He’s Back! Fedor Emelianenko Announces MMA Return!


One of the greatest, and most humble, champions to ever fight in MMA has announced his return to professional competition. He released the following statement on the Russian MMA Union website (of which he is president) below.

It is very important for every athlete to do his favourite things: give it all in training, compete, and defend your fatherland’s honour. During my time working for the [Russian MMA] Union, I have been able to work on the development of martial arts, working closely with presidents of other sports associations. We recognized problems from within and tried to solve them within the scope of our possibilities. But now, I have the feeling that it’s time to return to the ring.

I had time to recover and heal my old wounds. For the last three years, I was able to maintain my physical form, but it is not good enough to fight competitively, yet. So I started an intense training camp, recently. We have established a versatile team of coaches and fighters who will help me in the training process. I’ll do my best to fit into the growth of professional fighters. Now, there is work to do, in order to return to the ring. Negotiations with several promotions are already in progress. Once we have an agreement, there will be further information on the date of the fight and the opponent.

It will be great to see Fedor don the gloves once again, but the real question is… where will he fight? If he fights some nobody in M1, that might be still be fun to watch – but what if he makes a deal with the UFC or Bellator? The MMA ladscape has changed since “uncle Dana” flew down to that mystery island to negotiate with Fedor and Vadim. There’s money to be made, and if McGregor can pull in millions like this, Fedor might break the ppv scale.

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Why Dan Henderson May Finally Be Done

10385146_10202454354295674_691201793_nTomorrow night at UFC Fight Night 68, in New Orleans we could be watching the last fight Dan Hendo Henderson ever competes in.

At the age of 44 Dan has nothing left to prove, and since unplugging from his TRT treatments he’s not won a single fight.

Dan’s current UFC record is terrible at 7-7 and since coming back to the UFC from Strikeforce in 2011, he’s won against a single fighter, Mauricio Rua.

Most people don’t even realize the now undersized former middleweight Pride Champ is currently 1-5 in his last six fights, and has one win in the past 4 years.

Tim Boetsch is coming off a loss, but has a better win to loss ratio, (9-7) in the UFC and has won more than Dan in the past four years. He also still has the chin that was the legendary asset keeping Dan in the game for so long. Tim also has the bombs to counter, circle, and thrash a much slower, and gassed version of Hendo.

If Hendo get’s finished tomorrow night, he’ll be 1 in 7 and that should be enough to encourage a retirement from the sport. If he wins, he’s winning against a guy who’s been in the sport since 2008 and has never had a title shot, nor has he ever broken the top 5 and is currently ranked at #13 in the UFC. Where does a 44 year old guy with hypogonadism go from there?

UFC Anti-Doping Press Conference (Video)


There is no embed option for this video, so I’ll just supply a link to its location on the UFC site. It’s about an hour long, so check it out if you’re interested.  It looks like the UFC has gone with the USADA in lieu of WADA/VADA, probably because they got a better deal for this vast number of tests.  These new standards for punishing athletes caught doping go into place as of July 1st, 2015, the sanctions outlined by Jeff Novitzky – USADA VIP of Athlete Health and Performance are briefly outlined below.

Non-specified substances (steroids, growth hormones, blood doping, etc)

First offense: 2 year suspension with a possible 4 year suspension under “aggravated circumstances” (Concealment, Fleeing, Tampering)

Second offense: Double that penalty up to 8 years

Third offense: Possible lifetime ban

Specified substances (marijuana, cocaine, other stimulants and glucocorticosteroids) testing in-competition only (from 6 hours before the weigh in, to 6 hours after the fight)

First offense: 1-year suspension with an addition 2-year suspension under “aggravated circumstances” (Concealment, Fleeing, Tampering)

Second offense: Double the sanction for first offense

Third offense: Double the sanction for second offense

Additional Details

- Violations can result in disqualification, forfeit of ranking, title and purse.

- All fines/forfeited purses will go toward funding the anti-doping program, as well as R&D for improved testing.

- Fighters will constantly need to be available for testing, to the point of disclosing their every movements for as long as they are an active fighter (both in and out of competition).

Wow, this is an incredibly bold move! And I don’t just mean in terms of cleaning up the sport.  The really bold part is the imposition made upon on what is essentially athletic commission stomping grounds.  There are a litany of issues here, I mean, is drug testing for professional sports really something you can just jump into and start calling the shots? There are gov’t funded regulatory bodies in the equation here, how is this even possible? A questioner asked whether he, after failing a drug test, would be subject to punishment from both USADA and the local athletic commission – to which, Lawrence Epstein – USADA Sr. Executive VP and COO replied (below)

“A lot these things still have to be worked out” , “Our hope is that athletic commissions will use our data to make their decisions”, “The other thing that is important to us, is that ultimately we have athletic commissions formally recognize and adopt the decisions made by USADA”

-Lawrence Epstein – USADA Sr. Executive VP and COO

Is it just me, or is that incredibly strange?  It hasn’t been worked out yet? lol seriously? So they’re just leapfrogging the athletic commissions, making decisions, and most importantly – collecting the money from FINES??? You’re not taking the revenue away from the athletic commissions, that’s for damn sure, so this must be above and beyond the commission’s slice of the pie.  Even so, very strong words from Epstein here, and very presumptuous of USADA to think they can just swoop in and take the reins here.  I see some serious opposition arising here, but let’s assume that doesn’t happen, let’s assume all the different commissions are fine with relinquishing their power – How do you adopt this nationwide? not to mention internationally…  I’m no expert in law, let alone sports law, let alone US sports law… but all these commissions are separate bodies, they answer to different courts and authorities under the law.  There is an enormous amount of red tape to cut through in order to standardize these sanctions, and they haven’t even begun the process.

I really don’t know how to feel about this… I’m all in favor of cleaning up the sport, and maybe this is the way to do it.  They seem to have taken a “better to ask for forgiveness, than ask for permission” strategy in tackling this issue.  Although, ensuring that there are many bodies, individuals and authorities watching over athletics has always limited the amount of influence that can be exerted upon a sport.  Granted, there is always corruption, but it’s way easier to influence a single institution compared to thousands of individuals.