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Video: Whittaker Issues Statement From Hospital Bed

Robert Whittaker was unable to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title last night (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia due to an internal hernia.

As a result, “Bobby Knuckles” underwent emergency surgery, as it was discovered he had a twisted and collapsed bowel on top of the already-existing hernia. Facing an extended road to recovery, Whittaker will remain in the hospital for a few more days and will face a lengthy road to recovery.

Being the warrior that he is, Whittaker posted a video message for all of his supporters on Instagram updating us on his health.

Hey guys ! Still kicking. I’m sorry to all my friends, fans and family for not being able to get in there Sunday. Apparently if you get emergency surgeries you can’t be cleared to fight. Thanks for the overwhelming support from all my fans I am so blessed to know you guys have my back. A big thanks to my team mates @fabricioitte @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @justinlang_ep @titusday77 and all the others from behind the scenes you guys were there from start to finish worrying and prioritizing my health above all. Lastly to @danawhite and @ufc for the immediate help and support throughout the process of testing and the emergency surgeries. I am blessed I found out when I did and avoided life long consequences. I’ll be back better than ever.

Despite his removal from the card, Whittaker is still UFC’s middleweight champion. As a result of Robert’s withdrawal, Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya were bumped up to the headlining act and wowed fans for 15 minutes of striking action (full video replay here).

As for what “The Last Stylebender’s” win over “The Spider” means for the 185-pound weight class remains to be seen depending on Robert’s recovery time. That’s because Israel stamped his ticket to the big dance, though he won’t be able to tango until after Whittaker and Gastelum take care of their unfinished business.

Above all else, Whittaker seems to be in good spirits following his double surgery. Just last year, Robert was bounced from his title fight against Yoel Romero — also in Australia — after a sever staph infection spread to his stomach.

For complete UFC 234: “Silva vs. Adesanya” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Holm Vs. Ladd Yanked From UFC 235

In some rather interesting news that completely came out of left field, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed during a UFC 235 pre-fight press conference (video replay here) that despite being scheduled to fight at the pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Holly Holm and Aspen Ladd have both been yanked from the lineup.

“That fight is not going to happen, that’s why they are not up here,” said White when asked why neither fighter was present at the presser. “We are working on another fight for both of them,” he concluded.

That’s as far into detail White opted to go into, offering no rhyme or reason as to why the bout was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped.

What sticks out is the fact that UFC isn’t keen on booking them against one another at another event, which will now lead to further speculation and confusion as to why the promotion suddenly didn’t feel up for the matchup.

The news apparently also blindsided Ladd herself:

Very strange, indeed.

Holm was looking to collect her second straight win after taking out Megan Anderson at UFC 225 last summer. Ladd, meanwhile, was looking to extend her undefeated winning streak to eight (5-0, 2-0 UFC). She will still get the chance to do so down the road, it just won’t be against Holm.

Anyone else thinking UFC is interested in booking a women’s Bantamweight title fight between division queen Amanda Nunes and Holm pretty soon? It could be based on the champ’s tweet:

If not, then what’s your guess as to why this bout was pulled from UFC 235?

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Colby Covington Demands ‘Undisputed Champion’ Money From UFC

Former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is on a quest to make sure fans know the UFC is run by a bunch of jerks. On Sunday evening, confirmation came out that Kamaru Usman would be next to fight champ Tyron Woodley, not Covington. That’s led the previously loyal Colby to rip into the UFC and Dana White, calling the UFC president a piece of s**t liar.

His words, not ours.

Has Colby showed any signs of cooling down? Absolutely not. But he did go from demanding the UFC release him to demanding he get paid properly for any non-title fight. That’s progress, I guess.

“They can get me to fight whoever but they’re going to have to give me undisputed championship pay,” Covington told MMA Weekly during another Monday interview. “I’m not going to go backwards. I was promised an undisputed title shot and undisputed pay, I’m not fighting for anything less than undisputed pay. I’m not going to fight for less money.”

“They want me to fight Darren Till? Fine, no big deal. I’ll fight him, but I’m getting my undisputed championship title fight pay to fight him.”

Covington claims he was put in the UFC matchmaking doghouse after a surgery to fix his sinusitis kept him from fighting Woodley at UFC 228 in September. White really hates sinusitis, it seems. You know what else he hates? Bad PPV numbers, and UFC 228 pulled just 130,000 buys. Also on the most hated list: guys who try to sit and wait for title shots. Add all that up and you get the much more active Kamaru Usman stealing Covington’s #1 contender spot.

Whether Covington plans to go out in a blaze of angry PR glory or stick around and prove UFC brass wrong is unclear. Colby has swung both ways in recent interviews. With MMA Weekly it sounded more like he’d stay with the UFC.

”You haven’t even seen me at my best,” he declared. “You’ve seen me fighting for an interim title and winning a title at 50-percent when I couldn’t even breathe. Swallowing mucus, swallowing blood, all in my lungs, all in my sinuses and I had to get that surgery to clear it out. So you haven’t even seen my potential.”

“I’m 30 years young. They act like they can put me on ice. I don’t give a s**t. Time is on my side, motherf**kers. I’ve got time to wait. The best is yet to come for Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington and I will not go out silently.”

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Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA

At this point, you just have to expect them.

That’s right folks, Jon Jones – the former champ who cannot stay out of trouble – has failed a drug test prior to next weekend’s UFC 232. It’s for a minuscule, possible trace amount of steroid from his last drug test, but whateves. The point is, UFC 232 was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC wants to keep Jones on the card (against Alexander Gustafsson). And since the Nevada State Athletic Commission is pretty much on holidays now, the UFC is packing everything up and holding the event in Los Angeles.

Oy.

Here’s MMAJunkie with the UFC’s spin:

UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones’ positive test is not a violation. He said USADA, in consultation with other organizations, believes the test is a “pulsing” effect and not a new ingestion of the substance that he tested positive for after a UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier in July 2017.

Novitzky described the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system in low “picogram” levels.

“A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram,” Novitzky said. “If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt. These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

Sure, buddy. Sure. Meanwhile, every fan who bought a ticket to see UFC 232 in Vegas is now screwed.

Also, Jon Jones sucks.

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Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA

At this point, you just have to expect them.

That’s right folks, Jon Jones – the former champ who cannot stay out of trouble – has failed a drug test prior to next weekend’s UFC 232. It’s for a minuscule, possible trace amount of steroid from his last drug test, but whateves. The point is, UFC 232 was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC wants to keep Jones on the card (against Alexander Gustafsson). And since the Nevada State Athletic Commission is pretty much on holidays now, the UFC is packing everything up and holding the event in Los Angeles.

Oy.

Here’s MMAJunkie with the UFC’s spin:

UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones’ positive test is not a violation. He said USADA, in consultation with other organizations, believes the test is a “pulsing” effect and not a new ingestion of the substance that he tested positive for after a UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier in July 2017.

Novitzky described the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system in low “picogram” levels.

“A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram,” Novitzky said. “If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt. These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

Sure, buddy. Sure. Meanwhile, every fan who bought a ticket to see UFC 232 in Vegas is now screwed.

Also, Jon Jones sucks.

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Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA

At this point, you just have to expect them.

That’s right folks, Jon Jones – the former champ who cannot stay out of trouble – has failed a drug test prior to next weekend’s UFC 232. It’s for a minuscule, possible trace amount of steroid from his last drug test, but whateves. The point is, UFC 232 was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC wants to keep Jones on the card (against Alexander Gustafsson). And since the Nevada State Athletic Commission is pretty much on holidays now, the UFC is packing everything up and holding the event in Los Angeles.

Oy.

Here’s MMAJunkie with the UFC’s spin:

UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones’ positive test is not a violation. He said USADA, in consultation with other organizations, believes the test is a “pulsing” effect and not a new ingestion of the substance that he tested positive for after a UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier in July 2017.

Novitzky described the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system in low “picogram” levels.

“A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram,” Novitzky said. “If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt. These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

Sure, buddy. Sure. Meanwhile, every fan who bought a ticket to see UFC 232 in Vegas is now screwed.

Also, Jon Jones sucks.

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Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA

At this point, you just have to expect them.

That’s right folks, Jon Jones – the former champ who cannot stay out of trouble – has failed a drug test prior to next weekend’s UFC 232. It’s for a minuscule, possible trace amount of steroid from his last drug test, but whateves. The point is, UFC 232 was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC wants to keep Jones on the card (against Alexander Gustafsson). And since the Nevada State Athletic Commission is pretty much on holidays now, the UFC is packing everything up and holding the event in Los Angeles.

Oy.

Here’s MMAJunkie with the UFC’s spin:

UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones’ positive test is not a violation. He said USADA, in consultation with other organizations, believes the test is a “pulsing” effect and not a new ingestion of the substance that he tested positive for after a UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier in July 2017.

Novitzky described the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system in low “picogram” levels.

“A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram,” Novitzky said. “If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt. These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

Sure, buddy. Sure. Meanwhile, every fan who bought a ticket to see UFC 232 in Vegas is now screwed.

Also, Jon Jones sucks.

The post Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Jon Jones Fails Yet Another Drug Test, UFC 232 Moved From Vegas to LA

At this point, you just have to expect them.

That’s right folks, Jon Jones – the former champ who cannot stay out of trouble – has failed a drug test prior to next weekend’s UFC 232. It’s for a minuscule, possible trace amount of steroid from his last drug test, but whateves. The point is, UFC 232 was supposed to take place in Las Vegas, but the UFC wants to keep Jones on the card (against Alexander Gustafsson). And since the Nevada State Athletic Commission is pretty much on holidays now, the UFC is packing everything up and holding the event in Los Angeles.

Oy.

Here’s MMAJunkie with the UFC’s spin:

UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky said Jones’ positive test is not a violation. He said USADA, in consultation with other organizations, believes the test is a “pulsing” effect and not a new ingestion of the substance that he tested positive for after a UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier in July 2017.

Novitzky described the amount of turinabol metabolites in Jones’ system in low “picogram” levels.

“A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram,” Novitzky said. “If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt. These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”

Sure, buddy. Sure. Meanwhile, every fan who bought a ticket to see UFC 232 in Vegas is now screwed.

Also, Jon Jones sucks.

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SBG Ireland Fighter, Bellator Talent Luka Jelcic Retires from MMA at Age 29

Luka Jelcic has decided to hang up his gloves at the age of 29.
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Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw Moved from UFC 233 to Headline UFC Debut on ESPN+

The UFC’s debut on ESPN+ finally has a main event, as the flyweight title bout between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw has been transported from UFC 233 to headline the Jan. 19 card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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