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It could just be an error, but one of Brock Lesnar’s USADA samples is missing from the USADA database.
Ive gone through @USADA_UFC 's xml with a fine toothcomb.— Dave/Dim (@dimspace) December 8, 2018
Only Lesnar's test numbers have dropped between 28/11 and 7/12, no other fighters affected
Sample is from 17/10 reporting period. 2 samples reported that week originally.
1 has vanished or been removed. pic.twitter.com/0IPIabXQMD
It is noteworthy mostly because of Lesnar’s history with USADA and the UFC. He was granted a special testing exemption in order fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200, a fight he handily won, only for tests to return afterwards positive, a result USADA could have sped up, but chose not to. Mark Hunt is currently in the process of suing Lesnar and the UFC over the entire incident.
Now, he is back in the testing pool in order to potentially face UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier sometime in 2019. Naturally, suspicions run high around another MMA return for the 41-year-old athlete. Daniel Cormier wants to ‘drug test the hell out of him’, and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz says he’s absolutely doping.
This is something to keep an eye on.
Good on the UFC for still paying Renato Moicano for training to be the backup fighter, even though he missed weight by a pound. That’s more generous than they needed to be.
Renato Moicano will be getting paid as a back-up fighter despite not making championship weight, per Dana White. #UFC231— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 8, 2018
Derrick Lewis shot his first day on his first TV show.
It was instantly meme-worthy stuff.
Tenshin Nasukawa hitting pads at Floyd Mayweather’s gym
.@teppentenshin is out here melting pads at the #RIZIN14 media workouts inside the Mayweather Boxing Club pic.twitter.com/Gh56SFPzRN— José Youngs (@JoseYoungs) December 7, 2018
The story of a man who beat Carlos Gracie- and paid the price.
Mayweather was asked a great question- why wasn’t he kickboxing Tenshin when he had been posting clips of training in an Octagon? He quickly revealed his true colors, confirming what we knew to be true- that the MMA rumors were, in his own words, “bullshit”.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not pleased when I asked him why not allow kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa to kickbox in their New Year’s Eve fight? @News3LV pic.twitter.com/InbOg5Ww79— Amber Dixon (@AmberNews3LV) December 7, 2018
Michelle Waterson wishes a happy birthday to Claudia Gadelha, who fights tomorrow night.
Leslie Smith on Full Frontal:
Full Frontal segment on the UFC with Leslie Smith https://t.co/dE6hPPpDSh— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) December 7, 2018
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
This really could have been stopped at least half a minute before it was.
Good grief! What a mess at the end of a stellar performance by Austin Hubbard, who overcame the odds for the title at #LFA56!@lfafighting pic.twitter.com/fH4AIo0Yfx— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) December 8, 2018
Under normal MMA rules, this would have been a finish.
Elbows are like the shotgun blasts of striking: You can only land them at close range but man are they effective.
Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality