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Johnson May Be Headed To Jail After What He Does To Kongo At Bellator 208

Bellator 208: “Fedor vs. Sonnen” takes place this Saturday night (Oct. 13, 2018) at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The other half of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix final bracket comes down to “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) and “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen (31-15-1) in the Paramount Network-televised main event.

They’re not the only Heavyweights with something to prove in Uniondale this weekend, though. And, interestingly enough, both men have a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history ahead of their Bellator bout.

Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) owns a six-fight promotional win streak that probably should have earned him a slot in the Grand Prix … yet somehow didn’t. Perhaps knocking out Javy Ayala in May reminded both the promotion and fight fans that “The Darkness” can fall on any opponent he faces at any time — the 13th knockout to date of his lengthy career. Meanwhile, the hard-hitting Timothy Johnson (12-4) also departed UFC for the sunny shores of Bellator, but unlike Kongo, this is bout marks his promotional debut. With four wins by submission and five via knockout, Johnson is a dual threat who is well met by the seasoned Kongo as he looks to be just as impressive and stamp his claim to challenge the tournament winner.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with Johnson about his decision to join Bellator and how excited he is to take a fight with Kongo on a key card for the Heavyweight division.

“Yeah, I don’t think anyone could ask for a better debut than to be on this card, so I’m pretty happy about it. No it’s not (an easy fight), but I more than welcome the challenge. I’ve been waiting a long time to fight some kind of big time name, and just kind of give it a shot and see if I’m there or not.”

One reason Johnson feels that way is that he thinks UFC was unwilling to match him up with the top Heavyweights of the division during his three years in the promotion.

“The only thing I’ve really been vocal about exiting UFC has been that after my third UFC fight, I cracked the top 15, got as high as 12 and never dropped out (before I was released). After every one of my wins I’d be asking for big names like Stefan Struve, Alexey Oleynik — apparently they offered me to him and he declined it. I asked for Derrick Lewis multiple times and they’d never give me the opportunity to fight any of the guys that were in (or) around like that Top 10 area, so that kind of sucked.”

What makes it worse for Johnson was that he would end up fighting unranked fighters in their promotional debuts, which offered him zero chance at upward momentum.

“So, I finally just got sick of hearing it because they’d tell me, ‘No no, those guys aren’t available, but we’ve got this debuting Heavyweight, that’s all that’s available right now,’ so I’d have to always get stuck fighting debuts, and never got a chance to get the opportunity to crack the Top 10.”

It’s also a little bit strange that UFC didn’t renew his deal after a win in February when it seems to prefer to cut contracts or grant releases off of losses. It could be related to him turning down a short notice fight, though.

“The only opportunity I got was a missed opportunity. It was a short notice fight. They did offer me Andrei Arlovski, but I was laying in bed with the flu, and it was like four weeks away in Denver. I was like, ‘Guys, I’m not going to be ready for that fight.’ So they did offer me one (big fight) if I’m being honest.”

That would, of course, be the infamous fight in Denver, Colo., during which Francis Ngannou gave Arlovski a monster uppercut that left fans wondering if his head (and shoulders) were still connected to his body.

Johnson is not bitter about his missed opportunities … or lack thereof. He sees a whole new world of opportunities opening up for him with this Cheick Kongo fight — possibly even a world title shot after the Grand Prix.

“You know I wouldn’t shy away from that. It’s definitely something that is a possibility because Cheick is an alternate in the tournament, so he’s right there right now. You know when I was thinking about it for either one of us, we’d probably be fighting when the tournament comes to a completion and probably one of us would be fighting on that card as well and get the winner of whoever wins it all.”

The good news is the date and place for the finals has already been set — Jan. 26, 2019, at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The bad news is after Kongo’s first round finish in May, Johnson knows his size and power isn’t to be slept on early in a fight.

“Oh yeah, no for sure. You’re going to have that at Heavyweight no matter what. You’ve definitely got to be ready to go the first [five minutes]. The first round is always dangerous at Heavyweight no matter what.”

So where does Johnson feel he has the most advantage in the fight and the best chance to negate Kongo’s strength and power?

“Probably the clinch. Probably my clinch game, my dirty boxing type stuff. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I overpower them but it’s a gritty mentality area, and that’s an area where I like to be, because if you can impose your will on somebody there, you can impose it anywhere.”

Even though Johnson isn’t a fan of predictions (and he explains why) he did offer a little bit of a preview for the Kongo fight.

“I don’t like making predictions because then it makes you look like an idiot if you’re wrong {*laughing*}. But, it’s either going to go to a decision or — if things go very well for me — you may see me in jail.”

Now that’s an epic cliffhanger. To find out which way the pendulum will swing this weekend be sure to watch Bellator 208 live on Paramount Network this Saturday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Sonnen vs. Fedor” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

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War Machine Is Going to Jail for a Long Time for Christy Mack Assault

War Machine (born: Jon Koppenhaver) is going to jail for a long time, maybe forever. Which is fine, as the dude is way too reprehensible to be walking around free in society. In case you forgot, the TUF star nearly beat to death his girlfriend Christy Mack. Well, the jury rendered their verdict in his trial […]

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Jon Jones accepts plea deal (again) in drag racing case, avoids jail time (again)

Finally, some good new for the “Bones” camp.

After pleading guilty to unlawful use of modification of exhaust systems and improper display of a registration plate during a hearing in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier today (Aug. 11, 2016), Jon Jones was given a 90-day deferred sentence, avoiding jail time in the process.

That means the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion has to stay out of trouble for the next three months. He will also be required to do 60 hours of community service, attend driving school and and pay a fine of $ 143, according to MMA Fighting.

Jones was issued a total of five citations after he was stopped by a local police officer for his alleged involvement in a drag race this past March in “The Duke City.” That prompted “Bones” to lose his cool and go off on the citing police officer, calling him a “fucking liar” and a “pig” for basically harassing him.

See the full video here.

The good news for Jones is that the other three charges, which include unlawful drag racing, unlawful exhibition driving and failure to maintain traffic lane, were thrown out by the judge.

Jones is currently sitting idle when it comes to his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after he was flagged by USADA for a failed drug test three days prior to his much-anticipated title fight against Daniel Cormier, which was set for UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. Despite maintaining his innocence, it was revealed that Jones tested positive for hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogen substance which is often used to mask the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a result, he faces a potential two-year ban from the sport from USADA. He has yet to appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to make his case, but that hearing will likely happen sooner than later.

For more on that ongoing saga click here.

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Lavar Johnson Is Going to Jail for a While

Lavar Johnson was one hell of a heavyweight prospect in Strikeforce, he was pretty okay in the UFC, and his Bellator stint kind of stunk. But the dude beat up his lady pretty badly, and now he’s going to jail for five years. MMAfighting has the details: Well-known heavyweight fighter Lavar Johnson is headed to jail. […]

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Jon Jones smashes pads shortly after being released from jail

Jon Jones wasted no time getting to work after being released from jail Thursday.

In a video reposted to Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA’s Instagram account, the former UFC light heavyweight champ blasted some mitts with striking coach Brandon Gibson, showing off the latest improvements to his stand-up attack.

In the caption, Jones acknowledged his latest slip up and his apparent re-dedication to MMA, saying:

Won’t let nothing disturb my peace. Right back to work.. Round five out of seven. Them Ramen noodles got me feeling right

Jones faces Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title April 23 in the main event of UFC 197. In his most recent Octagon appearance at UFC 182 in January 2015, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision.

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Mayhem Miller In Jail Yet Again

Guess who’s back in jail again? If you said Jason “Mayhem” Miller, well, duh, Captain Obvious. Who else would be in jail for the millionth time? As per TMZ: Ex-UFC star Mayhem Miller was arrested again — this time for vandalizing a tattoo shop — and officials have set his bail at a whopping $ 1 […]

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UFC Star Nick Diaz Spends Less Than Two Hours in Jail for DUI-Related Offenses

Nick Diaz served less than two hours in jail for two separate DUI offenses, according to a report from TMZ.
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Nick Diaz turns himself in, begins serving jail sentence today in San Joaquin County

Gonna go to Mississippi San Joaquin County … Gonna See Miss Liza

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Nick Diaz reported for jail earlier today (Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015), according to TMZ, after pleading guilty last month to driving under the influence (DUI). That’s the bad news. The good news?

He’ll be back on the streets by tomorrow morning.

Diaz was picked up just over a year ago and in addition to his boozing charge, was also booked for obstructing a police officer, destroying evidence, and driving with a suspended license (mugshot here). Once he finishes his business behind bars, the Stockton slugger must complete a DUI educational course in order to avoid harsher penalties.

Easy-peasy.

The former welterweight No. 1 contender hasn’t been seen since dropping a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva back in January — for which he also tested positive for marijuana — and continues to drag out his legal fight with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

For more on that unfortunate mess click here.

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Chris Leben Sentenced to 120 Days in Jail Re: Incident With Wife

Retired MMA fighter Chris Leben was sentenced to 120 days in custody, and three years probation, in a San Diego courtroom today. Leben, who is originally from Oregon and also resided in Hawaii during his eleven year MMA career, had entered a guilty plea to felony possession of an assault weapon, along with misdemeanor charges […]

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Nick Diaz reaches deal for reduced jail time on DUI cases

Nick Diaz will serve one day in jail for the pair of DUI-related offenses he picked up in Nov. 2013 and Sept. 2014, MMAFighting.com confirmed Monday following an initial report by TMZ Sports.

Diaz struck a plea deal with California prosecutors that will see the popular UFC welterweight plead no contest to one count of DUI with an alcohol or drug level above .08, in exchange for the state dropping three additional charges from the incidents, including the second potential DUI.

Diaz was sentenced to two days in jail as a result of the deal, with one day credited to time already served.

Diaz, 31, was first arrested on Nov. 20, 2013 in California for driving under the influence. Diaz missed several court dates following the initial arrest, until ultimately surrendering in court in Aug. 2014 after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Diaz was subsequently released on $ 25,000 bail, and a date for his arraignment was then scheduled for the following month.

Before that arraignment could happen, though, Diaz was arrested a second time in Lodi, Calif. for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, among other charges, in the early morning hours of Sept. 6, 2014. Once under police custody, Diaz attempted to induce himself to vomit several times against the commands of officers as a means to circumvent a breath sobriety test. Diaz was ultimately released from Lodi City Jail later that day.

Diaz is scheduled to report to San Joaquin court for a hearing on his plea deal on July 23 at 8:00 a.m., after which he will serve his one day in jail.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz (26-10, 1 NC) last fought in January at UFC 183, where he lost a unanimous decision to ex-UFC middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva. Both Diaz and Silva failed drug tests in relation to the bout, with Diaz testing positive for marijuana metabolites and Silva testing positive for anabolic steroids.

The marijuana violation was Diaz’s third in the state of Nevada, as the welterweight previously failed tests in 2007 and 2012. The latter incident drew Diaz a one-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).

Diaz is currently awaiting a hearing before the NAC to determine a potential punishment for his UFC 183 testing results. That hearing is expected take place in either August or September.

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