Chael Sonnen’s 2-Year Suspension

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Perhaps Chael Sonnen’s problems with his two failed drug tests will serve as a cautionary tale to other fighters who are considering using performance-enhancing substances that are not approved by athletic commissions.

Sonnen has been dealing with a lot of grief after failing two drug tests. Last Wednesday, he left from a meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and received a two year suspension. He is required to pay for the drug testing program and expenses related to hotel and flight of the NSAC lab expert. At the hearing, he presented the prescriptions from his doctor for each of the substances as well as his termination letters from UFC and Fox Sports 1. This must have been a very stressful moment for the fighter, because after giving tons of explanations and excuses during past interviews, the bottom line is that these substances, no matter what doctor prescribes them, are prohibited in and out of the octagon.

It speaks well for him that he is willing to accept responsibility rather than try to work his way around admitting guilt and facing the consequences. In a way, he sets a better example by taking a straightforward and honest position. While he made a huge mistake in taking those substances, it’s important to see him be accountable for his actions and not hide behind any long-winded excuses.

You can read more about the discussion with the commission in this article from BleacherReport.com.

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A Celebration Of Awesome Female Athletes on ESPN

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ESPN is featuring a powerful documentary series featuring female athletes, and this includes Ronda Rousey, the women’s bantamweight champion in the UFC.

The Emmy-nominated series “Nine For IX Shorts” contains stories about nine female athletes as told by female filmmakers. With one short being released per day, ESPN is featuring other athletes such as Brittney Griner, Jan Stephenson, and the first all-women America’s Cup team.

The series will be featured on ESPNw and all nine shorts will air consecutively this Saturday on ESPN. These shorts follow the full length series that was featured last year.

Be sure to tune in so you can learn more about “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s rise to fame in mixed martial arts, her past as an Olympian, and the extensive and rigorous training that got her where she is today. Before we know it, she’s going to take Hollywood by storm by being more than just an actress, but a tough, very strong female presence in the entertainment industry.

You can watch the Mundo Sisters film here: ESPN.com

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Brown and Lima Don’t Make Weight But Are Still In UFC Fight Night

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Looks like Matt Brown is catching a lucky break after not making weight for his fight against Robbie Lawler. He faced a possible fine, but it was rescinded. He also turned down the chance to cut weight a second time.

Despite all this, he’s eligible to become the #1 contender if he beats Lawler. He could have ended up paying a fine of 20% of his fight purse with 10% going to Lawler. A discussion with the commission changed all of this and the welterweight bout is still headlining tonight for UFC Fight Night.

Another fighter who didn’t make weight was Juliana Lima. She was a half pound over the allowed limit. Her opponent is Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Lima was set to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but it was recently reported that she is relieved to no longer be in the show because that meant her shot at this fight against Jedrzejczyk. She joked that she would be too hard to live with, so it’s best that she’s not in TUF house for that season. This will be her debut fight with UFC after leaving Invicta FC.

Interesting to note is that Lima’s removal from TUF 20 is due to her not speaking English. She shares, however, that she was worked in travel and has plenty of English, so language was not a barrier. Still, she feels good about the decision because it now allows her to move forward with the fights in her contract with UFC.

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Matt Brown vs Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12

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Matt Brown has stirred up a lot of conversation lately regarding his potential of moving into the elite ranks of MMA. With a seven-fight winning streak, he’s creating a lot of title chatter. But before that talk turns into reality, Brown’s got one item left to check off his list: Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12.
The outcome of Lawler’s last five fights hasn’t added up as nicely as Brown’s. Regardless, Lawler, UFC’s No. 1-ranked welterweight, has had pretty sizable opponents — a loss to champion Johny Hendricks and a win against No. 2 Rory MacDonald. Compare that to Brown’s last five fights, featuring only one ranked opponent (a win against No. 15 Erick Silva) and the odds become clearly stacked in Lawler’s favor.
Brown’s lackluster string of opponents doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in over his head in this upcoming fight, however. Brown was scheduled to go against No. 3-ranked contender Carlos Condit back in December. Two herniated discs in his back saw to it that that fight, which would have silenced many of Brown’s doubters, didn’t come to fruition.
Lawler comes into Saturday’s fight with the experience Brown’s streak so desperately needs. If Brown wants to maintain a streak earned by very few in the welterweight division, he’ll have to be fearless. Brown is an impressive opponent and Lawler will need to rely heavily on the experiences of his recent top-10 fights if he wants to win.
Lawler needs to prove he’s better than 4-1 and Brown needs to prove he can handle a top-10 competitor. Either way, this match is make or break for both fighters.

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