MMA News Daily Update – May 13, 2016

— MMA legend Wanderlei Silva was recently hit by a car while riding his bike, and it appears the accident was a lot more serious than it first appeared. From his Instagram:

“I’m extreme in everything I do. Everybody says that bicycle was dangerous, and I believed that the right of coming and going was the same for everyone, cars, bikes and people, but I felt that it’s not exactly like that. I suffered a serious accident [and] will have to undergo shoulder and left knee surgery. A man that saw [the accident] said ‘you were born again’, and the man that hit me didn’t stop to help! I’m really upset because I could have died. My helmet is broken, and I don’t know what would have happened if I weren’t using it. I had severe injuries and don’t know what’s going to happen, but I believe in God and I know everything has a reason. I will do my best and let it be what God wants. I could have died if I weren’t using a helmet. That made me rethink my life and made me grow a lot. Live well because it’s over soon. God bless you — and if you’re riding a bike, use a helmet because we never know when we’re going to need it.”

— UFC reportedly set a record for the largest crowd to attend the UFC weigh-in festivities in company history for the official UFC 198 weigh-ins on Friday afternoon. According to, 15,000 fans were in attendance for the official UFC 198 weigh-ins on Friday, beating the previous company record of 10,000 fans for their official UFC 189 weigh-ins held last July for the Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes fight.

— Carlos Diego Ferreira has been pulled from May 29’s UFC Fight Night 88 event after being flagged for a potential USADA violation in an out of competition drug test.  UFC released a statement regarding his removal on Friday.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Carlos Diego Ferreira of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, stemming from a recent out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Ferreira has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Abel Trujillo on May 29 in Las Vegas.”

— Ben Rothwell talks about his April loss to Junior dos Santos in an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

— Frank Mir admitted this week during his “Phone Booth Fighting” podcast that his “B” test sample also came back positive for oral turinabol metabolites.  “I went through the process just to see if maybe something happened with testing procedure. But they re-tested the ‘B’ sample and it came back with the same results, as far as having trace metabolites.” Mir (18-11) is facing a two-year suspension from the USADA and has admitted that retirement will likely be in order when that goes through. (thanks to for the quotes)

— Vitor Belfort believes ‘Jacare’ is ‘toughest fighter in the division’, according to this interview with MMA Junkie.

— Two new fights were announced for UFC 201 in Atanta. Added to the card: Siyar Bahadurzada meets Claudio Silva and Damien Brown takes on Cesar Arzamendia.

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