Dana White Releases A Statement Encouraging All States To Support The TRT Ruling By The State Of Nevada

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Less than an hour ago, we reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned (TUE) therapeutic use exemptions for (TRT) testosterone replacement therapy effective immediately. A short time ago, UFC President Dana White released a statement to the press.

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”

Will other country and state athletic commissions follow the lead of Nevada?

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Nevada State Athletic Commission Bans Testosterone Replacement Therapy For All Fighters

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A few moments ago, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban therapeutic use exemptions for (TRT) testosterone replacement therapy effective immediately.

If any athlete has a TUE, no state commission will recognize it. Any fighter who competes in MMA, boxing and kickboxing will not be allowed to apply for an exemption going forward.

Some of the notables who have or had a TUE in the past include Vitor Belfort, Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson.

Brett Okamoto from ESPN.com got comment from UFC President Dana White regarding the news.

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Nate Diaz Tells Dana White And The UFC That He Wants To Be Released From His Contract

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Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz has requested to be released from his UFC contract. Diaz took to Twitter a couple hours ago to make his statement.

Diaz last fought in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in November defeating Gray Maynard by first round TKO. The California native is 1-2 in his last three fights, which includes the title loss to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 5 in December of 2012.

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Georges St-Pierre Admits He Has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC welterweight title at UFC 167 last November. St-Pierre during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan stated that he was going to walk away from MMA. Moments later at the post-fight press conference, St-Pierre said he was undecided if he was really going to retire. St-Pierre announced a few weeks later that he was dropping the title and was taking a leave from MMA, with a return uncertain.

You listen to St-Pierre do interviews and you see how cerebral he is and how obsessed he is with his opponent in the octagon. In an interview with Wendy Mesley of CBC News, the former champion admitted he has from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The former champion describes how he dealt with having the disorder.

“As a fighter it’s a good thing to have it, because it makes you better because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist,” St-Pierre told Mesley. “Everything you do is oriented around that goal. But the same thing could be bad for a normal person in normal life.”

St-Pierre said he would never sleep more than five hours a night and his personal life and mental health suffered greatly.

“It was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break,” St-Pierre said. “I had my first New Year’s and Christmas with my family, a real one. I don’t have to go away because I have a fight coming up.”

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UFC Matches Offer For Gilbert Melendez, Will Coach “TUF 20″ Opposite Anthony Pettis

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Gilbert Melendez was the first big name fighter to agree to an offer from Bellator and the UFC had the right to match the offer. The question of whether the UFC would match the offer loomed over the MMA world since it was announced that Melendez had agreed to a deal with Bellator about ten days ago.

UFC officials announced late last night that they were matching Bellator’s offer to Melendez. The company also announced that “El Nino” would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The two will fight later in 2014.

“The Ultimate Fighter 20″ begins filming in May and as previously reported will feature the launch of the promotion’s women’s strawweight division. The winner of the season, which debuts Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1, will become the first UFC women’s 115-pound champion. The UFC has already signed some of the world’s best fighters for the series, including Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood.

Melendez is also expected to make an appearance on the recently-announced “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” series, which debuts this summer. Broadcast plans for that series are expected to be announced shortly.

No terms were announced regarding Melendez’s contract.

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CM Punk Makes First Public Appearance Since WWE Departure; Attends UFC 170

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Former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE at the end of January after competing in the Royal Rumble the previous night. Punk hasn’t made any public comments or been seen since his departure.

At UFC 170 last night Punk was at the event sitting next to UFC President Dana White.

Punk has stated numerous times that he is a big MMA fan and has attended numerous UFC events, most recently appearing at UFC on Fox 10 in his hometown of Chicago. That event was a day before the Rumble show.

Was Punk just there as a fan?

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Ronda Rousey Highlights UFC 170 Fight Bonuses

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In the main event of tonight’s UFC 170, Ronda Rousey garnered her first stoppage by strikes as she defeated Sara McMann to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. The champion also ended up with some extra cash in her pocket at the end of the night.

It was announced during the post-fight press conference that the fight night bonuses went to Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia for their “Fight of Night”, which MacDonald won by unanimous decision. Rousey and Stephen Thompson for “Performance of the Night”, with Rousey defeating McMann and Thompson defeating Robert Whittaker.

The four fighters received $50,000 bonuses.

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UFC 170 Results: Ronda Rousey Stops Sara McMann In The Main Event

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UFC 170′s main event of Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann was hyped up as a battle of the Olympians. Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics and McMann won a silver mdeal in wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

The fight began with both fighters going right at each other. A few moments later the champion was able to shove McMann into the cage and started landed a few knees. Rousey tried a few judo attempts, but the challenger was able to stuff them.

The end of the fight came when Rousey landed a knee to the body, an elbow, a knee, another elbow and then a knee to the liver that made McMann crumble. Rousey a couple short shots and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, which elicited boos.

Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at 1:06 of round one. It was Rousey’s first win by stoppage due to strikes and was also the quickest fight in women’s MMA in the UFC.

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Cris Cyborg To Drop To 135 Pounds And Wants To “Retire” Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey tonight makes the third defense of her UFC women’s bantamweight championship as she defends against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. If Rousey is victorious tonight, her next title defense is unknown at this time.

Her longtime rival Cris Cyborg would like to get that crack at Rousey. The reason the fight hasn’t taken place yet is that Cyborg had refused in the past to drop from 145 to 135 pounds and wanted the fight to take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds.

Cyborg sent a statement to “Inside MMA”:

“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.

My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.

You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.

I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 Championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.

Now I know critics will say “I thought you said you would die if you made 135.” All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”

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UFC 170 Weigh-In Results: Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann Set For Main Event

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UFC 170 weigh-ins took place moments ago from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is where tomorrow nights card takes place. All 22 fighters on the card made weight including the main event fighters, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann.

“I think it’s an amazing, historic event for the UFC,” Rousey added. “It’s not two guys fighting that you found in the back of a bar.”

“I think this is going to be the best women’s fight the UFC has ever had,” McMann said.

Here are the results from the UFC 170 weigh-ins:

•Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
•Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
•Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
•Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
•Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
•Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
•Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
•Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
•Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
•Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
•Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)

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Watch UFC 170 Weigh-Ins Today At 7 PM ET

UFC 170 takes place tomorrow night in Las Vegas. The main event features Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann. In the co-feature, Daniel Cormier battles Patrick Cummins.

Before the fights can be made official, all 22 fighters have to weigh-in. You can watch the UFC 170 weigh-ins in the video stream above.

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UFC 170 Preview Show

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UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey battling Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier facing off with Patrick Cummins.

We talk to Bleacher Report and UFC.com writer Duane Finley as we break the main card of the show. Finley discusses the significance of the co-main and main event and what other fights to watch out for on the card.

Finley then discusses the latest news on Gilbert Melendez and whether he will end up in Bellator or the UFC, if this could be a game changer for MMA and more.

You can follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.

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UFC 170 Video: Daniel Cormier Gets Physical With Patrick Cummins At Press Conference

The co-main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night featuring Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins is quite arguably the most anticipated fight on the card. The light heavyweight fight was made eight days ago when Rashad Evans had to bow out of the fight due to suffering a knee injury in training.

Cummins told UFC President Dana White that while helping train Cormier for the 2004 Olympics, he “broke” Cormier and made him cry. Cormier hasn’t denied that it happened, but you can tell it has agitated him throughout the week.

It came to a head today when they did the pre-fight press conference staredown, when Cormier walked right up to Cummins and shoved him. Cormier then clenched his fist like he was going to punch Cummins, which you can see in the video above.

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UFC 170: Ronda Rousey Defeats Miesha Tate In Rematch At UFC 168

UFC 170 takes place this Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature Ronda Rousey defending the UFC women’s bantamweight title against the undefeated Sara McMann. The co-main event features Daniel Cormier facing off with newcomer Patrick Cummins.

Rousey just fought two months ago defeating Miesha Tate in their rematch at UFC 168 at the end of December. It was Rousey’s most competitive fight of her career as she went into the third round and defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar to retain her title.

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Dana White UFC 170 Video Blog

UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is Ronda Rousey defending the UFC women’s bantamweight championship facing off with Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier dropping down from heavyweight to light heavyweight to battle Patrick Cummins.

UFC President Dana White traditionally before a pay-per-view releases a video blog showing behind the scenes footage of previous events. On this video blog, you will see footage from UFC Fight Night 30 in October, TUF 18 Finale in Novemeber, UFC Fight Night 35 and UFC on FOX 10 events from January.

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Rashad Evans To Have Knee Injury; Could Be Out Up To Six Months

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It was announced last week when former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans suffered a knee injury and had to bow out of his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 this weekend. It was expected that Evans was only going to be out for about four weeks. Evans announced today in statement that he will be having surgery this week on his knee and is expected to be out for about six months.

“I am deeply disappointed to be missing the action at UFC 170,” Evans said. “But I am, as always, incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, management, the UFC, and most of all my fans during this minor setback. Thank you for your continued messages of support. I’ll be back stronger than ever!”

Ronald S. Kvitne who is the team physician of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Blades is working on Evans with the procedure.

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Gilbert Melendez Agrees To A Deal With Bellator; UFC Can Match The Offer

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UFC President Dana White stated earlier in the week on “UFC Tonight” that he was done with the negotiations involving Gilbert Melendez. White said that if Melendez wants a deal done to stay in the UFC, call UFC CEO Lorenzo Fetitta and if the situation didn’t improve, Melendez better start looking for a new fight promotion.

Melendez took that advice as he agreed to a multi-fight and multi-year deal with Bellator. The UFC does have the right to match the offer, but how long they have is unknown at this time. The former Strikeforce lightweight champion is 1-1 in the UFC with a loss to former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC on Fox 7 last April by a controversial split decision and defeated Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision in a fight of the year candidate at UFC 166 in October.

“The moment Gil was legally able to explore the free agent market, Gil’s management team reached out to me and we began figuring out how to bring Gil to Bellator,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a press release.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been a big ‘El Nino’ fan for many years. Gil was one of the first fighters I tried to sign when I launched Bellator back in 2008, and he’s grown and developed into one of the best and most exciting lightweights on earth. Gil has a vision for what he wants to accomplish both inside and outside the cage and we can help make his vision a reality. We are in the business of developing and showcasing the greatest fighters on earth. That’s what we intend to do here with Gil and it’s what we’ll continue to do in the future.”

Melendez made a statement on Twitter saying what went down.

Will the UFC match Bellator’s offer?

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Daniel Cormier Back On UFC 170, Will Face Newcomer Patrick Cummins

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Last night Rashad Evans had to bow out of his UFC 170 fight next weekend against Daniel Cormier. The UFC also announced that Cormier would be taken off the card. Cormier stated on Twitter that he still wanted to fight next weekend, even if it had to be at heavyweight. You ask and you shall receive.

UFC President Dana White announced today that Cormier will stay on the card and face his former wrestling training partner, UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins.

Cummins is a two-time All-American and national champion runner-up from Penn State University and is undefeated in four career fights. As soon as Evans pulled out of the fight Cummins was asking for the fight on Twitter. Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Cummins told him that he made Cormier cry when they would train together. Cormier told MMAFighting that wasn’t the case at all.

“There’s a lot of pressure that comes with trying to win a gold medal, something that Pat wouldn’t understand since he was only a training partner to me and Kerry McCoy. He wasn’t the guy. I appreciate him stepping up and taking the fight, but we’re going to see who’s going to be crying after we fight next Saturday night.”

The fight will remain the co-main event of the show.

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