Cortney Casey Reveals Abuse Suffered Following False-Positive Drug Test

UFC Women’s strawweight Cortney Casey underwent quite the fallout following her false-positive test results from theTexas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Casey fought and defeated Jessica Aguilar by decision at UFC 211. However, the ineptitude of the TDLR led to that victory being overturned to a no contest due to a false- positive test for performance […]

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UFC Women’s strawweight Cortney Casey underwent quite the fallout following her false-positive test results from theTexas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Casey fought and defeated Jessica Aguilar by decision at UFC 211. However, the ineptitude of the TDLR led to that victory being overturned to a no contest due to a false- positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

The only problem was that the test was wrong, and Casey’s system was actually clean of all such banned substances.

Casey discussed the backlash and fallout from the botched false-positive test and how it has affected her career.

“One of the worst things that can happen to an athlete is being associated with steroids in any way, shape or form,” Casey told Bloody Elbows’ Iain Kidd. “I don’t want to have that asterisk next to my name. I’m innocent, but that’ll still be there; some people aren’t going to read the second article, some people aren’t going to understand it, or they’re going to think I just found a loophole. I can’t change the way they think because they heard I used steroids, so I’ll always be attached to that and it sucks.

I was approached at Target, and I was told that I had let the island down, that I was a cheater, and asked how I could do that to my fans. I live on a small island and word travels fast; they don’t call it Coconut Wireless for nothing”

It’s one thing for people to attack me on social media, but then they went and found my mom on social media. When I posted pictures of the kids I train, people were saying things like, ‘Don’t take steroids like your coach.’”

Casey went on to explain her initial course of action immediately following the news of her false-positive drug test.

After being verbally attacked on social media and in person, Casey says it was difficult to refrain from defending her make and reputation, instead holding out for the truth to eventually emerge on its own.

“Everyone told me not to say anything, to make sure my family didn’t say anything because I should avoid pissing Texas off, especially when Jeff reached out on my behalf and told them that this was basically a false positive and they shouldn’t be releasing it and they still did nothing. Jeff told me after that to just say silent so we don’t piss them off. Dana said the same thing, he told me just to listen to Jeff because he knows what he’s doing and they hired him for a reason.

I’ve been following that advice, but it has been hard. I’ve been attacked on social media, I’ve been verbally assaulted by people at Target, it’s just been hard. I’m glad it’s coming out that I was innocent to all along. It has been the longest month of my life, waiting for the result of a test I already knew the answer to.”

She was vindicated after a follow-up test revealed that the false-positive test was incorrect, despite the damage that had already been done.

However, Casey was ultimately quite supportive of how the UFC handled the situation.

“Dana [White] reached out to me right away, the same day everything came out, and he called me and told me to hang in there and the UFC would take the proper steps to make sure the situation was handled properly and that they would pay for everything up front. That was reassuring. When you hear things from Dana, when he tells you that we’re behind you, then you know you have the UFC’s support. Sean Shelby reached out and told me to hang in there, and told me we’d get through this, as well.”

“I’ve been happy with how the UFC handled this and with how USADA handled it, the only part that hasn’t been going smoothly is the contact with–and professionalism of–Texas.”

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UFC 213: Replay the First Meeting Between Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko

Back in 2016, Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko were paired together at UFC 196 in a key bantamweight bout. Now, just over a year later, Nunes is the champion and Shevchenko is gunning for both the title and redemptions. Nunes won that first meeting via decision, going on to win the title a few months […]

Back in 2016, Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko were paired together at UFC 196 in a key bantamweight bout. Now, just over a year later, Nunes is the champion and Shevchenko is gunning for both the title and redemptions. Nunes won that first meeting via decision, going on to win the title a few months […]

Bibiano Fernandes to Defend Title at ONE: Kings & Conquerors

ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes will headline the August ONE: Kings & Conquerors event against Andrew Leone. Set for August 5 from the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao, the event will stream live in North America. “ONE Championship is thrilled to announce another amazing extravaganza at the world-class Cotai Arena in Macao,” ONE CEO […]

ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes will headline the August ONE: Kings & Conquerors event against Andrew Leone. Set for August 5 from the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao, the event will stream live in North America. “ONE Championship is thrilled to announce another amazing extravaganza at the world-class Cotai Arena in Macao,” ONE CEO […]

UFC Fight Night 112 Salaries: BJ Penn Makes Bank

The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission released the UFC Fight Night 112 salaries on Tuesday. A lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa ($88,000) and Kevin Lee ($36,000) headlined this event. Johny Hendricks ($100,000) vs. Tim Boetsch ($134,000) in a middleweight bout served as the co-main event. Rounding out the main card was Felice Herrig ($50,000) vs. Justine […]

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The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission released the UFC Fight Night 112 salaries on Tuesday.

A lightweight bout between Michael Chiesa ($88,000) and Kevin Lee ($36,000) headlined this event. Johny Hendricks ($100,000) vs. Tim Boetsch ($134,000) in a middleweight bout served as the co-main event. Rounding out the main card was Felice Herrig ($50,000) vs. Justine Kish ($14,000) in a strawweight bout, Joachim Christensen ($16,000) vs. Dominick Reyes ($24,000) in a light heavyweight bout, Tim Means ($78,000) vs. Alex Garcia ($31,000) in a welterweight bout, and BJ Penn ($150,000) vs. Dennis Siver ($78,000) in a featherweight bout.

The full payouts include:

Kevin Lee: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus) def. Michael Chiesa $36,000

Tim Boetsch: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks $100,000

Felice Herrig: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Justine Kish $14,000

Dominick Reyes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Joachim Christensen $16,000

Tim Means: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus) def. Alex Garcia $31,000

Dennis Siever: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Clay Guida: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Erik Koch: $24,000

Marvin Vettori: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Vitor Miranda: $18,000

Carla Esparza: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Maryna Moroz: $23,000

Darrell Horcher: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Devin Powell: $10,000

Jared Gordon: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Quinones: $10,000

Tony Martin: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Johnny Case: $23,000

Jeremy Kimball: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000

UFC Fight Night 112 took place on Saturday, June 25, 2017 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The prelims aired on UFC Fight Pass at 5:30 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The main card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Michael Chandler: Primus Can Walk Around With His ‘Hefner Jacket & Fake Belt’

Last Saturday night’s (June 24, 2017) hyped Bellator NYC was supposed to be an opportunity to showcase his spot among MMA’s best 155-pound fighters, but instead, Michael Chandler saw his much-less-ballyhooed opponent Brent Primus emerge with the belt in Madison Square Garden after Chandler was resigned to essentially fighting on one leg after clearly harming […]

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Last Saturday night’s (June 24, 2017) hyped Bellator NYC was supposed to be an opportunity to showcase his spot among MMA’s best 155-pound fighters, but instead, Michael Chandler saw his much-less-ballyhooed opponent Brent Primus emerge with the belt in Madison Square Garden after Chandler was resigned to essentially fighting on one leg after clearly harming his ankle.

But even though that was the case, Chandler managed to rock Primus with one of his trademark big right hands despite being hardly able to stand. Shortly thereafter, the highly-derided New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) stepped in to stop the bout, and Primus was the de facto champion. Chandler is understandably angry at the situation, yet he did all he could to look at the mess from a positive light during an appearance on The MMA Hour this week, noting that he had no serious injuries to deal with.

To him, it was unfortunate the fight was called off right after he rocked Primus:

“Nothing’s broken,” Chandler said. “I went straight to the ER, the doctors at Bellevue ER, I got in, they X-rayed it, nothing broken. It’s a good thing. I could be just getting out of surgery right now with a rod in my leg. Luckily, I’m not. The unfortunate part of the situation was, that ref called for the doctors to come into the cage 15 seconds after I just dropped him. On one leg.”

Chandler confirmed his desire to fight on despite a clear injury and cageside doctors saying otherwise, detailing how he told all three officiating the fight that his ankle would need to be broken to justify calling off a championship bout of such magnitude:

“You heard me, I said, I looked at three doctors in the eye and said, ‘This thing better be broken. f you’re going to stop this fight in front of all of these people, with all the hard work I’ve put in, with all this on the line, and that belt, this thing better be broken.”

His warrior spirit and will to fight on wasn’t in question, however, as it more of his health that appeared on the line at the time. Chandler proved he wasn’t denying the obvious fact his foot was seriously hurt, stating that most who watched the bout would have said it was doubtful he still should have been in a fight:

“If you lined up 100 people right now and said ‘Hey, watch this clip, is that man right there fit to fight,’ 90 percent of them would say ‘No, he was stumbling all over the place.’”

Photo by Ed Mulholland for USA TODAY Sports

Even though he’s willing to acknowledge the injury though, Chandler apparently still has a bone to pick with the NYSAC – something that has become a given during the state’s extremely controversial track record during the rough-and-tumble first eight months of them regulating professional MMA cards. The former champion cited those instances along with his as a reason he isn’t exactly hoping to fight in New York again soon:

“New York is a cool city, but I don’t want to fight here ever again,” Chandler said. “It’s a little bit amateur hour, man. It’s different. They don’t know what they’re doing in MMA as much as they should. We’ve had five fight cards and every single one of them has been some crazy controversy going on.”

As for the new champ, Chandler put it in plain terms when he said he thinks he would have finished Primus cut-and-dry if an injury didn’t take him out of the fight, so his new foil should enjoy his fake belt while he can:

“I would have finished him,” Chandler said. “If this was the 18th century, and we were in the middle of a field, and it was me and Brent Primus, and I had one leg to stand on, I win that fight 100 times out of 100. That’s the funny thing.

“I’m still the champion. Let’s be honest. An injury took me out of the fight. Brent Primus can wear his Hugh Hefner jacket and wear that fake belt around his shoulder.”

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Felice Herrig Knew Justine Kish Pooped Herself in Their Bout

Felice Herrig was well aware of Justine Kish’s accident in their bout at UFC Fight Night 112. Herrig turned in an impressive performance against Kish, earning her third straight victory. Kish was also praised despite the loss for being able to get out of bad positions. She was also the talk of the mixed martial […]

Felice Herrig was well aware of Justine Kish’s accident in their bout at UFC Fight Night 112. Herrig turned in an impressive performance against Kish, earning her third straight victory. Kish was also praised despite the loss for being able to get out of bad positions. She was also the talk of the mixed martial […]