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Stefan Struve blacked out in locker room; fight called off

Stefan StruveStefan Struve blacked out and fainted in the locker room prior to his UFC 175 fight with Matt Mitrione in Las Vegas, leading the UFC to cancel the bout.

“Stefan Struve blacked out in the locker room. He has elevated heart rate and is out of the fight. I’d never risk his health,” UFC boss Dana White said.

Struve apparently fainted while warming up. He is going in for treatment.

Keep in mind that Struve was diagnosed last year with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart, so this could be a serious concern for the 7-footer.

Struve vs. Mitrione was set to be one of the top fights on the UFC 175 card. Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis were the headliners, and Struve vs. Mitrione was going to occur right before Rousey-Davis.

The immediate move leaves four fights on the pay-per-view portion of the card. Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos and Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane are the other fights.

Obviously at this point the main concern is Struve’s health and well-being, which is currently unknown.

Urijah Faber gets a lot of girls, according to Arianny Celeste

Urijah Faber isn’t just an awesome fighter, he also gets a lot of girls, according to UFC Ring Girl Arianny Celeste.

When asked by a TMZ video guy who the most attractive fighter in the UFC was, Arianny mentioned Faber, whom she calls a friend.

“I guess it has to be my boy Urijah Faber. I know he gets a lot of girls. He’s one my boys, one of my closest friends in the UFC. He has a great face — he’s the California Kid!” she said, referring to Faber’s nickname.

Alright, Urijah, show ‘em what you got:

Urijah Faber

That’s how Faber looks before he beats Alex Caceres by third-round submission. What a baller.

Photo: Twitter/UrijahFaber

Ronda Rousey’s sister Jennifer got married and she couldn’t enjoy it

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey likes to be completely focused on her upcoming fight as she prepares for an opponent. She does not like distractions and has even tried to curtail her budding movie career while preparing for fights.

Because of her focus, Rousey could not even completely enjoy her sister’s wedding last weekend.

Rousey will face Alexis Davis on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and try to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title for the third time since late December. Rousey has been in Vegas for a week because her sister, Jennifer Rousey, conveniently got married there.

Unfortunately, Ronda says her focus wasn’t on her sister’s marriage.

“My sister is getting married, and the whole day I’m going to be thinking about beating Alexis,” Rousey said last week. “Anything that comes up that should make me super-excited, I really do not have the capacity to enjoy until I beat Alexis.”

Despite what she said about only thinking about Alexis, Rousey still found time to make an Instagram post about her sister.

“Congrats to my beautiful big sister and the man lucky enough to be her husband – never had so much fun at a wedding #HawaiianElvisAllDay #MatromonyRouseyStyle,” Rousey wrote on Instagram.

Aapparently she did mix in some fun despite her focus.

Rousey seemed to have a lot going on before her fight with Sara McMann in February, but she still won that fight with an early first-round TKO. It was her first time winning a fight by something other than an armbar, which is a sign that her all-around game is dangerous.

If Rousey is able to win fights even when she has some distractions in camp, imagine what she’ll do against Davis with very few distractions. Shoot, not even Hawaiian Elvis can throw her off her game.

Ronda Rousey battled depression after Olympics

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey is the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and considered one of the toughest women in the world. Not only is she a world champion in MMA, but she is also one of the best in the world in judo. But as tough as she is, even Rousey is not immune to depression.

In a short called “Rowdy Ronda Rousey” for ESPN’s Nine for IX documentary series, Rousey says she battled depression after winning a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

“The uncertainty after the Olympics was really hard. Because after the high of having a medal, I fell into a deep depressions of not having any goals. I just kind of felt like I was done with judo. And judo wasn’t making me happy anymore, so I had to figure something out,” Rousey recalls in the film.

“I remember going into MMA gyms and boxing gyms and feeling kind of embarrassed and out of place and not really welcomed and not taken seriously. I would be super self-conscious and I would be envious of the kind of respect that I saw some of the guys in the gym receiving.”

The film will not debut on ESPNW until July 28, but ESPN played that clip from it on “SportsCenter” Thursday.

Rousey has come a long way since those times. She made her MMA debut in Aug. 2010 and in less than two years became the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion. She was so impressive in building a name for herself that Dana White brought her into the UFC a few months later. Now she will be fighting Alexis Davis on Saturday.

It seems like Rousey is on top of the world and unbreakable, so this is a good reminder that even the best and most dominant athletes in the world have overcome a lot of adversity in their lives. We already knew that for Rousey that was overcoming the death of her father. Now we know that she also dealt with depression.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: I would love to see Jon Jones get his ass kicked

Stone-Cold-Steve-AustinStone Cold Steve Austin is a big fan of the UFC, but he has a serious problem with the current light heavyweight champion. For whatever reason, Stone Cold does not like Jon Jones.

During a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Stone Cold ripped Jones for being a hypocrite who is “living two lives.”

“I mean, you here a little stuff on the side, about his lifestyle. I mean, his lifestyle is a little bit different than what he preaches,” Austin said, as transcribed by MMA Mania. “But, as a fighter, premiere. And, God, in the light heavyweight division! And (Alexander) Gustafsson really handed him his ass and took him in the deepest water that he’s ever been in. So that’s going to be a hell of a rematch. Anyway, he kind of gets on my nerves because I think he’s living two lives. To a degree, yes (he is a hypocrite).”

Jones was extremely quiet early in his career, but the longer he has retained the championship the more he has been feeling himself. A little over a month ago, Jones hurled some homophobic slurs toward a Gustafsson fan and claimed he was hacked. He also talked trash about Chuck Liddell and Phil Davis on social media a couple of weeks later.

“Yeah, (he annoys me), but in a good way,” Stone Cold continued. “I would love to see him get his ass kicked, because it’s going to take a hell of a man to be able to do that. I come from pro wrestling, I’m not a judge; but I think he (Gustafsson) did enough last time to get that victory.

“But, what that match proved to me about Jon Jones was that when he’s in deep waters, he had the heart of a champion. So, when I say some things about Jon Jones irritate me, I respect who and what he is inside that Octagon, make no mistake about that.”

In wrestling terms, it sounds like Stone Cold thinks of Jones as the perfect heel. Jones has held the light heavyweight title for more than three years and defended it seven times, so he has earned the right to be cocky. We’ll see if he can hang onto that privilege after a rematch against Gustafsson at the end of September.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Scott Hall calls out Chael Sonnen for stealing his line

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen is one of the best crap talkers in sports. The guy is a classic heel and totally embraces it. He makes his living off of it. He does it better than many others. He’s even turned his ability to talk like a madman into a nice broadcasting gig with FOX. But one thing Chael is not is original. Or at least he’s not always original.

Wrestling figure Scott Hall, who as Razor Ramon was one of the best heels in WWF history, recently called out Sonnen for stealing one of his lines.

Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA last week after failing a random drug test. He tweeted the following words of encouragement about his announcement:

Hall heard about Sonnen’s tweet and a week later had a delayed reaction:

What was that, Chael?

Glove touch to Fansided

Chael Sonnen fails pre-UFC 175 random drug test

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen, irony is calling your name.

Two weeks after Sonnen mocked Wanderlei Silva for running away from a random drug test that led to Vitor Belfort replacing the Brazilian in the UFC 175 fight, Chael himself was busted for failing a random drug test.

According to ESPN, Sonnen tested positive for illegal substances anastrozole and clomiphene during a random drug test in Las Vegas last month when Sonnen was in town for a UFC news conference. Anastrozole is used to treat breast cancer, while clomiphene is used in cases of female infertility.

This is the second time Sonnen has failed a drug test; he had an elevated T/E ratio in 2010 and was suspended prior to his rematch with Anderson Silva.

Sonnen is a known TRT user and said he would make adjustments in the wake of the UFC/NSAC’s crackdown on the treatment. The substances he tested positive for are used as treatments for hypogonadism, which is the condition Sonnen has that he argues necessitates his TRT.

The Sonnen-Belfort fight has been pulled off the card entirely. Belfort was also set to appear in front of the commission next month for a positive test he had in February. That means the three men playing musical chairs for the fight — Sonnen, Silva and Belfort — all have failed drug tests this year. That is not a good look for the UFC.

Sonnen went on “Jay Mohr Sports” Tuesday to explain the positive test. No surprise, he did his best to talk circles around it.

“They changed the ruling in Nevada earlier this year, doing away with the TRT, testosterone replacement therapy, and I was on that. So when they changed the rule, we all had to go through a transition phase. For me during the transition, I had to take a couple of things. One is called Clomiphene……and another is called HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). I didn’t fight it or ask for a license. In the interim, they did a test, and I tested positive for these things which I should have because I took them and they were in my system. That wasn’t a surprise. These aren’t anabolics, these aren’t steroids or performance enhancers, but they have deemed that they are banned substances. What’s interesting in my case is that we’re out of competition. These aren’t things that I showed up with on game day. This is out of competition due to a rule that they changed, so it’s an odd spot for me.”