There was a lot controversy heading into the sunshine heavyweight championship combat between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustaffson at UFC 232 a number of weekends in the past. Jones had failed a pre-fight drug check which made him ineligible to combat within the state Nevada. This compelled the UFC to maneuver the combat to California, which Jones finally received.
After the combat, Jones underwent extra assessments and so they all got here again clear, in line with ESPN. California State Athletic Commission government director Andy Foster defined that the assessments confirmed no hint the M3 metabolite that made Jones fail the check the primary time round.
“I can solely go by what the scientists have informed me,” Foster defined to ESPN. “And what this tells me is that on the evening the combat, and main as much as the combat, Jon Jones was not doping.”
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Jones had initially failed a drug check in 2017 for having the M3 metabolite current. Although, it was defined that Jones could be dwelling with remnants it in his system for seven years. For Jones, it simply goes to point out that the check from earlier than the combat should not have counted.
“They in all probability should not have even been introduced up,” Jones stated. “It’s such a small quantity that it has no impact. I believe the pressionals, whether or not it is USADA or the UFC, are realizing, ‘Jon is sort like a guinea pig on this state of affairs.’ I used to be nearly wronged on this state of affairs.”
The UFC has said that Jon Jones will defend his gentle heavyweight title at UFC 235 towards Anthony Smith on March 2nd.
All that stands in the best way Jon Jones defending the Light Heavyweight crown at UFC 235 is an OK from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Dana White confirmed his plans with TMZ; the UFC president has chosen Anthony Smith from the checklist hopefuls clamoring for Jones’ belt. Upon listening to the information, Smith wasted little time in stoking the flames – insisting that every one males weren’t created equal. I might assume Smith is speaking in regards to the presumed “celebrity” therapy the UFC is responsible offering Jon “Bones” Jones.
It was reported that Dana White took sure precautions to make sure Anthony Smith and Jon Jones would not cross paths at UFC 232. The thought was: it will be finest to not “irritate” Jon Jones earlier than his principal occasion combat. Smith and Jones have been seated on the similar long-table in the course of the pre-fight press convention for UFC 232. “I wished to be respectful and be the higher individual and never stick myself in that scenario to the place I might be the one trying just like the (censored),” Smith instructed MMAjunkie this morning.
Regardless Jon Jones’ “true intent,” if the combat goes to plan, Anthony Smith stands a great probability holding his personal in opposition to the repeat champion. The new #1 contender is on a three-fight win streak since shifting as much as “Light Heavyweight,” having scored spectacular wins in opposition to MMA bigshots like Rashad Evans and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, the latter by method knockout. Who do you see popping out the victor of their proposed title combat: Bones or Anthony Smith? – remark under.
A wild week for the UFC simply acquired crazier with the announcement that Daniel Cormier can be giving up his UFC gentle heavyweight title, in keeping with a particular report from ESPN. This means the winner Saturday gentle heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson won’t be battling Cormier for the title.
“Today I’m going to relinquish the UFC gentle heavyweight title,” Cormier stated. “I’m not going to be stripped the belt that I’ve defended with my all for 3 and a half years. Being stripped a title suggests you have finished one thing flawed, and I have never.”
It’s been a tumultuous week for the UFC main as much as the Jones vs. Gustafsson combat. Jones examined optimistic for a similar drug that stripped him the title he gained towards Cormier again in 2017. This compelled the UFC to maneuver the combat from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
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Cormier has acknowledged previously that he plans to retire from combating in March when he turns 40 and that he doesn’t wish to combat Jones for a 3rd time, in keeping with Ariel Helwani ESPN.
In his assertion to ESPN, Cormier additionally stated:
Cormier’s determination will certainly make issues fascinating come Saturday when Jones and Gustafsson lastly have their rematch.
An arbitrator levied a 15-month backdated suspension in MMA fighter Jon Jones pending anti-doping case. The suspension is retroactive that means time spent on the sidelines will depend towards the general sentence. ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani shared the ficial assertion from the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency).
The assertion written by USADA CEO Travis Tygart reads: “The unbiased arbitrator discovered that Jon Jones was not deliberately dishonest on this case, and whereas we thought 18 months was the suitable sanction given the opposite circumstances the case, we respect the arbitrator’s resolution and consider that justice was served.”
Jon Jones jumped on Instagram to precise his gratitude for the favorable ruling. In July 2017, Jon Jones’ knockout Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 was dominated a no-contest after a chlorine-substituted anabolic steroid was present in his system following a post-fight drug check. Jones was then barred from competitors by UFC president Dana White, deferring the ultimate ruling to the USADA, which he then promised to abide by, for higher or worse.
Should he return to the UFC, a third and decisive rematch with Daniel Cormier can be logical step from a advertising perspective, however Dana White would possibly wish to stage warm-up combat earlier than it will get to that time. There are few unthinkable choices on the “mild heavy” ladder, however none appear extra ble than a Cormier-Jones matchup. How would you prefer to see the “mild heavy” division play out?
Eleider Alvarez has been waiting for his chance to substantiate his contender status. Most the sanctioning bodies governing the sport boxing had placed the Colombian fighter high in their pecking order, but a title shot still eluded him because the payf was unclear. Why risk it all against a unknown commodity with lesser draw appeal?
Adonis Stevenson, the Montreal-based light heavy champ holding the WBC strap evaded him on two occasions, with promoter Yvon Michel figured out a benefit package as compensation for Eleider Alvarez’s deferment the inevitable. Enter Sergey Kovalev, whom many consider the most dangerous light heavyweight since Roy Jones Jr. No one predicted he would drop his WBO belt to Alvarez, much less fall prey to an overhand right before the final bell. But he did, in a matter 7 rounds after suffering a knockdown, and a cut in the 6th.
The WBO title fight was part a televised HBO Boxing card, also featuring another light heavy tilt between rising powerhouse Dmitry Bivol and Isaac Chilemba Malawi. Unfortunately the undercard bout was less scintillating than the Kovalev-Alvarez affair. Bivol cruised to a decision victory in a fight many have prematurely labelled a “snoozefest.”
Bivol is never-the-less an interest matchup for either fighter in the main event. Kovalev could plot his resurgence with a fight against the 27-year old, whereas Eleider Alvarez could see his reign perfectly consolidated with another notch on his belt. Where does WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson factor in all this? No one seems to know or care.
Daniel Cormier joined select company last night when he jumped divisions to challenge UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic. Cormier’s first round KO made him the first competitor to hold the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight straps simultaneously. The clincher was a right elbow coming out a clinch, resulting in the big fellow dropping to the ground. Cormier proceeded to fire shots while his opponents lay defenceless, forcing the referee to call the fight right there and then with 27 seconds remaining on the clock.
Cormier’s weight jump was only the 3rd “Superfight” in UFC history, the first two were fights that shifted the MMA landscape dramatically: GSP vs BJ Penn in 2009, and Conor McGregor’s most recent fight in the sport. After getting his hand raised, Cormier played host to a ringside Brock Lesnar who decided to crash the festivities, in an apparent hype-job for a future tilt. “Push me now, and you’re going to sleep later,” Cormier yelled at Lesnar while the two locked antlers. “Your days are in the past. In the stone age.” Brock Lesnar, considered one the biggest PPV draws in history, is expected to return to MMA later this year. Lesnar is currently contracted with the WWE, but his contract runs out in August.
In the Co-Main Event at UFC 226 Heavyweight Derrick Lewis continued his progression up the Heavyweight ranks with a decision victory over Francis NGannou. If Cormier were unwilling to rest until Lesnar is made available, Lewis would happily step right in. Before the event, Lewis told Cormier he was bound to “knock him out.” Bear in mind, Cormier still has Light Heavyweights knocking at the door for their shot as well. Many options lie ahead.