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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Miesha Tate announces retirement after loss to Raquel Pennington

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate was responsible for two surprises on Saturday night.

Not only did Tate, who was favored to win her fight at UFC 205 in New York, lose to Raquel Pennington, but then she stunned many more by announcing her retirement.

Tate announced her retirement during her post fight interview with Joe Rogan inside the octagon, immediately after her loss:

Tate saying that she retired because of the outcome of the fight seems to indicate she was planning to make this announcement if she lost. They say that in combat sports, if you’re thinking about retirement, you’ve already lost. That appears to have been the case for Tate, who really shouldn’t have even been fighting.

If Tate does call it a career, she goes out as one of the most notable and significant female fighters in MMA history. Tate, 18-7, fought every big name in women’s MMA. She first captured the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title with a win over Marloes Coenen in 2011 before losing that title to a surging Ronda Rousey, with whom she had a bitter rivalry.

Tate was one of the first women to fight in the UFC. Her heart and determination may be one of her best characteristics. After losing a second time to Rousey — her third loss in four fights — Tate rallied to win five straight fights and capture the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. She beat the likes of Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Jessica Eye, and eventually Holly Holm.

Tate has been fighting professionally for nearly 10 years. She is now 30 and has lost two in a row. With other top fighters like Gina Carano and Rousey discussing exit plans/leaving MMA for Hollywood, you have to wonder whether Tate will do the same.

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Is Conor McGregor girlfriend Dee Devlin pregnant?

Conor McGregor Dee Devlin

Conor McGregor teased a big announcement he would be making after UFC 205, and there is a lot of speculation that he is announcing his girlfriend Dee Devlin is pregnant.

Rumors that Dee Devlin is pregnant took shape when the UFC fighter’s longtime girlfriend posted photos on Instagram early in November showing her wearing much more clothing than her typically skimpy outfits:

A photo posted by Dee Devlin (@deedevlin1) on

Stonching around NYC

A photo posted by Dee Devlin (@deedevlin1) on

Being in New York instead of LA certainly contributed to dressing warmly, but many thought Devlin wore a coat and had it buttoned specifically to cover up a baby bump.

The pregnancy rumors got a dose of reality when McGregor’s UFC 205 opponent Eddie Alvarez said during a press conference that McGregor’s big announcement was that he was having two kids — and his girlfriend is not pregnant with twins. Video below:

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Jon Jones suspended one year for positive drug test

Jon Jones

Jon Jones has been suspended one year for testing positive for a banned substance prior to UFC 200 back in July.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that Jones did, in fact, ingest the banned substances clomiphene and letrozole before his scheduled fight against Daniel Cormier. The suspension is retroactive to July 6, which is the date Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 card.

Jones was the first UFC athlete to ever enter arbitration with USADA, with his attorney arguing that the 29-year-old accidentally ingested the substances when he took what he believed was a sexual enhancement pill from teammate Eric Blasich. Jones supposedly checked with his agent to confirm that Cialis is not on the banned substance list before taking the pill.

As it turns out, the pill was a form of Tadalafil that Blasich purchased from the website AllAmericanPeptide.com. The USADA found that the pill was contaminated with clomiphene and letrozole, though Jones has been labeled “reckless” and not a cheat.

“On the evidence before the Panel, [Jones] is not a drug cheat,” the organization said, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. “He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance.

“However by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a ‘d— pill’ he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars.”

Jones could still face disciplinary action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which would only affect his ability to fight in that state.

When Jones made this announcement on social media back in August, he likely had learned that he could prove he unknowingly took the banned substances. However, athletes are responsible for what goes into their body under most circumstances. That’s why Jones didn’t catch a break.

Ronda Rousey will retire not long after Amanda Nunes fight

Ronda-Rousey

Ronda Rousey is looking to reclaim her UFC bantamweight championship belt when she fights Amanda Nunes in December, and it would not be a surprise if Rousey retires after the bout one way or another.

In a recent appearance on “Ellen,” Rousey revealed that she is not planning to fight for much longer.

“Not that long — I’m wrapping it up,” she said when asked how much longer her MMA career will last. “This is definitely one of my last fights. The show can’t go on forever.”

Rousey may have felt differently before she lost to Holly Holm over a year ago, but we all know how important her undefeated record was to her. While the 29-year-old hardly ever admitted weakness in the past, she now says preparing for a fight takes a lot out of her.

“I think it’s definitely the buildup that’s more tiring than anything else,” said Rousey. “If we had a fight right now, I’d go fight right now and then get dinner. I wouldn’t really feel tired over it. … It’s that buildup for weeks on end. If it just happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”

In fairness, Rousey isn’t only contemplating retirement because her undefeated record is no longer intact. She has always been passionate about acting and even has an extremely lofty goal for herself if she takes that career path, so fighting was never her only plan. If Rousey loses to Nunes, it seems like a virtual guarantee that we won’t see her in the Octagon again.

Report: Fedor Emelianenko-Matt Mitrione Bellator fight in works

Fedor Emelianenko

Bellator is reportedly working on putting together what might but one of its most notable fights ever.

According to Flo Combat, Bellator is working on a potential fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione for early 2017. They say the fight is close to being a done deal.

Fedor has fought twice since retiring from MMA in 2012. He beat Singh Jaideep on Dec. 31, 2015 and Fabio Maldonado in June. The Last Emperor has won five straight fights since going on a three-fight losing streak in Strikeforce.

Mitrione is 11-5 in his career and has won both of his fights since signing with Bellator this year. He previously fought in the UFC and notably beat the late Kimbo Slice back in 2010.

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Baby Slice trains with Jerry Lawler pre-Bellator 162

Kevin Ferguson Jerry Lawler

Kevin Ferguson Jr. aka “Baby Slice” held an open workout Wednesday in Memphis ahead of Bellator 162.

The workout took place on Beale Street in Memphis at King Jerry Lawler’s Bar & Grill. Bobby Lashley, who is fighting Josh Appelt on the main card, also trained at the makeshift ring during the open workout.

The fight card will take place at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Saturday. Alexander Shlemenko vs. Kendall Grove is the main event, and it will be Shlemenko’s first fight since testing positive for steroids last year.

Despite being on the preliminary card, Ferguson will be one of the main draws. The son of the late Kimbo Slice is 1-0 in his professional MMA career and will be fighting for the first time since March. His opponent on Saturday is Rick Bing.

Kevin Ferguson Jr

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Brock Lesnar having eye meds, foot cream tested as possible source of positive test

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his July 9 win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and the former heavyweight champion insists he mistakenly ingested the same banned substance twice.

Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports that Lesnar’s camp has requested tests on an eye medication and a foot cream to determine if either substance contains clomiphene, which is an estrogen blocker that increases testosterone levels. Lesnar’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said in a letter last month that the eye medication came back negative for clomiphene but the foot cream is still being tested.

“We are still investigating this matter (which investigation includes the ongoing testing of products used by Mr. Lesnar prior to the date of the positive test),” Jacobs wrote. “To provide further detail, I am advised that the testing laboratory (Korva Labs) initially tested an eye medication, which was negative for either clomiphene or clomiphene metabolites. Subsequent testing has been conducted on a foot cream; that testing has included three separate extraction attempts, all of which have failed. A fourth extraction attempt is being made by Korva Labs this week.”

The odds of proving Lesnar ingested a banned substance unknowingly are incredibly slim. Jon Jones also tested positive for clomiphene, and there have been some crazy rumors about how he ingested the substance. In the end, both fighters are likely to face some sort of suspension.