- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
The UFC announced Tuesday that it will dramatically overhaul its Hall of Fame, creating four new categories for inductees and definining criteria for selection. Previously, the members were chosen almost exclusively by UFC president Dana White.
The new categories for inductees are:
• Modern era wing: All fighters who made their pro debut after Nov. 17, 2000, and UFC 28, when the unified rules were first implemented, are eligible for selection in this class.
• Pioneer era wing: This category will honor fighters who debuted prior to UFC 28 or Nov. 17, 2000.
• Contributors wing: This category will honor anyone or any group that has made a significant contribution to the sport beyond fighting. It will consider, for example, referees, judges, trainers, commissioners, announcers and promoters. So, people such as Greg Jackson, the elite trainer at Jackson's MMA; announcer Joe Rogan and/or referee "Big" John McCarthy would be eligible for selection in this category.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 day ago
The future of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been up in the air ever since he was stripped of his title by the UFC after an alleged felony hit-and-run at the end of April.
Jones, who is essentially undefeated (sans a technicality early in his career) is widely regarded as the greatest MMA fighter to ever live. He became the company's youngest champion ever when, at 23, "Bones" decimated MMA legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 in 2011 to earn the title he was later forced to relinquish.
As Jones battles this next challenge in his brief career, questions are abound as to what his role in MMA will be going forward. Given his lengthy history of poor choices, the thought of Jones never fighting again is gaining momentum by the week.
Malki Kawa, Jones' long-time manager and confidant, went on Ariel Helwani's "The MMA Hour" on Monday to discuss his client's future. And in what some might call a shocking revelation, Kawa said Jones may never fight inside an Octagon again.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter6 days ago
Jon Jones has had one of the more up-and-down careers in the history of the mixed martial arts – and that’s saying something for this unpredictable sport.
After being arrested for an alleged hit-and-run in Albuquerque on Sunday, Jones was stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title on Tuesday. To make matters worse for the former champ, it was announced on Wednesday that Jones’ latest sponsor (and UFC apparel partner) Reebok had terminated its contract with the Jackson-Winklejohn product.
And this week's incident wasn't the first time that'd happened.
A DUI in 2012 saw newly-inked sponsor Bud Light drop Jones. Next, cell phone provider MetroPCS and Jones agreed to go their separate ways. Apparel giant Nike had signed Jones to a deal at one point; their relationship didn’t last long though. Apparently Jones’ UFC 178 press conference brawl with Daniel Cormier soured the relationship. Jones also saw a deal with Gatorade fall apart during that time.
Never one to need a prompt, former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen offered up his opinion on his former foe. And get this: Sonnen doesn’t think the UFC did enough in dealing with Jones.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter6 days ago
This weekend’s Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight has the whole sports world coming out of the woodwork with wall-to-wall coverage and plenty of opinions from people you might not even care about.
Yes, David Hasselhoff, we’re talking to you.
As the networks descend upon Sin City, a fighting organization that has made its home here – the Ultimate Fighting Championship – has a roster full of athletes who know a thing or two about fist fighting. And the UFC asked seemingly every single one of them who they thought was going to win the big fight.
Michael Bisping speaks about fighter deterioration, Lyoto Machida talks about his belief in Manny Pacquiao, and Al Iaquinta even offers this up: “He’s waited until the perfect time to get Pacquiao. I think Pacquiao’s slowing down a little bit and his chin is a little suspect.”
Give it a watch, fight fans. May 2 is only days away.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter7 days ago
The latest in a string of disturbing incidents in his personal life cost Jon Jones the UFC light heavyweight championship.
UFC president Dana White announced on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday that the company had stripped Jones of the belt and suspended him indefinitely, only two days after Jones allegedly fled the scene of an auto accident in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jones manager Malki Kawa told Yahoo Sports he is not prepared to comment. He said he expected to release a statement on Jones' behalf in the coming days.
Jones released a statement on Twitter.
Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down.
Daniel Cormier, who lost to Jones in a title fight at UFC 182 in January, will take the fight opposite Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in Jones' place in the main event of UFC 187 at the MGM Grand Garden on May 23. They will fight for the vacant title. The winner will be the full champion and not the interim title-holder.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has been booked into jail on Monday night after Albuquerque police issued an arrest warrant for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Sunday.
UFC fighter Jon Jones has been booked into Bernalillo County MDC without incident.
Witnesses told police that Jones ran from the crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman after grabbing a handful of cash from the car he was in.
Police say the crash happened when the driver of a rented SUV ran a red light. The official police report on the incident identifies Jones as the suspect who fled the scene of the accident on foot. MMA paperwork belonging to Jones was found inside the vehicle, along with an Enterprise rental car agreement in Jones' name.
The report states Jones caused the collision, proceeded to leave the scene, hop a fence and run away. The report also states that marijuana and paraphernalia was found in the car.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter9 days ago
Albuquerque police are seeking to speak with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in relation to a traffic accident in which a woman was transported to a local hospital with injuries.
Details are scarce, but reporter David Kano spoke to Albuquerque Police spokesman Simon Drobik. Drobik told Kano that rumors that drugs were found in Jones' car are false.
"I don't know where the hell that came from," Drobick told Kano.
When reached by Yahoo Sports, Drobick referred to a tweet on the APD's office Twitter account that said the police "CANNOT confirm that Jon Jones was involved in a H&R accident from this morning. The investigation is ongoing."
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter10 days ago
It had been 27 months since UFC fans last saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fighting for the UFC and on Saturday night at UFC 186, the 36-year-old former light heavyweight champion of the world was determined to make up for lost time.
Showing a varied attack, filled with flashes of the old “Rampage” mixed with an updated technical approach, Jackson picked apart opponent Fabio Maldonado en route to a unanimous decision victory in front of the Bell Centre crowd in Montreal.
“I’m baaaack!” Rampage said to UFC announcer Joe Rogan post-fight.
“Hey, you guys don’t know how stressed I was. I wanted to come here and fight in front of the Canadian fans so much.
“[But] I had to fight to get here. I had some haters that were trying to stop my return to the UFC. I thought I was gonna do better by leaving the UFC, but I was wrong. I’m the first to admit I was wrong. UFC is the best organization on the planet – I tested it!”
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter10 days ago
The final nine seconds of the main event of UFC 186 on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal was all that was needed to define the brilliance of Demetrious Johnson.
Johnson had his fight with Kyoji Horiguchi well in hand, and clearly was going to rack up his sixth consecutive successful flyweight title defense in the main event of UFC 186 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Johnson once again showed his amazing all-around ability. He's exceptionally fast, but there isn't one other trait that makes him feared. He's not the hardest hitter. He doesn't have the best submissions. He's not the greatest wrestler.
Not only are there few fighters whose technique is as good as Johnson's, but there are even fewer who improve fight-to-fight the way Johnson does.
And with 10 seconds left Saturday, he had Horiguchi in a crucifix. Johnson could have held him there and would have gone on to take a wide unanimous decision victory. That, though, wasn't good enough for Johnson.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter10 days ago
Michael Bisping came into his UFC 186 fight on Saturday night against CB Dollaway determined to prove that he was more than just a gatekeeper for the UFC's middleweight division.
And after a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Dollaway, the 23-fight UFC veteran may finally be on his way to losing the "longest-tenured fighter to never fight for a championship" label.
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Prior to tonight's fight inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Bisping was just 3-4 in his last seven fights and was coming off a loss to surging UFC contender Luke Rockhold. Consistency has been the name of the game in the 36-year-old's decade-long UFC career and Bisping knows he has more convincing to do if he ever wants to see gold in his future.
"Listen, I know more than anybody I've had my setbacks," said Bisping post-fight, "but trust me, I'm still working. I have the potential [and] believe you me, I'm going nowhere. I want this more than anyone. I will be champion one day.