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The Truth stays with UFC

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Brandon Vera will probably stay with UFC according to Dana White

The UFC has decided to keep Brandon Vera despite going 1-4 with 1 No Contest his last six fights. Vera, who was recently stopped by Ben Rothwell, has been lobbying in the cut list in the latter parts of his career. In fact, several MMA sites have predicted that he will be released from the promotion if he loses to Big Ben, which he eventually did.

Fortunately for Vera, his loss was once again tainted with controversy as his opponent tested positive for testosterone. A similar scenario has happened to him more than two years ago when he lost a unanimous decision to Thiago Silva. Vera was subsequently released from the UFC but they will later re-sign him when it was discovered that Silva submitted a fake urine sample in the post-fight test.

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test returned clean results

Written on October 15, 2013 by Hector

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test results: not a single fighter tested positive for banned substances

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has released the results of the post fight tests of all the fighters that competed at UFC Fight Night 29 and surprisingly, all of them passed the test. Four men from the main cards had previously failed the test including the man of the night Jake Shields. Prior to the upset win over Maia, Shields was tested for an undisclosed substance that resulted in the overturning of the Ed Herman win to No Contest. The other three are Thiago Silva, Joey Beltran and the Rousimar Palhares.

Silva, who defeated Matt Hamill in his recent fight, has already failed the test twice. He faked a urine sample in the post-fight test of his decision win over Brandon Vera in UFC 125. Silva would again fail the drug test by testing positive for marijuana after handing the first career loss of Stanislav Nedkov in November last year.

Both Palhares and Beltran were suspended after failing the post-fight tests of UFC on FX 6 that was held last December in Australia. In that incident, Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone while Beltran was positive for anabolic steroids.

[Photos from o.canada.com]

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UFC Fight Night 29 recap: a night of upsets

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields upsets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC FIght Night 29

UFC Fight Night 29, which took place earlier in Barueri, Brazil, featured a pair of upsets in its main cards. Below is the complete results and summary of the event:

Jake Shields def. Maia via split decision

Jake Shields narrowly edges hometown favorite Demian Maia. The two fighters showcased their exceptional grappling skills as both of them traded sweeps and dominant positions all throughout the bout. At the end of the fight, two judges favored Shields with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47

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Thiago Silva 2 lbs over the weight limit for the Matt Hamill fight

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Thiago Silva tipped the scales 2 lbs over the contracted weight limit of the light heavyweight division

Barueri, Brazil – Thiago Silva again violated the rules of the octagon by failing to make the required weight limit for his fight against Matt Hamill. The light heavyweight division has an original limit of 205lbs but since it is a non-title fight, an allowance of a pound is given to the fighters. Silva however, has weighed 2 lbs north of 206. He is given two hours to shed weight but he was unsuccessful in his attempt. Meanwhile Hamill has tipped the scales at exactly 205.

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Rodrigo Damm sidelined due to kidney stones, fight with Hacran Dias removed from UFC Fight Night 29

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rodrigo Damm's kidney injury resulted in the removal of the featherweight showdown between him and Hacran Dias in UFC Fight Night 29

The upcoming featherweight matchup between Rodrigo Damm and Hacran Dias was removed from the UFC Fight Night 29 due to Damm’s injury. It was reported that Damm has suffered from kidney stone attack while cutting weight for his upcoming fight. Damm already has a history with weight cutting and kidney issues. He was pulled out from the semi finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil when he suffered the same injury.

UFC has decided not to seek for replacement and the event will now go on with just 10 matches. Here’s the updated lineup after the cancellation of the Damm vs. Dias bout:

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UFC on FUEL TV 2 Event Draws 15,428 Attendees

Written on April 15, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The recent bout, UFC on FUEL TV 2 earns $2.23 million live gate.

UFC president Dana White shares that the UFC on FUEL TV 2 event has drawn 15,428 attendees and a $2.23 million live gate.

The recent bout took place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was headlined by a light heavyweight fight between Thiago Silva and Alexander Gustafsson. Sweden’s Gustafsson earned a unanimous-decision victory over Thiago Silva.

UFC on FUEL TV 2 is now tagged as one of the most successful European shows in UFC history and the biggest non-pay-per-view UFC event ever.

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Thiago Silva: Suspended and Fined by the NSAC

Written on April 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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For every offense, there is a sanction. Hence, Thiago Silva will be suspended until January 2, 2012 and will pay a fine of over $30,000.

Upon his admission of using steroids and providing fake urine sample for the UFC 125 pre-fight drug test, Thiago Silva has been suspended for one year. In addition to this, the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a total of $33,750.

The 28-year-old fighter told the NSAC that he took a prescription steroid during the training camp for his January 1 match against Brandon Vera due to an injury. It should be remembered that Thiago Silva was inactive inside the Octagon for over a year prior to UFC 125 due to an injured back. He then attempted to mask his usage by providing a fake urine sample that he bought online. Thiago Silva’s act was caused by the desperation to return to the action because he was “completely broke”.

That said, Thiago Silva’s license revocation will run until January 2, 2012. He wouldn’t be able to reapply his license until he serves the full suspension. As for his fight against Brandon Vera, the match was officially changed to a no-contest.

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Thiago Silva Admits Use of “Urine Adulterant”

Written on March 31, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In an era where professional athletes have gone so far as to lie under oath in regard to their use of performance-enhancing substances, Thiago Silva is taking the exact opposite approach.

After NSAC revealed that Thiago Silva’s urinalysis showed an inconsistent result, the light heavyweight fighter admitted that he used an “urine adulterant”. In addition to this, the fighter said that he’ll accept the commission’s punishment and will come back as a changed man.

“We make decisions every day of our lives. Some are good, and some are bad. When you make a bad decision, you can either make the situation worse by trying to cover it up or lie about it, or just stick your head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge it even happened. Or you can own up to it with an honest explanation, accept the consequences of your actions, apologize to the people affected by it, learn from it and move on. I’m choosing the second option.”

Thiago Silva pointed out that he doesn’t want to make an excuse for his behavior. However, he did hope to offer an explanation for taking performance enhancing substance and masking the results of his UFC 125 drug test. Thiago Silva’s case will be heard before the NSAC on April 7.

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Thiago Silva’s UFC 125 Urinalysis is Inconsistent

Written on March 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After further investigation, the Nevada State Athletic Commission concludes that Thiago Silva's drug test was "inconsistent with human urine." What now?

Last Wednesday, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director – Keith Kizer – confirmed that Thiago Silva’s drug test sample was “inconsistent with human urine”.

Just a refresher: Thiago Silva defeated Brandon Vera at UFC 125 via unanimous decision last January. But after that, he was scrapped from a UFC 130 bout against Rampage Jackson due to a positive drug test result. However, Thiago Silva’s initial test was flagged and further testing confirmed that the result was inconsistent. That said, the 28-year-old fighter is temporarily suspended until the April 7 hearing.

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Brandon Vera is Ready to Make a UFC Comeback

Written on March 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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While still busy recuperating from injuries, Brandon Vera is definitely making a UFC comeback.

Over the last several months, Brandon Vera was able to experience the high and low of his professional MMA career. After his loss against Thiago Silva last January, UFC released the California-based fighter. However, it didn’t last long after Thiago Silva got caught up in a positive drug test result.

While Thiago Silva is awaiting verdict from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Brandon Vera already got a new life in UFC. The Truth is still recuperating from injuries sustained during his last fight against Thiago Silva. But be that as it may, he is excited and “almost” ready to get back in the Octagon.

With a renewed lease under the UFC Banner, Brandon Vera definitely have a lot of pressure on his return. But now that he’s aware of what life is outside the Octagon, can he fight for his right to stay?

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