises the significance of Dake vs Taylor and have wisely put their promoter cap on by deeming it the potential main event.
Dake and Taylor have developed one of the best competitive *****ries in recent American wrestling history, with Dake always managing to get the better of Taylor each time they've met previously in both Folkstyle and Freestyle rules matches. Their match last year at the NWCA All-Star classic had our own Coach Mike Riordan calling it the 'Match of the Century', so expectations are high should they meet in the NCAA finals this year, with Taylor the defending champion in this weight class, and Dake chasing legendary status by attempting to win his fourth national title in his fourth different weight class.
Before this ideal conclusion to the top collegiate competition in wrestling can happen, both Taylor and Dake had to maintain their winning ways, but with ranked seeds getting upset across the weight classes during Session 1 this afternoon, an ominous feeling was shared among expectant wrestling fans that these best laid plans might be ruined from the beginning.
It started with the 125lbs weight class as Appalachian State's Dominic Parisi won a decision over #5 seed Jarrod Garnett by edging the Virginia Tech wrestler 7-6 as the third period concluded. #10 seed Josh Martinez and #11 seed Nikko Triggas fell to their unheralded opponents, and we weren't even through the first weight class competing today in the opening 32 man round.
Rutgers' Vinny Dellafave took out Penn State's #12 seed Jordan Connaway at 133lbs, while Mizzouri Tiger's Drake Houdashelt claimed his own Nittany Lion in defeating 149lbs #11 seed Andrew Alton.
In all 19 seeded wrestlers ranging from #3 to #12 were beaten by their unseeded opponents. This of course means #1 and #2 seeds Dake and Taylor are safely through to the next round, the pressure mounting on the two grapplers as they inch nearer their expected destiny.
Kyle Dake and Ohio State's Mark Martin went scoreless in the first two periods of their match, and it wasn't until a minute into the 3rd period when Martin was warned for stalling while riding a down Dake that the Cornell stand out took his opportunity to score a point for escaping followed shortly by a 2 point takedown to take the decision.
David Taylor was all over North Carolina's John Staudenmayer like a bad rash from the very beginning, aggressively looking for snapdown from the collar tie, until he was able to get the takedown for 2 points. A 1 point escape from Staudenmayer was responded to with an aggressive turn off a whizzer that netted Taylor some back points. More back points were awarded when Taylor worked a chickenwing turn on Staudenmayer, until Taylor transitioned to a half-nelson with a top ride -- almost from a mount / top saddle -- getting the referee to slap the mat and award him the pin fall. The ESPN commentary team momentarily debated whether bother of Staudenmayer's had touched the mat, but the match was so one sided the end seemed inevitable.
In other matches, returning champions and finalists did their jobs as Iowa's Matt McDonough cruised through with a major decision at 125lbs, and Logan Stieber -- who upset Jordan Oliver last yeat at 133lbs -- pinned Brandon Gambucci.
Speaking of Oliver he now competes two weight classes up at 149lbs compared to this time last year, and yet still came in today as the #1 seed showing little sign of being undersized or overpowered at his new home. Oliver has apparently managed to go the entire season without being taken down, and still looks to get the pin fall where he can. He thoroughly dominated today's opponent David Habat of Edinboro, who although was able to score the occasional escape point was unable to stop Oliver racing ahead to a major decision victory, just running out of time to score enough for a technical fall.
With upsets happening early on including two losses for Penn State, the team title feels less assured for Cael Sanderson who is looking to make it an NCAA hat trick this year. Pins from Taylor, and a superb suicide cradle from Ed Ruth at 184lbs certainly helps, but in team standings the Nittany Lions are only a point and a half ahead of the Oklahoma State cowboys, with Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State close behind.
Join us this evening for live discussion of Session 2 starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. GMT.
Team Results (via TrackWrestling.com)
1. Penn State 14.5 2. Oklahoma St. 13.0 3. Minnesota 11.0 4. Iowa 10.0 5. Iowa St. 9.0 5. Northern Iowa 9.0 5. Oregon St. 9.0 8. Missouri 8.0 8. North Carolina 8.0 10. Oklahoma 7.5
Quick Results (via Trackwrestling.com)
- Alan Waters (Missouri) 30-0 won by decision over David Thorn (Minnesota) 13-11 (Dec 5-2)
- Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota St.) 29-4 won by decision over Tyler Iwamura (CSU Bakersfield) 23-9 (Dec 4-1)
- Matthew Snyder (Virginia) 21-7 won by decision over Rob Deutsch (Old Dominion) 26-10 (Dec 10-4)
- Dominic Parisi (Appalachian S.) 29-11 won by decision over Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech) 27-3 (Dec 7-6)
- Tyler Cox (Wyoming) 32-8 won by major decision over Nick Soto (Chattanooga) 27-7 (MD. 14-2)
- Christian Cullinan (Central Michigan) 22-7 won by decision over Joe DeAngelo (North Carolina St.) 7-8 (Dec 7-2)
- Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) 25-3 won by tech fall over Kevon Powell (Ohio) 8-14 (TF 1.5 6m 26s 18-2)
- Matt McDonough (Iowa) 21-3 won by major decision over Ben Willeford (Cleveland State) 19-15 (MD 10-2)
- Steve Mitcheff (Kent St.) 29-11 won by decision over Edward Klimara (Oklahoma St.) 24-15 (Dec 6-2)
- Evan Silver (Stanford) 26-13 won by decision over Nikko Triggas (Ohio St.) 21-13 (Dec 5-2)
- Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 39-4 won by major decision over Eric Montoya (Campbell) 33-16 (MD 10-1)
- Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) 18-10 won by decision over Josh Martinez (Air Force) 27-10 (Dec 9-2)
- William Watterson (Brown) 21-16 won by decision over Joseph Duca (Indiana) 15-17 (Dec 7-6)
- Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 22-3 won by major decision over Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) 20-9 (MD 13-4)
- Logan Stieber (Ohio St.) 22-0 won by fall over Brandon Gambucci (Duke) 19-7 (Fall 3:00)
- Shelton Mack (Pittsburgh) 18-9 won by decision over Jamie Franco (Hofstra) 18-14 (Dec 3-2)
- Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) 24-8 won by fall over Anthony Elias (Davidson) 11-9 (Fall 1:39)
- Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) 22-5 won by tech fall over Matt Bystol (Columbia) 9-11 (TF-1.5 7:00 (20-5))
- Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) 18-6 won by decision over Dylan Hyder (Air Force) 21-13 (Dec 6-3)
- Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers) 27-8 won in sudden victory - 1 over Jordan Conaway (Penn State) 16-9 (SV-1 3-1)
- Derek Steeley (Binghamton) 16-12 won by decision over Sam Speno (North Carolina St.) 16-13 (Dec 11-6)
- A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) 30-3 won by major decision over Rosario Bruno (Michigan) 14-17 (MD 8-0)
- Dane Harlowe (Boston U.) 10-5 won by decision over George DiCamillo (Virginia) 30-9 (Dec 9-7)
- Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan) 20-6 won by major decision over Jimmy Morris (Rider) 24-13 (MD 13-2)
- Joseph Ward (North Carolina) 20-10 won by decision over Daryl Thomas (Illinois) 23-11 (Dec 7-5)
- Tony Ramos (Iowa) 28-1 won by fall over Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg) 25-8 (Fall 1:56)
- Hunter Stieber (Ohio St.) 32-0 won by decision over Joseph Spisak (Virginia) 21-6 (Dec 8-5)
- Steven Keith (Harvard) 28-8 won by fall over Julian Feikert (Oklahoma St.) 21-18 (Fall 3:39)
- Richard Durso (Frank. & Marsh.) 38-3 won by decision over McCade Ford (Wyoming) 14-13 (Dec 6-1)
Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) 26-7 won by major decision over Luke Goettl (Iowa St.) 15-12 (MD 12-3)
- Evan Henderson (North Carolina) 35-6 won by fall over Pasquale Greco (Northwestern) 14-12 (Fall 5:49)
- Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) 35-7 won by decision over Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) 25-13 (Dec 6-3)
- Luke Vaith (Hofstra) 22-12 won by decision over Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia) 21-10 (Dec 8-3)
- Mitchell Port (Edinboro) 31-3 won by decision over Frank Cimato (Drexel) 30-10 (Dec 5-2)
- Michael Mangrum (Oregon St.) 37-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) 13-14 (SV-1 6-4)
- Trevor Melde (Rutgers) 21-12 won by decision over Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) 25-13 (Dec 5-2)
- Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech) 17-9 won in tie breaker - 1 over Michael Nevinger (Cornell) 36-11 (TB-1 3-1)
- Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (The Citadel) 39-4 won by decision over Anthony Salupo (Lehigh) 13-10 (Dec 6-3)
- Mark Ballweg (Iowa) 22-5 won by decision over Daniel Neff (Lock Haven) 24-10 (Dec 3-0)
- Charles Cobb (Pennsylvania) 24-7 won by decision over Ridge Kiley (Nebraska) 14-12 (Dec 2-0)
- Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) 26-0 won by major decision over Frank Goodwin (Maryland) 7-10 (MD 13-1)
- Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma St.) 34-0 won by major decision over David Habat (Edinboro) 27-8 (MD 16-6)
- Derek Valenti (Virginia) 18-8 won by decision over Christopher Villalonga (Cornell) 23-11 (Dec 8-4)
- Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) 23-5 won by major decision over Ronnie Garbinsky (Pittsburgh) 17-11 (MD 16-3)
- Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) 28-4 won by decision over Brandon Richardson (Wyoming) 12-20 (Dec 7-4)
- Eric Grajales (Michigan) 23-6 won by major decision over Max Mayfield (Iowa St.) 15-14 (MD 11-0)
- Dan Osterman (Michigan St.) 21-12 won in sudden victory - 1 over Donnie Corby (Central Michigan) 22-12 (SV-1 3-1)
- Cole VonOhlen (Air Force) 26-2 won by major decision over Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) 27-13 (MD 10-0)
- Raymond Borja (Navy) 23-7 won by decision over Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion) 20-15 (Dec 9-7)
- Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) 29-9 won by decision over Andrew Alton (Penn State) 26-5 (Dec 4-1)
- Dylan Ness (Minnesota) 15-4 won by decision over Daniel Young (Army) 16-10 (Dec 4-2)
- Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St.) 25-6 won by major decision over Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 24-14 (MD 13-5)
- Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue) 28-2 won by decision over Josh Roosa (Bloomsburg) 22-6 (Dec 3-0)
- Nick Lester (Oklahoma) 17-10 won by decision over Josh Wilson (Utah Valley) 21-9 (Dec 4-3)
- Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) 27-1 won by major decision over Caleb Ervin (Illinois) 22-13 (MD 18-4)
- Jason Welch (Northwestern) 31-1 won by decision over Nestor Taffur (Boston U.) 33-6 (Dec 11-5)
- Scott Winston (Rutgers) 25-9 won by decision over Andy McCulley (Wyoming) 28-9 (Dec 4-2)
- Zac Cibula (Rider) 24-10 won by fall over Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg) 27-5 (Fall 2:14)
- Dylan Alton (Penn State) 26-6 won by decision over Donnie Tasser (Pittsburgh) 26-14 (Dec 8-4)
- James Fleming (Clarion) 29-2 won by tech fall over Tommy Churchard (Purdue) 19-16 (TF-1.5 4:44 (16-0))
- Jedd Moore (Virginia) 30-6 won by decision over Cody Pack (South Dakota State) 15-15 (Dec 6-0)
- David Bonin (Northern Iowa) 27-7 won by decision over Bobby Barnhisel (Navy) 31-7 (Dec 1-0)
- Taylor Walsh (Indiana) 30-10 won by decision over Joseph Napoli (Lehigh) 18-3 (Dec 6-0)
- Georgi Ivanov (Boise State) 23-5 won by decision over Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) 16-13 (Dec 11-5)
- Spartak Chino (Ohio) 21-13 won by fall over Walter Peppelman (Harvard) 17-3 (Fall 1:05)
- Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma St.) 31-2 won by major decision over Ryan Watts (Michigan St.) 21-13 (MD 9-1)
- Jesse Dong (Virginia Tech) 24-3 won by major decision over Luke Smith (Central Michigan) 22-11 (MD 8-0)
- Kyle Dake (Cornell) 33-0 won by decision over Mark Martin (Ohio St.) 17-17 (Dec 3-0)
- Ryan Leblanc (Indiana) 24-8 won by decision over Peyton Walsh (Navy) 28-12 (Dec 6-1)
- Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg) 33-5 won by decision over Nijel Jones (North Carolina St.) 27-13 (Dec 7-0)
- Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) 25-8 won in sudden victory - 1 over Bret Baumbach (Stanford) 22-11 (SV-1 4-2)
- Steven Monk (North Dakota St.) 34-2 won by decision over Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh) 19-8 (Dec 4-1)
- Taylor Massa (Michigan) 26-7 won by decision over Paul Hancock (Army) 32-11 (Dec 11-7)
- Josh Condon (Chattanooga) 21-6 won by decision over Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) 19-15 (Dec 7-4)
- Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma St.) 30-4 won by major decision over Pierce Harger (Northwestern) 25-9 (MD 9-1)
- Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) 31-1 won by decision over Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) 30-8 (Dec 5-3)
- Zach Toal (Missouri) 23-16 won by decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska) 24-13 (Dec 6-2)
- Cody Yohn (Minnesota) 25-11 won by decision over Josh Houldsworth (Columbia) 20-8 (Dec 7-1)
- Patrick Graham (Oklahoma) 22-4 won by major decision over Ramon Santiago (Rider) 29-8 (MD 15-3)
- Conrad Polz (Illinois) 23-6 won by decision over Caleb Marsh (Kent St.) 23-11 (Dec 8-4)
- Michael Moreno (Iowa St.) 27-7 won by decision over Nick Moore (Iowa) 18-9 (Dec 5-3)
- Zachary Strickland (Appalachian S.) 24-11 won by decision over Nicholas Visicaro (Rutgers) 15-10 (Dec 6-1)
- David Taylor (Penn State) 27-1 won by fall over John Staudenmayer (North Carolina) 27-12 (Fall 2:52)
- Chris Perry (Oklahoma St.) 31-2 won by decision over Cody Weishoff (Oregon St.) 16-9 (Dec 5-4)
- Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) 30-8 won by decision over Stephen West (Columbia) 23-8 (Dec 3-0)
- Hunter Gamble (Gardner-Webb) 23-12 won by decision over Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) 20-6 (Dec 5-3)
- Nick Heflin (Ohio St.) 16-5 won in sudden victory - 1 over Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) 27-9 (SV-1 3-1)
- Josh Asper (Maryland) 20-1 won by decision over Sam Wheeler (Kent St.) 25-13 (Dec 9-3)
- John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo) 12-8 won by decision over Mathew Miller (Navy) 23-6 (Dec 5-4)
- Cody Walters (Ohio) 36-2 won by decision over Chad Welch (Purdue) 21-14 (Dec 5-3)
- Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) 34-3 won by fall over Ian Korb (Pennsylvania) 23-13 (Fall 4:08)
- Michael Evans (Iowa) 20-4 won by decision over Craig Kelliher (Central Michigan) 21-12 (Dec 2-0)
- Phillip Joseph (Eastern Mich.) 18-13 won by decision over Leroy Munster (Northwestern) 24-8 (Dec 7-5)
- Matt Mougin (Northern Ill.) 23-15 won by decision over Blake Stauffer (Arizona St.) 22-4 (Dec 4-2)
- Logan Storley (Minnesota) 25-3 won by decision over Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) 32-9 (Dec 3-1)
- Jordan Blanton (Illinois) 23-10 won by major decision over Lee Helbig (Wyoming) 23-11 (MD 12-1)
- Tanner Weatherman (Iowa St.) 19-7 won by decision over Daniel Yates (Michigan) 21-10 (Dec 6-4)
- Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) 18-7 won by decision over Billy Curling (Old Dominion) 20-11 (Dec 2-1)
- Mathew Brown (Penn State) 26-4 won by major decision over Todd Porter (Missouri) 31-11 (MD 10-1)
- Edward Ruth (Penn State) 29-0 won by fall over Fred Garcia (Lock Haven) 26-11 (Fall 0:28)
- Kevin Radford (Arizona St.) 22-13 won by decision over Canaan Bethea (Pennsylvania) 25-10 (Dec 4-3)
- Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) 15-4 won by decision over Christopher Chionuma (Oklahoma St.) 27-9 (Dec 4-1)
- Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) 25-6 won by decision over MacKain Stoll (North Dakota St.) 18-10 (Dec 6-0)
- Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) 27-2 won by major decision over Nick Vetterlein (Virginia Tech) 17-13 (MD 10-1)
- Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) 19-7 won by decision over Boaz Beard (Iowa St.) 15-8 (Dec 8-2)
- Mason Bailey (Navy) 30-13 won by decision over John Rizqallah (Michigan St.) 23-10 (Dec 5-2)
- Steve Bosak (Cornell) 21-2 won by major decision over Ty Vinson (Oregon St.) 16-10 (MD 12-0)
- Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) 23-3 won by decision over Casey Newburg (Kent St.) 33-9 (Dec 7-3)
- Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) 28-6 won by decision over Cody Magrum (Ohio St.) 16-8 (Dec 6-0)
- Mike Larson (Missouri) 28-10 won by decision over Ophir Bernstein (Brown) 24-10 (Dec 8-5)
- Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) 31-4 won by decision over Cody Reed (Binghamton) 18-14 (Dec 4-0)
- Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) 36-3 won by major decision over Shane Woods (Wyoming) 24-14 (MD 13-4)
- Jacob Swartz (Boise State) 28-3 won by major decision over James Cook (Campbell) 8-7 (MD 11-0)
- Alex Utley (North Carolina) 26-12 won in tie breaker - 1 over Lucas Sheridan (Indiana) 22-15 (TB-1 2-1)
- Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) 28-0 won by decision over Tony Dallago (Illinois) 19-14 (Dec 6-3)
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- Dustin Kilgore (Kent St.) 40-0 won by major decision over Nathan Burak (Iowa) 17-16 (MD 10-2)
- Phillip Wellington (Ohio) 24-14 won by decision over James Fox (Harvard) 13-5 (Dec 9-4)
- Jake Meredith (Arizona St.) 27-7 won by decision over Nikolas Brown (Chattanooga) 28-4 (Dec 3-1)
- Micah Burak (Pennsylvania) 17-2 won by decision over Andrew Campolattano (Ohio St.) 17-12 (Dec 8-7)
- Taylor Meeks (Oregon St.) 32-5 won by fall over Maxwell Huntley (Michigan) 17-15 (Fall 1:49)
- Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) 21-10 won in sudden victory - 3 over Brent Haynes (Missouri) 31-9 (SV-3 5-3)
- Nick Whitenburg (Eastern Mich.) 18-7 won by fall over Alex Polizzi (Northwestern) 16-15 (Fall 4:45)
- Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) 31-1 won by major decision over Caleb Kolb (Nebraska) 18-17 (MD 15-5)
- Matthew Wilps (Pittsburgh) 20-2 won by decision over Derrick Borlie (Virginia Tech) 18-12 (Dec 4-1)
- Richard Perry (Bloomsburg) 29-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Bryce Barnes (Army) 25-19 (SV-1 7-5)
- Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma St.) 14-7 won by decision over Braden Atwood (Purdue) 25-11 (Dec 3-2)
- Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) 24-2 won by fall over Mario Gonzalez (Illinois) 15-8 (Fall 1:42)
- Nathan Schiedel (Binghamton) 27-2 won by major decision over Conner Hartmann (Duke) 20-10 (MD 10-1)
- Scott Schiller (Minnesota) 24-4 won by major decision over Christian Boley (Maryland) 24-7 (MD 10-1)
- Brandon Palik (Drexel) 25-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Michael Salopek (Virginia) 13-6 (SV-1 5-3)
- Quentin Wright (Penn State) 28-0 won by decision over Donald Mcneil (Rider) 21-16 (Dec 7-3)
- Dominque Bradley (Missouri) 36-1 won by major decision over Stryker Lane (Cornell) 20-13 (MD 10-1)
- Matthew Gibson (Iowa St.) 19-9 won by decision over Blake Herrin (American) 26-9 (Dec 6-1)
- Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) 24-2 won by decision over Levi Cooper (Arizona St.) 22-11 (Dec 6-0)
- Mike McClure (Michigan St.) 32-5 won by decision over Riley Shaw (Cleveland State) 19-15 (Dec 6-1)
- Michael McMullan (Northwestern) 19-3 won by decision over Dan Scherer (Stanford) 18-13 (Dec 6-2)
- Adam Chalfant (Indiana) 27-9 won by decision over Jacob Kettler (George Mason) 22-18 (Dec 8-3)
- Ernest James (Edinboro) 23-12 won by decision over William Smith (Rutgers) 26-10 (Dec 3-2)
- Chad Hanke (Oregon St.) 33-3 won by fall over Kevin Innis (Boston U.) 21-7 (Fall 0:42)
- Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma St.) 25-3 won by fall over Benjamin Apland (Michigan) 18-13 (Fall 0:18)
- Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) 33-9 won by decision over James Lawson (Penn State) 21-8 (Dec 4-3)
- J.T Felix (Boise State) 27-10 won by decision over Justin Grant (Bloomsburg) 24-5 (Dec 7-4)
- Bobby Telford (Iowa) 21-6 won by decision over Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) 23-15 (Dec 8-1)
- Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) 25-6 won by decision over David Marone (Virginia Tech) 16-10 (Dec 5-2)
- Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) 23-4 won by decision over Daniel Miller (Navy) 21-11 (Dec 2-0)
- Odie Delaney (The Citadel) 38-7 won in sudden victory - 1 over Evan Knutson (North Dakota St.) 16-14 (SV-1 7-5)
- Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) 29-1 won by decision over Steven Graziano (Pennsylvania) 19-14 (Dec 4-0)
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Dr. Margaret Goodman tells Bloody Elbow that VADA has offered to oversee an extensive blood and urine testing program for their fighters with no administrative fees.
Recent months have seen a noticeable uptick in the number of positive drug tests in the UFC. Over the last 6 months there have been nine disclosed positive drug tests in the world's largest fight promotion.
I reached out to Dr. Margaret Goodman of the Voluntary Anti Doping Agencey earlier today and asked if the UFC has asked for any assistance from VADA. Dr. Goodman provided the following statement:
On 2/16/13, VADA sent a proposal to the UFC addressed to Lorenzo, Dana and Frank that VADA would help them set up a state-of-the art PED program with unannounced random testing for blood and urine. We indicated that there would be no adminsitrative charges at least for the first year. This would include education courses. We would use a WADA-accredited lab, certified doping collection officers and the results would go to the fighter, the UFC, the ABC/the official MMA record-keeper for the ABC, and the commission where the fighter held a license. I believe the UFC would save money, improve public confidence that fighters are competing clean, injuries would be less with fighters competing less on PEDs, and overall safety would improve. We also mentioned that although VADA no longer has THC in our testing panel, we would include it at their request. The testing would include EPO, hGH, CIR. To date, we have had no response, but we remain happy to discuss.
In short, this means that the UFC would have no fees to pay for this drug testing other than collection fees and the testing panel -- again, only from WADA-accredited labs. The actual program would be overseen and administered by VADA along with the education portion. So, VADA would basically make no money off of the UFC as they don't own or run the WADA-accredited labs that would receive the collection/testing panel fees.
This is a very serious offer and unannounced random blood and urine testing at basically the cutting edge of sport testing with a low cost could seriously benefit the UFC if they're serious about having the cleanest, safest sport possible. And, with more and more positive drug tests lately, could keep public confidence high.
Of course, year round random testing may lead to more positive drug tests before fights. Which would mean more cancelled bouts. So it is still to be seen if that is something the UFC has any interest in risking.
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It’s not uncommon for situations to arise in MMA where teammates who compete in the same division appear destined to duke it out at some point based on a similar level of success. What’s rare, however, is when close acquaintances are actually open to the idea as is the case of UFC heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Antonio Silva. Both men are set for respective scraps on May 25 at UFC 160 where, if successful, circumstances could dictate a future date between the duo. Specifically, Silva is scheduled to face champion Cain Velasquez, while Dos Santos will mix it up with Mark Hunt in a battle of top contenders.
Dos Santos recently revealed he’s already talked about the potential tilt with “Bigfoot” and both are of the same mindset.
“We already spoke about that and it’s going to be tough because he’s my good friend and we’re part of the same team, but we’re going to fight for the title,” said Dos Santos to MMAFightCorner, saying he wouldn’t be open to action against Silva if the belt wasn’t involved.
In Dos Santos’ opinion, fighting Silva wouldn’t be much different than the time they spend together in the gym with a few minor exceptions.
“We train with big gloves and shin guards, now it’s small gloves, that’s normal. If the fans want to see the guys who train together to fight, that’s ok. For the title, that’s ok, no problem. After the fight, we’re going to stay together and go to the nightclubs,” explained Dos Santos. “We’re going to celebrate together after the fight. It’s going to be like a sparring session with small gloves. It doesn’t matter the result, we’re still going to celebrate together after.”
For now, of course, such a scenario is only speculative since both men have tough tests in front of them this summer. Dos Santos will enter his effort against the streaking Hunt with his first UFC loss, dropping a one-sided decision to Velasquez in December, while Silva was knocked out by the divisional king less than a year ago.
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Does anyone think Cain vs Silva 2 will be any different than the first go around?
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Korean Zombie' compares Georges St. Pierre's 'ridiculous' UFC 158 Japanese 'Rising Sun Flag' gi to Nazi swasitka
By Adam Guillen Jr. on Mar 24 2013, 3:00p
Georges St. Pierre walks out in his Hayabusa "Rising Sun" Gi, a symbol which is considered offensive to many Koreans. - Esther Lin for MMA FIghting
Chan Sung Jung was "shocked" to see UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre make his way to the Octagon for his UFC 158 bout against Nick Diaz wearing a Hayabusa-sponsored gi that featured the Japanese "Rising Sun" symbol, which is a symbol that many Koreans deem offensive and disrespectful.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre earned an impressive victory over fast-talking Nick Diaz a few weeks ago at UFC 158 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, defending his world title for the eighth time.
However, despite his dominant performance, "Rush" may have unknowingly upset some Asian supporters -- Korean fans to be exact -- because of his Hayabusa-sponsored attire.
And current top UFC featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung is among them.
St. Pierre, a traditional martial artist who holds a black belt in Shidokan -- a form of Japanese Karate -- has often worn Japanese-influenced logos on his walkout gear, but the symbol of Japanese "Rising Sun Flag," was a reminder to Asians of the many war crimes its people fell victim to at the hands of the Japanese military.
"The Korean Zombie" respectfully explained his concerns to "GSP" via his Facebook page:
Dear Mr. Georges St. Pierre
Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese 'Rising Sun Flag'. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.
Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of 'Militarism'. You can easily learn what they've done by googling (please do), although it's only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.
Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.
I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They're just ignorant. It's such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse.
Since you're influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge 'Rising Sun' on your Gi means something else.
Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing 'the symbol of War Crime' is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself.
So, what do you reckon?
Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?
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It looks like St. Pierre, as well as his sponsor Hayabusa, may have overlooked a tiny little detail when designing the 170-pound champion's Gi, which to many Korean's -- and other countries which were victims to Japanese aggression -- is considered offensive and associate the symbol with Japanese militarism and imperialism.
While it's highly unlikely neither St. Pierre nor Hayabusa were privy to this information before, "The Korean Zombie" begs the question: Knowing now that the "Rising Sun" symbol is as disrespectful as the swastika -- Adolf Hitler's hate-fueled brand under the Nazi movement -- will St. Pierre and Co. keep this history lesson in mind when deciding what to wear out for his next title defense?
One would hope he would at least take it under serious consideration.
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The Japanese and Koreans aren't fans of each other, historically. I don't think the Chinese are huge fans of the Japanese either. The long awaited apology Korean Zombie is referring to is probably the Raping of Nanking, which if you know your history was pretty brutal. The name suggests the gist of it. I see where Korean Zombie is coming from, but is he being too sensitive because GSP certainly isn't wearing the Rising Sun in support of Japan's previous geo-political behavior. Hard to say, but interesting.
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Anthony Johnson has put on some size...and Andrea seems bigger too....both guys not as lean looking thats for sure..Johnson is a good striker I must say....I think Fitch is gonna being fighting next in the WSOF too.
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In his most recent trip to the Octagon, Georges St-Pierre swirled in controversy over his relationship with Nick Diaz. He knew upon asking for that fight that trash talk and controversy would ensue, but what he didn’t realize was that his attire on the day of the fight would be a part of it. St-Pierre, as he often does, wore a traditional gi to the Octagon at UFC 158. Only this time, it was a specifically designed gi produced by the popular fightwear company Hayabusa. The gi incorporated the Japanese Rising Sun design.
As Maggie Hendricks, writer for MMAWeekly.com official content partner Yahoo! Sports, reported, the Rising Sun symbolism wasn’t lost on fellow UFC fighter Chan Sung Jung, who wrote an open letter on his Facebook page to St-Pierre pointing out that many people, particularly in Asia, find the Rising Sun a highly offensive symbol.
“For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not,” wrote Jung.
“Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of ‘Militarism’. You can easily learn what they’ve done by googling (please do), although it’s only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.”
As Hendricks noted, “The Rising Sun flag was used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II, and it was banned by the United Nations in 1945.”
The symbolism of the Rising Sun seems to have been lost on many of us in the Western world, and it certainly was on Hayabusa, who swiftly moved to rectify the situation. Hayabusa co-president Craig Clement released a statement accepting responsibility for the gi and apologizing to those who may have been offended by it.
Since Georges St-Pierre wore our walkout gi at UFC 158 we have received attention surrounding the negative connotation of the rising sun graphic used. The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products.
We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously.
The gi worn by GSP will not be brought to market. In addition, we will be very conscious of this specific design element when developing future communication materials and products.
Please accept our sincerest apology for any offense this has caused. If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss it with us at customerservice@hayabusafightw ear.com. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
St-Pierre, one of the most popular and well liked fighters in UFC history, a short time later added his own apology.
“I'd like to also personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this,” St-Pierre wrote on Facebook. “I am very sorry, that was never my intention.”
The tone of Jung's original Facebook letter to St-Pierre was explanatory in tone. He held up St-Pierre as “the best welterweight fighter in history,” and seemed more concerned with enlightening St-Pierre and others as to what the Rising Sun's symbolism means to a large number of people.
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