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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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‘See You Soon’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight smashing machine, Santiago Ponzinibbio, was expected to throw hands with wrestling powerhouse, Kamaru Usman, at the UFC Fight Night 129 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last May in Chile.

Unfortunately for “Gente Boa” (27-3), an injured hand torpedoed the bout and sent the Argentinian into surgery. Usman would move on to fight longtime veteran Demian Maia, capturing a decision win over the Brazilian before moving on to replicate that performance against Rafael dos Anjos.

The rest, as they say, is history.

“Congratulations for the great performance Kamaru Usman,” Ponzinibbio wrote on social media. “Now is time for us to take care of a pending issue in the Octagon. See you soon.”

Usman is fresh off his title-winning performance against Tyron Woodley at the UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Las Vegas (see it again here). “The Nigerian Nightmare” has already been paired off with former interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, though the No. 7-ranked Ponzinibbio — winner of seven straight — is certainly not without a quality opponent.

Maybe a win over “Gente Boa” is what Woodley needs to earn that Usman rematch.

Who wants it?

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UFC President Dana White ‘Would Like to See’ Third Fight Between Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones

It’s safe to say there is more than enough intrigue for a third meeting between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
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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.


Insomnia

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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Anyone miss prime Shogun?

Eaty, trainy, sleepy – routine is key

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Cat tackle

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.

Forrest Griffin the philosopher

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


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

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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UFC 203 video: Mickey Gall calls out Sage Northcutt after CM Punk win, ‘Super’ accepts, Dana White says ‘we’ll see’

After spoling CM Punk’s mixed martial arts (MMA) debut last night (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) in Cleveland, Ohio (see it), Mickey Gall took the opportunity to call out his next opponent; singling out fellow “Lookin’ for a Fight” alum, Sage Northcutt.

And just as fast as the call out was made, it was accepted, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White says the Northcutt camp contacted him immediately to accept the bout.

“Well, when he called him out, Sage’s people texted me immediately and they want the fight,” said White during a post-event interview for UFC on FOX. “So we’ll see if that fight happens.”

Of course, White has a policy to not book fights immediately after an event, so it may be a few days or weeks before we get the green light for this potential showdown. If and when it does get booked, it will be interesting to see in what weight division it goes down.

That’s becasue Gall fights at Welterweight while Sage knocks heads in the Lightweight division. However, “Super” did compete at 170-pounds once before. But, it didn’t wokr out too well for him, as he suffered his first loss to Bryan Barbarena at UFC on FOX 18 earlier this year.

But you can blame it on this.

Nevertheless, since both camps are open to the bout, there’s really no reason not to book it, unless the UFC brass is hesitant to pit two young, up-and-coming contenders to fight one another so soon. As it stands, Sage is 3-1 inside the Octagon while Gall improved to 5-0 (2-0 UFC) with his win over Punk.

Can any of you think of any reason why this fight won’t be made soon?

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Rory MacDonald says the ‘tide is turning’ with free agency, fighters ‘see the opportunity’

Rory MacDonald wasn’t the first high-profile free agent to leave the ranks of the UFC for Bellator MMA, though he may have been the biggest. MacDonald joined the likes Benson Henderson, Phil Davis, and several others when he inked a six-fight deal with Bellator this past week, becoming the latest example in the growing trend of fighters gambling on themselves and testing their value on the open market, rather than re-signing for a contract that may be below their worth.

“Everybody’s got a unique situation and I think they have to analyze their own. For me, in the position I was in, it was the smart move,” MacDonald said Monday on The MMA Hour.  I can’t say that for everybody. Everybody is in different stages of their career, so build their brand, make a name for yourself, have good fights, put good performances on, then maybe test it out.

“I think also the tide is turning a little bit,” MacDonald added. “People are more aware (about free agency). They see the opportunity, where there was no opportunity before.”

MacDonald, 27, appears to be right. This year, more than any before, has seen a multitude of fighters elect to fight out the life of their UFC contracts and test free agency. Just this month alone, Lorenz Larkin and Donald Cerrone made waves when both proclaimed that UFC 202 marked the final fight of their UFC deal. Cerrone ultimately ended up being mistaken and re-signed with the UFC anyway, however Larkin picked up the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career with a first-round finish of Neil Magny and has now put himself in prime position for a raise, whether from the UFC or Bellator or elsewhere.

And while MacDonald entered free agency on a two-fight losing streak, that same strategy certainly appears to have worked out for him, as he spoke glowingly about his new Bellator deal. “The Red King” now enters a welterweight division ruled by Russian champion Andrey Koreshkov, and MacDonald has left little doubt about his intentions in Bellator moving forward: he plans to capture Koreshkov’s title in his promotional debut, then shoot up to middleweight and claim the 185-pound belt held by Rafael Carvalho.

“One-hundred percent, my plans for Bellator, I’m going to fight for that 170-pound belt and I’m going to take that off Koreshkov, or however you say his name, and then I’m going up to 185 and I’m taking that too,” MacDonald said. “I’m very focused on this. I want to be a two-division champion. I want to do their tournaments. I want to do the whole thing, so it’s going to be an exciting time.”

MacDonald said he doesn’t yet have a timetable for his promotional debut, though he is eyeing a date sometime in the summer of 2017. While the wait is longer than MacDonald would like, he feels it is necessary to give the nose he shattered against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 then re-injured against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89 the proper amount of time to recover.

“I want to make sure my nose is completely healed,” MacDonald said. “I didn’t do that last year after the Robbie fight. I just kind of was too hungry to get back in there and start punching people, and getting into sparring matches and stuff. I didn’t go about it smart, so this time I’ve got to take the proper (approach).

“I don’t know if it’ll be summer, but I really have to be smart about it and I have to lay off sparring. I’m really going to tone that down in my career, in general, because I’ve been doing this since I was 14 years old sparring full-grown men, so I’ve done thousands upon thousands of rounds. I’ve really just got to cool that down at this point in my career.”

When asked about the status of his recovery on Monday, MacDonald noted that his nose felt “great.” He also complimented Thompson for the impromptu surgery “Wonderboy” performed in their fight in June.

“Actually, if you look at the pictures (of my nose) before the Stephen fight, it was crooked,” MacDonald said, laughing. “Stephen actually straightened it out for me. So, thank you Stephen.”

While MacDonald acknowledged that he was disappointed to leave the UFC without winning a title, he also expressed optimism for his future in Bellator and the opportunities the company is going to afford him both inside and outside the cage. And when the time comes and he is ready to return to competition, MacDonald vowed to bring a major Bellator show to his home country of Canada — a move that would be a first for the traditionally American-based organization.

“One-hundred percent, we’re coming to Canada,” MacDonald said. “And like I was tweeting [Sunday], these shows are going to be big. This is going to be a legit show. You’re going to go there and it’s going to be an experience. You’re going to be talking about it on the car ride home and the next day, saying ‘oh wow, that was an amazing show, I can’t wait for the next one.’

“And I can guarantee you, I’m going to be putting on a strong fight game when I come out there for Bellator. I’m going to be dropping people like flies out there. I’m going to be coming forward and bringing the action. Without a doubt, people are going to be going crazy.”

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Jon Jones fires back at Daniel Cormier: We’ll ‘see how slow I am when I foot sweep you on your ass again’

It didn’t take long for Jon Jones to respond to Daniel Cormier.

Cormier, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, openly speculated Monday on The MMA Hour whether Jones might be “messing with the recipe” to his success with his newfound commitment to the weight room.

Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision at UFC 182 in January, but was stripped of his title and suspended in the aftermath of a felony hit-and-run arrest in April. Since being reinstated by the UFC, videos of Jones lifting heavy weights have flooded across the ex-champion’s Instagram account. But as Jones made clear late Tuesday night, Cormier’s take on his new training regime is being taken with a grain of salt .

Jones and Cormier are expected to meet in early 2016 in a blockbuster title rematch. When that time comes, the roles will be reversed from their memorable first fight, with Cormier defending his UFC light heavyweight belt against Jones, a challenger for the first time since 2011. And as he reiterated on Monday, Cormier isn’t worried about Jones’ new and impressive physique.

“Maybe he feels that by getting stronger, it’s going to make him a better fighter,” Cormier said. “The reality is, when I saw him getting so bulky, as a competitor, I thought, ‘Wow, this isn’t bad for me.’ This isn’t bad for me as a competitor, because the Jon Jones that was kind of skinny and maybe wasn’t the bulkiest guy, it all worked, Helwani. It all worked. His body, the way his body was, it worked. It allowed him for range; it allowed him for optimal speed. It allowed him for quickness and agility.

“Looking at all the extra bulk, to me I was like, ‘Well, maybe this will slow him down. Maybe he won’t be the fastest guy. Maybe this guy is messing with what was given to him.’ In reality, what has been given to him is perfect.”

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Jon Jones fires back at Daniel Cormier: We’ll ‘see how slow I am when I foot sweep you on your ass again’

It didn’t take long for Jon Jones to respond to Daniel Cormier.

Cormier, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, openly speculated Monday on The MMA Hour whether Jones might be “messing with the recipe” to his success with his newfound commitment to the weight room.

Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision at UFC 182 in January, but was stripped of his title and suspended in the aftermath of a felony hit-and-run arrest in April. Since being reinstated by the UFC, videos of Jones lifting heavy weights have flooded across the ex-champion’s Instagram account. But as Jones made clear late Tuesday night, Cormier’s take on his new training regime is being taken with a grain of salt .

Jones and Cormier are expected to meet in early 2016 in a blockbuster title rematch. When that time comes, the roles will be reversed from their memorable first fight, with Cormier defending his UFC light heavyweight belt against Jones, a challenger for the first time since 2011. And as he reiterated on Monday, Cormier isn’t worried about Jones’ new and impressive physique.

“Maybe he feels that by getting stronger, it’s going to make him a better fighter,” Cormier said. “The reality is, when I saw him getting so bulky, as a competitor, I thought, ‘Wow, this isn’t bad for me.’ This isn’t bad for me as a competitor, because the Jon Jones that was kind of skinny and maybe wasn’t the bulkiest guy, it all worked, Helwani. It all worked. His body, the way his body was, it worked. It allowed him for range; it allowed him for optimal speed. It allowed him for quickness and agility.

“Looking at all the extra bulk, to me I was like, ‘Well, maybe this will slow him down. Maybe he won’t be the fastest guy. Maybe this guy is messing with what was given to him.’ In reality, what has been given to him is perfect.”

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Ed Soares ‘could definitely see’ Anderson Silva returning in 2015, potentially against Georges St-Pierre

In the immediate aftermath of UFC 183 this past weekend (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015), much of the discussion surrounding Anderson Silva was in regards to whether or not the former UFC middleweight champion would return to the Octagon once more, or retire with his victory over Nick Diaz.

With Silva explaining that his family wants him to call it quits, “The Spider’s” longtime manager Ed Soares went on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, and suggested that fight fans have not seen the last of the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend.

From MMAFighting:

“Right now they’re already starting to film [The Ultimate Fighter] Brazil [4], beginning [Monday], so he’s got a pretty tight schedule. He’ll probably be filming TUF until the first week of March, and then I think he’ll take some time off and sit there and see what’s next. But I could definitely see him fighting again in the second half of this year.”

If Silva does return, the Brazilian likely won’t be fighting for the title as Dana White suggested he may prior to UFC 183. In Soares’ mind, 2015 is the perfect time to set up the super fight everyone has been waiting for: Anderson Silva vs Georges St-Pierre.

“I think that GSP fight would be an incredible fight. I definitely think that that would be the fight where if I could be the ultimate matchmaker and say, which fight would I like to see, I’d like to see GSP vs. Anderson Silva. I think as they’re going towards the tail end of their careers, they’re two of the greatest that have ever stepped foot in the Octagon, and neither one of them has a title right now, so this would pretty much be the superfight. It would be the biggest fight in UFC history. It would be bigger than UFC 100 with Georges St-Pierre and Anderson.”

Considering GSP’s manager recently noted that the former longtime UFC welterweight champion has no plans of returning to the Octagon in 2015, this may simply be yet another case of wishful thinking in terms of super fights.

Do you want to see GSP vs Silva, or should both men hang up their gloves and let the next generation of fighters become the face of MMA today?

For complete UFC 183 results and coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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