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Tag Team: The Light Heavyweights Speak Out On Jon Jones

Enough is enough.

Former light heavyweight champion, and current interim title holder (I think) Jon Jones is no stranger to controversy. The pregnant woman hitting, coke snorting, PED taking (allegedly), MMA God has had a rough couple of years, to say the least. But somehow, the Muay Thai prodigy keeps rising to the top. The media forgives him, the fans forgive him, and the fighters forgive him too…right? Wrong. It seems the who’s who of the light heavyweight division have had enough, and are calling for the ex-champ to get to the back of the line.


UFC 200 Results/Highlights: Nunes Obliterates Tate, Lesnar Tops Hunt in Underwhelming Night of Fights

(Meh. via Getty)

There were a lot of ways that UFC 200 could have gone wrong, and for a minute there, it seemed as if at least a few of them were destined to be realized. The one thing we failed to overlook in all of the lead-up to the quote unquote biggest card in UFC history, however, was that the fights themselves would be what left us underwhelmed when all was said and done.

And yet, here we are. Despite being stacked with recognizable talent and solid matchups from top to bottom, UFC 200 simply fell flat for the most part, ending the Zuffa Era™ with a faint whisper instead of the triumphant bang that we were all expecting.


With Jones Out, Anderson Silva vs. Daniel Cormier Booked for UFC 200

When Jon Jones was pulled from his UFC 200 headliner against Daniel Cormier yesterday, there were more than a few fighters willing to step up and face the last-second challenge. Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi…I think Conor McGregor threw his name in there at one point…the point is, it looked as if Cormier was going to get that big payday after all.

One name we didn’t expected to see pop on the list of potential contenders, however, was Anderson Silva. He’s a natural middleweight for starters (though he has moved up to light heavy on a few occasions), and until recently, was expected to face Uriah Hall at UFC 198 until gallbladder surgery forced him out. Then again, UFC 200 is about pulling off all the stops, and with all due respect to the other names on that list, they are GARBAGE PEOPLE when compared to Silva.

So now, following reports from both Globo and TMZ, it looks like Silva vs. Cormier will in fact be going down this weekend after all.


Jon Jones Flagged With USADA Violation, Pulled From UFC 200 [UPDATED]

(Dana White breaks the news of Jones’ violation, via MMAJunkie)

Un. F*cking. Believable.

That’s pretty much the only way to sum it up, Nation. Just three days out from his rematch with Daniel Cormier — aka the most anticipated main event on the most anticipated fight card of the year — Jon Jones has been flagged with a potential USADA anti-doping violation and pulled from UFC 200.

Even when we’re preparing ourselves for the worst possible scenarios, it seems that MMA finds a way to somehow screw things up even worse. What a sport this is.

After the jump: Daniel Cormier reacts to Jones’ removal.


What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Anti-Jinxing UFC 200

By Asaph Bitner 

One of the best on-paper and most hyped MMA cards in memory is fast approaching, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch. And as everyone raises their hopes for what they wish will be a transcendent celebration of civilized violence at UFC 200 this weekend, we pessimists of this lovely sport start to ready our cringe faces.

But what if we could prepare ourselves for the worst? Soften the 4-ounce-gloved blow to our souls that the MMA gods are sure to deliver in their infinite, cruel, brawlability?

Well, here’s your pre-gut-punch padding, dear readers: a fight-by-fight breakdown of all the ways in which the gourmet chicken salad that is UFC 200 could turn into a total chicken s**t-show.


UFC 200 Just Booked Its New Main Event, And It’s Exactly What You Think It Is

(“You think I’m just going to let you steal Conor McGregor’s spotlight, Jon?”)

With the whole Conor McGregor fiasco now behind us, the question of who exactly would headline UFC 200 in his place has become a somewhat pressing matter for The Baldfather and company. We may still be some three months out from UFC 200, but when discussing the reasons why McGregor was pulled from the event, Dana White was adamant that the promotion’s 10 million dollar promotional schedule had absolutely zero room for leeway. By that logic, the UFC would need to announce a new main event ASAP or risk eating that $10 million.

When it came down to it, there was only one non-McGregor fight worthy of headlining an event as monumental as UFC 200: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II. The former was fresh off a win over Ovince St. Preux last weekend and the latter still hates him with the fire of a thousand suns (not to mention, has his belt), but with Jones potentially out six months due to a foot injury, it seemed like the UFC would once again have to scramble to find a suitable main event.

Thankfully, it has, and it’s exactly the fight you think it is.


Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197

(“For those that think it’s that easy to matchmake.” via the Jackson-Wink Twitter)

With the UFC set to hold two of the most stacked cards in promotional history in the coming weeks – UFC 198 and UFC 200 — there’s been an overwhelming feeling that shit was all but destined to hit the fan in one capacity or another. “Conor McGregor suffers another ACL tear.” “Nate Diaz shot backstage at Snoop Dogg concert.” “Fabricio Werdum retires amidst actual prostitution scandal.” These were all headlines that we could have seen coming over the weekend, because this sport is nothing if not an unpredictable circus.

What you might not expect, however, is that the bad luck that always finds its way to MMA would trickle down to an unrelated fight card, like say, UFC 197. Which, with the MMA Gods being the vengeful, sadistic asshole that they are, is of course what happened.


Friday Link Dump: UFC 196 Sets Record PPV Numbers, Jones & Cormier At It Again, Animated Movies That Make Guys Cry + More

(“Stupid Things People Ask UFC Fighters” via MMAInterviews)

Dana White: UFC 196 Did 1.5 Million PPV Buys (BloodyElbow)

Reps From Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier Camps Detail Pre-Press Conference Altercation (MMAFighting)

A Man of His Word: UFC Commentator Jon Anik Gets ’209′ Tattoo (MMAJunkie)

The Mental Game: Does Ronda Rousey Have What It Takes to Regain Her Throne? (Bleacher Report)


UFC 192 Highlights/Results: Cormier and Gustafsson Put On a Show for the Ages, Bader Dominates Evans, + More

(via Getty)

Well, that was a hell of a fight.

If it sounds like I’m underselling the UFC 192 main event that pitted newly-crowned light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson, it’s only because the five round affair was a fight that simply needs to be seen to be appreciated. I could tack on any number of adjectives to the fight, I could call it a “grinder” or a “war” or a “blood-soaked battle of wills,” but the truth is, Cormier vs. Gustafsson was simply an example of championship-level MMA at its finest.

That DC vs. Lusty Gusty came at the tail end of a main card that saw all five of its fights go the distance is a testament to its greatness, so check out all the highlights from the action-packed main event (and the rest of the card as well), courtesy of UFC on FOX.


Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson Delayed Due to Injury Because Of Course It Is

Not too long ago, Dana White took American Top Team to task for their “stone age” ways of doing things, which he blamed for then-heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez‘s series of ongoing injuries suffered during training. And despite the fact that AKA actually ranked rather low on the list of injury rates among major fight camps, there was no denying that their historically brutal sparring sessions were playing a major role in their fighters frequent injuries.

Enter newly-crowned light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, or should I say, exit Daniel Cormier. From his title fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 191. Because he’s injured. Daniel Cormier trains at AKA.

That was a long walk, but I regret nothing.

Details after the jump