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The UFC announced plans to implement random drug testing beginning July 1 during a special press conference Wednesday in Las Vegas.

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White made statements regarding the recent series of failed drug tests by fighters such as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former champion Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz and Hector Lombard from the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.

Beginning July 1, all 585 UFC fighters will be subject to random drug testing for performance-enhancers. While they did not disclose what kind of punishment would come from failing such tests, they mentioned the current WADA four-year bans as a possible guideline, as Fertitta said they will “advocate for” two-year bans.

“Give the recent spate of high profile cases, we felt like we needed to do this sooner rather than later,” Fertitta said. “For the good of the sport, the integrity; what we’re trying to do here we needed to address the issue.

“You may not be training, but someone may show up to take a random sample.”

Fertitta added that they are still working to determine what third-party agency will administer the testing.

“Fighters are going to look at risk vs. reward,” White said. “If I can make a couple million dollars, I’ll take the risk. Two-or-four years (for a failed drug test and subsequent suspension) could be career-threatening. (That’s makes) it a lot more dangerous.”

ufc 184

The extended video preview for UFC 184 has been released, and you can see it in the player below.

Set for February 28, the card will feature Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano. It takes place inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Check out the extended preview and fight card below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Cat Zingano

Female Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Alan Jouban

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro

Bantamweight: Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Roman Salazar

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Dhiego Lima

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro

Featherweight: Masio Fullen vs. Alexander Torres

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Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz and Hector Lombard have all been penciled in for today’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

The agenda is set to start 1 p.m. PT from Las Vegas.

Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, failed his pre-fight drug test for two banned substances leading up to a recent fight with Diaz. The former Strikeforce titleholder also failed his test, as marijuana metabolites were found in his system.

Lombard’s failed test was from early in January 3, as a steroid was found.

Along with those three, Ashlee Evans-Smith is also on the agenda for a failed drug test.

The complete list of agenda items can be found on the NAC’s official site.

Item No. 35 on the agenda states “discussion on forming expert panel to discuss drug testing policies and procedures in an opening meeting,” followed by Francisco Rivera’s request for a loss to Urijah Faber to be changed to a no-contest.

Diaz, Silva, Lombard all follow as items No. 37, 38 and 39, with requests for temporary suspensions attached.

ufc 186

As the only person to ever wear the UFC flyweight title, Demetrious Johnson has no plans to surrender it anytime soon.

“Mighty Mouse,” who was a special guest on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight,” returns to the Octagon later this year vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186.

Johnson (21-2-1) has won seven in a row, including five successful defenses of the 125-pound title. Last September, he submitted Chris Cariaso after also earning a 2014 victory over Ali Bagautinov.

Horiguchi, meanwhile, is 15-1 and on a nine-fight win streak that includes Octagon wins over Louis Gaudinot, Jon Delos Reyes, Darrell Montague and Dustin Pague.

“The guy’s on a hot streak,” Johnson said. “He’s 4-0 in the UFC and I’m ready to go to work.

“I just have to go in there and put pressure on my opponents. I have to mix up my wrestling, my muay Thai clinch and striking.”

Johnson came under some heat recently when he was asked about a potential champion vs. champion match with bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, who defends his belt the same night vs. Renan Barao. He didn’t back down from his previous comments, reiterating the price tag for such a fight.

“Absolutely (I’ll fight Dillashaw),” he said. “The price tag is $2 million. Let’s make it happen.”

While some have failed to recognize the skills and victories of Johnson, he is only concerned with remaining on top.

“All have to do as a champion is go out and win fights impressively,” he said. “The attention will come.”

ufc fight night 60

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 60: Henderson vs. Thatch.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Benson Henderson makes his welterweight debut vs. rising contender Brandon Thatch.

Also, Max Holloway faces Cole Miller, Neil Magny takes on Kiichi Kunimoto, Patrick Walsh battles Daniel Kelly, Michel Prazers meets Kevin Lee and Ray Borg squares off with Chris Kelades. The main card airs on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET after four prelims on the same network that start at 8 p.m. ET.

Make sure to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results when the card begins. You can also follow reporter Dana Becker on Twitter to interact about the results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

James Moontasri vs. Cody Pfister

We begin the night in a planned lightweight bout that has been changed due to James Moontasri (7-2) missing weight, as Cody Pfister (11-3-1) makes his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Huge knee from Moontasri lands right off the bat and Pfister clinches, looking for a takedown. Excellent defense by Moontasri to avoid the takedown, landing several elbows to the body at the same time. Another knee connects and Pfister is in trouble. Moontasri can’t capitalize and Pfister again is working for a takedown. Yet again, Moontasri connects with the knee and Pfister is down. He’s landing big lefts and rights, as Pfister is curling up. He gets to his feet, only to eat yet another knee, Somehow, Pfister continues to stand, but he is getting beat on with shots and is taking some heavy, heavy breaths. Pfister with a takedown that scores, but the two are each trying to tie the other one up as we head under 30 seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Moontasri

Round 2: Pfister trying to keep it standing this round, landing good jabs. Moontasri, though, takes advantage of a slip and connects with a knee to the back. He has a neck crank locked up with plenty of time to work, trying to flatten Pfister out. This time, Moontasri gets the hooks in and is working for a rear-naked choke, which he gets.

James Moontasri def. Cody Pfister via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2

Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliott

A pair of flyweights looking to make a run to the No. 1 contender spot hit the Octagon next, as former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky (18-5) takes on Tim Elliott (10-5-1).

Round 1: Quick touch of gloves and we should expect fireworks here between these two ranked fighters. Elliott with some interesting kicks, allowing him to get inside and pepper Makovsky with lefts and rights. He pulls guard, tries for a guillotine, but is unable to secure it in the first 30 seconds. Makovsky on top, but almost gives up his arm. Huge scoop and slam for Makovsky, as he lifts Elliott down with ease. It appeared as if Elliott took a finger to the eye, but there was no break in the action. North-South position, as Makovsky is looking for a choke with just over two minutes to go. Elliott’s defending, but his face is a bright red. He spins and gets up and out, going on the attack now. Again, Elliott pulls guard and tries for a guillotine, giving up position for the possible submission. Both men are landing elbows and short shots as we head under a minute. Makovsky locks up a crucifix and is just unloading on the face of Elliott, but he’ll survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 2: Makovsky gets another takedown, using the trip to score. He’s locked up a leg, working to pass and score with more shots. Elliott gives up the pass to get free, very slick wrestling followed by an uppercut. Just like he did in the first, Elliott grabs the neck and yanks down, trying to secure a guillotine. Makovsky, though, remains patient and sweeps with an underhook-butterfly, gaining top position yet again. Elliott now trying to unload with everything he has, really putting complete power into each shot. A fifth successful takedown for Makovsky and we move under a minute. His wrestling has been the difference in this one so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 3: Elliott again going for the guillotine, but Makovsky gets free from that and moves into side control. He’s had no trouble whatsoever defending that choke and imposing his will once they are on the canvas. Makovsky takes the back off a pass, securing a hook and seeking to lock up the choke. He’s got plenty of time. Elliott stands up, but is quickly brought back down to the ground with Makovsky still latched on. Elliott tries a front-roll, but that only allows Makovsky to trap an arm now. Elliott slips out and has Makovsky on his back. He picks him up and slams him – hard – on the ground, moving quickly to secure the back. It appeared as if Makovsky might be out for a brief second, but he has his wits back and is able to fight back to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Zach Makovsky def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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