30-Year-Old UFC Heavyweight 11-2-0
January 30, 2018 James Mulheron News
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Mulheron has accepted a one-year suspension from USADA due to a failed drug test back on Nov. 10, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Mulheron had been scheduled to face Cyril Asker on Nov. 25, but was pulled from the card following a positive test for both clomiphene and hydroxyclomiphen. The heavyweight was provisionally suspended Nov. 17, so he'll be eligible to compete again on that date in 2018. Though Mulheron is a relatively young fighter (set to turn 30 in February), he's a bit undersized for the division at 5-foot-10, and doesn't appear to have a tremendously high ceiling. He lost his UFC debut to Justin Willis last July, and is currently the world's No. 80 heavyweight fighter, according to FightMatrix.com.
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Fantasy AnalysisThis violation stems from an out-of-competition sample that was collected just last week, and will cost Mulheron a chance to get back on track after losing to Justin Willis during his UFC debut in July. The announcement will cause headaches for the UFC, as the promotion only has seven days to find a replacement for Mulheron. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the case involving "the Juggernaut."
Fantasy AnalysisMulheron really struggled in this fight. He was unable to close the distance and land strikes. His feints did not cause Willis to react, so Mulheron was stuck on the outside and trying to land range strikes against a fighter with longer reach. Willis also landed a few takedowns that drove the point home that this was a one-sided fight. Despite the loss, Mulheron is still 11-2 as a professional However, at only 5'10", he might not have much of a future in the UFC heavyweight division.