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For his own part, Nick Diaz has remained quiet since news broke that he failed the UFC 183 post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.

The failure is a third for the former Strikeforce champion, and he’s likely to be suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

On Instagram late Wednesday night, Diaz hinted at retirement – something he did previously following a loss to Georges St-Pierre. He has dropped his last three to GSP, Anderson Silva and Carlos Condit.

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will brooks

Will Brooks will make his first official title defense this April vs. Dave Jansen at Bellator 136, according to a report by ESPN. Bellator officials have since confirmed plans for the fight.

Brooks-Jansen will main event an April 10 card from Irvine, California and the Bren Events Center. Brooks (15-1) became the undisputed lightweight champion when he finished Michael Chandler last year.

Jansen (20-2) secured a tournament title in 2013 when he topped Marcin Held, Magomed Saaduleav and Ricardo Tirioni. Bellator has since done away with granting future title shots to tournament winners.

Also, the report states that Joe Schilling (2-3) will face Rafael Carvalho (10-1). Schilling, who competes this Friday night at Glory 19, earned a knockout win over Melvin Manhoef, while Carvalho dropped Brian Rogers.

“I’m really looking forward to this one,” Bellator president Scott Coker said. “Brooks and Schilling were two huge components to our successful show last November, and I wanted to get them another fight as quickly as possible.

“With Will Brooks, you’ve got a phenomenal athlete with a tremendous personality. He is someone who brings it each and every time he gets in the cage. Joe Schilling is one of those incredible strikers who just has danger written all over him. I think our team has really done a great job in finding both of these guys extremely tough opponents in Jansen and Carvalho respectively, and I’m happy that I’ll have one of the best seats in the house.”

miesha tate

Miesha Tate continues to recover from a broken orbital bone suffered in her recent win over Sara McMann.

The victory was the third straight for the former UFC No. 1 contender, and she showed off the injury with a post-fight, post-shower selfie recently.

Tate is pushing for a title-eliminator fight with the unbeaten Bethe Correia, asking her fans to help bombard Dana White and UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby with messages of support.

ufc 183

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz failed their post-fight drug tests from the recent UFC 183 card.

Silva earned a decision in his first fight back since 2013 in Las Vegas. Diaz was also returning from an extended layoff.

Iole mentioned on Twitter that the former UFC middleweight champion failed his test due to a pre-fight test given to him. Silva broke his leg late in 2013 vs. Chris Weidman.

For Diaz, the failed test was for marijuana.

The UFC issued a statement regarding Silva’s failed test, saying he was found to have Drostanolone metabolites during an out-of-competition test given on January 9.

On February 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC’s understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results.

Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results.

The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.

Silva was also found to have androstane in his test, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports, which was examined by the Salt Lake City-based Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory. They provided the results to the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday.

Francisco Aguilar, chairman for the NAC, said had the results been given to them before the fight, it could have been called.

“I would have had no problem calling the fight once I had this result,” Aguilar said. “Those are not acceptable substances. But at the very least, by doing this out-of-competition test, we found this. We wouldn’t have known had we not done the out-of-competition test.”

The UFC has also released a statement regarding the failed test by Diaz, which marks his third for marijuana:

The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. 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.

As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.

vitor belfort

When news broke that Chris Weidman would not be able to compete later this month at UFC 184, Vitor Belfort was offered an interim UFC middleweight title fight with Lyoto Machida.

Belfort declined.

Now, “The Phenom” has released a statement via Facebook explaining his decision to say no to the title fight with Machida. In doing so, Belfort took some interesting shots at Weidman.

Below is the complete statement:

About the cancellation of my UFC 184 fight.

I would like to say that, as everyone else, I’m very disappointed with all this situation.
For exactly one year, I have seen my dream to make history in UFC with my 3rd world title in a different weight category postponed.

Here are some facts:

– UFC had to reschedule the middleweight world title content 3 times because of my opponent’s injuries. (from May/14 to July/14- Weidman had a knee surgery, from December/14 to February/15 – Weidman had his hand broken, from February/15 to probably May/15- Weidman had his ribs hurt)


– This is why I won’t fight for an interim, but if UFC gives 8 weeks and the middleweight Belt available for dispute I fight with anyone from the ranking. Not for an (Interim), But the Middleweight Belt!

– I’ve been in this sport for 19 years and I have never let UFC down.

– I accepted to fight for the Light Heavyweight Belt right after the my sister got kidnapped and I still won the world championship.

– I offered myself to fight in the UFC 152 against Jon Jones with less than 8 weeks to prepare myself to the bout and I had exactly the same injury my opponent has now and still I stepped up to the fight.

I would like to thank UFC, the press and fans support, always.
Focused in the Middleweight Belt!

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