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  • UFC's Chad Mendes suspended two years by USADA for failed PED test

    Chad Mendes is suspended until June 10, 2018. (Getty Images)
    Chad Mendes is suspended until June 10, 2018. (Getty Images)

    The hammer has come down swift and heavy for UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes. USADA announced that the Team Alpha Male fighter has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.

    The positive result came from an out-of-competition urine test on May 17. The test found GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide) in his system.

    Mendes has long been one of the top 145-pound fighters in the UFC despite a recent slide when he was knocked out in back-to-back fights against Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor. He hasn’t fought since losing to Edgar last December.

    The 31-year-old will be sidelined until June 10, 2018, two years after the date the provisional suspension began.

    This comes hot on the heels of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar being flagged by USADA for banned substances. Both Jones and Lesnar are waiting to see what disciplinary action will be handed down from USADA.

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  • Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos fractured his skull at Bellator 158. (Credit: Instagram)

    Michael Page is quickly becoming Bellator’s fastest rising star and the 29-year-old added to his growing legacy with one of the most violent knockouts of all time against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 158 over the weekend.

    The unbeaten welterweight scored an absolutely devastating knockout of Santos with a flying knee in the second round of their bout. To put a cap on the scintillating knockout, Page celebrated by channeling the Pokemon Go craze that has taken the world by storm. With Santos still sprawled out on the canvas, Page went to his corner, grabbed a Pokemon hat and then rolled a Pokeball at his downed opponent in an attempt to “capture” his prey.

    With a “Cyborg” now in his faux Pokemon stable, Page wrapped up his post-fight celebration with a “Yatta!” pose at the end.

    But the celebration would take a back seat to the damage that Page’s knee inflicted on the skull of Santos. The 38-year-old had a very visible dent in his forehead as a direct result of the knee and

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    It was certainly a tumultuous week for Daniel Cormier. From preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Jon Jones to wondering if he’d even compete on the card and then ending up being relentlessly booed by fans at UFC 200 when he chose to ground legendary striker Anderson Silva to win a unanimous decision in a short notice fight, Cormier certainly is glad that it’s all over.

    But that doesn’t necessarily put an end to the turmoil surrounding him.

    It was revealed that Cormier had to take a pay cut to face Anderson Silva at UFC 200. Cormier’s purse was originally set to be $1 million to face Jones and was slashed in half to $500,000 with the opponent switch after Jones was pulled after testing positive for two banned substances in a June 16 drug test administered by USADA. Although Cormier didn’t complain about it publicly, Jon Jones’ manager feels that Cormier received the short end of the stick and deserved to make just as much as he was originally set to receive,

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  • UFC 200 winners and losers

    Brock Lesnar
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    The UFC had one hell of a week. Three days, three events and 36 fights sounds like something that would keep the top MMA promotion in the world with their hands full. For a minute, it appeared that the weekend would go off without a hitch, as only one fighter scheduled for UFC 200 wasn’t able to make it to the finish line (Derek Brunson).

    However, when you lose your main event just three days before the biggest and most stacked card in UFC history, things can spiral out of control. Somehow, the UFC managed to steady the ship by bringing Anderson Silva in to face Daniel Cormier and put a Band-Aid on a glaring hole. But the show went on and was ripe with multiple narratives.

    But, alas, the end is here and not everyone could come out a winner. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from a huge week in MMA.

    WINNERS:

    Brock Lesnar


    $2.5 million guaranteed for one night of work? Sure, why not? After nearly five years away from competing, Lesnar essentially salvaged a

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  • UFC's Donald Cerrone apologizes for using anti-gay slur

    Donald Cerrone
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    UFC 200 came and went with much to discuss. Among those topics includes Daniel Cormier’s performance against Anderson Silva. Many fans were not happy with Cormier opting to put his wrestling to work despite holding a significant size advantage and the fact that Silva stepped up to face the UFC light heavyweight champion on two days notice after Jon Jones was pulled due to a failed USADA drug test.

    Cormier won a clear unanimous decision but it became the topic of debate between Donald Cerrone and CM Punk during a special Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo that was titled “UFC 200 Aftermath.”

    The two UFC fighters talked about how the UFC 200 fights went and things took a turn when the topic of “worst fight” was brought into the conversation.

    “Your boy, DC. Terrible!” Cerrone said to Punk. After Punk inquired about what made Cormier’s performance “terrible,” Cerrone fired back a response tainted with an anti-gay slur.

    “Terrible,” Cerrone said. “How are you going to give up weight and

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    A former MMA fighter has targeted UFC president Dana White with death threats and has allegedly claimed that he will show up at UFC 200 with a crew and guns to murder White.

    According to TMZ, Dan Quinn is looking to get payback on some unresolved issues between he and White. Although he has never fought in the UFC, Quinn has made White a target for several years. Back in 2012, Quinn left death threats on White’s voicemail and threatened to shoot him in the head.

    Quinn is known for some extraordinarily strange videos and his bizarre support of Stevia, which is a sweet leaf sugar substitute that grows North and South America. He has been jailed on several occasions and some of his offenses include domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Quinn hasn’t fought since 2010 after losing three fights in a row and holds an MMA record of 5-7-1. His unusual behavior is nothing new but this certainly raises a few red flags. A source told TMZ that Quinn bought tickets for UFC 200.

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  • Joe Lauzon celebrates after knocking out Diego Sanchez. (Getty)

    Julianna Pena W3 Cat Zingano

    LAS VEGAS – Julianna Pena scored the biggest win of her career Saturday when she rallied to win the final two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards and take a unanimous decision in a women’s bantamweight fight over Cat Zingano at UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena.

    Zingano controlled the first and came out storming in the second. The former title challenger, fighting for the first time since her loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 184 last year, threw Pena twice in the opening seconds of the second round.

    Zingano had a dominant position, but was unable to do anything with it. She tried to pin Pena’s arms with her legs, but it failed and it allowed Pena to get top position.

    Pena dominated the rest of the fight from that point. She took Zingano down in the third round and basically didn’t let her up, out-grappling her over the final five minutes.

    It is Pena’s biggest win and should move her into serious title contention after a win over the third-ranked Zingano. It was her

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  • UFC 200 live chat and analysis

    Follow along live as the Yahoo Sports crew breaks down all the action at UFC 200 – the most stacked card in the company’s history – featuring a women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

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  • Will Brooks won a narrow decision over Ross Pearson in his UFC debut. (Getty)

    The UFC lightweight division has just become even more competitive as former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks made his successful UFC debut by defeating Ross Pearson by unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

    Brooks signed with the UFC on June 16 after being released from Bellator despite being the promotion’s reigning lightweight champion. The same day he signed, Brooks was thrust into a fight with Pearson after James Krause, Pearson’s original opponent, was pulled from the fight. But the short notice didn’t affect Brooks as the former champion looked sharp against the former TUF winner.

    Brooks and Pearson spent much of the bout standing as Brooks utilized short knee strikes to the torso and leg kicks to keep Pearson from settling into a comfortable boxing match. The former Bellator champion did manage to secure a takedown in the second round but was unable to put his vaunted wrestling to work as Pearson managed to shrug off his attempts to take his back.

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