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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones’ Manager Says Further Suspension Would be ‘an Outrage’

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds for his longtime client Jon Jones, attempted to convince media of Jones’ innocence over his most recent failed steroid test, and spin the public narrative in his favor. He expresses nothing but confidence, even telling MMAJunkie.com that if Jones served any more time than he already has, he would consider it an outrage.

“In my mind, he’s innocent – I know it for a fact,” Kawa told MMAjunkie Radio. “So for me, there’s no way in the world these guys are going to punish him. I just don’t see how they do it. It would be an outrage to me if they suspended him longer.”

He repeated the confidence interval he gave Luke Thomas, 95%, in support of Jones’ return in 2018. Jones’ anti-doping attorney, Howard Jacobs, said no date had been set for arbitration, which would be the process Jones would need to enter should he dispute USADA’s findings.

Kawa said he’s “95 percent” sure Jones will fight in 2018 and predicted his return would be big business, generating between 750,000 and 800,000 pay-per-view buys.

He also gave a timeline for the two hearings Jon Jones needs to navigate, USADA and the California State Athletic Commission, or CSAC.

“I’m expecting that USADA is also wrapped up (by that time),” Kawa said. “If it’s not wrapped up, I’m not sure if we push the (CSAC) hearing to March, or we still have the hearing and wait on USADA. From what I’m understanding, what USADA would like to do and we would like to do, is we’d like to have it all wrapped up by the CSAC hearing.”

Kawa’s job is to push a positive story on Jones’ behalf, but he has had help. The UFC’s Jeff Novitsky went on Joe Rogan’s podcast and gave Jones the benefit of the doubt as well, saying his tests don’t seem to indicate use. Kawa was careful to stress this narrative.

“Looking at the information they have, from what they’ve gathered, from what they told me, it doesn’t make any sense,” Kawa said. “No one understands it. You passed this test, then you failed this test that you knew was coming, and then you passed one after that. And it was such a small amount that, it came from somewhere that we just don’t know where, and it was such a small amount that it’s obvious he wasn’t trying to cheat.

“So what USADA is looking at is, how do we move forward with this? To me, it’s very simple. He’s not guilty. You’re supposed to test guys to keep the sport clean. Did it give him an advantage? The answer is no. USADA will tell you this, and the UFC will tell you this.”


If you don’t change your name to Batman after this, what are you doing?

Interesting conversation here about the WWE’s near-criminal contracts in light of efforts to unionize UFC fighters:

Khabib and his typical lightweight foe. (Tony Ferguson has elk blood though)

Photo by @chris_mclennan1 #destination_wild

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Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano looks like fun at featherweight

When asked about middleweight striking, Israel Adesanya just started laughing

Weird video time

Wanderlei Silva couldn’t resist coming after Luke Rockhold on social media.

Michelle Waterson hitting that side kick on the pads

Wink and Waterson time from the eyes of a drone! @karatehottiemma @mmacoachwink

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Alan Jouban is right.

This week in combat sports

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some sweet wrestling slams

Lethwei is Muay Thai’s gloveless, head-butting cousin.

Albert Tumenov, still one of the world’s best welterweights.

Demetrious Johnson deserves all credit for this amazing armbar

Podcasts and Video

AJ and I recapped UFC 221 and previewed this weekend’s fight night card! Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

The top three fights to watch this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Donald Cerrone’s kickboxing game, explained by Andrew Richardson:

Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast

Random Land

It took me three times watching this to understand what was moving and what was standing still

I’m not sure why Teddy Roosevelt is so hot. Obama too.

Amazing slow motion

That wasn’t what she expected

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Jon Jones Hearing with California State Athletic Commission Set for Feb. 27

Jon Jones will officially appear before the California State Athletic Commission at a hearing at the end of this month to determine his punishment for a failed drug test at UFC 214.
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Midnight Mania! Roy Jones Jr. gets decision win in final fight, says Anderson Silva is only other option

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Roy Jones Jr. officially capped a long and illustrious career, tonight on UFC Fight Pass. He was unable to put away his overmatched opponent, Scott Sigmon, who he styled on for 10 rounds, winning 98-92 on all three scorecards. Sigmon stayed game, coming forward, thumping at Roy’s body with arm punches to the body.

Compared to Roy Jones Jr., he was clearly athletically out of his depth, something the commentators were very open about. Roy revealed that he had torn his bicep before the fight, perhaps the reason he wasn’t able to get the KO.

I don’t make excuses, but all y’all can call the Andrews Institute and they’ll tell you that last week, I tore my left bicep once again. But because it was Pensacola, I refused to pull out.

Roy reiterated afterwards what he stated beforehand- that Anderson Silva is the only matchup that could draw him out of retirement.

Last but not least, Dana, I know you listening. I know Anderson’s suspended, but that’s the ONLY fight that Roy Jones may return to the ring for. Other than that, chapter closed.


How to shake Andrei Arlovski’s hand so he doesn’t attack.

This Pay-Per-View (PPV) is… lacking in depth, but the main event is amazing.

#good vs #evil

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This is a fascinating matchup.

Looks like Chiesa vs. Pettis is official for Brooklyn!

UFC 223

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Happy birthday to Kimbo Slice. Rest in power.

Don’t ever do this.

Slips, Rips, and Left Hook Clips

I was thinking about left hooks today and look at this.

This was cool too


Great fight

Some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Fight Bookings

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AJ and I preview the main event of UFC 221, along with tackling other tough topics like the perfect scam. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

Yoel Romero has some dangerous tools, including his left-handed punch. Andrew Richardson explains! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands

Firaz Zahabi lends his analytical weight to this matchup:

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones hits pads in a garage as steroid hearings loom

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Jon Jones is the specter that haunts the light heavyweight division. He has only fought twice in the past three years, one win and one no-contest. The no-contest ruined what had been a tremendous fight and victory over his biggest rival, Daniel Cormier.

Now, Cormier is moving on, to face Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight superfight this summer. If “DC” wins, it will shift his legacy, putting Jones in the rearview mirror, at least for the moment. The move to heavyweight was one Jones had been hinting at his entire career.

Good better best.

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Does his caption, “Good better best” refer to Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier… and himself? It’s entirely speculation, but Jones still believes his best days are ahead of him. Much hangs on the length of Jones’ suspension, but is that the fight he will look for when he does return from exile? Jones’ striking coach Brandon Gibson certainly thinks so.


Good to see Robert Whittaker feeling better. Let’s hope Sir Bobby Knuckles returns to rule middleweight quickly.

I like this sweep from Derrick Lewis. Machida hit it in his very early career; it’s got that combination of effortless and effective.

Working on a lot of new stuff #ufcaustin

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I don’t like this from Lewis though:

Promotions are promoting their fighters, and former fighters, which means you get to watch highlight clips:

Valentina Shevchenko is getting the most tune-up fight of tune-up fights this weekend, but watching her style could be fun.

Boxing has both changed so much and remained the same since these halcyon days:

Perfect translator. Sorry, Ben Askren.

This might be true. Serious times for Anderson Silva. His offence is far clearer in nature and intent than Jon Jones’ is.

He will never get the chance to surpass CM Punk:

Was this cake… was it… what was it??? At first I thought the Ws might represent her UFC wins, but I guess it probably means the “wrestling” in the letters “WWE”?

Accurate depiction of what Floyd’s first day in MMA training would look like:

Be careful @floydmayweather MMA is different .

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I keep telling you to listen to this interview with Nate Quarry, because it’s really good… especially the last 15 minutes! Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Brian Stann lays out why fighters on PEDs cost clean fighters money:

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Daniel Cormier dismisses talk of Jon Jones trilogy: ‘I’m kind of past it’

Daniel Cormier, once again, is the UFC light heavyweight champion.

While he was re-gifted his 205-pound title last summer, thanks to the drug-testing net that once again snared bitter rival Jon Jones and scratched a knockout loss from the record books, “DC” had yet to defend his belt.

Then came Volkan Oezdemir.

Cormier laid waste to “No Time” at the UFC 220 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Boston, Mass., and will now look forward to ruling the light heavyweight roost in the second half of 2018.

But don’t expect him to be pining for a Jones trilogy, based on comments he made at the UFC 220 post-fight press conference (via Express Sport).

“I want to see what happens. Until he’s able to do what we want to do, and that’s fight, I’m kind of past it. I’m kind of in this spot when it comes to Jones. Competitively, all I want is to fight him again, but at some point, it’s just like, is it ever going to be a fight without nothing else? And I don’t know if I can put myself through that again. I’ve done everything right and I’ve just been dragged down by this guy constantly, so I’m not thinking about it. I’m gonna do my thing for right now.”

He might have to do it against this guy.

Cormier has already faced Jones twice and came up short both times. After losing a unanimous decision at UFC 182, “Bones” stopped “DC” at UFC 214. That’s not really the issue, it’s the other stuff that comes along with it, like hit-and-run accidents and failed drug tests.

Not that it matters, as it’s still too early to start talking about Jones’ return until this gets handled.

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Dana White confident Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor and Diaz bros. will return to UFC in 2018

Will 2018 be Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) biggest year to date?

It sure seems that way, as Dana White is very confident that a lot of his top box office stars will gear up for long-awaited returns to the Octagon this coming year, as he tells TSN Tube that he anticipates Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and even the Diaz brothers will return.

Of course, Dana was given certain odds of each fighter returning, so take from it what you will.

“I’m going to take the odds and say yes,” that Conor will fight more than twice inside the Octagon at odds of +175 that he will.

“I’m going to say yes at +150,” that St-Pierre will return.

“I’m going to say no at -1000,” that Ronda Rousey fights again.

“I am going to take the odds again and say yes.” at +500 that Brock Lesnar will return

“I will take the yes at + 150” that Jon Jones will fight for UFC again in 2018.

“Those are horrible odds. But I am going to go at yes + 130,” that the Diaz brothers will fight in 2018.

As for what those fighters have been doing in 2017, here’s a quick recap:

Jon Jones is still waiting to see how long he will be suspended for after failing his second drug test administered by USADA following UFC 214. Georges St-Pierre was forced to vacate the title after a severe case of colitis derailed his long awaited — yet short— return.

Ronda Rousey hasn’t competed since suffering her second straight knockout loss, while Nate Diaz is content with sitting on the sidelines while waiting for the promotion to ask him nicely to come back. Big brother Nick, however, has to work his issues out with USADA.

Brock Lesnar, meanwhile, is back working for WWE, and word on the street is that the world’s biggest wrestling organization won’t likely allow him to compete in MMA again.

As for Conor McGregor, he hasn’t competed in MMA since UFC 205 back in 2016, and has since been stripped of the Featherweight title and is on the cusp of losing his Lightweight strap for inactivity.

Now that you’ve taken a small refresher course and have Dana’s predictions at hand, who do you think is more likely to make a UFC return this year?

Predictions start at the 4:00 minute mark in the video play embedded below:

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Midnight Mania! Chuck Liddell on Jon Jones’ lie detector test: ‘Who paid for the polygraph?’

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Chuck Liddell was skeptical of Jon Jones’ recent polygraph test results, to say the least. I spoke to him today about a new YouTube Red show he was a part of, Ultimate Expedition. Halfway through the interview, I asked him if he had seen the news about Jon Jones taking a polygraph test to prove he didn’t take steroids intentionally.

Liddell: I didn’t see it, but … is a polygraph really gonna prove anything? Is this the “someone slipped something into my drink” defense? And who paid for the polygraph?

The test was conducted by PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was not requested by the UFC or USADA. Liddell further elaborated with a little speculation:

The “someone put it in my drink more than once”, defense? Like… first go round, its a little different.

What was the first one, tainted Cialis? Listen, how tainted was the Cialis, for that to register in a high enough amount that it would pop you on the test? I don’t know about tests. Maybe you just need a little bit to pop you, but to be at a level that would show up on the test, it seems like you would have to have taken a LOT of tainted Cialis. Or, just a little bit in the Cialis, if it wasn’t that, instead of Cialis, in whatever it was. I don’t know.

Jones has been very unapologetic about taking Cialis, which he described as “awesome”; however, his defense was that they were contaminated, resulting in his first drug test failure. Failing a second test, though, certainly has called his alibi into question. Some, including UFC executive Jeff Novitsky, seem to be convinced it was accidental; others, not so much.

Chuck also dished on seeing his friend Matt Hughes recover, the current state of the Light Heavyweight division, whether he still gets the urge to compete, advice to young fighters as a fan of the sport, and what it was like to come off the couch to climb a mountain for the first time where base camp was at 14,000 feet. He also explained why he shaved his face:


This is funny trolling, because the shoulder roll is Floyd’s move, but Mayweather-McGregor was so… 2017. Maybe if McGregor gets back into competition sooner than later, he will have something relevant to post about.

I call this move the shoulder roll.

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I am as excited about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson as anyone; more than likely it will happen, but it’s not a completely done deal just yet.

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou is this weekend and yes, we are all stoked.

I’ve been missing out on this quality content by not following Phil Baroni, apparently.

This is the reverse of “don’t try this at home”, because someone already did, so Raymond Daniels, the professional, does it right.

Maryna Moroz is (justifiably) proud of her abs.

Obligatory reminder that UFC fighters are not paid as well as other athletes. Just work on becoming a star, Belal Muhammad.

Valentina Shevchenko has a hidden talent, and it’s not shooting or traditional dance. (She can do those too) It’s painting.

Don’t be the human who sends Jessica-Rose Clark nasty messages concerning her fight with Paige VanZant.

This weekend’s fighting schedule:

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

A reminder that Rory Macdonald brings the violence (so does Douglas Lima) so this weekend has goodness on both Bellator and UFC cards.

This is the scariest choke/crank I’ve ever seen. It looks as though Saadulaez is about to snap his neck.

I’m not sure how this doesn’t get you signed to the UFC, but enjoy this guy while you can, LFA.

Always love a good submission

I love simple technical pointers like this:

Here are some fights you may have missed this weekend:

Podcasts and Video

UFC 220 Beer Pairing with Flyin Brian J! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

UFC 220 Embedded, Episode 2:

Stone Cold Stipe is fired up

The Co-Main Event podcast

Random Land

This will make your night better.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones the fighter finally gets a tweet meant for Jon Jones the game designer

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For years now, Jon Jones the game designer has been getting tweets meant for Jon Jones, the fighter. He’s acted as Jon’s internet spam filter, especially when Jon messes up, as has happened numerous times over the years.

Today, though, the tables turned for once, and “Bones” made it into a hilarious joke.

From what I can tell, Jason Dake was trolling here- he knows which Jon Jones he’s tweeting.

But Bones rolled with the joke, tagging Jon Jones, who for some reason he has kept blocked for the past five years.

Seeing tweets go to the right guy for once was incredibly satisfying for Jon Jones.


Mike Perry is a fictional character.

Dramatic staredown between @platinummikeperry and @sponzinibbiomma #UFCWinnipeg

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For reference, this is what he is talking about- the cognitive conditioning Santiago Ponzinibbio has been doing with Nic Davenport.

This is genuinely scary.

Some fight schedule updates- I hope Doo Ho Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens gets five rounds to play out, but Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek is a great fight as well.

It may be tame in the era of Trump, but Dana White jumping into the random conversations of internet nobodies is still peak Dana White.

Dustin Poirier has the important questions:

Robbie Lawler on why he’s not tried for a submission in the past twenty fights or so:

This is the CM Punk fight that actually makes sense- Mike Jackson (whose blog I used to contribute content to) is the guy Mickey Gall had to fight to get to CM Punk in the first place.

Here’s a video I never asked for: GSP was asked about the first time he had sex. His expression says it all.

This is what Dana White pictures in his head whenever fighters ask for more pay.

Lando Vannata doing padwork

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Colby Covington just picks fights with everyone

Kenny Florian’s trash talk wasn’t what got him his title shots, that’s for sure.

It took me a second while scrolling to realize what was off about this picture.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Double knockdowns are always fun

When the low kicks are strong

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Dana White No Longer ‘Mentally or Emotionally Invested’ in Fate of Ex-UFC Champ Jon Jones

The long-term fate of Jon Jones has yet to be determined, but don’t expect UFC President Dana White to spend too much time worrying about the future of the former light heavyweight champion.
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Midnight Mania! Dana White says Jon Jones ‘the most wasted talent ever’

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Jon Jones and Dana White have had a rocky relationship. Jones was supposed to be back after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214; he was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar, then possibly Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title. That was before we learned he failed a pre-fight drug test. After having his hopes dashed again and again by Jon Jones, Dana White has basically written off the former light heavyweight champion.

As reported by Justin Golightly of BJPenn.com, Dana White unloaded on Jon Jones on the TSN radio show:

“[He’s the most wasted talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. [Jon Jones] is so talented and gifted, God knows what he would be doing now if he hadn’t ever got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones. Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

Jones currently awaits a hearing in December to decide his fate. Will his career be over, or will he return to fight another day?


Frankie Edgar wants to know why his eyes are so crazy in this poster

Why they got me all crazy eyed? #FireInThoseEyes #IdLikeToBuyAVowel #UFC218

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It sounds like Edgar and Alvarez watch soccer together.

Holly Holm on Cyborg’s USADA requests.

Edson Barboza says he’s been offered a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Michelle Waterson vs. Tecia Torres is a great fight between two karatekas-turned-MMA fighters.

Cody Garbrandt looking good on the pads ahead of his grudge match with TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217.

Born to Lose, Built to Win!!! #AndStill

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I follow Al Foran, but I hadn’t seen this until Derrick Lewis posted it. I guess he has a lot of time on his hands after the back injury that threatens his career.

@alforancomedy lol

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Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, two talented champions with a bright future.

Champs @joannajedrzejczyk

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Rampage is going to go broke.

This is how to interact with fans.

Today in MMA history, fighting became (more of) a sport

Jason Rony is no longer with the UFC- and apparently hasn’t been, since shortly after his last fight.

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Obligatory reminder that Cowboy Cerrone can kick your damn head off

Awe yeah.

He went all the way to sleep.

Heather Hardy is a bright prospect in Bellator

Another former boxing champion, Ana Julaton, makes her debut soon as well

Body shots!

Podcasts and Video

I’m going to keep leaving my podcast here because it’s my podcast and I can

Who the hell is Darren Till?

The MMA After Hour is a thing?

The Severe MMA podcast original co-host, Andrew McGahon, returns to guest host before Ophelia hits Ireland:

Random Land

This guy is real. Check it out.

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