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 Fight Night 37 Preview Show

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UFC Fight Night 37 takes place today from the O2 Arena in London, England. The main event features Alexander Gustafsson battling Jimi Manuwa in light heavyweight action.

On today’s podcast sponsored by WarriorDating.com, we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as to preview today’s card. We also discuss with Crawford, the TRT situation, thoughts on Jon Jones, who Ronda Rousey should fight next and more.

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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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Video: Jon Jones Doesn’t Seem Too Thrilled To See Georges St-Pierre At Super Bowl Party

We have seen a lot of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he announced he was taking some time away from the sport. The former champion was in New York for Super Bowl weekend and TMZ saw St-Pierre. The cameraman tell St-Pierre that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was right behind him. You can see Jones mouthing staring at St-Pierre and then shaking his head “No” to the cameraman. Jones awkwardly hugged St-Pierre and talked for second. The two then shook hands again and St-Pierre walked off with Jones behind.

The two were teammates at former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico. Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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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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Jon Jones To Be On The Cover Of New EA Sports UFC Video Game, Fan Vote For Second Fighter

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Another day, another accomplishment for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It has been announced that Jones will be on the cover of the new EA Sports UFC video game titled, “EA Sports UFC”. The game will be coming out in 2014.

To add a wrinkle to the game, EA Sports and the UFC announced that a second fighter will be added to cover of the game through a fan vote. 16 fighters have been announced that will partake in an head to head weekly elimination tournament, with the last fighter standing will grace the cover alongside Jones. The fighters in the game are:

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, Urijah Faber, Alexander Gustafsson, Benson Henderson, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnenand Miesha Tate.

You can vote on the fighters starting today at ufc.com/covervote.

Jones was thrilled with the honor of being of the new video game.

“It’s another one of those surreal moments, one of those moments you just have to step back and pinch yourself and realize I’m not dreaming,” Jones said in the official release.

“EA Sports UFC” will replace the most recent game in the UFC division, THQ’s “UFC Undisputed.”

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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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Dana White UFC Fight Night 30 Video Blog: Behind The Scenes Of UFC 165

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida making his middleweight debut against Mark Munoz.

Before every event UFC President Dana White comes out with a video blog. This new video blog takes a look back at UFC 165, which took place last month. The video goes behind the scenes of the including great footage of right before and after the epic main event of UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, with Jones winning by a close unanimous decision.

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UFC Announces “20 Days To UFC 167″ Tour

UFC 167 takes place on Saturday, November 16th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against Johny Hendricks. The co-main event will feature three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen facing former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

The show is being touted as the 20th anniversary show of the UFC. In the lead up to the card, the UFC is having a “20 Days To UFC 167″ tour, in which fighters will going to various cities around the United States leading into UFC 167.

The tour will begin in Denver, Colo., the site of UFC 1, on Oct. 28, and make stops in nearly two dozen cities. Current and past UFC competitors such as Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin are just some of the many stars set to participate. The tour will feature a mixture of fan, media and sponsor events, as well as a social media scavenger hunt spanning the globe.

“We built an incredible card for our 20th anniversary and now we’re hitting the road to celebrate with our fans and the media all across North America,” said UFC president Dana White. “We’re going to cities that held historic UFC events and to locations we hope to bring the Octagon to soon.”

The 20 Days to UFC 167 Tour will also feature the launch of UFC’s new OCTAGON apparel line. UFC legends Liddell, Hughes and Griffin will be wearing this new apparel at each stop, as UFC showcases the “Evolution of Training” gear.

Here is the schedule for the “20 Days To UFC 167″ Tour:

- Monday, Oct. 28 – Denver, Colo. – UFC 167 lightweight star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and rising women’s star Cat Zingano conduct a media tour in Denver, the site of UFC 1. They’ll also visit DISH Network headquarters for a meet-and-greet with staff, as well as pose for photos at the site of UFC 1, formerly McNichols Sports Arena. Later in the day, Cerrone will host a live social media chat from the MusclePharm facilities.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion and UFC 167 main event star, will participate in a media day at Tristar Gym. Press only.
- Monday, Oct. 28 – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – UFC welterweight contender and UFC 167 main event star Johny Hendricks will participate in a media day at his gym in Pantego. Press only.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, Pa. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as visit the Comcast Headquarters for a meet-and-greet with employees.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Chicago, Ill. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Chicago. Hughes will also meet with members of the Chicago Bears.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Washington, D.C. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in the nation’s capital.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Ga. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in Atlanta and visit the COX Communications corporate offices for a social media promotion. He’ll also visit the Hooters corporate headquarters.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Cleveland, Ohio – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Cleveland, alongside UFC heavyweight star and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic. The fighters will also meet with members of the Cleveland Browns.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Baltimore, Md. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in Baltimore and visit his brother, Baltimore Ravens’ star Arthur Jones, and the rest of the city’s Super Bowl champion team.
- Thursday, Oct. 31 – Detroit, Mich. – Red-hot UFC welterweight star Matt “The Immortal” Brown will conduct a press tour in Detroit.
- Friday, Nov. 1 – Raleigh, N.C. – UFC heavyweight star Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player, will speak to the N.C. State football team prior to the team’s game against rival UNC. He’ll also sound the Carolina Hurricanes’ Warning Siren before the team’s game against Tampa Bay at PNC Arena.
- Saturday, Nov. 2 – Concord, Calif. – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and middleweight star Luke Rockhold will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Concord.
- Sunday, Nov. 3 – Rosemead, Calif. – UFC middleweight star Michael Bisping will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Rosemead.
- Monday, Nov. 4 – San Francisco, Calif. – UFC 167 welterweight star Josh Koscheck will conduct a press tour in San Francisco.
- Monday, Nov. 4 – Bay Area, Calif. – UFC lightweight star Gilbert Melendez will visit the campuses of YouTube and Twitter and meet with staff.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC 167 welterweight star Tyron Woodley, a St. Louis native, will conduct a press tour in his hometown. He’ll also meet with members of his hometown St. Louis Rams.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will visit the headquarters of longtime UFC partner Anheuser-Busch. While at Anheuser-Busch Headquarters, Matt will be guided through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Brew House and Packaging Line, sampling from the fermentation and finishing tanks.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – FOX Sports 1 – 9 p.m. ET – FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC premieres
- Wednesday, Nov. 6 – New Orleans, La. – UFC heavyweight star and Louisiana native Daniel Cormier will conduct a press tour in New Orleans. He’ll also meet with members of the New Orleans Saints.
- Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Fort Campbell, Ky. – UFC Fight for the Troops event on FOX Sports 1
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – San Antonio, Texas – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and Mexican bantamweight star Erik Perez will be in town for a variety of events.
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – State College, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star and 2008 National Champion from Penn State Phil Davis visits State College for a press tour.
- Friday, Nov. 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star Phil Davis will conduct a press tour in Pittsburgh, Pa. and meet with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 – Torrance, Calif. – UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Torrance.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 – Goiania, Brazil – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT vs. HENDERSON on FOX Sports 1
- Sunday, Nov. 10 – The UFC will release its 20 greatest knockouts of all time at UFC.com. Visit the official website of the UFC to watch them all for free!
- Monday, Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, Calif. – UFC 167 star Chael Sonnen will conduct a press tour in Los Angeles.
- Monday, Nov. 11 – New York, N.Y. – UFC 167 star Rashad Evans will conduct a press tour in New York.
- Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Phoenix, Ariz. – UFC will conduct a press tour in Phoenix. Talent to be named shortly.
- Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC stars past and present will participate in a community event at Three Square.
- Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Open Workouts. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
- Thursday, Nov. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC Press Conference. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
- Friday, Nov. 15 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Weigh-ins at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Free and open to the public.
- Saturday, Nov. 16 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, live on Pay-Per-View

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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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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – October 3, 2013

ken-shamrock1Brian and Steve talk some MMA including the UFC winning a court case to sue the state of New York to get the sport legalized, the decision to have Jon Jones defend the light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira next rather than a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, the latest war of words between Dana While and Ken Shamrock, if Shamrock and other legends should be invited to next month’s 20th anniversary show, Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva and more.

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UFC Wins Court Ruling, Can Sue MMA Ban in New York

lorenzo-fertittaUFC along with lead plaintiff light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has won a U.S. Court ruling that it can move ahead in its lawsuit against the state of New York and its ban on MMA in the state on the basis that it has been ruled “unconstitutional”.

While the MMA promotion still has a long road ahead of it to have the sport legalized in New York, this is the first step in making that happen.

Here is the press release from the UFC regarding the matter:

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), and plaintiffs in the Jones v. Schneiderman case, are pleased to announce that yesterday the Federal District Court found that their challenge to the constitutionality of New York’s ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) can go forward. The court recognized that the State Athletic Commission and the Attorney General have repeatedly changed position on whether amateur and professional MMA can occur lawfully in the state of New York, which plaintiffs argue renders the ban unconstitutionally vague. While other claims in the lawsuit were dismissed, the UFC and plaintiffs are prepared to win their case and defeat the ban with the court’s green light on the vagueness challenge.

“We are extremely pleased with the judge’s decision and looking forward to moving to a prompt and successful conclusion,” said Barry Friedman, who is representing the plaintiffs with Morrison & Foerster as co-counsel.

Zuffa LLC, which owns the UFC, filed a federal lawsuit in New York challenging the state’s ban on professional MMA in 2011. Of the 48 states with athletic commissions, New York is the only state that has a ban on the sport. New York passed a law prohibiting MMA events in 1997 identifying it as a “combative sport” unlike boxing, wrestling or karate which are legal. The UFC produces over 30 live events a year, broadcast in 882 million homes in more than 145 countries, with an adopted set of rules and regulations to ensure the safety of the sport.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this crucial ruling. The inconsistency has cost the UFC considerable time and expense, but more important it has deprived MMA’s countless New York fans of the opportunity to attend and enjoy live professional and amateur MMA events in New York,” said Ike Lawrence Epstein, UFC’s COO. “It is time for New York to have a new law on MMA, one that legalizes the sport and regulates it in a safe way, as all other states have done. New York’s law is outdated, written at a time when MMA was a very different sport.”

Several fighters are plaintiffs in the case challenging the constitutionality of the ban including UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as well as UFC superstars Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, and Brian Stann.

Should the case not be resolved at the District Court level, plaintiffs intend to appeal the First Amendment ruling.

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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Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones Suspended For 60 Days Following UFC 165

After a grueling main event at UFC 165, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson received 60 day medical suspensions.

The Office of the Athletics Commissioner of Ontario sent the list of medical suspensions to BetweenTheRopes.com earlier today.

Along with Jones and Gustafsson, Eddie Wineland, Chris Clements, Renee Forte and Nandor Guelmino also received 60 day suspensions as well.

All fighters on the card get a required 14 day suspension for precaution.

Here is the suspension list from Saturday’s UFC card in Toronto:

- Jon Jones: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI, plus x-ray before return.
- Alexander Gustafsson: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.
- Eddie Wineland: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.
- Matthew Mitrione: Suspended 30 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.
- Mike Ricci: Suspended 30 days. Additionally, needs x-ray before return.
- Chris Clements: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.
- Renee Forte: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.
- Nandor Guelmino: Suspended 60 days. Additionally, needs CT scan or MRI before return.

The Good, The Bad And The Dirty In The Week Of MMA

We are going to be doing different types of pieces here on the website on a variety of topics in MMA and pro wrestling. Today we are going to debut a new feature called the good, the bad and the dirty. Every Monday we will be doing this type of piece in MMA. Now we know what the good and bad means, but the dirty can mean really bad or really good. Let’s get started.

The Good

1) Renan Barao- Barao made the second defense of his interim UFC bantamweight championship when he defeated Eddie Wineland by KO in the second round with spectacular spinning back kick to the head on Saturday at UFC 165. The Brazilian became the first person to defend an interim UFC title two times. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Barao is the closest thing in the UFC to Floyd Mayweather. With the win, Barao extended his winning streak to 21. White stated that Barao would face UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014. If Cruz is unable to return in early 2014 from his two ACL surgeries, then Barao would get the interim title tag removed.

2) Khabib Nurmagomedov- Nurmagomedov extended his winning streak to 21 when he defeated Pat Healy by unanimous decision to kick off the main card at UFC 165. He tied Barao for the longest winning streak in MMA. “The Eagle” put on a tremendous performance using his improved striking and took Healy down anytime he wanted too. We really didn’t know how Nurmagomedov would perform considering this was his first time on a pay-per-view main card and facing a veteran of 57 fights in Healy. The Russian stated during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wanted a title shot next.

3) Douglas Lima- The Bellator welterweight had one of the most vicious knockouts in 2013 when he knocked out Ben Saunders with a vicious head kick at Bellator 100 to win the welterweight tournament. What’s next for Lima is unknown since the current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is a free agent at this time.

The Bad

3) Francis Carmont vs Costa Philippou- This was the second fight on the main card of UFC 165 on Saturday. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight on the card as Carmont kept taking down Philippou, but really wasn’t trying to improve position to win the fight. The crowd was booing loudily as Phillipou had no answer for Carmont’s takedowns. Philippou was visibly frustrated in between rounds, looked like he didn’t want to be there and looked defeated. Dana White agreed with the crowd as he tweeted about the fight.

 

Carmont won the fight by unanimous decision, but didn’t win over any fans and Dana White with the victory.

The Dirty

4) Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson- This is a dirty in a great way. The main event was hyped as “Greatness Within Reach” and the hype sure delivered. Jones was 9-1 favorite heading into the fight and not many people giving Gustafsson any chance to win. We picked Gustafsson to win and were pretty close in our prediction. The fight went back and forth as “The Mauler” established early in the fight that he had the striking advantage as he used his jab and trademark uppercut effectively as he opened up Jones with the uppercut. Gustafsson started stuffing Jones’ takedowns and even took the champion down in the first round.

The challenger was stuffing Jones’ takedowns throughout the fight, which was visibly frustrating the champion. The man from Sweden was controlling the fight on feet moving in and out. Jones’s started to find his groove in the fourth round landing vicious elbows and imposing his will on the challenger. The fifth round started with the crowd on their feet and the fight very close. Both guys were visibly exhausted to start the round and Jones finally was able to land a takedown, but Gustafsson got up a few moments later. Both guys were trading shots even though they were extremely exhausted to end the fight.

The judges scored the fight for Jones (48-47×2,49-46). The crowd was mixed with the decision. A lot of people thought Jones won and a lot of people thought Gustafsson won. BetweenTheRopes.com scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson. Both men didn’t attend the press conference as Jones was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and Gustafsson was able to go under his own power.

Dana White was non-committal about a rematch, but from the tone of his voice makes it likely we will see a rematch in the next fight for both guys. This was without a doubt the fight of the year and the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division.

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Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson Headline UFC 165 Fight Bonuses

UFC 165 took place tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event featured Jon Jones defeating Alexander Gustafsson in what a lot of people are calling fight of the year to retain the UFC light heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Renan Barao beat Eddie Wineland by knockout to retain the UFC interim bantamweight title.

During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced the fight night bonuses. White announced that Fight of the Night went to Jones and Gustafsson, Knockout of the Night went to Barao and Submission of the Night went to Mitch Gagnon. Each fighter got a $50,000 bonus.

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UFC 165 Results: Jon Jones Defeats Alexander Gustafsson To Retain The UFC Light Heavyweight Title

The UFC hyped the Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson main event of UFC 165 as “Greatness Within Reach”, in regards to each man’s reach. Well it lived up to that hype as Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by unanimous decision (48-47×2, 49-46) in a very close fight to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship. BetweenTheRopes.com had the fight scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson.

The opening round of the fight saw Gustafsson control the fight on the feet with Jones trying to the challenger down, but Gustafsson was able to secure a takedown on the champion in the final minute of the round. Jones gets up and in the final moments of the round, accidentally pokes Gustafsson in the eye. Referee John McCarthy warns both fighters to watch their fingers.

The second round starts with Jones throwing a leg kick and Gustafsson sweeps the leg of the champion. Jones tries again for a tajedown, but gets stuffed by the man from Sweden. The champion then starts connecting with his kicks including a spinning back kick. Gustafsson though was sticking to his game and using his range to land punches on Jones. In the final minuteof the round Gustafsson kicks the body and Jones does the same. Jones throws a stiff jab, with another high kick. Gustafsson with a right hand to end the round.

Third round began with Gustafsson throwing the jab. Jones kicks the leg, but Gustafsson peppers him with punches inside. Low kicks traded. Jones still chopping at the lead leg. Gustafsson does start to open up with the hands again Lands two straight punches. Jones holds the center of the octagon. He kicks the body. Gustafsson stunned a bit. He’s still strong, but the bodywork adding up. Gustafsson shoots in, but Jones stands him up. Gustafsson catches a low kick but misses the sweep. He comes back and kicks the body. Jones just misses a spinning elbow. Gustafsson tries to take him down to no avail. Jones lands a jab to end the round.

The fourth round opens with Jones throwing a left hand that connects and then a right hand lands for Jones. Gustafsson has a leg but can’t finish the takedown. Gustafsson connects with a right hand, but Jones comes right back with a jab. Gustafsson presses forward and lands his own. Left hand for Gustafsson. He kicks the body and lands a left, then a right. Those score well, and Jones’ left eye is bloodied up. Gustafsson starting to feel good lands a right hand. Jones trying to hold him away, but Gustafsson won’t have it. Another right scores. Jones can’t get the takedown. He does land a high kick. Short elbow for Jones. He misses a second one. Jones takes a look at the clock. He lands an elbow and several knees. Gustafsson in trouble. Jones giving chase. Elbows inside for Jones to end the round.

The fifth and final round starts and the crowd is on their feet to start the final round. Jones kicks the body. Jones pushes in, but Gustafsson peppers him with short punches inside. Jones with more elbows to the chin. Gustafsson drives in a leg but can’t get the takedown. Gustafsson goes to the body,and Jones answers right back. Jones drops low for a takedown, but Gustafsson stuffs the takedown, but Jones ends up getting the takedown. Gustafsson scoots to the fence and gets back up. High kick lands for Jones. Gustafsson stands right there. Gustafsson looks down and starting to run out of gas. Another high kick for Jones. Gustafsson defends a takedown and then Gustafsson scores with a spinning elbow. Gustafsson with a flurry inside. Jones hits a left hand. He looks up at the clock. Gustafsson wants a takedown but can’t get it. High kick from Jones with a short elbow, followed by a flying knee to end the round and the fight.

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