MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Wanderlei Silva may undergo surgery, CES 36 lineup finalized

After bicycle accident, Wanderlei Silva may undergo surgery  MMAJunkie reported Thursday that former PRIDE star Wanderlei Silva is set to find out soon if he’ll require surgery for an injured shoulder. Silva (35-12-1 NC) was hit by a car during a bicycle ride after one of his training sessions according to a Facebook post on Wednesday. The 39-year old hasn’t competed inside the cage since 2013 and is currently under contract to Bellator and Japanese based promotion RIZIN.   Gray Maynard makes featherweight debut against Fernando Bruno The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that Gray Maynard will be dropping down to featherweight when he takes on  Fernando Bruno on July 8 at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in Las Vegas. Maynard (11-5-1) has lost four straight fights and will be looking for his first win since 2012. Bruno (15-3 ) is coming off a submission loss to Glaico Franca back at UFC 190.   Frank Mir’s  ‘B’ sample following his UFC Fight Night 85 loss comes back positive Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir revealed on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast that his “B” sample following his loss at UFC Fight Night 85 has come back positive. Mir (18-11) is facing a two-year suspension from USADA at the conclusion of this case. Here’s what Mir had to say “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. Giving the animals [drugs] is not really unheard of, especially that — turinabol is extremely popular in Australia. So to give it to the animals to bulk them up, that way you make more money when it comes to bring that animal in to be butchered. It sounds awful, but I’m listening to it, trying to go back, trying to figure that out. As somebody that doesn’t have access to the laboratories that the NFL has access to, and I don’t want [a failed test] to happen to anybody else, but it’s basically going to be a situation where it has to occur to a few other guys and then maybe something will be spotted. But right now, me being the lone guy that came out of the card with that situation to happen with metabolites, I don’t see a situation where they are going to really look into any further, and where would I even begin to try to figure it out. My only kind of thought to that, and if someone wants to maybe write us and correct me, but obviously part of the procedure was that I had the right to be there in person where it was tested at,” Mir said. “I asked for it to be sent a different lab, and that’s not the case. It gets tested at the same lab. Since I couldn’t be there, they appointed one of the other lab techs as my representative. But here’s my thought on that: you and I work for a lab, you do a test on a guy and let’s say you messed up, that somehow it came back the wrong test. Now I’m your co-worker and I’m going to run the test on the same thing. It came out of our lab, we work for the same company – this lab – even if I found that you made an error, am I really going to go ahead and go, ‘oh man, hey, you know that guy you just got suspended for two years and might have ended his career? You screwed up. Our whole lab messed up. Oh my God, yeah, let’s go ahead and let’s bring that to light real quick.’   UFC 198 Embedded: Episode 4   Luis Felix vs. Ryan Sanders lightweight title rematch headlines CES 36 CES lightweight champion Luis Felix gets redemption and Ryan Sanders gets a shot at the title on June 10th. In the main event, lightweight champion Luis Felix (14-9) meets challenger Ryan Sanders (10-7) in a rematch from earlier this year at CES MMA 32. At that event, Sanders submitted Felix – but the fight was at a catchweight, and the title was not on the line for Sanders. Felix (14-9) won the title last year by defeating TUF veteran Julian Lane. He was slated to defend his title against Waylon Lowe at CES 32, however Lowe had to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Ryan Sanders in a non-title bout. Sanders (10-7) then defeated Felix by second round submission but did not take home the title. Also on the card is Bellator veteran Matt Bessette (18-7) against  Jairo Soares (17-10); lightweights Lewis Corapi (6-2) vs. Julian Lane (9-6-1) and Strikeforce avet Josh LaBerge (10-5) taking onJon Lemke (5-3).   CES MMA 36 takes place June 10 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Here’s an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET) Luis Felix (c) vs. Ryan Sanders – for lightweight title Matt Bessette vs. Jairo Soares Lewis Corapi vs. Julian Lane Josh LaBerge vs. Jon Lemke Roosevelt Archie vs. Carlos Candelario PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised) Thomas English vs. James Murrin Jesse Baughman vs. Dan Randall Marques Brewster vs. Vladimir Kazbekov Merab Dvalishvili vs. Matt Tullos Bobby Flynn vs. Kevin Horowitz Connor Barry vs. Devin Carrier

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