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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...
September 21st 2010

UK: TUF 12 hits Sky Sports 2 tonight

The two best welterweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship - champion Georges St-Pierre and No1 contender Josh Koscheck - will look to win a significant battle before their feud explodes into total war for their title fight in Montreal, Canada in December.As opposing coaches on the twelfth series of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ - which premieres tonight...
September 20th 2010

Sonnen failed test because of "natural steroid"

Chael Sonnen tested positive for a “natural steroid” according to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, who was told as much by the head of the California State Athletic Commission, George Dodd. Sonnen now faces a year-long suspension and a fine of $2,500 consistent with the punishment meted out to other combat athletes that have failed tests in the state.But he...
September 20th 2010

UFC confirms return to Germany in November

The Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation returns to Germany on November 13 when UFC 122 emanates from König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen.In the high-stakes main event, mixed martial arts legend Vitor ‘the Phenom’ Belfort will face Japanese powerhouse Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami in a three-round contest to determine who will ...