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UFC wants to follow Nevada, ban TRT for all international fights

The Nevada State Athletic Commission took a huge step on Thursday when it banned testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) from combat sports, most notably MMA and boxing.

Vitor BelfortTRT has become a huge issue in MMA over the past few years as several of the UFC’s top fighters have received therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) to use testosterone as they prepare for fights. Fighters will see doctors because they have low testosterone levels and many of them have received medical approval to use testosterone, which is pretty much a legal way of them using steroids.

The issue is that many fighters have low testosterone levels because of past abuse of steroids, not because they have grave medical issues that were unavoidable. Nevada has granted exemptions to Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, Shane Roller, Todd Duffee and Forrest Griffin in the past. Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort (pictured) is currently the most notable fighter who has been using TRT; he has received exemptions for his last three fights, all of which took place in Brazil. Belfort tested positive for steroids in 2006 and was suspended for nine months.

UFC boss Dana White has not liked TRT and says the UFC will follow Nevada by banning TRT in international fights where there is no governing body. The UFC will hope other states follow Nevada and ban TRT as well.

This is an excellent step by Nevada and should help ensure more of a level playing field, especially in a combat sport where a fighter on TRT can do serious damage to an opponent. TRT has been just like a fountain of youth for old fighters, and now they will likely have to age more properly rather than apply for an exemption to use testosterone.

GSP signs woman’s chest

Georges St-Pierre

You know you’ve hit a whole new level in celebrity when you’ve been asked to autograph a woman’s chest. I know blogger autographs aren’t exactly in high demand, but it would definitely be a crowning achievement if that ever happened to me.

For Georges St-Pierre, we can only assume that this is a regular thing.

At a Bacardi party on Tuesday night, the MMA superstar was asked by an attractive female fan to sign her chest. GSP seemed to get a kick out of it, because he had a smile on his face as he was signing his name. She did seem to dip her shirt down a little low for the occasion, didn’t she?

Pic via TO

Anderson Silva already back hitting pads (Video)

Anderson Silva working outAnderson Silva appears to be making excellent progress in his return from a broken leg.

Silva, who broke his left leg kicking Chris Weidman during a TKO loss at UFC 168 in December (watch video here), is back in the gym and hitting pads. His manager, Ed Soares, posted video on Tuesday of Silva working out with coach Marco Morales.

Silva isn’t exactly bouncing around on the floor nor his he hitting with ferociousness, but that’s still a great sign.

UFC boss Dana White has said that Silva could fight by the end of the year.

Arianny Celeste on Ronda Rousey: I don’t like the way she carries herself

Arianny-CelesteRonda Rousey is incredibly outspoken. Her undefeated record in the octagon and outgoing personality are the main reasons she is such a marketing machine. The latter, however, is why famous UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste is not Rousey’s biggest fan.

Before Rousey defeated Sara McMann on Saturday, Celeste told MMA Junkie Radio that she does not view Ronda as a positive role model for women.

“I don’t really like the way she carries herself,” Celeste said. “I don’t think she’s a good role model for women. I think that women should empower each other and give each other a little pat on the back.

“I’ve personally been talked about by her, and I don’t even know her. I’ve met her twice. She said a couple things in her Maxim interview. A lot of people pointed it out to me, but I didn’t really acknowledge it. … She’s paving the way for women’s MMA, and I’ve made being a UFC Octagon Girl into a career. She should definitely recognize that and be nice.”

The Maxim interview Celeste referred to took place in August 2012, when Rousey joked that it would have been fun to rank higher on Maxim’s Hot 100 list than Celeste.

“It would have been really funny if I’d beaten [UFC Octagon Girl] Arianny Celeste, because that would be like a triathlete coming along and beating the runners in a marathon,” Rousey said at the time. “Like, ‘Ha-ha, it’s your job to show your titties—I do that better than you!’ Maybe next year. She’s only getting older, and I’m reaching my prime.”

As Bloody Elbow pointed out, Rousey also took a shot at ring girls in general during a separate 2012 interview with Sherdog.

“There’s a reason why the ring girls aren’t asked to star in movies, and it’s because they’re pretty but talentless,” Rousey said.

That’s probably reason enough for Celeste to dislike Rousey, and I’m sure Rousey doesn’t care. After all, this is a woman who openly discusses her sex life on talk shows. She doesn’t seem to be concerned with what people think of her.

Ronda Rousey KOs Sara McMann with knee to midsection (GIF)

Ronda Rousey beat Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Rousey winning was not at all a surprise, but there was one shocker with the outcome: she did not win via armbar for the first time in her pro fighting career.

Instead, Rousey caught McMann with a devastating knee to the midsection in the first round that caused McMann to go down. Rousey jumped in for a few punches to finish off McMann, and referee Herb Dean stepped in to call the fight.

Though McMann was disappointed with the stoppage, she said after the fight that she understood Dean’s decision to step in and call it.

Ronda Rousey Sara McMann

Ronda Rousey responds to Jon Jones about promotional help

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey on Wednesday responded to Jon Jones‘ comments that she gets more of a promotional push from the UFC than he does by saying that she’s owed some of the help.

Jones said last week that he has disagreements with the UFC and he wondered if that plays a role in him not receiving the same kind of promotion from the organization as Rousey receives. Rousey seemed to take that comment personally.

“I feel like, I’m owed a little bit of help, damnit,” Rousey said on a conference call Wednesday to promote her title fight with Sara McMann, according to MMA Fighting. MMA Fighting says Ronda said her comment with a laugh that seemed half-joking, half-serious.

“I had to do so much to get to this, I’m not going to complain about it.”

Rousey is exactly right. The UFC didn’t have women fighting in the organization until her amazing performances and trash talking convinced Dana White to create a women’s division in 2012. It was all through her talent, hard work and promotional efforts. She’s been a pioneer and did a lot of the work on her own before the UFC supported her. She absolutely deserves the push.

Rousey also gets a push from the UFC because she’s a unique talent and has the ability to reach different audiences from Jones. She appeals to a broader array of people and has the unique ability to introduce more fans to the sport. She’s probably the most marketable fighter in the organization especially with GSP and Anderson Silva out, so it makes sense for them to capitalize on her. Also, the UFC can’t waste any time with her knowing that she has thought about walking away from the sport to act in movies.

Maybe Jones doesn’t receive the same push that Rousey does, and maybe that’s partially because he can be uncooperative. But he has been marketed plenty by them. He was sponsored by the UFC, he’s sponsored by Nike and he’s been in a Bud Light commercial with Dana White. Tell me he hasn’t had his moments as the UFC’s favorite.

Thiago Silva’s wife says he has a cocaine problem

thiago-silvaThiago Silva currently remains in a Florida jail without bond after he was arrested for going ballistic and allegedly pulling a gun on his wife last week. A judge ruled that Silva’s history of domestic violence and his MMA training make him a danger to his wife and others. According to Silva’s wife Thaysa, most of his erratic behavior is fueled by his cocaine problem.

“The problem was cocaine. He always thinks he’s above the law,” Thaysa told a Brazilian media outlet, via TMZ Sports. “He had the cocaine paranoia.”

Silva’s attorney told TMZ that the claims are “not justified” and said no cocaine was found anywhere on the scene where Thiago was arrested or in his home.

In addition, Thaysa claims her marriage to Thiago was over back in 2012 but that she was always too afraid to go to the police when he allegedly abused her.

“My marriage was over in December of 2012,” she said. “In our relationship, I had to deal with the imbalance and aggressions. But I never went to talk to the police because I fear the reactions. Even after I was assaulted, I did not speak.”

Silva’s most recent incident reportedly stemmed from his suspicion that Thaysa was having an affair with a well-known martial arts instructor in Florida. Last month, he allegedly pointed a gun at her head for the same reason.

Silva obviously has some serious anger issues, though we don’t know if those stem from drug use or not. Given the way he has acted, I personally would not be surprised.