UFC’s Nick Roehrick suspended by USADA after testing positive for clomiphene

The UFC light heavyweight will be suspended for a year for failing a drug test.

Late last month, Nick Roehrick was flagged by USADA stemming from an out of competition drug test on August 8th. Thursday night, it was announced that the UFC light heavyweight has tested positive for “clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene” and has been suspended by USADA.

The suspension will be a year, starting from August 17, 2017 when he was first flagged and provisionally suspended by the anti-doping agency.

Clomiphene is the same fertility drug that UFC fighters such as Jon Jones and George Sullivan have been suspended for in the past. For what it does, here’s a brief explainer from BE’s Iain Kidd:

Studies have shown this can double natural testosterone production in men, and clomiphene is occasionally prescribed off-label for men with low testosterone.

It is also popular as a “post-cycle therapy” drug for users of anabolic steroids. Use of anabolic steroids can cause the body to drastically reduce natural testosterone production. As a result, users of anabolic steroids have been known to use clomiphene after a cycle of steroids to encourage the body to produce testosterone again.

Roehrick is 0-1 in the UFC, losing his lone bout in the promotion to Jared Cannonier last July. Prior to that, he was 7-0 in the regional circuit.

The UFC light heavyweight will be suspended for a year for failing a drug test.

Late last month, Nick Roehrick was flagged by USADA stemming from an out of competition drug test on August 8th. Thursday night, it was announced that the UFC light heavyweight has tested positive for “clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene” and has been suspended by USADA.

The suspension will be a year, starting from August 17, 2017 when he was first flagged and provisionally suspended by the anti-doping agency.

Clomiphene is the same fertility drug that UFC fighters such as Jon Jones and George Sullivan have been suspended for in the past. For what it does, here’s a brief explainer from BE’s Iain Kidd:

Studies have shown this can double natural testosterone production in men, and clomiphene is occasionally prescribed off-label for men with low testosterone.

It is also popular as a “post-cycle therapy” drug for users of anabolic steroids. Use of anabolic steroids can cause the body to drastically reduce natural testosterone production. As a result, users of anabolic steroids have been known to use clomiphene after a cycle of steroids to encourage the body to produce testosterone again.

Roehrick is 0-1 in the UFC, losing his lone bout in the promotion to Jared Cannonier last July. Prior to that, he was 7-0 in the regional circuit.

Edmond Tarverdyan blasts other coaches: I know my s—t, shut up!

Edmond Tarverdyan blasts Duane Ludwig, and other coaches for criticizing him.

Edmond Tarverdyan broke his silence after being away from spotlight for a while. Apart from saying he wants Ronda Rousey to return for one more fight against Cris Cyborg, who he thinks is “too slow,” the GFC head coach also had a message for other coaches who criticized him.

Rousey’s long time coach took aim specifically at Duane Ludwig, and the instructors from CSA gym.

“There’s a coach, Duane Ludwig and this other guy. I’m gonna mention their names so they could shut up and know what I’m talking about, because they don’t know shit and they talk too much,” Tarverdyan said on the MMA Hour.

“From that CSA gym, Kevin Ross and those guys (who) trained there — that guy talking shit and posting my video talking to Travis Browne a certain way in the second round, saying that I shouldn’t swear and I should give advice.”

Tarverdyan took offense to his peers’ criticism, and explained that he spoke that way because he knew that’s what his fighter needed at that time.

“I know how to speak to my fighter, right? You think that I trained Travis Browne, but don’t know how to speak to Travis Browne? You do, and I don’t?” he exclaimed. “I train that guy everyday, and I don’t know how to encourage him or give him advice a proper way, with a proper tone, with a proper voice?

“Listen, I’ve trained Vic Darchinyan, 10 time world champion in boxing, and I spoke calm in the corner every freakin’ round. Why? Because he’s such an aggressive fighter,” he said. “But if I have to shake the fighter to get up and to do it, to believe in themselves, I have to give him that advice, give him that love after, give him that courage, with my voice, and with my voice, I have to.”

He states that fan criticism doesn’t really bother him, but the ones from fellow coaches did.

“You cannot criticize me or post something on your Instagram on your home school page. That’s disrespectful man,” he said. “You have a gym, you feed your family. I have a gym, I feed my family with that gym.

“And Duane Ludwig, making a ‘funny’ comment under that?” he continued. “Hey, I have hundreds of you private messaging me, saying ‘coach, you’re doing an amazing job with Ronda. Oh my god, amazing. happy faces.’ What happened to that?!”

“I’m saying it in public, so they could all know, I know my shit. Shut up. Those are to the coaches. The public, they don’t understand that and they don’t know.”

From his coaching, to Rousey’s mom and the bankruptcy case mentioning “fraudulent” activities, Tarverdyan received a lot of criticism and negative attention during the last couple of years. He says many of these were just blown out of proportion, or were from people who “don’t understand” the situation.

Edmond Tarverdyan blasts Duane Ludwig, and other coaches for criticizing him.

Edmond Tarverdyan broke his silence after being away from spotlight for a while. Apart from saying he wants Ronda Rousey to return for one more fight against Cris Cyborg, who he thinks is “too slow,” the GFC head coach also had a message for other coaches who criticized him.

Rousey’s long time coach took aim specifically at Duane Ludwig, and the instructors from CSA gym.

“There’s a coach, Duane Ludwig and this other guy. I’m gonna mention their names so they could shut up and know what I’m talking about, because they don’t know shit and they talk too much,” Tarverdyan said on the MMA Hour.

“From that CSA gym, Kevin Ross and those guys (who) trained there — that guy talking shit and posting my video talking to Travis Browne a certain way in the second round, saying that I shouldn’t swear and I should give advice.”

Tarverdyan took offense to his peers’ criticism, and explained that he spoke that way because he knew that’s what his fighter needed at that time.

“I know how to speak to my fighter, right? You think that I trained Travis Browne, but don’t know how to speak to Travis Browne? You do, and I don’t?” he exclaimed. “I train that guy everyday, and I don’t know how to encourage him or give him advice a proper way, with a proper tone, with a proper voice?

“Listen, I’ve trained Vic Darchinyan, 10 time world champion in boxing, and I spoke calm in the corner every freakin’ round. Why? Because he’s such an aggressive fighter,” he said. “But if I have to shake the fighter to get up and to do it, to believe in themselves, I have to give him that advice, give him that love after, give him that courage, with my voice, and with my voice, I have to.”

He states that fan criticism doesn’t really bother him, but the ones from fellow coaches did.

“You cannot criticize me or post something on your Instagram on your home school page. That’s disrespectful man,” he said. “You have a gym, you feed your family. I have a gym, I feed my family with that gym.

“And Duane Ludwig, making a ‘funny’ comment under that?” he continued. “Hey, I have hundreds of you private messaging me, saying ‘coach, you’re doing an amazing job with Ronda. Oh my god, amazing. happy faces.’ What happened to that?!”

“I’m saying it in public, so they could all know, I know my shit. Shut up. Those are to the coaches. The public, they don’t understand that and they don’t know.”

From his coaching, to Rousey’s mom and the bankruptcy case mentioning “fraudulent” activities, Tarverdyan received a lot of criticism and negative attention during the last couple of years. He says many of these were just blown out of proportion, or were from people who “don’t understand” the situation.

Canelo vs GGG base salaries: Alvarez $5M, Golovkin $3M, but both will earn significantly more

Here are the base purses for the massive boxing fight between Canelo Alvarez and ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have made weight, making the highly anticipated boxing match official for Saturday night. The California State Athletic Commission have also since released the base purse for the contest, with Canelo getting $5 million, and GGG at $3 million.

Both will earn significantly more than these base salaries reported to the commission though. As Dan Rafael notes, both fighters will take home “well into the eight figures based on their guarantees from their promoters,” along with a big percentage of the profits from the PPV and the entire event in general.

Alvarez also has a lucrative TV deal in Mexico.

Canelo’s last bout against Chavez also had the same exact base salaries of 5 and 3 million dollars that was reported, with both fighters also earning much more. Forbes estimated that Alvarez took home $27 million in salaries against Chavez, and he is expected to get a bigger payout for this bout with GGG.

Here are the complete disclosed base salaries for the event:

  • Canelo Alvarez ($5 million) vs. Gennady Golovkin ($3 million)
  • Joseph Diaz ($200,000) vs. Rafael Rivera ($15,000)
  • Diego De La Hoya ($80,000) vs. Randy Caballero ($50,000)
  • Ryan Martin ($50,000) vs. Francisco Rojo ($25,000)

Here are the base purses for the massive boxing fight between Canelo Alvarez and ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have made weight, making the highly anticipated boxing match official for Saturday night. The California State Athletic Commission have also since released the base purse for the contest, with Canelo getting $5 million, and GGG at $3 million.

Both will earn significantly more than these base salaries reported to the commission though. As Dan Rafael notes, both fighters will take home “well into the eight figures based on their guarantees from their promoters,” along with a big percentage of the profits from the PPV and the entire event in general.

Alvarez also has a lucrative TV deal in Mexico.

Canelo’s last bout against Chavez also had the same exact base salaries of 5 and 3 million dollars that was reported, with both fighters also earning much more. Forbes estimated that Alvarez took home $27 million in salaries against Chavez, and he is expected to get a bigger payout for this bout with GGG.

Here are the complete disclosed base salaries for the event:

  • Canelo Alvarez ($5 million) vs. Gennady Golovkin ($3 million)
  • Joseph Diaz ($200,000) vs. Rafael Rivera ($15,000)
  • Diego De La Hoya ($80,000) vs. Randy Caballero ($50,000)
  • Ryan Martin ($50,000) vs. Francisco Rojo ($25,000)

Jon Jones addresses failed test: ‘Truth is I would never do steroids’

Jon Jones has addressed his failed USADA drug test for the first time.

In the past few weeks, it was revealed that Jon Jones failed his second drug test under the USADA era (he also had a drug test fiasco prior to the new anti-doping policy), one that could have very grave consequences. After his ‘B’ sample tested positive for the same anabolic steroid, his win has been overturned, and his belt has been stripped for a third time.

During that stretch, the former champion has remained largely silent apart from a few somewhat cryptic tweets that didn’t specifically address these issues. Thursday night, he finally spoke about the drug test directly.

Jones took to twitter and replied to a fan who was asking him to “just tell the truth” because “everyone will respect you more for it.”

Dude the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father https://t.co/i8EEbrQU5x

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 14, 2017

When Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, he also denied using PEDs, claiming these substances were unknowingly from a “dick pill” he took. With Jones now coming out and denying steroid use on this latest failed test, it seems like he may try another “tainted supplement” defense, where he unknowingly ingested the anabolic steroids that was in his system.

There may be a couple of hurdles with that defense. First, is that he will have to prove that he took a substance that contains Turinabol, which hasn’t been produced for medical use in decades, and isn’t cleared for human use. Second, is that he already used that defense in the past, and he still got the maximum suspension for being reckless with what he put in his body.

Jones could be facing a 4-year suspension and a pretty hefty fine, among other things, but nothing of course is set in stone just yet. Jones has his right to due process, so we will have to see how everything plays out.

The man who had been considered by many to be the greatest of all time, turned 30 last July, and has already lost his titles and years of his prime due to past issues.

Jon Jones has addressed his failed USADA drug test for the first time.

In the past few weeks, it was revealed that Jon Jones failed his second drug test under the USADA era (he also had a drug test fiasco prior to the new anti-doping policy), one that could have very grave consequences. After his ‘B’ sample tested positive for the same anabolic steroid, his win has been overturned, and his belt has been stripped for a third time.

During that stretch, the former champion has remained largely silent apart from a few somewhat cryptic tweets that didn’t specifically address these issues. Thursday night, he finally spoke about the drug test directly.

Jones took to twitter and replied to a fan who was asking him to “just tell the truth” because “everyone will respect you more for it.”

When Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, he also denied using PEDs, claiming these substances were unknowingly from a “dick pill” he took. With Jones now coming out and denying steroid use on this latest failed test, it seems like he may try another “tainted supplement” defense, where he unknowingly ingested the anabolic steroids that was in his system.

There may be a couple of hurdles with that defense. First, is that he will have to prove that he took a substance that contains Turinabol, which hasn’t been produced for medical use in decades, and isn’t cleared for human use. Second, is that he already used that defense in the past, and he still got the maximum suspension for being reckless with what he put in his body.

Jones could be facing a 4-year suspension and a pretty hefty fine, among other things, but nothing of course is set in stone just yet. Jones has his right to due process, so we will have to see how everything plays out.

The man who had been considered by many to be the greatest of all time, turned 30 last July, and has already lost his titles and years of his prime due to past issues.

Photos: Gilbert Melendez’s leg a day after getting battered at UFC 215

Here’s how the leg of Gilbert Melendez looks a day after UFC 215.

Gilbert Melendez made his UFC featherweight debut on Saturday night, and while he did look fit and healthy during the weigh in, the fight didn’t go so well for him. Jeremy Stephens kept landing hard leg kicks, leaving the former Strikeforce champ’s leg badly bruised and hurt from early on.

Melendez showed massive heart and fought on for 15 minutes, but it was a lopsided bout that probably should’ve been stopped by his cornermen to protect him from further damage. Fortunately, his wife Keri Melendez has given an update, saying his knee didn’t suffer any serious injuries.

She also posted a couple of photos, and it’s safe to say that leg will be hurting for a long while. Here’s how Gilbert’s leg looks a day after UFC 215:

Hey All. Everyone is asking about Gilbert’s leg. Here is a pic today. He is doing A ok. Thank you to all for the support. We feel the love pic.twitter.com/VQpNj7JlTO

— KeriMelendez (@KeriMelendez415) September 11, 2017

@GilbertMelendez ‘s a soldier. He’s gonna heal up quick. Thankful there is no knee damage. Again, we thank everyone for the messages ❤ pic.twitter.com/309nZAO6JL

— KeriMelendez (@KeriMelendez415) September 11, 2017

While he has faced mostly top ranked fighters including 3 former champions, Melendez is currently on a 4-fight skid that has dropped his UFC record to 1-5. He is also 35-years-old, with his last victory coming against Diego Sanchez about 4 years ago.

Here’s how the leg of Gilbert Melendez looks a day after UFC 215.

Gilbert Melendez made his UFC featherweight debut on Saturday night, and while he did look fit and healthy during the weigh in, the fight didn’t go so well for him. Jeremy Stephens kept landing hard leg kicks, leaving the former Strikeforce champ’s leg badly bruised and hurt from early on.

Melendez showed massive heart and fought on for 15 minutes, but it was a lopsided bout that probably should’ve been stopped by his cornermen to protect him from further damage. Fortunately, his wife Keri Melendez has given an update, saying his knee didn’t suffer any serious injuries.

She also posted a couple of photos, and it’s safe to say that leg will be hurting for a long while. Here’s how Gilbert’s leg looks a day after UFC 215:

While he has faced mostly top ranked fighters including 3 former champions, Melendez is currently on a 4-fight skid that has dropped his UFC record to 1-5. He is also 35-years-old, with his last victory coming against Diego Sanchez about 4 years ago.

UFC 215: Three emojis sum up Dillashaw’s reaction to Johnson vs Borg cancellation

Tweet of the Day: Here’s TJ Dillashaw’s reaction to the cancellation of UFC 215 main event.

After Cody Garbrandt pulled out due to injury earlier in the year, T.J. Dillashaw campaigned for a flyweight title bout against Demetrious Johnson instead. The top pound-for-pound fighter eventually declined that match up for various reasons.

Mainly, Johnson cited a lot of issues with the UFC, and the way they handled negotiations, but he also mentioned that Dillashaw has yet to make the 125 lb mark. He stated that weight issues could’ve put the bout on jeopardy, which ironically, may have been part of why the UFC 215 main event was just cancelled.

Ray Borg got ill and had to pull out of the match up with “Mighty Mouse”, and Dillashaw took to social media to react to the news.

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— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) September 8, 2017

If you’re having trouble viewing the tweet, Dillashaw only needed three kinds of emojis to sum up his thoughts: A facepalm, a mouse, and money flying away.

While Dillashaw vs Johnson would’ve been a much more appealing fight, it’s hard to blame DJ for it all, based on his detailed account of how they forced him into both match ups on not-so-favorable terms. It’s just unfortunate that things happened outside of his control, and it did not end well for him.

Johnson presumably was ready to make weight and break the all-time UFC record for title defenses, but hopefully the match up can be rescheduled on the next pay-per-view.

As for Dillashaw, he still got what he actually deserves, which is a title shot in his own division a couple of months from now.

Tweet of the Day: Here’s TJ Dillashaw’s reaction to the cancellation of UFC 215 main event.

After Cody Garbrandt pulled out due to injury earlier in the year, T.J. Dillashaw campaigned for a flyweight title bout against Demetrious Johnson instead. The top pound-for-pound fighter eventually declined that match up for various reasons.

Mainly, Johnson cited a lot of issues with the UFC, and the way they handled negotiations, but he also mentioned that Dillashaw has yet to make the 125 lb mark. He stated that weight issues could’ve put the bout on jeopardy, which ironically, may have been part of why the UFC 215 main event was just cancelled.

Ray Borg got ill and had to pull out of the match up with “Mighty Mouse”, and Dillashaw took to social media to react to the news.

If you’re having trouble viewing the tweet, Dillashaw only needed three kinds of emojis to sum up his thoughts: A facepalm, a mouse, and money flying away.

While Dillashaw vs Johnson would’ve been a much more appealing fight, it’s hard to blame DJ for it all, based on his detailed account of how they forced him into both match ups on not-so-favorable terms. It’s just unfortunate that things happened outside of his control, and it did not end well for him.

Johnson presumably was ready to make weight and break the all-time UFC record for title defenses, but hopefully the match up can be rescheduled on the next pay-per-view.

As for Dillashaw, he still got what he actually deserves, which is a title shot in his own division a couple of months from now.