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Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva moved to Feb. 22 following Glover Teixeira knee injury

The Antonio Silva vs. Frank Mir heavyweight fight, originally scheduled for Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, has been moved to Feb. 22 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

According to White, the reason for the switch was because Glover Teixeira, who was scheduled to fight Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61, injured his knee and has been forced to withdraw from the fight. Teixeira’s manager, Ed Soares, said the former light-heavyweight contender tweaked a knee injury that he suffered in his October fight against Phil Davis and now requires six weeks of physical therapy.

The UFC is currently working on what is next for Evans. He told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that he was unclear who and when he’ll fight next because there doesn’t appear to be an obvious answer right now.

Evans (19-3-1) hasn’t fought since Nov. 2013 because he suffered an ACL injury last February.

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Morning Report: Brian Stann compares Jon Jones to Bill Clinton, believes the fighter can rebuild his image following failed drug test

It’s never bad to have friends who can defend you on national TV.

A former training partner of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC veteran turned commentator Brian Stann joined ‘America’s Pregame’ on FOX Sports 1 to help remind fans of the fighter’s humanity.

“The first priority is that Jon and his family, but specifically Jon, get the help he needs and I know that that is the UFC’s No. 1 priority,” said Stann. “I’m glad to see that he’s already checked into a treatment facility. He’s got three beautiful daughters and a fiancee, Jessie, who I’ve had the privilege to meet, and I’m glad to hear that news immediately following this breaking news that’s so unfortunate.”

Despite Jones having failed a Dec. 4 drug test for cocaine metabolites, Stann doesn’t believe the result should mar his Jan. 3 title defense to Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

“In my eyes as an analyst and being that it’s out of competition, no,” said Stann. “I don’t think there’s a whole lot of performance enhancement speaking of cocaine. I mean obviously he didn’t take it right before the fight. I think obviously this is going to hurt his image and a lot of the other things he has going on outside of the Octagon for his brand, but this is an opportunity for him to do what’s best for him and his family right now. That’s the No. 1 priority and knowing Jon personally I don’t think there’s anything this kid can’t overcome.”

Stann believes Jones has what it takes to rebuild his image with fans and peers alike, comparing him to one of America’s more controversial leaders.

“It’s going to be difficult,” said Stann. “It’s certainly going to be negative for his image. After the [Cormier] fight [Jones] did some interviews where I thought a lot of people really came around and saw the real side of Jon Jones. People started talking and saying, ‘Hey, give the guy a break. He doesn’t have to be perfect. He can be a little mean.’ So I think this swings the pendulum a little bit back in the opposite direction. He’s going to get criticized and he’s going to have to take this one on the chest, but first and foremost he’s got to worry about himself and his family.

“But look, this is a country where one of the highest paid speakers in the country is [former U.S. president] Bill Clinton and he’s considered a hero in many ways. [Clinton] has certainly overcome much worse than a positive drug test so I think Jon can overcome this.”

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Rehab for Bones. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has tested positive for cocaine metabolites and has entered a drug-treatment facility.

DC’s response. After dropping a five-round decision to Jones at UFC 182, Daniel Cormier comments on the champion’s failed drug test.

Reebok. The brand says its relationship with Jon Jones as a sponsored fighter ‘has not changed.’

Cowboy. After agreeing to fight in back to back UFC events, Donald Cerrone says ‘I’m not every other fighter’ because ‘I don’t give a s**t.’

‘I’m getting old, man.’ Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia opens up on the disappointing end to his MMA career.

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MEDIA STEW

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Kenny Florian responds to the Jones news.

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This week’s UFC rankings report.

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Rampage Jackson Doesn’t Think Bellator Will ‘Put Up a Big Fuss’ With Contract.

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Joe Rogan finds out about Jones entering rehab live on his podcast.

(via r/MMA)

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The internet is having fun.

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TTTHS.

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Long watches.

Brendan says Jon Jones is GOAT, Bryan’s back from Bora Bora

It’s Time! with Bruce Buffer. Bruce is joined by Ariel Helwani.

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See how the pros reacted to Jon Jones’ failed drug test.

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More reactions.

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Another Jones statement.

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Good to hear.

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Cool story.

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Get well soon.

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Free agent.

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He’s next.

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Here we go.

Also cool to see cm training hard with us. Cool ass dude.

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Vote or Die.

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Damn.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jan. 6 2015)

Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 185

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via magic_fingers.

DC quick turn around for a rematch?

Call me crazy, but the UFC should try and match Jon and DC up again. Not immediately, but I’m thinkin if DC should get back in th title picture with 1 convincing win.

Think about it. How often does the UFC come close to 750k PPV buys?

The 205lb division is also pretty weak right now. Jon has dismantled pretty much everyone except for Rumble, DC, and Gus.

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Morning Report: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s camps clash following UFC 182 media day

This is why they call it ‘Fight Week.’

Ahead of their main event clash Jan. 3 at UFC 182, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and top contender Daniel Cormier gathered their entourages together to take part in media day festivities.

After exchanging some pleasantries during a tense staredown, UFC president Dana White was forced to separate Jones and Cormier a second time on stage after posing for photos shoulder to shoulder.

That would typically be where things end on most weeks, but not here.

Via the magic of Instagram and the wherewithal of UFC veteran turned personal chef Tyson Griffin, we are now treated to further antics from both camps.

Griffin explains the situation:

Always nice to see @rosendo_sanchez [Cormier's boxing coach] and [Jon Jones's manager] Malki [Kawa] catch up, but I’m not sure why Jones wanted to get in the middle and protect him. My only question for Jones is, “Why you coming at a coach?” #breakbones#mma #ufc #ufc182 #lasvegas #mgmgrand

Griffin posted a second video with action that had happened just prior:

This was just before previous video. Jones clearly isn’t walking toward @dc_mma but at least he chose nicer words to use unlike when he thought the cameras were off! I’m not trying to say anyone is right or wrong for anything in these videos. I’m just giving you an update on the events taking place behind the scenes.#ufc182 #ufc #fightweek #breakbones @camacho100@rosendo_sanchez @noad_lahat @slikbxr

Should make for a fun weigh-in.

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Sit downs. Ariel Helwani chats with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (here) and Daniel Cormier (here) ahead of Saturday night’s main event at UFC 182.

Confirmed. According to Dana White, Conor McGregor will indeed be next for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo barring a loss to Dennis Siver in Boston.

Cobwoy. Donald Cerrone discusses arrangements with Dana White regarding fight week extreme activities.

‘I’m going to connect and find a way for Phil to be successful.’ Duke Roufus is looking to prove CM Punk’s ‘naysayers’ wrong.

Predictions. Luke Thomas makes his picks for UFC 182.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC 182 embedded episode 3 and 4.

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Jon Jones’ pre-fight scrum.

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UFC 182 media day staredowns.

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Fighters making some New Year’s resolutions.

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Jones doing a pretty great interview with TMZ.

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Shinya Aoki and Mirko Cro Cop in action New Year’s Eve.

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Long watches.

Eddie Bravo Radio – Episode 80 – Joe Rogan 3 (12/28/2014)

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TWEETS

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Save it for Saturday.

@jonnybones gets in a friendly spar with @steveaoki. What a solid dude. Pumped to see him live and cake someone! #IZZYSTYLE #TEAMBONES #champions

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Yikes.

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Beefin’.

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Not happy.

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Happy New Year.

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Cuttin.

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Interesting.

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Damn.

So this happened tonight. Tortured by Steven Seagal, check that one off the bucket list. #deathtouch

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Dec. 31- Jan. 1 2015)

cancelled Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night: Broomfield

cancelled Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver

James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro at UFC 184

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via theFightWhisperer.

Bargain hunting at UFC 182: Jones(-170) vs. Cormier(-150)

I’m not going to give you any analysis of how Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier will go. This is the most hyped, most analyzed fight I can remember, and if I am betting Jones (I am), you already know why. If you are taking Cormier, I already know your reasons.

On the other hand, I haven’t seen that much written about this fight from an odds perspective. I want you to consider Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier as bargains.

Looking up the odds for Jones-Gustafsson II is not as easy as going to bestfightodds.com, because the fight got cancelled after Gustafsson’s injury. From what I recall, Jones was a bit more than a (-300) favorite. This may seem a bit heavy considering how close their first fight was, but when you consider that the best odds you could get on Jones for the first fight was (-700), (-300) is actually showing Gustafsson a measure of respect, relatively speaking.

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WSOF 16 results: Rousimar Palhares won’t face punishment from CSAC following submission win over Jon Fitch

Rousimar Palhares continued his winning ways this past weekend (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014) at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 16, submitting Jon Fitch in the opening round of their welterweight title fight in Sacramento, California (see full results here).

But, in the eyes of many, “Toquinho” returned to his old ways of refusing to release a submission hold promptly after the tap.

Little more than one minute into in the opening frame, Palhares wrapped his stocky limbs around Fitch’s leg and proceeded to crank a very tight knee bar that was truly hard to watch (view it here). After Fitch tapped, many felt Rousimar held on to the submission a bit too long after the referee instructed him to let go.

Company president Ray Sefo deemed it “perfectly clean,” while Andy Foster — California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director — says that anyone watching the fight can’t argue that Palhares broke the hold immediately. Nevertheless, despite the fact that he is “mad” at what happened, Foster will not punish “Toquinho.”

His words (via MMA Fighting):

“As soon as [the tap] touches you, he should have let it go. He chose to keep it going another few seconds. You can say it’s the heat of the moment — I’ve heard that too many times from him. I don’t think it’s enough to punish him or anything. It’s real borderline. I’m pretty mad.”

Of course, with his history of cranking on heels and knees longer than necessary, Palhares’ submissions will always be under the microscope.

In 2010, during his fight against Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111, Palhares refused to let go of the fight-winning heel hook in a timely manner, which resulted in a 90-day suspension from New Jersey State Athletic Commission (NJSAC).

Then in 2013, Palhares openly admitted he failed to release a ligament-tearing heel hook he had on Mike Pierce during their showdown (video here) at UFC Fight Night 29 back on Oct. 9, 2013. It was an offense that ultimately got the crafty Brazilian the boot from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

It’s that history that makes his latest transgression hard to ignore, says Foster:

“Was it long? Yeah, it was long. I think if they argued that it wasn’t a bit long, then they’re kidding themselves or are they not being truthful. Was it beyond reason for anyone else in the world? No. If anyone else in the world did that, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. He has a freaking history of this. If the guy taps, he’s gotta let him go. That’s the game.”

In addition, Foster says he had no issues with how the official on duty handled the situation, but would opt to have either Herb Dean or Jon McCarthy referee Palhares’ next fight in California. In addition, he would also have a conversation with Palhares and his team prior to the bout.

Seems reasonable, but did Palhares really hold onto the submission a bit too long or is “Toquinho” getting some unfair criticism based on his past issues?

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UFC Suspends Michinori Tanaka for 9 Months Following Failed Drug Test

Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that bantamweight Michinori Tanaka failed a drug test for two banned substances prior to his bout against Kyung Ho Kang at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Nelson” in September.
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Michinori Tanaka Tests Positive for Stimulants Following Loss at UFC Fight Night 52, Catches Nine-Month Suspension


(As if that hair didn’t bring enough shame onto his family. / Photo via Taro Irei, Sherdog)

Michinori Tanaka” is a name that should bring confused looks to all but the most hardcore of MMA fans. A two-fight veteran of UFC Fight Pass, the 24-year-old Japanese prospect suffered the first defeat of his career back in September, when he lost a split-decision to Kyung Ho Kang on the Hunt vs. Nelson prelims. Unfortunately, Tanaka was jacked up on stimulants (or maybe allergy medicine?) during that fight and now he’s been suspended. From an official statement on UFC.com:

At UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson on September 20 in Saitama, Japan, UFC contracted with an independent drug testing laboratory to perform testing on all fighters on the card.

UFC bantamweight Michinori Tanaka tested positive for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine based on a pre-fight urine test administered prior to the event. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are stimulants banned in athletic competition pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. Based on such results, UFC officials decided that Tanaka had violated his promotional agreement and the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Accepting the accuracy of the test result, Tanaka has admitted to taking over-the-counter allergy medication prior to the fight, likely causing the positive result, and acknowledges the illegal substances were in his system. Consequently, Tanaka agreed to a nine-month suspension from unarmed combat competition. He must pass a drug test at the conclusion of his suspension in order to return to competition. Tanaka will also forfeit his Fight of the Night bonus he earned at the event. [Ed. note: Zyrtec just cost this dude $ 50,000. Ouch.]

The UFC organization has always been a leader when it comes to testing for performance-enhancing drugs in combat sports. All UFC athletes know they are subject to drug testing by an applicable state athletic commission, an international governing federation, or by an independent laboratory contracted by the UFC when no regulatory body is overseeing the event. In those cases where regulatory oversight is unavailable, UFC voluntarily chooses to adhere to the highest level of athlete health and safety protocols similar to if the event were being held in the state of Nevada.

Nine months without Michinori Tanaka? Will MMA even survive?

Related: ‘UFC on FUEL 8? Drug Tests Nail Alex Caceres (Marijuana) and Riki Fukuda (Stimulants)

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Bellator MMA Fighter Joe Vedepo Arrested Following Brawl With Cops

MMA fighter Joe Vedepo was arrested last week following a brawl at an Iowa bar, and remains in police custody on a $ 10,000 bond. Vedepo, who is described on his official UFC profile as having “a great chin, heavy hands, and tenacious ground-and-pound”, reportedly head-butted one police officer who was later hospitalized with a back […]

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Bellator Middleweight Joe Vedepo Arrested Following Drunken Bar Brawl With Police

I’ve got a dilemma on my hands, Nation. I’m trying to think of the most hacky, Holland-esque series of puns to inform you that Bellator fighter Joe “The Doctor” Vedepo was arrested over the weekend for his eleventh alcohol-related offense, and I’m not sure which option to choose. Should it be Joe Vedepo Fills Iowa Officer’s Prescription for Head-Butts, or maybe something with more alliteration, like Buzzed Bellator Brawler Beats Bobby in Bloody Bar Battle? So many choices, but I think I’ll go with my original idea: “The Doctor” Is In, And He’s F*cking Sh*tfaced.

I should’ve gone with the second one. Aaaaaanyway, former UFC fighter turned Bellator fighter Joe “The Doctor” Vedepo has something you might call “an alcohol problem”, in that he’s been “arrested” “ten times” for “public intoxication” in his native Iowa and been deemed a “habitual line-stepper offender of the state intoxication law.” This all culminated last weekend when Vedepo, likely drinking off the sorrows of his third round TKO loss to King Mo Lawal at Bellator 131, decided to get into a drunken brawl with police outside an Iowa bar that left one officer hospitalized. The Gazette reports:

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers responded to the Sports Column at 2:22 p.m. Friday for a report of a man inside who refused to leave. Responding officers encountered Jody “Joe” Vedepo, 31, of Columbus Junction.

Police said Vedepo told officers he “knew his rights” and was going back into the bar. Vedepo resisted the officers and head butted one officer in the chest, sending him to the hospital with injuries to his back. Officers took Vedepo to the ground and attempted to handcuff him, but he rolled his body and kicked his legs. Officers deployed a Taser in an attempt to subdue Vedepo, but it was ineffective, police said.

Ah, Vedepo went with the old “I know my rights” defense. Classic mistake. Had Vedepo been watching the news lately instead of getting blackout drunk by 2 pm each day, he would know that police officers are well-aware that we “know our rights.” They know that, technically, they can’t frisk anyone they stop on the street, or arrest you for being black on a Tuesday. It’s just that they don’t care.

(*nails fadeaway three-pointer*)

Well, I’m pretty much out of jokes for this one. You got anything else for us, Gazette?

Vedepo had slow, slurred speech, was “very unsteady” on his feet and had difficulty speaking in complete sentences, police said. His post arrest breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol content of .241 percent or three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Iowa.

Vedepo was arrested and now faces one count of assault causing injury to a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor; two counts of assault on peace officers, a serious misdemeanor; and one count of public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor. He remains in custody on a $ 10,000 cash-only bond.

How to Tell That You Have a Drinking Problem, Pt. 1: Your blood alcohol percentage is a higher number than the f*cking time of day that you were arrested.

In response to the news of Vedepo’s arrest, Bellator President Scott Coker sent a text message to MMAJunkie stating that, “If everything is exactly what it says, we will be cutting him.”

If it weren’t for those taser burns, I’d say the fact that Vedepo was fired via text message must sting the most right about now.

-J. Jones

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Video: Ronda Rousey names next ‘worthy opponent’ following Cat Zingano fight at UFC 184

“Gina is not in the UFC right now. She’s off making a movie. Cyborg, I was looking forward to fighting her, but if by injured you mean she took too many steroids and can’t make weight, she’s extremely injured right now and is unavailable. Holly Holm is a world champion boxer who is undefeated and has very many knockouts under her belt and I think is an extremely worthy opponent.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey has a pretty stiff test ahead of her in undefeated No. 1 contender Cat Zingano, who tries to dethrone the “Rowdy” champ at the UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) event next Feb. in Los Angeles, California. And should the Olympian dispose of “Alpha” and escape without injury, she’s…

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Leonard Garcia Announces Retirement Following Loss to Daniel Pineda at LFC 37

Popular brawler Leonard Garcia announced his retirement following a first-round loss to Daniel Pineda at Legacy Fighting Championship 37 on Friday night.
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