ANDERSON SILVA CLEARED BY USADA
So Anderson Silva has been cleared of any wrongdoing by USADA as the PEDs he tested for were due to a tainted supplement. I’m kind annoyed that USADA isn’t putting out a big statement. I mean this time the guy is innocent and when they reported he failed the test it further tarnished his legacy. I hope they learn to deal with these situations better. Same thing happened with JDS. Anyways, Anderson still has to serve a one-year ban. Here’s the statement he released:
"This is great news -- I am vindicated," Silva said in a statement to ESPN's Ariel Helwani. "The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance.
"I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it." So with Anderson back, I was thinking why not match him up for his next fight with another vet who’s been out for a bit. Silva v Diaz 2? That sounds like a fun fight to me. Or another cool fight would be one with Stylebender. Adesanya could use a fight with a big name to go up the rankings while Anderson can jump right back into the mix.
Thoughts? What do you guys think?
DARREN TILL OFFERED FIGHT WITH WOODLEY
Till spoke to MMAFighting about being offered a fight with Tyron Woodley: “I don’t know what’s happening with Colby, whether he’s injured or not, but I’ve been offered Tyron Woodley and he turned the fight down,” said Till.
“That’s what it looks like to me and I’ve been on the UFC’s case about it. UFC want me to fight him, but he will not accept it. [UFC] didn’t mention a date or anything, but that’s the fight they wanted to make and he obviously isn’t into it.” “I’m not too bothered about it, but I get a feeling that he thinks that nobody is worthy of fighting him for the title. I think he just wants to hold onto the belt for as long as he can. He’s going to have to make a decision soon. If he doesn’t want to fight me, who does he want to fight? It’s just me and Colby and Colby is injured apparently, so who is there? It’s a weird one, but I’m just waiting to see what happens” - -
I’m a big fan of Till but this just doesn’t make sense. Till won the fight against Wonderboy but didn’t make weight so he shouldn’t just be given a title shot next. I don’t really understand what the holdup with Colby is either. Apparently, he made himself unavailable to fight at UFC 228 which the UFC had planned the fight with Woodley for and now they’re considering stripping him of the interim belt.
OEZDEMIR RULED OUT UFC 227 FIGHT WITH GUSTAFSSON
[Swipe Right To View] Damn, that’s some bad news. Hope, Oezdemir heals up fine and we see these two clash sometime down the line. Anyways, as for Gustafsson, I really hope they’re able to find a replacement. Absolutely gutted. My first thought as a replacement was Yoel Romero but he’s had surgery so he won’t be able to compete in August. So I’m thinking either OSP or Jan Błachowicz.