Quinton Jackson Dislikes The Possibility of Fighting Chael Sonnen

Quinton Jackson isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the possibility of facing Chael Sonnen. Yesterday (Nov. 13), Bellator announced a heavyweight tournament set to take place next year. “Rampage” is one of the eight participants as well …

Quinton Jackson isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the possibility of facing Chael Sonnen. Yesterday (Nov. 13), Bellator announced a heavyweight tournament set to take place next year. “Rampage” is one of the eight participants as well as Sonnen. This doesn’t bode well for Jackson, who has shown a disdain for fighting wrestlers. During a recent appearance […]

Bellator Announces 8-Man Heavyweight Tournament Set for 2018

It looks as though Bellator is finally ready to crown a new heavyweight champion next year Following a period of more than three years without a heavyweight title bout, the Californian promotion will change that with an eight-man tournament featuring s…

It looks as though Bellator is finally ready to crown a new heavyweight champion next year Following a period of more than three years without a heavyweight title bout, the Californian promotion will change that with an eight-man tournament featuring some expected and some frankly surprising names. MMAFighting confirmed the news on Friday following a […]

Chael Sonnen: I’ll Have To Whip Rory’s A** Sooner Or Later

After scoring a decision victory over longtime rival Wanderlei Silva in the main event of Bellator: NYC last June at Madison Square Garden, Chael Sonnen called out all-time heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, who was knocked out by Matt Mitrione in the event’s co-main event. Now months removed from that event, Sonnen still does not have […]

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After scoring a decision victory over longtime rival Wanderlei Silva in the main event of Bellator: NYC last June at Madison Square Garden, Chael Sonnen called out all-time heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, who was knocked out by Matt Mitrione in the event’s co-main event.

Now months removed from that event, Sonnen still does not have his next fight set, but he recently said it’s ‘hard to imagine’ that he won’t fight Emelianenko at some point:

“I think it’s hard to imagine that that doesn’t happen. We’re only about 20 pounds apart,” Sonnen said in a recent interview with BJ Penn Radio. “I get up to about 216 pounds – maybe that’s a little heavy – but right in there, [around] 216. [Fedor has] weighed in pretty consistently at 236 for the last number of years. So, you’re only talking about 20 pounds.”

“I know some people say ‘don’t do that fight, he’s too big,’ but we’re only talking about 20 pounds,” he continued. “When I started this thing, we didn’t have weigh-ins. I’ve never cared what a guy weighed. I will acknowledge that there’s an advantage at a certain point to a certain size, but 20 pounds, man, that’s not very much.”

While Sonnen, who’s competed at middleweight and light heavyweight, would be willing to move up in weight to meet “The Last Emperor”, he also expressed interest in eventually fighting Rory MacDonald, who’s set to challenge for the Bellator welterweight title.

Apparently Sonnen and MacDonald have a bit of history, and “The American Gangster” said that he’s going to have ‘whip Rory’s a**’:

“I’m quite sure I’ll have to whip Rory’s ass sooner or later here. In fact, when I got into Bellator, that was the very first question I asked Scott Coker,” Sonnen said. “Before he even knew that I was looking to come over, that I had the ability to sign with him, I just sent him a text and said ‘me versus Rory, does that interest you?’ And he said ‘it sure does, why are you asking?’ So, yeah Rory was one of the first guys on my radar.”

“I think Rory and I are very likely to be matched up. That’s one thing I like about Bellator. I like guys shifting around [between weight classes]. You’re starting to see the UFC do that too.”

Who would you like to see Sonnen fight next?

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Chael Sonnen Explains Why Size Won’t Play a Factor in Bisping vs. GSP

Chael Sonnen doesn’t believe that Michael Bisping’s size will give him an edge against Georges St-Pierre. On Nov. 4, Bisping will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title against St-Pierre inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. The championship showdown is set to headline UFC 217. During a recent appearance on BJ Penn […]

Chael Sonnen doesn’t believe that Michael Bisping’s size will give him an edge against Georges St-Pierre. On Nov. 4, Bisping will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title against St-Pierre inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. The championship showdown is set to headline UFC 217. During a recent appearance on BJ Penn […]

Busted: The 10 Worst Drug Test Failures In MMA History

In an effort to clean up the sport, today’s new and enhanced MMA landscape where the UFC has partnered with USADA to implement a world-class anti-doping regimen, drug test failures for performance-enhancing drugs have become much more commonplace and public in fighting than ever before. Perhaps it was to be expected as the sport continues […]

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In an effort to clean up the sport, today’s new and enhanced MMA landscape where the UFC has partnered with USADA to implement a world-class anti-doping regimen, drug test failures for performance-enhancing drugs have become much more commonplace and public in fighting than ever before.

Perhaps it was to be expected as the sport continues to struggle with the program more than two years since its inception, but some high-profile failures have wrecked what would have otherwise been huge events, and some would even argue that the UFC’s partnership with USADA is actually doing more harm than good for the promotion.

That’s ridiculous, of course, as preventing a highly trained athlete from beating another athlete while under the benefit of PEDs is obviously a very good thing – yet there are signs that USADA’s timing and overall implementation could use some smoothing out of their own. Those details are another discussion for another time, however. With big UFC PPVs being ruined by drug test failures seemingly a regular occurrence these days, it brings to light how drug testing has affected events and even fighters’ careers both in the past and present.

We took a look back at the 10 most devastating drug test failures in MMA history, and the results found show just how impactful they have been on the still-young sport. Check them out:

Cris Cyborg – Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal:

The drug test that UFC women’s featherweight champ Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino failed for stanozolol after her thunderous 16-second TKO of Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011 is arguably the most impactful on this list as it’s caused Cyborg to be followed by a reputation as a steroid user, and probably always will.

She was suspended for one year, stripped of her Strikeforce women’s featherweight belt, and her win over Yamanaka was changed to a no-contest. The failure was one of the main reasons (along with weight) why former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wouldn’t fight Cyborg, and that topic was again brought up when original UFC 145-pound champion Germaine de Randamie refused to defend the belt against Cyborg, even if it could certainly be argued there were several other factors in play there.

It appeared Cyborg was headed into a disappointing squandering of her talent when she was popped for a USADA violation last year, but she was able to clear her name of that violation by claiming a prescribed substance she used during her foolish cuts down to 140 pounds for the UFC in 2016. For what it’s worth, she’s apparently complied with all of the rigorous requirements of the UFC’s anti-doping program with USADA (despite rumors otherwise), but her career will always be shrouded by her singular failure in Strikeforce.

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Exclusive: Interview with Welsh Welterweight Aaron Khalid

MMANews caught up with Cardiff-based welterweight Aaron Khalid ahead of his upcoming Cage Warriors bout with Ross Houston on Saturday in Wales Khalid, who is 2-0 under the Cage Warriors banner, holds back-to-back submission wins in the promotion. Having submitted Adam Proctor with a rear naked choke in the second round of his promotional debut […]

MMANews caught up with Cardiff-based welterweight Aaron Khalid ahead of his upcoming Cage Warriors bout with Ross Houston on Saturday in Wales Khalid, who is 2-0 under the Cage Warriors banner, holds back-to-back submission wins in the promotion. Having submitted Adam Proctor with a rear naked choke in the second round of his promotional debut […]