The UFC sets up shop in Moscow on Russia on Saturday for what should be an interesting fight card, but it’s the shows down the road which are commanding the headlines. So without further ado, then, let’s get into another edition of Fightweets.
It’s now been over a year since it was revealed that Jon Jones tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in his light heavyweight championship rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, but there’s still been no word on a final verdict from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Jones, the former light heavyweight champion, was stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. His win over Cormier was overturned to a No Contest (NC) and ‘DC’ was reinstated as the official champ.
Sage Northcutt is one of the more polarizing fighters currently in the UFC. The clean-cut 22-year-old was brought into the organization three years ago as a top prospect and quickly gained a following along with a fairly lucrative contract for a fighter with little UFC experience. He has been beaten a couple of times when he elected to fight at welterweight, but has been quite effective at 155 pounds thus far.
Conor McGregor is back on stage next week in New York... but fans aren’t invited.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that there while there would be no World Tour for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor, we would see a couple of press conferences for the UFC 229 mega-fight. As of Wednesday, the first presser has been finalized.
Jon Jones gives a detailed analysis of the UFC 229 superfight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Despite being on the shelf with no return date on the horizon, few fighters command attention like Jon Jones. The controversial former light heavyweight champion has always shown a willingness to speak his mind, and usually offers very insightful analysis about fighters and fights. And in a recent interview with a Russian outlet, he did exactly that in regards to the UFC 229 superfight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nicco Montano issues a lengthy statement regarding her health condition that led to the stripping of her title.
It has been a rough few days for Nicco Montano, to say the least. Not only was she forced out of her scheduled fight against Valentina Shevchenko due to a major health scare, it also cost her the UFC women’s flyweight title.
Jon Jones goes in-depth on the Bellator heavyweight grand prix fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones hasn’t done a ton of interviews lately, but he recently did a very interesting one with Russian outlet Allow Me To Interrupt. In it, he gives his thoughts on Daniel Cormier, Francis Ngannou, and a host of others. But he saved his best analysis for the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen.
Just two days before UFC 228 rolls into Dallas, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is ready for the challenge of Darren Till. In an interview with MMA Fighting, the champ was asked about how he is preparing for a more well-rounded fighter in Till as opposed to striking specialists like Stephen Thompson or grappling-heavy fighters like Demian Maia.
In what is up there in the most bizarre of call-outs, Sage Northcutt has challenged the YouTube superstar Logan Paul to a fight inside the Octagon.
Paul, who was an accomplished high school wrestler, recently fought to a majority draw in a white-collar amateur boxing match against fellow YouTube star, KSI. The event, which streamed live on YouTube as a PPV costing viewers just short of $10, was thought to be one of the biggest boxing PPV’s of the year, with the event reportedly pulling in at least 784,000 viewers.