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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Watch The Whole Episode Of “Countdown To UFC 165″

UFC 165 takes place tonight from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The card has two titles with the main event being Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. The co-main event will be Renan Barao defending his interim UFC interim bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland.

The UFC aired their show preview show, “Countdown to UFC 165″, featuring the Jones vs Gustafsson, Barao vs Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione heavyweight tilt.

Here is the preview of the main event of Jones vs Gustafsson:

Here is the preview for the co-main event of Barao vs Wineland:

Here is the preview for Schaub vs Mitrione:

Make sure you stay tuned tonight for our coverage of UFC 165.

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UFC 165 Weigh-In Results: Jones, Gustaffson Make Weight

UFC 165 weigh-ins just took place at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. All 26 fighters made weight including main event fighters Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5)
- Champ Renan Barao (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.25)
- Matt Mitrione (260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
- Francis Carmont (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
- Pat Healy (155.75) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Myles Jury (156) vs. Mike Ricci (155.5)
- Ivan Menjivar (137)* vs. Wilson Reis (135)
- Chris Clements (169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
- Mitch Gagnon (136) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Renee Forte (155.5) vs. John Makdessi (155)
- Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
- Alex Caceres (136) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
- Nandor Guelmino (230) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (245.5)

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Watch UFC 165 Weigh-In Video Starting At 4 P.M. ET

UFC 165 takes place tomorrow night from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-feature of UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending against Eddie Wineland.

Before that though, all 26 fighters will hit the scale today at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The first fighter will tip the scale at 4 p.m. ET

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

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Five Reasons To Watch UFC 165

UFC 165 takes place this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-main featuring UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending his title against Eddie Wineland.

Before every UFC pay-per-view we will give you five reasons to watch that show and this is a good way to start with the pound for pound king in Jones.

1) Jon Jones: Every time Jon Jones fights, it is something special. Jones is quite arguably the best fighter in the world and gets to showcase his skills once again in the fight with Gustafsson. The New York native hasn’t fought since April when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 when he won by first round TKO. The UFC has been building the fight using each fighters’ reach as Jones has an 84.5 reach and Gustaffson has an 81.5 reach. A lot of people resent Jones for how he comes off, but you cannot deny how great he is right now.

2) Renan Barao: The UFC interim bantamweight champion will defend his interim title for a second time against Wineland. Barao is 29-0-1 in his last 30 fights including winning 20 straight. The Brazilian last competed in February when he defeated Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7 by fourth round submission. Barao has won 20 fights by stoppage and this is the biggest card he has ever fought on. A stoppage over Wineland with a lot of eyeballs on him could setup a unification bout with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014.

3) Next Challenger For UFC Lightweight Title: The UFC announced on Monday and we reported on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will make his first title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9 in December. T.J. Grant was supposed to face Pettis, but Grant was still suffering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in June. People thought, including myself that maybe the UFC would wait until this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pat Healy to decide Pettis’ next opponent. That fight kicks off the main card of UFC 165 with Nurmagomedov has 20 straight fights and Healy is 6-0-1 in his last seven. The winner of this fight should be next in line for a title against the Pettis/Thomson winner in December.

4) Two Title Fights: Who doesn’t like title fights? The UFC very rarely puts two title fights on one show, with the last event being UFC 112 in April of 2010 when Frankie Edgar defeated BJ Penn to win the lightweight title and Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title when he defeated Demain Maia. On UFC 165, we get Jones/Gustafsson and Barao/Wineland. Enjoy ladies and gentleman as this is a rarity.

5) History: The UFC has been around for about 20 years now and on Saturday night we could see more history being made. With a victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones would make his sixth title defense, breaking the record of Tito Ortiz. Jones can also move into a tie with Chuck Liddell for most victories in the light heavyweight division with 13. Alexander Gustafsson with a win over Jones would be the first Swedish born fighter to win a UFC title. With a victory over Eddie Wineland, Renan Barao would be the first fighter in UFC history to make two defenses of an interim title. Barao and Nurmagomedov can also have the longest winning streaks in MMA at 21.

Here is the full card for UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light-heavyweight title
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland – for interim bantamweight title
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

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Jon Jones Agrees To A Deal With Gatorade

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones keeps on breaking barriers in terms in sponsorship deals. Jones’ management team, First Round Management announced in a press release that Jones has agreed to deal with the most popular sports drink in the world, Gatorade.

The press release also stated that Jones will have the Gatorade logo on his shorts this Saturday when he defends his light heavyweight championship at UFC 165 against Alexander Gustafsson.

“It’s great that a company like Gatorade sees the value that their products bring to MMA athletes,” Jones stated. “They’re one of the biggest brands in sports worldwide, and I am honored to have their support moving forward. It does not get any better than Gatorade when it comes to fueling your body, during training and competition.”

Jones signed another monumental deal last year when he became the first MMA fighter to land worldwide deal with Nike. Jones’ manager Malki Kawa stated in the press release that the Gatorade deal is another landmark deal for MMA fighters.

“This is a historic day for UFC competitors,” Kawa stated. “Gatorade is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Jon has earned this relationship through hard work, determination and pure dominance inside the octagon.”

Gatorade first came out in the 1960′s and started to become the leader in sports drink in the 1980′s due to the deal the company signed with basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the United States, Gatorade accounts for a reported 75 percent of the sports drink market.

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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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Jon Jones Appears in Nike’s 25 Year Anniversary “Just Do It” Commercial

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones signed a deal last year with Nike, but with all big name athletes we have seen them in commercials. We hadn’t seen Jones in any Nike commercials, until now.

Nike has released a commercial celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign. The commercial, which was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig features Nike athletes like Jones, LeBron James, top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams, boxing champion Andre Ward, soccer star Gerard Pique with actor Bradley Cooper doing the voiceover for the commercial.

Jones will next be in the cage on Saturday, September 21 when he defends his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

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Video: UFC World Tour 2013 in New York Starting at 1 P.M. ET

The UFC World Tour 2013 continues today as the UFC stops in New York as the press conference takes at the Beacon Theatre starting at 1 p.m. ET.

You can watch the video live on the player above.

The people that were in Los Angeles yesterday for the UFC World Tour 2013 are in New York today. Those people are: UFC President Dana White, UFC 165 headliners Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 166 headliners Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, UFC 167 headliners Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, and UFC 168 co-headliners Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

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Video: UFC World Tour in Los Angeles

The UFC announced about two weeks ago that a world tour would ensue to promote UFC 165, UFC 166, UFC 167 and UFC 168.

Today was the first time all eight participants on the tour were all together. The tour stop today was at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The fighters that were there today were: UFC 165 headliners Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 166 headliners Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, UFC 167 headliners Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, UFC 168 co-headliners Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and UFc President Dana White.

The video above is the full video of today’s UFC World Tour press conference.

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Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Fight Estimated To Do 550,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

For the prediction that UFC President Dana White made about UFC 162 trending to about 800,000 buys was a little bit off.

According to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com, UFC 162 featuring Chris Weidman knocking off Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship did about 550,000 buys on pay-per view.

The promotion based around the fight was that fighters were picking Weidman to knock off Silva and it seems like it was a success for the organization.

The number of buys for UFC 162 would be right around the projection of UFC 159 when Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen to make the second highest number of buys in 2013. The highest number of buys would be 950,000 buys for UFC 158 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Nick Diaz.

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“UFC World Tour” Is Official

In the UFC we have seen press tours for the event headliners in that the main event will travel to the city to drum up interest for the card. Now the organization has expanded beyond that idea.

The UFC officially announced late yesterday that they will be doing a “UFC World Tour”, where they will be taking the headliners from UFC 165, UFC 166, UFC 167, UFC 168 around the world spanning five countries in five days.

The organization announced in the press release that the fighters on the tour will feature UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos; UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson; UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks; UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.

UFC 165 will be taking place on September 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Gustafsson. UFC 166 will be taking place on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston with the trilogy fight of Velasquez defending his heavyweight title against Dos Santos. UFC 167 will be taking place on November 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with St-Pierre defending his welterweight title against Hendricks. UFC 168 will be taking place on December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with Rousey defending her women’s bantamweight title against Tate in the co-main event. The headliners of the card will be Chris Weidman defending his middleweight title against Anderson Silva, but neither guy will be apart of the tour.

The tour will feature cities where the cards will be taking place, where some of the fighters reside and major cities around the world.

Here is the information for the UFC World Tour:

July 30 – Los Angeles, California –Club Nokia at Nokia Live, 11 AM PT: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC® welterweight champion George St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

July 31 – New York, New York –Beacon Theatre, 1 PM ET: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Montreal, Canada – Complexe Desjardins, 12:30 PM ET: UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright hosts a press conference with UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Houston, Texas –Toyota Center, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Free and open to the public.

August 1 – Stockholm, Sweden: Press tour with UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Dallas, Texas – Cowboys Stadium, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews on the field UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public.

August 2 – Chicago, Illinois: Press tour with UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

August 2 – London, England: Press tour with UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – HSBC Arena, 3 PM BRT: UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to participate in joint Q & A session prior to weigh-ins for UFC 163. Free and open to the public.

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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter.

It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined a fan vote.

Mayweather fought only once in the one year time frame as he was in prison for three months. The pay-per-view king of combat sports returned in May and dominated Robert Guerrero in winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather returns on September 14 as he will be facing off with Alvarez, which has a chance of setting the most buys ever on pay-per-view, which is a record Mayweather holds with over 2.4 million buys in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

This was Mayweather’s fifth time he has won an ESPY for best fighter as he also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Jones and Silva have been nominated three times for the award.

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Video: UFC 165 Jones vs Gustafsson Introductory Press Conference Starting at Noon ET

The UFC officially announced yesterday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be defending his championship against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

That event takes place on Saturday, September 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Both main event participants and UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright will be at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto to officially announce the event.

Watch the video below starting at Noon ET when the press conference will begin.

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