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Rory Macdonald’s coach Firaz Zahabi was not mincing words when it came to Rory MacDonald’s upcoming Bellator 220 opponent Jon Fitch.
You know Fitch got busted for steroids. That’s why he had a resurgence. He’s better now than he was before. He had a dip, then he had a surge.
Fitch did indeed fail a drug test when he was competing in World Series of Fighting (now the Professional Fighting League, or PFL) in 2015. That was after he claimed TRT, then legal in UFC, was a ‘joke,’ one he didn’t need because he had never wrecked his body with steroids. He went on to lose that PFL bout to Rousimar Palhares via first-round kneebar. He is currently riding high on a five-fight win streak. Zahabi went on:
Jon Fitch was tested positive for PEDs, Performance Enhancing Drugs, and he’s had a major resurgence in his career. In my opinion, let’s be honest, he’s a cheater. We’re not a group of guys playing golf here, we’re not playing soccer. We are hitting each other. We’re not hitting soccer balls, we’re not hitting baseballs, we’re hitting each other. It’s highly immoral, it’s a crime in my opinion, and the truth is, he’s not as good as people think he is. He’s really just a cheater. Because if I take a guy and give them testosterone, he’s going to be really good too... so in my opinion, this is a highly objectable contest, because I know, I feel it for sure, if he did it in 2015, here we are and it’s 2019, and he’s in a title fight, of course he’s gonna do it. But we don’t have USADA or VADA testing in Bellator, we only have the testing the week of the fight, which is very easy to get around. So in my opinion, Fitch, he’s not an authentic fighter.
Zahabi highlights a systemic issue with Bellator, that it does not have the strict drug testing protocols that UFC can afford. We have seen that even with a drug testing program through USADA, fighters are able to avoid being caught for years, T.J. Dillashaw being a notable recent example.
Zahabi — who also coached Georges St-Pierre when he defeated Fitch by lopsided decision in 2008 — was also dismissive of Fitch’s skill.
This guy’s a coward, he’s a cheater. At the end of the day he’s a true coward. He’s not a competent fighter in my opinion, he’s really just a guy on a lot of juice. He’s a good wrestler, yeah, I’ll give him that. But, really he’s just a guy on a lot of juice. I could take an average wrestler and give him testosterone and he would be competitive. The truth of the matter is, he can’t win without it, that’s the truth.
MacDonald is coming off a crushing loss up at middleweight to Gegard Mousasi, where he failed in his bid to become a double champion. He now attempts to defend his Bellator welterweight title April 27, 2019, against Fitch as part of Bellator’s welterweight tournament, which also involves Neiman Gracie, Douglas Lima, and Michael Page. The event is streamed live on the DAZN digital platform.
Speaking of people who have failed drug tests in the past, Brock Lesnar was apparently tested again this week.
As of April 18, Brock Lesnar's 2019 USADA test count is 2. It was at 1 on last week's April 11 update. pic.twitter.com/FnhvYXBe4l— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) April 19, 2019
Bare-knuckle boxing returns, with Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov and Chris Leben vs. Brennan Ward, on June 22.
Just confirmed with BKFC president David Feldman that BKFC 6 will take place in Manchester, New Hampshire at the UNH arena. Card, which features Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi and Chris Leben vs. Brennan Ward, already set for June 22.— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) April 19, 2019
Someone commented on this post and told Ultimate Fighter winner Sean O’Malley to stop smoking weed and do something with his life.
It sounds like Dustin Poirier is planning on facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in September.
Joe Rogan shared new research on this ancient hypercarnivore, whose remains have been sitting forgotten in a Kenyan museum drawer since 1980. It was part of a genus of mammals called hyainailourines, unrelated to modern mammals. It weighed at least 2,200 pounds, with a head the size of a rhino and teeth the size of bananas.
This is both hilarious and disturbing
Understandable that this process can become routine and at 630am you can be in a daze. But a good reminder to UFC athletes that USADA DCO’s carry credentials that they should show you and you should verify before submitting to any sample collection.— Jeff Novitzky (@JeffNovitzkyUFC) April 18, 2019
Daniel Cormier called someone a f***ing idiot, which is unusual for him.
Ur stupid right in the last 15 months I’ve fought four times across two weight divisions you fucking idiot. Im actually #1 https://t.co/GwsOUexebM— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 18, 2019
What does this guy tell himself after this?
- Anderson Silva’s old coach sucker-punching, assaulting, and trying to choke out a former student because the kid was walking by wearing a t-shirt from a different gym is utterly indefensible behavior, and fortunately, Anderson Silva doesn’t try to defend him.
- It seems Angela Magana is waking up from her coma, and that is good news, regardless of what one thinks of her.
Slips, Rips, and Lethwei Clips
The utterly insane sport that is Lethwei.
Too Too gets rid of Dejrit inside a round. Both the timeout and the final knockdown are shown here. Welcome back Too Too. Get the guy another fight asap. pic.twitter.com/rRFfdUI0T8— inxxane (@inxxane) April 16, 2019
The last KO win today goes to Mite Yine. He and Too Too had the same idea today. He is now at two wins and two draws this year. pic.twitter.com/3Lljc9WUwR— inxxane (@inxxane) April 16, 2019
Charles Oliveira does not get enough credit for his always-entertaining style. This up-elbow into a stranglehold was incredible, as good a finish as you will see in MMA.
Very cool toy
This flying motorcycle looks straight out of a sci fi movie. pic.twitter.com/RMYltCSTn6— Autoblog (@therealautoblog) April 16, 2019