Month: December 2018

9:31 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN Amanda Nunes had just shown herself to be the Baddest Woman on the Planet. But then pure emotion took over. Moments earlier on Saturday night, the 30-year-old Brazilian had stunned the mixed martial arts world by knocking out the unstoppable Cris Cyborg in 51 explosive seconds in Los Angeles. And
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2:48 PM ET LOS ANGELES — After defeating Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Saturday, Jon Jones made a point to say (multiple times) there is no asterisk attached to this result or his renewed status as the UFC’s light heavyweight champion. And when it’s all said and done, maybe he’ll be right. Maybe history
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1:30 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Through it all, Jon Jones has always considered himself to be the UFC’s true light heavyweight champion. Now it’s official again. Jones (23-1, 1 NC) reclaimed his 205-pound title on Saturday in a dominant, third-round finish against Alexander Gustafsson (18-5). The title bout headlined UFC 232 at The Forum
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7:43 PM ET Before UFC 232’s main event between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, a multitude of undercard fights had major implications. Here’s how it all went down. • Uriah Hall defeats Bevon Lewis by knockout It was looking like quite a sharp UFC debut for Bevon Lewis…until it wasn’t. Uriah Hall, who came into
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3:53 PM ET Roy Jones Jr.’s promotional company and the UFC announced a deal on Friday under which UFC’s Fight Pass service will stream Jones’ boxing cards over the next three years. UFC Fight Pass will stream up to 72 Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions events through 2021, according to the announcement. Japan’s Masayuki Ito
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4:30 PM ET Mayara Munhos This isn’t the first time Amanda Nunes is experiencing last-minute changes to her weekend fight plans. The women’s bantamweight champion — along with the 25 other fighters scheduled for Saturday’s UFC 232 — had to shuffle this week when the event was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. A
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8:23 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Questions regarding Jon Jones‘ drug test history dominated a UFC news conference on Thursday. Jones (22-1) is scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) for the light heavyweight title on Saturday at The Forum. At one point in the news conference, which took place inside a hotel ballroom near Los
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12:27 AM ET Jon Jones might be virtually undefeated in the Octagon, but he still knows impossible odds when he sees them. And right now, Jones (22-1) knows any attempt to plead his innocence to the UFC’s fan base will likely fall flat. The former champion is facing steroid accusations from the public after a
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11:02 AM ET The UFC chose a great matchup to co-headline its final pay-per-view of 2018: a female superfight between featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and her bantamweight counterpart Amanda Nunes. Justino (20-1) hasn’t lost since her pro debut in 2005. Nunes (16-4) is on one of the most impressive runs in the history of
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2:43 PM ET UFC welterweight Alex Oliveira “is OK” after suffering leg and foot injuries when he was hit by shrapnel from a grenade explosion during a Christmas Eve altercation near his home outside Rio de Janeiro, his manager confirmed via social media. According to the Brazilian news site Globo, the 30-year-old Oliveira said he
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10:01 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN Jon Jones was just 23 years old when he became light heavyweight champion back in 2011, making him the youngest belt-holder in UFC history. He looked unbeatable, and the sky was the limit, it seemed. But it’s been a bumpy road for “Jonny Bones” ever since, a mixture of breathtaking
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5:32 PM ET Jon Jones, as of Monday afternoon, is subject to drug testing from both the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). According to California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster, Jones, 31, enrolled in the VADA program on Monday. As a UFC athlete, he is still enrolled
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10:33 AM ET Richard Mann Despite some last-minute maneuvering, the UFC still has high hopes for its year-end offering, a card featuring two title fights. In the main event of UFC 232, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones returns against old rival Alexander Gustafsson in a bout for the vacant title. In the co-main event,
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2:13 PM ET The entire sport of mixed martial arts is still spinning today, from the UFC’s decision to move its UFC 232 pay-per-view event from Las Vegas to Los Angeles just six days before fight night. Picking up a major event and moving it from T-Mobile Arena to The Forum on such short notice,
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10:57 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN “I’m at a very healthy place,” Jon Jones insisted to ESPN recently while in the midst of describing life changes he made over the summer during several weeks at a trauma and rehab facility. “Well, I mean, I don’t know, uh, who knows?” “Who knows?” is right. It was an
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