Will UFC strip Jones’ belt? Santos calls for title bout vs Reyes

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Thiago Santos wants a title fight with Dominick Reyes after Jon Jones’ arrest. Jon Jones should be stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title following his recent arrest, leaving Thiago Santos and Do…

MMA: UFC 239-Jones vs Santos

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Thiago Santos wants a title fight with Dominick Reyes after Jon Jones’ arrest.

Jon Jones should be stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title following his recent arrest, leaving Thiago Santos and Dominick Reyes to fight for the vacant title. At least that’s what “Maretta” wants.

The current light heavyweight champ Jones, 32, was arrested on Thursday morning for a aggravated DWI, negligent use of firearm, and other charges. With the UFC currently “gathering additional information” on the case, Santos has said it’s only fair the promotion strip Jones of his belt, leaving him and Reyes to fight for the vacant title.

“I think UFC’s 205 division needs a new champ, one that’s not forever in trouble,” Santos wrote on Twitter. “I think me and (Dominick) Reyes deserve to fight for that belt!”

Santos (21-7) last fought for the 205-pound title against Jones in July of last year, losing by a close split decision at UFC 239. The Brazilian had won thee straight fights at light heavyweight since moving up from 185-pounds before his recent loss.

Reyes (12-1) is also coming off a narrow split decision loss to Jones. That defeat was the first of his professional career, after winning twelve straight fights before that including a first-round KO of former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

A handful of MMA fighters have since reacted to Jones’ arrest, with the likes of former teammate Diego Sanchez labeling him “the fakest f-ck ever” and flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko actually defending the pound-for-pound number one.

Video! McGregor Releases Official COVID-19 Lockdown Address

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With fighting a current afterthought, former UFC champion Conor McGregor is using his time to help Ireland prepare for the rising cases of COVID-19.
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With fighting a current afterthought, former UFC champion Conor McGregor is using his time to help Ireland prepare for the rising cases of COVID-19.

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, Ireland has unfortunately followed suit. On Friday, Irish leader Leo Varadkar implemented a national lockdown and instructed the country to stay at home for the next two weeks. Much like everybody else, Ireland needed to take extra measures to help “flatten the curve.”

McGregor, who has been very outspoken and helpful in trying to limit Ireland’s exposure to the virus, released an official lockdown address to his Facebook page late Friday night urging the Irish people to self quarantine and stay the course. That video can be seen in the above player.

Despite his past issues outside of the Octagon, McGregor is really stepping up and trying to assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in his home country. It’s an admirable attempt to do his part, but it hasn’t completely stopped “Notorious” from staying in fighting shape. The former UFC champion was seen dropping bombs in his basement just last week.

McGregor, who returned to action this past January to finish Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds, is likely preparing for anything at this point. He may even been used as a late replacement should something go screwy with the undecided UFC 249 event next month. But for now, “Notorious” will be putting himself in lockdown mode like the rest of the fighting Irish.

Midnight Mania! Miocic’s Top Priority Is COVID-19, Not ‘DC’

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It’s easy to forget when watching Stipe Miocic win belts and set records at the highest level of competition, but fighting isn’t his only day job. The UFC Heavyweight kingpin is also an active firefighter-paramedic, which means Miocic is far closer to the front lines than most regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking with Megan Olivi, Miocic explained that he was not confident his highly anticipated trilogy match with Daniel Cormier would be happening due to current circumstances. He explained (transcription via MMAFighting), “That way it’s looking now, it’s looking like summer, but I mean with this going on right now, honestly I’m not really worried about that. I’m worried about firefighting, and the paramedics out there and I got to do what I got to do. That’s my go to now.

There’s so many people out there that need help. Because people that are going to stay at home, and some of them, they’re going to get sick. Unfortunately, I’m putting myself in harm’s way, which I know what I signed up for, I’m OK with that. I just want to make sure I’m OK. When I come home at the end of the day, I want to make sure my family’s OK.”

To further explain his feelings, Miocic took to Twitter and confirmed that he was more concerned with helping in his own community than fighting.

It’s an incredibly admirable sentiment from the champion, even if it’s not one fight fans are likely excited about. Miocic recaptured the crown from Cormier back in August of 2019, which means that even without further delays, it could end up being over a year between title defenses for Miocic.

As a result, there could be talks of an interim title — Francis Ngannou is not going to wait forever — and Cormier could wind up stepping away from the sport before the trilogy concludes. Hopefully, the situation will unravel with a more positive outcome, but these are uncertain times at best.

Insomnia

I score this round 10-9 cat due to Octagon control and aggression.

Between condemnations from medical personnel and these two incidents, this week has not been a stellar week of publicity for UFC.

Edson Barboza is one of those tricky fighters who can make incredible opponents look pedestrian with the right style match up … or get hammered by a far less known foe.

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An inside look at the process behind changing a fighter’s game — it will be interesting to see how Jessica Rose-Clark’s style develops in her next couple fights.

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#CoachesCorner Rebuilding a Fighter from the ground up is a long term process not a short term fix. When @missjessyjess came to CSA the 1st thing I told her was that she was a World Class Athlete with World Champion Potential and ALOT of Bad Habits. I then told her she needed to fight at Bantamweight instead of Flyweight so she could stopping killing herself and to give her body / Metabolism a break from the drastic weight cuts that were zapping her and muting her power. Then we developed a plan to add muscle to her frame, create a solid base, add diversity to her striking arsenal, up her power output to her striking game and purpose to her movement. Since her last fight in Russia, these past 4/5 Months she’s turned a corner, no longer injured, she has done everything I’ve asked of her and more. She is an extremely dedicated student of the game and her strength and body have changed she’s bigger AND leaner then she was at Flyweight, the patented #PowerBelly has been replaced with a 6 Pack and her striking has improved 10 Fold. Next we will address offensive Wrestling improvements to get her back to her Grappling Game with this extra weight and explosiveness. These adjustments and changes need to be done in pieces and pragmatic steps. There is no quick fix or magic bullet. What I can say is that Jessy has bought in to the program and the results are evident!!! Proud of you girl!!! #HeartBreaker #CSAVSTheWorld

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Now THIS is home training! It takes a good bit of practice to hold mitts this well.

Charles Oliveira’s bottom game is so fun to watch.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Ray Sefo put a different level of intensity into this right hand.

An old clip of Benny Urquidez bringing the pain:

Manel Kape is a serious talent, and he locked onto this armbar with serious QUICKNESS!

Random Land

With everyone trapped indoors, Netflix’s fascinatingly bizarre Tiger Kingdom is sweeping the MMA web and regular Internet alike. Watch it!

Midnight Music: I listened to The Beatles’ white album today, which is not my personal favorite Beatles album, but does have at least two possible contenders for my favorite Beatles song.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Video! Rousey Wins Pro Debut Nine Years Ago Today

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Ronda Rousey may currently be fending off the coronavirus spread and subsequent lack of supplies, but the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion started her fight inside of the ca…

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Ronda Rousey may currently be fending off the coronavirus spread and subsequent lack of supplies, but the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion started her fight inside of the cage.

In fact, Rousey’s professional MMA career started on this day (March 27th) exactly nine years ago. It took place under the King of the Cage banner back in 2011 from inside Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California. Rousey was matched up against MMA veteran Ediane Gomes, who brought a 6-1 record into the fight and had only lost to now UFC champion Amanda Nunes.

In typical Rousey fashion she was able to quickly get a hold of Gomes on the ground and set her up for her patented armbar finish. It took Rousey just 25 seconds to get this done and was a clear indication of the dominance to come. The entire fight can be seen below:

Rousey would go on to win her second professional fight over Charmaine Tweet before making her Strikeforce debut in August 2011. It took “Rowdy” just four fights in Strikeforce to claim the women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate, defend it once again Sarah Kaufman, and force UFC’s hand to create a women’s bantamweight division just for her in 2013.

With UFC, Rousey was able to compile a 6-2 record with six-straight title defenses, five first-round finishes (three of which came under 35 seconds), and an undeniable knack for dominating opponents that solidified her as one of the very best fighters of her time. Not to mention the fact that Rousey blazed the trail for women’s MMA and the adoption of female weight classes in UFC. Without her, none of it would have been possible.

Rousey would eventually walk away from UFC after suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes from 2015-2016.

IOC under investigation after boxers test positive for COVID-19

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The International Olympic Committee insisted that the show must go on, and now others are paying for it after several boxing personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. A situation like this …

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The International Olympic Committee insisted that the show must go on, and now others are paying for it after several boxing personnel have tested positive for COVID-19.

A situation like this seemed sadly inevitable, given the circumstances. Just recently the International Olympic Committee was accused of putting athletes and boxing personnel in jeopardy after they returned home from an Olympic boxing tournament in London on March 14, and tested positive for COVID-19.

Croatian officials confirmed that two Turkish boxers, and others at the event tested positive. The list included three boxers – Necat Ekinci, Serhat Guler, and Busenaz Surmeneli – and a head coach, Seyfullah Dumlupinar.

Eyup Gozgec, who is the president of the Turkish Boxing Federation, said they likely contracted the virus in London, and didn’t mince words about his frustrations in a letter to other federations.

“While the whole world was taking extreme measures to deal with the virus, I am baffled that an IOC taskforce and the British government allowed the tournament to start even though many of us had concerns and almost every other sport had shut down,” said Gozgec. “It was irresponsible. And as a result, unfortunately three of our team have now tested positive.”

The event took place well after the NBA, the NHL, and other major sports leagues across the US and abroad had cancelled their seasons. The International Olympic Committee was aware enough to make changes, however futile, before fighters contracted the pathogen, changing two events with spectators to a closed door event. Gozgec went on.

“This virus has been around since December 2019. Therefore, it is inevitable to ask why the European qualification event was not postponed before it even took place? They did not consider anyone’s health, which led them to organize this horrible event.”

It’s the kind of situation that could be a case study for the UFC in how the best prevention is knowing when your freedom as a company could be a potential a liability for others.

An IOC spokesman was quoted as saying, “For understandable reasons we will wait to receive the details from those concerned before making an informed comment.”

The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.

Danis Blasts ‘Bullet’ For Supporting Jones

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Not many people around the sport of MMA showed support for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones after his latest arrest. “Bones” hasn’t been the most perfect person outside of the cage in…

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Not many people around the sport of MMA showed support for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones after his latest arrest. “Bones” hasn’t been the most perfect person outside of the cage in recent years so it was easy for most fighters to throw instant shade at the champ.

That is, of course, unless we’re talking about current UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. Having created a deepened professional relationship with Jones when they each defended their titles at UFC 247 this past February, Shevchenko is looking to give Jones the benefit of the doubt. That may not be the smartest of moves considering Jones’ criminal history, but “Bullet” still took time to recently lend support to the “kind and noble” champion.

Shevchenko now finds herself in the crosshairs after trying to come to Jones’ defense. Out of those who have offered “Bullet” some backlash the always brash Dillon Danis stood out among most. The current Bellator MMA star didn’t pull off one of his full-on personal attacks, but did offer Shevchenko a different point of view on the entire Jones arrest.


“Drunk driving multiple times he isn’t just putting his own life in danger but the life of others maybe you should talk to a young kid who parents have been killed by a drunk driver that were completely innocent and maybe you will rethink a noble man,” wrote Danis via Twitter (the post has since been deleted but can be seen above):

At the end of the day, Danis is right. Whether you like the Conor McGregor running mate or not, there’s no defense for driving drunk in any capacity whatsoever. Shevchenko certainly wasn’t eluding to the idea that there is, but her defense of Jones doesn’t look all that good.

Still, let’s keep the focus on Jones himself. The reigning UFC light heavyweight king was hoping to put his rocky past behind him for a huge return to glory in 2020, but now has to stomach yet another run-in with law enforcement. We’re unsure at this time if this most recent arrest will lead to yet another stripping of Jones’ 205-pound title.

Jones is coming off a recent title defense over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 (highlights HERE), in which “Bones” won a highly-controversial unanimous decision win.

Stick with Mania as further details on Jones’ recent arrest become available.