Sherdog.com verified the heavyweight’s release with UFC executive Marc Ratner on Thursday. Johnson’s post-fight drug test was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio following his unanimous decision defeat to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157 last month. MMAJunkie.com first reported Johnson’s test results and his UFC release.
The fighter’s sample also failed a carbon isotope test, which was conducted at the WADA lab at UCLA, according to Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, who also verified that Johnson will likely be suspended for nine months. Foster has not yet made that ruling official, however.
Johnson had no answer for Schaub’s continual takedown attack in their UFC 157 clash, which took place Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. “Big” found himself on his back for much of the bout’s 15-minute duration, which resulted in the Californian suffering his second straight defeat.
The 35-year-old exits the UFC with a 2-2 promotional record following a 3-2 run in Strikeforce. Johnson put forth a pair of impressive performances in his first two Octagon efforts, knocking out Joey Beltran and Pat Barry to kick off 2012 before stumbling in a submission defeat to Stefan Struve at UFC 146.view original article >>
Ricardo Abreu already was serving a suspension for a failed drug test when he got notice of a second potential anti-doping violation earlier this year.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier went off on rival Jon "Bones" Jones on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with TMZ. Cormier said Jones wasn't a good guy and ripped him for his past leg read news >>
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight superstar Anderson Silva has revealed he won't sight at UFC 212 in Rio De Janeiro on June 3 after scheduled opponent Kelvin Gastelum failed a drug test. Th read news >>
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has shown time and time again that, when it comes to trash talk, Jon Jones’ troubled past with drugs is fair game. Did he just cross the line?Filed under read news >>
Set to face Jason Knight at UFC 211, featherweight Chas Skelly couldn’t be happier with the chance to count on massive presence from his hometown of Azle, Texas, at the Dallas card.Filed under: News, read news >>
The UFC’s lineup for its return to Brazil in June continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight fight. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
A welterweight fight is the latest addition to next month’s UFC return to Sweden.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
David Michaud has his second fight in as many months when he matches up with Jake Lindsey in the LFA: Sioux Falls Fight Night 1 main event on Friday. read news >>
The only thing Stevie Ray wishes about the biggest win of his career is that he’d have finished Joe Lauzon to avoid all talk of scoring controversy.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with Bas Rutten and Stevie Ray.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>