- Mike Russell at Cagewriter11 hrs ago
As MMA news outlets erupted into a collective frenzy Wednesday over Nick Diaz no-showing for an open media workout, their NFL counterparts seemed to come to terms with the fact that Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t in Phoenix this week for a media tour – he’s there to win a Super Bowl.
Like Lynch, what you see is what you get from Diaz. He’s an old-school fighter who has little or no interest in waxing poetic with the press, especially when he's constantly vilified for everything he says or does.
The reality is Diaz doesn’t need to play nice with a room full of media to sell a fight or raise his stock in the sport. He’s a fighter, and a very good one at that. His record and his highlight reel say more than he should ever have to, yet more is always expected from him.
Back in his Strikeforce days, Diaz always showed up when he was told to, even if it meant having to speak with reporters who misquoted or painted him in a negative light. It seems that years of bad press drove Diaz to institute his own press embargo.
He hasn’t said that, but does he really have to?
- Mike Russell at Cagewriter2 days ago
Former WEC champion and UFC veteran Brian Bowles is facing six felony charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, marijuana and methamphetamine possession, and possession of diazepam (valium) with intent to distribute.
Bowles, 34, was arrested on Jan. 15 after Jackson County (Ga.) Sheriffs say they discovered a large quantity of drugs at the former UFC star's home while they were investigating a tip that a woman with an outstanding warrant was at the premises. Although the woman in question was not at the residence, another woman with an outstanding warrant from a probation violation was.
Here’s what happened next, according to the incident report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
- Mike Russell at Cagewriter6 days ago
In the wake of Jon Jones’ Fox Sports interview Monday, in which he denied having a cocaine problem, many questioned the UFC light heavyweight champion's sincerity.
During the 13-minute one-on-one with Fox Sports Live host Charissa Thompson, Jones admitted to using cocaine at a party prior to the Dec. 4 drug test he failed. He also admitted to using cocaine and other recreational drugs in college, but unequivocally denied having a cocaine problem.
"I know I don't [have a problem]," Jones said. "There's no room in my life to be a cocaine addict."
It seems as though every fighter, blogger, pundit, and social media soapboxer who has seen the interview, whether they believe or doubt the honesty of Jones, is a self-proclaimed expert on behavior, body language, and deception.
Rather than pile on with our own hypothesis of what we feel Jones’ demeanor indicated, we instead brought in two actual leading experts in the field to watch and analyze the 13-minute interview below and share their unbiased expert opinion of how genuine Jones really was.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter6 days ago
Mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York state, and the reason is as simple as it is disgusting: politics.
The Culinary Workers Union 226 of Las Vegas has done anything it can to harass UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta because their gaming company, Stations Casinos, is non-union. The union has actively worked against the UFC, which is 90 percent owned by the Fertitta brothers, as retaliation.
The union has lobbied against the legalization of the sport in New York. It has encouraged visitors not to vacation in Las Vegas. It has picketed non-union casinos and harassed its guests. An editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper on Dec. 17 railed against what it called the "union’s reckless and economically harmful political stunts."
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter8 days ago
Two things became immediately clear in the wake of the record ratings for Fox Sports 1 of its UFC Fight Night in Boston telecast on Sunday: One, it doesn't hurt to have constant promotional pushes during an NFL broadcast with 60 million people watching. And two, McGregor is clearly as popular as any athlete in the UFC.
The Nielsen ratings were so good that UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that he believes McGregor's featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo will be the company's biggest pay-per-view of the year.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter11 days ago
Conor McGregor guaranteed himself a featherweight title shot and a nice paycheck Sunday with his performance in a one-sided rout of Dennis Siver at TD Garden in Boston.
But when McGregor did a flying leap over the cage and raced toward champion Jose Aldo, seated ringside, making threats and shouting epithets, the passion for and the significance of the upcoming title fight increased monumentally.
It now stands as one of the most hotly anticipated fights of the year, one that will draw a massive crowd and guarantee each of them a massive payday.
McGregor was an 11-1 favorite over Siver, but it was like he was an 11,000-1 favorite. He was completely composed and in control and ruthlessly broke Siver down and tore him apart.
The end came at 1:54 of the second round, shortly after McGregor landed a straight left that sent Siver staggering backward onto the canvas. McGregor mounted him and quickly finished it, forcing referee Herb Dean to wave it off.
Siver was cut, his face full of welts and bumps and looked as if he was mugged by a gang of thieves.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter12 days ago
The UFC announced Saturday in a brief statement that it has fined light heavyweight champion Jon Jones $25,000 for his failed out-of-competition drug test on Dec. 4. The promotion also announced it had been assured by the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones had passed all of his post-fight drug tests.
Jones defeated Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 in the main event of UFC 182 at the MGM Grand Garden to retain his championship.
Less than 72 hours after the fight, Jones released a statement to Yahoo Sports in which he announced his failed test and that he'd enter a drug treatment facility in New Mexico. However, his mother, Camille, told a Binghamton, N.Y., television station that he stayed only one day in the rehabilitation center.
UFC president Dana White said there is more to that but he didn't want to speak for Jones. He said Jones was going to speak publicly in the near future and would explain his brief stay at the treatment center.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter16 days ago
There are a lot of things which can occur in one day. Being cured of a drug problem isn't one of them. At least it's not for most people, but apparently UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones must be an exception.
According to his mother, Jones' stay in a drug treatment center in New Mexico lasted all of one night. And that makes everything that went down last week after news broke that Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine, seems like nothing more than a publicity stunt and/or an effort at damage control.
Camille Jones told Travis Eldridge of WBNG TV in Binghamton, N.Y., on Monday, that her son would attend the AFC championship game on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., to watch his brothers play. His older brother, Arthur, is a defensive tackle for Colts and his younger brother, Chandler, is a defensive end for the Patriots.
She said she felt being caught would help her middle son kick any problem he may have:
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter17 days ago
LAS VEGAS – When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive in December for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, the Nevada Athletic Commission was powerless to do anything about it. It couldn't pull him out of his title bout at the MGM Grand against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3, nor was it able to fine or suspend him.
The commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list, and benzoylecgonine is a substance not banned out of competition. WADA code defines in-competition as anything from within 12 hours of the event. Since Jones tested positive a month out from his competition, he was able to skirt any punishment and successfully defended his title against Cormier.
But to many, it just felt wrong, and many fans were outraged that Jones seemingly got away with using cocaine.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter23 days ago
LAS VEGAS – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones announced Tuesday that he has entered a drug treatment facility.
The announcement came just days after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier on Saturday in the main event of UFC 182 at the MGM Grand Garden in a five-round decision that left many considering him as the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time.
But in a random drug test given to him on Dec. 4 by the Nevada Athletic Commission, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine.
The Nevada commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code and benzoylecgonine is not banned out-of-competition. As a result, the commission was unable to penalize Jones or prevent him from fighting despite knowing of the positive test.
It conducted a follow-up test later in December that Jones passed. Yahoo Sports was unable to get the exact date of the second test that Jones passed.
Jones released a statement to Yahoo Sports through his attorney acknowledging his problem.
The UFC released the following statement in regards to Jones: