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Jon Jones’ Manager Tries to Say He Didn’t Snitch… But He Snitched

Anyone who’s seen that flick “Jerry McGuire” knows that a sports agent’s job is to both show his client the money and help keep the athlete’s image intact. Well, former champ but forever drugged-out mess Jon Jones was recently handed a light punishment by USADA because he availed himself of their “snitching policy”.

And now Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds, pushing the narrative that nope, no way, Jones didn’t snitch.

Except he did.

Here’s what Kawa said to ace journo Luke Thomas:

Malki Kawa told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that Jones did not get a reduced suspension in his anti-doping case because he was informing USADA about performance-enhancing drug use by his teammates.

Jones was suspended 15 months, retroactive to July 2017, in the case due to what USADA described as “substantial assistance” and the belief by arbitrator Richard McLaren that Jones was not knowingly cheating. Jones tested positive for a steroid metabolite in relation to UFC 214 last year and has been adamant that he didn’t intentionally take a prohibited substance.

“It’s not like Jon Jones is sitting around in a room watching guys do steroids and then turning around and saying, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I just got popped, I’m gonna go tell on my poor teammates that I know for a fact are sitting in a room doing it, because I just watched them do it,’” Kawa said. “That’s not what happened. Jon goes to training, he trains and he leaves. There’s no hanging out in a room, there’s not going to a bathroom, there’s no shooting somebody up. He doesn’t do that.”

That’s all well and good… except it’s crap.

Hey, Kawa is just doing his job, so you can’t fault him too much. On the flipside, though… if you or someone you know has done juice with Jones, expect a visit from the authorities soon.

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Video: Watch as Nick Diaz tries to steal Rampage Jackson’s date from under his nose

Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson got into a small altercation over the weekend — which may or may not be fake news — in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Stockton slugger apparently tried and somewhat succeeded in trying to steal “Rampage’s” date from him.

The clip — which was uploaded by Jackson on his Instagram — sees Diaz walk up and start delivering his best pick up lines on the unsuspecting woman, much to the chagrin of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion of the world.

Of course, it could be simple, playful revenge as Diaz once told a story in which Jackson once stole a girl he was fond of from him inside a Burger King when he was only seventeen years of age. Diaz admitted he wasn’t dating the girl at the time, which gave “Rampage” the path to try his best to get a date with her.

LOL?

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Jose Aldo Teammate Tries to Bite Off More Than He Can Chew

Hacran Dias is 3-2 since entering into the UFC, is all about going to the scorecards and making judges do work, and has about as much a future in the sport as any ham-and-egger. But he’s also the teammate of fallen featherweight king Jose Aldo, so of course when Aldo fell to Conor McGregor at […]

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Weirdness: NSAC Tries, & Fails, To Conduct PED Tests On Jose Aldo in Brazil

The new drug testing protocol in the UFC is hailed by some as starting a new era for the sport. If you’re going to try and cheat now — the going is rough. Today though, as random testing was performed on UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in Brazil, the going got… weird. As Globo.com reports, […]

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Ben Rothwell tries to get Dana White’s attention: ‘UFC kind of doesn’t give a s— about me’

Ben Rothwell’s evening at UFC Fight Night 68 could scarcely have gone better.

The heavyweight contender turned heads with a Darth Vader-like walkout; dazzled in the Octagon with a quick submission of Matt Mitrione; then delivered a post-fight interview which had set the Twitterverse abuzz.

Just one problem: The UFC’s brass took the night off, and Big Ben’s having trouble getting in touch.

“I felt gypped,” Rothwell said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Dana White wasn’t there, Joe Silva wasn’t there, I felt gypped. Joe Rogan wasn’t there. These fights were a big deal, and the three stars of the UFC weren’t even there. I kind of felt gypped.”

What turned out to be an epic evening of fights in the Big Easy was done without Rothwell’s boss in the house.

“I just wanna talk to him,” Rothwell said. “I talked to Joe Silva, and Joe Silva said it’s even hard for him to talk to Dana White. Dana White is a bigger star than all of us, I don’t think he has time for us. I don’t think he even watches UFC. It’s funny.”

And what would Rothwell say if he got White’s ear? Well, for one thing, Rothwell’s made it clear he wants a fight with Andrei Arlosvki, which would be a rematch of a wild Affliction brawl won by Arlovski in 2008.

But in the near term, Rothwell wants to be a part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas next month.

“I want to talk to Dana White because I want to be at the UFC Fan Expo. I’m looking at the list and seeing these people and I don’t even know who they are. You’ve got the champions coming, you’ve got the veterans, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, awesome. Then there’s a group of people who are signing and I don’t even know who they are. Really? I want to be there for the fans. They’re trying to get autographs.

“Social media’s awesome,” Rothwell continued. “But being able to shake hands and sign autographs feels a lot more to me. I’d like to get some of those opportunities. UFC Fan Expo is a great place to be, but UFC kind of doesn’t give a s— about me.”

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Ben Rothwell tries to get Dana White’s attention: ‘UFC kind of doesn’t give a s— about me’

Ben Rothwell’s evening at UFC Fight Night 68 could scarcely have gone better.

The heavyweight contender turned heads with a Darth Vader-like walkout; dazzled in the Octagon with a quick submission of Matt Mitrione; then delivered a post-fight interview which had set the Twitterverse abuzz.

Just one problem: The UFC’s brass took the night off, and Big Ben’s having trouble getting in touch.

“I felt gypped,” Rothwell said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Dana White wasn’t there, Joe Silva wasn’t there, I felt gypped. Joe Rogan wasn’t there. These fights were a big deal, and the three stars of the UFC weren’t even there. I kind of felt gypped.”

What turned out to be an epic evening of fights in the Big Easy was done without Rothwell’s boss in the house.

“I just wanna talk to him,” Rothwell said. “I talked to Joe Silva, and Joe Silva said it’s even hard for him to talk to Dana White. Dana White is a bigger star than all of us, I don’t think he has time for us. I don’t think he even watches UFC. It’s funny.”

And what would Rothwell say if he got White’s ear? Well, for one thing, Rothwell’s made it clear he wants a fight with Andrei Arlosvki, which would be a rematch of a wild Affliction brawl won by Arlovski in 2008.

But in the near term, Rothwell wants to be a part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas next month.

“I want to talk to Dana White because I want to be at the UFC Fan Expo. I’m looking at the list and seeing these people and I don’t even know who they are. You’ve got the champions coming, you’ve got the veterans, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, awesome. Then there’s a group of people who are signing and I don’t even know who they are. Really? I want to be there for the fans. They’re trying to get autographs.

“Social media’s awesome,” Rothwell continued. “But being able to shake hands and sign autographs feels a lot more to me. I’d like to get some of those opportunities. UFC Fan Expo is a great place to be, but UFC kind of doesn’t give a s— about me.”

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XFS Owner Gregg Sharp Tries to Defend “Soccer Mom” Booking, Fails Miserably

We’d like to think we played at least a minor role in the video of the soccer mom getting viciously KO’d going viral over the weekend (as well as the ensuing backlash aimed at Xplode Fight Series for allowing it to happen), even though it turned out that a) The woman in question was not a soccer mom, but actual, “professional” fighter Katie Castro and b) the clip was over 6 months old. What can we say? We *need* validation even in it’s smallest, most insignificant form.

In any case, the utter mismatch that was Castro vs. Macfarlane has raised some major questions regarding Xplode Fight Series’ well-documented history of questionable fight booking, with many people (mainly us) calling for the promotion to be held responsible for their disgraceful actions, if not shut down entirely.

Enter XFS owner Gregg Sharp, who attempted to quell the fires surrounding his promotion/the matchup in an interview with the aptly-named CollateralDamageMMA late last week. Without spoiling too much, I will say that his response to the backlash was exactly the kind of sickening, take-no-responsibility bullshit that you’d expect from a guy who allowed the above fight to happen.

His initial defense, I kid you not, is as follows:

I actually thought this would have been a bigger deal 6 months ago the way we seem to have so many “FANS” out there, but I am not naive in the fact that sooner or later a hater or two would jump on to our YouTube account and make something of nothing.

I was never part of my high school’s debate team, but if I was, I’m pretty that the first thing I would have learned would be to not  immediately contradict myself, then write off the offense in question as “something out of nothing.”

“So some dumb broad was nearly beheaded in our organization. Haters gonna hate, bigwhoopwannafightaboutit?”

Do you really think that “Nothing” is the term to use on the video?

Yes I believe that nothing is the correct term to deal with this one. Let’s strip the names and gender away and take an objective look around the world of MMA… A 0-0 fighter debuted against a 0-2 fighter and the knockout was vicious. Does this not happen on every level of MMA short of the UFC? Of course it does.

Ah, the old “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” defense, which, aside from being a completely asinine way of shedding yourself of any responsibility regarding the safety of someone’s life, doesn’t really work when said 0-2 fighter has competed both times under your organization and been KO’d on both occasions in under 1 minute.

“Look, Timmy, it’s not that I want to stick your pledge paddle up your ass sideways, it’s that I have to because tradition. I mean, do you want to be an Alpha Sig or what?!!”

Ilima Macfarlance who makes her Pro debut is a terrific amateur fighter, Katie Castro who at the time is 0-2 is a not so terrific fighter, but a willing and game competitor…Ilima’s opponent pulls out, she has family that has flown in from Hawaii and across the country and we all have a decision to make.

“I mean, what are we going to do? Just pay this clearly superior fighter her win/show money and disappoint the tens of fans who paid to see this? THEY WANT BLOOD DAMMIT!!”

Do you think it was a good match-up?

I am sorry but this happened SIX months ago, we are not going to or can go back and change what transpired. It was a good decision at the time, but it seems that with so many Promotions finding it hard to attract fans and fighters one might assume this is now and issue done more out of trying to defame or discredit XFS so that they can try and re-fill their cards rather than a genuine concern for the sport. Either way I am not going to run from people criticizing or critiquing XFS.

So now it’s…the fans fault that this happened? Rival promotions, maybe? Sharp is acting like this fight was a rare instance of a respected promotion allowing a matchup to slip through the cracks, when in reality it’s just the opposite. If anything, XFS is only notorious for booking ridiculously lopsided matches.

Take Walel Watson, for instance, who followed up his 4-fight stint in the UFC by facing Anthony Moore (0-14) and Joey Apodaca (0-9) in back-to-back XFS appearances. Or Strikeforce/Bellator vet Keith Berry, who fought 0-0 Josh Gibson in what was billed as a middleweight title fight back in 2012. FYI, Gibson’s record currently sits at 0-6, with 5 of those appearances coming by first round stoppage under the XFS banner.

Sharp is essentially trying to claim that by reporting these simple facts, us jelly h8ers are somehow slandering an otherwise noble and revered organization. “But hey, it happened six months ago and has had zero effect on how we do business, so sorry not sorry!”

But people say that if this was a commission show this would not have happened! What do you say to that?

Ok please explain then how Cody Sons who was 0-1 as a pro 0-3 in his last 3 as an ammy, So 0-4 in his last 4 was sanctioned to fight John Paul Elias 3-0 in Bellator 133 in Fresno under CSAC? Are you saying that XFS is now being held to a higher standard than the matchmakers at Bellator and CSAC? Is this not an egregious match up that was actually matched and accepted three weeks prior to the show? Did someone out there other than Cody actually think he was going to win?

“How many times do I have to say this until it makes sense to you people? If enough people agree that infanticide is an acceptable form of entertainment, then what am I suppose to do, *not* make money off of baby murder? My hands are tied!”

So, are you justifying your actions with other promotions? That is a tough justification on any level.

Not at all, I am merely stating the facts. If you are saying that XFS is the only promotion in the world that has kept a fight on the card by working with a last minute fighter then you are crazy. If you are saying that Athletic commissions make sure that this does not happen then you are certifiable. Honestly there are fighters in other promotions that have been built up so that their “promotional hometown hero’s” or the family of the matchmaker/promoter will beat an opponent with a winning record. Now that resonates on all levels of MMA! Making me the center of the witch hunt is extremely humorous!

Right, except you are quite literally justifying your actions based on other promotions, you arrogant, short-sighted dipsh*t. This is more or less the exact same conversation that Tyrion Lannister and Hizdahr zo Loraq were having in last week’s Thrones episode.

““It’s an unpleasant question, but what great thing has ever been accomplished without killing or cruelty?” — Loraq

“It’s easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor.” — Tyrion

You are Loraq in this instance, Gregg, and I can only pray that you meet a similar fate.

What is the solution then?

Why do I need to create a solution? How about this… introduce me to an Oil tycoon’s son and allow me access to 20 million dollars and I will take XFS to the next level, return your investment with interest and create a new dynamic for all the fighters in Southern California. Sound good? Well let’s be honest that equation did not work out to well for one Texas based promotion did it? Unfortunately I guess I am not that lucky.

“I have proved myself to be nothing but a deplorable, ignorant individual who values putting money in my own pocket over the safety of the people my organization is charged with protecting, but if you give me more money, everything will be better!”

Public opinion at best is slated to a plethora of keyboard warriors and “craven’s who sit at the battles edge” and cast mean-spirited comments with the hopes of hurting someone’s feelings and in the end nothing gets fixed, so we can’t go to a public consensus on it. I guess I could start a GoFundMe account like everyone else that believes that social media begging is a lot better than getting a job and working for your dreams and ask to raise 20 million, nah I would rather work than to beg….

I will continue to run XFS until I feel we have finished our mission and we are ready to move on. If people want to write about me go ahead, I just delete their comments anyway, actually I have staff that does that so please don’t get too excited that you are talking to me.

Wow. Just…wow.

“This isn’t a democracy, and even if it was, your opinions and concerns about FIGHTER SAFETY AND REGULATION are clearly just jealousy manifesting itself in a couple nerdy Youtube comments, so if you’ll excuse me…”

(*throws on headphones*)

“LALALALALALAAA CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”

Gregg Sharp, you are pond scum.

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XFS Owner Gregg Sharp Tries to Defend “Soccer Mom” Booking, Fails Miserably

We’d like to think we played at least a minor role in the video of the soccer mom getting viciously KO’d going viral over the weekend (as well as the ensuing backlash aimed at Xplode Fight Series for allowing it to happen), even though it turned out that a) The woman in question was not a soccer mom, but actual, “professional” fighter Katie Castro and b) the clip was over 6 months old. What can we say? We *need* validation even in it’s smallest, most insignificant form.

In any case, the utter mismatch that was Castro vs. Macfarlane has raised some major questions regarding Xplode Fight Series’ well-documented history of questionable fight booking, with many people (mainly us) calling for the promotion to be held responsible for their disgraceful actions, if not shut down entirely.

Enter XFS owner Gregg Sharp, who attempted to quell the fires surrounding his promotion/the matchup in an interview with the aptly-named CollateralDamageMMA late last week. Without spoiling too much, I will say that his response to the backlash was exactly the kind of sickening, take-no-responsibility bullshit that you’d expect from a guy who allowed the above fight to happen.

His initial defense, I kid you not, is as follows:

I actually thought this would have been a bigger deal 6 months ago the way we seem to have so many “FANS” out there, but I am not naive in the fact that sooner or later a hater or two would jump on to our YouTube account and make something of nothing.

I was never part of my high school’s debate team, but if I was, I’m pretty that the first thing I would have learned would be to not  immediately contradict myself, then write off the offense in question as “something out of nothing.”

“So some dumb broad was nearly beheaded in our organization. Haters gonna hate, bigwhoopwannafightaboutit?”

Do you really think that “Nothing” is the term to use on the video?

Yes I believe that nothing is the correct term to deal with this one. Let’s strip the names and gender away and take an objective look around the world of MMA… A 0-0 fighter debuted against a 0-2 fighter and the knockout was vicious. Does this not happen on every level of MMA short of the UFC? Of course it does.

Ah, the old “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” defense, which, aside from being a completely asinine way of shedding yourself of any responsibility regarding the safety of someone’s life, doesn’t really work when said 0-2 fighter has competed both times under your organization and been KO’d on both occasions in under 1 minute.

“Look, Timmy, it’s not that I want to stick your pledge paddle up your ass sideways, it’s that I have to because tradition. I mean, do you want to be an Alpha Sig or what?!!”

Ilima Macfarlance who makes her Pro debut is a terrific amateur fighter, Katie Castro who at the time is 0-2 is a not so terrific fighter, but a willing and game competitor…Ilima’s opponent pulls out, she has family that has flown in from Hawaii and across the country and we all have a decision to make.

“I mean, what are we going to do? Just pay this clearly superior fighter her win/show money and disappoint the tens of fans who paid to see this? THEY WANT BLOOD DAMMIT!!”

Do you think it was a good match-up?

I am sorry but this happened SIX months ago, we are not going to or can go back and change what transpired. It was a good decision at the time, but it seems that with so many Promotions finding it hard to attract fans and fighters one might assume this is now and issue done more out of trying to defame or discredit XFS so that they can try and re-fill their cards rather than a genuine concern for the sport. Either way I am not going to run from people criticizing or critiquing XFS.

So now it’s…the fans fault that this happened? Rival promotions, maybe? Sharp is acting like this fight was a rare instance of a respected promotion allowing a matchup to slip through the cracks, when in reality it’s just the opposite. If anything, XFS is only notorious for booking ridiculously lopsided matches.

Take Walel Watson, for instance, who followed up his 4-fight stint in the UFC by facing Anthony Moore (0-14) and Joey Apodaca (0-9) in back-to-back XFS appearances. Or Strikeforce/Bellator vet Keith Berry, who fought 0-0 Josh Gibson in what was billed as a middleweight title fight back in 2012. FYI, Gibson’s record currently sits at 0-6, with 5 of those appearances coming by first round stoppage under the XFS banner.

Sharp is essentially trying to claim that by reporting these simple facts, us jelly h8ers are somehow slandering an otherwise noble and revered organization. “But hey, it happened six months ago and has had zero effect on how we do business, so sorry not sorry!”

But people say that if this was a commission show this would not have happened! What do you say to that?

Ok please explain then how Cody Sons who was 0-1 as a pro 0-3 in his last 3 as an ammy, So 0-4 in his last 4 was sanctioned to fight John Paul Elias 3-0 in Bellator 133 in Fresno under CSAC? Are you saying that XFS is now being held to a higher standard than the matchmakers at Bellator and CSAC? Is this not an egregious match up that was actually matched and accepted three weeks prior to the show? Did someone out there other than Cody actually think he was going to win?

“How many times do I have to say this until it makes sense to you people? If enough people agree that infanticide is an acceptable form of entertainment, then what am I suppose to do, *not* make money off of baby murder? My hands are tied!”

So, are you justifying your actions with other promotions? That is a tough justification on any level.

Not at all, I am merely stating the facts. If you are saying that XFS is the only promotion in the world that has kept a fight on the card by working with a last minute fighter then you are crazy. If you are saying that Athletic commissions make sure that this does not happen then you are certifiable. Honestly there are fighters in other promotions that have been built up so that their “promotional hometown hero’s” or the family of the matchmaker/promoter will beat an opponent with a winning record. Now that resonates on all levels of MMA! Making me the center of the witch hunt is extremely humorous!

Right, except you are quite literally justifying your actions based on other promotions, you arrogant, short-sighted dipsh*t. This is more or less the exact same conversation that Tyrion Lannister and Hizdahr zo Loraq were having in last week’s Thrones episode.

““It’s an unpleasant question, but what great thing has ever been accomplished without killing or cruelty?” — Loraq

“It’s easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor.” — Tyrion

You are Loraq in this instance, Gregg, and I can only pray that you meet a similar fate.

What is the solution then?

Why do I need to create a solution? How about this… introduce me to an Oil tycoon’s son and allow me access to 20 million dollars and I will take XFS to the next level, return your investment with interest and create a new dynamic for all the fighters in Southern California. Sound good? Well let’s be honest that equation did not work out to well for one Texas based promotion did it? Unfortunately I guess I am not that lucky.

“I have proved myself to be nothing but a deplorable, ignorant individual who values putting money in my own pocket over the safety of the people my organization is charged with protecting, but if you give me more money, everything will be better!”

Public opinion at best is slated to a plethora of keyboard warriors and “craven’s who sit at the battles edge” and cast mean-spirited comments with the hopes of hurting someone’s feelings and in the end nothing gets fixed, so we can’t go to a public consensus on it. I guess I could start a GoFundMe account like everyone else that believes that social media begging is a lot better than getting a job and working for your dreams and ask to raise 20 million, nah I would rather work than to beg….

I will continue to run XFS until I feel we have finished our mission and we are ready to move on. If people want to write about me go ahead, I just delete their comments anyway, actually I have staff that does that so please don’t get too excited that you are talking to me.

Wow. Just…wow.

“This isn’t a democracy, and even if it was, your opinions and concerns about FIGHTER SAFETY AND REGULATION are clearly just jealousy manifesting itself in a couple nerdy Youtube comments, so if you’ll excuse me…”

(*throws on headphones*)

“LALALALALALAAA CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”

Gregg Sharp, you are pond scum.

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Michael Bisping Feebly Tries to Talk His Way Into a Title Shot

TUF winner Michael Bisping has admittedly gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to fighting chemically-enhanced opponents. Dan Henderson damn near took his head off while on TRT. Based on his hormonal breakdown, Vitor Belfort wasn’t even medically human when they clashed. And God knows what Chael Sonnen was on. But we’ve […]

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Jon Jones’ Manager Tries to Keep Demand High

One of the keys to having a product that everyone wants is to publicly promote the notion that demand will be low. Such is the case with Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, whose top client went from being worth millions in sponsorships and fight purses to being worth about whatever is in Jones’ pocket at this very […]

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