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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.


Insomnia

This is very cool of Artem Lobov

A crazy Jiu-Jitsu story:

Jiu Jitsu and Weed mix very well, as the Diaz brothers could tell you.

Ben Askren kept up his trash talk today on Twitter.

The trade, Askren for Demetrious Johnson, seems like a positive event in and of itself, but it might be less of a positive development for the fighters going forward.

Rachael Ostivich grappling with her partner

Of course Tito Ortiz wants to outlive his kids

How… how do you not know Floyd Mayweather’s name as an expert in anything related to combat sports?


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Body kick!

Sometimes a kick catch doesn’t pan out:

The T-rex dance from Marcelo Rojo!

George Foreman and Ron Lyle was a heavyweight fight I hadn’t known about until today. What a slugfest!

I missed Aaron Pico in slow motion. After beating Leandro Higo, I can’t wait to see him against the elite in Bellator and perhaps eventually the UFC.


Random Land

Its been some day for Florida. First the MAGA bomber, now this.

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Oezdemir Waiting For His Chance To Break ‘Bones’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has been cleared to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) after striking a deal with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the wake of his failed drug test.

That means “Bones” can try to recapture the soon-to-be-stripped strap from longtime nemesis Daniel Cormier, assuming he’s able to upend Alexander Gustafsson — again — when they rematch at UFC 232 in December.

And when he does, 205-pound contender Volkan Oezdemir will be waiting.

“I’m also happy he’s back because he can continue to fight and make a living out of it,” Oezdemir told Eurobash (via MMA Fighting). “It’s cool that he’s back and he’s able to fight, I’ll be waiting for him to get my fight [against him].”

That will take some work from all parties involved. Not only does Jones have to put down “The Mauler,” Oezdemir must first slug his way past light heavyweight smashing machine, Anthony Smith, at UFC Moncton this weekend on FOX Sports 1.

Oezdemir (15-2) won his first three fights with UFC — two by way of devastating knockout — before securing a Cormier title fight back in January. Despite a strong start, “No Time” was eventually schooled by “DC” but has vowed to come back stronger.

Strong enough to put down Jones? That remains to be seen.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

The post Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

The post Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

The post Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Cris Cyborg Gonna Feast on the Bones of Bantamweight Champ Amanda Nunes

There is just one female superfight for the UFC to make, and it looks like they done made it!

According to featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, she’s signed on the dotted line and will face bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in December.

This is a fantastic match-up. Nunes’ best weapon is her punching power, and Cyborg is perhaps the most dangerous female fighter to ever set foot in a cage thanks to her own striking skills. I think it’s safe to say someone is getting smoked in this fight.

Here’s Cyborg’s Instagram post announcing the bout:

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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Offered to Help Woodley Beat Covington

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Jon Jones’ old college roommate, Colby Covington, has been doing his best to get ahead by making as many enemies as possible. That includes Jon Jones himself, who Colby claimed had been juicing since his college days. Jones responded with several vicious social media attacks, complimenting Covington on being a ‘special type of liar’ and calling him ‘disgusting’.

Now that Covington is the interim welterweight champion, he is looking at an upcoming title fight with the real champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley said that Jon Jones doesn’t talk to him all that much, but he made a special case for this fight, offering to help Woodley any way he needed. From MMAFighting.com:

“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley explained recently on The MMA Hour. “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’ Because he put a post up about him.

“I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead,’” Woodley continued. “‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”

Woodley went on to say that while Covington has been talking, he’s been working, and now he’s at 100% after his labrum tear.

“You notice how I didn’t make a fuss about the interim belt? I called it the boo-boo belt because that’s what it is, it’s kind of a joke, but I didn’t go up and make a stink about it. I didn’t go and have a fit. I stayed busy. I kept working, I kept rehabbing, I kept training. And now, at five or six months, I’m 100 percent, which is a fast turnover for anybody who’s ever had a labrum tear. And now that [UFC 225 is] done, [I’ll do the fight] whenever they want to do the fight, if they want us to fight in July, they want us to fight in August, September, November. He ain’t the champion.

“Take a nice warm glass of sit your ass down and shut the f*ck up, because you ain’t the champion, you don’t make the calls. Nobody cares where you want to fight at. You fight when the champ wants to fight. And if you wear that belt around at the press conference, I will make fun of you, I will embarrass you. If you wear a terrible looking suit again, that you got off the f*cking clearance rack and had somebody put two staples in the back, you will get made fun of. So he has no say-so on when we fight. You’re lucky and blessed you get to take this ass-whooping. When I’m ready to fight and the UFC deems it the best time where I can make the most money, then we’ll fight.”

Woodley went on to recount a story that, in his reckoning, shows how Covington lacks a certain humility and work ethic.

“Colby Covington, you are a b*tch, and I’m going to whoop your ass up and down the Octagon,” Woodley said. ”You are an embarrassment to the sport, and I hope after this fight you never fight again. And as I told you in my gym a long time ago, when I told you to get a job when you were complaining about not having money, and you said, ‘Oh, I’ll never be a grocery bagger. I’m a pro fighter.’ I told you I’m a world champion and I’ll bag groceries right now.

“Hopefully you won’t end up taking that job bagging groceries.”


Insomnia

Cowboy Cerrone just keeps on chugging away as the model action fighter the UFC wants everyone to be.

Dominick Cruz working his wrestling with Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell.

Tai Tuivasa… what a gimmick

Joanne Calderwood working the bag

Tony Ferguson went from interim champion to the forgotten man at lightweight because of a freak injury

This guy’s hand motions after accidentally firing his gun…

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Duke Roufus, before he trained the Pettis brothers and Tyron Woodley, was an accomplished kickboxer.

Claudia Gadelha’s dog is named Pablo

On this day 14 years ago, Rampage landed perhaps the most memorable slam in MMA history against Ricardo Arona.

Eddie Alvarez landed a perfect double flip on his very first try

Meisha Tate reposted this reflection on those who have made it to the very top of the sport and lost, as everyone eventually does in MMA.

Chael Sonnen has been posting old-school sparring footage lately- here, Randy Couture spars with Chris Leben with the late great Robert Follis looking on.

Randy Couture with Chris Leben and Robert Follis circa 2003. #beyondthefight

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TJ Dillashaw working with Duane Ludwig on the pads

Al Iaquinta continues to stand out as the rare fighter who doesn’t fear or pay deference to the boss on this, but until Project Spearhead takes off and formally becomes a union, the fighters will not be able to negotiate issues like this.

Junior Dos Santos working his strength and conditioning at American Top Team

@junior_cigano phase 2 strength and explosive power training 3 weeks out!! ______________________________________________ Terms: absolute strength (maximal effort strength), RFD (rate of force development) _____________________________________________ Exercises: skater bounds, cross step med ball toss, hop step med ball rotation toss, CM box jump, Zercher squat, Band pull through, half kneeling landmine press, pendlay row Action/Result: utilizing light loads to initiate explosive power through multidirectional movement patterns. High loads to initiate greater motor unit recruitment and maximal strength through activation of muscle fibers. Posterior chain exercises to bring up strength in the areas needed to produce knockout power. Those of you who know Cigano knows he has the ability to KO anyone with one punch. My goal is to maximize his ability to do this for all 5 rounds. Bringing up imbalances and deficiencies to induce even more potential to get a knockout bonus! Increasing strength while improving movement and balance with plyometrics and compound lifts. ______________________________________________ For more training programs, pdf’s, seminar requests, ebooks, private consults, and podcast interviews you can DM or go to Darustrong.com #DaruStrongTraining #ufc #combatsports #strengthandconditioning #americantopteam #ufcboise #cigano #brazil #strengthcoach #strength #power #performance #darustrong @fightcampconditioning @fightscienceinstitute @overtimeathletes

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Each time I write an article I debate putting Derrick Lewis’ content into Random Land at the end of Midnight Mania

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Carla Esparza got to get her dream car, which is good to see. I remember when she had to sell her TUF motorcycle to pay bills.

Sage Northcutt is back

July 14th Boise Idaho

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Colby Covington claimed he could beat Garry Tonon in a grappling competition (he couldn’t) and Tonon has been roasting him relentlessly on Instagram ever since. Guess where Colby is tagged in this photo…

Ever wondered how to train to punch hard? American Top Team strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru explains how he gets his fighters combat-ready and the minimum strength he looks for when they hit the weight room.


Slips, Rips, and Chokeout Clips

‘Fluffy’ is an amazing nickname for a professional fighter.

Tenshin went to war with Rodtang a few days ago and it was pretty awesome

The full fight:

Peaceful sleep. I envy it wherever I see it.


Podcasts and Video

Top three UFC fights to watch this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands


Random Land

Add Australia to my long, long list of travel destinations

As a former soccer player, this level of skill with a soccer ball never ceases to amaze me.

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Pic! Harris, Spitz Suffer Broken Bones In UFC Utica Clash

Bones were broken last night (Fri., June 1, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 131 from inside Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y., as heavyweight knockout artist Walt Harris injured his foot in a second-round TKO win over Daniel Spitz, who walked away with a broken arm.

Harris, who captured his fourth UFC finish in as many wins, had to be taken to the hospital following the victory due to an apparent broken foot sustained in the first round. He took to Instagram to showcase his ambulance ride and thank is supportive fans.

“We got it done baby! 2nd round KO! Bad news is I think I broke my foot in the first round! Thanks you all for your love and support it means the world to me!” wrote Harris.

Spitz, 27, was finished for the first time in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. But considering “Daddy Long Legs” broke his arm in the first 30 seconds of the fight, his performance commands a little more respect. Spitz provided X-ray proof of his injury in a post-fight Instagram post.

“First, I’d like to give respect to my opponent @thebigticket205. You were the better man tonight. I broke my arm in the first 30 seconds of the fight and I’m disappointed with the outcome, but grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to everyone that helped me along the way with this camp,” wrote Spitz.

I guess heavyweights really do hit hard.

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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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