UFC 174 main event fighter Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for a year following a failed post-fight drug test. Bagautinov was defeated by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at the June 14 event.
The British Columbia Athletic Commission released the results of the test to MMAjunkie.com, which showed Bagutinov (13-3) with erythropoietin in his system. He was one of eight fighters on the Canadian card to be tested along with Johnson and six others.
“Results received by this office from the June 2 tests on Mr. Bagautinov were positive for erythropoietin, or EPO – a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency,” BCAC Commissioner Dave Maedel said. “These results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times. Mr. Bagautinov lost his bid for the flyweight title to Demetrious Johnson. I have suspended Mr. Bagautinov’s licence to compete in British Columbia for a period of one year.”
EPO controls the production of red blood cells and is considered a performance-enhancer in the world of sports. Lance Armstrong was found to have used the drug during his run to several Tour de France cycling titles.
Following news of the test results, the UFC released a statement, saying, “UFC 174 competitor Ali Bagautinov has been suspended by the British Columbia Athletic Commission for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO). He was also informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
“The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Bagautinov will serve a one-year suspension and must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension before receiving clearance to compete in the UFC again.”
Jim Miller has been around the sport of MMA long enough to know that with each victory, a move closer to the top is secured. Wednesday night, Miller takes on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night.
Miller (24-4) is unbeaten in his last four, including back-to-back submission victories over Yancy Medeiros and Fabricio Camoes. With Cerrone, though, he has the chance to really put himself in the thick of things at lightweight.
“It keeps my career moving in the right direction,” said Miller, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “Donald is a tough opponent and those are the guys I’m looking to fight. I need to get the win and keep on rolling forward.”
After putting together a seven-fight win streak stretching from 2009-11, Miller was matched up with Benson Henderson. He lost via decision, halting any hopes of scoring his first title shot in the UFC.
“I was raking up fights pretty quickly. I’ve had 18 in under six years,” he said. “It’s a fast pace at this level of competition. I was fighting top competition and the training camps were catching up for me. I was getting banged up.”
With the chance to main event a show in New Jersey, and against an opponent as well known as “Cowboy,” Miller is embracing the opportunity to shine in the spotlight.
“I want to put on another dominant performance,” he said. “In the last two fights, my opponents didn’t get out of the first round. I’m looking to put him away early.”
The UFC returns to Japan later this year for UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
Taking a page out of the book of PRIDE FC, a nearly 30-minute video preview for the event has been released. And there’s only a handful of fights even announced for the September 20 card.
Check out both parts to the preview, along with the current lineup, below:
Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt
Female Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai
Flyweight: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chris Cariaso
Lightweight: Myles Jury vs. Takanori Gomi
According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Kevin Iole, the planned August 2 UFC 176 card has been postponed.
This comes as no surprise, as the main event was removed recently after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered an injury in training. Aldo was scheduled to meet Chad Mendes in a rematch of a fight won by Aldo in Brazil via first round knockout.
We’ll have more information as it becomes known. The card was scheduled for Los Angeles and the Staples Center. It is expected to be rescheduled for October.
According to a press release by the UFC, the number of the event will just be passed over, meaning the planned UFC 177 card with TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao will still be titled UFC 177 on August 30.
Below is the list of fights previously announced for the card, including a middleweight encounter between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza:
UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes
Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
Lightweight: James Vick vs. Walmir Lazaro
Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin
Welterweight: Alex Garcia vs. Matt Dwyer
UFC president Dana White cleared up a few things following The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale Sunday night, appearing on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.
The card, which brought a conclusion to International Fight Week in Las Vegas, likely also brought an end to the fighting career of BJ Penn.
Penn was soundly defeated by Frankie Edgar in the main event, suffering just the third stoppage loss of his career. The former UFC champion was competing for the first time in over a year.
“I didn’t want to see him fight (Sunday), but he wanted it, and I respect him,” White said. “He’s got it all, he’s one of two guys who have two belts in two weight classes. He’s fought in all the big fights, he’s made a lot of money, he’s got a beautiful wife and family. He’s got his own gym, what more do you want?”
During his post-fight interview, Penn stopped short of announcing his own retirement, but hinted that White was correct in previously stating he should remain on the sidelines.
“I don’t think he wants to say the R word. A lot of them don’t. I’ll sit down with his family and we’ll talk,” White stated. “BJ Penn is going to always have a home in the UFC. He’s our partner in the UFC gym and we’ll do things together in the future.”
As for Edgar, a former lightweight champion himself and one-time contender in the featherweight division, he might be waiting for the right fight to pop up. Jose Aldo was forced to postpone a planned title defense with Chad Mendes, but will only be out for a little while.
“Frankie is the No. 3 ranked fighter in the division. This was a great tune up fight for him,” White said. “People want to see him fight Chad Mendes now that Aldo is sidelined. But Aldo is sidelined for 45 days, so he can still fight Mendes.”