Matt Schnell knew UFC job was at stake in 'loser-leaves-town' match at UFC 216

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LAS VEGAS – After losing his first two UFC fights, Matt Schnell had no doubt in his mind his spot on the roster was at stake at UFC 216. Fortunately, the fight with Marco Beltran went his way.

“This was a loser leaves town match,” Schnell told reporters after his win. “I don’t think that was a secret to anybody. Hat’s off to Marco – he’s a tough kid; I’m sure he’ll be OK. But I had no doubt if I lost this fight I would be on the chopping block.”

Schnell (10-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) beat Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) by unanimous decision in their flyweight bout on the UFC 216 undercard, which took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

After a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 24,” Schnell suffered two losses to kick off his official career in the UFC. He couldn’t pinpoint exactly why things were going his way, but knew he needed to deliver a “safe” performance and get the win at UFC 216. That’s essentially what happened, because he outworked Beltran over the course of three rounds.

“I always prepare to be the winner on the night of these fights,” Schnell said. “I can’t speak as to what’s happened in the past; I give maximum effort and I try my best and that’s all I can do. But I belong here in the UFC. I think I’m one of the best flyweights in the world and it’s just a matter of continuing to get comfortable and continuing to get better.”

Although the low moments and losses were a struggle to get through, Schnell believes he rightly came out the end as a better fighter. He said he learned a loss from the challenging experiences, but pointed to his strong support system as an aid to help him through the rough patch.

“As someone who holds himself at a high standard it’s difficult to take those lumps, but this is the sport and this is the game,” Schnell said. “You’ve got to convince yourself. I’ve surrounded myself with great people and my coaches, my friends, my family – they believe in me. I’m not doing this to prove anybody wrong, I’m doing this to prove somebody right.”

With some momentum and confidence back on his side, Schnell said he hopes to start new going forward. He said he regards himself as one of the top 125-pound fighters in the world, and he intends to prove as much in his future performances.

“This is my 30th fight: 15 professional fights, 13 amateur fights, two fights on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’” Schnell said. “I know it’s cliche, but I think we’re just scratching the surface here.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 216 results: Matt Schnell outworks Marco Beltran for decision and much-needed win

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Former training partners Matt Schnell and Marco Beltran had to put whatever friendship they had to the side on Friday.

And after 15 minutes, Schnell (10-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) picked up arguably the most important win of his career when he took a unanimous decision from Beltran (8-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC). The scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28 for “Danger,” who got his first UFC victory.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Schnell popped off a quick combo, then ate a counter kick to the body. Beltran kicked high, but had it blocked. The two were cautious of each other forst most of the round. With 100 seconds left in the frame, Schnell followed a front kick with a solid combination of punches with Beltran against the fence. After a Beltran kick, Schnell went for a takedown late, but it wasn’t there.

A Schnell kick landed midway through the second and got Beltran’s attention. When Beltran tried a leaping knee seconds later, Schnell clipped him again. With 90 seconds left, after more Beltran feinting, Schnell landed a kick, then a punch after it. Beltran continued to favor kicks, but without the benefit of using his hands much, they weren’t as effective as they might otherwise have been. When Beltran found success late in the round and closed the distance, Schnell made him pay with another solid combo.

Beltran’s right eye had some decent swelling in the third, and though his kicking game was decent throughout, Schnell continually made him feel his hands. But Beltran found a home for his right hand midway through the third, and it seemed to give him a little confidence. He pushed the pace a little in the final frame, and Schnell had some swelling of his own near his right eye. Beltran landed a left down the stretch, but nothing to put Schnell in any kind of trouble. Instead, Beltran went for a late takedown and found himself fending off a guillotine choke as the fight came to a close.

Schnell finally picked up his first win in the UFC after suffering back-to-back knockout losses in his first two fights with the promotion. Beltran now has lost three straight fights since starting his UFC career a perfect 3-0.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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UFC 216 loses a featured prelim on eve of event

So much for that UFC 216 bout between Will Brooks and Nik Lentz.

Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC), lightweights who were scheduled to compete in one of the featured preliminary-card bouts at Saturday’s UFC 216 event, have been scratched from the card.

UFC officials today announced the cancellation, citing “medical issues” for Lentz. CombatPress.com first reported the scrapped bout.

Brooks had actually weighed in and successfully made weight before officials announced the cancellation.

UFC 216 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Taking Lentz and Brooks’ slot on the FX prelims is a flyweight fight between Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), which was originally slated to kick off the event. The fight was originally set to stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Lentz had been competed at featherweight up until two bouts ago, when he moved back up to lightweight. He was on a 3-1 run before a recent decision loss to Islam Makhachev at UFC 208. Brooks, meanwhile, is a former Bellator champ who was hoping to get back in the win column following back-to-back UFC losses to Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira.

The latest UFC 216 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Guido Canetti accepts 10-month suspension for multiple banned substances

UFC bantamweight Guido Canetti has accepted a 10-month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC’s official anti-doping partner, for the use of a tainted supplement.

USADA today announced Canetti’s suspension, which is retroactive to the date of his retroactive suspension on Oct. 28, 2016.

Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was scheduled to face Marco Beltran (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC)at UFC Fight Night 98 when an out-of-competition drug test revealed five banned substances were in his system. The 37-year-old Italian tested positive for ostarine, stanozolol metabolites 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 4β-hydroxystanozolol, hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide. He was subsequently pulled from the event.

Ostarine and stanozolol are banned anabolic agents, while hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide are classified as diuretics and masking agents.

“After notifying Cannetti of his positive test, USADA obtained opened and sealed containers of a dietary supplement that Cannetti was using at the time of the relevant sample collection and that he declared on his doping control form,” USADA stated in a press release announcing its decision. “Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, testing conducted on the contents of both the opened and sealed containers by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that they contained the prohibited substances found in Cannetti’s sample. This product has since been added to the High Risk List of supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411.

“Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, at a minimum, to a two-year period of ineligibility, at a maximum.”

After he was pulled from the event, Cannetti emphatically denied using banned substances.

“I swear I do not take anything that has a prohibited substance,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am very sad that I can not fight until today I am (sic) training my maximum in each workout.

“I swear by my family that I do not take any prohibited substance, the only thing that may have been that a supplement I take has something I did not say, I hope this will be solved quickly by that I am very sad for all the sacrifice I made for this fight.”

Beltran, who defeated Cannetti via decision on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” went on to fight Joe Soto, who submitted him in the first round with a heel hook.

Cannetti most recently fought in August 2015, defeating Hugo Viana via unanimous decision at UFC 190. The win brought his octagon record to 1-1.

Below is USADA’s full statement:

“UFC Athlete, Guido Cannetti, Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Policy Violation

“Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 18, 2017) – USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Guido Cannetti, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, accepted a 10-month sanction after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement.

“Cannetti, 37, tested positive for ostarine, the stanozolol metabolites 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 4β-hydroxystanozolol, as well as hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide, following an out-of-competition test conducted on October 5, 2016. Ostarine and stanozolol are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide are prohibited substances in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents. These substances are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

“After notifying Cannetti of his positive test, USADA obtained opened and sealed containers of a dietary supplement that Cannetti was using at the time of the relevant sample collection and that he declared on his doping control form. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, testing conducted on the contents of both the opened and sealed containers by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that they contained the prohibited substances found in Cannetti’s sample. This product has since been added to the High Risk List of supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.Supplement411.org).

“Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, at a minimum, to a two-year period of ineligibility, at a maximum.

“Cannetti’s 10-month period of ineligibility began on October 28, 2016, the date on which he was provisionally suspended from competition. As a result of his positive test, Cannetti was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Mexico City that was held on November 5, 2016.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 216 gets 7 bouts, including Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush, Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites

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The UFC has added seven new bouts to UFC 216, including lightweight and middleweight showdowns with implications in the rankings.

Today, the promotion announced that lightweight standouts Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will face off, as will middleweights Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and one-time title challenger Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

UFC 216 take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also confirmed for the fall card: a heavyweight clash featuring Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC); a lightweight fight between Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC); a previously reported lightweight contest between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC); and a pair of flyweight bouts, John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Dunham, on a four-fight win streak, will look to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, where Dariush stands at No. 10. Dariush, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to No. 6 ranked Edson Barboza in his previous outing. Dunham previously expressed interest in a bout with Dariush.

Tavares, an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings has won his past two bouts and hopes to break into the top 15 with a win over No. 13 Leites, who recently outpointed Sam Alvey.

Heavyweight Harris is on the upswing with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, respectively. Godbeer most recently outpointed Daniel Spitz, upping his UFC record to 1-1 after a debut loss to Justin Ledet.

Lightweight Vannata is looking to rebound after a decision loss to David Teymur that sapped his momentum after a spectacular wheel-kick knockout of John Makdessi this past December. Trujillo also needs a boost after a submission loss to James Vick, which snapped a three-fight win streak.

Lightweight Lentz mostly suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev, which brought his first loss since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. Brooks has lost back-to-back fights in bouts against Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira, respectively.

One-time flyweight title challenger Moraga recently got back in the win column with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian in June, while Bibulatov puts his unbeaten record to the test after a debut decision against Jenel Lausa.

Flyweight Schnell is in dire need of a win after losses against Rob Font and Hector Sandoval in his first two UFC appearances. Beltran, meanwhile, has hit the skids with back-to-back losses after a trio of wins.

With the additions, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush
  • Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Lando Vannata vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 212 medical suspensions: Johnny Eduardo possibly out 6 months with foot fracture

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Two fighters from this past weekend’s UFC 212 event received medical suspensions that could last up to six months.

The Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) – the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – on Monday sent the list of suspensions to MMAjunkie.

UFC 212 took place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Johnny Eduardo (28-11 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who suffered a first-round TKO loss to bantamweight Matthew Lopez (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the FS1 prelims, as well as Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who suffered a submission loss to welterweight Luan Chagas (15-2-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass prelims, both could be out of action for six months.

However, a doctor can clear Eduardo early from a right-foot fracture, and Wallhead can be cleared early from an eye injury.

Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who lost his featherweight belt to interim titleholder Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) in a headlining title-unification bout, was also suspended. Aldo, who suffered a third-round TKO loss, is suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days.

All fighters received minimum suspensions of 14 days with no contact during training for seven days. Lengthier medical suspensions included:

  • Jose Aldo: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Vitor Belfort: Suspended for 21 days with no contact during training for 14 days
  • Oluwale Bamgbose: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Erick Silva: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Johnny Eduardo: Suspended 180 days until receiving doctor’s clearance from a right-foot fracture
  • Jamie Moyle: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days
  • Jim Wallhead: Suspended 180 days until receiving doctor’s clearance from an eye injury
  • Marco Beltran: Suspended for 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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