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UFC Fight Night 37: London preview

 The UFC in recent months has implemented in UFC Fight Pass; something you’ll need in order to watch certain live events (also TUF, originals and a fight library). Fight Pass has put on some already great fight cards, but this weekend (Mar. 8, 2014) is by far the most stacked fight card to be broadcasted on the UFC’s new network.

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 Michael Johnson, an up-and-coming Lightweight contender recently has been pushing the pace on the division. Coming off of two incredible performances over Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau, he’s now set to face one of the most dangerous in the 155lbs division — Melvin Guillard.
 
 Melvin Guillard, you could consider as the Lightweight division gatekeeper. If you’re looking to make a name, he’s the man to beat and that’s exactly what Johnson’s looking to do.
 
 This is a huge fight for both Guillard and Johnson. An impressive victory this weekend in London at UFC Fight Night 37 is going to further push one of these two closer to the top ten rankings — Then the hunt for Lightweight gold is on.
 
 UFC 165, Toronto… “AND STILL!”
 
 Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 fell short in a main-event battle for the Light Heavyweight championship against current champ, Jon Jones. It was a devastating loss for Gustafsson, especially due to the fact most fans, UFC fighters and even higher-ups thought Jones had lost the fight and the title.
 
 Looking to bounce back and earn another title shot, Gustafsson is now set to take on rising LHW contender, Jimi Manuwa.
 
 Most fans are a little confused on this match up because it’s a ranked #1 (Gustafsson) taking on a ranked #11 (Manuwa). Though it may seem a little off, Gustafsson’s just looking to prove he’s worthy of another title shot. However, Manuwa doesn’t plan on making it an easy victory for ‘The Mauler’.
 
 Despite the ranking of 11 in the LHW division, Manuwa’s no joke. He’s currently undefeated, and coming off of big wins over Kyle Kingsbury, Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo. He no doubt has made his statement to the other weight-division competitors, but he now looks to prove he’s top 10 worthy.

Vitor Belfort Out, Lyoto Machida Steps In To Face Chris Weidman At UFC 173

 Feb. 27, 2014, the day news broke that the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) had unanimously voted to ban TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) statewide.

 

 Less then 12 hours later, UFC 173 now has a new headliner.

 

(photo via: Zuffa, LLC)

 On May. 24, 2014, UFC 173 will be in Las Vegas, Nevada. With TRT now banned in Nevada, it was only a matter of time before we saw Vitor Belfort (current TRT user) drop out of the main-event against current UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman.

 

 Early Feb. 28, 2014 news hit that Vitor Belfort was in fact out of UFC 173, paving the way for rising Middleweight contender, Lyoto Machida.

 

 Though Belfort has stated he will continue fighting without the use of TRT, due to time constraints between now and the date of the fight (May. 24, 2014), Belfort has decided not to apply for license in Nevada.

 

 Moving past the fallout of Vitor 'The Phenom' Belfort, it only makes sense for Lyoto Machida to step up and take on Chris Weidman for the Middleweight gold.

 

 Machida, a new comer to the Middleweight division has proven that he can not only hang with the 185ers, but is also a huge threat to the division.

 

 Mark Munoz welcomed Machida to Middleweight, and I'm sure he wished it had been someone else. 'The Dragon' Machida knocked Munoz out in devastating fashion with a head kick. Machida's second fight at Middleweight would be against Gegard Mousasi. Despite Machida being unable to finish Mousasi, he put on a fast pace performance and was victorious via: Unanimous decision.

 

 Before his win over Mousasi, Dana White said: "with a win over Mousasi, Machida could be next in line for a title shot". Vitor Belfort is out, and the opportunity for Lyoto Machida presents itself.

 

Article by: Adam LeBarr. Be sure to check out Adam's Fightersblog.

NSAC Puts Statewide Ban On TRT Use In Nevada

 The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) as of today (Feb. 27, 2014) has put a statewide ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). All fighters looking to be granted Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) are completely out of luck.

 

 That applies to Middleweight, Vitor Belfort.

 

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(photo via: Zuffa, LLC)

 

 ’The Phenom’ Belfort has been on a Middleweight tear, after losing to Jon Jones in the Light Heavyweight division. On his “comeback”, looking for gold, he has stormed through Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and his most recent victory, Dan Henderson. His domination has granted him a title-shot against current Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 The ban on TRT is in effect as of immediately, meaning any future applicants and users who have received TUE’s for TRT will be unable to receive the treatment.

 

 Vitor Belfort’s up-and-coming shot at the title against Weidman will require a clean (TRT free) Belfort. Will this effect the outcome of the fight for ‘The Phenom’ Belfort? Only time will tell.

 

 The ban on TRT will level the playing field for all contenders; NSAC urges other Athletic Commissions to ban TRT exemptions in their corresponding states.

 

 MMAFighting.com reports:

 

 Minutes after NSAC approved the ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) would follow suit.

 

 President of the UFC, Dana White says they will no longer allow fighters to use TRT when fighting on cards in which the UFC serves as the governing body.

 

 Dana White told MMAFighting via: Text Message “I’m pumped" "I couldn’t wait for that garbage to go away

Article by Adam LeBarr. Be sure to check out Adam's FightersBlog

Model Spotlight: Renee Leslie

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 (TAA Creative Group Spokesmodel: Renee Leslie / photos by Joe Damaso)

 

Model Renee Leslie definitely caught our attention when she submitted her pics. A great personality and a killer physique like hers deserves all the attention she gets. A blonde beauty with curves in ALL the right places, she makes us thankful bikini season is right around the corner. She took the time to introduce herself to all of our readers and we have much more of her coming up soon. In the meantime check out some of her sexy workout photos and follow her online, you'll be glad you did!