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Michael Bisping and Cung Le to Undergo Enhanced Drug Testing at UFC Macao; Is it Enough?

Michael Bisping vs Cung LeThe use of performance enhancing drugs and drug testing to try and catch the cheaters has long been a topic of heated discussion, not only in mixed martial arts, but in all of professional sports.

The topic has continued to boil over in MMA, however, particularly with testosterone replacement therapy exemptions being nixed earlier this year and the more prevalent use of “enhanced” drug testing in recent months.

For the better part of the life of drug testing in MMA, a simple urine test has been the primary option. Urinalysis, however, falls short of detecting many advanced substances utilized in professional sports. PEDs like human growth hormone (hGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), which Chael Sonnen recently tested positive for, are detected by drawing blood.

Enhanced drug testing requires the athlete to supply both a urine sample and a blood sample.

Sonnen was subjected to such testing, as were Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira before their recent fight.

Despite there being no governmental sanctioning body for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 48 in Macao, China, that doesn’t mean main eventers Michael Bisping and Cung Le are going to be able to skate by without testing.

The UFC is self-regulating the event in Macao. Company president Dana White told UFC Tonight reporter Ariel Helwani that Bisping and Le will both be subjected to enhanced drug testing with the promotion footing the bill.

Whether or not PEDs are “running rampant” in MMA as some would suggest and whether or not the UFC is doing enough to combat their use will likely remain a contentious debate for some time to come, but fighters will have to be wary that they likely will be subjected to more and more scrutiny as drug testing becomes pervasive in the sport.

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Despite Having Suffered Three KO Losses In a Row, Gray Maynard Intends to Continuing Fighting

29-Gray-Maynard-TUF-18-Finale-w-478x270After suffering his third knockout loss in a row at UFC Fight Night 47 on Aug. 16, many have called for former lightweight title contender Gray Maynard to retire.

Maynard’s manager, David Martin, informed UFC Tonight that his client plans to continue competing in the UFC despite his recent string of defeats.

Just three years ago, in 2011, Maynard nearly became the lightweight champion. He fought then-titleholder Frankie Edgar to a five-round draw at UFC 125. The two were quickly booked for a rematch. Edgar knocked out Mayard at UFC 136 to retain his belt. It was Maynard’s first career loss and the first time he had been knocked out.

He rebounded from the loss with a split decision win over Clay Guida in his next outing in June 2012. It was the last time the 35-year-old won a fight. TJ Grant and Nate Diaz knocked out Maynard in the first round while Ross Pearson finished the All-American NCAA wrestler in the opening moments of the second stanza.

During the UFC Fight Night 47 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said he planned on speaking with Maynard about whether or not he should walk away from competing.

“Obviously he came here to fight, and he’s been cleared medically to fight, I think the kid is healthy,” said White. “But, you know, it’s probably a discussion we might have. I’m not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I’ll talk to him though.”

“These guys go through extensive medical testing and we know getting knocked out isn’t good for you. But we’ll see. He’s a young guy, he’s talented, we’ll see what he wants to do,” added the UFC president.

It appears Maynard has made up his mind and wants to continue to fight.

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UFC Fan Q&A with Dana White and Ronda Rousey in Macao: Will Cyborg Fight Happen?

UFC president Dana White and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey conducted a question and answer session with fans in Macao on Wednesday, addressing such hot topics as Cris Cyborg and what the latest progress has been on her possibly getting a fight with Rousey.

SEE ALSO: Cris Cyborg Committed to Bantamweight and Getting a Shot at Ronda Rousey

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Out of Retirement, Roger Gracie Tops List of Seven New ONE FC Signings

Roger-Gracie-Trevor-PrangleyTen time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Roger Gracie is among seven new signings announced on Friday by ONE FC. The Strikeforce and UFC veteran is set to make his debut later this year and will compete in the light heavyweight division.

Gracie (6-2) is a third degree BJJ black belt and initially announced his retirement from MMA after being released by the UFC, but appears to have had a change of heart after a recent training trip to Singapore.

Another light heavyweight to sign on with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion is undefeated Polish fighter Michal Pasternack (10-0), who will be competing in the 205-pound division alongside the likes of Gracie, Jake Butler, James McSweeney, and Christian Kaminishi.

Asia’s biggest MMA promotion can also boast two more fighters with perfect professional records among its ranks after picking up South African welterweight Warren De Reuck (7-0) and Brazilian middleweight Rafael Atilho (7-0).

The other three fighters to put pen to paper are Kazakh middleweight Igor Svirid (9-1), Russian lightweight Timofey Nastyukhin (7-1), and Thai bantamweight Anatpong Bunrad (3-1).

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UFC Fight Night Brazil Fight Card Rumors

UFC Fight Night Brazil
Date: November 8, 2014
Venue: Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves
Location: Uberlândia, Brazil

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