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Jones Has No Time For Bisping’s Dumb S—t

The difficulties begin at the 1:45 mark.

Before Jon Jones recaptured his light heavyweight title, thanks to a technical knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 (watch it), UFC on FOX analyst and former 185-pound kingpin, Michael Bisping, had a very legitimate question about post-fight drug testing.

“The Count” wanted to know if “Bones” was still at risk of testing positive for picograms of Turinabol, since it seemed to be happening with greater frequency ahead of the Dec. 29 fight card and caused the entire event to be relocated.

Jones avoided the question, asked during last Friday’s weigh-in show, and did not sound overly enthusiastic about returning to the airwaves and going through yet another battery of drug-related questions after finishing “The Mauler.”

I guess Bisping didn’t get the “better journalism” memo from Izabelle Kostic.

“I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions,” Bisping said on his official podcast. “Which apparently he didn’t like, because after the fight, we interviewed him again. When we were on commercial break, he was talking shit. ‘Is that motherfucker…’ to whoever the powers to be are at FOX, ‘is that motherfucker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his dumb shit?’ I was like ‘oh yeah.’”

Bisping is no stranger to starting shit after an event.

If Jones was popping for Turinabol before the event, and the pulsing effect is rumored to last for years, then it’s not outrageous to suggest that more positive results are on the way. That would lead us into uncharted territory, in terms of how athletes are screened.

It also puts pressure on Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to establish protocol for this sort of thing, since Jones was barred from competing in Las Vegas until the results of his tests were sorted through and explained.

And if Jones thought Bisping had difficult questions…

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Jon Jones Wants to Fight Three Times This Year: ‘I’m Going to Kick the S–t Out of 2019′

In the past, Jon Jones claims he would fill his life with “partying and nonsense” following a big victory. However, in the aftermath of his light heavyweight championship triumph over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, Jones only wants to fill his schedule with more fights.
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Improper No. 12? Jones Draws McWhiskey At UFC 232

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, understands that giving is the reason for the season, so he sent UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, some of his record-breaking Proper No. 12.

You can’t make billions by giving away your inventory, but hey, what do I know?

On the surface it seemed like a nice thing to do for the holidays, or to help Jones celebrate his victory over Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (watch it). But upon closer inspection, this might be some kind of “Notorious” troll job.

Jones has already been tagged for DUI during his combat sports career. He also tested positive for cocaine and spent some time in rehab. So maybe “Bones” wasn’t the best person to be receiving a bottle of Irish whiskey.

Helpfully pointed out by a fan.

Jones is expected to settle his affairs with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) at some point this month, then move on to fight Anthony Smith in his first 205-pound title defense after reclaiming his strap.

I’ll drink to that.

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Forget July, Smith Wants Jones ASAP!

After recaliming his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title by demolishing Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 (replay) on Saturday (Dec. 29, 2018), Jon Jones took the chance to call out Daniel Cormier, daring him to come get his belt back.

But another man is also waiting in line for a 205-pound title fight, as Anthony Smith was in the Fox Sports studios breaking down the event, while hoping for his chance to challenge “Bones.” While he did get the opportunity to do it after the champ hopped on air for an interview, “Lionheart” picked a July date for the matchup, which is seven months from now.

That callout didn’t sit too well with his co-host Michael Bisping, who urged Smith to up his trash talk and call for a title fight right away. Jones also clowned on Smith for wanting to wait until “Intentional Fight Week,” which may have cost him his shot at the strap.

Upon catching wind of Jon’s response, Smith took to social media to declare that he is actually ready to throw down anytime, anywhere.

“Lionheart” earned his way to the top spot after racking up quite a win streak, taking out the likes of Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans in just 2.5 minutes of combined fight time. He followed up those dominant performances by chocking out Volkan Oezdemir in the third round last October.

Sitting comfortable at the No. 3 spot behind Gustafsson, there’s really no one else standing in Smith’s way for a shot at Jones. Unless, of course, “DC” decides to follow up on his acceptance of a trilogy fight against his bitter rival.

For complete UFC 232: ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ results and coverage click here.

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UFC 232 Results: Jon Jones and All His Chemicals Defeat Alexander Gustafsson

Probably the best thing about being Jon Jones isn’t all the physical gifts that have made him excel in the sport. Nor is it skill in the cage, which has come after countless hours of training in the gym. No, the best thing is the fact that he can take all sorts of drugs and get away with it.

Sure, he’s been penalized and suspended and all that jazz. But the fact of the matter is, UFC 232 was supposed to be in Las Vegas last night, but because Jones had steroids in his system, the UFC moved the event to Las Vegas because Jones wouldn’t have gotten licensed by the Nevada commission. That’s something right there, folks.

So Jones fought Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 main event, and if you’ll recall, when they first fought, Gustafsson gave Jones his toughest fight ever. This one was pretty even for the first two rounds, all of it primarily contested on the feet. With Gustafsson wielding the same kind of lankiness, he was able to pick at his foe with strikes at distance, although Jones just kept chopping away at his legs with kicks.

Jones scored in the exchanges, nailing Gustafsson with a knee and a punch her and there, but the Swede kept him honest.

Then came Round 3, when Jones simply took him down, pounded on him, secured back-mount, and punched away. Gustafsson was pretty defenseless at that point, so the ref jumped in.

Once again Jones is the champ. And once again, we have to stare at the clock and wonder what drug test Jones is going to fail next.

UFC 232 Results: Jon Jones and All His Chemicals Defeat Alexander Gustafsson

Probably the best thing about being Jon Jones isn’t all the physical gifts that have made him excel in the sport. Nor is it skill in the cage, which has come after countless hours of training in the gym. No, the best thing is the fact that he can take all sorts of drugs and get away with it.

Sure, he’s been penalized and suspended and all that jazz. But the fact of the matter is, UFC 232 was supposed to be in Las Vegas last night, but because Jones had steroids in his system, the UFC moved the event to Las Vegas because Jones wouldn’t have gotten licensed by the Nevada commission. That’s something right there, folks.

So Jones fought Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 main event, and if you’ll recall, when they first fought, Gustafsson gave Jones his toughest fight ever. This one was pretty even for the first two rounds, all of it primarily contested on the feet. With Gustafsson wielding the same kind of lankiness, he was able to pick at his foe with strikes at distance, although Jones just kept chopping away at his legs with kicks.

Jones scored in the exchanges, nailing Gustafsson with a knee and a punch her and there, but the Swede kept him honest.

Then came Round 3, when Jones simply took him down, pounded on him, secured back-mount, and punched away. Gustafsson was pretty defenseless at that point, so the ref jumped in.

Once again Jones is the champ. And once again, we have to stare at the clock and wonder what drug test Jones is going to fail next.

UFC 232, The Morning After: Can Anyone Beat Jon Jones Now?

What you may have missed from last night …

UFC 232 was a blast. It absolutely delivered the promise it held on paper, crowning the first women’s double champion, the likable and happy Amanda Nunes; giving at least two future contenders their breakout performances (Petr Yan and Alexander Volkanovski); granting us a plethora of weird finishes (Megan Anderson toe-poking Cat Zingano’s eye, Michael Chiesa twisting Condit’s arm nearly off with one hand, Ryan Hall hitting the fastest heel hook in recent memory); and last but not least, affirming Jon Jones as the best light heavyweight ever.

Afterwards, Jones called out Daniel Cormier, but seemed oddly unwilling to go to heavyweight. He doesn’t seem interested in fighting a fatter Cormier, perhaps because with the added weight Cormier hits harder, and Jones doesn’t think the risk of a knockout is worth it. However, at 205 pounds, he established himself tonight as the GOAT.

Before the fight, Andrew Richardson and I wrote a list of anyone from middleweight to heavyweight who had a realistic shot at beating Jon Jones, knowing that he was likely to defeat Gustafsson. Given that he showed improvements over the only challenger to ever really come close to beating him, how does that list hold up?

First, what Richardson wrote about Gustafsson himself seems pretty spot on:

If Gustafsson commits to kicking the hell out of Jones’ legs, he stands a fair chance at dethroning the king. That’s not his game though, and as Pearson mentioned, he does a lot of his best work with the lead hand. Sadly for the Swede, nothing interrupts the jab and left hook like a low kick.

Indeed, Gustafsson opted to try to pressure instead of running laps around the cage, but conceded kicking range entirely to Jones. He just didn’t return the leg kicks Jones was throwing, for whatever reason. Perhaps his groin injury played a role. Whatever it was, Jones was able to sit back and interrupt his attack very effectively, and Gustafsson didn’t have the footwork to get in range to use his boxing. It was frustrating to watch, especially on a night where we had seen Alexander Volkanovski use intelligent pressure to break the elusive Chad Mendes. Volkanovski understood that to corral an opponent to the fence, one had to go deeper than two strikes, but Gustafsson seemed unable to string together cohesive combinations that put him in range. For a second, Gus’ double jab into a right hand reminded me of Max Holloway, and I had a glimmer of hope, but unlike Holloway, Gustafsson never played with the timing enough to figure out the entry.

In the post-fight interview, Jones said that the difference had been his own understanding of range; in the first fight, Gustafsson had been able to keep the fight in the narrow bandwith that suited him long enough to pile up damage. In the rematch, he just wasn’t able to, with Jones able to kick him, elbow him when he got too close, clinch him when he over-committed, then finally get his decisive takedown in the third. It was the same fight Jones always wants: avoiding the middle distance, except accomplished with even greater skill.

Is there, then, anyone who can beat Jones? Two finishes over his closest rivals- steroids or not- make that seem unlikely, and his refusal to entertain heavyweight means we won’t get to see Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou try their hand at it. That leaves middleweight and light heavyweight. Yoel Romero is still an intriguing fight, and if he ever wanted to jump up, this would be the perfect opportunity. Now that Jones has also developed a knack for finishing people in the third, their third-round forms would be fascinating to see matched against each other. Richardson was not optimistic about his chances, though, and he would need a finish to win. Robert Whittaker is focused on beating Kelvin Gastelum, and that’s really the only other middleweight who could possible get the job done. Rockhold is headed for 205, but Richardson was dismissive of his chances.

The only native 205-lb. contender with a realistic hope of success isn’t quite ready yet. Dominick Reyes has the frame, the takedown defense, the power, and the skills at range- particularly the kicking- to give Jones real problems. He hasn’t shown that he can keep up a five-round pace yet, though, and his one top ten win over Ovince St. Preux isn’t enough to pick him to beat Jones yet. If the 205 lb. king avoids getting stripped for more nonsense, he will probably roll through a couple contenders- Thiago Santos being the most interesting- while Reyes builds experience. A bout against Corey Anderson, or Gustafsson himself would be a good test to see where Reyes is at.

Until then, Picogram Jones is the king. All hail the king.

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Jon Jones Sees Eventual Future at Heavyweight, Wants Third Bout vs. Cormier at 205

It had been two-and-a-half years since Jon Jones officially scored a win inside the famed UFC Octagon, but Saturday’s victory may have been his sweetest to date.
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Your Daily Jon Jones Update: Tales of Drugs and Woe

You know what’s weird? There’s an epic UFC card this weekend, with UFC 232 bringing us a massive fight between champs Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. Plus, the card has the likes of BJ Penn, Uriah Hall, Carlos Condit and Andrei Arlovski. But would you know that based on the flow of news coming out of the event? Hell no. Because Jon Jones is on the card, and as usual, the former champ’s drug habits are overshadowing everything. EVERYTHING.

I mean, there’s a plus side to Jones’ shenanigans and all the press they attract. For instance, Deadspin is covering this UFC, when normally they’d maybe make one post about the aftermath of whatever happens on Saturday night. Here’s them harping on Dana White, who apparently doesn’t give a crap about all the taxes the fighters will have to pay because of the sudden move from Nevada to California.

UFC president Dana White was a bit of a shithead towards a reporter on Thursday during the press conference for the recently-relocated UFC 232. To make things easier for Jon Jones to participate in the headlining fight after an “atypical” drug test, the pay-per-view event was move from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on six days’ notice. This move obviously does more than just inconvenience an audience of paying customers, it also screws over the fighters on the lower end of the night’s card, who suddenly have to factor in more taxes on their paycheck.

Naturally, this issue came up on Thursday. When asked if he would help compensate fighters who have to pay higher taxes because of the move, White simply turned the question on the reporter and tried to make himself look like a victim in this scenario.

Also, it seems that Lance Armstrong has chimed in about the Jones thing. This is according to champ Daniel Cormier. (Armstrong, you see, loved them performance enhancing drugs, just like Jones.)

Oh, guess what? Apparently the UFC was collecting these failed Jon Jones drug tests like they were a new fad. One wonders what took them so long in deciding to move UFC 232…

As per MMAFighting:

[Jeff] Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, appeared Thursday on The Joe Rogan Experience to explain Jones’ recent drug-testing situation and the UFC’s decision to uproot UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on less than a week’s notice. Novitzky revealed that Jones first tested positive for trace amounts of a longterm metabolite of oral turinabol in an Aug. 29 drug screening conducted by USADA. That test discovered eight picograms of the oral turinabol metabolite in Jones’ system and followed an Aug. 9 drug screening that came back clean. Novitzky said that Jones’ next drug test, on Sept. 18, also came back positive for 19 picograms of the same longterm oral turinabol metabolite.

Finally, here’s the man himself – Jones – rambling about… oh man, who knows. As per MMAFighting:

“I think through science I will be vindicated,” Jones said. “I passed the [polygraph] test with pretty much the FBI, which means if I was lying, I go to jail for perjury. I passed the polygraph test saying that I’ve never intentionally taken anything illegal to enhance myself and now that science is starting to show itself, you will realize that — half the people that are judging me haven’t opened a chemistry book since high school. It’s true, it’s so true. So people are ignoring the fact that a picogram, this shit is so small it almost should have never been brought up. It’s so small. It’s such a small amount, it has no effect.

“And I think a lot of the professionals, whether it’s USADA or the UFC are realizing Jon has actually been, he’s kind of like a guinea pig in this situation, almost wronged in this situation. Even though it was in me, I think this is a way of fixing a wrong and making it right again, by not canceling this fight and keeping the fight on ultimately for the fans because this could have been canceled. So even though a lot of fans got hurt in this situation, we saved the event. Look at all the people that got to be here, all the people that are planning on ordering the fight around the world. Like Dana said, the organization’s doing everything they can to make it right, giving discounts and comping families and doing all types of stuff. So changing the event instead of canceling the event I feel is the way of making this right.”

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UFC 232 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 232 coverage kicks off Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET.
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