Colby Covington Makes Huge Accusations Regarding Jon Jones And USADA

Colby Covington has made a name for himself by being a controversial figure. Part of this polarising role is to make outlandish statements that aim to make headlines and ruffle feathers within the MMA community. During an episode of Chael Sonnen’…

Colby Covington has made a name for himself by being a controversial figure. Part of this polarising role is to make outlandish statements that aim to make headlines and ruffle feathers within the MMA community. During an episode of Chael Sonnen’s, You’re Welcome podcast, Covington and Sonnen discussed Jon Jones’ failed drugs test and a […]

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Jon Jones’ Team Accused Of Bribing USADA For Earlier UFC Return

Jon Jones’ future is still up in the air as he awaits the decision from USADA regarding his latest failed drug test.

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Jon Jones’ future is still up in the air as he awaits the decision from USADA regarding his latest failed drug test.

UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington, who is known to speak his mind and tries to fire up fight fans with his comments, recently went on record by stating that he thinks something is going on due to Jones’ team expecting that he would somehow be able to return within 2018 despite his checkered past. Thus, Covington believes that Jones is trying to find a way for an earlier return and that there is a motivation behind it, which is money.

“I feel like if that does happen that he comes in before that two-year time frame, we would find out a lot about USADA,” Covington said (transcript courtesy of Bloody Elbow). “I think they would lose a lot of credit.” If he ends up coming back before that two-year time frame, I would really have to question USADA’s legitimacy.”

Keep in mind that Covington and Jones were roommates at Iowa Central Community College and that this is not the first time Covington has tried to throw shade at Jones.

“I think they’re trying to keep (Jones’) name in the headlines,” Covington said. “Obviously, that’s the name of the game is to keep your name hot. I think they’re using that more as leverage to keep his name out there at the possibility (of returning earlier).”

“You never know. His scumbag management team, Malki Kawa and those guys, they’re probably trying to pay off the UFC or USADA somehow to get him back earlier,” he added. “You never know the UFC’s side, they want to do business and make money so if he’s available, and USADA clears him, then they’re gonna want to do business and put him back out there to fight and make that company money.”

“They’ve got a $4 billion installment on that loan to pay back, so they’re gonna do whatever it takes to make money and pay back that loan.”

Jones failed an in-competition drug test for Turinabol at UFC 214 after he beat Daniel Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event in July of 2017 in Anaheim, California on PPV (pay-per-view) to regain the title and as a result of that failed drug test, he was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and removed from the official UFC rankings.

If you recall, back in February, it was revealed that the CSAC revoked Jones’ MMA license and fined him $205,000 at the hearing that would determine Jones’ fate as a result of this drug test. Now, he’s waiting to hear the decision made by USADA.

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Seven Reasons Why UFC Ratings Are Worse Than Ever

The action in the Octagon has been solid, but ratings are not. Here’s why.

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If you are a mixed martial arts fan, and I assume you are if you’re reading this list, it’s obvious the landscape of MMA has drastically changed in the last several years. So much so, in some instances, the sport is nearly unrecognizable.

It’s fair to point out that all major sports are suffering from a “new era” of content consumption and MMA is no different. But why has MMA, and in particular, the UFC suffered such a drastic decline in viewership these last few years, with cards on FOX Sports 1 and FOX bringing some of the lowest numbers ever and even a superfight-headlined card like UFC 226 earning only a reported 400,000 buys?

We here at Lowkick have compiled a list of the seven reasons why the UFC ratings are worse than ever. Check them out:

Too Many Shows

We could have worded this many different ways, but the fact remains the same, the MMA industry is simply way too oversaturated. There may be only a handful of high-level promotions operation in today’s combat sports climate; the UFC, Bellator, and the PFL come to mind. But rest assured, there are dozens of regional promotions that contribute to the weekly blitz of mixed martial arts.

In 2017 the UFC hosted a total of 39 events (including 12 PPVs, 4 UFC on FOX, 2 TUF Finales). The UFC is scheduled to hit that very same mark this year, once again reaching 39 events in a 12-month span. Compare that to 41, which was the number of events the Endeavor-owned promotion promoted in 2016.

It’s not necessarily that the UFC is solely responsible for the oversaturation of MMA; the numbers just don’t support that claim. But there was a time, not too long ago, that the only MMA on TV was the UFC, and even that was challenging to find the proper channel at times.

The sheer number of events makes each week’s card less special, and both the PPV buys and TV ratings show that.

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Poor UFC 226 Buyrate Shows Why Brock Lesnar Is Getting Title Shot

The numbers are in, and they aren’t pretty. According to Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com, UFC 226 did less than 400,000 pay-per-view buys. That’s a huge disappointment for the UFC considering it was one of the most stacked shows of the year…

The numbers are in, and they aren’t pretty. According to Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com, UFC 226 did less than 400,000 pay-per-view buys. That’s a huge disappointment for the UFC considering it was one of the most stacked shows of the year, featuring a true superfight at the top of the bill between former UFC heavyweight […]

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Manager Reveals Jon Jones’ Reaction To DC’s UFC 226 History-Making Performance

This past weekend’s (Sat. July 7, 2018) UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event saw history be made. Daniel Cormier, who already had the UFC’s 205-pound title in his clutches, defeated Stipe Miocic to be crowned the promotion’s heavyweight c…

This past weekend’s (Sat. July 7, 2018) UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event saw history be made. Daniel Cormier, who already had the UFC’s 205-pound title in his clutches, defeated Stipe Miocic to be crowned the promotion’s heavyweight champion as well. “DC” is now the second man in UFC history to hold two titles in different […]

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Jon Jones Speculates On Fighting Future After UFC 226

The UFC really needs “Bones” back.

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Jon Jones has broken his silence regarding his Octagon future.

“Bones” hasn’t fought since his third round knockout win over Daniel Cormier last year – which has since been changed to a No Contest – that earned him back the 205-pound title he never lost. Jones’ failed an in-competition drug test for the fight and has been waiting for official word on his punishment.

His license remains revoked by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) until the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has handed down their decision.

While fans remain in the dark as to what exactly is going on with Jones’ situation, it looks like the former 205-pound champ doesn’t know much himself. He took to Twitter yesterday (Mon. July 9, 2018) and revealed he has no clue when he’ll be back, but believes his best days inside the cage are ahead of him:

Jones has had to sit on the sidelines and watch his longtime rival, Daniel Cormier, bask in the glory of his recent history making UFC accomplishment. Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic this past weekend (Sat. July 7, 2018) in the main event of UFC 226 to win the heavyweight title.

Now Cormier is a two division champion and is gearing up for a mega money-fight with former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Before Jones’ woes with USADA hit headlines, he called out “The Beast” himself in hopes of landing the massive payday.

Instead Cormier will take the fight that Jones campaigned for before being suspended. Only time will tell if Jones will be able to bounce back and mimic the accomplishments of his 39-year-old counterpart.

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