MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Tim Means now faces newcomer Sabah Homasi at UFC 202

610 Tim Means now faces newcomer Sabah Homasi, Mike Perry faces Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202  Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting reported Tuesday that Titan FC welterweight Sabah Homas will step up on short notice to face Tim Means at UFC 202. Means was initially slated to face Sean Strickland, who was forced off the card due to a knee injury. Homasi (11-5) knocked out  Jorge Patino five days ago at Titan FC 40 and heads into this matchup off three-straight wins. Means (25-7-1) makes his return to the UFC after six-month drug suspension. “The Dirty Bird” has fought since a second-round stoppage victory over John Howard back at UFC Fight Night 80. The UFC also signed undefeated welterweight Mike Perry to replace Sultan Aliev. He will face Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) in a welterweight matchup. UFC 202 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena on August 20th. Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card Nate Diaz (19-10) vs. Conor McGregor (19-3) Anthony Johnson (21-5) vs. Glover Teixeira (25-4) Rick Story (19-8) vs. Donald Cerrone (30-7, 1NC) Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) vs. Mike Perry (6-0) Tim Means (25-7-1) vs. Sabah Homasi (25-7-1) Preliminary Card Cody Garbrandt (9-0) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (21-9-2) Raquel Pennington (7-6) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (5-3) Artem Lobov (11-12, 1NC) vs. Chris Avila (5-2) Cortney Casey (5-3) vs. Randa Markos (6-3) Fight Pass Preliminary Card Neil Magny (18-4) vs. Lorenz Larkin (17-5, 1NC) Colby Covington (9-1) vs. Max Griffin (10-2) Ning Guangyou (5-3-1) vs. Marlon Vera (7-3-1) Alberto Uda (9-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (10-2)   Aisling Daly injured, UFC seeks new new opponent for Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night 93 MMAJunkie revealed on Tuesday that strawweight Aisling Daly (16-6) is off UFC Fight Night 92 due to an undisclosed injury. As a result, the UFC is currently seeking a replacement fighter for Michelle Waterson. Stay tuned to for updates as they become available. Here’s an updated look at UFC Fight Night 93 Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Michelle Waterson vs. TBA Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett   Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai targeted as co-main event of Bellator 161 FloCombat reported Tuesday that former Bellator featherweight and bantamweight champion Joe Warren is set to return next month at Bellator 161 against Sirwan Kakai. Warren (12-5, 1NC) is 0-2 with one No Contest in his last three fights. He heads into this matchup off a submission lost against Darren Caldwell in May. Kakai (12-4) came up short in his Bellator debut against Joe Taimanglo back in March and has lost back-to-back fights. Bellator 161 takes place from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Texas on September 16. Here’s an updated look at the card. Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) vs. Tony Johnson (10-2) Joe Warren (12-5, 1NC) vs. Sirwan Kakai (12-4) Anastasia Yankova (3-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (2-0)   Ning Guangyou tests positive for banned substance, bout with Marlon Vera moved to UFC on FOX 21.  Ning Guangyou tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol in an out-of-competition drug test in May, but the UFC fighter will not be facing a suspension. USADA sent out a press release on Tuesday and announced that Ning Guangyou tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol in an out-of-competition drug test in May, he won’t be facing a suspension. Instead his matchup with Marlon “Chico” Vera has been moved to UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver on August 27th. Here’s a look at the statement below. USADA announced today that UFC athlete Ning Guangyou, of China, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence. Guangyou, 34, tested positive for trace amounts of clenbuterol as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on May 19, 2016. Clenbuterol is an Anabolic Agent prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Consistent with numerous prior reported cases globally, the issue of illicit administration of clenbuterol to animals destined for food production can result in, under specific conditions, a positive sample from an athlete. WADA has issued specific warnings about this problem in China and Mexico. To USADA’s knowledge, due to strict regulatory and meat certification practices, a clenbuterol positive athlete sample has never been reported after consumption of meat produced in the U.S. USADA reviewed all of the evidence, including the athlete’s whereabouts, dietary habits, and the laboratory reports demonstrating very low parts per billion concentrations of the prohibited substance in the athlete’s urine sample, and concluded that the presence of clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample very likely resulted from clenbuterol contaminated meat consumed in China. As a result, Guangyou will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test. While the risk of consuming clenbuterol-tainted meat and testing positive for an athlete is extremely small, consistent with past athlete advisories, USADA reminds athletes to use the utmost care if eating meat in known high risk countries, including Mexico and China. In line with WADA recommendations, USADA will continue to assess the presence of clenbuterol in an athlete’s sample on a case by case basis, taking into account all the evidence supporting the likelihood of such contamination. USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at The also UFC released their own statement on the situation. The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, has completed an investigation into the circumstances of a positive test for Ning Guangyou, resulting in a no-fault sanction with no period of ineligibility. In late July, UFC was made aware of USADA’s investigation into the source of the prohibited substance clenbuterol in an out of competition sample collected from Ning Guangyou. Given it was initially unclear as to the timing of the resolution of the investigation, UFC made the decision to move Guangyou’s scheduled bout against Marlon Vera on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202 to UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Condit in Vancouver, BC on August 27, 2016. The matchup between Guangyou and Vera will be part of the UFC on FOX 21 preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass and is slated to be the opening bout of the fight card.

Written by James Lynch

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