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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones Congratulates Vitor, Bashes Liddell

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There are few fighters more self-confident, or self-centered, as Jon Jones; his fights are always about him, his own narrative very much central in his mind. This is never more evident than in his behavior after he pulls out a tough win; he can’t help congratulating himself for digging deep and finding out he is indeed a warrior. His 2012 victory over up-jumped middleweight Vitor Belfort contained a surprising challenge, as Vitor locked in a nasty armbar from guard that fully extended Jones’ arm. Somehow, Jon held on and Vitor didn’t manage to snap the arm. “Bones” picked up the Brazilian bodily, slamming him until ‘The Phenom’ let the armbar go. The rest of the fight was all Jon Jones, ending with a 4th-round kimura victory for “Bones”.

Now that Vitor has been officially retired (sort of) by Lyoto Machida’s unbelievable, career-ending front kick, Jones took the opportunity to congratulate the legend- and himself in the process.

Enjoy your retirement brother, you deserve it. Thank you for the magnificent fight, learned a lot about myself that tonight. Nothing but respect for you @VitorBelfort Ps I know my arm would have been a nice little trophy for you, maybe we can run it back sometime in the future. Charity jujitsu match or something

Jones was much less charitable to retired 48-year-old champion Chuck Liddell, who has been making noise lately about wanting to come out of retirement to fight him.


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This made me chuckle: Colby Covington is exactly this person.

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Tecia Torres- and Pennington herself- agreed with her corner’s decision to send her back out to get beat up and finished by Amanda Nunes in the fifth round.

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Matt Mitrione expected Ryan Bader to beat King Mo Lawal all along.

Gregor Gillespie is the self-styled greatest fisherman in MMA. Sometimes he sees some weird things.

This is exactly how Michael Chiesa reacted when Kevin Lee so much as mentioned his mom.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Steven Seagal taking credit for Anderson Silva’s original front kick was an extremely underrated moment in MMA history.


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This footage of a train running through a forest fire is astonishin

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Jon Jones vs. Chuck Liddell? Please, No!

The “Iceman”, Chuck Liddell, was forced to retire back in 2010 because his once-impossibly tough chin turned fragile, and a strong gust of wind would knock him out.

But, like all legendary fighters who miss that glory (and need a paycheck), he’s un-retiring! And wants to face longtime rival Tito Ortiz!

Appearing on “The MMA Hour” today, Liddell also mentioned some nonsense about fighting Jon Jones, the former UFC light-heavyweight champ who will likely be suspended due to drug infractions long after Liddell has died of old age.

After years of teasing a potential comeback, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is officially coming out of retirement. The 48-year-old Liddell is targeting a third fight against rival Tito Ortiz and is hopeful a deal gets done with Oscar de la Hoya to promote the contest under Golden Boy’s much-discussed potential move into the MMA space.

“I will fight again,” Liddell declared.

“It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.”

Liddell said a deal has yet to be finalized with Golden Boy but tentative plans are for the fight to go down in November in either Las Vegas or California.

The Iceman returning would be awful on many levels. Him facing Jones would just make it worse.

Anyway, here’s Jones’ response to the callout.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones Promises Gus ‘You Will Never Beat Me’ in Savage Tweet

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Jon Jones, whatever else you may say about the man, and you may say a lot, is an unbelievably confident fighter. Evidently having gotten wind of Gustafsson’s latest talk in his direction, Jonny Bones directed a savage tweet in his direction tearing down the Swede with extreme verbal prejudice.

@AlexTheMauler Beat me in three? Your hands were the only thing you had over me in our first fight. That gap is closing fast. Our first fight will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done inside of that octagon. You will never beat me, and that’s my promise to you.

The cutting edge of the tweet is the assertion, likely true, that Gustafsson’s greatest moment in the Octagon was going five highly competitive rounds with Jon Jones back in 2013, at UFC 165. After landing a fight-altering spinning elbow in the fourth round, Jones battled back from adversity with his arsenal of kicks and elbows to win a unanimous decision, 48-47×2 and 49-46.

Gustafsson did outbox Jones in that bout, a deficiency Jones believes he is rectifying, perhaps with his late night mitt sessions. I’ll leave the discerning reader to decide if Jones is right about that.

Here’s a few clips from the other nights extreme pattycake session.

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Of course, for the lanky Swede to beat Jones- a feat he says would mean more than winning the belt- Jones will need to avoid a lengthy suspension from the NSAC. “Bones” is facing suspension because of a second failed drug test for steroids before his rematch with Daniel Cormier, the latest in a long string of life disasters for the widely regarded light heavyweight Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

Gustafsson recently re-upped with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but with division champion Daniel Cormier preparing to fight Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt in July, Gustafsson will either have to wait or look elsewhere for his next bout.


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Nice chain wrestling

Stipe’s version of Blue Steel

60% of the time it works every time

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This meme is totally true

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Israel Adesanya explains his bizarre post-fight speech

My doggo Milli thaught me that!! ☠ #millionaire #doggo #ufcglendale

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Look at this lion ducking under for the takedown

Relevant to Frankie Edgar and possibly Edson Barboza:

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Speaking of Captain America 2, this is real life. I can’t be sure, but this has to be in Russia.


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Rob Delaney plays a character, Peter, in the new Deadpool trailer, who appears to have no superpowers at all. He also has a Twitter account. I really just want to know who is running it. My guess is… Rob himself? He’s pretty funny, but this is just comedic and marketing genius.

He’s just an ordinary guy who likes beekeeping and nature and thinks his wife is cheating on him

Peter would like this picture

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Jon Jones Burns A B-tch Over McGregor Tweet

Here’s a lesson for other fighters: don’t tag Jon Jones in petty tweets unless you’re ready for a humbling response.

Haters gonna hate, especially on Twitter. But that doesn’t mean those getting hated on need to suffer things in silence. Once upon a time, former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones would have ignored this tweet from ex-UFC fighter Tyson Griffin (or at least deleted whatever he responded with a few minutes after posting). But today’s Jon Jones gives way less f**ks, leading to a pretty interesting Twitter exchange.

It all started when Griffin shot out a tweet mocking Conor McGregor’s recent legal troubles.

”Well there goes Conor McGregor losing his Burger King deal faster than Jon Jones lost his Nike deal!” Griffin wrote, and of course he decided to tag all the people he mentioned because that’s what makes Twitter such a magical place.

It didn’t take long before Jones responded.

”My dream was to be sponsored by Nike as a high school wrestler, became an adult and made it happen,” Jones wrote. “Even had my own sneaker which sold out within a day. What ever happened with your Nike deal, I don’t remember. I’ll wait….”

”You can tell by the tone of your tweet that you’re happy Connor may be losing his deal. Disguise yourself as an MMA coach or a MMA personality, I just see a bitter bitch who’s the size of my dick.”

It reminds me of something a certain fighter said way back before he became a crazy maniac…

Now if only Jones and McGregor could get back to winning outside of the cage.

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POW! POW! Here’s What Jon Jones Thinks About Gun Control

I think “gun control” means steady aim in the “Bones” camp.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, knows how to push a few buttons when it comes to controversial headlines. Remember that whole eye-poke fiasco?

Exhibit A.

Busted for using performance-enhancing drugs?

Exhibit B.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that Jones — an avid firearms collector — would post a video of his assault rifle skills while the rest of the nation is warring over gun control, including last week’s March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.

Hey, at least we know who to call when the zombie apocalypse breaks out.

Jones (22-1, 1 NC) lost his license to practice mixed martial arts (MMA) after last summer’s failed drug test and while he settled his “dumb” business with California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), he must still answer to United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Until then, the only action “Bones” will see is at the local firing range.

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Jones Trained Romero — And Now Whittaker Might Be Screwed

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, by his own admission, can’t bust a grape, which is the price one must pay when born with long, skinny limbs.

Hence the nickname, “Bones.”

But what if Jones could put his style of attack into a muscular power puncher like Yoel Romero? The results might produce something crazy, like a thunderous knockout that would result in an immediate title shot.

Oh wait, that really happened.

“People talk about my ‘gas’ but it wasn’t easy to fight Luke Rockhold,” middleweight title contender Yoel Romero told Joe Rogan (via MMA Fighting). “I went to Albuquerque with Jon Jones and I learned something. They controlled my attacks, so I learned when to attack. If you go, go, go, you will get tired. So I had to learn to pace myself. I don’t have a problem with five rounds now.”

Did he have a problem with five rounds last summer?

That’s when Romero came up short on the judges’ scorecards, resulting in a unanimous decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Reaper” captured the interim crown with the win, then graduated to undisputed champion when Georges St-Pierre hit the bricks.

Romero will have a chance to avenge that loss when they run it back at the upcoming UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event on June 9 in Chicago (details), though something tells me we may not see a fifth round.

Anyone disagree?

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Miesha Tate Says She’s ‘Checked Out’ on Jon Jones Saga: ‘I Don’t Really Care if He Comes Back’

Miesha Tate isn’t buying the “changed man” routine from Jon Jones anymore.
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Midnight Mania! Jones to Meisha: ‘Wait and See’

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Meisha Tate gave vent recently to feelings many Jon Jones fans could surely relate to: disillusionment. She felt that she had just been on the Jon Jones rollercoaster too long, and had decided to check out.

I’ve heard this story one, two, three, four, five times already, so unless he shows me something different than just saying ‘I’m a changed man,’ he’s got to do a lot more to gain me back as a fan and to care to see him compete again. I just don’t want to be let down again.”

Jon Jones responded today on Twitter.

@MeishaTate I don’t quite when things get tough for me, I get stronger. You just wait and see, maybe you’ll even find motivation in it. Sucks I lost you as a fan. Enjoy retirement sister.

What I can’t decide is if this is shady on Jon Jones’ part or not. Is Jones implying that Meisha, who retired after a loss at UFC 205 and is now expecting her first child, quit when things got tough for her? Or is he simply expressing respectful regret that he lost her as a fan?

Regardless, what is clear is that Jon Jones still wishes to be seen as a role model and an inspiration in some way. But with the shoddy defense his team came up with, his destiny isn’t really in his hands- it’s down to the punishment USADA sees fit to mete out.


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Ramon Dekkers was a legend, and his countryman Alastair Overeem honored him on the fifth anniversary of his passing yesterday

Speaking of Overeem, does he have a fight lining up?

See you soon.

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Dana White is high on this kid Sean “Spicer” O’Malley.

Sean O’Malley vs Andre Soukhamthath this Saturday LIVE on PPV!!! #UFC222

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Eaty, trainy, sleepy – routine is key

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Demetrious Johnson playing as himself in a video game made someone mad.

Chris Weidman calls out Lebron James because he’s been training with Enes Kanter. Might need to do a little more work than that first.

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Jim Miller has his next fight lined up, which will equal Michael Bisping’s record for most UFC fights ever. Dustin Poirier, a former opponent, has nothing but respect for that.

Derrick Lewis always finds the most random posts on the internet.

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Ilir Latifi, half man, half ?

Jordan Breen with the trip down memory lane for all you Pride fans.

Agreed. This deserves an extended, humiliating beating.

UFC anti-trust fodder.

Combat sports this weekend


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Yana Kunitskyaya in action. Think she has a chance against Cris Cyborg?

Wow this does look similar

A young prospect at featherweight, Yoshinori Horie:

Brian Ortega would be proud.

This is old but worth the repost because I’ve never seen anything quite like this in a street fight.


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Miesha Tate Says She’s ‘Checked Out’ on Jon Jones Saga: ‘I Don’t Really Care if He Comes Back’

Miesha Tate isn’t buying the “changed man” routine from Jon Jones anymore.
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Miesha Tate Says She’s ‘Checked Out’ on Jon Jones Saga: ‘I Don’t Really Care if He Comes Back’

Miesha Tate isn’t buying the “changed man” routine from Jon Jones anymore.
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