Tai Tuivasa Claps Back At JDS’ Street Fighting Criticism

Things between Tuivasa and “JDS” are getting personal.

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Things between Tai Tuivasa and Junior dos Santos seem to be getting a bit personal.

Tuivasa and “JDS” will headline UFC Adelaide on December 1st from Adelaide, Australia. Recently, the Brazilian was interviewed by Sporting News to discuss his upcoming fight with Tuivasa.

“Cigano” took issue with Tuivasa having Bruce Buffer introduce him as representing street fighting. He went as far as calling his Australian counterpart a “coward”:

“In his last fight, with Arlovski, when Bruce Buffer was introducing him, he said he represents street fighting,” dos Santos said. “I was watching the fight last night, and saw that and was like, ‘What?! That’s not even a martial art.’

“I thought I was fighting against a martial artist, but that’s not the case. I want to know more about this, and one day I’ll ask him. To represent street fighting, that’s just stupid. Who fights in the streets? It’s not even fair. That’s a coward. Street fighting is not a martial art – it doesn’t exist. How can someone represent street fighting –- that’s bullshit.”

Tuivasa recently responded to dos Santos’ comments in an Instagram post, referencing the Brazilian’s failed United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test, calling him a “steroid injecting little muppet”:

“I was giving him credit for being a great, but he can go (expletive) himself now. Just because of what Bruce Buffer said? As if I’m gonna say I’m a black belt or something. Calling someone a coward is a bit shallow from a steroid injecting little muppet like that.”

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Tai Tuivasa Rips ‘Steroid-Injecting Muppet’ Junior dos Santos

Tai Tuivasa has fired back at Junior dos Santos. Tuivasa and dos Santos will collide on Dec. 2 in the main event of UFC Adelaide. The action will take place inside the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia. It’s a huge opportunity …

Tai Tuivasa has fired back at Junior dos Santos. Tuivasa and dos Santos will collide on Dec. 2 in the main event of UFC Adelaide. The action will take place inside the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia. It’s a huge opportunity for Tuivasa, who is the 11th ranked UFC heavyweight, while dos Santos sits at the seventh […]

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Poster For UFC Adelaide Revealed (Photo)

The UFC will return to Adelaide, Australia on December 1st from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The card will feature some of mixed martial arts’ (MMA) biggest Australian stars. In the main event, rising heavyweight prospect Tai Tuivasa gets h…

The UFC will return to Adelaide, Australia on December 1st from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The card will feature some of mixed martial arts’ (MMA) biggest Australian stars. In the main event, rising heavyweight prospect Tai Tuivasa gets his first main event nod, against ex-UFC heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos. Also, longtime MMA fan-favorite Mark Hunt will […]

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UFC Makes Major Changes To USADA Drug-Testing Policy

The UFC’s anti-doping partnership with USADA drug testing has caught many fighters using banned substances in its three-year existence. It’s also caused a massive amount of controversy and question marks due to some perceived inconsistencies. A large part of the uncertainty stemmed from the fact USADA announced when a fighter was flagged for a ‘potential’ […]

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The UFC’s anti-doping partnership with USADA drug testing has caught many fighters using banned substances in its three-year existence.

It’s also caused a massive amount of controversy and question marks due to some perceived inconsistencies. A large part of the uncertainty stemmed from the fact USADA announced when a fighter was flagged for a ‘potential’ violation long before the case was actually. That resulted in many a fighter’s name being dragged through the mud only to see them sort out the case.

Oftentimes, fighters with previous potential violations would receive a small suspension or no punishment. The damage was done to a fighter’s reputation, however. Many would be branded cheats even if they were ultimately exonerated of any true PED usage. The court of public opinion is quick to convict in today’s fast-paced, social media-driven world.

Major changes will be coming to the UFC’s program with USADA as a result. UFC Chief Legal Officer Hunter Campbell confirmed to ESPN that the UFC will now only announce a fighter failing a drug test when the case is resolved:

“If an athlete has a positive drug test, we aren’t putting them in a fight until their case is resolved — but what we can do is give the athlete an opportunity to adjudicate their issue without the public rushing to judgment. Announcing the test result creates this narrative around the athlete before people understand the facts.”

A Tenuous Grey Area

The UFC will reportedly follow the path of how Olympic athletes’ USADA cases are announced. Obviously, a significant determining factor was the number of cases that resulted in the fighter being exonerated in some way. Putting that in perspective, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said that 62 athlete cases have been adjudicated by USADA since the inception of its partnership with the UFC in 2015.

An astounding 21 of those cases were determined to be of unintentional use, mostly involving the all-too-familiar tainted supplement. This has affected many top-level fighters. Legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva was recently cleared of a second failure due to a tainted supplement. He was branded a cheat and his legacy tarnished first.

Infamous False Failures

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg was also flagged for a potential violation last year. Cyborg did infamously fail for stanozolol during her Strikeforce days, and the public rushed to condemn her. She was cleared due to a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) shortly thereafter. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was also flagged and ultimately proved his innocence due to a tainted supplement. But he lost a year of his fighting career before he was.

Josh Barnett was also flagged and provisionally suspended. He spent well over a year in painstaking litigation only to have his lawyers prove he was flagged for unintentional use. The process was so hard to deal with he asked for and received his release from the UFC. Barnett does have a lengthy history with real PED usage, but he was found to be innocent in this case.

Regardless of a fighter’s background or if they were flagged for a banned substance or tainted supplement, the case should definitely be resolved before it becomes public knowledge.

Campbell said the UFC is looking to avoid that outright period of initial doubt and condemnation:

“Part of the feedback Jeff and I have received from the athletes is, ‘I would have appreciated the opportunity to adjudicate this, so the story could be I tested positive, a full investigation was conducted and it was found the use was unintentional,’” Campbell said. “That story is very different than giving somebody a six-month window, where they are trying to defend themselves against accusations they are a cheater.”

Step In The Right Direction

It’s a great idea and one many in MMA have called for quite some time. Another issue being put under scrutiny is the severity with which it punishes those flagged for tainted supplements.

Novitzky said that there will still be punishments for unknowingly ingesting banned PEDs and other substances. But those instances won’t be given the same major punishment as obvious and intentional cheaters:

“This program is meant to punish and catch intentional cheaters,” Novitzky said. “None of us are saying there will be no liability when it comes to unintentional use, but to punish that level of liability in the same manner of someone who was knowingly using something is not what this program was meant to do.”

Will the above changes lead to USADA’s anti-doping efforts with the UFC being lent more credibility?

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Prominent Head Coach Takes Credit For Reducing Fighter’ Injuries 50 Percent

Javier Mendez reduces AKA fighters injuries by 50 percent.

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A prominent head coach takes credit for reducing fighters injuries 50 percent.

American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) has long been one of the very best MMA gyms on planet earth. Champions like Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold have all come through the ranks of AKA. Unlike many of their contemporaries, AKA has managed to stay relevant and adapt as the sport of MMA has evolved.

One thing, however, haunts every gym. The dreaded injury bug. In the past, many of AKA’s top fighters have been forced out of big-time fights due to injuries. Often times entire fight cards falling apart in lieu of the last minute injuries. More recently, however, AKA fighters have been hitting the scales on weight and ready to go. A trend that AKA head coach Javier Mendez believes he is responsible for.

Reducing Injuries

Speaking with BJPENN.com radio Mendez detailed how he has been able to reduce the number of fight-ending injuries before they happen.

“It is the nature of the sport,” Mendez said of training injuries at American Kickboxing Academy. “You know, there’s a lot of injuries involved in the sport. It’s not something that we have mastered yet, but I’ll tell you what, it is something that we’ve gotten better at.”

“This is still a relatively new sport and we’re still learning,” he continued. “I was still trying to figure out how do we save us from getting injured all the damn time? Why are we getting injured? It’s nuts. Well little simple things, Jason, from having the guys talk to me when they don’t want to spar. They have issues with their girlfriend or their family, you know, they didn’t get enough sleep, or they have a little injury. I want them to point it out to me. I want them to tell me what’s going on. So this way I’ll say, ‘okay, you’re just boxing today or okay, you’re not sparring today.’ Let me tell you something. Our injury rate has dropped almost over 50 percent.”

Fighters Choice

A pretty lofty claim to say the least. Regardless, Mendez continued to explain that there have been several instances were he strongly encouraged fighters to not take a fight due to injury. But you can only lead a horse to water you can’t make him drink.

“Let me give you another example,” he said. “[Blagoy Ivanov], he came to me, I took him on to start training, being his head coach for the Junior dos Santos fight, right?”

“So I said, this what you need to do,” he continued. “I need you running five, six days a week. [He said] ‘What? Why?’ [I said] ‘Yes. I need you to do it hard six days a week.’ He goes, ‘Okay coach.’ So next thing you know, two weeks into this whole thing, the poor guy rips his meniscus running on the street. He ripped his meniscus in two spots. How he’s going into the fight with Junior dos Santos with a torn meniscus in two spots. Now guess what? All you can really do is box.”

“So I had told them to cancel the fight, call the UFC, cancel the fight. So he had already scheduled surgery, he was canceling the fight, but over the weekend, he just felt like, no, I’m gonna fight. And that’s what fighters do. They fight injured. He’s not the only example. There’s tons of examples that go out there.”

“He decided to take the fight, and he went through the fight. It didn’t go his way and even if he had been 100 percent healthy feel, who knows how the fight would have gone? Because Junior dos Santos is a great fighter, you know? So I’m just saying in regards to injuries that they don’t always happen in the gym either.”

Broke Fighters

Mendez believes that most fighters opt to fight injured because of financial reasons. That is, most fighters in the UFC don’t make much more than minimum wage when its all said and done.

“I’ll give you another [example],” he said. “[Gabriel Benitez], he was scheduled to fight Andre Fili, and he was injured. He was injured, he couldn’t do nothing, and I just pleaded with him to cancel the fight. Please cancel the fight. But he needed the money. He needed the money. He could not cancel the fight. So he had no sparring, zero sparring. He was injured going into the fight, his confidence was down to the dumps, and now you fight Andre Fili for God’s sake. Come on. I mean, I knew that kid was really special.”

“So I just said, ‘Please cancel the fight.’ No. He took the fight anyways. What happens? Boom. Taken care of. So those are the things, the unknown things that the fans don’t know and they don’t understand and they don’t care to hear either. All they care about is come fight time, you either win or you don’t. And that’s what I tell my guys. I go, ‘Fans don’t give a **** whether you’re injured or not injured with your fight. They just see the winner.’”

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Rising Knockout Artist Meets Junior Dos Santos In Australia

A surging KO slugger will meet JDS in Australia later this year.

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A rising heavyweight star will reportedly meet former champion Junior dos Santos in Australia.

“Cigano” will meet 25-year-old knockout artist Tai Tuivasa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 142 on Dec. 2, 2018, inside Adelaide Entertainment Centre in South Australia. The bout was first reported by Combate.

Tuivasa has won all eight of his pro-MMA bouts. He knocked out his opponent in the first seven match-ups. “Bam Bam” most recently faced his toughest challenge in former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski this June. Tuivasa won the fight by unanimous decision.

He’ll once again meet his toughest challenge in his next fight. Former champion dos Santos got back into the win column in his last fight by outlasting Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of July’s UFC Boise. He was once one of the most feared knockout artists in the UFC, but inconsistent results have made that reputation a bit tenuous right now. Dos Santos has not won back-to-back fights since 2012.

He still remains one of the most recognizable names in the heavyweight division due to his title run and legendary rivalry with Cain Velasquez.

‘Cigano’ currently sits at No. 7 in official UFC heavyweight rankings. His match-up with Tuivasa promises to be much tougher than this nightclub brawl he was falsely identified in.

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