Lavar Johnson tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and epitestosterone following his UFC 157 loss to Brendan Schaub, according to the California State Athletic Commission. It appeared that even when receiving the benefit of modern medical advances Johnson was still no match for Schuab’s determined takedown advances.
The California State Athletic Commission believed that a 9 month layoff would be adequate punishment for Lavar Johnson but Dana White and the UFC decided they would no longer require the talents of Mr Lavar Johnson.
Johnson could not have had worse timing for this event. The UFC has recently announced serious cutbacks from its enormous, current roster. Add that fact to the fact that Lavar Johnson is 2-4 from his last 6 fights and that makes for one very expendable MMA fighter.
Perhaps Lavar will find success in another venue and make his comeback into the UFC but for now we wish him luck at his new endeavors.
The first ever UFC women’s championship has finally arrived. UFC 157 will feature many excellent fights to be headlined by ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey (6-0-0) against challenger Liz ‘Girlrilla’ Carmouche (7-2-0). The matches are set to begin Saturday Feb 23rd, 2013 at 7pm/10pm PT/ET airing live on Pay-per-view from Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center. Check out the fight card and weigh in video below.
Airing Live on Pay-per-view
‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey (6-0-0) vs Liz ‘Girlzilla’ Carmouche (7-2-0)
Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida (18-3-0) vs Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson (29-8-0)
Urijah ‘The California Kid’ Faber (26-6-0) vs Ivan ‘The Pride of El Salvador) Menjivar (25-9-0)
In a division that seemed to be getting tougher and tougher to make title fights for, UFC brass has found a contender worth mention. Dan Henderson, who was originally scheduled to fight for the light heavyweight title back at UFC 151 in 2012, may get his shot to take the gold if he can get past the very talented, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Unfortunately, Dan Henderson had to withdrawal from the originally scheduled bout due to a knee injury that sidelined him for the better part of a year. Now Hendo is back, and with the knee injury all but a distant memory he’s ready to attempt to take UFC gold from the proud hands of light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
There’s no doubt that a fight between these two would generate a lot of buzz for mixed martial arts fans wanting to see the only former Pride Fighting champion to hold belts in two different weight classes at the same time return to former glory but Lyoto Machida has different plans.
Be sure to tune in to see if Hendo will make the title fight at UFC 157 Rousey vs. Carmouche Live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, February 23rd @ 7pm/10pm PT/ET from the Anaheim, CA Honda Center.