Dustin Poirier Names His Mount Rushmore Of MMA

Dustin Poirier divulges who would be engraved in his MMA Mount Rushmore.  Poirier has become a superstar in recent years. From his all-out wars with Justin Gaethje and Dan Hooker to his rivalry with Conor McGregor, the American Top Team standout has become must-see TV whenever he steps into the Octagon. But who inspired “The […]

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Dustin Poirier divulges who would be engraved in his MMA Mount Rushmore. 

Poirier has become a superstar in recent years. From his all-out wars with Justin Gaethje and Dan Hooker to his rivalry with Conor McGregor, the American Top Team standout has become must-see TV whenever he steps into the Octagon. But who inspired “The Diamond” to ascend to the top of the MMA world? Speaking to Valuetainment in a recent interview, Poirier detailed his favorite MMA athlete of all time. 

“I used to be a huge fan of Georges St-Pierre. He’s one of the guys who can do it all. And back around when he was really starting to rise up, a guy was a grappler, or a guy was a wrestler, or this guy’s a kickboxer.  He was one of the first guys who could really put everything together and was a complete mixed martial artist, world champion, spoke well, and I was a big fan of Georges.”

Georges St-Pierre
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Not only is Poirier a fan of GSP, but he also believes that the Canadian would warrant a spot on a hypothetical Mt. Rushmore for MMA Fighters. When rounded out his monument to the greats, Poirier mentioned a few other fighters that often come up in G.O.A.T debates, including one of his former opponents.  

“Khabib’s up there, Fedor is up there. Fedor’s gotta be up there. Jon Jones has to be up there, too.”

In December, Dustin Poirier will look to build on his own legacy. The former UFC title contender will once again go for the gold when he meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 269.

The title bout will be Poirier’s first challenge since earning a TKO over Conor McGregor back in July. 

Who would be in your Mount Rushmore of MMA?

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[ARCHIVES] Georges St-Pierre Responds To Jon Jones’ Rant

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES] GOAT vs. GOAT? Here’s a look back at a story published on this day three years ago. Today, Jones has more pressing issues to worry about than other opinions. But in 2018…well, in 2018, he still had more pressing issues to worry about; he just had more time to tackle perceived criticisms.  […]

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GOAT vs. GOAT? Here’s a look back at a story published on this day three years ago. Today, Jones has more pressing issues to worry about than other opinions. But in 2018…well, in 2018, he still had more pressing issues to worry about; he just had more time to tackle perceived criticisms. 

On This Day Three Years Ago…

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 16, 2018, 10:49 AM]

Georges St-Pierre responds after Jon Jones took offense to his recent comments about performance enhancing drug use.

St-Pierre made some waves with his recent comments about PED users. One comment in particular stood out. St-Pierre said PED users have no place in the “greatest of all time” discussion and used an example of a fighter getting popped for steroids after winning via head kick then saying the head kick wasn’t a result of PED use. The description matched Jones, who defeated Cormier via head kick then popped for turinabol.

Georges St-Pierre Clarifies His Comments

Feeling singled out, Jones fired back at “Rush” saying brain damage must’ve have led him to that conclusion. During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, St-Pierre made it clear that he doesn’t have an issue with “Bones” (via MMAMania.com):

“Jon Jones got angry at me, I saw on social media, because of the steroid thing, So my friend showed me the post on Instagram and I didn’t understand. I was not targeting Jon Jones. I was not talking about Jones, but then I realized, ‘Shit, Jon Jones win with a head kick against Cormier.’ But I was not targeting him. I was talking about PEDs and remove people when they get caught for PEDs and I said often that everything is different. It’s like, it’s a grey line, it is not black and white. If you look at some guys who have been caught with performance-enhancing drugs, after they get caught, their performance diminishes. They are not the same fighter anymore. But if you look at Jon Jones, Jon Jones has been pretty constant. And he claims that, I believe from what I have read on the report, is that one of the substances got tainted. So it’s not that he took it, it just that one of his supplement got tainted. So I was not targeting him especially. I have a good relationship with Jon Jones. I trained with him and I felt bad.”

St-Pierre and Jones aren’t strangers to one another. The two men have trained at Jackson-Wink MMA. They’ve also been seen supporting each other in the crowd for their fights.

Do you think Jon Jones got a bit sensitive over GSP’s comments?

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Chael Sonnen Blasts Jon Jones Over Deleted Tweets, Jones Responds

Chael Sonnen seems to be fed up with the antics of Jon Jones. Sonnen and Jones have had a contentious relationship that did not even really start until after they fought. The last few years have seen the Bad Guy roasting the former light heavyweight champion over his litany of mistakes, both personally and professionally. […]

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Chael Sonnen seems to be fed up with the antics of Jon Jones.

Sonnen and Jones have had a contentious relationship that did not even really start until after they fought. The last few years have seen the Bad Guy roasting the former light heavyweight champion over his litany of mistakes, both personally and professionally.

The most recent exchange between the two came after Jones was told by Mike Winkeljohn that he was not allowed to train at his gym. Sonnen posted to his YouTube, going off on Jones for tweeting and deleting about his team, despite what Sonnen calls “selfish” actions on a regular basis.

Jon put a tweet on this and he deleted it and it was just disgusting. The tweet was disgusting and he said, ‘it hurts really bad to have one of my coaches who I respect so much turn away from me, for the rest of the coaches going for that fight with me, we continue,’ and then he deleted it. The reason that tweet is disgusting is he used the word team. You have the most selfish guy in sport using the word team when convenient,” Sonnen said (h/t Sportskeeda).

This prompted a trademark response from Jones: the ol’ tweet-and-delete. Luckily, Twitter user Chris Taylor caught a screenshot of his reply, which severed as a quick reminder of how the fight between him and Sonnen went down.

“At 4:33 of the very first round, and still living rent free,” Jones wrote.

It goes without saying that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will not be buddies anytime soon.

Check out the full video from Chael Sonnen below:

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Francis Ngannou Has Doubts That Jon Jones Fight will Eventually Happen

Jon Jones Francis NgannouUFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was originally assumed set to fight the former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, for his first title defense, but negotiations fell through earlier this year. Now, Ngannou isn’t losing sleep anymore if a fight with Jones doesn’t end up happening in both of their careers. Ngannou will face Ciryl Gane […]

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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was originally assumed set to fight the former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, for his first title defense, but negotiations fell through earlier this year. Now, Ngannou isn’t losing sleep anymore if a fight with Jones doesn’t end up happening in both of their careers.

Ngannou will face Ciryl Gane early next year in a unification bout, almost a full year after he earned the belt against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. He knocked Miocic out in their rematch and finally realized a championship dream.

In the aftermath of Jones’ latest legal issues in Las Vegas, where he was arrested on domestic violence charges, Ngannou has doubts that we’ll ever see a matchup between two of the biggest stars in the UFC.

“At this point, I don’t know much about what will happen in the future,” Ngannou told Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “But I don’t stress about that, what will happen will happen. I wish that (the Jones) fight will happen, but I don’t know about it anymore.”

“If everything goes right, there are so many fights that you can do that would be a good fight, so you let everything go.”

Francis Ngannou was expected to face Jon Jones for his first title defense, but contract negotiations never materalized

Ngannou and Jones have both been at odds with the UFC brass over contract negotiations, most notably Jones, who hasn’t fought since early 2020. Jones vacated the light heavyweight belt after defeating Dominick Reyes in a close fight to focus on a potential run at heavyweight.

Now, Ngannou will face Gane at UFC 270 and Jones’ UFC future remains uncertain. It’s amazing how much can change within the span of just a few months.

Do you think Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones will ever happen?

Francis Ngannou Losing Hope That Jon Jones Fight Will Ever Happen

It seems that we might not get Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones after all. A potential fight between Ngannou and Jones has been the talk of the town since “The Predator” won the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic early this year. In fact, with Jones hard at work to bulk up for a heavyweight move, […]

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It seems that we might not get Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones after all.

A potential fight between Ngannou and Jones has been the talk of the town since “The Predator” won the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic early this year. In fact, with Jones hard at work to bulk up for a heavyweight move, there was even a point where it seemed like the fight was happening sooner, rather than later.

However, in the wake of the most recent arrest from Jones, Ngannou is not sure that this fight will ever happen. Speaking on The MMA Hour, the champ explained that between Jones’s uncertain future and the issues he has with the UFC himself, he is not holding his breath for this fight to ever go down.

“At this point, I don’t know much about what will happen in the future. But I don’t stress about that, what will happen will happen. I wish that (the Jones) fight will happen, but I don’t know about it anymore. But it will be okay. There’s so much good fights out there. If everything goes right, there’s so much fights that you can do that would be a good fight, so you let everything go.”

It would certainly be disappointing if Francis Ngannou never ends up fighting Jon Jones, considering how interesting the stylistic matchup between the two would be. That being said, as the champ alluded to, there are other interesting fights out there down the line, even though they would likely be a step down from the super fight with Jones.

First things first, he will be taking on Ciryl Gane at UFC 270, in January. If he is able to unify his heavyweight title here, against the interim champ, there are a lot of interesting steps to take next, with or without Jones.

Watch the full interview with Francis Ngannou below:

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Chael Sonnen Roasts Jon Jones For ‘Disgusting’ Tweets After Gym Ban

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen is taking aim at his old rival Jon Jones once again, slamming him over Tweets he posted and deleted after getting banned from his gym. Coach Mike Winklejohn recently announced that Jones would no longer be welcomed to train at his gym, Jackson-Wink MMA. This of course came after Jones’ latest arrest, which […]

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Chael Sonnen is taking aim at his old rival Jon Jones once again, slamming him over Tweets he posted and deleted after getting banned from his gym.

Coach Mike Winklejohn recently announced that Jones would no longer be welcomed to train at his gym, Jackson-Wink MMA. This of course came after Jones’ latest arrest, which sees him facing charges of domestic violence and felony tampering with a vehicle.

“He is not allowed to come in the gym… because ignoring it and expecting different results is insanity,” Winklejohn said on The MMA Hour. “He’s got a lot of yes people around him that won’t tell him the truth, so he might hate me for it… That guy is capable of greatness. I hope he comes back, wins the heavyweight title, stops drinking, goes forward and goes on to bigger things.”

In a series of now deleted Tweets, Jones himself addressed the suspension, saying it was hurtful to lost the support of a longtime coach, but thanking those who have stayed by his side.

In a new video on his YouTube channel, Sonnen attacks Jones for his Tweets, calling them ‘disgusting’ (h/t Sportskeeda).

“Jon put a tweet on this and he deleted it and it was just disgusting,” Sonnen said. “The tweet was disgusting and he said, ‘it hurts really bad to have one of my coaches who I respect so much turn away from me, for the rest of the coaches going for that fight with me, we continue,’ and then he deleted it. The reason that tweet is disgusting is he used the word team. You have the most selfish guy in sport using the word team when convenient…”

Sonnen and Jones have been feuding with one another dating back to their match-up at UFC 159. Like most Sonnen fights, the lead-up saw a large amount of trash talk and insults be slung from both camps. Even though Jones would go on to win the bout with a first-round TKO, it’s clear the bad blood continues to run some eight years later.

What are your thoughts on Jon Jones’ Tweets? Do you agree with Chael Sonnen?