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September 22nd 2010

Drwal dropped by UFC

Tomasz Drwal has been dropped by the UFC following his loss to Dave Branch at UFC Fight Night 22, it has been reported.His removal from the UFC roster was first reported by MMA Junkie and Fighters Only has since been able to obtain confirmation from Polish sources. Drwal went on a two-fight losing streak, being submitted by Rousimar Palhares and then dropping a...
September 22nd 2010

Belfort out, Marquardt in against Okami

Vitor Belfort is out of his middleweight clash with Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in Germany, citing an undisclosed injury. His place is being taken by Nate Marquardt.News of Belfort’s withdrawal was first reported by MMA Weekly and has since been confirmed by sources close to the fighter himself.Belfort was due to get a middleweight title shot if he defeated Okami....
September 22nd 2010

CSAC: Sonnen suspended for one year

Chael Sonnen’s suspension is now official following an announcement from the California State Athletic Commission that his failed drug test at UFC 117 was down to anabolic steroid traces.He is banned from any form of professional mixed martial arts competition for one year; his ban will end in September 2011.CSAC executive officer George Dodd announced today...
September 22nd 2010

Confirmed: Belfort not injured, but is out of Okami fight

Vitor Belfort is not injured.Fighters Only was able to reach Vitor Belfort’s coach Shawn Tompkins at lunchtime today and he confirmed that his fighter is not injured and is not unable to compete for any reason.“He’s healthy,” Tompkins said in response to a text message asking about contradictory reports circulating today.It had been reported...
September 22nd 2010

UFC confirms CroCop cleared for Mir fight

As first reported by Fighters Only yesterday, Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has been officially cleared to fight at UFC 119.Fighters Only had confirmation from the man himself via text message yesterday and the UFC subsequently made an official annoucement on its website.“Legendary Croatian striker Mirko Cro Cop has been examined by an ophthalmologist in...
September 21st 2010

CroCop cleared: "I can fight"

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic has passed an initial eye examination and is cleared to fight against Frank Mir at UFC 119.The Croatian heavyweight confirmed the situation in a text message to Fighters Only today, saying that his eye was “a bit better” than it had been at the weekend and that he was able to fight Mir on Saturday...
September 21st 2010

Sonnen to appeal result of drug test

Chael Sonnen will be appealing the result of the pre-fight drug test undertaken at UFC 117, it has been reported. Sonnen’s sample came back positive for traces of prohibited performance-enhancers, according to the California State Athletic Commission."It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with...
September 21st 2010

Escudero cut by UFC

Efrain Escudero has been released from his UFC contract after losing to Rafael Oliveira by submission in the third round of their fight at UFC Fight Night 22.The TUF 8 winner says he is already speaking to US promotions Strikeforce and Bellator about getting signed to a new deal.The news was revealed by Escudero himself, who wrote on his Twitter account “Hello...
September 21st 2010

Mir still looking at a move to light-heavyweight

Frank Mir has still not ruled out fighting in the light-heavyweight division of the UFC and says he would like to take a run at the 205lb title at some point, although he won’t be making the move in the immediate future."Right now it's on pause. It's definitely on pause. I want to do it. I'm not going to 205 because I feel I can do better as far as its...
September 21st 2010

Palhares' camp had greasing fears pre-fight, but no longer

People in Rousimar Palhares’ say they were “worried” about greasing issues prior to his fight with Nate Marquardt, and had been on the point of asking the athletic commission overseeing the event to check him prior to the bout.But a source in the camp also tells Fighters Only that they are as confident as they can be that those fears were not...