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Dana White explains that Jon Jones wants to skip the rematch with Alexander Gustafsson and fight Daniel Cormier instead.
One of the bigger stories in the sport in the last few days has been Jon Jones not signing the deal to fight Alexander Gustafsson in their planned rematch. The Jones/Gustafsson rematch has always been the UFC’s plan, both men fought once after their classic first encounter with a rematch as the next step.
Daniel Cormier is supposed to be there for the winner, but Dana White stated on the UFC.com feature "The Download"that Jones isn’t interested in the rematch and wants to skip ahead to the Cormier fight.
On The Download, White says, "what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead."
Cormier, of course, recently stated that he would be willing to fight Gustafsson for an interim title if Jones refused to sign on for the planned rematch.
TNA Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter has all the answers when it comes to TNA, but none when it comes to working with Bellator MMA.
The Fight Nerd was at the TNA Impact Wrestling press conference at the Manhattan Center on June 25, 2014, covering the official announcement of a partnership between TNA and Keiji Mutoh’s "Wrestle-1" promotion. I lucked out and got 60 seconds with Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter. Literally.
It was a minute including my time to set up the camera, since she was not doing interviews, and within 30 seconds I had a PR person telling me to wrap it up. However, I was the only person who got any one-on-one time with Dixie, so consider this a world exclusive!
Due to the short time I had with her, I mostly got non-answers regarding any response to Scott Coker taking over Bellator MMA from Bjorn Rebney, and the partnership between her company and his, as well as if Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and King Mo will be hitting the six-sided ring anytime soon. I did my best with the few seconds that I was given, folks.
However, it seems to me that this lack of an answer is also an answer. Back when the relationship between Bellator MMA and TNA Wrestling was first announced on Spike TV’s "MMA Uncensored Live" in 2012, fans were curious to see what would come out of it, as their is some friction between the fanbases of both sports. The result thus far has been Quinton Jackson joining a stable and beating up Tito Ortiz, but not contributing anything beyond that, and King Mo training at OVW for his "King Mo: Unrivaled" documentary special on Spike, but neither has made a considerable impact in TNA (no pun intended).
I didn’t necessarily expect her to have much to say about Scott Coker, but moreso I was hoping to hear a few words about the planned direction of the partnership with Bellator MMA to see if that even still existed. However, as fate would have it, just last night at the first of their NYC television tapings, King Mo did in fact come out to cut a promo, so it seems that in the end, Dixie was being sneaky about her response, so now that the ball is rolling, let’s see what they can do to keep the momentum going.
I would not mind seeing more of a crossover between TNA and Bellator MMA – they do it in Japan all the time, why can’t American fans accept it for its entertainment value and not see it as a way that devalues MMA as a sport? In the meantime, we are being robbed of some big potential matches with other Bellator fighters, such as Magnus VS James Thompson, Bully Ray VS Pat Curran (because why not), and Samoa Joe VS Joe Warren to see who really is the baddest man on the planet.
The UFC has added a female bout to the Fight Night card in Maine.
Last seen in the Octagon in a title fight against bantamweight superstar Ronda Rousey in February, Sara McMann returns to action against UFC newcomer Lauren Murphy on Aug. 16, the promotion announced Thursday.
McMann (7-1) looks to bounce back in the win column for the first time in her career after suffering a 66-second loss to Rousey at UFC 170. With a 1-1 record under the UFC banner, the Olympic silver medalist in wrestling holds victories over the likes of Shayna Baszler and Hitomi Akano in her MMA career.
Murphy (8-0) makes her Octagon debut after winning the Invicta FC bantamweight championship with a fourth-round victory over Miriam Nakamoto in December. Unbeaten in MMA, the Gracie Barra Alaska product went 3-0 inside the Invicta FC cage.
Headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux, UFC Fight Night 47 is set to take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
Video of the Top 10 MMA KOs during 2013 Outside Of The Octagon.
Conor McGregor wowed Irish audiences with his destruction of Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 46. The Irish crowd was in love not only with McGregor, but with the sport itself. Their enthusiasm was infectious, bringing the festivities up from an 8/10 to a 10/10.
The action started off with a bang–especially on the prelims which saw four out of six fights finished in dramatic fashion. Of note, The Wiki-less legend Ilir Latifi brutalized Chris Dempsey via TKO in the first round. He blasted Dempsey’s leg with kicks, and then just bum rushed him with punches. We’d describe it in more technical terms but that’s pretty much exactly how the fight looked.
The main card started off just as strong as the prelims. Norman Parke steamrolled through Naoyuki Kotani. Parke used him as a punching bag throughout the entire first round, landing punches, kicks, knees, and elbows and nearly finishing him as well. In the second, Parke picked up where he left off and finished Kotani with a barrage of elbows.
Brad Pickett and Ian McCall met next. McCall was too quick for Pickett, who planted his feet and endlessly missed right hands. McCall’s footwork was too fluid, his rhythm was too atypical, his pace was too fast and his striking was too fast and precise for Pickett to mount any meaningful offense. McCall pulled away with this one easily, winning a unanimous decision.
After the fight, McCall called out Demetrious Johnson with a speech so creepy it hearkened back to Tank Abbott’s promo where he said looking at Paul Varelans getting beat up made him sexually aroused. But what else would you expect from a fighter nicknamed “Uncle Creepy?”
The co-main event of the night featured Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings. This fight was another in a long line of great, entertaining fights this card. The first round was evenly contested. Nelson landed the better strikes in the first half, but Cummings scored with pressure in the clinch and some dirty boxing in the latter half. In the second, Nelson ultimately took charge. He dragged Cummings to the mat and sunk in a rear naked choke, tapping out the exhausted Cummings right as the round was about to end.
The crowd was MENTAL for the night’s main event: Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao. McGregor made short work of his Brazilian foe in what was a pretty short bout. Brandao managed to land a head kick early on, but McGregor was unfazed. McGregor even managed to beat Brandao in the grappling too, reversing a takedown and landing on top. Once on top, McGregor warded off Brandao’s submission attempts with relative ease. Eventually, the fight returned to the feet. McGregor landed a body shot that took the life out of Brandao. As Brandao hobbled away, McGregor landed a brutal straight left that collapsed Brandao to the mat. The referee stopped the fight after a few follow-up punches.
McGregor riled up the crowd with his post-fight speech, proving that he has charisma enough to be a star.
Who’s next for him? Tough to tell. If the UFC is smart, they’ll book him against Cole Miller, who he was supposed to fight tonight anyway. Some people on Twitter speculated that Frankie Edgar would face McGregor next, but that could be disastrous. The UFC can afford to take their time with McGregor due to his age (26). Throwing him into the lion’s den this early could have dire consequences.
Here are the card’s complete results:
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches), round 1, 4:05
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 4:48
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches and elbows), round 2, 3:41
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (punches), round 1, 2:07
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King technical via Submission (rear-naked choke), round 2, 3:33
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (punches) round 1, 4:57
Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo vis submission (rear-naked choke), round 1, 3:06.
UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort once more inserted his name and complicated situation into the limelight with controversial comments in the past week saying that the UFC has told him he is next in line for a title shot and that he wants the bout to take place in Brazil. Belfort, of course, shot to to the top of title contendership once more with three straight KO wins in 2013.
The only problem was that Belfort, who tested positive for a banned steroid in 2006, was not licensed to fight in Nevada – where the UFC planned to have him fight champion Chris Weidman for the middleweight belt in May. Belfort has not fought in the U.S. since 2011, and since that time began using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) because he says doctors told him that he suffered from hypogonadism and could not naturally produce enough testosterone to be healthy and compete in MMA.
TRT was banned for fighters but states like Nevada had begun providing therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for a select few fighters who provided documentation from doctors saying that they had hypogonadism, in recent years. Belfort received exemptions from athletic commissions in Brazil, for example, but the Nevada Athletic Commission’s (NAC) executive director at the time, Keith Kizer, said that he imagined Belfort would have trouble receiving such an exemption because of his past documented steroid use.
A consulting physician for the NAC, Timothy Trainor, also advised against granting Belfort a TUE for TRT. A side effect of steroid use is a body no longer being able to naturally produce enough testosterone on its own, naturally, just as TRT-using athletes like Belfort claim has happened to them.Â
The cases of naturally-occuring hypogonadism are extremely rare, according to expert physicians like Trainor, but it is quite common for past steroid used like Belfort to suffer from similar symptons.Â
Allowing past steroid users like Belfort to continue to use testosterone through TUEs for TRT, then was seen by the executive director at the time and doctors like Trainor as an obvious loop-hole for steroid users. Belfort continued to use that loop-hole and receive TRT while fighting abroad, mostly in his home nation of Brazil where fight regulation is less developed and credible, in recent years while letting his fight license in Nevada lapse.
Belfort then fought on for the UFC without being licensed by reputable U.S. commissions and while using drug treatments stateside regulators said he would be unlikely be allowed to use here because of his past steroid use. Â After the resignation of Kizer, however, the UFC booked Belfort to face Weidman in May and “The Phenom” planned to apply for a license in Nevada and for a TUE for TRT treatment.
The NAC then decided to administer a random drug test to Belfort since he had now once more become a fighter booked to compete in Nevada. Belfort took the test and failed it.Â
Then, the commission decided to end TUEs for TRT altogether, effectively banning the drug treatment. The day after the TRT ban, Belfort then decided to pull out of his title shot against Weidman and decided not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada again, quite yet. Lyoto Machida replaced Belfort against Weidman and the two fight this Saturday at UFC 175 in Las Vegas.
When Wanderlei Silva was dropped from his scheduled UFC 175 fight against Chael Sonnen because he fled a random drug test from the NAC, the UFC replaced him with the unlicensed Belfort, who had recently failed his second Nevada drug test.
A licensing hearing was scheduled for Belfort on June 17. Belfort’s most recent drug test results were kept secret until new NAC executive Director Bob Bennett told Yahoo! Sports that the results would be revealed at Belfort’s hearing.
The fighter then responded by revealing that he had indeed failed the recent drug test. When Belfort’s planned opponent, Chael Sonnen, failed two random drug tests in May and June, and was pulled from the card and retired, Belfort was left without a fight July 5.
The NAC then took him off of the June 17 meeting agenda and Belfort has yet to come before the commission to discuss his most recent failed drug test. NAC chairman Francisco Aguilar told Yahoo! Sports that the commission’s decision to pull Belfort from their June 17 meeting was just a matter of scheduling priority.
“We had fifty agenda items and four really important ones so, because he wasn’t fighting in July anylonger, we made the decision to take him off,” he said
The commission chair went on to say that the plan is to still have Belfort come in and face the music, possibly at the NAC’s next scheduled meeting on July 23. “We haven’t yet asked him to appear,” he said.
“But we would hope that he would appear in person.”
Hearing from Belfort and seeing how the commission and UFC act is more important than ever, in light of Belfort’s recent statements. Belfort’s camp claims that he has been promised the next middleweight title shot by the UFC.
If the UFC has indeed promised Belfort the next crack at the a title, that would mean they have incredible confidence that an unlicensed fighter who has failed two drug tests in Nevada, the most recent of which happened this very year, would not get punished by the NAC and instead receive a prompt licensing. Aguilar would not comment on the likelihoodÂ that Belfort would receive a license to fight in Nevada should he apply for one this year.
“It wouldn’t be fair to an applicant to comment on the likliehood of their getting licensed before a hearing. At a hearing we would hear what they had to say, hear from doctors, talk to our Attorney General,” he explained.
The commission certainly has many options when dealing with either a licensed fighter who has failed a drug test or a fighter re-applying for a license to compete and who has recently failed a test. However, Aguilar said that listing specifics would be difficult.
“There are so many options and combinations of decisions that it is hard to say what the commission could do,” he said.
Aguilar went on to say that the questioning and deliberation by commissioners on any case is essentially entirely done during a hearing, though commissioners could decide to indivudally consult with physicians to learn about issues before hand. “The work is done during hearings. We could individually call doctors up, if we wanted to, though,” he said.
Although Aguilar says he hopes Belfort would appear before the NAC soon to discuss licensing and his failed drug tests, Belfort’s recent calls for his next fight to be held in Brazil would seem to indicate that the fighter may feel he can continue to participate in UFC main events without being licensed by reputable regulatory bodies, as he has for several years now.
With few exceptions – Belfort’s case being one – the UFC has made a point to abide by the decisions of reputable and real athletic commissions, like that of Nevada. For example, if a fighter failed a test in one state and received a suspension, the UFC did not take them to fight in territories where that suspension would not be upheld.
In Belfort’s case of a fighter using drug treatments that he was unlikely to be allowed to undergo by reputable commissions, the UFC has indirectly been skirting regulation by having the Brazilian compete where different standards for drug use were maintained by less experienced regulators.
Belfort has fought his last five bouts outside of the U.S., for of them taking place in his native Brazil. Aguilar declined to say whether or not the NAC would look unfavorably at a fighter or promotion who would book a fighter who has just failed a drug test without that fighter first appearing in front of the NAC for licensing.
“I know you want me to give a definitive answer, but without hearing the context of this case, I can’t say anything definitive,” he said.
Belfort himself may be holding out hope that he can fight again, and for a UFC world title, without answering to the NAC for his recent failed drug test, but such an occurance would be an embarassment to the NAC and the UFC, both. UFC officials declined to comment on the situation but it seems unlikely that the promotion would go so far as to book him for a fight in any territory, without his first appearing before the NAC to answer for his failed drug test.
Just a week after Bellator MMA welcomed its new president, Scott Coker, it seems as though more big changes are being made within the organization. 21 fighters have been removed from the Bellator roster, including a heavyweight tournament winner and a 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight quarter finalist.
The complete list of released fighters is below:
The complete list of released fighters is below:
YouTuber Flicky Rich caught these two women trying to steal his beach gear on Smyrna Beach in Florida while he was enjoying the 4th of July weekend with his family.
This reckless yet admittedly creative young man has built his own firework gun, complete with warning stickers and all.
Although it appears to be no more than a bunch of tubes gaffer taped together and stuffed with fireworks, it works surprisingly well.