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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Wrestling

Bill Simmons ripped by WWE’s Sheamus after random jab

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Bill Simmons was trying to make a clever joke using a WWE reference on Sunday night, but he picked the wrong wrestler to call out.

Although the Houston Texans came back to beat the Indianapolis Colts in a dramatic overtime win, Simmons felt NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was overselling the quality of the game. That’s when he decided to compare a lousy football game to a WWE match featuring Sheamus.

Simmons was probably surprised to see that Sheamus heard about the dig. And the former heavyweight champion delivered an even better shot of his own.

Simmons should probably stick to defending his favorite boy toy, because he just lost that Twitter battle in a big way.

H/T Barstool Sports

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.

Amanda Nunes guarantees victory over Ronda Rousey

Ronda-Rousey

Ronda Rousey is officially making her UFC return at UFC 207 in December to fight Amanda Nunes, and the bantamweight champion doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about Rousey’s reputation.

“I 100 percent am gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes told TMZ this week. “I’m 200 percent (going to beat Ronda Rousey).”

Nunes went out of her way to compliment Rousey, noting that her upcoming opponent is the most “dominant” fighter in the sport and deserves a title shot despite critics saying Rousey should have to work her way back up to it. However, Nunes says she has trained for Rousey and knows exactly how to beat her.

“I know how we’re gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in UFC. I come from the same background as Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training Judo my whole career. I understand everything Rousey’s gonna bring that day.

“This is gonna be hard for Ronda because everybody expects her to win. She can’t. She knows that.”

If Rousey does lose, that will probably be the last we see of her in the UFC. We know how much her undefeated streak meant to her, so it will be interesting to see if she can still fight with the same edge she used to. If not — well, we all saw what Nunes did to Miesha Tate over the summer.

Alberto Del Rio reportedly stabbed outside restaurant

Alberto Del Rio black eye

Former WWE heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio was reportedly stabbed outside a restaurant in Mexico over the weekend.

After Del Rio, whose real name is Alberto Rodriguez, no-showed an event for Mexican wrestling organization AAA, his representative posted a statement on Instagram revealing that the wrestler was assaulted by a man with a knife.

“Mr. Rodriguez (“Alberto El Patron”) shortly after eating a meal before his flight was assaulted by a criminal with a knife outside the restaurant,” the statement read. “Mr. Rodriguez suffered multiple lacerations on his arm and other parts of his body defending against thecriminal as Police were called by witnesses. Mr. Rodriguez received medical attention and went back to the Police Department and was unable to make his flight. Mr. Rodriguez has spoken with the ownership of Lucha Libre AAA World Wide and given them documentation of the incident. Mr. Rodriguez greatly regrets not being there yesterday for his fans in Mexico and promises to everyone he will make this up as soon as possible. Despite the graphic lacerations Mr. Rodriguez will not miss any of his shows for the remainder of the year and is ready to compete this weekend in the UK.”

Some graphic photos showed that Del Rio suffered wounds to his head and arm. You can see the photos below, but beware they may be disturbing:

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Alistair Overeem: Brock Lesnar will never return to UFC

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and is facing a possible one-year suspension, but the heavyweight said recently he will not rule out fighting in the UFC again.

Alistair Overeem doesn’t see any way that will happen.

Overeem, who beat Lesnar in Brock’s last fight before his recent comeback, was asked by TMZ this week if he believes he could beat Lesnar again. His message was pretty clear.

“I don’t think he’s coming back, first (of all),” Overeem said. “Second, I mean he … never mind.”

It would be hard for Lesnar to return to the Octagon at this point. How would Dana White explain to this guy that he let Brock come back after all that? Even if Lesnar didn’t test positive, there’s a possibility the WWE was only allowing him to return to the UFC for one fight. Now that he is facing a possible one-year ban from mixed martial arts, a return seems even less likely.

Dana White: Vince McMahon is a madman, but I respect him

Dana White

There’s a lot of crossover between the WWE and the UFC these days, so that means Dana White and Vince McMahon are in regular contact to discuss business.

Given that both are hard-headed executives who excel at what they do, there’s undoubtedly a lot of pushing and pulling that goes on. But at least in recent years, the two have made things work relatively seamlessly and they’ve each benefited because of it.

Things have not always been that way, however. And during a recent podcast interview with Ric Flair, White discussed some of his past struggles with McMahon, referring to him as a madman. Only, White used much more colorful wording than that.

(The following quote has been edited due to language, but you’ll get the gist of it.)

“Vince has been very difficult in the past, but the past several years he’s been much better,” White said during his appearance on The Ric Flair Show earlier this week. “He’s a f—— maniac, he’s an animal, he’s a competitor, he wants to win. That’s his nature and I respect it.”

White specifically referenced Brock Lesnar’s recent UFC return and Ronda Rousey’s participation in WrestleMania 31 as two of their recent successes, but also credits Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque for helping to get things done.

“I think Vince and definitely Stephanie and Triple H — Stephanie and Triple H are always great, always cool to work with,” White said. “I would say that this last Brock deal and when Ronda went over did the WWE WrestleMania, those were the two out of all the years of dealing with Vince and everybody, those were probably the two best experiences.”

This is all good news for fans who enjoy these crossover events. By all accounts, it would appear there are more to come in the not so distant future.

H/T Damon Martin of FOX Sports

Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones facing only one-year suspensions

Jon Jones crying

Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones may have failed drug tests prior to UFC 200, but that does not necessarily mean the two will be suspended from competition for two years.

As MMA Fighting points out, Lesnar and Jones both tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene. The U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) considers this substance (as well as the Letrozole Jones also tested positive for) to be “specified substances,” which means the two are facing a punishment of up to a year suspension rather than the standard two years.

World Anti-Doping Agency Code (read the 2015 code here) states that the substances are more susceptible to credible non-doping explanations, such as contaminated or tainted products.

USADA can even let the two off with just a warning. Meanwhile, the fighters can also request arbitration if they are dissatisfied with the penalty they receive.

One thing to note is that the USADA penalties the fighters face are different from the ones handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which only apply to Lesnar and Jones’ ability to fight in Nevada.

If you’ve been following the news lately, it seems to all be pointing to Jones potentially getting off with a light punishment. The most recent story suggested that Jones’ positive test was triggered by a sex medication. If that’s the case, his argument for a lesser penalty would be well supported.