Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones could know something that the public doesn’t in regards to his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) ruling. Jones is currently suspended from mixed martial arts competition. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) l…
Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones could know something that the public doesn’t in regards to his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) ruling. Jones is currently suspended from mixed martial arts competition. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title holder failed a UFC 214 drug test for turinabol. This isn’t his first failed drug test […]
Chael Sonnen speculates on what the plan might be for former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones if he is able to fight this year.
It’s known that Jones and his camp have been optimistic about their chances of competing inside of the Octagon this year. Manager Malki Kawa has gone on record by stating that he hopes Jones fights before the end of 2018. Also, his striking coach Brandon Gibson expressed excitement over Jones developing one-punch knockout power.
“If we are to believe that he is going to be out until summer of next year. Which is the minimum that he would be out by the rules that have been explained to us.” Sonnen said on his podcast (H/T to Bloody Elbow). “If we were to believe that, you would have to ask yourself ‘why is he training. Putting out videos, and having coaches confirm that he is working now in August?’”
“It just does appear that Jon at least believes that he is about to be cleared and put onto that November card.”
The UFC 230 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Although Jones’ opponent is not clear, Daniel Cormier’s name has been thrown out there. Keep in mind that DC is slated to fight Brock Lesnar with the heavyweight title on the line in January.
“If you’re Dana White and you gotta look at that and take Daniel at his word. And ‘this is my one and only shot perhaps to get Daniel and Jon together.’ Ddo you go for it? And even if you do, how do you get it done? Because you can’t get it done at 205 pounds because Daniel can’t make 205 pounds.”
“So do you get it done at heavyweight?” he continued. “And if you do, everything’s on the line now. Not just the title, the Brock Lesnar fight is now on the line.”
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently held a press tour in Australia, and one of the topics that the reporters Down Under asked him about was weight cutting. When asked how GSP would change the current weight-cutt…
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently held a press tour in Australia, and one of the topics that the reporters Down Under asked him about was weight cutting. When asked how GSP would change the current weight-cutting system, where it seems like fighters are missing weight at an alarming rate in 2018, […]
As the weight cutting debate rages on in MMA, George St-Pierre praises ‘smart’ Chael Sonnen for his possible solution to the fiasco.
No one has been able to figure out the perfect solution to the weight cutting problem in MMA. Nor has anyone had that eureka moment that leads to a monumental breakthrough in the science behind the idea either. But GSP believes Sonnen is on the right track.
GSP stated that due to Sonnen’s many years of wrestling experience that he is uniquly credentialed in this arena. Further expressing he is on board with whatever the ‘bad guy’ says regarding weight cutting.
“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a news conference in Australia that was captured by Submission Radio. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight.”
“And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”
St-Pierre’s concerns are legitimate. A recent example of the weight cutting fiasco is the soon to be welterweight title challenger Darren Till. Just days after his fight against Stephen Thompson a video surfaced of Till in an extream dehydration state stumbling on a treadmill. Thankfully Till was not seriously hurt but accidental deaths do occur in athletics.
Being that the UFC is the premier MMA promotion in the world they are usually always out ahead of such issues. But the weight cutting situation is a tricky one. Dana White and company have tried some ‘new’ innovations. For instance the early weigh-ins, however, those soon to be extinct as well.
“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of (dehydration) weight,” St-Pierre said. “You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight.”
“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”
You can watch GSP’s full interview here (Courtesy of Submission Radio):
Chael Sonnen won’t speculate on whether or not Jon Jones will return at UFC 230, but he has listed two opponents who would make sense to him. Jones is still in limbo with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “Bones” failed a UFC 214 d…
Chael Sonnen won’t speculate on whether or not Jon Jones will return at UFC 230, but he has listed two opponents who would make sense to him. Jones is still in limbo with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “Bones” failed a UFC 214 drug test, causing his knockout win over Daniel Cormier to be reversed […]
We now know when Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko will go down inside of the cage for Bellator MMA.
This fight is slated to go down on October 13 in Uniondale, New York at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was first reported by Newsday.com although Bellator MMA officials have yet to officially announce this date for this upcoming fight but are expected to do so shortly.
Another event, which has yet to be given a title, will also host Matt Mitrione taking on Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader that will be held the day before in this same venue.
These fights will serve as a semifinal bouts in the ongoing Bellator MMA heavyweight tournament that will crown a new champion in the division.
As seen in the main event of the Bellator 198 event at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on the Paramount Network, the MMA legend finished former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with strikes in the first round of their Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal bout while on the flip side, Sonnen was able to pick up a decision win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson at Bellator 192 at The Forum in Inglewood, California in January to move forward in the tournament. Now, the MMA Legend and former middleweight and light heavyweight contender are slated to fight each other.
It should be noted that just this month, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker did go on record by stating that he would be up for having these fights on back-to-back nights with the idea of one fight airing on a Friday night on the Paramount Network while the other one would be exclusive to DAZN on Saturday night due to the fact that the Viacom-owned promotion recently signed a five-year broadcast deal with the subscription streaming service that plans to launch in September and it appears that’s exactly what they plan to do.