McGregor VS Mayweather is a hot topic, lets not forget about UFC 214

The Conor McGregor VS Floyd Maweather show is going on. If you are a part of any MMA groups you know by now it’s about all anyone can talk about. Lets put that to the side for now and preview UFC 214, an awesome MMA card. UFC 214 will have 3 title fights.

Jon Jones ( 22 – 1 ) VS Daniel Cormier ( 19 – 1 )  

This fight is a rematch from UFC 182, back in 2015. Jon Jones came away with the decision. Handing Daniel Cormier his first and only loss. As everyone knows Jon has had some personal issues that had his title stripped and then had to serve a suspension. The fall out of Jon being stripped of his Light Heavyweight Title led to a new champion, Daniel Cormier.

Daniel Cormier won the vacant title in a fight against Anthony Johnson back at UFC 187, May 23rd 2015. He has defended the title twice. A fight against Jon Jones was replaced with a fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 200 in a non title fight. I speak for all fight fans when I say I can’t wait to see these guys to finally fight again.

Tyron Woodley ( 17 – 3 – 1 ) VS Demian Maia ( 22 – 6 )

This one is for the Welterweight Championship. Demian Maia is riding a 7 fight win streak and has finally earned his shot at the title. His last 3 wins came against Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit and Matt Brown.

Standing in his way is Tyron Woodley. Tyron took the belt in violent fashion against Robbie Lawler, a first round knock out of the reigning welterweight king. His last two were against Stephan Thompson, the first one was a draw and the second one Woodley came away with the majority decision. It wasn’t a very exciting fight but Woodley turned it up in the 5th round and got his hand raised.

Cyborg ( 17 -1 – 1 ) Vs Tonya Evinger  ( 19 – 5 – 1 )

Our third title fight on the card. This one for the women’s Featherweight Title. Germaine de Randamie was stripped of her title for refusing to fight Cyborg. This division was made for Cyborg, the dream fight back in the day was always Cyborg VS Ronda Rousey but the 135 weight class was to big of a cut, even 140 was tough. Now that there is a 145 pound division, we finally have Cyborg in a UFC title fight.

Her opponent, Tonya Evinger. Tonya will be making her UFC debut, a title fight isn’t a bad way to introduce yourself. Originally Megan Anderson was going to be Cyborg’s opponent but she was forced to pull out.

Robbie Lawler ( 27 – 11 – 1 ) VS Donald Cerrone ( 32 – 8 – 1 )

This fight could easily be a main event on another card, this tells you just how stacked UFC 214 really is. Robbie Lawler is coming off a loss against Tyron Woodley. Lawler lost his title in that fight. He took almost a year off and now here he is going back to work. This fight was suppose to be on UFC 213 but Donald was forced to pull out, so it was rescheduled for this card.

Donald Cerrone is coming off a loss to Jorge Masvidal. You have to wonder if Donald fights to often, not leaving his body time to heal. He certainly didn’t look like himself in his last fight, he was coming off a war with Matt Brown and takes a fight against Jorge Masvidal just 6 weeks later.

This is one of those fights that it’s hard to make an educated guess who will win. I will tell you who wins in this one, the fans do !

Title defense finishing rates of UFC champions

There has been a lot of talk about fighters finishing fights lately, so I figured I would list the finishing rates of every dominant champion (3 or more defenses) in UFC/Pride history.

1. Ronda Rousey-100%-Finished 7/7 defenses
2.Frank Shamrock-100%-Finished 4/4 defenses
3.Chuck Liddell-100%-Finished 4/4 title defenses
4.BJ Penn-100%-Finished 3/3 defenses
5.Matt Hughes-86%-Finished 6/7 defenses
6.Anderson Silva-80%-Finished 8/10 defenses
7.Tito Ortiz-80%-Finished 4/5 defenses
8.Pat Miletich-75%-Finished 3/4 defenses
9.Wanderlei Silva-75%- Finished 3/4 defenses
10.Demetrious Johnson-56%-Finished 5/9 defenses
11. Jon Jones-44%- Finished 4/9 defenses
12.Fedor Emelianenko-33%-Finished 1/3 defenses
13. Jose  Aldo-29%- Finished 2/7 defenses
14. Joanna Jędrzejczyk-25%-Finished 1/4 defenses
15.Georges St. Pierre-13%-Finished 1/8 title defenses
16.Benson Henderson- 0%- Finished 0/3 title defenses

In the history of Pride and UFC there have been about 80 different championship reigns, only 10 of those had 3 successful title defenses or more in a row in the men’s divisions.

In the women’s divisions, only two women have manage to do 3 or more defenses.

How important is finishing your opponent? In my opinion, extremely. Martial Arts were invented to defend yourself and to be able to incopassitate an attacker. Martial Arts techniques were designed to finish off opponents. If you can’t do that, how great of a martial artist can you claim to be?

 

But everyone has an opinion, regardless of such, these are the stats.

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Jon Jones Stripped of Interim Title.

Jon Jones has been stripped of his interim Light Heavyweight Championship. He was originally suppose to fight Daniel Cormier for the Light Heavyweight Title but DC had to pull out because of an injury. Jon Jones was then matched up with Ovince Saint Preux and the fight was made a 5 round Interim Title match.

Jon won a 5 round decision against Ovince Saint Preux. The fight with Daniel Cormier was set up again for  UFC 200, for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Jon was flagged by USADA and pulled from the event for a failed drug test. This was back in July.
Jon said his failed drug test was because of a tainted sexual performance pill he took. This led to Jon Jones being suspended for a year. The suspension is retroactive from the July date. Meaning his suspension will be up in July.

Not only was he pulled from UFC 200 and given a one year suspension. He has been stripped of his interim championship. I doubt that the interim title being stripped matters much to Jon, he wouldn’t let Dana White put the belt on him after his win against Ovince Saint Preux. Saying he wanted the real one, we can only wait and see what the future holds for Jon Jones. His personal life has been a mess and it’s effecting his career in many negative ways. No one can deny that Jon Jones is an amazing talent, but it means little if he can’t stay eligible.

It’s unclear who Jon will fight when his suspension is up in July, maybe they’ll put him right in there and give him a title shot, maybe they will make him beat a contender first, it’s hard to say. Jon Jones reminds me of Mike Tyson, personal and legal issues robbed Mike Tyson of competing in his prime, the same can be said for Jon Jones.

Gegard Mousasi, Alexander Gustaffson make plea for bout with Daniel Cormier following Jones removal from UFC 200.

Following the unfortunate removal of Jon Jones from the UFC 200 championship main event due to a potential USADA anti-doping violation, Daniel Cormier finds himself possibly missing out on competing in arguably the greatest UFC card in history. After the announcement of Jones removal however, Dana White hinted that an opponent for Cormier was not off the table just yet.

During a Las Vegas press conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that a new opponent for Cormier hadn’t been ruled out.

“Maybe someone will pop up and fight Cormier at the last minute,” White said. “Stranger things have happened.”

Not long after the announcement, a handful of capable fighters made their desires to compete against the current Light Heavyweight champion known. Most notably Gegard Mousasi and top ranked Light Heavyweight Alexander Gustaffson.

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Gustaffson, who gave out an apparent timeline last night might be too far away to be considered the actual replacement. Gegard Mousasi however may be the favorite to be awarded this fight. After all, he’s already in Vegas getting set to compete against Thiago Santos in the UFC Fight Pass preliminary portion of Saturday nights card.

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Gegard Mousasi has competed for a good portion of his career at Light Heavyweight. He has won Light Heavyweight gold in both DREAM and Strikeforce and holds wins in that division against the likes of Evangelista Santos, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Sokoudjou, Hector Lombard, Ilir Latifi, Mike Kyle, and Ovince St. Preux.

Cormier and Co. stand to lose quite the paycheck should they miss out on competing on this historic card. With all variables considered it would appear Gegard Mousasi is the best potential candidate to come into this bout and face the current 205 lb champion.

Jon Jones pulled from UFC 200 due to possible USADA violation, Lesnar vs. Hunt moved to UFC 200 main event

Jon Jones has pulled some blunders in his time with the UFC, but this one could potentially take the cake.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been removed from his main event championship bout with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 just three days out due to a potential violation in a USADA drug test administered on June 16th last month.

Due to this drastic card change, Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt has been promoted to the main event but will remain a scheduled three rounds.

“The UFC was notified tonight that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Jon Jones of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016. USADA, an independent administrator of the anti-doping policy, will handle results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that under the UFC anti-doping policy, there is a full, fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. However, because Jones was scheduled to fight Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Vegas, there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout, and therefore the bout has been removed from the fight card.

UFC President Dana White has yet to rule out a possible opponent for Daniel Cormier. White quote.

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.

 

 

Tony Ferguson injured and out of UFC on FOX headliner , Evans vs. Teixeira promoted to main event

If you were in the need for a way to have life be sad and unfair for the day, look no further.

On Tuesday, the UFC and Fox Sports announced that top-ranked Lightweight and UFC on Fox 20 headliner Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson has pulled out of his main event slot against Khabib Nurmagomedov due to an apparent lung injury injury. The bout was all but assured to provide us with a number one contender to face reigning champ Rafael dos Anjos for the title.

With Ferguson out, Nurmagomedov has been removed from the card, further adding insult to the literal injury as the Russian has yet to fight since April of 2014, due to a string of his own injuries in the past. Khabib will instead be scheduled for a different bout at a later date.

Also, the Light Heavyweight match-up between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira has been promoted to the main event and has been rescheduled for five rounds. The original bout was to be between Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, though Rua would bow out due to a minor injury and be rescheduled for a later bout in the Summer.

Evans will be looking to get back on track with a big win a week before UFC 197 where Jon Jones and Ovince St. Preux will compete for the UFC Interim Light Heavyweight title. Teixiera himself is looking to add a big win to his current run, coming into this bout on a two-fight winning streak. No announcement yet on which preliminary bout will get the honor of filling up the Fox main card, but stay tuned for more on that with us at MMAOutsiders.

 

RUMOR: Daniel Cormier may be out of UFC 197 title fight due to injury.

When it is today of all days, it’s hard to believe most, if not all, insane news that you see when it comes to MMA. Which makes delivering this specific sort of news confusing. Multiple sites have been siting BJPenn.com for “breaking” the news after the site stated that a close source informed them that Cormier would be unable to make it to UFC 197. Many multiple sites such as MMAMania and MMAFighting are choosing to believe BJPenn.com and have run the story.

This writer is certainly remaining wary and will be looking for more legitimate evidence, at least until it is no longer April 1st.

However, if it does prove to be true that the current Light Heavyweight champion is in fact injured and unable to compete at UFC 197, top Light Heavyweight and former title challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has already stated that he would be willing and ready to step in on short notice and compete at UFC 197. Making the possibility of an interim Light Heavyweight championship fight the next likely option if the UFC wishes to keep Jon Jones on this card.

More news to come as we get it Outsiders. Stay tuned.

Jon Jones arrested for violating probation

It seems the media circus that is Jon Jones continues to dazzle and amaze. Just not in the way he was prefer, I’m sure (at least you would think).

24 hours removed from announcing on the MMA Hour that he had received 5 tickets last week from an Albuquerque Police Officer during a traffic stop, Jon Jones was arrested and taken into custody at 10 a.m. local time. He was arrested by officers from Probation & Parole and taken to the detention center. Jones remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon and no bail has been set.

Jones was pulled over in his vehicle by an officer from the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday night and given five tickets, including one for drag racing. Jones denied in a video released by the Albuquerque Police Department that he was racing , and further denied any wrong doing during an appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. An emotional Jones could be heard on the body camera video, worn by the ABQ officer,  cursing at the officer and att one point, Jones called the cop a “f*cking liar” and a “pig.”

Jones was ticketed for drag racing, having a loud, modified exhaust on his car, an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving, an APD spokesperson confirmed. None of these tickets would not normally have resulted in an arrest. However, Jones was on probation after pleading guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge in September. A Bernalillo County judge granted Jones a conditional discharge from the April 2015 case. Jones had to complete 18 months of probation and 72 appearances of community service and his felony would be wiped clean.

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The UFC released a press statement this morning concerning Jones:

“UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week. UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information.”

Jon Jones is set to face Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship at UFC 197 on April 27.

Video: ABQ Police release video of Jon Jones receiving ticket for drag racing

Jon Jones appeared on the MMA Hour Monday morning. Among the many topics discussed, Jones admintted to being ticketed for multiple citations from an Albuquerque police officer last week.  Not too long after Jones’ appearance on the show did the Alburquerque Police Department relaease two videos of Jon’s police stop off of an officers body cam. Below are the two video links to Jon Jones’ traffic stop.

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6yFu5ZD32c

Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6yFu5ZD32c

Jones acted somewhat hostile-like towards the officer. But what do you fans think?