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They might be at different weight classes but some fans are interested in seeing a fight between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Michael Bisping.

The question was put to “The Count” recently on Twitter. Would he fight the former PRIDE and UFC champion if it were held at a catchweight?

His response was no less than expected:


Bisping might be referring to Jackson’s UFC return in April, in which the fighter competed nine pounds over the 205-pound weight limit against Fabio Maldonado. The weight issue wasn’t a problem, however, as Jackson wasn’t even expected to fight on the card due to a court injunction that initially sided with Bellator MMA.

When the injunction was lifted just four days before UFC 186 it was agreed that the timeframe was too short for Jackson to make a healthy weight cut.

A veteran of 47 mixed martial arts matches, the 37-year-old never experienced weight problems until coming five pounds over the limit at UFC 144 against Ryan Bader. He also missed the mark at Bellator 108 against Joey Beltran.

Jackson has more than weight to worry about these days anyway. That Bellator injunction continues to loom large over the career of the aging veteran, something that has him contemplating retirement.

As for Bisping, he’s likely just a little miffed that Rampage called him a “fuckin’ traitor” on Twitch and promised to knock out the Brit for giving a statement against him in the lawsuit. The middleweight is also currently sidelined due to an injury that forced him from UFC 193 in Australia.

If they did fight (at catchweight or otherwise) who would you pick to win? The technical striking of Bisping or the powerful right hand of Rampage?

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LOS ANGELES – UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian is joined by co-host Daniel Cormier to talk about his fight at UFC 192. Florian also interviews Sage Northcutt. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Daniel Cormier’s fighting style at UFC 192: “I was surprised he took the harder path to victory. Intuitively he felt he could strike with Gustafsson. I don’t think he needed to do that. He should have hit more takedowns. His corner was asking for them. I don’t know what it was – if he got too emotional or just wanted to prove a point.”

Daniel Cormier on not wrestling Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192: “It was a part of the plan to wrestle him and my coaches were going crazy for me to get a takedown. But after a while you settle into a fight. I like to fight. Once I saw blood, I had a fight. I said I wanted to win a standup fight against him and people laughed at me. I wanted to prove that I could do it.”

Cormier on getting hurt by the knee in the third: “I got hit with that knee and it hurt, but it was the left hook that followed that put me down. I was cruising into the third before that. That was the most I’ve been hurt in my career.”

Cormier on his opinion of Gustafsson after the fight: “I think he’s an A-plus fighter and a really good guy. I treated him with respect. He’s one of the best in the world. Even though he didn’t win, he’s a champion inside the Octagon.”

Cormier on if he will fight Jones or Bader next: “Ryan Bader did really stick it to us by beating Rashad. He changed the game. He has by far earned the title shot. But Jones is going to get it if he comes back. Jon and I did big business in January and we’ll do bigger business next time. This is the biggest fight the UFC can do. The UFC is a business. Ryan, I apologize to you. I think you might have to fight again. He understands and see’s what’s going on in this business.”

Florian on what’s next for Cormier: “I expect Jon Jones to be back. That’s the fight you’ve got to make. There will be a lot of bad blood heading into rematch. Cormier showed he’s a better fighter than the first time. He’s in much better shape. But Jon Jones wants his belt back.”

Florian on what’s changed with Ryan Bader: “He’s a smart fighter. He’s really turned a corner mentally. He’s putting together a great MMA package, mixing in strikes with takedowns. It was a very good performance against the former champ Rashad.”

Florian on Rashad Evans’ performance and what’s next: “This isn’t new territory for him. We’ve seen him gun shy before. For him, it might be important to go to a new camp. It doesn’t seem to be working right now. Maybe he needs a sports psychologist. I wanted to see a newer version of Rashad. Maybe he should take on OSP next or maybe it’s time for him to retire. When I don’t see a fighter improve technically and mentally, maybe they should start to think about hanging it up.”

Sage Northcutt on if he got nervous going into his first UFC fight: “Believe it or not, I felt really calm. I’ve visualized it a thousand times: walking in and standing in front of the crowd and my opponent. There were some butterflies in my stomach, but not too much. Once the fight starts, you’re ready.”

Northcutt on if he’ll stay in college or train more: “Last semester, I was taking classes full time and I didn’t have enough time to train MMA. This semester, I took off some of my classes and this was the first fight I truly got to train for. I might take a little time off from school to train. I’d be a totally different animal if I trained full time.”

Northcutt on his goals: “When I was nine years old, I was on the cover of Sport Karate magazine. Then I said that I’d fight in the UFC. Now I’ve done that and I believe I can win the title belt. That’s my new goal.”

Henry Cejudo on what he’s looking at facing Jussier Formiga: “His ground game and his jiu-jitsu are world class. I’m ready. I have better clinch work, better striking and more power in my hands.”

Cejudo on if he should get the next title shot: “I hate the rankings. There’s only one champion. I believe I’m the next to get the shot. But I won’t do it in Vegas.”

Cejudo on why he doesn’t want to fight in Las Vegas: “Because it’s unjust what they’re doing to Diaz. It’s ridiculous. I can’t allow this guy to be treated that way. I don’t even know him. I’ve been a gold medalist. My life is based on significance and not success now. I’m not trying to start a rally.”

UFC TONIGHT Insider Ariel Helwani on what’s next for Anthony Johnson: “I spoke to his manager Glenn Robinson and they said they want to fight Ryan Bader next. They’re expecting Jon Jones is coming back and Bader makes sense. Bader’s manager still hoping to get the title shot against Cormier. If Jones comes back and gets then shot, then they’ll cross the bridge and figure out what’s next.”

Helwani on Johny Hendricks’ return after the failed weight cut: “I talked to him and he said in the next month he’s going to do a mini cut to 170. If goes well, he’ll stick at welterweight. He wants to see how his body reacts again.”

Helwani on John Dodson’s next move: “His manager has told me that Dodson is moving back up to bantamweight, where he used to be. He knocked out the current bantamweight title holder TJ Dillashaw at that weight. They believe with the new IV ban and no more PEDs, it’ll be better. They want to go on a title run and are moving back up.”


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A couple of strange things happened as I watched Jon Jones’ latest Instagram video.

This was Sunday morning after UFC 192, when I woke up to discover Jones right back to his old tricks again. The 10-second video the former UFC light heavyweight champion posted (and deleted) late Saturday appeared to show him hinting at a comeback to fighting, but only in the vaguest possible terms.

It was timed perfectly to steal the thunder from Daniel Cormier, as the current 205-pound champion had just completed a hard-fought victory over Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 192 main event. In this way—not to mention the video’s bizarre vapidity and apparent lack of self-awareness—it was classic Jones.

“I think I miss it,” the seemingly glassy-eyed fighter says while pulling a variety of goofy faces. “I don’t know.”

We don’t want to read too much into a 10-second video, of course. But since this social media salvo was Jones’ first person-to-person contact with MMA since his bosses told him to go get his head straight, it was jarring to see him carrying on as if nothing had happened.

Just as the short snippet ended—the strange things hit me.

First, if Jones meant to show us he’d learned anything from spending the last five months in legal limbo, stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by the UFC, this was certainly not the way to do it.

Second, I realized when he finally does return to the Octagon, I don’t want to see this same old version of Jones.

I don’t want to watch his tired act all over again. For a man as obviously talented but troubled as Jones, business as usual just won’t cut it if he wants to count me back among his supporters.

And trust me, I supported Jones as long and as loudly as I could—until one too many car wrecks made that support untenable.

When Jones returns to the cage, I want to see a new guy, one fans can trust will pick up where he left off without any further interruptions. A guy who might even come back better than before.

But the guy in this video? That’s the same old guy. That’s the guy who already did everything he could to screw this up. Honestly, I’m no longer very interested in that guy.

Just four days earlier a contrite Jones stood in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtroom asking district judge Charles Brown for another chance after his April hit-and-run accident. Now here he was, shirtless in his kitchen, filming himself with his smartphone as he segued seamlessly back into social media troll mode.

At the moment, we don’t know exactly what is next for the light heavyweight GOAT. The UFC hasn’t yet reinstated him, saying it’ll take the time to thoroughly review his plea deal with prosecutors before it makes a final decision on his employment status.

Add to that uncertainty the fact we never found out exactly what was wrong with Jones in the first place. The police found marijuana in his car after he fled the scene of a wreck that sent a pregnant woman to the hospital, but there was never any hard evidence that he was drunk or on drugs at the time. The accident occurred just before noon on a Sunday.

Three months before the crash, however, we learned he’d tested positive for cocaine in the lead-up to his UFC 182 win over Cormier. That time, we were also told he’d cured himself with a 24-hour stint in rehab.

So you can see how we might already be suspicious of the Jones-gets-his-life-together trope. The idea that the forfeiture of his title and an 18-month probationary sentence would turn him into a new man seemed like a dubious one to begin with.

But we at least thought a guy who had been through so much turmoil would give more thought to crafting his message from here out. We thought Jones would see this as a chance to start fresh, without the baggage of his past and with a new image to go along with the new lifestyle he’ll surely be pitching before his UFC return.  

Then the Instagram video hit and we all thought: Nope, that looks like the same old Jon Jones.

And that made us nervous.

It bears pausing a moment to note how badly we need Jones back in our lives. He is without question the greatest talent our sport has ever seen. He’s so good we named him the front-runner for best ever years ago, preemptively and based largely on the notion no one would ever come along to take it all away from him.

Later, we discovered the person intent on taking it all away was Jones himself.

Even the man’s staunchest critics—there are many, and they’ve been there since long before he actually deserved them—must admit the idea of a light heavyweight division where Cormier vs. Ryan Bader is the best we can do is not an appetizing one at all.

For all his faults, Jones remains the lifeblood of the UFC’s traditional glamour division. We not only need him back in the light heavyweight mix, we need him back in MMA for the long haul.

That means no more screw-ups, legal or otherwise.

Even a person as blindingly myopic as Jones must know he’s down to his last chance. The next time he winds up in a court of law, or fails a drug test, or wraps his Bentley around a telephone pole, or merely brawls with a rival on stage in front of the nickel slots—it’s going to go a lot worse for him.

If and when Jones returns from his company-mandated suspension, we need to feel like we’re starting a whole new chapter, not just re-starting the same cycle all over again.

Because, look: We don’t want to lose this guy. We can’t lose him. And yet the look of the man in that Instagram video made us think he still has no idea how close he came to losing it all.

Or how close he remains to the edge.

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GLORY kickboxing makes its return to “Mile High City” later tonight (Fri., Oct. 9, 2015) at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo., with a pair of middleweight battles and a four-man, one-night “Contender” tournament in the heavyweight division.

Headlining the action is a clash with two of the top middleweights in the division. No. 1-ranked Joe “Stitch ’em Up” Schilling will take on the No. 3-ranked Dutchman Jason Wilnis.

Schilling vs. Artem Levin 3 was the original main event, but an injury to the Russian champion prevented that from happening.

Wilnis, 24, is coming off a hard-fought performance at GLORY 20, in the “Contender” tournament, where he defeated Alex Pereira, before losing in the tournament final to Simon Marcus. Meanwhile, Schilling has lost two fights in a row in Bellator MMA competition. His most recent defeat, a devastating knockout loss to Hisaki Kato. In his last kickboxing bout at GLORY 19, Schilling dominated Robert Thomas en route to a unanimous decision win.

In the night’s co-main event, the No. 4-ranked middleweight Wayne Barrett will square off against GLORY 23 “Contender” tournament winner Dustin Jacoby. Barrett has lost his last two fights to Simon Marcus in the GLORY 20 tournament semifinals, and Wilnis at GLORY 18.

Once again, there will be a one-night, four-man “Contender” tournament. This one will be featured in the heavyweight division. The semifinal match ups are No. 1-ranked Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Mladen Brestovac and Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Ben Edwards.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchups:

Joe Schilling (19-6, 5-2 GLORY) vs. Jason Wilnis (25-5-1, 3-3 GLORY)

It goes without saying that Joe Schilling the kickboxer is greater than Joe Schilling the mixed martial artist, but you have to commend the man for going after a challenge and also for making himself some extra money. Schilling, 31,  looked great against Robert Thomas at GLORY 19, but not so great in his last two Bellator bouts. The vicious Hisaki Kato knockout loss was a shock to us all. “Stitch ’em Up” returns to what he does best after eight months away from it against Wilnis. Like Dave said, he is definitely frustrated that he isn’t fighting Levin for the title, but Wilnis is still a very tough bout. The 24-year old Dutchman is improving with every bout, as evidenced by putting a whooping on Wayne Barrett at GLORY 18 and putting on an excellent performance in the “contender” tournament at GLORY 20 Dubai. Wilnis is young, hungry, talented and has solid technique and power and has already fought some of the very best in the division.

Schilling is still one of the best middleweight kickboxers on the planet, has fought in wars, always rises up in a tough spot and has a level of tenacity that is pretty much unrivaled. This is a very tough spot for Schilling as he is coming off two straight losses albeit not in kickboxing. Meanwhile, Wilnis is playing with house money here. A win would be huge for him, and would really put him on the map, while a loss not too detrimental. I suspect a great battle is headed our way fellas, with Schilling’s forward pressure and aggressive attack clashing with Wilnis quick counters and combinations. This will be a closely contested battle and call me crazy, but I’m picking the youngster in the upset here.

Prediction: Wilnis defeats Schilling via split decision

Wayne Barrett (5-3, 4-3 GLORY) vs. Dustin Jacoby (6-6, 6-6 GLORY)

This is a very compelling matchup in the middleweight division. Barrett needs a win to snap a two-fight losing streak and Jacoby is riding high of his GLORY 23 “Qualifier” tournament victory. Since winning the “Road to GLORY” tournament to earn a contract, Jacoby has taken his lumps in the promotion due to going against seasoned kickboxers with a ton more experience and talent.

He’s never let it get to him and held his own and gained a great deal of experience in his own right. And against lesser talent at GLORY 23 it clearly showed and he shined in both bouts earning two knockout victories. Now, Barrett is a big step up from the Ariel Sepulvedas and Casey Greenes of the world, but it’s a great barometer to see where he stands in the division. His last big middleweight test resulted in a KO loss to Alex Pereira at GLORY 14. On the flip side, Barrett isn’t facing Marcus, or Schilling, but Jacoby won’t be a walk in the park by any means.

The New Yorker needs a win more than ever to stay relevant in the division’s title picture. A win for Jacoby puts him on the map, so to speak, and would be a career accomplishment. Barrett utilizes his unorthodox movement and has great power. Jacoby has power too, and has improved greatly, but he is a touch slower than Barrett and never shies away from a slug fest. That will cost him here. I think Jacoby keeps this interesting and entertaining, but Barrett is due for a win and I suspect he clips Jacoby at some point and puts him down.

Prediction: Barrett defeats Jacoby via RD 2 KO

HW Semifinal: Benjamin Adegbuyi (20-3, 3-1 GLORY) vs. Mladen Bestovac (49-9-1, 1-0 GLORY)

These two have met in the ring before with “Mr. Gentleman” getting the nod via unanimous decision. Brestovac is a southpaw and has good power and can throw a quick high kick for a big guy, which was his method of victory over Wilnis at GLORY 14. The Croatian is a tough fighter and more than capable of giving the Romanian trouble, but I will side with Adegbuyi here. The No. 1-ranked heavyweight is too technical, has one of the best jabs of the division, and knockout power to boot.

Prediction: Adegbuyi defeats Brestovac via RD 1 KO

HW Semifinal: Jahfarr Wilnis (27-5-1, 3-1 GLORY) vs. Ben Edwards (36-10-3, 1-1 GLORY)

This fight will be a shining example of why heavyweight tournaments are fun. Edwards is down for a brawl every time out, and so is Wilnis. The Dutchman is the more skilled kickboxer, but the Aussie has better boxing skills and throws bombs. I suspect this will mostly be a trading punches kind of bout and it has “rock ’em, sock ’em” robots written all over it. Both can end it with one punch, but I’ll side with the Aussie here.

Prediction: Edwards defeats Wilnis via RD 1 KO

Heavyweight tournament final: Adegbuyi vs. Ben Edwards

There are always plenty of factors to weigh in when you get to a tournament final. Fatigue, and damage taken in first fight, are the two biggest variables. Sometimes the better fighter is too banged up or tired to fight at his best. I think both fighters will almost be at their full potential here — at least if my semifinal picks are correct — and the final will end inside the distance also.

Edwards will come fast and furious, but Adegbuyi will be too tall of an order for him. Adegbuyi will sit the Aussie down twice in the second to win the Ramon Dekkers trophy and get his second crack at current GLORY champion, Rico Verhoeven.

Prediction: Adegbuyi defeats Edwards via RD 2 TKO

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