Pokemon has reached the world of mixed martial arts. During Bellator 158 on Saturday, a fighter celebrated his knockout with a Pokemon themed celebration.
Among the fights on the main card was a bout between Michael Page and Evangelista Santos. During the second round, Page delivered a devastating jump knee that dropped Santos to the canvas and gave Page the victory. Afterward, the 29-year-old went to the side of the octagon to retrieve a hat and proceeded to roll a pokeball at his opponent to try to “catch” him.
We’ve seen Pokemon Go make an appearance at an NBA summer league game. Johnny Manziel played the popular smartphone game while clubbing in Hollywood. Who knows where it will end up next in the sports world, but this surely won’t be the last we see of it.
The UFC announced on Friday that Brock Lesnar has been informed of a potential anti-doping violation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The possible positive test stems from an out-of-competition sample that was collected on June 28.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the UFC said in a news release. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.”
The results of the test were received on July 14, five days after Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt in his return to the Octagon.
Lesnar will now await the results of a B sample to see if the positive test is confirmed.
Looking back, UFC 200 was supposed to be the biggest event in the history of mixed martial arts and has ended up being a complete disaster. Jon Jones was scratched from the card after he also tested positive for a banned substance. Jones’ fight against Daniel Cormier was supposed to be the main event, replacing the previous main event which was tossed out due to the embarrassing dispute between Conor McGregor and the UFC (read more about that here).
If Lesnar’s B sample confirms he tested positive for a banned substance, he’ll be suspended from future competition.
- Brock Lesnar
Jon Jones was pulled from UFC 200 after failing a drug test weeks before the event. The interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was contrite after his positive test — which was later confirmed with a “B” sample — and said he didn’t even know how to pronounce the substance he tested positive for. But a few MMA insiders have some insight about his failed test.
This is unconfirmed information at this point and has not been sourced by actual reporters nor confirmed by USADA — the drug testing agency employed by the UFC.
Estrogen blockers are considered banned substances because they can be used in conjunction with a steroids cycle. Since an athlete taking steroids would have more testosterone in the body, that would lead to a production of more estrogen (a female hormone that can lead to the production of fat and breasts), which is unwanted for male athletes, hence the estrogen blockers.
- Jon Jones
Guess what? All the reports we brought you last month about the UFC being up for sale and selling for around $4 billion turned out to be on the money.
The UFC will officially announce Monday that they have been purchased by a WME-IMG led group for around $4 billion, according to the New York Times. In addition to WME-IMG, the NY Times says Silver Lake, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and the investment firm of the billionaire Michael S. Dell are also backing the sale.
Right around the time the news started to circulate online, UFC boss Dana White tweeted a happy face emoji:
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 11, 2016
White, who owned a significant stake in the company prior to the sale, will remain the president of the company.
Dana White (@danawhite) on future involvement: Same. President, owner, working my ass off. Just doing it without my best friend and partner.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 11, 2016
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who bought the UFC for $2 million in 2001, are the big winners here. The two are cashing out in a major way but will continue on with a minority stake in the company. Now flush with cash, they will turn their attention towards owning a professional sports team. They are said to have significant interest in bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas.
Nate Diaz may have beaten Conor McGregor at welterweight in March and the two may be fighting again at the same weight, but Diaz is still emphatic that he is not a welterweight.
The 209 bro shared a photo of a promotional image to his Instagram account Sunday that advertised him as a welterweight. In his caption for the photo, he questioned the welterweight tag and stated that he is a lightweight.
A photo posted by natediaz209 (@natediaz209) on
Diaz has fought at welterweight before in his career from 2010-2011 prior to moving back up to face McGregor, but the majority of his career he has been a lightweight. And when we say that, we are referring strictly to his weight class, not speaking figuratively about his stature or ability, obviously.
- Nate Diaz
Miesha Tate wasn’t merely beaten by Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. She was massacred.
Tate lost to Nunes via submission at 3:16 of the first round of their fight, but the bout could have easily ended earlier due to punches.
Nunes absolutely rocked Tate with a couple of direct shots to the face, including one punch that busted up Miesha’s nose. Tate began to bleed and could hardly protect herself, but she was able to continue fighting. Her efforts to defend herself didn’t last long as she ended up on the ground and promptly submitted.
Nunes landed 40 strikes in the fight compared to just 3 for Tate.
Afterwards, Miesha was composed enough to conduct an interview, but her nose looked completely smashed.
— Mike Timko (@Oh_TheHorror) July 10, 2016
Hopefully we can now ignore talks about a third Tate-Rousey fight because Miesha doesn’t deserve it after this (you can also question whether she ever deserved a third following two previous losses to Ronda). Perhaps this was poetic justice as Tate had been trash talking Rousey in recent interviews, almost as if she were overlooking Nunes.
- Miesha Tate
NFL quarterback A.J. McCarron apparently saw something he felt was suspicious while watching UFC 200 on Saturday night.
The Cincinnati Bengals QB complained on Twitter that Brock Lesnar wasn’t drug tested prior to his fight against Mark Hunt, a clear indication he believes the WWE superstar is on some performance-enhancing drugs.
What a joke!! Give Brock the same test Bones Jones had to take! It's really unfair to every other fighter that he didn't get tested
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) July 10, 2016
There’s one big problem with McCarron’s tweet: his information is wrong.
Though Lesnar was not drug tested for months leading up to the fight because he only signed on to fight at UFC 200 in early June, he was still drug tested plenty by USADA.
MMA Fighting reported three weeks prior to the fight that Lesnar had been drug tested five times in a two-week span.
That didn’t stop McCarron from passing on misinformation via Twitter:
@LBrownTweet you're very wrong! They promised him they wouldn't test him this fight
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) July 10, 2016
As of now it appears as if Lesnar passed all his drug tests related to his fight with Mark Hunt.