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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Biggest Winners, Loser From ‘UFC’ Moscow

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Moscow, Russia for the first time ever to stage UFC Fight Night 136, which aired on UFC Fight Pass yesterday (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018). In the main event of the evening Aleksei Oleinik picked up a huge win, as he defeated Mark Hunt in Heavyweight action.

Biggest Winner: Aleksei Oleinik

Aleksei has slowly been climbing the ranks, but he’s been doing it quietly. His latest win over Mark Hunt, however, speaks volumes. That is now two straight wins for the submission specialist, winning four of his last five, with his lone loss coming to top contender Curtis Blaydes.

The 265-pound landscape will change drastically in the coming months, as current champion Daniel Cormier will attempt to defend his title one time before he closes up shop. That said, Aleksei wants to make sure he’s in the thick of things when that happens. The win over Hunt helps, but he’ll need one more big victory to really get there. Nevertheless, he can enjoy his big win and look forward to an even bigger matchup in his next outing.

Runner Up: Jan Blachowicz

Since losing to Patrick Cummins a year ago, Jan has been on fire, winning four in a row against some rather stiff competition, such as Jared Cannonier and Jimi Manuwa. Ranked No. 4, Jan is really starting to make some moves. His second-round submission win over Nikita Krylov was impressive to say the least, as Nikita was scorching prior to making his return to the Octagon.

While Blachowicz isn’t the name that first comes to mind when looking at potential title contenders, he’s bullying his way through and people should start taking notice. With only Ilir Latifi, Volkan Oezdemir and Alexander Gustaffson ahead of him, Jan could very well over take one of those spots after his latest win.

Biggest Loser: Nikita Krylov

After losing to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 two years ago, Nikita opted to not re-sign with UFC, instead choosing to hit the regional circuit to improve on his game. And he did just that, wining four in a row during his time away. Feeling as if he was ready, he returned to the eight-walled cage as he stepped up to face a red-hot Jan Blachowicz. But, it went south in a hurry in the second round, as Jan sunk in a d’arce choke to score his fourth straight win. For Nikita, his last two fights inside the Octagon have seen him get choked out. Hopefully his latest defeat doesn’t doesn’t deliver another blow to his confidence.

For complete UFC Fight Night 136: “Hunt vs. Oleinik” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Midnight Mania! Lesnar Pulled From WWE Raw, Focused on UFC

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It’s not a secret Brock Lesnar is planning on making his UFC return, but there are always questions with the big man, navigating as he does between the parallel universes of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Evidently, with his contract up and no relevant storylines for him, Lesnar has stopped appearing in the WWE and is focusing full-time on preparing for UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

That’s what Dave Meltzer said, anyway, in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via cagesideseats.com:

As far as Lesnar, his WWE contract expires in a few days. He was written out of storylines when Kurt Angle refused to give him his rematch. He was pulled by WWE off the Raw show this past week because nobody could come up with an idea for him that made sense. If he was staying, he could destroy everyone, but they weren’t going to have Strowman beat him since he had no matches left, and he had no matches to build up. He could go crazy and get suspended or fired, but that doesn’t do WWE any good to put more focus on him when he’s got no date to return. He is back training for fighting. He has dropped weight. He is going in with the idea of facing Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title in early 2019.

The fight makes very little divisional sense, with Curtis Blaydes a proven contender on a 6-fight unbeaten streak, and former champion Stipe Miocic adamant on getting a rematch with Cormier. Lesnar hasn’t officially won an MMA fight since 2010, his last bout with Mark Hunt overturned after he tested positive for anabolic steroids. Nonetheless, it is the fight the UFC are eager to make, as Lesnar always brings a bank-breaking audience willing to shell out the Pay-Per-View (PPV) dollars by the truckload.


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