34-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 29-10-0
February 6, 2018 Jim Wallhead News
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Wallhead has been suspended for nine months due to a violation of the UFC's doping policy, the US Anti-Doping Agency reports.
Wallhead tested positive for Ostarine back in October. The substance was an unlisted ingredient in a dietary substance Wallhead was taking. Wallhead's nine-month suspension dates back to the date of his positive test, leaving him eligible to fight again in early July.
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Fantasy AnalysisThis news comes after Wallhead was forced to pull out of his fight vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118 last month due to an undisclosed injury. The soon-to-be 40-year-old will now go through USADA's results management and adjudication process before a possible punishment is determined. Given his age, a lengthy suspension could put his career in limbo. Wallhead has compiled an overall record of 29-11 since making his professional debut in 2005, though he's lost two straight fights -- his only two bouts in the UFC. Look for the exact details and punishment to be sorted out within the coming weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisWith the fight scheduled to take place next week, matchmakers will now be scrambling to find a new opponent for Alves for the preliminary card. Any specifics surrounding the injury or a timetable for a return are yet to be given for Wallhead.
Fantasy AnalysisWallhead has yet to score his first UFC win since debuting with the promotion in Sept. 2016. Having suffered two losses since, the 37-year-old has proven that he can take a lot of punishment (about twice as much as he dishes out) but with little to show for it. "Judo" has plenty of experience to rely on going into this fight, but little that has helped against UFC fighters thus far. Wallhead maintains a 29-11 record (0-2 UFC) with 11 KO/TKOs and 10 submissions.
Fantasy AnalysisWallhead threw as many punches as his opponent but with less effectiveness. Luan Chagas landed over twice as many significant strikes as Wallhead and sent him to the mat with a nasty hook in the second round, after which he clamped on a rear-naked choke for a submission win at 4:48 of Round 2. The 72 significant strikes landed to the head are probably what led to the 180-day medical suspension Wallhead was given. He will have to sit until then unless cleared earlier by a physician. Johnny Eduardo received a similar 180-day medical suspension pending medical clearance.
Fantasy AnalysisThat performance might be enough to cost Wallhead his job. He fell victim to an accidental eye poke from Chagas in Round 2, but he simply wasn't able to get in any sort of rhythm against the surging young Brazilian. At age 37, things aren't going to get any better for Wallhead moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisWallhead (29-10) dropped his debut back in September in a split-decision loss to Jessin Ayari. Chagas (14-2-1) is making just his third UFC appearance and has also yet to record a win.
Fantasy AnalysisWallhead has been fighting professionally since 2005, racking up a 29-9 record over that time. He's won four consecutive fights, three of which ended with a knockout. The veteran welterweight is the replacement for Emil Meek, who dropped out in order to avoid a potential USADA anti-doping policy violation. "Judo" has fought for several other promotions, including BAMMA, Cage Warriors, KSW, and Bellator.