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According to OlimpioMMA.com , Former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante and onetime “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” finalist Daniel Sarafian have been cut from the UFC roster.
Cavalcante, 35, was winless in his last three Octagon appearances , fighting only once in 2014 and 2015. He was last seen on Feb. 6, when he dropped a lackluster unanimous decision to Ovince St. Preux in Las Vegas. “Feijao” exits with an overall UFC record of 1-4, his only one victory in a November 2013 stoppage of Igor Pokrajac. The Sao Paulo native is best known for capturing the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown from Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in 2010.
Sarafian, 33, reached the final round of “TUF: Brazil” Season 1 but was unable to compete at the finale due to an injury. The Power MMA middleweight went 2-4 in his UFC run, including an unsuccessful one-fight stint at 170 pounds. Sarafian’s last bout was on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, where he was knocked out in 60 seconds by Oluwale Bamgbose.
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Sherdog.com on Monday received laboratory results from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in response to a records request submitted on March 2. According to the documents, Shamrock and Slice were flagged for elevated testosterone/epitestosterone levels, and both tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Testosterone/epitestosterone levels are reported as elevated by the lab when the result is greater than 4:1. Shamrock tested higher than three times the allowed limit at 12:1, while Slice’s results were greater than than 6:1.
The documents also reveal that Shamrock tested positive for the opioid methadone, with reported levels of 370 nanograms per milliliter. The threshold for a positive test is 300 ng/ml.
Shamrock was stopped by Royce Gracie in the first round of their headlining encounter at Bellator 149, which took place Feb. 19 in Houston, Texas. Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- was victorious over Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris via third-round knockout.
Gracie and Harris were among a list of six additional fighters who were tested and cleared at Bellator 149. Also tested were Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Pineda, Richard Knepp and Juan Torres.
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According to a report from UFC Tonight, UFC is exploring the possibility of having “Cyborg” fight at the May 14 event. If everything works out and the UFC is able to find a willing oppoent, Justino would likely fight at 145 or 140 pounds, but not at bantamweight.
“It would be an honor to return to the city I was born in, and to step inside the Octagon with an opportunity to prove myself as one of the best female fighters in the sport,” she wrote.
Justino is currently the Invicta FC featherweight champion, but the Brazilian is technically under Zuffa contract, which makes her eligible to fight in the Octagon. Justino is 5-0 in Invicta and last defended her belt on Jan. 16 with a first-round knockout of Daria Ibragimova.
UFC 198 takes place at the Arena de Baixada and is headlined by a heavyweight championship showdown between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
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Jessica Aguilar has torn her ACL and has been forced to pull out of her strawweight clash against Juliana Lima at UFC 197.
The former World Series of Fighting champion recently revealed the injury on her Facebook page. The UFC has not formally announced the injury, and it is currently unknown if the company will be able to find a replacement opponent for Lima at the April 23 event.
“I'm disappointed to announce that unfortunately I have had to withdraw from my upcoming fight with Juliana Lima at UFC 197 due to an injury sustained during training. I tore my ACL and will be undergoing surgery this upcoming Tuesday to repair the injury and start the road to recovery,” Aguilar wrote. “I have a great doctor and team around me; I'm confident that with their expertise, love and support, along with my determination to make a full recovery as fast as possible, I will be back in the Octagon before you know it. I'm focused on getting healthy and becoming the UFC champion.”
Aguilar, 33, made her UFC debut last August, dropping a unanimous decision to current 115-pound No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha at UFC 190. That defeat ended a 10-fight winning streak for the American Top Team product.
UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
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According to a report published by TMZ on Wednesday, Jason Miller was arrested after an incident that took place in January where the former UFC middleweight allegedly vandalized a tattoo shop with graffiti.
Sherdog.com confirmed via online court records that Miller was taken into custody on Tuesday, with his bail set at $1 million. According to the report, that figure was so high because Miller was out on bail for a previous felony at the time of his arrest.
Miller, recently announced that he was coming out of retirement to compete for Italian MMA promotion Venator FC. He is scheduled to face Luke Barnatt for the organization’s middleweight title on May 21 in Milan. “Mayhem” was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Irvine, Calif., early in February just prior to the Venator FC announcement.
Miller also recently produced a bizarre video discussing his upcoming bout with “Josh Barnett,” which led many to question whether he was in the right frame of mind to compete in MMA again. Venator FC President Frank Merenda then released a statement defending Miller, claiming that Miller’s legal issues occurred after his initial retirement from the sport and that fighting again “can help him greatly with his path to redemption.”
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“The Ultimate Fighter 1” veteran Chris Leben was discovered to have a serious medical condition that allows just 18 percent of normal blood flow to his heart. Swedish website MMANytt.com first reported Leben’s health issues on Tuesday.
“We are saddened to hear of Chris Leben’s current health situation and would have loved to see him compete inside the Bellator cage,” Bellator President Scott Coker said Tuesday in a statement released to Sherdog.com. “A fighter’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us as an organization. We wish Chris the best in his future endeavors and we are happy to help provide a platform for him to share his story with people around the world.”
According to a statement from the ex-fighter’s management team, Leben failed several EKG tests as part of the medical examinations required for him to compete in Bellator. An echocardiogram revealed that Leben’s left ventricle is oversized, preventing blood from flowing through his heart at a normal rate.
Leben has received multiple medical opinions, according to the statement. One doctor believes that Leben should consider a heart transplant, while another is hopeful that medication and healthy living can improve his condition.
“Doctors suspect that this serious ailment is due in large part to the fighter’s notorious hard living. Leben has suffered from extreme opiate addiction, alcoholism, and medical and psychological issues throughout his life,” the statement read.
Leben announced his retirement from MMA in 2014. Coker revealed Bellator’s plans to sign him last month, provided that “The Crippler” pass his physical. Leben has had multiple run-ins with the law outside of the cage, twice for alcohol-related offenses, and most recently, for an alleged attempt to break into his estranged ex-wife’s residence. Additionally, Leben was suspended in October 2008 after testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol following a loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 and again in 2010 after testing positive for oxymorhpine and oxycodone after a defeat to Mark Munoz at UFC 138.
“Leben’s health issues are not the only obstacle ahead of him. Unable to earn a living as a fighter, and faced with mounting medical bills, his financial situation is dire,” the statement read. “Leben is making ends meet as a part-time coach at The Arena MMA gym in San Diego and is studying to earn a real estate sales license, which he will hang at Keller Williams East County near San Diego.
“Leben also hopes to leverage his many life lessons for the benefit of others. He plans to devote time to communicating with young people and the MMA community about the dangers of drug use and about how to cope with addiction.”
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WSOF President Ray Sefo announced in his ”Executive Action” column on Tuesday that the company has signed 13-time UFC veteran John Howard. Additionally, WSOF has inked German middleweight Abu Azaitar and agreed to a new deal with lightweight Bryce Mitchell, who made his promotional debut on Jan. 23.
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Debut dates for Howard and Azaitar were not revealed.
Howard is coming off a second-round knockout loss to Tim Means at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 10. That was “Doomsday’s” fourth loss in his last five Octagon appearances, with a split-decision win over Cathal Pendred at UFC 189 his only triumph during that time. Howard went 7-7 over the course of two separate stints with the UFC, earning triumphs over Siyar Bahadurzada, Uriah Hall, Dennis Hallman and Tamdan McCrory, to name a few.
“John has had a few tough losses in recent years, but I believe he still has a lot to offer the sport, and I look forward to him debuting for us later this year,” Sefo wrote.
The 29-year-old Azaitar owns an 11-1-1 career mark and has competed in organizations such as KSW and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. He has finished seven of his career triumphs by knockout or technical knockout.
Mitchell, known as “Thug Nasty,” improved to 5-0 in his young professional tenure with a 62-second submission of Jorge Medina at WSOF 27. All of Mitchell’s victories have come by way of tapout.
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