MMA News Today: Ryan Garcia’s Team Claims Supplements Used Before Devin Haney Fight Tested Positive For Ostarine, Paulo Costa Gets Twerking Lessons From Fellow UFC 302 Fighter, & More

Welcome to MMA News Today, a daily feature running down the most interesting stories in the world of mixed martial arts. For May 31, 2024, we’re taking a look at:

  • Garcia’s team claim ostarine ingestion was unintentional 
  • Costa gets some fight week lessons in
  • Aliskerov misses out on another big fight

Ryan Garcia’s Team Explains Why They Believe Positive Test Was Caused By Tainted Supplement

Ryan Garcia’s team have put out a statement in response to the recent findings regarding his testing results for his win over Devin Haney.

After his A sample tested positive for ostarine, the B sample was sent away and came back with the same result, which appeared to make it a lot harder to defend.

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Garcia’s team believe that this was caused by a tainted supplement, as spoken about in the message that was put out there following the latest update.

“This confirms what we have consistently maintained: Ryan was a victim of supplement contamination and has never intentionally used any banned or performance-enhance substances. Any claims to the contrary, questioning Ryan’s integrity as a clean fighter, are unequivocally false and defamatory.”

The statement also provides several examples of why they believe that this is the case.

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It lists the likes of Garcia’s previous track record for voluntary testing, the small traces of ostarine that were found, his other pre-fight tests, and his clean hair sample as points that prove his innocence.

Paulo Costa Receives Twerk Training From UFC Bantamweight Ailin Perez During UFC 302 Fight Week

For a Paulo Costa fight week, UFC 302 appears to have been relatively plain sailing thus far, even if weigh-in day is still to come.

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Things can get confusing and crazy very quickly when he’s set to be in action, but in Newark, “Borrachinha” hasn’t been the instigator.

In fact, the only thing that screams Costa fight week was a recent video that surfaced online of him being given twerking lessons from a fellow member of the roster.

Ailin Perez caused some discussion last November after she twerked inside the Octagon following her win over Lucie Pudilová.

From the fighter hotel, Perez has now passed this knowledge on to Costa by giving him step by step instructions.

https://twitter.com/ChampRDS/status/1796344861614014692

Rising Middleweight Ikram Aliskerov Has Yet Another Fight Canceled

Highly regarded middleweight Ikram Aliskerov has had another fight slip through his fingers in 2024.

He was booked to face André Muniz on June 16 but a report from Laerte Viana announced that Muniz was out of the fight.

Aliskerov was named MMA News’ Newcomer of the Year for 2023 following two devastating performances inside the Octagon that should have led to big things in the near future.

The UFC has certainly tried to make that happen but bouts against the likes of Paulo Costa, Nassourdine Imavov, and Anthony Hernandez have all fallen apart during his time in the promotion.

Aliskerov posted on social media to suggest that he will be staying on the card, providing that the UFC can find him a replacement opponent.

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