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Friday, April 19, 2019


Dana White calls Darren Rovell a ‘douche’ on Twitter

Dana White

Dana White is about as unprofessional as it gets when it comes to sports executives, so his Twitter behavior on Wednesday should not come as a surprise.

ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted Wednesday about the UFC sale going south. The company was sold recently, but since then superstars Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones failed drug tests. Rovell talked about the sale souring, leading to White calling him a “douche” in response.

While few would disagree with that description of Rovell, this is once again another example of White name-calling and bullying. In what other pro league would the president publicly call a reporter a “douche” in a forum like Twitter? I guess if Donald Drumpf were a pro league president, he probably would, which explains why White spoke at the RNC recently.

Mark Hunt blasts Brock Lesnar as ‘cheating scum’

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt remains as incensed as ever over his loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 and the ensuing revelations that Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to the fight.

Lesnar defeated Hunt by unanimous decision and was dominant during the fight. But his victory will likely be overturned in the coming months as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) reviews Lesnar’s two failed drug tests prior to the fight — one weeks before the fight and the other the day of the event.

After news was released on Tuesday saying that Lesnar had failed a second drug test, Hunt blasted his UFC 200 opponent via Twitter as “cheating scum.”

Mark Hunt Twitter

Hunt told another Twitter user that he wasn’t interested in a rematch with a “dirty cheat” either.

After Lesnar’s first positive test was revealed, Hunt said he wanted half of Lesnar’s $2.5 million purse for the fight. He then upgraded that to wanting the whole amount. Unfortunately for him, a good chunk of that money will likely go to NSAC as a fine.

Reports have said Lesnar tested positive for an estrogen blocker that enhances testosterone levels.

Report: Brock Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Both failed tests were for the same banned substance.

USADA, the testing agency responsible for administering the tests, did not publicly announce the substance for which Lesnar failed his exam. However, two reporters are saying Lesnar was flagged for clomiphene.

As Okamoto noted, clomiphene is the same substance Jon Jones tested positive for in his failed out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200. Clomiphene is an estrogen blocker and increases testosterone levels.

Brock Lesnar failed in competition drug test for same substance

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar’s positive drug test from June 28 was not the only failed drug test he had prior to his UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt in Las Vegas.

USADA announced on Tuesday that Lesnar also failed an in-competition drug test the day of the fight for the same substance. In-competition drug tests take place in the 12 hours before a fight.

When allowing Lesnar to fight less than a month in advance, the UFC waived a rule that would have had Lesnar placed in a testing pool and forced to wait four months before being approved to fight. He was drug tested heavily almost to make up for lost time. USADA says Lesnar was tested eight times. He passed the first five tests but failed a June 28 sample and then his in-competition test.

Lesnar faces discipline from the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the failed tests, which could include a two-year ban. The rash of penalties could spell the end of Lesnar’s MMA career. He is 39 and came back from nearly a five-year layoff to fight Hunt.

Bellator will cover Cyborg Santos medical bills, pay him win bonus


Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos suffered one of the most gruesome MMA injuries you will ever see over the weekend when he was knocked out by a flying knee from Michael Page. It was so bad, in fact, that Bellator MMA is looking to help cover the medical expenses.

Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com that the organization intends to cover Santos’ medical bills and also pay him a win bonus for the fight.

“Bellator representatives have been present with him at the hospital throughout this process, and we are taking care of any medical bills that he incurs,” Coker said. “In addition, we are going to go ahead and pay ‘Cyborg’ his win bonus to help him find a little extra comfort throughout his recovery process, which we hope is a speedy one.”

Cris Justino, Santos’ ex-wife and a fellow MMA fighter, has already set up a GoFund Me account for Cyborg. She shared some photos of the horrific injury over the weekend, which you can view here if you have the stomach for it.

We have our doubts about a speedy recovery, but kudos to Bellator for doing what they can to help out. Bouncing back from an injury like that will be incredibly difficult.

H/T Bloody Elbow

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Jon Jones on Twitter: I know in my heart I am not a cheater

Jon Jones crying

Jon Jones is emphatic that despite failing a drug test prior to his scheduled UFC 200 fight against Daniel Cormier he is not a cheater.

The UFC announced just days before the UFC 200 card that Jones had failed an out-of-competition drug test on June 16, and they pulled him from his scheduled fight. Jones later expressed great sorrow over the failed test and said he couldn’t even pronounce the name of the substance for which he tested positive. USADA announced that Jones tested positive for two estrogen blockers — substances often associated with steroids cycles.

Despite the positive test, Jones is adamant that he did not cheat. His tweets in response to some folks on Twitter seem to suggest he ingested a tainted supplement:

Jones also said he had sent samples to the lab for analysis, likely in an effort to determine if any product he was taking was tainted.

Even if he never did intend to cheat, Jones, like all athletes, is responsible for everything he puts in his body and should make sure the products are clean before using them in order to avoid these situations.

Mark Hunt now says he wants all of Brock Lesnar’s fight purse

Mark Hunt

As time has passed, Mark Hunt has grown more outraged over Brock Lesnar’s positive drug test.

News came out on Friday that Lesnar was told of a potential failed drug test prior to his win over Hunt at UFC 200. In response to the news, Hunt said he wanted half of Lesnar’s purse from the fight (Lesnar was paid $2.5 million). Later on Friday evening, Hunt changed his mind and decided that Lesnar did not deserve any of the money for cheating and that he wants all of it.

Mark Hunt Twitter

Hunt also sparred with trolls on social media who defended Lesnar. He even posted a photo on his Facebook page showing him flipping a middle finger.

Hunt is understandably angry, but his desired remuneration is unlikely to be met. Lesnar could end up fined, but that penalty money would not go to Hunt.