UFC's Zu Anyanwu notified of potential USADA violation

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Zu Anyanwu failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Officials announced the news on Friday.

The heavyweight’s failed test was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 18.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Wallhead. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) signed with the UFC earlier this year after scoring a second-round knockout of Greg Rebello at the first DWCS event. A longtime CFFC fighter who previously held the organization’s heavyweight title, Anyanwu then suffered a split-decision defeat to Justin Ledet in his promotional debut.

That fight, which came on short notice, came at UFC Fight Night 116 in September, saw Anyanwu with a late rally, but it ultimately fell short. It snapped a five-fight winning streak.

Anyanwu hadn’t been booked for his second UFC fight before news of the potential USADA violation.

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC-Pittsburgh results: Justin Ledet jabs his way past Zu Anyanwu

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Justin Ledet kept his punches tight, once again flashing an impressive jab in a 15-minute contest with UFC newcomer Zu Anyanwu.

The heavyweight matchup kicked off the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

The two heavyweights kept their hands cocked to open, both men looking for striking opportunities. As they pumped out jabs, Ledet proved the quicker man, while Anyanwu covered and tried to find a home for the big right. Ledet certainly outworked his opponent, but Anyanwu seemed comfortable with that pace while he hoped to set up the big counter.

The pace of the contest remained moderate, at best, with Ledet flashing out crisp strikes from range. Anyanwu didn’t seem bothered by the blows but also wasn’t able to fire back anything of value. While his power was evident, Anyanwu simply couldn’t land flush and was instead forced to eat a steady stream of jabs.

Down on the cards, Anyanwu turned up the heat in the third, pressing forward and throwing his big right with more frequency. Ledet stuck to the quick jab, busting up Anyanwu’s face and keeping him at range. The crowd reacted more to Anyanwu’s haymakers, but Ledet was the one landing the effective blows, sticking with crisp boxing techniques. Anyanwu showed well in a short-notice appearance, but the result seemed certain, even if Ledet had to wait through a somewhat shocking split-decision result.

Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) remains undefeated, while Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) sees a five-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

DWCS winner Zu Anyanwu gets short-notice fill-in spot at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 116

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 main card has a late change.

UFC officials today announced Zu Anyanwu (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a recent winner at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, has stepped in to replace injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and now meets fellow heavyweight Justin Ledet (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Most of the card, including Anyanwu vs. Ledeir main-card opener, airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Anyanwu’s camp first announced the fight and posted a cool video of the announcement in his gym (via Twitter):

The Pennsylvania-based Anyanwu, a longtime CFFC fighter, will fight close to home in his UFC debut. At DWCS 1, he scored a second-round knockout win over vet Greg Rebello, which marked the 36-year-old’s fifth straight victory and his seventh win in eight fights going back to 2015. He has eight knockouts and two submissions in 14 career wins.

He takes on Ledet, a 28-year-old former collegiate basketball plater who signed with the UFC in 2016. He’s since picked up a decision win over Chase Sherman and a submission victory over Mark Godbeer, which earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Zu Anyanwu vs. Justin Ledet

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie