Jon Jones’ Mother’s Leg Was Amputated On The Week Of UFC 197

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In turns out that ring rust and brief stints and jail weren’t the only distractions the former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had to deal with before the UFC 197 fight with Ovince St. Preux on April 21. Jones revealed to MMA Junkie during a UFC 200 press conference in New York that his mom lost her leg to diabetes on the same week on the fight. Video of the press conference can be seen here, http://www.mmamania.com/2016/4/27/11518548/live-ufc-200-press-conference-video-stream-cormier-vs-jones-2-new-york-mma.

“In my last fight, you know, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me. A lot of you guys don’t really realize what’s been going on in my personal life. My mom is in a real bad position. She’s really losing a fight to diabetes right now. She got her leg cut off the same week of my fight. So that really messed with me a lot. I was in jail the same month of my fight. Just going through a lot of stuff, man. I hadn’t fought in over 15 months. Everyone’s talking about my performance being so bad. I got punched twice. I won by unanimous decision. So it’s like, if that’s a bad performance, then look at the level people expect from me. It’s really not a bad problem to have. I went out there, I didn’t feel comfortable in the Octagon, and I still absolutely dominated that fight,” said Jones.

Later, Jone made a tweet regarding the status of his mother’s recovery.

It’s sad news, and I’m sure many in MMA community will happily send their thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Jones. God Speed to both of them.

Source: (http://www.mmamania.com/2016/4/28/11526252/jon-jones-my-mom-had-her-leg-cut-off-the-same-week-as-my-ufc-197-fight-mma)

 

Kid Yamamoto returns to face Chris Beal at UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson

The legendary Bantamweight from Japan returns in June and will face off against TUF veteran Chris Beal as announced this past weekend.

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Chris Beal was added to UFC Fight Night 89 which takes place on June 18th at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Yamamoto (18-6(2), 0-3(1) in UFC) makes a return to cage after a year-long absence since walking away from UFC 184 with a no contest in his match-up with Roman Salazar due to an accidental eye poke from Norifumi. While the fight ending foul occurred during the middle of the second round, many opted in favoring Yamamoto as the winner of the first round. Yamamoto was scheduled to return at UFC Fight Night 75 last Fall but an unfortunate leg injury sidelined the Japanese legend.

Beal (10-2, 2-2 in UFC) will be making a return to Bantamweight following a 0-2 losing run at Flyweight where he dropped decisions to Neil Seery and Chris Kelades. At Bantamweight, Beal holds wins over Patrick Williams and Tateki Matsuda. Beal is an Ultimate Fighter veteran who participated on the 18th season and was a competitor on Ronda Rousey’s team. Beal was submitted by the shows eventual winner Chris Holdsworth in his second bout in the house via guillotine choke.

UFC Fight Night 89 will be headlined by a showcase Welterweight bout by top contenders Rory “Red King” MacDonald and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The full card features:

Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Steve Bosse vs. Sean O’Connell
Elias Theodorou vs. Sam Alvey
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
Tamdan McCrory vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Alex Garcia vs. Colby Covington
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Randa Markos vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Chris Beal

BREAKING: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones II official for UFC 200

Well it was just a matter of time.

After Jon Jones defeated Ovince Saint Preux last Saturday at UFC 197 to win the Interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship, many fans and media believed that the grudge match between the division’s best rivals would finally come to fruition, and at the years grandest spectacle.

Sure enough, that seems to be the case as FloCombat.com has reported that the rematch over a year in the making will indeed take place at the summer event. Soon after the matchup was official after an announcement made on Good Morning America Wednesday Morning.

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The two men were set to meet oat UFC 197 last Saturday. However Cormier pulled from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by “OSP” on three weeks notice also changing the bout to an Interim title fight.

This is the second main event set in place for the historic event after Conor McGregor was controversially removed from the headlining spot opposite Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 Welterweight bout which saw Diaz pull off the massive upset in a second round submission victory. UFC President Dana White cited McGregor’s unwillingness to participate in promoting the card as the reasoning for the bout being scratched.

It is not yet confirmed if Nate Diaz will also be pulled from the card although at a press conference last week, Diaz stated that if he wasn’t fighting McGregor, then he would be “taking a vacation.

UFC 200 takes place July 9th at the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

 

MMA Outsiders Rankings – April 26, 2016: Edson Barboza enters Lightweight Top-10

1. Fabricio Werdum
2. Cain Velasquez”
3. Alistair Overeem
4. Junior Dos Santos
5. Stipe Miocic
6. Ben Rothwell
7. Andrei Arlovski
8. Mark Hunt
9. Travis Browne
10. Josh Barnett
LHW

1. Jon Jones
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Anthony Johnson
4. Alexander Gustafsson
5. Ryan Bader
6. Glover Teixeira
7. Phil Davis
8. Rashad Evans
9. Ovince St. Preux
10. Liam McGeary

MW

1. Luke Rockhold
2. Chris Weidman
3. Yoel Romero
4. Jacare Souza
5. Michael Bisping
6. Anderson Silva
7. Lyoto Machida
8. Vitor Belfort
9. Gegard Mousasi
10. David Branch

1. Robbie Lawler
2. Rory Macdonald
3. Stephen Thompson
4. Johny Hendricks
5. Tyrone Woodley
6. Carlos Condit
7. Demian Maia
8. Neil Magny
9. Matt Brown
10. Ben Askren

1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Donald Cerrone
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
4. Tony Ferguson
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Gilbert Melendez
7. Nate Diaz
8. Edson Barboza
9. Will Brooks
10. Anthony Pettis
1. Conor McGregor
2. Jose Aldo
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Chad Mendes
5. Max Holloway
6. Charles Oliveira
7. Cub Swanson
8. Ricardo Lamas
9. Daniel Straus
10. Jeremy Stephens

1. Dominick Cruz
2. TJ Dillashaw
3. Renan Barao
4. Urijah Faber
5. Aljamain Sterling
6. Thomas Almeida
7. Marlon Moraes
8. Raphael Assuncao
9. Michael McDonald
10. Bibiano Fernandes

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. John Dodson
4. Henry Cejudo
5. Jussier Formiga
6. Ian McCall
7. Kyoji Horiguchi
8. John Moraga
9. Louis Smolka
10. Wilson Reis

1. Miesha Tate
2. Holly Holm
3. Ronda Rousey
4. Amanda Nunes
5. Julianna Pena
6. Cat Zingano
7. Tonya Evinger
8. Sara McMann
9. Jessica Eye
10. Alexis Davis

1. Joanna Champion
2. Claudia Gadhela
3. Carla Esparza
4. Jessica Aguilar
5. Tecia Torres
6. Rose Namajunas
7. Jessica Penne
8. Valerie Letourneau
9. Joanne Calderwood
10. Livia Souza

Fly
1. Jennifer Maia
2. Vanessa Porto
3. Barb Honchak
4. Roxanne Modafferi
5. Julia Berezikova
6. Poliana Botelho
7. Sarah D’Alelio
8. Andrea Lee
9. Katlyn Chookagian
10. Silvana Gomez

Atomweight
1. Ayaka Hamasaki
2. Amber Brown
3. Naho Sugiyama
4. Herica Tibucio
5. Jinh Yu
6. Celine Haga
7. Jodie Esquibel
8. Mei Yamaguchi
9. Cassie Rodish
10. Satoko Shinashi

Featherweight
1. Cyborg Justino
2. Marloes Coenen
3. Julia Budd
4. Faith Van Duin
5. Arlene Blencowe
6. Elaina Maxwell
7. Latoya Walker
8. Amanda Bell
9. Daria Ibragimova
10. Cindy Dandois

Dana White Says Jones v Cormier II Could Headline UFC 200 If They Are In Good Health

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Dana White, while speaking to Brett Okamoto backstage at the MGM Grand and revealed that a rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier could be placed as the main card for UFC 200 if both men are fit to fight by that time. “If they’re both healthy, yea, it’s a possibility that could be the main event of UFC 200,” White said.

Jones had previously beat Cormier by unanimous decision at a Light-Heavyweight title fight at UFC 182 back in January 2015. Cormier originally stepped as a replacement for the injured Alexander Gustafson at UFC 178 in September 2014, but Jones got injured before the fight could happen. Thanks to the heated rivalry between the two, Cormier was kept on for the rescheduled title fight instead of Gustafson.

 Jones was stripped of his title in April 2015 after involved in a hit-and-run incident in Albequerque. Cormier then defeated Anthony Johnson by rear-naked choke to win the vacant title, which he later defended against Gustafson. Cormier was originally scheduled to fight Jones at UFC 197, but was replaced Ovince Saint Preux after he was also forced to pull out due to injury. Jones defeated Saint Preux by unanimous decision.

Source: (http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/4/24/11497522/ufc-200-news-mma-dana-white-jon-jones-daniel-cormier-conor-mcgregor-nate-diaz)

Conor is not retired, wants UFC 200 fight!

Conor McGregor has taken to Facebook and clarified that he is not retired and responds  to being pulled from UFC  200-
I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.
I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. 
There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.
50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this. 
Nothing else was going through my mind. 
It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life.
Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Conneticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show did not get me this life. 
Talking to some lady that deep down doesn’t give a fuck about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I’m cool with that too, I’ve been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now.
I’m coming for my revenge here. 
I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep. 
With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight. 
I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again.
I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment.

But it was denied. 
There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me. 
So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them. 

And all with one tweet.

Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good. 

I must isolate myself now.

I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time. 

I can not dance for you this time.

It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here. 

Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it. 

He came in with no shit to do that last one. I’d already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out.

Maybe I’ll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation.

I’m doing what I need for me now. 

It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way. 

I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. 

I am still ready to go for UFC 200. 

I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions.

If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say. 

For the record also – 

For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations – 

I AM NOT RETIRED.”
Eric Scott  

 

Dana White Says Aldo v Edgar 2 Will Be A Title Match If McGregor Retires

  

During an appearance on “The Herd” on Wednesday, Dana White said that if the current Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor is actually retiring, then the title goes to the winner of the rematch between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Aldo and Edgar currently scheduled for the Interim Featherweight Championship (145 lbs) at UFC 200 on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

McGregor was pulled from the Nate Diaz rematch after after allegedly announcing his retirement on Twiter. Many thought the champion was joking, but it seems like now that statement may have been serious. 

Dana White seems as confuse as everyone else. “That’s the thing. Conor needs to clear up the who retirement thing and clear it up fast,” quoted White. “If he is retiring, then at UFC 200 Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will fight for the vacant title.”

Before getting knocked out in the first round by McGregor in the first round of UFC 194, Aldo had defended 10 times and had been undefeated in his previous 17 fights. Aldo defeated Edgar by unanimous decision at UFC 156, but Edgar has been on 5-fight winning streak hoping to reclaim another title shot.

Source:(http://m.sherdog.com/news/news/Dana-White-Aldo-vs-Edgar-Will-Be-for-Vacant-Featherweight-Title-if-Conor-McGregor-Retires-103675)

Conor McGregor Pulled from UFC 200

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

In an unbelievable turn of events,  the UFC has announced that the Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, will not compete in the main event of UFC 200. The event was to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9, 2016. The news is even more shocking than when it was announced that their would be an immediate rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz. Diaz came in as an alternate for the Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos, who broke his foot during training. Diaz submitted McGregor at UFC 196 in the second round by rear-naked-choke

The news follows an announcement that McGregor made on Twitter about supposed retiring from MMA. McGregor tweeted, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya later.” It wasn’t clear if McGregor was serious or meant it as a joke, but his coach John Cavanaugh released a statement saying, “It was fun while it last.”

UFC President Dana White decided to give his side of the story in a press release.

Conor didn’t want to come to Las Vegas and be part of any promotional training. He’s in Iceland training. He felt leaving right now would hurt his training. But every other fighter on the card is coming. It doesn’t make you exempt. We spend a lot of money on this stuff…. Is Conor McGregor retiring? Only he can answer that question. I don’t know. But he will not be a part of UFC 200.”

Obviously we still have a good relationship with Conor,” White continued. “I respect Conor as a fighter and I like him as a person. But you can’t decide not to show up to these things. You have to do it.” Who will replace McGregor at UFC 200 remains to be seen.

Sources: (http://www.mmamania.com/2016/4/19/11464784/dana-white-conor-mcgregor-pulled-ufc-200-retirement-nate-diaz-mma), (http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/4/19/11464744/mma-news-dana-white-announces-conor-mcgregor-out-ufc-200-refused-press-conference?_ga=1.42997793.527278055.1432682209)

 

 

 

 

 

Emelianenko vs Maldonaldo Confirmed According to Sherdog

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Sherdog.com says it can now confirm rumored reports that former Pride Heayweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will face the former UFC Light-Heayweight/Heavyweight fighter Fabio Maldonaldo. The confirmation came on Sunday, after it was reported by the Brazilian fighting news outlet Combate.

Known as the “The Last Emperor,” Emelianenko is widely considered to have been one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time during his reign. At age 39, the Russian fighter came out of a three-year retirement to return to the cage at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve Event, where he defeated Jaideep Singh to submit to punches 3:02 in first round. Emelianenko has won his last four fights and owns a 35-4 career record. Emelianenko currently has a record of 34-4, and has been undefeated in his last four fights.

The former boxer and current MMA fighter Fabio Maldonaldo of Brazil has recently been released for the UFC. The 36-year old had suffered back-to-back losses in his previous fights with Quinton Jackson and Corey Anderson. While Maldonaldo mostly fought at the Light-Heavyweight division (205 lbs.), he did fight as an alternate against Stipe Miocic in May 2014, where he lost by knockout in 35 seconds of the first round. His fight with Emelianenko will be at Heavyweight (265 lbs.).

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight title fight set for Fight Pass event scheduled for July 7th

The Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will make his return to defend his title for the second time against the former Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

The UFC announced Friday morning the match-up, and also included the interesting fact that it will be featured during International Fight Week on July 7th which lands on a Thursday. The final kicker? It will be featured exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Dos Anjos (25-7, 14-5 in UFC) is coming off a dominant first round TKO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in December. He was scheduled to defend his title earlier this year in March against UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor but was forced to pull out of the bout due to a foot injury. Dos Anjos is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, earning stoppages in three of those bouts.

Eddie Alvarez (27-4, 2-1 in UFC) may have gotten off to a rocky start in the UFC after dropping a judges decision to Donald Cerrone in his promotional debut, but Alvarez has since put that hiccup far behind him after defeating former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez last June, and following that up with a victory over the former UFC champion Anthony Pettis. Alvarez himself is a former Bellator Lightweight champion and defeated the likes of Roger Huerta, Shinya Aoki, Patrickey “Pitbull” Freire and Michael Chandler during his reign.

This UFC Fight Night has yet to correctly numbered nor have any other bouts for the card been announced as of yet. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.