CM Punk announced that he had signed for the UFC back in December 2014 and we all thought that was the end of his beef with WWE and any chance he would be returning to the pro-wrestling promotion.
Prior to the announcement, CM Punk appeared on his good friend Colt Cabana’s podcast and made some derogatory remarks regarding his former employer, and more specifically, their head physician Chris Amann (skip to the 1hr 16min mark on the video below).
Rumour has it that the doctor in question has filed a lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana in the amount of $1 million.
In light of CM Punk’s allegations regarding WWE’s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.
CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014, he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.
WWE’s investigation has shown the following:
CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.
Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014, after WWE terminated his contract.
There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back.
CM Punk is currently training with Roufusport Gym for his MMA debut for later in the year with so this will be a distraction for sure. His wife, current WWE Diva AJ Lee has been off WWE TV since December.
It’s official – Floyd Mayweather Jr will face Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is sure to be one of the – if not THE biggest fights of all time.
Mayweather confirmed the bout via his Shots page … saying, “What the world has been waiting for has arrived.”
He went on to say, “Mayweather vs. Pacuiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done and we did.”
Pacquiao (57-5-2) has lost two of his last five fights, while Mayweather remains undefeated with a perfect 47-0 record.
“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” said Pacquiao, who signed the contract for the bout Thursday. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”
The fight will be fought at 147 lbs. There is no rematch clause and the pot will be split 60-40 in favour of Floyd.
Anderson Silva, who failed an out of competition drug test before he faced Nick Diaz at UFC 183, has today reiterated that he is not guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs (PED).
Silva failed a pre-fight a test for steroids drostanolone and androstane on January 9th but the results were not received by the NAC until after the fight. He passed a second pre-fight test before failing the fight night post-fight test for oxazepam, which is medication for anxiety and depression, and temazepam, an insomnia medication. The latter two substances are not on the banned list but were reported because Silva was required to disclose any medications he was taking to the commission.
Silva took to Instagram to send a message to his fans:
“I will not say anything about who I am or what I went through to get here. What matters to me now is the respect from Those Who have Followed my career. I bled, and struggled Fought because I love it and because I always wanted to honor the flag of the country I love so much. I do not know what to apologize for, because I am still waiting for the results and analysis from the specialists que are working to reveal the truth. Everything I que redbourn since my injury are being Analyzed. I look for the truth the much the All Those who were surprised with the results. I always played clean, I was never a cheater. In eighteen years of my career, I never had a problem with exams. In and out of the Octagon I never slipped in compliance with the principles que always guided me. With much honor and dignity I Defended my country where ever I Fought. I never used any substances to better my performance in my fights. I love what I do and I would never risk what I redbourn so long to build. I think the que hurry some people have to condemn me is unfair. The time it takes to destroy the reputation is infinitely less than that is taken to build it. I am the one who is most eager to settle this situation. I want Those who have always supported me to I know que am still fighting for all the sad happenings of this situation to be cleared”
The use of PED’s in MMA is a major talking point at the moment due to Silva and Welterweight star Hector Lombard failing drug tests. Jon Jones also failed an out of competition test when he tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his successful defense of his Light-Heavyweight championship in January.
The UFC have promised to implement a new stringent drug testing policy to come into effect from July 1st which will see more out of competition testing and also harsher penalties for athletes that are caught taking banned substances.
UFC 184 takes place next Saturday from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The main event pits long time reigning women’s champion Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano.
In the co main event Holly Holm makes her UFC debut against Raquel Pennington. Holm, a 3 time world boxing champion, has a lot of hype surrounding her debut and a convincing win could seal a title shot against the winner of the main event.
Countdown takes an in depth look at a card which could shape the future of the 135 women’s division.
Liverpool took one step into the last 16 of the Europa League last night with a 1-0 win over Turkish Süper Lig leaders Besiktas at Anfield. However the main story to come out of the victory, unsurprisingly, involves Mario Balotelli.
The Italian striker scored the winning goal from 12 yards after Jordan Ibe was fouled by Ramon Motta. The moment was not void of controversy though. With Steven Gerrard on the sidelines, the man designated to handle penalty duties is Jordan Henderson. Balotelli relieved Henderson of this duty last night which sparked a debate on the pitch between Daniel Sturridge, Henderson and Mario. Henderson, whose only competitive penalty was in a shootout against Villa in 2009 (where he missed), didn’t put up much of a fight despite Sturridge imploring him to take it. Balotelli, as expected, finished the penalty with aplomb.
This was his second goal in his last three games and there’s signs that things are picking up for the enigmatic striker. His match winning goal against Spurs was long overdue and could be pivotal in the race for fourth. He followed this up with an eye catching display again Crystal Palace where after winning a free kick with a great bit of skill, smashed a free kick that was too hot to handle for Julian Speroni. Adam Lallana was at hand to tap home the match winner.
When Liverpool struggled to break Besiktas down last night, the man they turned to was Balotelli. He was easily Liverpool’s brightest player in the second half. Brendan Rodgers has recently come out and said that Balotelli has impressed in training. “Mario has been working really hard in training and I think now the penny’s dropped,” said the boss. “It has been difficult for him, because he’s come into a style maybe he’s never been in before, but one thing he has got is quality, and he’s got big quality and the last couple of games he’s come off the bench and been effective for us.”
Balotelli certainly looks a different player of late. His cameo against Palace and Besiktas has seen him move away from trying to do everything himself and bring others into place more with neat touches, one touch passing and some nice flicks. For Jordan Ibe’s run to win the penalty, Balotelli battled with the defender, took the ball down and played a lovely pass to Ibe with the outside of his foot to set the move in motion. What was also refreshing to see was him sprint full speed into the box as soon as he laid it off to Ibe looking to get on the end of a return cross.
All these traits were missing at the start of the season from Balotelli. It’s also no coincidence that 3 of his best performances – Spurs away, Palace away and Besiktas, have all come with Daniel Sturridge on the pitch. Sturridge can bring out the best in any player around him and also creates space for Balotelli to work -which is stark contrast to the start of the season where the opposition defence only had Balotelli to worry about and could easily pick him up with no threat of someone running in behind.
Admittedly this change in form has only been across the last 3 games but the ability that Balotelli possesses is there for all to see and it seems that the only person that is holding him back from being a world class player is Mario himself. However, given these recent cameos and Brendan’s comments recently, it looks like the striker could finally be applying himself and have an important part to play in Liverpool’s season.