King Mo Lawal received his punishment earlier in the day for testing positive for a steroid in his Larkin fight back in January. He received a nine month suspension and was fined nearly $40,000. To make matters worse, the ever vocal Lawal went on a tirade about the commission and just hours later was released from his Strikeforce contract.
Discussion about substance abuse testing continued as six fighters were tested for their UFC 146 bout yesterday. Two of the six had failed post-fight exam in the past, and it was not a surprise that the NSAC decided to do pre-event testing for these fighters. The question arose however of Nick Diaz’s case and the argument that he is likely to present about when a competition actually is and testing positive.
We then moved on to talk about UFC 147 and the fight between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva. Little was made of the fight itself, but talk of the massive size of the stadium, and if one would want to go to the event live.
The topic then changed to The Ultimate Fighter Live as we discussed the fight with Lawrence and Marcello, Chris Tickle’s antics, and Cruz’s tactic of going after Faber’s top guys.
Bellator ratings were up, largely due to Brent Weedman appearing on the show just weeks earlier. In all kidding aside, we were impressed with all the lightweight fighters and again mentioned how the ratings at this point probably don’t matter much to the folks at Bellator due to the impending move to Spike.
Bellator 63 will feature welterweights and this season isn’t filled with near as many names just due to the fact that Weedman and Hawn both dropped down in weight. We picked our favorites, Lozano, Baker and Saunders and are expecting a combination of those fighters in the finale.
Talk moved on to comparing fighters today with fighters of yesteryear. The question of if today’s UFC heavyweight fighters is as good as the heavyweight fighters from Pride in circa 2005 and we both agreed with the statement that today’s fighters will always be better than those of last year due to fighters evolving.
Demetrious Johnson then appeared on the show to talk about his first fight with McCall, the rematch and much more.
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