Latest MMA News (Week 5 December 2018)

Struve vs. Rogerio de Lima fight fixed decided for UFC Prague

Heavyweight Stefan Sturve will attempt to conclude a three-fight skid when he comes face to face with Marcos Rogerio de Lima at the Ultimate Fighting Championship Prague, to take place on February 23rd. UFC announced this match through a press release on Friday evening.  Recently, Sturve has been on the worst streak of his UFC career which started off by getting defeated by Junior Dos Santos at the UFC 95 in 2009. His current series of disappointments started off with a third-round loss to Alexander Volkov, followed by a decision loss at the UFC 222 to Andre Arlovski, the latest being a defeat by Marcin Tybura at UFC Hamburg. On the other hand, Rogerio de Lima has had victories in only two of his outings as UFC heavyweight, his debut for the promotion and his latest decision win over Polish fighter Adam Wieczorek, leading to him moving up a weight class. Currently at 5-3 with UFC, all three of his defeats occurred in light heavyweight contests.

 

UFC 232 moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles due to Jon Jones test issue

After an abnormality was detected in Jon Jones’ drug test five days away from his battle against Alexander Gustafsson, the UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. According to reports by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, traces of a banned metabolite have remained in the fighter’s system since a positive result conducted on 29th July,2017 which resulted in 15-month ban on the 31 year old. The UFC says that Jones was found to have a “very,very small amount” of the drug when tested on 9th December but also commented that it is not a violation since it is a residual effect of the previous test. After a lot of speculation on this case, Jones finally took to social media to express that the USADA finally declared what he had been claiming all along: that he was “a clean athlete” in addition to apologizing to all the fans in Las Vegas, who are going to miss out on the match. Tickets for UFC 232 at Los Angeles will go on sale on 26th December and the tickets bought for the Las Vegas match will be refunded.

UFC partners with meal prep company for assistance to fighters during fight week

Last Wednesday, UFC announced their collaboration with Trifecta, a well-known organic meal service, aimed to help fighters with cutting weight and overall nutrition. Trifecta will work with UFC Performance Institute to designindividual meal plans for fighters who opt for the service and deliver them the required meals during fight week as well as training camp. The goal of the partnership was expressed as to provide a well curated nutritional support program to the athletes, which would help them to diet down effectively while avoiding a dangerously steep water cut, which is one of the biggest issues faced by MMA fighters currently.