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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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Abu Dhabi Gets Out Of The UFC Business

After owning a piece of the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) company in the world for nearly a decade, Flash Entertainment — an investment arm of Abu Dhabi’s government — has sold its 10 percent stake in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back to the promotion’s parent company Endeavor (formerly WME-IMG) for an undisclosed amount of money.

You better believe it made a lot off the deal, though. Original estimates of its 2010 purchase had Flash getting its 10 percent for somewhere between $ 150 and $ 200 million. In 2016, majority ownership of UFC was sold for $ 4 billion, and new owner Endeavor secured an extra $ 1.1 billion in 2017 to buy out the remaining minority partners like Flash.

”After almost 10 years the time was right to exit that investment,” Flash Entertainment CEO John Lickrish told Arabian Business.

UFC held two events in Abu Dhabi following the deal: A pay-per-view (PPV) with Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia in 2010 and a “Fight Night” with Roy Nelson vs. Big Nog in 2014. Any other influence Flash Entertainment exerted was behind closed doors, and it’s quite possible it was happy just watching its investment grow in value over the years.

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Till Gets Amazing Video Promo Because UFC Hates Woodley

Future headline: “Darren Till’s ego is out of control!

Let’s face it, Darren Till was not the promotion’s first choice when it came to welterweight title contenders. Not only did he miss weight in his last fight — badly — he also took a backseat to interim titleholder Colby Covington.

But “Chaos” was unprepared when matchmakers asked him to fight Tyron Woodley in the UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place next month in Dallas, Texas, and only 30-percent of Kamaru Usman was able to show up on Sept. 8.

That left Till, currently ranked No. 2 in the division, to fill the slot.

Maybe that’s why UFC is putting some extra muscle behind the Liverpool native’s pre-fight promotion. Or, perhaps Dana White & Co. just hate Woodley. Let’s take a quick look at how “The Chosen One” has been treated in recent years.

Publicly humiliated by UFC after winning the title
Named the “worst-treated champion in UFC history”
Drew the scorn of UFC fans based on the color of his skin
Constantly demoted by UFC President Dana White

There was also something about tomato throwing, but I’m not sure that’s relevant here.

UFC also made Woodley look like a member of the Lollipop Guild with the official UFC 228 poster (see it here). So what does all of this mean? Nothing, but would you rather have this … or more stories about Ronda Rousey winning make-believe titles?

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Conor McGregor’s Social Media Campaign Gets Befuddling, Mysterious

Our favorite Irish window smasher, Conor McGregor, has a fight to sell, and since he specializes in building hype for fights, he’s busy doing his thing.

But McGregor’s impending UFC 229 match-up against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a confusing turn on social media. You see, usually McGregor impugns an opponent’s abilities, or confidence, or place on the food chain, and this gets all parties – and especially fans – riled up. But with ol’ Khabib…

I think McGregor is throwing shade at Khabib’s dad in that Instagram post. Which, okay, whatever. But then there’s this one:

What in the world is McGregor getting at? He’s obviously harping on the ethnic divide between the Chechens and Dagestanis, but… Is there a Chechen in Khabib’s crew? Is McGregor trying to drive a wedge between them?

Is this some sort of political statement?

Does McGregor want to become a Chechen warlord or something?

At this point, we can only sit back and watch as this unfolds, and pray that McGregor says something the rest of us can understand.

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Conor McGregor’s Social Media Campaign Gets Befuddling, Mysterious

Our favorite Irish window smasher, Conor McGregor, has a fight to sell, and since he specializes in building hype for fights, he’s busy doing his thing.

But McGregor’s impending UFC 229 match-up against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a confusing turn on social media. You see, usually McGregor impugns an opponent’s abilities, or confidence, or place on the food chain, and this gets all parties – and especially fans – riled up. But with ol’ Khabib…

I think McGregor is throwing shade at Khabib’s dad in that Instagram post. Which, okay, whatever. But then there’s this one:

What in the world is McGregor getting at? He’s obviously harping on the ethnic divide between the Chechens and Dagestanis, but… Is there a Chechen in Khabib’s crew? Is McGregor trying to drive a wedge between them?

Is this some sort of political statement?

Does McGregor want to become a Chechen warlord or something?

At this point, we can only sit back and watch as this unfolds, and pray that McGregor says something the rest of us can understand.

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Midnight Mania! Nunes Gets Closest Cyborg Odds Since Carano

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It is the era of the superfight. Women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes is happening, and the odds are closer for any fight Cyborg has had since she fought Gina Carano in Strikeforce in 2009.

The fighters will clash at the big end-of-year UFC 232 card, on December 29 in Las Vegas, so there is plenty of time for those odds to shift. Nunes brings legitimate knockout power with her to 145 lbs., where she faces perhaps the most feared woman in mixed martial arts. It isn’t the superfight Cyborg has been angling for all these years — the only way she faces Ronda Rousey is in the WWE ring at this juncture — but Nunes does represent the most credible challenge to the current biggest female draw in combat sports.


Insomnia

Andrea “KBG” Lee posted this today asking for privacy while she deals with the fallout from alleged domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, Donny Aaron.

I wonder if McGregor still spends $ 300,000 on his fight camps

Suga Sean O’Malley working his elbows on the pads

Joanne Calderwood is back, possibly the quietest fighter on the UFC roster

Football wrestling

Suplex city

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Georges St. Pierre working on his gymnastics

Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko has a suitably over the top poster from Bellator.

Speaking of posters, Justin Gaethje is doing the heavy lifting in this one.

Michael Chandler will be staying put at Bellator, which is kind of a shame, but probably the best decision for him given how easy it would be to become lost in the shuffle in the UFC’s lightweight division.

Bryce Mitchell is keeping those bloody boxers, and he expressed it in the most Southern way possible.

It’s a living

Yoel Romero says he’s going to start charging USADA rent, they visit so often.

Matt Brown posted this clip of an excellent jiu-jitsu display in the face of aggression. What made me mad watching it was all the aggressor’s buddies trying to peel off his grips so their guy could break free and throw punches. If you are gonna let them fight, let them fight. Otherwise break it all the way up, but don’t just help out your guy.

Jiu-Jitsu for the win

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I missed all these fight clips from the weekend so y’all can relive them now.

Moving backwards on one leg. Still getting the KO. Winning.

This fight got wild before the finish

Not bad at all.

Lethwei is even more brutal than MMA. No gloves, just hand wraps, head butts allowed.

Headbutts like this one…

When the light bill is due

Walking on a dream


Random Land

Imagine this guy thinks he can tell anyone anything about fitness.

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Midnight Mania! UFC Fighter Gets Free Underwear After Getting Sack Caught in Drill

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Bryce Mitchell had quite the day today. He got his ballsack caught in a power drill, resulting in a potentially serious and no doubt extremely painful injury. He had a remarkable sense of humor about it, however.

In fact, he seemed more upset about the loss of the boxers than nearly losing his balls.

Fortunately, someone tagged a brand, MeUndies, into the conversation and they offered to replace the bloodied underwear for him.

All is well that ends well.


Insomnia

It looks like we aren’t getting to see Mark Hunt’s contract, which is unfortunate. The plaintiff- Hunt and his lawyers- didn’t file an opposition to the motion.

Deep

Pulled a lil sneaky one

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Ricky Bandejas’ taunt of Jamie Gallagher is A+ trolling. While you are here go watch that knockout again.

As much as I don’t mind it, Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title doesn’t actually make sense.

This raptors full of shit

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That’s just sad.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Justin Gaethje has been entertaining from the very beginning

Trading head kicks is a bad idea unless you win

This is a classic


Random Land

The robots aren’t the real threat

This is:

While we drift towards a Kafka-esque End of Days, here’s one of the most incredible human feats ever:

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Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.