Jon Jones: “I’ve Never Taken Any Performance Enhancing Drug”

Jon Jones returns to the octagon to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship when he battles Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. Jones was last seen in the cage in September at UFC 165 when defeated Alexander Gustafsson in an instant classic.

The champion appeared last night on “UFC Tonight” and at the beginning of interview stated that he was randomly drug tested by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

“The Maryland Commission sent a lab to drug test me and I’m glad they did,” Jones stated on the show. “It was urine and blood. They had a test for HGH, I think it was HGH, then they had a urine test that detects all other type of stuff.”

Jones says him and his management team wanted the test not because he thinks Teixeira is dirty, but wants to see the sport be clean.

“It’s great to know the athletes who are competing are competing clean. I’ve never taken any performance enhancing drug. I’ve probably fought people in the past who have. I want to see our sport be a clean sport. I have no right to accuse (Glover) of anything. The only edge you should have is your work ethic.”

UFC 172 takes place on Saturday, April 26th from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

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UFC, Bellator And Boxing Join Together For Cleveland Clinic for Fighters Brain Health Study (Video)

Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.

The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.

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Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira On Tap For UFC 171 Main Event

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Two previous times Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira has been booked and then postponed, but now that has changed and we have an official date. It was announced on “UFC Tonight” last night that Jones will defend the UFC light heavyweight championship against Teixeira in the main event of UFC 171 in March.

It had been announced a short time after Jones had defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 that he would be facing the Brazilian at UFC 169 in February, but the fight was then scratched. The fight was then made again a few weeks ago for UFC 170 at the end of February, but the champion still was feeling the effects of the fight with Gustafsson.

Teixeira last competed in September at UFC Fight Night 28 when he stopped Ryan Bader in the first round after a sluggish start to the fight.

Jones will looking to extend his winning streak to 11 and Teixeira looking to extend his win streak to 21.

UFC 171 will take place on Saturday, March 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. No other fights have been made for the card.

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Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira Set To Main Event UFC 170

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The MMA world knew Jon Jones would defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira, but the question was when it would happen. After it was a reported about two months ago that the fight would take place at UFC 169, The UFC announced it will take place at the next event, UFC 170 on February 22 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight will be the main event of the card.

Jones last competed at UFC 165 in September in an epic fight defeating Alexander Gustafsson in a very close decision. A lot of people were clamoring for an immediate rematch between the two, but the UFC decided to go with Teixeira with the plan of if Jones and Gustafsson each win their respective fights they would face each other next.

Teixeira last competed at the beginning of September at UFC Fight Night 32 defeating Ryan Bader by TKO in the first round.

Jones will looking to extend his winning streak to 11 and Teixeira looking to extend his win streak to 21.

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Alexander Gustafsson vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira To Headline March 8 Event in London, Guillard/Pearson Rematch

We know UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be fighting Glover Teixeira early in 2014. We didn’t know though when Alexander Gustafsson would return to the cage.

UFC President Dana White announced after UFC Fight Night 30 yesterday that Gustafsson will return for an event on March 8 in London against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Thatf fight will be the main event of the show.

Gustafsson was last seen in the cage last month in an epic fight with Jones in where he lost a unanimous decision. A lot of people thought Gustafsson won the fight as well. The rematch seemed logically for their next fights, but the UFC has said if Jones gets by Teixeira and Gustafsson gets by Nogueira then they will rematch later in 2014. Rash

By the time the fight happens, Nogueira wouldn’t have fought in 13 months since he defeated. Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in February. The Brazilian has suffered a rash of injuries and will be looking for his third straight win.

It was also announced by White that Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson will have their rematch. The two fought yesterday at UFC Fight Night 30 when it ended in a controverisial no contest when Guillard threw a questionable knee that was deemed illegal. Pearson had suffered a vicious cut on his forehead and the doctors deemed he was unable to continue.

This event will be the first event of the European tour in where the UFC will be having shows in big European cities throughout 2014.

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Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira To Main Event Super Bowl Weekend Card, Mir/Overeem On Tap

We won’t get the immediate rematch that the MMA world was looking forward to seeing. Newsday first reported and the UFC later confirmed that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 on Saturday, February 1, which is the day before the Super Bowl. The co-feature will have former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem battles former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 about two weeks ago in a very close fight that people have deemed fight of the year and perhaps the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division. Fans were clamoring for a rematch, but the champion stated in a press release last week that he rewatched the fight ten times and thought he won rounds 2, 4 and 5.

Teixeira last competed last month at UFC Fight Night 28 when he stopped Ryan Bader in the first round after a sluggish start to the fight. The Brazilian will take a 20 fight winning streak heading into the fight, which is the second longest streak in MMA.

The Mir/Overeem fight was supposed to take place at UFC 167 in November, but the fight was pushed back to let Mir have more time to recover from his loss by knockout to Josh Barnett at the end of August at UFC 164.

Mir has lost three straight fights and Overeem is on a two-fight losing as he last competed and lost by knockout to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 in August.

UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Super Bowl takes place the next day at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Report: Jon Jones to Defend Title Against Glover Teixeira

jon-jones-winsUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title next against contender Glover Teixeira, likely at their Super Bowl weekend card in Newark, NJ on February 1.

ESPN.com was first to report the news.

Jones (19-1) is coming off his sixth consecutive defense of his championship — a new UFC record for the light heavyweight division — against Alexander Gustafsson (15-2) in what what his toughest contest to date.  Gustafsson will have to wait to get a rematch and will have his next fight early next year in his home country Sweden.

While there was some talk that the Swede would get an automatic rematch, UFC president Dana While said that Jones asked for the fight against No. 1 contender Teixeira (22-2).

“That’s what the champ wants,” White said. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”

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UFC Fight Night 28 Medical Suspensions With “Jacare” Souza Out Up To Six Months

UFC Fight Night 28 took place on Wednesday night at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main event featured Glover Teixeira defeating Ryan Bader by TKO in the first round and in the co-feature, “Jacare” Souza beat Yushin Okami by TKO in the first round as well.

BetweenTheRopes.com requested and received the medical suspension report from UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday night from the The Brazilian Athletic Commission of all 22 fighters who competed on the card.

The most notable suspension on the list was Souza, who needs an x-ray on his foot and is suspended for 180 days, requiring a doctor’s clearance if he wants to compete before then.

Here is the suspension list from UFC Fight Night 28:

Glover Teixeira: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Ryan Bader: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Ronaldo Souza: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs x-ray on right foot
Yushin Okami: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Joseph Benavidez: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Jussier Da Silva: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs x-ray on right foot
Piotr Hallmann: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Francisco Trinaldo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Rafael Natal: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Tor Troeng: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Ali Bagautinov: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Marcos Vinicius: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Edimilson Souza: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs surgery on right hand
Felipe Arantes: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Lucas Martins: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Ramiro Hernandez: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Elias Silverio: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Joao Zeferino: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Ivan Jorge: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Keith Wisniewski: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Sean Spencer: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact
Yuri Villefort: suspended 21 days with 14 days no contact

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Jon Jones Not Very Impressed With Glover Teixeira’s Performance

Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader last night by TKO at 2:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 28. After the card had ended, the UFC confirmed that Teixeira would face the winner of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. That fight takes place in 16 days at UFC 165 in Toronto.

During the post-fight interview with Jon Anik, Teixeira wasn’t happy with his performance and knows their is room for improvement.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” Teixeira said immediately after the fight. “I was disappointed he was able to knock me down. But I’m telling you, this belt is going to be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson. It’s mine.”

It doesn’t seem like the light heavyweight kingpin wasn’t very impressed with Teixeira’s performance.

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Jones and Texieira have two common opponents in Bader and Rampage Jackson. The champion defeated Bader by submission in the second round at UFC 126 in February of 2011 and Jackson by submission in the fourth round at UFC 135 in September of 2011.

Teixeira defeated Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 6 in February and the first round stoppage of Bader last night.

Only time will tell if these two will square off.

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UFC Fight Night 28 Results: Glover Teixeira Stops Ryan Bader In Main Event

Dana White said after UFC 163 that Glover Teixeira needed to look impressive against Ryan Bader to get a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. Teixeira made that statement to Jones and Gustafsson.

After going through some danger early in the fight, Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader by TKO at 2:55 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazi.

Bader started the fight with a jab and then tried for takedown that the Brazilian was able to stuff. The Arizona native hit a right hand that staggered Teixeira and Bader locked in a guillotine choke, but Teixeira was able to get out of it.

Teixeira was able to score a takedown, but Bader got up quickly. a few moments later Bader lands an uppercut and Teixeira attempts a high kick over the top, but misses Bader.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner lands another uppercut and Teixeira is wobbled. Teixeira though preserved and landed a right hook, left hook combination that drops Bader. Teixeira pounces on Bader until referee Herb Dean comes in and stops the fight.

Teixeira wasn’t happy with his performance, but says the title is his and doesn’t matter if he has to go through Jones or Gustafsson.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” he said. “I was disappointed he was able to knock me down. … But I’m telling you, this belt is going to be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson. It’s mine.”

Here are the results from UFC Fight Night 28:

Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:55
•Ronaldo Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:47
•Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
•Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 3:50
•Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:28
•Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•Lucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:10
•Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
•Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

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UFC Fight Night 28 Weigh-In Results: Bader, Teixeira On Point

Just a short time ago the UFC Fight Night 28 weigh-ins took place. The weigh-ins took place at the same venue where the show takes place tomorrow night, at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main event of UFC Fight Night 28 will be Glover Teixeira battling Ryan Bader in light heavyweight action. The co-main event will feature former UFC middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami fighting former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

All 22 participants of the card made weight. Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 28:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
• Ryan Bader (205) vs Glover Teixeira (206)
• Yushin Okami (185) vs Ronaldo Souza (186)
• Joseph Benavidez (126) vs Jussier Formiga (126)
• Piotr Hallmann (155) vs Francisco Trinaldo (155)
• Rafael Natal (185) vs Tor Troeng (185)
• Ali Bagautinov (125) vs Marcos Vinicius (126)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
•Felipe Arantes (146) vs Edimilson Souza (146)
•Ramiro Hernandez (135) vs Lucas Martins (136)
•Elias Silverio (169) vs Joao Zeferino (170)
•Ivan Jorge (169) vs Keith Wisniewski (170)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
•Sean Spencer (171) vs. Yuri Villefort (170)

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Watch UFC Fight Night 28 Weigh-Ins Live At 3 P.M. ET

UFC Fight Night 28 takes place tomorrow night from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The main event of the evening will feature Glover Teixeira facing off with Ryan Bader in light heavyweight action, with the co-main event of Yushin Okami battling former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in middleweight action.

The weigh-ins take place today at the Mineirinho Arena, with all 22 fighters starting to hit the scale at 3 p.m. ET.

You can watch the video stream above right here at betweentheropes.com.

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UFC Wednesday Video Preview

Wednesday is a big day for the UFC as UFC Fight Night 28 takes place and the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18. UFC Fight Night 28 places in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with the headlining fight between Glover Teixeira battling Ryan Bader in light heavyweight action. With a dominating win over Bader, Teixeira has been promised a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 later in the month.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 features the first ever season of having women on the show with the men. The season will feature the bantamweight weight class, with the coaches being UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Rousey and Tate will be facing each other in the co-main of UFC 168 on December 28.

You will be able to watch both shows on Fox Sports 1 with UFC Fight Night 28 starting at 5 P.M. ET, then The Ultimate Fighter starting at 10 ET.

Watch the video above previewing UFC Wednesday.

Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira
Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
Felipe Arantes vs. Edimilson Souza
Ramiro Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins
Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino
Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
Sean Spencer vs. Yuri Villefort

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UFC on Fox Sports 1 3 Set With Bader-Teixeira Headlining

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The busy fall season continues for the UFC.

The organization made official today that UFC on Fox Sports 1 3 will be taking place September 4 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The card will be headlined Ryan Bader(15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) facing off with Glover Teixeira(21-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in light heavyweight action. The co-main event will feature former UFC middleweight title contender Yushin Okami(29-7 MMA, 13-4 UFC)facing off with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacre” Souza(18-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Bader was last seen in action when he defeated Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Fox 6 in January. Teixeira was last seen last month when he defeated James Te Huna at UFC 160.

The card will then be followed by The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 featuring UFC Women’s bantamnweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

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