Jon Jones Targets Online Haters In Brutal Callout

Jon Jones’ future in the UFC or any kind of MMA may be in significant jeopardy, but the troubled former champion is choosing to put the focus on his online detractors. And he’s done so in a not-too-subtle fashion. Earlier today, Jones, who will appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on February 27 to face […]

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Jon Jones’ future in the UFC or any kind of MMA may be in significant jeopardy, but the troubled former champion is choosing to put the focus on his online detractors.

And he’s done so in a not-too-subtle fashion.

Earlier today, Jones, who will appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on February 27 to face potential punishment for his UFC 214 drug test failure for anabolic steroid Turinabol, issued a Tweet saying he was going to ‘talk to his haters’ who ‘blamed his greatness on things they don’t understand’ before an emphatic ending statement.

Check it out:

Pure class from the troubled former champion, who would almost assuredly be the finest competitor in MMA history were it not for his litany of drug and alcohol-related issues.

But they are there tainting his legacy nonetheless, and even though his manager recently claimed there was a “95 percent chance he fights in 2018” if the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was a respectable organization.

After Jones was given a one-year suspension for testing positive for clomiphene and Letrozol before 2016’s UFC 200, that could be a difficult proposition to attain, however, considering we’ve never seen a fighter get off completely scot-free in the more stringent USADA testing era.

Jones has shown an almost uncanny ability to avoid major punishment and come back, so it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll somehow return this year. Based on the brash manner in which he’s told his fans to “s**k it,” it would seem he’s betting firmly on himself to indeed make an umpteenth comeback to the Octagon.

Does he deserve it? Or is he simply digging himself a bigger hole by blurting out the callout online?

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UFC 220 PPV Buyrate On Par With UFC 219

The heavyweight title fight that seemingly everyone was talking about prior to it happening brought in pretty disappointing in PPV sales. Well, maybe not in this era of low pay-per-view sales. With the numbers now available, Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting reports that UFC 220 did a measly 340,000 to 380,000 PPV buys, with UFC […]

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The heavyweight title fight that seemingly everyone was talking about prior to it happening brought in pretty disappointing in PPV sales.

Well, maybe not in this era of low pay-per-view sales.

With the numbers now available, Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting reports that UFC 220 did a measly 340,000 to 380,000 PPV buys, with UFC 219 doing similar numbers.

Much has been made lately about the UFC in a post-ZUFFA world, as talent mega-agency WME-IMG’s new ownership has taken the promotion in a different direction. With less superstars readily available, they seem to stack a card with belts, of varying significance, like they did with UFC 219 which featured a women’s featherweight title fight between Cyborg and Holly Holm.

A co-main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza was incredible but clearly didn’t add to any kind of draw for UFC 219.

UFC 220 featured the aforementioned heavyweight title fight between Miocic and Ngannou as well as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier running roughshod on Volkan Oezdemir. But Cormier has never been the draw that Jon Jones was when he held the belt, and Miocic has always been a bit stale on the mic, meaning he lets his fists do the promoting; you won’t hear much trash talk or hype coming from Miocic.

That said, there seems to be a continued trend of abysmal pay-per-views lately. Is it just a blip or is it a sign of things to come?

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Jon Jones’ Doping Hearing Officially Announced

The next step to finding in Jon Jones’ latest drug-related trouble is set. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) listed on their official agenda (via MMA Fighting) that Jones will attend a hearing on February 27 for his in-competition failure for anabolic steroid Turinabol the day before his UFC 214 win over current champion Daniel […]

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The next step to finding in Jon Jones’ latest drug-related trouble is set.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) listed on their official agenda (via MMA Fighting) that Jones will attend a hearing on February 27 for his in-competition failure for anabolic steroid Turinabol the day before his UFC 214 win over current champion Daniel Cormier. The win, which was originally a third-round KO via head kick, was overturned to a no contest.

At the time, the win put Jones as most fans and media members’ number-one choice for the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, but as has been the case for years, problems involving drugs and alcohol interfered with Jones’ illustrious fighting accomplishments. He’s expected to be handed a suspension and fine for his current case with the CSAC, his second anti-doping violation after he tested positive for clomiphene and Letrozol before his scheduled rematch with Cormier at 2016’s UFC 200.

Those performance-enhancing drug-related issues joined his prior drunk driving arrest in 2012 and failure for cocaine in 2015, not to mention his Albuquerque hit-and-run that left a young pregnant woman with a broken arm in April 2015. If it’s starting to sound exhausting; you’re right – it definitely is, and it’s only magnified by the fact Jones would otherwise be the greatest fighter in the history of MMA if not for drugs.

Jones faces a possible four-year suspension for his latest infraction due to it being his second offense; he received a one-year suspension following arbitration with USADA for his UFC 200 failure after USADA didn’t necessarily buy his sexual-enhancement pill defense. His manager seems to think that if USADA is ‘a respectable organization,’ and does their due diligence, then there’s a “95 percent chance” Jones will fight in the UFC in 2018.

For what it’s worth, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky recently admitted there are some strange timelines in the failure after Jones passed all previous tests for the bout. He took and passed his own polygraph test as well.

While the promotion would most likely like that, it’s now up to the CSAC. It should also be noted that Jones will also undergo another arbitration with USADA in addition to the CSAC hearing.

So the latest chapter in the sad saga of “Bones” has a date, and it’s once again up in the air as to when or if the MMA great will return. Does he deserve another chance to fight in the Octagon?

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Manager: ‘95 Percent Chance’ Jon Jones Returns In 2018

Jon Jones second failed USADA test was certainly a massive hit to his career, but to hear his manager tell it, he could be back this year as long as USADA is “a respectable organization.” Jones’ manager Malki Kawa revealed this most recent update on The Luke Thomas show (via MMA Mania): “By the end […]

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Jon Jones second failed USADA test was certainly a massive hit to his career, but to hear his manager tell it, he could be back this year as long as USADA is “a respectable organization.”

Jones’ manager Malki Kawa revealed this most recent update on The Luke Thomas show (via MMA Mania):

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well.”

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

Jones had recaptured the light heavyweight belt with a stunning third-round knockout of longtime foe Daniel Cormier at July 2017’s UFC 214, but once again was stripped of his title after failing an in-competition test again.

But despite all of Jones repeated issues, Kawa claims Jones never used Turinabol and that USADA will find he did not willingly take any PED:

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Jones has been relatively silent about the matter until Kawa’s most recent update regarding the adjudication of his USADA case. Jones’ other infractions include positive tests for cocaine metabolites and estrogen blockers, making his most recent failed test simply another on a growing list of issues outside of the cage.

Meanwhile, Cormier was reinstated as champion and defended the title against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220, leading to him getting a super fight with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at July’s UFC 226.

Do you expect to see Jones fighting again anytime soon?

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UFC 220 Brings in Estimated 350,000 PPV Buys (Report)

Estimates for the UFC 220 buyrate are in. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that the event looks to have brought in around 350,000 pay-per-view buys. UFC 220 featured two title bouts. In the main event, Stipe Miocic success…

Estimates for the UFC 220 buyrate are in. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that the event looks to have brought in around 350,000 pay-per-view buys. UFC 220 featured two title bouts. In the main event, Stipe Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight gold against Francis Ngannou. Daniel Cormier finished Volkan Oezdemir in […]

UFC 220 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Get 60-Day Sits

Medical suspensions from the UFC 220 card have been released. On Jan. 20, UFC 220 took place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Stipe Miocic retained his UFC heavyweight title in a dominating unanimous decision victory over Francis Ngannou….

Medical suspensions from the UFC 220 card have been released. On Jan. 20, UFC 220 took place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Stipe Miocic retained his UFC heavyweight title in a dominating unanimous decision victory over Francis Ngannou. As a result of the bout, Ngannou has been medically suspended for 30 days. The […]