36-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 17-5-0, 1NC
December 20, 2017 George Sullivan News
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Sullivan (suspension) will face Niko Price in a welterweight fight at UFC on FOX 27 in North Carolina on Jan. 27, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
Sullivan is finally set to return to action after sitting out two years due to a couple of anti-doping policy violations. Prior to his suspension, Sullivan lost his last fight via knockout to Alexander Yakovlev at UFC on FOX 18 in January of 2016. He'll face an opponent in Price who is coming off his only professional loss (10-1, 1 NC), a second-round submission defeat to Vicente Luque at UFC Sao Paolo in October.
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Fantasy AnalysisSullivan was originally expected to be eligible for return on July 10 of this year, but this possibility will now be moved to Jan. 14. This time around, the drugs found in his system were medically prescribed, even though they are prohibited under the UFC's anti-doping policy. This is why it was "determined that Sullivan's degree of fault was reduced because his use of Clomiphene Citrate was under the care of his physician," which is why his suspension was reduced from two years, down to one.
Fantasy AnalysisSullivan is currently still serving his a one-year suspension due to his first anti-doping policy violation. He now could be facing at least another two-year suspension or more, depending on how the appeal process shakes out.
Fantasy AnalysisA failed drug test isn't the only thing that can put a fighter on USADA's radar, and that appears to be the case with Sullivan, who had not failed a test. His removal from Saturday's card is described as precautionary, as USADA is expected to conduct an investigation. While the date of Sullivan's next fight remains in limbo, his originally-scheduled opponent, Hector Urbina, will look to be re-booked in the near future.
Fantasy AnalysisNot a great night for Sullivan in front of the hometown crowd. He is generally tough, gritty and durable, but he showed none of those attributes on Saturday. The 34-year-old Sullivan has a better all-around game than he gets credit for, but he just isn't talented enough to beat better fighters at this point in his career. He falls to 3-2 in five career fights in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 34-year-old Sullivan, who trains with UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino in Belmar, New Jersey, possesses a 3-1 promotional record with wins over Mike Rhodes, Igor Araujo, and Dominic Waters.
Fantasy AnalysisSullivan dominated the vast majority of the fight but he has to be very disappointed that he couldn't get the finish. Sullivan spent nearly the entirety of Round 2 on top of Waters but he never really threatened to close out the bout. Still, it was a marked improvement from his April loss against Tim Means. Sullivan has won nine of his last 10 bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisSullivan is coming off an April loss to Tim Means, but he had an eight-fight winning streak prior to that setback. The New Jersey native should be a heavy favorite in the bout with Waters.