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Chael Sonnen Fails Random Drug Test, Won’t Fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175

Chael Sonnen is out of his July fight against Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 following a failed random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission according to ESPN.com. The results of the test confirmed the presence of Anastrozole and Clomiphene, both of which are classified as anti-estrogenic, and are illegal substances.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com points out that “Anastrozole is used to treat early stages of breast cancer. Clomiphene is used in cases of female infertility.”

For those of you who have been following this, Sonnen was originally supposed to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175, but Silva was pulled from the fight when he failed to obtain a license and refused a drug test of his own.

Silva was then replaced with Vitor Belfort, who recently pulled himself out of / was removed by the UFC from a title fight at UFC 173 because of the NSAC’s ban on testosterone replacement therapy. Last week he released the results of his own failed drug test.

So what does this all mean? Basically it only heightens the suspicion that the majority of professionals in mixed martial arts are on some sort of performance enhancing drug… and does the UFC really even care? or should care?

Whatever the outcome may be, expect to see Sonnen, Silva and Belfort back in the Octagon as soon as their punishment and self-imposed bans are completed.

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Dana White Banned From Gambling at the Palms Casino in Vegas

Dana White, the UFC President, has been banned yet again from gambling at the Palms Casino in Vegas because he won too much money. From the Review-Journal’s Norm Clarke:

When he returned to the Palms tables, White said, he “beat them for (nearly $2 million), and they asked me not to play anymore.”

He was informed by new management at the Palms about May 21 that his limit was being reduced from $25,000 a hand to $5,000.

White has a net worth of an estimated few hundred million, and is a prodigous gambler. He’s talked about walking out of casinos with black garbage bags full of millions of winnings. Betting $50k on one blackjack hand is no big deal to White.

It also sounds like Las Vegas casinos are frowning on big gamblers:

“Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore,” White said. “They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.”

Palms gives White ‘walking papers’ again.

[Review Journal]

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MMA Fighter Taps Out in Order to Save Losing Opponent Unnecessary Harm [Video]

Sometimes the most sportsmanlike moments come from amateur athletes.

During an amateur MMA fight, Mike Pantangco was completely dominating his opponent, but instead of finishing his opponent off, he tapped out.

According to Pantangco, he did it because he didn’t want to send his opponent to the hospital, especially since neither fighter was getting paid. He figured it would be better to take a loss than to cause any unnecessary harm.

[YouTube]

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