Okay folks, we have a lot to digest here, so I am going to do the best I can to break this all down as simply as possible.
As most of you know, this past weekend, Conor McGregor found himself in the spotlight once again, and this time, for the wrong reasons. While attending his teammates fight at Bellator 187, McGregor jumped the cage after the round (and what most assumed the fight) was over, to congratulate his friend. The video below is a much better visual and explanation as to what happened, and you can form your own opinions.
Since this event, there have been rumors and speculations thrown around and talked about in every possible way, from McGregor being suspended, to being stripped of his title, or what seems to be the most truthful report, that he has been pulled from his potential UFC 219 main event at the end of this year, where he was likely to defend his belt (against who, we still do not know).
The UFC is desperate for a huge main event on this card, as the end of the year card’s a usually a huge draw and a huge deal for the UFC, and right now UFC 219 is stuck in no-man’s land. While the card certainly has some big names, and shouldn’t struggle to hit PPV marks, we all know Dana White and the UFC matchmakers would like to bolster the card.
Whether we believe that Conor McGregor was ever actually going to be on the card, or if the UFC is just using this situation to “punish” him for his actions is unclear and will probably be unclear forever.
So with all of this being said, we have had a huge new rumor being thrown around in the last 36 hours or so, and while some fans might not like it, I could care less about any of their opinions! The rumors are swirling that Tyron Woodley, who, other than Stipe Miocic, is the only UFC champ who would likely be able to fight come December, will be headlining the card. Against who you might ask? Well, none other than Nathan Donald Diaz.
Yes, you read that right. Not Nick Diaz, the career welterweight, who has for over a decade been one of the best 170-pounders in the world, but instead, his (not so little) little brother. While many fans have been holding out hope that Nick Diaz would make his UFC return this year, after having his marijuana suspension reduced, it doesn’t seem like we will see Nick in the octagon anytime soon, if ever.
Nate Diaz on the other hand has been clear that he is waiting for his trilogy with Conor McGregor, and that he will be paid handsomely for that fight, or he too may be done with the UFC. Well Nate, it looks like the UFC may not only be matching your hand, but raising you one as well.
Woodley is coming off of two successful title defenses, both of which were candidates for the worst fight ever, not only just this year. So what does the UFC do? They find someone who is not afraid of Tyron’s power, not afraid to brawl and push the pace, and a fan favorite fighter.
However you spin it, this fight is a win-win for everyone. Nate wins? Him and Conor McGregor have their trilogy, with both belts on the line, in the biggest fight in the history of combat sports. Sounds pretty good right?
Woodley wins, he proves he can beat whoever the UFC throws at him, gets more respect from the fans who have completely turned on him, and he has the opportunity to choose from a plethora of top welterweight contenders.
I say we do it. Screw it, right? Nate Diaz is a big lightweight, and would have no problem jumping up to 170 pounds and competing with the top 10. He likely would have had a career at 170 if it wasn’t for Nick Diaz being atop the division for their entire careers. Diaz would have no issues going to the ground with Woodley, as it would be interesting to see Diaz’s jujitsu vs. Woodley’s wrestling, and in the standup, while Tyron has the advantage, Nate fears no man, and would stalk him down the whole fight, which would at the bare minimum make Tyron Woodley engage his opponent for the first time in his last 2 fights.
I’m in. I don’t care if it makes no sense or if the UFC is turning into a sideshow. Let’s run this.
My good friend Brett Okamoto over at ESPN broke it down further for those who would like some more clarification on the situation.
What. A. Night.
Saturday was one of, if not the most wild and incredible nights in the UFC's history, with three title fights, and three new champions being crowned. This card lived up to it's expectations and then some, and I truthfully still haven't processed or come to grips with what went down, but maybe after writing this I will.
I was fortunate enough to watch the entire card, from the early prelims until the main event on the main card, and it was an amazing night of fights from top to bottom. There were a ton of finishes, bombs being thrown and some brutal KO's from the early fights. However, I won't get into all of them because it simply would take too much time, so I'll start with the main card.
As I predicted, Johnny Hendricks simply was no match for his young, up and coming opponent, Paulo Costa, and he was battered and bruised until he was TKO'ed in the second round. Hendricks in my opinion really needs to hang up the gloves, as his career and stock continues to plummet. Costa on the other hand should find himself in a position to jump into the top-15 of the rankings, and take on an opponent in those ranks as well. This kid has some serious potential.
Next up we had Wonderboy and Jorge Masvidal squaring off in a fight between two high caliber welterweight strikers, and it was definitely an entertaining one. However, Thompson was simply too much for Masvidal, landing strikes from anywhere and everywhere, and coasted to a unanimous decision victory. Wonderboy now finds himself right back in the title conversation, but it is definitely like that he will have to wait until the winner of Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos gets their title shot. Whether he decides to sit and wait, or fight someone like Colby Covington or Darren Till, both of which would be great fights, is unknown for now, but hopefully we can get Wonderboy back in there. Masvidal on the other hand has now lost two straight and needs a win in a big way, possibly over a lower top-10 welterweight.
Now we get to the first of three title fights, and possibly the most shocking event I have seen in quite some time in the UFC. Joanna Jedrzejczyk put her straw-weight title on the line against "Thug" Rose Namajunas, in what was supposed to be a lock for JJ to make yet another title defense. But Thug Rose proved to everyone that this is the fight business, and anything can happen, no one is safe.
Namajunas proved that her hands are as good as anyone's, landing several bombs clean and flush, and finally dropping the former pound-for-pound female fighter. JJ will absolutely get an immediate rematch, and there is no doubt that she can come back and regain her belt, but all the respect and credit to Thug Rose for going out and doing her thing, and at only 25 years old, she's got the whole game ahead for herself.
In our second title fight, we had the grudge match to end all grudge matches, Cody Garbrandt defending his bantamweight championship for the first time against his former teammate and bitter rival, TJ Dillashaw. I had Cody winning this one all the way, and if the first round had a few more seconds in it, he might have.
But as we all know, there's five rounds in a title fight, and Dillashaw came right back out in the second round and brought it to Garbrandt, and after landing a huge head kick, was able to finish Garbrandt on the ground in the second round. Dillashaw is dead-set on going down to 125 pounds and fighting Mighty Mouse, and I hope he does and I hope Mighty Mouse takes his head clean off.
And last but certainly not least, we had the return of arguably the greatest mixed martial artist ever, Georges St. Pierre, and boy did the fight deliver on the hype. In a fight where I personally did not think GSP had what it took to move up to 185 pounds after 3+ years away from the sport, I am happy to say I was proven wrong. GSP came out, brought it to Bisping, landed some big takedowns, and truthfully only took the majority of the damage he did take from Bisping's strikes from the ground. Although there were a few instances where GSP seemed to have some ring-rust, he still looked great, and was able to keep the pressure on Bisping and finally finished him in the third round with a flurry of strikes and a rear naked choked to cap it all off. Hat's off to one of the sport's greatest ever, and I can't wait to see if his middleweight run will be for real or not, because his next opponent Robert Whittaker, the Interim Middleweight champ, is an absolute force to be reckoned with.
The most prolific name in combat sports today, and the biggest draw in the history of MMA has finally broken his somewhat-silence since fighting Floyd Mayweather at the end of August, and has given some clarity on what his next move is.
First, before getting into the bigger of the announcements from "The Notorious", we will talk about who it seems will be his next opponent. While many have speculated there would be a trilogy fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, for the UFC Lightweight Belt, it seems the tides have shifted towards Tony Ferguson, the UFC's Interim Lightweight Champion.
Just a few weeks ago, following Ferguson's win over Kevin Lee, McGregor tweeted that picture, alluding to the fact that Ferguson would be his next opponent.
While even McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, seemed to be pro-Diaz trilogy, saying Saint Paddy's at MSG would be ideal - but McGregor said this week that he would like to fight before the year ends, likely at UFC 219, December 30th in Las Vegas.
This is great news for fight fans, because it had long been rumored that McGregor wanted to fight in 2017 after the Mayweather fight, but there had been no indications of whether or not that was going to actually happen.
So with all that being said, and there clearly being some clarity and light at the end of the tunnel in this McGregor madness, there is still a big hurdle that needs to be cleared. Conor McGregor has stated that he will not return to the UFC unless he earns a co-promoter deal. McGregor feels that as the biggest star the UFC has ever seen, and a guaranteed huge money draw, it is understandable why he is asking for this.
“I was promoter on the Mayweather fight, and we’re in current negotiations,” McGregor told the crowd during a Q&A prior to the debut of his biopic “Notorious” in Dublin. “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”
“I still love fighting,” he said. “I love watching that (movie). I’m twitching watching all them shots being thrown. It’s just something I love to do. I don’t know what it is. I will fight again, no doubt, and I’ll fight multiple times. But when I do do it, I must eliminate all the outside stuff, because there’s so much business stuff, so much personal stuff, so much everything involved in an empire – running it, maintaining it, building it.
So clearly with that all being said, McGregor wants to fight - and he wants to fight sooner than later, but he won't do it unless he is compensated properly, and for once, a fighter may actually have a chance to win a battle with the UFC for leverage. We have seen many fighters go up against Dana White with these types of demands, and until now, no one has been successful.
But then again, no one has ever been Conor McGregor.
Here's to hoping we get to see this savage back in the Octagon in 2017.
Ladies and gentlemen, you're gonna wanna strap in for this one. UFC 217 at MSG this Saturday night will be incredible, with three title fights, a potential welterweight title eliminator fight, and a plethora of high powered fights.
The preliminary card for UFC 217 could be a main card on FS1, and would still draw a ton of views. With young stars like Mickey Gall, Randy Brown, James Vick, OSP, Corey Anderson, and so on, the 4 fights on the pre-lim card are absolutely worth tuning in to. I am most excited to see Mickey Gall get back out there, and hopefully showcase that he is not all hype, and that he is a legitimate future star in the UFC, and Randy Brown is a good opponent for him to do that against, with Brown himself looking for a big win after a tough decision loss in February.
Now for the main card, the first fight on the card is a huge matchup for one reason - if Johnny Hendricks loses on Saturday, I think it will be time for him to hang up his gloves for good. With Hendricks moving up in weight to 185 pounds, he is desperate for a win, and he's also lost 5 of his last 8 fights, following his absolute robbery in his title fight against GSP in 2013. Unfortunately do not think Hendricks will get the win, and I think up-and-comer Paulo Borrachinha will come away with the victory.
Prediction: Borrachinha via 2nd-round TKO
Now we get to the real fun. Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson takes on Jorge Masvidal, in a welterweight fight that will be nothing less than a striking clinic. Both of these men love to stand and trade, and both have excellent stand-up game's, and it should definitely be a war. I think Masvidal has the advantage in the power and toughness advantage, but I think Wonderboy's length will be the difference maker, and if he keeps his distance, he will chip away at Masvidal and pick him apart.
Prediction: Wonderboy via unanimous decision
For the first of our three(!!!!!) title fights, we have the always amazing Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her belt against Rose Namajunas, in what should also be a very fun fight. JJ is the greatest female straw-weight ever, and she doesn't let us it forget it either, as each fight she looks better and better and breaks more and more records. So far we have not seen anyone who can push the pace for 5 rounds with Joanna and come out victorious, let alone even win a round, and I think Saturday will be much of the same.
Prediction: JJ via unanimous decision
If there has ever been a rivalry in the UFC that was fueled by pure, genuine hatred, the Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw feud could be it. These two former teammates turned enemies, truly hate each other. This is going to be the greatest title fight in bantamweight history, and it is going to be a real life war. I think personally think TJ Dillashaw is a bum version of Dominick Cruz, and Cody embarrassed Cruz. I don't see this fight going the full 5 rounds, because I think there is just too much bad blood and hatred in that octagon Saturday night, and someone is getting laid out.
Prediction: Cody Garbrandt via 3rd-round TKO
And finally, the long awaited, long anticipated, return of GSP. Michael Bisping will be putting his belt on the line for the second time when he faces one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever, GSP, in his middleweight debut. GSP hasn't fought since November of 2013, and has never fought at 185 pounds, so this fight is a true mystery for us all. As the greatest welterweight ever, we were shocked when we heard that GSP would be returning but not at 170, at 185 pounds. I personally think this move will not fare well for GSP, and I think he will be overmatched, overpowered, and undersized for the middleweight division, and he's not even facing the best fighter in the division in Bisping. I think the return of GSP goes much like the return of Ronda Rousey, and the man who once owned the welterweight division will find himself in serious hot water.
Prediction: Bisping via unanimous decision
I am not exaggerating when I say that this card is going to be worth every penny. Three title fights, a long list of potential wars, and a New York crowd that will be out of their seats the entire time.
Folks, we are in for a treat Saturday night with UFC 216. This card has three massive fights on the main card, all of which have the makings for a big-time finish with huge significance.
The first two fights on the main card are more-or-less just your average solid matchups, starting with a lightweight matchup between #12-ranked Beneil Dariush taking on #14-ranked Evan Dunham, a fight that will likely land the winner inside the top-10 ranks at 155-pounds. Next we have a women's bantamweight matchup, between Mara Romero Borella, and Kalindra Faria. I will be quite honest with you guys, I do not know either of these women, as both are making their UFC debuts, but I think this matchup should prove to be fun for that exact reason. These two have finally made it to the biggest possible stage, and we can only hope that fuels them to put on a great performance.
It seems like I'm not the only one who's surprised by this addition to the main card.
Now things get fun, with two big and bad heavyweights throwing down, as #2-ranked Fabricio Werdum takes on #6-ranked Derrick Lewis, as both men look to rebound from their last fights, both coming off of loses. This is a huge fight for the heavyweight division, because right now there is no challenger scheduled to fight the champ, Stipe Miocic, and both of these men are looking to strengthen their case as a true title contender. Werdum, the former champ, has the clear advantage if this fight goes to the mat, as not only is he probably the heavyweight with the best ground game, but Lewis has probably the worst in the division. I am pulling for "The Black Beast" in this one, because I really don't like Werdum, and I think Lewis is great for the UFC and the heavyweight division because he is quite the character, so him climbing back into the title picture would be awesome.
Prediction: Lewis via 2nd-round TKO
(However if I was a betting man, I would have Werdum via 2nd-round submission)
Next, we have a historic title fight between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and #3-ranked Ray Borg. Mighty Mouse is looking to defend his belt for a record 11th straight time, which will break his tie with Anderson Silva, and will solidify his argument as the greatest champion in UFC history. This fight was meant to take place at UFC 215 a month ago, but Borg pulled out with an illness due to his poor weight cut, something that is a concern every time Borg fights. This fight will go how every Mighty Mouse fight goes, and he will completely dominate in every fashion. He is the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for a reason, and I think he will not face much adversity in this matchup.
Prediction: Johnson via Unanimous Decision
Finally, our main event of the evening, a matchup that should have any and every fan excited, for many, many reasons. This fight is for the Lightweight Interim championship, as #2-ranked Tony Ferguson will take on #7-ranked Kevin Lee, in what should be an all out war. Both men have awesome ground games, and incredible toughness, which has all the makings for a technical brawl. Tony Ferguson is regarded as one of the toughest fighters on the roster, but that has not impressed Kevin Lee, who thinks that will be Ferguson's downfall, and will just lead to a "longer asskicking". I think this fight will start as a standup battle, but one of these guys is going to initiate the ground game, and that's when things will get real interesting. Another big reason that this fight is a must-see, is that the winner may be the next man to face Conor McGregor, and that should get everyone excited. I am going to be honest and say that I think the hype around Tony Ferguson is too much, and I think that McGregor would stop him within the first two rounds, and I think he may meet the same fate on Saturday against Kevin Lee, just through a different means of stoppage.
Prediction: Lee via 3rd-round submission
Whether he ends Saturday night with his hand raised or not, Tony Ferguson is for sure going to do his best to put on a great show for everyone.
With the dust from August 26th almost completely settled, and both boxing and the UFC having moved on, with GGG vs. Canelo this weekend, and the UFC having UFC 215, and a stacked UFC 216 on the horizon, I think it's time we finally address what's next for "The Notorious".
Whether you loved, hated, or could care less about his fight and performance with Floyd Mayweather, what Conor McGregor accomplished on August 26th was something no MMA fighter ever has, and he set his family up for life in just one night. McGregor finds joy in taking on the challenges that people find impossible, and even in defeat, he holds his head high, brushes himself off, and looks for the next check. Hate on him all you want, but he is a man of his word; a warrior; and when the history books are written, he showed up.
Now, getting into what his next move is, in my opinion there's three options.
1. Nate Diaz
2. The Winner of Tony Ferguson & Kevin Lee
3. A Return to Featherweight
Obviously there are a ton of other options on McGregor's plate, especially in his mind. He absolutely could find another fight in the squared-circle, and would likely get a payday much, much larger than the UFC is offering. However, I am obviously not looking for that. Conor McGregor needs to come back to the UFC, not for any real reasoning other than the fact that we all want him back, and the company needs him.
Additionally, McGregor could chase a big money fight in the UFC, like a fight with Tyron Woodley for the Welterweight Belt, or a fight between the winner of Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, and things of that nature, but again, those don't make as much sense.
First, Nate Diaz. The trilogy fight we don't only want, but need. Now I will be honest and clear, I have lost a ton of respect for Nate Diaz since the fallout of their second fight at UFC 202. Diaz has come off time and time again like a jealous ex, crying and bitching over everything McGregor has done since then, rooting against him the whole time. McGregor and Diaz at this point should be on the same page, as they know the other is the key to an exponential payday. Diaz needs McGregor A LOT more than Conor needs him. And it's not even close. Nate has been in hiding since UFC 202, refusing to fight Tony Ferguson, Khabib, and everyone else the UFC threw his way. These two need to throw down for one final time, for the 155-pound strap, winner take all. Simple as that.
Second, if Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor can't come to terms, or see eye-to-eye, then I think it is necessary for McGregor to defend his belt, and take on the winner of UFC 216's Interim Lightweight Championship fight, Tony Ferguson or Kevin Lee. Both of these guys provide an awesome matchup for McGregor, because both of these guys have awesome stand-up, but have no issue going to the ground and finishing their opponents by submission. Not to mention both guys are tough as hell and it would be very interesting to see how many of those McGregor left-hands they can take.
Finally, a Featherweight return. 145-pound Champion Max Holloway has been doing all that he can to get McGregor's attention, looking to avenge the last loss of his career, when he dropped a lopsided decision to McGregor in 2013. That fight would be much different now, as Max has evolved and grown as a fighter, as has McGregor obviously. However, I'm sorry Max, but not only do you not bring much to the table for McGregor, but you would likely find yourself unconscious within 2 rounds. The only other featherweight who can look to get McGregor's attention is obviously Jose Aldo, but without the belt around his waist, Jose is just talking to a brick wall.
I want McGregor vs. Diaz III, for all the marbles, and I want it bad. But my gut tells me something will go wrong with setting that one up, and once that one falls apart, I have a feeling McGregor's UFC return is going to be a shit-show.
Right now we can only sit back and wait, because no one can predict what Conor McGregor is ever going to do. All we can do is hope we see him sooner rather than later.
Jon Jones’ B sample also tested positive at UFC 214.
UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky confirmed the results to MMAjunkie tonight that Jones’ B sample has come back positive for metabolites of turinabol, the same steroid found in his urine during a pre-fight test for his title win over Daniel Cormier via knockout at the July 29 pay-per-view event in Anaheim, Calif.
ESPN.com was first to report the news.
I'm not going to sugar-coat this article in any way, shape or form, because this whole story genuinely sucks.
Everyone should know by now that I am a huge Jon Jones supporter, and am someone who stood with him through everything these past 2 years, always believing that he would emerge from the cloud of smoke a better person, and better fighter. However, I have absolutely no problem admitting that I was wrong. I flat out was wrong about Jon Jones the person and the athlete.
Jon Jones achieved success in MMA like no one we have ever, and probably ever will see, and he did it all at such a young age that people were placing him amongst the Silva's, GSP's, and Fedor's of the sport. He was not only considered an All-Time great, but was largely considered THE All-Time great.
Now, his legacy will seemingly be nothing more than a great fighter, who let the outside world destroy what could, and SHOULD have been the greatest career in the history of mixed martial arts.
The thing that makes his steroid use such an issue is that people (myself included), were going to bat for him over the drug use, the stupidity, and the embarrassments that he accumulated outside of the octagon, because we always held onto the belief that Jon Jones was the greatest fighter we had ever seen, and he was doing it the RIGHT way. Never once during his reign at the top did anyone question if he was doing it with or without steroids, because you take one look at Jon Jones and he looks nothing like a chronic steroid user. The lanky, 6'4 fighter who could beat you with his hands, his elbows, his wrestling and his jiu-jitsu seemed like the last candidate for the cheater of the year award. Now, we can't say for sure how long Jones has been using, and we likely will never know the truth, but the fact of the matter is that it happened, and happened more than once.
In less than a month's time, Jon Jones went from solidifying himself as the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, to a washout. A bum. A cheater. The biggest disappointment in the history of sports. You name it, he's probably been called it, and I for one, will not be there to defend him this time around.
MMA is not like baseball, where using steroids will do nothing to the game other than see more homeruns hit. Steroids have no place in MMA because there are people's lives at risk every single time they step into the cage.
Jon Jones is facing a suspension of up to 4-years, and in my honest opinion, even if he gets 1-year, it is time for him to walk away from the sport forever. Let us move on. Let us regroup, find a new king to crown, or move back to our former king Anderson Silva. Jon Jones will forever have an impact on the UFC and MMA, but at this point in time, it is not a good one, and not one that he or any one from his team will be proud of.
My mood on this situation forever:
When the news first broke that Jon Jones had tested positive for anabolic steroids I was genuinely shocked. Why, I really don't know. Jones has done nothing but let down his fans with his bullshit antics since rising to the top of his sport. Whether it was doing drugs like cocaine, being involved in a hit and run accident, or testing positive for estrogen blockers days before his UFC 200 fight, all Jon Jones has done is disappoint. For whatever reason I had finally believed all that shit was behind him and we were finally going to see what Jon 'Bones' Jones could really do. Unfortunately, I, like everyone else that gave him a 100th chance to prove himself, was dead wrong.
Now, I was originally going to rip into Jon Jones for being a cheater, however he can still get his B sample tested, and if that comes back without testing positive for steroids, then maybe, just maybe Jon Jones isn't back to his old antics. Realistically, the odds of that happening are slim to none, but this great country was built off due process, innocent until proven guilty, so we'll just have to wait for all the facts to come out.
If he is guilty of taking steroids he'll most likely be sued by Daniel Cormier for all the money he made in the fight, he'll be stripped of his UFC light-heavyweight title, and hopefully Dana White will ban him for life. In my opinion there's no place for cheaters in sports, especially when it comes to taking steroids to get an edge in combat sports, so he deserves to never step in a UFC octagon again. The most depressing apart about this whole situation is Jon Jones was on his way to being the greatest ever. Imagine if after the first Michael Jordan 3-peat it was announced he had been taking steroids, basketball fans would've been crushed. That's how I imagine true die-hard UFC fans are feeling right now. The best athlete the sport has ever seen is a liar and a cheat, there's no other way around it if this news is true, so I completely understand why this comes as such a shock and dissapointment even with his history.
Jon Jones' camp has come out and made a statement expressing how shocked they are about this news. Apparently, they are working hard to sort this situation out to see what really happened. A quote came out from his camp saying "Jon is crushed by this news, and we are doing whatever we can as a team to support him." Why is he crushed if he knowingly took steroids, did he really think somehow, someway, he was going to get away with this. Is he upset he got caught or did he somehow take the steroids unknowingly. All I know is Jon Jones word means next to nothing to me right now, so I'll just wait for the B sample to get tested like everyone else to see what's really going on here.
The most disappointing part for UFC fans is we were about to see a super fight between Jon Jones, the light-heavyweight champion, and Stipe Miocic, who is the current heavyweight champion. If Jones were able to slay Miocic, then without a doubt he would've been claimed the unanimous GOAT in UFC history. A title that still stands with Anderson Silva after light was shed upon this story.
All we can do now is wait. Jon Jones has not been stripped of his UFC light-heavyweight title just yet. I guess Dana White is waiting to confirm this is 100% true before handing out punishment to the man that has really let down White and the rest of the UFC his entire career. Daniel Cormier, the former light-heavyweight champion was probably devastated to find out that once again Jon Jones had cheated coming into the fight. His legacy and tenure as champion was brought down by Jones, so I'm sure if these allegations are true he's going to be livid, and demand that the title be returned to him. Rightfully so, I'm not a big Daniel Cormier guy whatsoever, but if these allegation about Jones are true, Cormier deserves his championship back, and then his reign as light-heavyweight champion will resume.
Somber day for the UFC community. The greatest athlete of the sport is under fire, his entire legacy is at stake. Let's be real, there's a slim to none chance Jones avoids being proven guilty in this situation, so I'd embrace for the worst. The man many of you considered the greatest to step in an octagon may never get the chance to do so again. The man many of you considered the most dominant athlete the sport has ever seen, may have all been a lie. The man considered the man, may have not been a true man at all. This went from all time great comeback story to an all time tragic story. The greatest that never was, Jon Jones.
Saturday Night did not go as Daniel Cormier had hoped it would, and now after suffering the most devastating loss of his life, the question must be asked: what's next for DC?
In my honest, and unbiased opinion, I think it's time for Daniel Cormier to hang-up the gloves for good, and walk away from the sport of MMA. DC will leave behind an incredible legacy, with his name forever hanging in the conversation of top-5 Light Heavyweight's ever, with a genuine title reign to back that up.
I think DC has run his course in the 205-pound division, because as we know, all roads in this division lead to Jon Jones, and as DC himself said after the fight, there is no rivalry if Jones wins every fight. Cormier is 38 years old, and will be coming off of the only fight in his life where he was finished by an opponent.
The way things shook out of Saturday will mean one of two things in DC's mind; 1. being that he wants to come back and make one last run in the sport, or 2. being that he has come to face the fact that he has accomplished all that he can accomplish in this sport, and has every night to turn and walk away forever.
However, if DC is to stick around, I think the only logical move would be for him to move up to the Heavyweight Division, because the weight cutting at this stage of his life is not worth it. Cormier had a great run at Heavyweight before his time in the UFC, and while he has always dodged the division because his good friend and training partner Cain Velasquez has been a key figure in that division, I think it is still worth it for DC to make the move up, and do all he can to avoid any fight with Velasquez.
I am far from a DC fan, but at this point, there is nothing left for me to hate, because he has truly accepted defeat against Jon Jones, and for 8 years has left every single thing he has mentally and physically in the cage, beating everyone in his way, aside from Jon Jones, a feat that no one has been able to do.
As Jon Jones said, he has been a model champion, and a model human being, and I have no doubts that whatever he chooses to do next, he will attack it full-force.
Make no mistake about it folks, on Saturday Night, Jon "Bones" Jones solidified the fact that he is the greatest fighter in MMA history.
For years, it has been debated about just how good Jones is, with many people placing him among the greats like Anderson Silva, GSP, and Mighty Mouse, but with his KO victory over Daniel Cormier, he proved once and for all that he reigns supreme.
Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history, when he defeated Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the age of 23 years old, in dominant fashion. From that moment on, Jones never looked back, defending his belt 11 straight times, finishing 6 of those opponents, all while leading up to the record of most UFC Light Heavyweight victories with 17.
Jon Jones has never be beaten in a fight, even if his record of 23-1 says otherwise. His controversial DQ against Matt Hammill in 2009 due to "illegal" elbows is the only blemish on his absolutely perfect (fighting) resume.
He holds just about every record for the Light Heavyweight Division, and even after a 2+ year layoff, he came out Saturday and had quite possibly the biggest, and most defining victory of his storied career. When it's all said and done, Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest Light Heavyweight's of all time, up there with the likes of Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, and many more. For Jon Jones to not only come back from the hell that he brought himself into over these past 2 and a half years, but to do it in the fashion that he did, is phenomenal, and says everything that needs to be said about just how incredible of a talent he is.
At just 30 years of age, Jones' already 7 year reign of terror in the UFC seems to only be getting started, as this new chapter in his career will likely be the best yet, with him being truly healthy mentally and physically inside and out of the Octagon, and with his head finally on straight, he will continue to look to prove to himself and to everyone else that he is exactly who we thought he was when he first burst onto the UFC scene.
These numbers from Jones are staggering, and show just how brutal he has been, and will continue to be towards his opponents.
As far as what's next for him, I would love to see him fight and beat Alexander Gustafson, the only man who has ever pushed Jon Jones to the true brink of his mental and physical will, and finally put to rest any doubts over their first encounter. However, I would love to see him dominate Brock Lesnar, a fight in which I would have Jones winning easily, by 2nd or 3rd round TKO.
The world is once again at his fingertips, and this time, he will look to hold onto it closely and dearly.
Whether it be a KO, a submission, or an easy 5-round unanimous decision victory, Jon Jones will beat you in any way possible and any way necessary. I have a feeling we are going to see some incredible things from this young man in the near future.