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Gray Maynard Resumes Training, Possible for a Bout in UFC 136

Written on July 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Gray Maynard finally received a go signal to continue his training and prepare for a possible match in UFC 136.

Gray Maynard recently received a permission from his doctor, allowing him to continue his training after suffering from an injury. According to some reports, Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) is possible to be listed on the UFC 136 event in October. The Las Vegas-based fighter suffered from a knee injury during his preparation for a […]

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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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Dana White Supports Overtime Rounds

Written on April 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"I hate draws," White said. "I think it's just such a waste of everybody's time and energy. It's something that I would definitely explore." --- Dana White, UFC President

UFC started the year with a bang. However, two of their major bouts ended with a draw this year. Hence, neither any fighter from Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard at UFC 125, nor BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch at UFC 127 got their hands raised. In fact, even UFC President – Dana White – was not satisfied with the results, and he’d like to do somethings about it — add an overtime round to UFC fights.

But here is the catch: Will the state athletic commissions would be open to that idea? Besides, there are still other concerns needed to address with regards to adding an overtime round.

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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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Shane Carwin to Train with Fedor Emelianenko?

Written on January 18, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"Fedor has been a good guy to me. After the Lesnar fight, he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter." ---Shane Carwin

The world of MMA’s top heavyweights will collide but not in the octagon.

In a media call promoting the February 12 bout with Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko said his fight camp will be based in Russia but he’d like to train with someone such as Shane Carwin. The Strikeforce grand-prix entrant and famed veteran wishes to train with his fellow heavyweight title holder. Carwin, though US based, said it is an “honor” to join Emelianenko in such training.

In a post on the forum “The Underground,” Carwin, once an interim champ who gave a defeated blow to Brock Lesnar in 2010, shares his affinity to Emelianenko.

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Edgar vs Maynard Rematch, in the Works

Written on January 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After some considerations, Dana White already decided that Frankie Edgar will face Gray Maynard in a rematch once again. Will the next fight declare a winner this time?

UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, will make another title defense against Gray Maynard. Although it was generally believed that Anthony Pettis would get the next title shot, Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw at UFC 125. The decision made it hard for Dana White to deny the challenger another shot. Maynard had never lost a fight as a professional. In fact, he have a decision win over Edgar. And that was the only loss that the lightweight champ ever acquired in his professional career.

Anthony Pettis, on the other hand, took the situation in stride after being informed that he wouldn’t be Frankie Edgar’s next opponent. Meanwhile, Gray Maynard did not hesitate when asked if he wanted an immediate rematch. During the UFC 125 post-fight news conference, UFC Vice President of Operations and Production, Craig Borsari, told the press that Anthony Pettis would face Edgar next. However, Dana White told ESPN that he had not yet decided who’s going to be the next contender. But after further considerations, the UFC president decided that Maynard will get Edgar next.

Here at Fighting Insider, we think that an immediate rematch is the right thing to do. Do you think the same way? Tell us your opinions by leaving a comment.

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Weekly Roundup: Vera, McKee, GSP, Couture, and Sonnen

Written on January 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week's roundup is all about your favorite fighters that made some noise these past few days. And Fighting Insider is talking about George St-Pierre, Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Chael Sonnen.

This is a new habit here at Fighting Insider, as we bring you the most controversial news from our site this week. But more than that, Fighting Insider will also include the hottest updates from your favorite MMA sources. As if Fighting Insider is not one of your list, eh?

This weeks roundup is all about your favorite MMA fighters that made some noise last week — in a good and not-so-good way. From fighters that will be making another step inside the Octagon, to names that is heading out of the promotion, to a guilty Realtor that’s giving up his license to the authority — Fighting Insider got it all here!

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UFC 125: Resolution Medical Suspensions Take Effect

Written on January 04, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 125: Resolution just concluded. It may not turn out the way many expected a new year blast fight should have been but let's let it all behind. Here are the list of medical suspensions for the fighters who participated in the event.

The medical suspension for the fighters of UFC 125: Resolution is out. The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued the suspensions to nine fighters and half would be out for six months.

As a matter of fact, headliner Frankie Edgar, Brandon Vera, Marcus Davis and Phil Baroni all received lengthy suspensions due to nasal fractures.

The UFC 125: Resolution took place last Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card, which featured an Edgar vs. Gray Maynard championship draw, aired on pay-per-view, and three preliminary-card bouts aired on ION Television.

The full list of suspensions after the skip.

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Comparing UFC 125 and UFC 126 to Past Holiday Bouts

Written on January 03, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Although UFC managed better than in the star crossed early months of 2010, MMA enthusiasts sees the recent UFC 125 and upcoming UFC 126 in a weak sauce. Why is that?

It is a UFC tradition that the New Year’s bout and Super Bowl card are both stacked on February. But this year, the promotion was not able to pull it all out for both events. Still, UFC was able to manage better this time compare to 2010’s early months. In the years past, UFC was able to set PPV records on New Year with bouts like Chuck Lidell vs Tito Ortiz at UFC 66, and Forrest Griffin vs Rashad Evans at UFC 92. But can fans say about UFC 125, and what lies ahead of UFC 126?

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