Former cop: Jones’ five tickets for drag racing was ‘overkill’

Philip Sweeting, a former Deputy Chief police officer in Boca Raton, questions officer Brown’s conduct towards Jon Jones for the alleged drag racing incident last week. On April 5th, Jon Jones will have a chance to clear his name in court ov…

Philip Sweeting, a former Deputy Chief police officer in Boca Raton, questions officer Brown’s conduct towards Jon Jones for the alleged drag racing incident last week.

On April 5th, Jon Jones will have a chance to clear his name in court over the five traffic tickets he was issued by officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department. Jones, who was put on probation after pleading guilty to hit-and-run last year, violated the terms of his probation when he was pulled over for drag racing last week.

The former light heavyweight champion claims he didn’t do it and exploded in an emotional outburst against officer Brown after being handed four more tickets (ordinance against a modified exhaust, illegible licence plate, failure to maintain traffic lane, and exhibition driving). “You’re a f-cking liar,” Jones said to Brown, and lashed out by calling him a “pig”.

Although it’s evidently clear “Bones” collided with another car being driven by a pregnant woman last April, many fans are conflicted with the drag racing incident. Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting recently spoke to Philip Sweeting, a former Deputy Police officer of Boca Raton, Florida and an ‘expert’ on police protocol.

Sweeting says officer Brown escelated the situation with Jones by being sarcastic and claims the five tickets were ‘overkill’.

“Bottom line is the officer should just listen and answer any questions and refrain from any sarcastic comments,” Sweeting said. “A police officer is supposed to try and deescalate a hostile situation, but sarcastic comments typically escalate the situation. Fortunately [Jones] did not react to the sarcasm. I suspect if he had, the situation could have gotten worse in a hurry. It is anybody’s guess if the officer was trying get [Jones] to react so he could arrest him.”

“Although they may have been valid citations, issuing five is overkill,” Sweeting said. “The tag citation is the best example of that. I suspect most tags are covered to some extent by the plate cover. Typically you would just give a warning for that.”

Raimondi also cited how Brown is also being sued by Gary Martinez (per KOB.com), an Albuquerque citizen and former offender who claims he was wrongfully arrested at a traffic stop last year for DWI.

Jon Jones was released from police custody last week and must now attend a course in anger management and driver improvement. The 28-year-old will also complete 60 hours of community service and must receive permission from his probation officer before using his vehicle.

The pound-for-pound #1 will face Ovince Saint Preux for the interim 205-pound title after Daniel Cormier pulled out of the bout with an injury. Jones vs. St. Preux will headline the UFC 197 pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 23rd.

Neil Magny signs new UFC contract extension following win over Hector Lombard

Free agency is so overrated. Neil Magny won’t be hitting the open market anytime soon. That’s because MMA Fighting is reporting that the talented Welterweight inked a four-fight contract extension to remain with Ultimate Fighting Championshi…

Free agency is so overrated.

Neil Magny won’t be hitting the open market anytime soon. That’s because MMA Fighting is reporting that the talented Welterweight inked a four-fight contract extension to remain with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the foreseeable future.

Neil is currently riding a three-fight win streak which includes his most recent victory over Hector Lombard, which occurred at UFC Fight Night 85 two weeks ago.

See it again here.

In fact, the 170-pound star has won 10 of his last 11 bouts inside the Octagon, taking out the likes of Kelvin Gastelum and Erick Silva, just to name a few.

The 28-year old has been quietly building up his resume and climbing up the rankings, with his lone loss coming over the last two years coming at the hands of Demian Maia.

As for what’s next for Neil, that remains to be seen. But, it’s safe to say he’ll get a top five opponent following his latest run. Something that should inch him closer to a much-desired title shot.

Quote: Conor McGregor Will Not Come Back Down To 145 Pounds

In the days following last week’s official announcement that Conor McGregor would rematch Nate Diaz at welterweight in the main event of July 9’s blockbuster UFC 200 card from Las Vegas, the MMA community has continued their backlash at a fight they consider to be unnecessary after Diaz already beat the Irish trash talker who

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In the days following last week’s official announcement that Conor McGregor would rematch Nate Diaz at welterweight in the main event of July 9’s blockbuster UFC 200 card from Las Vegas, the MMA community has continued their backlash at a fight they consider to be unnecessary after Diaz already beat the Irish trash talker who is leaving his featherweight belt on the sidelines once again.

The circumstances we’ll witness at UFC 200 are most definitely a number of strange ones, as Jose Aldo will meet Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title on the same card where the champion will actually be fighting, a scenario that we’ve obviously never seen anything remotely like before.

And a lot of that has to do McGregor’s massive size advantage at featherweight, where he often appears very sucked up and drawn as he struggles to make the division’s 145-pound weight limit. That was a main motivating factor in his move up to lightweight to take on champion Rafael dos Anjos, and he took it a step further when he fought Diaz at welterweight on short notice.

That has left the entire division wondering if he’ll ever venture back down to 145 pounds, and one top-ranked competitor doesn’t believe he will. In a recent talk with MMA Fighting, No. 4 Max Holloway said that he doesn’t envision McGregor ever making it back to 145 because the cut is too draining for him to make any longer:

“At the end of the day, who knows if he comes back to 145? Honestly, my feeling, I don’t think that he does. I think that 155-pound fight (against dos Anjos) was already saying that he just wanted to be at 155, hold the two titles, say that he did it, then just move up full-time. That’s what I thought he was thinking of doing, because he’s a big guy. All you hear of him is struggling to make 145. This guy struggles. You see, all he does is [cut weight] all week long.

“So he was going to go up sooner or later. Then you see him getting bigger every fight. … His last fight, he was a big boy. And he already had a hard time cutting. [With him] going back up to 170, I think he’s going to gain weight and have to cut a little, just trying to compete at that level, at 170. So who knows if he’s coming down?”

As for his own plight, where ‘Blessed’ find himself on the outside of the title picture looking despite an incredible eight straight victories since losing to McGregor of all people back in August of 2013, Holloway believes that he’s being held back because he didn’t finish his last fight against ultra-tough veteran Jeremy Stephens:

“I just feel left out because my last fight wasn’t a finish,” Holloway said. “When I was finishing guys, the media was on me like crazy. Then I have this one decision fight against a guy (Stephens) who, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, these guys couldn’t finish him. And then [people are] looking at me, asking me how the hell I didn’t finish him. It’s like, look at these guys. These guys are beasts and they had a hard time with the fight too. They couldn’t finish him either. So I’m a true believer in, people only remember you for your last fight. And my last fight, I felt, was great, but I guess some people didn’t think it was so hot. So it is what it is.”

That sounds like quite the mature and patient attitude from Holloway, who at only 24 years old, has nothing but time on his hands as one of the UFC’s brightest potential future champions. Holloway has already fought five of the top 10 at featherweight, and with Aldo and Edgar obviously tied up with each other for the foreseeable future, the only logical choices for the suddenly surging Hawaiian are bouts with former title contender Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.

As for McGregor, only time will tell if he ever fights Holloway or anyone else at 145 pounds again.

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UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Rothwell fight card

Take a look at the bout order and full fight card for the Sunday, March 10th UFC Fight Night event in Zagreb, Croatia, where Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos meet in a heavyweight headliner. Who’s up for some mid-morning/afternoon UFC? I k…

Take a look at the bout order and full fight card for the Sunday, March 10th UFC Fight Night event in Zagreb, Croatia, where Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos meet in a heavyweight headliner.

Who’s up for some mid-morning/afternoon UFC? I know I am, and that’s what the UFC is serving up on Sunday, April 10th at the Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. The main event is a big heavyweight showdown between former champion Junior dos Santos and surging contender Ben Rothwell. If you were to book this fight 4 years ago, JDS would have been both the reigning champion, as well as a massive favorite. Now? The betting lines are close to even, which also is a huge credit to Rothwell’s improvements over the years after the infamous Mark Hunt fight.

UFC Zagreb is filled with heavyweight bouts, of which 4 of the 5 occupy the top main card slots. The co-main event was originally supposed to feature Ruslan Magomedov against Gabriel Gonzaga, but a Magomedov injury changed things up, and now Derrick Lewis will travel to Europe to take on the former UFC title challenger.

Here’s the full bout order for next Sunday:

Main Card (FS1, 2 PM ET/11 AM PT)

Junior dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell
Derrick Lewis vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Maryna Moroz vs. Cristina Stanciu

Preliminary Card (FS1, 12 PM ET/9 AM PT)

Zak Cummings vs. Nicolas Dalby
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Ian Entwistle vs. Alejandro Perez
Filip Pejic vs. Damian Stasiak

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass, 10:30 AM ET/7:30 AM PT)

Lucas Martins vs. Robert Whiteford
Cyril Asker vs. Jared Cannonier
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic

UFC on FOX 19: Dan Henderson eyes contract extension after Lyoto Machida fight

45-year old mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Dan Henderson is nearing the tail-end of his legendary career.
As he recently revealed on Sirius XM’s “The Luke Thomas Show” via MMA Fighting, his upcoming fight against Lyoto Machida — which is …

45-year old mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Dan Henderson is nearing the tail-end of his legendary career.

As he recently revealed on Sirius XM’s “The Luke Thomas Show” via MMA Fighting, his upcoming fight against Lyoto Machida — which is set to go down at UFC on FOX 19 on April 16, 2016 in Tampa. Florida — is his last on his current deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Though he knows his retirement is around the corner, he is still planning on fighting; more importantly, he wants to do it inside the Octagon.

“I honestly haven’t thought about it. I know that without having any fights left my contract with the UFC is an option, but I’m getting to the point where I’m not going to have too many more fights. I would like to end up fighting my last fight in the UFC. We’ll see how things go after this fight. How things go in the fight probably makes a big difference as well. I’m getting definitely close to the end of my career.”

Henderson has gone 1-3 in his last four fights with his lone win coming against Tim Boetsch in 2015.

A win over “The Dragon” will go a long way in inking an extension. A loss, however, will likely mean a possible reunion with Scott Coker at Bellator MMA.

Not that he’s thinking about that, though.

Video: Jake Shields ‘Stockton Slaps’ grappling opponent

Jake Shields competed to a draw against A.J. Agazarm at Polaris 3 on Saturday and an incident broke out between the two after the match.

UFC veteran and current WSOF fighter Jake Shields competed against A.J. Agazarm in the co-main event of Polaris 3 in Wales. Although he dominated the contest, the match resulted in a draw.

Shields and Agazarm talked a lot of trash leading up to the grappling-only match and the animosity continued after the match was over. Agazarm went to shake Shields’ hand, but Shields refused and was pushed by Agazarm, causing him to throw the infamous ‘Stockton Slap.’

“This guy was talking crap the whole time, gouging my eyes,” Shields said in his post-fight interview. “I just had my eye gouged for the first time in my life my last fight and now you got this prick doing the same thing. He was bragging yesterday, ‘I’m gonna try and make it a draw, I’m gonna try to make it a draw. I know I can’t beat you, but if I can make it a draw I’m gonna consider that a win.’ Well, congratulations A.J. You’re a b-tch. How does it feel to be a p-ssy and get your draw?”

Afterwards, this is what Agazarm had to say in an Instagram post:

Competition doesn’t build character; it reveals character… and all of you saw Jake’s character revealed tonight… As a member of the grappling community, I apologize for Jake Shields’ behavior… Jake, I know I’m speaking for everyone here when I call upon you to apologize for your unsportsmanlike behavior, and to admit you were wrong…. Your “easy night” didn’t end in victory. I didn’t stall or run. I came right at you and you couldn’t deliver so apologize to the grappling community, be a man. To the fans, Polaris is vibrant! They are revolutionizing the sport and getting it done. They are working for the community! There’s a reason why I’m here and you can count on me to always stand my ground and bring the show. Thank YOU all for a memorable night and another one for the record books.”

Check out the incident from Polaris 3 and Shields’ post-fight interview below:

AJ Agazarm x Jake Shields #Polaris3 Post fight #StocktonSlap!!! pic.twitter.com/ZF51F8mTpb

— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) April 2, 2016

Jake didnt have nice words to say #Polaris3 pic.twitter.com/2L5HPxtTjn

— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) April 2, 2016

Shields is a notable welterweight veteran in mixed martial arts. In his last outing, he lost to then-welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares last August, but lost by submission. Palhares controversially held on to the submission hold for too long, and also gouged Shields’ eyes, causing WSOF to strip him of the title and the Nevada State Athletic Commission to suspend him for two years.

Shields was supposed to headline WSOF 30 this past weekend against Jon Fitch for the vacant belt, but was pulled from the card for contractual reasons.

Jake Shields competed to a draw against A.J. Agazarm at Polaris 3 on Saturday and an incident broke out between the two after the match.

UFC veteran and current WSOF fighter Jake Shields competed against A.J. Agazarm in the co-main event of Polaris 3 in Wales. Although he dominated the contest, the match resulted in a draw.

Shields and Agazarm talked a lot of trash leading up to the grappling-only match and the animosity continued after the match was over. Agazarm went to shake Shields’ hand, but Shields refused and was pushed by Agazarm, causing him to throw the infamous ‘Stockton Slap.’

“This guy was talking crap the whole time, gouging my eyes,” Shields said in his post-fight interview. “I just had my eye gouged for the first time in my life my last fight and now you got this prick doing the same thing. He was bragging yesterday, ‘I’m gonna try and make it a draw, I’m gonna try to make it a draw. I know I can’t beat you, but if I can make it a draw I’m gonna consider that a win.’ Well, congratulations A.J. You’re a b-tch. How does it feel to be a p-ssy and get your draw?”

Afterwards, this is what Agazarm had to say in an Instagram post:

Competition doesn’t build character; it reveals character… and all of you saw Jake’s character revealed tonight… As a member of the grappling community, I apologize for Jake Shields’ behavior… Jake, I know I’m speaking for everyone here when I call upon you to apologize for your unsportsmanlike behavior, and to admit you were wrong…. Your “easy night” didn’t end in victory. I didn’t stall or run. I came right at you and you couldn’t deliver so apologize to the grappling community, be a man. To the fans, Polaris is vibrant! They are revolutionizing the sport and getting it done. They are working for the community! There’s a reason why I’m here and you can count on me to always stand my ground and bring the show. Thank YOU all for a memorable night and another one for the record books.”

Check out the incident from Polaris 3 and Shields’ post-fight interview below:

Shields is a notable welterweight veteran in mixed martial arts. In his last outing, he lost to then-welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares last August, but lost by submission. Palhares controversially held on to the submission hold for too long, and also gouged Shields’ eyes, causing WSOF to strip him of the title and the Nevada State Athletic Commission to suspend him for two years.

Shields was supposed to headline WSOF 30 this past weekend against Jon Fitch for the vacant belt, but was pulled from the card for contractual reasons.