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There is not an exact method to United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) madness. When choosing which fighter to drug test and how often, the organization relies on what has been called the “smell test,” which is to say, they look for athletes that appear suspicion for whatever reason (sudden growth, massive muscles, certain physiques etc.) and then test the hell out of ‘em.
One such athlete is rising Middleweight contender Paulo Costa. “Borrachinha” is simply massive; he looks as much like a powerlifter as he does combat sports athlete. The man’s upper body is insanely built for such a cardio-intensive sport, yet he maintains a brutal pace that tends to overwhelm his opposition. Worse still, Costa recently tore his bicep, an injury made more common when abusing performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
USADA smells something, but as of yet, we cannot fault the athlete. Having filled 14 cups with urine and 14 vials of blood, Costa is the most tested fighter of the year, and nothing has turned up.
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Most tested athlete of the year. Soon I ll open all my workouts and feeding plan completely to transform your body and performance. Stay tuned . Em breve irei divulgar meu método de treino, suplementação e alimentação que trazem tantos resultados a ponto de ninguém acreditar ser possível , claro tudo isso sem usar hormônios.
Interestingly, Costa’s recent opponent, Yoel Romero, is just behind him with 13 tests in 2019. Both men are in the immediate title hunt at 185 lbs., which means they’ll likely receive even more attention from USADA and fans alike.
This would probably be my headline if I believed for a second it was true.
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Thank you and farewell. Its been years since i did anything besides training. I haven't taken a vacation in 5 years. On this trip i realized that there's more to life than being stuck in a blue basement every day killing myself. i have proven im the best over and over again and now its time for a change. Its time to start the next chapter of my life. i have some matches scheduled early in 2020 which ive committed to and will compete in but consider 2019 the last year of my competitive life span. I dont need anything else in life. All i want and need now is to explore the world with the ones i love and help my team mates achieve twice as much as i have as well as help people around the world through instructional videos. i know it will pain a lot of you to see me go but this is something im sure about. i hope all the fans understand and have enjoyed the rise thus far. its not over. I couldnt have asked for a better career. love you all ♥️. @jeffreyschu. @heysonnyy
Mike Perry is nothing if not self-aware.
A dominant maneuver — there’s no way to avoid this if done properly.
I always like watching fighters who can strike well from the bottom, like Gegard Mousasi or Brian Ortega. This is not them:
A pair of acrobatic ways to defend the takedown, both of which are more practical than one might expect!
I believe it was just last night that I posted about Douglas Lima’s kicking prowess, but here’s another piece of evidence. If you need further convincing, go watch his fights with Rory MacDonald!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
The timing on the first knee is gorgeous.
NJKF Flyweight champion Kiri Matsutani knocks out Kazuyuki Fushimi pic.twitter.com/mKre9Sdw84— MEGATON (Kai-1 Level Striking) (@BasedDongeezus) December 27, 2019
Spin to win!
Saenchai is still picking up W’s at 39 years of age.
As I understand it, crocodiles have the strongest bite force of any animal ever measured. Certainly enough to pop a crab!
Midnight Music: While in Thailand for the next six weeks, I will generally have less control over what I’m listening to, so I don’t know that I’ll be able to provide a selection every night. However, I just heard a bunch of Beatles classics covered in iffy English, and it was awesome — tonight is easy!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.