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UFC 146: Mir vs Junior Dos Santos


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On May 26th at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, one weight class will take center stage, with an entire pay-per-view card dedicated to their cagefighting combat: the heavyweights. To save time on the weigh-ins, let?s just agree that these guys on the main slate of Octagon action are big - real big. Besides their gargantuan size, it?s a new era of top competition in the UFC, as these scale-tippers are agile, mobile, versatile, and, most importantly, hostile. Simply put, if you like heavyweights, you?ll love UFC 146.

From top to bottom, it?s a who?s who of colossal knockout artists and, arguably, the best and bulkiest submission specialist in UFC history. To set the tone for these plus-sized fighting festivities, the hard-hitting Antonio ?Bigfoot? Silva will make his Octagon debut against fan favorite fist-bombardier Roy ?Big Country? Nelson. Next up, a contest between two of the most dynamic fighters in the division who are also former UFC champions: Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir. Lastly, in the main event, kickboxing sensation Alistair Overeem takes aim at the title against current heavyweight king Junior ?Cigano? dos Santos.

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Looks like you're gonna have to edit the thread title Rappy.

Alistair you utter tool! Screwed all the fans out of a fight they were looking forward to! :angry:

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Looks like you're gonna have to edit the thread title Rappy.

Alistair you utter tool! Screwed all the fans out of a fight they were looking forward to! :angry:

When we know new opponent I'll edit

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Wow.. Overeem had 14:1 T/E ratio...

The top fighters likely all use something questionable to get an edge in training just as in, say, cycling, but this is just carelessness. :crazy:

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Junior would have rocked Reem anyways, test or no test. What a shame Alistair. This was such a great card. Mir vs Dos is just not doing it for me.

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Wow.. Overeem had 14:1 T/E ratio...

The top fighters likely all use something questionable to get an edge in training just as in, say, cycling, but this is just carelessness. :crazy:

Define questionable. I really doubt that it's as prevalent as you want to make it believe in the lower weighclasses. HW maybe, but I would require a considerable ammount of proof to even suspect that a guy like Aldo, who endures a brutal cut, would use something to pack even more muscle into his frame. Using protein powders and that kind of stuff to help had bulk isn't remotely the same as juicing with HGH or designer steroids. Overeem is a very proeminent case because he's always been suspected of steroid use because of the imense ammount of muscle he put on in a very short ammount of time. Also am I correct in my interpretation that you're not mad at him for juicing but just for getting caught? That's crazy and really bad for the future of MMA as a legitimate sport.

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Junior would have rocked Reem anyways, test or no test. What a shame Alistair. This was such a great card. Mir vs Dos is just not doing it for me.

What about JDS vs Mark Hunt? Or even better, JDS vs Fedor? Hahaha, that would break records... and Fedor's orbitals probably.

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What about JDS vs Mark Hunt? Or even better, JDS vs Fedor? Hahaha, that would break records... and Fedor's orbitals probably.

I heard some folks were throwing Hunt into the mix but not sure if he is deserving of it. Might be a good match though I just don't see Hunt being that big of a threat. Fedor might get retired. Sapp? lmao

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Define questionable. I really doubt that it's as prevalent as you want to make it believe in the lower weighclasses. HW maybe, but I would require a considerable ammount of proof to even suspect that a guy like Aldo, who endures a brutal cut, would use something to pack even more muscle into his frame. Using protein powders and that kind of stuff to help had bulk isn't remotely the same as juicing with HGH or designer steroids. Overeem is a very proeminent case because he's always been suspected of steroid use because of the imense ammount of muscle he put on in a very short ammount of time. Also am I correct in my interpretation that you're not mad at him for juicing but just for getting caught? That's crazy and really bad for the future of MMA as a legitimate sport.

Questionable? Not just steroids, anything that's banned... HGH, IGF-1, certain stimulants, diuretics, EPO, RBC transfusions, prohormones, painkillers, and so on. But juicing isn't just about muscle mass, you know. The sport of MMA, just like many others, is one that requires superior recovery. This is recovery during training and recovery during competition. Testosterone just happens to be better than perhaps anything else. This is why it's such a huge deal in cycling, even though those dudes only weigh 150 lbs and don't want to be huge.

It's just an unfortunate reality that many will turn to anabolics or other substances because of the clear advantage they provide in certain areas. For many people (definitely not everyone!) as long as they pass the tests, that's all that matters. So no, I'm not really upset to find out Overeem was juicing. I'm upset that he was so bold and careless about it.

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I heard some folks were throwing Hunt into the mix but not sure if he is deserving of it. Might be a good match though I just don't see Hunt being that big of a threat. Fedor might get retired. Sapp? lmao

Hunt is the comedy "astro-turf" option. Mike Russow is on a 4 fight winning streak (one more than Hunt) and we don't see them throwing his name in there.

As for Fedor... well, everyone saw the JDS vs Carwin fight (and if they didn't, they should).

Bob "The Tap" Sapp is fighting Mariusz Pudzianowski at KSW XIX. And then he's fighting Soa Palelei, who's probably going to beat seven shades of **** out of him (unless Sapp taps right after the opening bell, which is very likely). He's 34 but so is Matt Mitrione. The UFC should bring him over for a couple of fights.

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Hunt is the comedy "astro-turf" option. Mike Russow is on a 4 fight winning streak (one more than Hunt) and we don't see them throwing his name in there.

As for Fedor... well, everyone saw the JDS vs Carwin fight (and if they didn't, they should).

Bob "The Tap" Sapp is fighting Mariusz Pudzianowski at KSW XIX. And then he's fighting Soa Palelei, who's probably going to beat seven shades of **** out of him (unless Sapp taps right after the opening bell, which is very likely). He's 34 but so is Matt Mitrione. The UFC should bring him over for a couple of fights.

I thought he did fight in the UFC at one point. Not sure who he has been beating lately.

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Questionable? Not just steroids, anything that's banned... HGH, IGF-1, certain stimulants, diuretics, EPO, RBC transfusions, prohormones, painkillers, and so on. But juicing isn't just about muscle mass, you know. The sport of MMA, just like many others, is one that requires superior recovery. This is recovery during training and recovery during competition. Testosterone just happens to be better than perhaps anything else. This is why it's such a huge deal in cycling, even though those dudes only weigh 150 lbs and don't want to be huge.

It's just an unfortunate reality that many will turn to anabolics or other substances because of the clear advantage they provide in certain areas. For many people (definitely not everyone!) as long as they pass the tests, that's all that matters. So no, I'm not really upset to find out Overeem was juicing. I'm upset that he was so bold and careless about it.

The recovery issue isn't as pronounced as other sports. It's not like in the NFL where every week you have a game. A fighter who fights 4 times in a year is an anomaly. Jon Jones is one of those cases. Donald Cerrone fought 4 times as well. But most of the other guys fight twice a year if they're lucky. Most guys keep fit all year long and ramp it up with a training camp leading up to the fight. Taking that into consideration, there isn't a clear edge in using most of the products listed for recovery sake unless it's a debilitating injury that happened during that camp, like what happened to Thiago Silva. Instead of losing the chance to make some money, he took a gamble and used some steroids to help his recovery along. Leben was busted for oxycodone. It's not like in the Tour where you have to bike for hundreds of km a day and everyone was filled to the gills with EPO.

Altough I don't think this is a prevalent issue within the UFC roster (maybe 5% of all fighters under contract), I would support the implementation of WADA level protocols and some kind of wellness policy in the UFC (like the WWE has).

One just has to look at most HW fighters around. Ubereem weighed in at 265, pretty much solid muscle with no body fat. Pat Barry weighs in at 242 and looks like a tub of lard.

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I thought he did fight in the UFC at one point. Not sure who he has been beating lately.

Mostly guys with losing records but he hits like a freight train and is a clear cut HW (1,93m, 280lb) unlike Pat Barry, who at 1,80m should really get his ass down to LHW. Lavar Johnson is going to beat the brakes off of him at UFC on FOX 3.

Still, he has a pretty decent record for a HW at 15-3 and is on a 5 fight winning streak. The UFC gave Rob Broughton a break, so why not him?

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The recovery issue isn't as pronounced as other sports. It's not like in the NFL where every week you have a game. A fighter who fights 4 times in a year is an anomaly. Jon Jones is one of those cases. Donald Cerrone fought 4 times as well. But most of the other guys fight twice a year if they're lucky. Most guys keep fit all year long and ramp it up with a training camp leading up to the fight. Taking that into consideration, there isn't a clear edge in using most of the products listed for recovery sake unless it's a debilitating injury that happened during that camp, like what happened to Thiago Silva. Instead of losing the chance to make some money, he took a gamble and used some steroids to help his recovery along. Leben was busted for oxycodone. It's not like in the Tour where you have to bike for hundreds of km a day and everyone was filled to the gills with EPO.

Altough I don't think this is a prevalent issue within the UFC roster (maybe 5% of all fighters under contract), I would support the implementation of WADA level protocols and some kind of wellness policy in the UFC (like the WWE has).

One just has to look at most HW fighters around. Ubereem weighed in at 265, pretty much solid muscle with no body fat. Pat Barry weighs in at 242 and looks like a tub of lard.

I'm not sure why you would say most of those things don't give them an edge in training and, subsequently, competition. Training in the months leading up to a fight is brtual. A little Deca is like magic for nagging joint injuries. IGF-1 improves athletic ability in a number of ways. EPO oxygenates tissues like nothing else. There are plenty of benefits to each substance, as well as risks. Fighters risk their health and reputation by using them because they work, but being realistic, the risk to their health is much greater every time they step into the ring and winning can mean the difference between getting the big contract or not.

To make matters worse, state commissions sometimes don't even do strict urine tests for doping, let alone checking the blood. Even though some people still get caught, the World Anti-Doping Agency has consistently said UFC's policies on the matter are a joke.

So why do you say 95% of fighters wouldn't touch anything? Why do people in the business occasionally come out say most fighters are doping? Again, I don't want to dismiss the legitimacy of the sport. They don't all choose the juice. For those that do, there is some testing and that alone is enough to limit their options. I'd personally want a clean sport, but that's just not the reality right now.

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So why do you say 95% of fighters wouldn't touch anything? Why do people in the business occasionally come out say most fighters are doping? Again, I don't want to dismiss the legitimacy of the sport. They don't all choose the juice. For those that do, there is some testing and that alone is enough to limit their options. I'd personally want a clean sport, but that's just not the reality right now.

I'd would say money. Most of the roster isn't paid to the point that they could possibly maintain a year long regime and if you only use in the 12 weeks leading up to the fight (between announcement and PPV date), you're not getting that much of an advantage. Despite my sincere belief in the "cleanliness" of most of the fighters, I would support the UFC if they decided to do their own testing with WADA standards and adopt something akin to the WWE's wellness policy. That last part would be tricky because... most fighters fight twice a year if they're lucky. If they gave out a 6 month internal suspension, it would probably be the time between their fights that year so pretty much no harm done. And it's also contrary to the UFC's (and every other MMA organization) to create or support a single governing body that would handle those kinds of suspensions in an universal fashion. Having a bunch of all powerful governing bodies is what ruined boxing and I would like none of that in MMA.

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Mostly guys with losing records but he hits like a freight train and is a clear cut HW (1,93m, 280lb) unlike Pat Barry, who at 1,80m should really get his ass down to LHW. Lavar Johnson is going to beat the brakes off of him at UFC on FOX 3.

Still, he has a pretty decent record for a HW at 15-3 and is on a 5 fight winning streak. The UFC gave Rob Broughton a break, so why not him?

Wow, I'm surprised you're giving Lavar the edge even though Pat's record has been back and forth. The only impressive thing I've seen Lavar do was take out the mexicutioner, and thats not saying much. I wasn't sold on him in strikeforce.

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Mostly guys with losing records but he hits like a freight train and is a clear cut HW (1,93m, 280lb) unlike Pat Barry, who at 1,80m should really get his ass down to LHW. Lavar Johnson is going to beat the brakes off of him at UFC on FOX 3.

Still, he has a pretty decent record for a HW at 15-3 and is on a 5 fight winning streak. The UFC gave Rob Broughton a break, so why not him?

Wow, I'm surprised you're giving Lavar the edge even though Pat's record has been back and forth. The only impressive thing I've seen Lavar do was take out the mexicutioner, and thats not saying much. I wasn't sold on him in strikeforce.

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Granted, some things really are expensive, so very few people will actually take them, but others are quite cheap. HGH was once too expensive but is affordable now and it's not detectable. Testosterone Propinate is probably the go-to drug in the business, since it's so effective and has a short half life--again, not breaking the bank.

But I guess videos like these are also a reminder:

http://www.mmatko.co...-take-steroids/

I do agree, though, they definitely need stricter policies when they do test. 6:1 T/E is ridiculous, since most people can take a useful dose and still pass the test. And yeah, if they really cared so much, the UFC would be doing a lot of their own testing, but Dana just cops out and says "their hands are tied", claiming testing should be the government's responsibility. :/

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Wow, I'm surprised you're giving Lavar the edge even though Pat's record has been back and forth. The only impressive thing I've seen Lavar do was take out the mexicutioner, and thats not saying much. I wasn't sold on him in strikeforce.

He has finished every one of his fights. Of his 16 wins, 14 are KO or TKO. His KO of Beltran was brutal and Beltran was known for having a pretty stout chin due to his brawling style. His weakness is clearly his ground game but Barry isn't really a threat there. He also has a huge height and reach (17cm!) advantage and hits like 50 tons of bricks. Combine that with an iron chin and a willigness by Barry to stand and trade for the KO and I can't really favor him. If the fight ends up being two guys punching eachother progressively harder until one of them gives up, I'm going with the guy with 14 KO's and whose only losses are by submission, not the guy that was flash KO'ed by an already KO'ed Cheick Kongo. Adendum: if Lavar gets submitted by Pat Barry, he's officially a bitch, much like Papy Abedi.

Granted, some things really are expensive, so very few people will actually take them, but others are quite cheap. HGH was once too expensive but is affordable now and it's not detectable. Testosterone Propinate is probably the go-to drug in the business, since it's so effective and has a short half life--again, not breaking the bank.

But I guess videos like these are also a reminder:

http://www.mmatko.co...-take-steroids/

I do agree, though, they definitely need stricter policies when they do test. 6:1 T/E is ridiculous, since most people can take a useful dose and still pass the test. And yeah, if they really cared so much, the UFC would be doing a lot of their own testing, but Dana just cops out and says "their hands are tied", claiming testing should be the government's responsibility. :/

Dennis Halmann also wished for the Rapture to come in a post fight interview so I wouldn't give him too much credit (also the speedo incident). The thing is, the UFC can't just start handing out bans to fighters that get caught using. It's a private company, not a regulatory body. And if they did overstep on their capabilities, they would probably open themselves up to litigation. Also, like I said before, the timing issue. These are guys that if they fight 3 times in a year it's uncommon. It's not like in the NFL where you can be suspended for a year a miss out on the season. Thiago Silva got a suspension but it's like he never left, headlining an event on the 14th. It's a very tricky issue due to the specifics of MMA competition and the legal minefield around it's regulation (since it's done in a state by state basis). If only there was a way that a single regulatory body could be implemented but without turning MMA into the cluster**** that is boxing today... that would be wonderful.

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I'm actually hoping that after Lavar beats Barry, he gets to welcome Carwin back into the octagon. That fight would be glorious! :woot:

That, of course, is if Carwin even decides to fight again. He's 37, already had 2 major surgeries, and his face was pretty much smashed to bits and pieces by JDS. It's not like he has a career to fall back on after he's done with his fighting career. A 4-2 run in the UFC is nothing to be ashamed of.

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So, the main event is in a holding pattern until Overeem has a comission hearing on the 24th. Seeing how Dana has garanteed that Mir vs Velasquez is going forward and that JDS is getting a title fight at UFC 146, the logical conclusions are:

- JDS is going to fight Mark Hunt and it's going to be a war then Hunt gasses out and gets KO'ed into oblivion.

- JDS is going to fight Werdum and knock his head clean off.

- I have no idea. Everyone else in the Top 10 is busy. Nogueira's arm is still ****ed, Schaub would be coming in from a loss to get raped by a better, faster, stronger striker, Carwin was already raped and I doubt he wants to do that again, Cormier and Barnett are tangled in Showtime limbo, who else is left? Better yet, who is left that JDS hasn't beaten already into a pulp. Christ, he even gassed himself out pouding Roy's face in.

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Reem is an idiot! this was a match up I was looking forward to!

He ate race horse meat by mistake. Or he will claim that he is a direct descendant of Conan, the Cimmerian and therefore extremely virile. If he dreamt about your wife, she would wake up pregnant with fully formed tripplets in her womb.

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He ate race horse meat by mistake. Or he will claim that he is a direct descendant of Conan, the Cimmerian and therefore extremely virile. If he dreamt about your wife, she would wake up pregnant with fully formed tripplets in her womb.

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