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What does it take to make a UFC champion? Some say it takes full time dedication with no distractions and no other mission.But TUF 8 alum Phillipe Nover, a full time cardiac cath nurse in one of Brooklyn, New York’s busiest hospitals, thinks the current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic – a full time EMT for Cleveland’s Bravest – has put an end to that notion while also inspiring “The Filipino Assassin” in the next, and perhaps biggest, fight of his career.Nover will take on former bantamweight champion Renan Barao in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs Lans … Read the Full Article Here

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The UFC’s busy schedule rolls on tonight when the octagon travels to Hidalgo, Texas, for the first time for UFC Fight Night 94 at State Farm Arena.

A lightweight matchup headlines the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Dustin Poirier (20-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC), No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, looks to stay unbeaten since moving back up to 155 pounds when he takes on No. 12-ranked Michael Johnson (16-10 MMA, 8-6 UFC).

Several other well-booked matchups round out the card, but none more important than the main event. For more information on the UFC’s debut in Hidalgo, check out 38 pre-fight facts about UFC Fight Night 94.

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Main event

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Dustin Poirier

Poirier is 4-0 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in April 2015.

Poirier’s four-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the division behind Tony Ferguson (eight), Khabib Nurmagomedov (six) and Francisco Trinaldo (six).

Poirier has earned all three of his stoppage victories since returning to the lightweight division by first-round knockout.

Poirier has earned eight of his 12 UFC victories by stoppage.

Poirier’s eight stoppage victories in UFC competition since 2011 are tied for second most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (12).

Poirier is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn two or more submission victories by D’Arce choke. Ferguson also accomplished the feat.

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Michael Johnson

Johnson enters the event on the third two-fight losing skid of his career. He’s never dropped three consecutive bouts.

Johnson has earned all of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Johnson’s eight knockdowns landed in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (13).

Co-main event

Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson’s (15-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Yoel Romero (seven).

Brunson is 6-1 in his past seven fights after a 2-3 stretch from 2012-2014.

Brunson’s three-fight knockout streak in UFC competition is third longest among active UFC fighters behind Stipe Miocic (four) and Mairbek Taisumov (four).

Brunson’s three-fight first-round knockout streak is tied with Miocic and Cody Garbrandt for the longest among active UFC fighters.

Brunson’s three-fight first-round knockout streak is tied for third longest in UFC history behind Don Frye (five) and Shane Carwin (four).

Brunson is one of five fighters in modern UFC history to register both a knockout and submission victory in less than one minute each. Ronda Rousey, Joe Lauzon, Tom Lawlor and Andrei Arlovski also accomplished the feat.

Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has earned four of his five UFC victories by stoppage.

Hall is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. Bantamweight Renan Barao also accomplished the feat.

Hall has suffered all four of his UFC losses by decision.

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Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) enters the event on his first three-fight winning streak since 2010.

Dunham has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by decision.

Dunham is the only lightweight in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in three separate bouts. He’s one of 11 fighters overall in company history to accomplish the feat.

Dunham holds the UFC lightweight record for significant strikes landed (1,016) and total strikes landed (1,304).

Dunham lands 5.37 significant strikes landed per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the second highest output rate in divisional history behind T.J. Grant (6.83).

Dunham’s strike differential rate of +2.03 in UFC lightweight competition is second best in divisional history behind Grant (+2.19).

Rick Glenn (18-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) enters the event with just one loss in his past 17 fights.

Roan Carneiro

Roan Carneiro

Roan Carneiro (20-10 MMA, 3-4 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Carneiro is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2015.

Carneiro returns to the UFC welterweight division for the first time since September 2008.

Carneiro absorbs just 1.25 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the third lowest rate in divisional history behind Pete Spratt (1.04) and Colby Covington (1.09).

Kenny Robertson (15-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the only fighter in UFC history to earn a submission victory by Suloev stretch. He accomplished the feat against Brock Jardine at UFC 157.

Robertson lands 53.2 percent of his significant strikes in UFC welterweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Matt Brown (53.9 percent).

Islam Makhachev (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the vent.

March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Darren Elkins is declared the winner against Chas Skelly during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chas Skelly

Chas Skelly’s (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) two UFC victories in a 14-day stretch between UFC Fight Night 49 and UFC Fight Night 50 stand as the shortest period between wins in modern UFC history.

Skelly attempted seven submissions against Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 50, the most in a UFC featherweight bout.

Skelly attempts 2.8 submissions per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Preliminary card

Sam Sicilia (15-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) is 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearances.

Augusto Montano (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since June 13, 2015. The 462-day layoff is the longest of his nearly eight-year career.

Joey Gomez (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has earned all six of his career victories by first-round knockout in a total fight time of 12:11.

For more on UFC Fight Night 94, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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The game plan was simple for Belal Muhammad in his UFC debut against Alan Jouban on July 7: Take his opponent down and keep him there for 15 minutes. Then Muhammad stepped into the Octagon for the first time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.“Once you get into the cage and you see all the fans, it makes you want to put on a show,” Muhammad said. He did. Unfortunately, in the first round, Muhammad’s role was as the B-side on Jouban’s highlight reel, as he was knocked down twice and nearly finished. But then a funny thing happened. Muhammad didn’t go away. … Read the Full Article Here

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With a trio of current and former champions around him at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, Adam Antolin was likely given his marching orders for season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter without Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold even saying a word. If you’re representing AKA, you better come home a winner.

 
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“There’s definitely an expectation to do well,” Antolin said. “They have that for me and I have that for myself, and I have to rep this gym on the level that they expect. There are champions over there, we fight … Read the Full Article Here

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Bellator 160: “Henderson vs. Pitbull” takes place this Friday night (Aug. 26, 2016) inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring a No. 1 Lightweight contender eliminator between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound champion Benson Henderson against former Bellator Featherweight kingpin Patricio Freire in the Spike TV-televised main event of the evening.

Henderson and Freire will not be the only 155-pound fighters competing for Lightweight supremacy — Saad Awad and Derek Anderson will also lock horns, each looking to put together back-to-back win streaks. Awad is an interesting case because he lost his last fight in the weight class to Patricio’s older brother, Patricky Freire, at Bellator 141. Most recently, he did take a short notice fight at Welterweight, scoring a  technical knockout of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 154.

Anderson should be a good challenge for Awad in his return to the division. He’s 3-2 over his last five fights and would actually be 4-1 over that span were it not for a close split decision loss to Brent Primus. In a recent interview with MMAmania.com, Awad explained his confidence going into a what is essentially a hometown bout as he looks to once again assert his position in Bellator’s most competitive division.

“I’m sure you know fighters always say that it’s the best camp I’ve had, but I can honestly say that this one has been really good. I’m really confident going into this fight.”

As far as confidence goes, there’s one Bellator fighter who Anderson holds wins over and Awad does not. Indeed, Anderson has beaten Patricky Freire twice. Does this affect Awad’s mindset going into a key Lightweight fight?

“If you want to look at that and do the MMA math, a win over Derek gives me a win back over Patricky. It’s going to be a nice little circle after I beat him, because that means I beat him, he lost to him, and he beat him — so it’s a little threesome that we have going on.”

Awad is joking around a bit and this comes across clearly in the audio, but what’s also clear is that the fight itself is no joke. When it comes to straight up punching power (eight knockouts versus five) Awad believes he’s got the edge.

“I always look at fighters and believe I hit harder than a lot of them. A lot of guys with his style that like to stand right in front of you, they usually pride themselves on being able to take punches. He obviously can because he took some pretty hard ones from Patricky, but I’m happy with that. That means he’s going to stand in front of me and take punches just so he can deliver ’em. I think he’s going to have a really short night if he does do that.”

There were no shortage of hard punches thrown in Awad’s fight with Santos. In fact, much like the viewers at home, Awad was a bit perplexed as to why referee Jason Herzog didn’t stop the bout sooner.

“I stopped about two or three times in mid-punch and looked at Herzog like, ‘What else do you want me to do?’ I understand (though) sometimes referees stop fights early, they get criticized, they stop ’em late they get criticized. I didn’t knock him out cold so he couldn’t jump in there and just stop it. He’s really a ‘Cyborg.’ I was hitting him so many times that I’d hit him and see his eyes go out, and I’d hit him again and he’d wake up and try to pull on my leg.”

The only thing that Awad could do to convince Herzog that Santos wasn’t intelligently defending himself was to bust out the elbows and bust him open. And since his left hand was already hurting, he had motivation to try it anyway.

“That was one of the reasons, but (also) I fractured my left hand. As I was hitting him, I was trying to hit him with my left and then I hurt it so I was hitting him with my right. I was afraid that I was going to keep hitting him with my right and lose my balance — then somebody yelled, ‘ELBOWS!’ and I was like, ‘Oh yeah!!’ He got cut from the first elbow I threw, so I was like, ‘Oh I better keep this up because at least that’s gonna stop the fight.'”

The left hand is something of a chronic injury, but as Awad tells the story, even his doctors are mystified by what he does to it and how his body recovers from it.

“I broke my left hand when I fought Patricky. I broke it in the first round, I had surgery (and) they put a plate on it. This time I got a x-ray right after because it was hurting and they said, ‘It looks like you broke it, but the plate is holding it together so there’s nothing we can do about it.’ I got a second opinion from my original doctor and she said, ‘Let’s wait two weeks and take another x-ray.’ I went and did another and she said, ‘I’ve been doing surgeries for 15-20 years and I’ve never in my life seen somebody break a bone that has a metal plate on it. You bent the plate in your hand and you broke the bone, but it’s already healed up — it was a clean crack right in the middle.'”

Awad’s not worried about using his left in the fight with Anderson, though. His goal this weekend is to hit him hard and often and worry about getting another x-ray if he has to later.

“I go into every fight with a positive mindset. If anything, my hands are stronger, that’s how I look at it, and if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen. You know if I’m gonna break my toe, I’m gonna break my toe. I just put it in my mindset that my hands are stronger, I have metal in them, and that I’m gonna go out there and throw the way I know how to throw and pray to God I come out with the win and no injuries.”

Perhaps “Wolverine” is a more appropriate nickname than “Assassin” for Awad, especially if the steel in his hand is able to “Barbaric” Derek Anderson down for an early — and violent — nap.

Complete audio of our interview is below and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.

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The UFC makes its second of three stops in Canada this year on Saturday when UFC on FOX 21 takes place at Rogers Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A matchup of welterweight contenders headlines the FOX-televised main card following prelims on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass. Demian Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) and Carlos Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) continue their pursuits of the 170-pound title and new champ Tyron Woodley when they face off in a five-round bout.

Although the card isn’t the most stacked of lineups, four strong matchups close the bill. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s fourth trip to Vancouver, check below for 50 pre-fight facts about UFC on FOX 21.

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Main event

Demian Maia

Demian Maia

Maia is 8-2 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia’s five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Stephen Thompson (seven).

Maia’s 17 victories in UFC competition are fifth most in history behind Georges St-Pierre (19), Michael Bisping (19), Matt Hughes (18) and Donald Cerrone (18).

Maia’s eight submission victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in history behind Royce Gracie (10) and Nate Diaz (nine).

Maia is 17-2 in UFC bouts in which he lands at least one takedown. He’s completed at least one takedown against 19 of his 23 UFC opponents.

Maia’s 55 takedowns landed in UFC competition are eighth most in history.

Maia completed just two of 22 takedown attempts in his unanimous-decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170. Those 22 takedown attempts were the most ever in a single UFC welterweight bout.

Maia has absorbed just 12 total significant strikes in his past three UFC appearances.

Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit

Condit has alternated wins and losses over his past five UFC appearances. He was defeated in his most recent bout.

Condit has earned 28 of his 30 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned five of his seven UFC victories by knockout.

Condit’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC welterweight competition are the third most in combined divisional history behind Hughes (11) and Matt Brown (11).

Condit’s 176 significant strikes landed against Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 marked the second most in UFC title-fight history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s 220 at UFC 193.

Condit is one of three welterweights in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in three separate bouts. St-Pierre and Chris Lytle have also accomplished the feat.

Condit is one of 17 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a flying knee. He accomplished the feat against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.

Condit has been taken down at least once in 14 of his 17 UFC/WEC appearances. He’s given up a total of 51 takedowns in that stretch. He’s 2-1 in UFC fights in which he hasn’t given up a takedown.

Condit has received 10 fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC welterweight bouts, tied with Lytle for most in combined divisional history.

Co-main event

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis (18-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) enters the event on a career-worst three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2014.

Pettis makes his UFC featherweight debut after competing his entire career at lightweight and winning UFC and WEC championships in the weight class.

Pettis is the only fighter in UFC history to win consecutive UFC lightweight title fights by submission.

Pettis’ three knockout victories in UFC/WEC competition stemming from a kick to the head or body are tied for fourth most in combined promotional history behind Cerrone (five), Vitor Belfort (four) and Edson Barboza (four).

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira (21-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 7-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in January 2012.

Oliveira has earned eight of his nine UFC victories by submission.

Oliveira’s eight submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Maia and Frank Mir for third most in company history behind Gracie (10) and Diaz (nine).

Oliveira’s six submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Oliveira’s six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for most in divisional history behind Conor McGregor (six) and Max Holloway (six).

Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to start his career by winning with six different submission techniques. Ken Shamrock also accomplished the feat.

Oliveira is the only fighter in UFC history to earn a calf-slicer submission victory. He accomplished the feat against Eric Wisely at UFC on FOX 2.

Oliveira lands 52.2 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Jimy Hettes (57.3 percent).

Oliveira has earned nine fight-night bonuses in his UFC career. His six fight-night bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are tied with McGregor for most in divisional history.

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Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 10, 2015. The 261-day layoff is the longest of her more than four-year career.

VanZant makes her fifth UFC strawweight appearance, tied for second most in divisional history behind champion Jedrzejczyk (six).

VanZant earned the first stoppage victory in UFC strawweight history with her knockout of Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 57.

Bec Rawlings’ (7-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in women’s strawweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Jedrzejczyk (six) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (three).

Jim Miller

Jim Miller

Jim Miller (26-8 MMA, 15-7 UFC) competes in his 24th UFC lightweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Gleison Tibau (26)

Miller’s 15 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Tibau (16).

Miller’s nine stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12).

Miller’s six submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lauzon (seven) and Diaz (seven).

Miller’s 35 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon (26-11 MMA, 13-8 UFC) competes in his 22nd UFC lightweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history.

Lauzon has earned 25 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. He’s recorded 18 of those finishes by submission.

Lauzon’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s seven submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Diaz for the most in divisional history.

Lauzon’s 26 submission attempts in UFC competition are third most in company history behind Miller (35) and Lytle (31).

Lauzon has been awarded 14 fight-night bonuses during his UFC career, the second most in company history behind Diaz (15). UFC/WEC vet Cerrone holds the all-time combined promotional record with 18 total bonuses.

Lauzon and Miller’s 46 combined UFC appearances are a single-fight record for most total bouts between two opponents in a matchup.

Preliminary card

Sam Alvey

Sam Alvey

Sam Alvey (27-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) makes his third UFC appearance in a 70-day span. He also competed at UFC Fight Night 91 in July and UFC Fight Night 89 in June.

Alvey has earned all four of his UFC victories by first-round stoppage.

Alvey’s four stoppage victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most behind Luke Rockhold (five).

Kevin Casey’s (9-4-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) two no-contest results in UFC competition are tied with Thiago Silva and Matt Riddle for the most in company history.

Chad Laprise (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Adam Hunter (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all eight of his career victories by stoppage. He’s earned all but one of those finishes in the first round.

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Jon Jones dropped a bit of a bombshell on his Instagram recently when he said he expects to be back in the cage “really soon.”

That came as a surprise, given he’s awaiting a potential suspension for an anti-doping violation that took him out of the UFC 200 card in July. But now there may be something else to support his claim.

Today on “The Jim Rome Show,” UFC President Dana White told the host that Jones’ claim to “have found out lots of really good news, and I am expecting to be back in the octagon really soon” might be spot on.

Dana White

Dana White

“It’s coming back now that it looks like he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took,” White said on the radio show. “We’ll see how this thing plays out. I don’t even know if this is public. I don’t even know if I can talk about it,” White said. “Normally, I’ll talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can’t do it. But it’s looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug that everybody thought he took. It looks like it’s something else.

“I’ll let this thing play out and if that’s true and that’s what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say happened, it could look good for Jon Jones.”

White told Rome that even if Jones is cleared, though, it won’t be a matter of him getting a “bum rap.”

“He definitely didn’t get a bum rap, but the substance that he was (alleged to be) on was a pill that you take when you’re coming down off of steroids,” White said. “But this thing is apparently in other things. Jon took something else. Where he doesn’t come off clean is, you have to tell USADA everything you put in your body leading up to the fight – and he did not. Absolutely (every athlete is responsible for what they put in their body).”

UFC interim light heavyweight champ Jones is No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, and he’s No. 2 pound-for-pound behind flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

After a history of out-of-the-cage troubles prompted UFC officials to strip him of the division’s primary belt, Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) defeated Ovince Saint Preux in April to set up a title-unification bout with reigning champ Daniel Cormier (17-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC). However, just three days before the event, USADA, the UFC’s drug-testing partner, notified Jones of a potential anti-doping violation – due to the anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and letrozole – and “Bones” was pulled from the card.

Jones is currently under temporary suspension from USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

But in a private Instagram video, that he doesn’t expect a full two-year ban (video via Twitter):

“I’ve been doing really good – been training, spending time with family, attacking some of these legal issues that I’ve gotten myself into,” Jones said. “(I’m) really trying to just leave that all behind once and for all. I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation. Obviously I can’t get into it because it’s still pending, but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news, and I am expecting to be back in the octagon really soon.”

Neither USADA nor the NSAC have had any recent updates on Jones’ situation, though other fighters have received shortened suspensions when arguing their failed tests were the result of tainted supplements.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has had quite the tumultuous relationship with interim Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, which appeared to finally hit a tipping point when “Bones” was removed from UFC 200 during fight week when United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) flagged a drug test for a potential violation.

In fact, White was so furious with the mercurial mixed martial arts (MMA) star that he refused to talk to him after his latest transgression even though Jones pleaded his innocence in a tear-soaked press conference. It didn’t get any better when his B-sample confirmed the original finding, but that is often the rule rather than the exception in cases like these.

Over the weekend, however, Jones expressed optimism that he could return to the Octagon sooner rather than later despite facing a two-year suspension from the sport (watch his video message here). He hinted that perhaps he had possibly discovered the substance that triggered the positive result, which was first revealed as an anti-estrogen substance that is often used when coming off a cycle of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

That might not be the case, according to White, who today carefully confirmed that there could be a possible explanation for the positive test that is not PED-related.

“It looks like Jon Jones did not take the supplement everyone thought he took,” Jones just revealed to Jim Rome on CBS Sports radio. “It’s in other things,” he explained.

Because it is a “medical issue,” White did not offer much more context, preferring instead to let the legal process take its course, during which time Jones and his team will have the opportunity to share their findings. Jones is not yet on the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) agenda, but that could change very soon now that his situation has seemingly improved.

Regardless of what happens next, Jones and the rest of UFC’s roster are responsible for what they put on their bodies — there is no getting around that. But, perhaps, he will be allowed to return to action sooner than later if he presents a compelling case when the time arrives.

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Yabba Dabba Doo… drugs?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping recently announced his Dan Henderson rematch for the five-round headliner of the upcoming UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) event, set for Sat., Oct. 8, 2016 in Manchester, England.

More on that showdown here.

But now that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been banned from mixed martial arts (MMA), Bisping expects Henderson to find new and creative ways to cheat, flat out telling his SiriusXM Rush listeners (via MMA Fighting) that “Hendo” will be juicing.

Pretty sure he doesn’t mean green smoothies, either.

“I think he’s gonna juice because if he gets popped, he’s just gonna get suspended. That is no consequence to him and people will remember that he retired as champion even though it would be a No Contest. If he was to get the win, he could still retire saying, ‘I just beat the world champion.’ I’m gonna make sure this guy is thoroughly tested and if he was to test positive, then the fight would be off. So that is the only deterrent I think. Because he’s gonna earn a lot of money for this fight and if he wants to collect on that paycheck, he’s got to make it to the octagon. So he’s playing with fire but we’ve seen it time and time again, people do play with fire even though they know USADA might turn up…People do make these stupid fucking mistakes. Dan Henderson being a weird version of bloody Fred Flintstone – that’s what I’m gonna nickname him, he looks like Fred Flintstone – he will probably make that mistake.”

Barney! My Pebbles needles!

Henderson nearly killed Bisping at the UFC 100 event back in 2009. That said, this was long before United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was on the scene and making life miserable for those athletes who needed a little extra pep in their step.

“Hando” was also seven years younger.

The former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion turns 46 later this month and is expected to retire — win or lose — after his clash with “The Count” in Manchester. Let’s just hope Henderson can stay healthy between now and then but if not, we already have someone on standby.

See you in October.

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Tyron Woodley finally reached the pinnacle of the mixed martial arts (MMA) mountain after knocking out Robbie Lawler in the very first round last night (Sat., July 30, 2016) at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia to claim the Ultimate FIghting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title.

Shortly after the biggest win of his career, Woodley spoke to the UFC on FOX Sports crew and reflected on his monumental achievement. Plus, he also looked forward to his next challenges, which could include big fights against Nick Diaz and former division champion, Georges St-Pierre.

Sorry, Stephen Thompson.

Furthermore, Woodley spoke about the pressure he felt about going to work back on the FOX desk without the belt, as he would be expecting some friendly ridicule from his colleagues and fellow champions, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz.

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