Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports PFL Season 2 featherweight tournament finalist Daniel Pineda has failed a drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission, his manager confirmed to MMA Fighting. “Right now we’re in the process of researching what could have led to a positive test,” Jason House said in a prepared statement. “We plan on appealing the decision once all information is gathered.” House, who was bound for UFC Sao Paulo when reached for comment, declined to provide the name of the substance for which Pineda tested positive. He said he plans to meet with the commission to get more information on it and the circumstances around the failure. PFL spokesperson Greg Savage declined comment, deferring the matter to the
Ronaldo Souza headlines UFC's upcoming show in Brazil against Jan Blachowicz. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting SAO PAULO — Moving up in weight after 16 years as a middleweight, Ronaldo Souza once again found joy in the process. A former 185-pound Strikeforce champ, “Jacare” headlines UFC Sao Paulo against Jan Blachowicz on Saturday night. He’s already benefitted from not having to cut a large amount of weight for his five-round light heavyweight bout. “I’ve always cut too much,” he said. “I’m a big guy for the middleweight division, so it has been great for me. I met (Daniel) Cormier once while I was eating, and he (told me) we’re now fighting at ‘happyweight.’ That’s exactly it – happyweight. I’m in great
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Story updated at 10:02 p.m. ET to include Whittaker’s response. Darren Till established himself as one of the best middleweights in the UFC after beating onetime interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum in his 185-pound debut. Now he’s setting his sights even higher. Till is targeting former champion Robert Whittaker as his ideal opponent at middleweight, and he’s not been shy about calling him out on social media. “I’m ready to fight now to be honest,” Till said. “F*ck injuries, f*ck time off, f*ck it all. When are you ready Robert Whittaker? Need to know basis.” I’m ready to fight now to be honest.Fuck injuries, fuck time off, fuck it all. When are you ready @robwhittakermma ? Need to
SAO PAULO, Brazil — As UFC lightweight Jared Gordon returns to Sao Paulo to fight Charles Oliveira, he looks back at his first fight in the city against Hacran Dias, with Jose Aldo and Andre Pederneiras in the opposite corner. Gordon discusses training with and getting tips from Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder, who beat Oliveira in the past, and much more.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will have to wait another month or two before hitting anything. But he got some welcome news this week after suffering two broken hands in his win over Vicente Luque at UFC 244. In a text message to MMA Fighting on Thursday, Thompson wrote he’ll need approximately six to eight weeks to recover. But the damage isn’t bad enough to warrant surgery. “Hands are doing OK,” Thompson wrote. “Still hurting. but they’ll be all right,” The former welterweight title contender was dominant over Luque at the Nov. 2 pay-per-view event, showcasing pinpoint accuracy while damaging his opponent. After three rounds, he took home two scores of 30-26 with one tally of 29-27. After the
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator featherweight Aaron Pico will get another chance to bounce back at Bellator 238. Pico has verbally agreed to face Daniel Carey on the Jan. 25 fight card in Inglewood, Calif. The news was first reported by ESPN.com. The 23-year-old wrestling standout is five months removed from a knockout loss to Adam Borics at Bellator 222. That setback followed a brutal knockout loss to Henry Corrales in January at Bellator 214. Once touted one of Bellator’s most promising prospects, Pico lost all of the momentum of a four-fight winning streak as he transitioned to more experienced opposition. After his most recent knockout loss, he said he would continue to improve and work his way back to
Adam Antolin (bottom) applies a choke hold to Hiroaki Ijima at Pancrase 310 on Nov. 10 in Tokyo | @VonPreux, Twitter Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day. Some weekends, it’s just nice to sit back and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned finishes from one of Japan’s longest running fight promotions. Rikiya Matsuzawa vs. Yuki TashiroAdam Antolin vs. Hiroaki IjimaSoo Young Yoo vs. Yuichi OhashiKenta Takizawa vs. Hayato Ishii AL: Yes, it’s time for us to check in the 310th edition of Pancrase (as chronicled by @VonPreux, hit that follow
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After demolishing “the next big thing” in Johnny Walker, Corey Anderson is taking the opportunity to fire back at his detractors. The former Ultimate Fighter winner, who at UFC 244 stopped Walker’s hype train, has been a top-10 light heavyweight for quite some time. But he’s also struggled to gain the attention of a higher-ranked opponent, much less convince the UFC he’s ready for a shot at champ Jon Jones. That’s why Anderson decided to accept the challenge against Walker. The Brazilian had been cast as a potential threat to Jones after three lightning quick knockouts. But Anderson needed less than one round to finish Walker. Now, Anderson is taking aim at the fighters who had no