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.
Brock Lesnar sure knows how to endear himself to the fans and use his platform for a good cause.
The uber-popular fighter defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on Saturday in Las Vegas via unanimous decision. After the fight, he gave a special shoutout to the service men in the United States.
Brock also preached unity among all people.
Lesnar "one day at a time… Says, "one nation under God, all nationalities, we've got to stand together people." #UFC200
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) July 10, 2016
Lesnar: America, shoutout to all the men & women who protect this country. From sea to shining sea. From one white boy to all nationalities.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 10, 2016
Lesnar’s shoutout comes days after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper attack while protecting those peacefully protesting. In the ensuing days there were other attacks on police officers. Prior to that, two black men were killed by police.
Though Lesnar represented Canada for his fight, the U.S. was still front and center on his mind, as were people of all races and nationalities. That’s why fans love him.
- Brock Lesnar
The fans at UFC 200 did not treat Daniel Cormier too kindly on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Cormier was booed heavily during his win over Anderson Silva. He was booed after snuffing out some strikes by Silva, and he was booed even more after winning the fight by unanimous decision.
The reason for the boos is hard to say, but we can take a stab at why fans were not positive about Cormier doing well.
First off, fans were probably upset about what they were watching because it was not the fight they were supposed to so; they were supposed to see Cormier against Jon Jones, but that plan was changed during the week due to Jones failing a pre-fight drug test.
Secondly, maybe fans felt Silva was not a good replacement and that he was out of shape, therefore they thought the fight stunk.
Third, maybe the fans were so pro-Silva they didn’t like watching him lose.
Lastly, it could just be that the fans in attendance were anti-Cormier. Cormier is a self-professed “heel,” so it could just be that the fans don’t like him. His fighting style of hugging might also not have appealed to them.
Whatever the reason, it didn’t seem like Cormier deserved to be booed so heavily.