At UFC Fight Night Macao on August 23rd, UFC contracted with an independent drug testing laboratory in Hong Kong to perform urinalysis testing on all fighters on the card. Additionally, UFC requested the laboratory to test blood samples from 4 fighters for human growth hormone (HGH), erythropoietin (EPO) and testosterone.One of the athletes who had his blood tested was Cung Le. The laboratory results from Le’s blood test were sent to the UFC and showed that his blood had a total HGH level outside the reference range. Based on such results, UFC officials determined that … Read the Full Article Here
Four years ago, Mark Hunt was getting over a first-round submission loss to Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut and wondering where his career was heading. On Wednesday morning in his Australian home, he got word that he was going to be fighting Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 on November 15 for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.Hunt hasn’t forgotten those dark days and what people said about him back in 2010.“Mark Hunt was one that wasn’t even wanted,” he said. “He wasn’t good enough to be here, and he’s here knocking on the door for a title shot.&rdqu … Read the Full Article Here
On Tuesday morning, Fabricio Werdum was expected to be the bad guy in Mexico City when facing Mexican-American Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title. By the evening though, he may have wound up as the good guy on Nov. 15 when he takes on Mark Hunt for the interim belt in the new UFC 180 main event.
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“I hope that the country and all of Latin America is behind me,” Werdum laughed. “It will be better for me.”
Showing his characteristic cool and good humor even after a hectic tu … Read the Full Article Here
Mexico City, Mexico – The UFC® announced today that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a right knee injury during training and was forced to withdraw from his championship fight against No.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City on November 15.
As a result, No.4 heavyweight Mark Hunt (10-8-1 in professional MMA, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand), who is coming off a walk-away knockout against the iron-chinned Roy Nelson in Tokyo in September (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGunUlEd50A), will face Werdum (18-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles via Porto Alegre, B … Read the Full Article Here
Following a two-week hiatus, the UFC returns on Saturday with a powerful card coming straight from Brazil, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo looks to further cement his legacy as the best 145-pound fighter on the planet when he takes on Chad Mendes. Mendes is streaking into this fight with five wins in a row, including four by knockout. He lost to Aldo in their previous bout, but two years later, Mendes believes more than ever that he’s ready to take home the title. Also on the card, former light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira returns to action for the first time … Read the Full Article Here
RIO DE JANEIRO – In the UFC, opportunities often present themselves in the midst of a setback. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will spend the next few weeks recovering from a knee injury sustained in training, rather than preparing to face No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum for the title in Mexico City on Nov. 15. Now Werdum (18-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles via Porto Alegre, Brazil) will face a completely different challenge. New Zealand’s Mark Hunt (10-8-1 in professional MMA) will be his opponent in the five-round main event of UFC 180 at a sold-out Arena Mexico C … Read the Full Article Here