Main card has delivered so far, which is great since the prelims weren't anything special minus Knight/Allers. How nasty is Barboza? Guy was always a hell of a fighter but Mark Henry (not that one) has really taken him to that next level. Got to wonder if that is it for Melendez in the UFC? Guy is a hell of a fighter but he's now lost three in a row and carries a pretty big contract. I'd like to see him get another shot since his losses were to Pettis while he was champ, Alvarez in a fight you could argue he won, and now Barboza who is on a tear.
EDIT: Wow, Shevchenko essentially "Holly Holm'd" Holly Holm. Beautiful counter strikes all fight long. What a wild year for the Women's Bantamweight division.
Joe Rogan has resigned with the UFC for another year. He will be working a reduced schedule though to allow more time for his other projects. Part of the reduced schedule means only doing domestic PPVs, thus he won't work any of the Fox shows or any PPVs outside of the States.
Well no more rumors, Georges St. Pierre himself has said that as as of today he is entered into the USADA testing pool and is currently negotiating a return to the UFC. Good timing too because that will put him returning in December for the year end card since I am pretty sure that it is a four month period in which you must be tested prior to coming back. They of course can give exceptions but GSP said he didn't want one since he has been so outspoken about PED use. Plus considering the last exception (Lesnar) failed his drug test, it may be a good while before they want to open that can of worms again.
What was supposed to be Jon Jones's return to greatness at UFC 200 following a suspension and legal troubles ended up only compounding the former light heavyweight champion's problems. Before Jones could face Daniel Cormier in the main event on July 9, he was removed from the card on July 7 for a potential anti-doping violation flagged by USADA.
As it turns out, Jones could be exonerated and soon. "Well, it's coming back now that it looks like he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took," UFC President Dana White told radio host Jim Rome on his show on Tuesday. "We'll see how this thing plays out."
During a July 18 hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission , it was revealed Jones tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor. Both are estrogen blockers typically used after a cycle of anabolic steroids to suppress unwanted side effects. The positive results derive from a June 16 out-of-competition drug test.
"I don't even know if this is public. I didn't know if I can talk about it," White said. "Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can't do it. It's looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug everybody thought he took. It looks like it's something else.
"I'll let this thing play out and if that's true and that's what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say happened, it could look good for Jon Jones."
While the positive test was administered by USADA on June 16 for an eventual bout in Las Vegas, the Nevada Athletic Commission retains legal authority over Jones's case. However, Jones is still subject to the penalties set out in USADA's protocol created with UFC. For Jones to return to the Octagon, he has to be clear of any penalties or restrictions from USADA and the state athletic commission. Neither body has shared any information publicly about any developments related to Jones's predicament.
White's revelation of Jones's potential return is not the first of its kind. On Sunday, Jones posted a video message on Instagram intimating he had received good news and would return to the Octagon soon.
In addition, while White acknowledged there may have been somewhat of a rush to judgment on Jones, the Jackson-Winklejohn fighter isn't without some blame, suggesting even if Jones ingested the banned substance accidentally, there is still a measure of culpability.
"He didn't get a bum wrap," White explained. "He definitely didn't get a bum wrap, but the substance that he was on, it was a pill that you take when you're coming off of steroids. But this thing is apparently in other things. Jon took something else.
"Where he doesn't come off clean is you have to tell USADA everything that you put in your body leading up to the fight and he did not," White noted.
So I'm going to be spending a few hours with ROYCE GRACIE today. He's doing two seminars (one for kids, one for adults) at a local BJJ place here in my town, and the newspaper I work for has agreed to let me cover the whole deal. So from about 5:30 to 9 tonight I shall be getting paid to be in the presence of one of the baddest mofoes of all time.
This is pretty damn awesome considering I grew up watching those early UFCs on VHS religiously.
Interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has been suspended one year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced the ban on Monday.
Jones, 29, became the first UFC athlete to enter arbitration with USADA last last month, regarding sanctions for a failed out-of-competition drug test on June 16. An independent arbitration panel announced its findings on Monday and suspended Jones for the maximum length of one year.
The suspension is retroactive to July 6, the date Jones was pulled from a UFC 200 pay-per-view title fight against Daniel Cormier, which was scheduled for July 9 in Las Vegas.
Jones (22-1) was provisionally suspended in July after testing positive for the banned substances clomiphene and letrozole.
In a statement, the UFC said it was aware of the suspension. "While the decision indicates no evidence of Jones' intentional use of banned substances," the statement read, "it does highlight the care and diligence that is required by athletes competing in the UFC to ensure that no prohibited substances enter their system."
Jones' attorney Howard Jacobs asserted the banned substances entered his system in the form of a sexual enhancement pill he believed was Cialis, a brand form of Tadalafil.
Jones stated he received a pill he believed to be Cialis from teammate Eric Blasich "on or about June 14." Jones said he checked with his agent, Malki Kawa, to confirm Cialis is not listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) banned substance list prior to ingesting the pill.
According to Jones' arguments, he later found out the pill was not Cialis, but another form of Tadalafil that Blasich had purchased from website titled AllAmericanPeptide.com.
In recent months, USADA independently obtained and tested a supply of Tadalafil from AllAmericanPetptide.com and found it to be contaminated with the banned substances Jones tested positive for.
The three-member arbitration panel, which consisted of arbitrators from England, Finland and Denmark, nevertheless found Jones at fault for the positive test.
In its findings, the panel describes Jones' degree of fault as verging on "reckless," as he did not take appropriate precautions to confirm exactly what the teammate had provided, or supervise Kawa's methods of confirming the medication was not banned.
In its written epilogue on the case, the arbitration panel stated it did not find Jones to be a cheat, but acknowledged his lack or caution resulted in a major financial loss.
"On the evidence before the Panel, [Jones] is not a drug cheat," the panel said. "He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance.
"However by his imprudent use of what he pungently referred to as a 'd--- pill' he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars."
Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Jones has fought just twice since the start of 2015. He was the undisputed light heavyweight titleholder from 2011 to 2015, but was stripped of the promotion last year due to legal issues.
Jones is still facing possible disciplinary action from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. A formal date for that hearing is not yet available.
UFC running two cards today. One from Ireland that will stream on Fight Pass and another from Brazil that will have it's main card on Fox Sports. Really hate when they do that as it means that there will be fights from Noon today all the way until about 1am tomorrow morning. Neither card is super strong (could have combined the two and made one really solid one) but I'll watch the Ireland card since it's early and I love watching events in Ireland. I'll record the other so I can watch Takeover live.
Yeah the "dick pill" defense is becoming to MMA as "my twitter was hacked" was to wrestling a few years back.
Well once again the UFC being hard headed has bit them in the ass. Though apparently this may have been new management playing hardball. Regardless GSP really wanted to be on the UFC 206 card taking place in Toronto, which considering his addition to the card would easily more than double the buyrate you'd think it would be a no brainer. Well they got into a bit of a pissing match with GSP declaring himself a free agent even though he'd have a hell of a legal battle with UFC since he is still technically under contract. For now cooler heads have seemingly prevailed and it seems like GSP will be back fighting sometime in 2017.
So UFC 206 on Dec. 10 was left with a main event of Daniel Cormier defending against Anthony Johnson in a rematch. That was before the injury bug once again struck an AKA fighter (Cormier) and left us with no main event. Luckily the card itself is pretty strong so it's not in danger of being cancelled or shifted to free tv but it is in need of a main event. Still once again we are left with yet another instance of an AKA fighter getting hurt during sparring becoming the second to do so in as many months. We are also left with the thought of "what could have been" had the UFC just allowed GSP to fight on the card. Sure it would have cost but it would balance out longterm as GSP has proven to be one of the biggest draws in MMA.
Here is where the card gets a little weird and if the rumor turns out to be true it will be interesting to see what happens. Originally the co-main event for UFC 206 was to be a featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. The rumor states that this bout will be promoted to the main event and it will become a title bout for the Interim Featherweight title. For those keeping score at home, that would be the title currently held by Jose Aldo after his win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. The rumor states that Aldo's interim title will be promoted to the Undisputed Featherweight title and Conor McGregor will be stripped of the Featherweight belt. This is all being reported by Ariel Helwani so he absolutely has a very good track record of breaking these stories. The UFC was very adamant that Conor would have to forfeit one belt if he beat Alvarez even though Conor said he didn't plan on doing so. Will be interesting to see how he reacts, though he has said he won't be back before his girlfriend gives birth which would be about eighteen months after he beat Aldo.
While Holloway/Pettis should be a fun fight I am not sure how well it will do from a buyrate standpoint.
Will TUF: Tournament of Champions has concluded and tomorrow night Demetrious Johnson will face the winner Tim Elliott.
For those who didn't know, this season of TUF featured 16 Flyweight Champions from other organizations competing for a chance to face UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for the title. In a cool story the eventual winner Tim Elliott is a former UFC fighter who was cut following a 2-4 record. He then went on to go unbeaten en route to winning the Titan FC Flyweight title. Also when you look at his four UFC losses 3 of them came at the hands of eventual UFC Fyweight Title contenders with only one of them featuring him being finished. I still expect Johnson to retain simply because he is on a different level right now but it should be an exciting fight because Elliott always brings it.
It also should be noted that this is DJ's 9th consecutive title defense and he is creeping closer and closer to Anderson Silva's record of 10 consecutive title defenses.
Was a good fight, Elliott almost shocked the world in that first round. That choke looked deep as hell, props to DJ for hanging in there.
Not a fan of Henry Cejudo but he got robbed in that fight with Benavidez. It probably should have been scored a draw and that is only because of the ridiculous point deduction in the first round. I'd be all for taking points on groin kicks if that was the rule, it being up to the ref's discretion just leaves it too open ended. It was unfortunate that Henry landed two low kicks but that is the first time I've seen someone warned after the first low kick. Again if that becomes the established rule then fine I'm good with it but I've seen guys land three low kicks and not even get a warning much less a point deducted.
Shame for Cejudo too because his striking actually looked pretty good which IMO has always been a weak point for him.