Jon Jones casts doubt on UFC return after bizarre tweets: ‘Getting half my finger cut off in Las Vegas’

Jon Jones cast doubts on UFC return with bizarre tweets I got half my finger cut offWhile seemingly battling some significant demons ahead of his long-fabled UFC return, Jon Jones has now pretty much confirmed…

Jon Jones cast doubts on UFC return with bizarre tweets I got half my finger cut off

While seemingly battling some significant demons ahead of his long-fabled UFC return, Jon Jones has now pretty much confirmed that it could be even longer of a wait before fans witness him back in action inside the UFC octagon.

Last fighting in March of 2023, it has now been over a year since Jones has made a return to UFC action. Before that, he was on hiatus for an astonishingly long period of over three years. Jones eventually made his return against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 but has since then been a complete no-show: ducking fights with Stipe Miocic and now Tom Aspinall.

In the latest flurry of obscure drama, Jones made some ‘tweet and deletes’, casually mentioning that he was getting ‘half his finger cut off at the Las Vegas Airport’.

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More tweets would follow the very ominous first one, but none that came would even begin to explain the situation or what may or may not have happened.

Jon Jones reports that he’s getting half his finger cut off at an airport?

While he has succeeded in solidifying himself as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of our time, Jon Jones has also solidified himself as one of the most controversial. Dana White said many years ago that Jones could have been the Lebron James of our sport.

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Now, Jones is more like Allen Iverson. Both are great in their own ways, but one has a much darker past than the other. Jones hasn’t made himself out to be a true role model for the next generation, but he has been real. Jones has been human, and there is something to learn from both his shortcomings and his amazing achievements.

However, all of these “lessons” can’t take away from the fact that Jones hasn’t been there for us. The people have longed to see him compete. To win, to conquer, and also maybe even lose. Yet, ‘Bones’ does not give us these opportunities. He shows up when he wants to show up. Maybe this is just Jon Jones’ world, and we are all living in it.

In the meantime, while Jones posts cryptic tweets about getting half a finger cut off at some airport, the entire MMA world will be waiting. We will be starving, longing for a conclusion to what has been literal years of confusion in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Things have been rough since Francis Ngannou’s departure, Stipe Miocic’s soft retirement, and Jon Jones’ playing around with fans’ hearts and attention. Will we ever reach a conclusion about the confusion? The world must wait and find out… Hoping that one day, these paid athletes will do their jobs and perform for the fans that have made them rich and well off in the first place.

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After all, we regular people don’t have a choice. We can either work or starve, and it’s that simple… Jon Jones won’t starve. And somewhere right now, he’s probably off thinking about himself and his problems instead of his debt and responsibility to the fans who have loved and cherished him along this journey.

The fans just want to see Jon Jones make a decision. Fight or retire. But don’t keep playing with us. Make a decision and stick to it. Will you come back and defend your heavyweight throne, or walk away from it just like you did with your light heavyweight title?

Video – Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with a gift commemorating his legacy

Video - Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with gift to commemorate his legacyAbubakar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Octagon icon Khabib Nurmagomedov, gifted his coach Javier Mendez a well-thought-out piece of memorabilia…

Video - Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with gift to commemorate his legacy

Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Octagon icon Khabib Nurmagomedov, gifted his coach Javier Mendez a well-thought-out piece of memorabilia to commemorate the legendary trainer’s success as both a fighter and a developer of world champions.

Abubakar, who has competed under both the PFL and UFC banners, recently presented Mendez with an engraved knife that was meant to pay tribute to Mendez’s successful combat sports career as well as his role in shaping some of the fight game’s biggest stars over the years.

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Today I have a gift. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘Wow’ but I think he will like it. It’s a knife with Javier’s face, our coach, engraved on it. Abubakar Nurmagomedov said in a video on Khabib’s YouTube channel, which you can watch below.

Khabib’s Team Pays Tribue to Javier Mendez’s status as a legendary fighter and trainer

The knife itself had an image of Mendez engraved on it along with the ISKA world champion belt he won in the early 90s.

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Nurmagomedov also had Mendez’s many champions engraved on it including Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, and Luke Rockhold.

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After his own illustrious career in combat sports came to a close, Mendez began his journey as a trainer, coaching a slew of superstars to fame, fortune, and world titles. Aside from the names mentioned above, Mendez has also worked with the likes of Frank Shamrock, BJ Penn, Cung Le, Josh Thomson, Islam Makhachev, and Usman Nurmagomedov.

 
 
 
 
 
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Video – Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with a gift commemorating his legacy

Video - Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with gift to commemorate his legacyAbubakar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Octagon icon Khabib Nurmagomedov, gifted his coach Javier Mendez a well-thought-out piece of memorabilia…

Video - Khabib Nurmagomedov and team surprise coach Javier Mendez with gift to commemorate his legacy

Abubakar Nurmagomedov, the cousin of Octagon icon Khabib Nurmagomedov, gifted his coach Javier Mendez a well-thought-out piece of memorabilia to commemorate the legendary trainer’s success as both a fighter and a developer of world champions.

Abubakar, who has competed under both the PFL and UFC banners, recently presented Mendez with an engraved knife that was meant to pay tribute to Mendez’s successful combat sports career as well as his role in shaping some of the fight game’s biggest stars over the years.

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Today I have a gift. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘Wow’ but I think he will like it. It’s a knife with Javier’s face, our coach, engraved on it. Abubakar Nurmagomedov said in a video on Khabib’s YouTube channel, which you can watch below.

Khabib’s Team Pays Tribue to Javier Mendez’s status as a legendary fighter and trainer

The knife itself had an image of Mendez engraved on it along with the ISKA world champion belt he won in the early 90s.

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Nurmagomedov also had Mendez’s many champions engraved on it including Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, and Luke Rockhold.

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After his own illustrious career in combat sports came to a close, Mendez began his journey as a trainer, coaching a slew of superstars to fame, fortune, and world titles. Aside from the names mentioned above, Mendez has also worked with the likes of Frank Shamrock, BJ Penn, Cung Le, Josh Thomson, Islam Makhachev, and Usman Nurmagomedov.

 
 
 
 
 
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Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeksDin Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high. Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout…

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high.

Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout of Charles Jourdain at UFC 303, ‘Lord Assassin’ returned to the Octagon in The Mile High City for a short-notice scrap with heavy-handed Denver native Drew Dober.

Silva’s impressive speed was on full display from the get-go, peppering Dober with his left hand before busting open his opponent with a couple of perfectly timed spinning back elbows.

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Despite being in the driver’s seat from the opening bell, Dober never once took his foot off the gas. Unfortunately, Dober’s cut continued to widen as the fight went on, forcing referee Herb Dean and the cageside physician to intervene and bring a stop to the contest.

Dober was understandably frustrated, but the stoppage was understandable as he had sustained one of the worst cuts in recent memory. Or at least the worst one since Mayra Bueno Silva’s nasty gash two weeks prior.

With two impressive finishes in the span of two weeks, things are looking up for Jean Silva. Though he has yet to break into the featherweight top 15, former fighter turned analyst Din Thomas doesn’t care. He wants to see ‘Lord Assassin’ fight 145-pound champ Ilia Topuria right now.

“Man, I mean, Jean Silva is something else; he is absolutely nasty,” Thomas said during the UFC Denver post-show. “I was watching the fight next to Mick Maynard, the matchmaker, and I’m sitting there saying if this guy can make 145, let’s just put him in there with Ilia Topuria now. Yeah. He looks the part. His striking looks the part” (h/t MMA Mania).

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Jean Silva has a long way to go

Kamaru Usman, who was also on post-fight duties in The Centennial State, quickly zapped Thomas back to reality, telling the one-time Fight of the Night winner to quit it with the title talk.

As exciting as Silva has looked over the last couple of weeks, we can’t forget that he’s still a rookie inside the Octagon, having only competed three times thus far. Not to mention he failed to make weight for his featherweight scrap with Jourdain in Las Vegas.

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeksDin Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high. Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout…

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high.

Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout of Charles Jourdain at UFC 303, ‘Lord Assassin’ returned to the Octagon in The Mile High City for a short-notice scrap with heavy-handed Denver native Drew Dober.

Silva’s impressive speed was on full display from the get-go, peppering Dober with his left hand before busting open his opponent with a couple of perfectly timed spinning back elbows.

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Despite being in the driver’s seat from the opening bell, Dober never once took his foot off the gas. Unfortunately, Dober’s cut continued to widen as the fight went on, forcing referee Herb Dean and the cageside physician to intervene and bring a stop to the contest.

Dober was understandably frustrated, but the stoppage was understandable as he had sustained one of the worst cuts in recent memory. Or at least the worst one since Mayra Bueno Silva’s nasty gash two weeks prior.

With two impressive finishes in the span of two weeks, things are looking up for Jean Silva. Though he has yet to break into the featherweight top 15, former fighter turned analyst Din Thomas doesn’t care. He wants to see ‘Lord Assassin’ fight 145-pound champ Ilia Topuria right now.

“Man, I mean, Jean Silva is something else; he is absolutely nasty,” Thomas said during the UFC Denver post-show. “I was watching the fight next to Mick Maynard, the matchmaker, and I’m sitting there saying if this guy can make 145, let’s just put him in there with Ilia Topuria now. Yeah. He looks the part. His striking looks the part” (h/t MMA Mania).

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Jean Silva has a long way to go

Kamaru Usman, who was also on post-fight duties in The Centennial State, quickly zapped Thomas back to reality, telling the one-time Fight of the Night winner to quit it with the title talk.

As exciting as Silva has looked over the last couple of weeks, we can’t forget that he’s still a rookie inside the Octagon, having only competed three times thus far. Not to mention he failed to make weight for his featherweight scrap with Jourdain in Las Vegas.

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see ‘the killer come out’ of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fightLeon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense. Headlining the promotion’s return to…

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Leon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense.

Headlining the promotion’s return to Manchester on Saturday, July 27, ‘Rocky’ will put his welterweight title on the line in a long-awaited clash with the division’s top-ranked contender Belal Muhammad.

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Kamaru Usman, the man Edwards took the title off of with the “kick heard around the world” at UFC 278, offered his assessment of the UFC 304 headliner, suggesting that it’s a tough one to call considering both men have been on the shelf for some time.

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However, he does believe that a win for ‘Rocky’ will help push his former foe’s name up the coveted P4P rankings.

“I like Leon being a champion, I think he definitely has real skills but as a fan now, I’m frustrated as a fan because this fight should have happened already,” Usman said.

“It’s been such a long time but I’m glad that we were finally about to get the fight and for Leon to actually go in there and prove to people that he is high up on that pound-for-pound list because you know, I got my reservations on the order of that list” (h/t Bloody Elbow).

Leon Edwards’ is often touted as one of the best fighters on the planet courtesy of his technical prowess that has dismantled some of the biggest names in the game. Unfortunately, ‘Rocky’ hasn’t exactly lit up the Octagon with his performances. In particular, his trilogy fight with the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ at UFC 286 and his uneventful showdown with Colby Covington last December.

Usman hopes to see the “killer” in Leon Edwards come out against Belal Muhammad when the champ competes in front of his home country at Co-op Live in the UK.

“I think it’s a good fight, I like the confident way in that Leon is carrying [himself], I think he understands the responsibility of being a champion, how you kind of have to train the mentality that you have to have,” Usman added. “Just a little thing that I would like to see from him is that killer come out because if you know that you’re the top dog, you got to prove it to each and every contender who wants your spot.”

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While neither Leon Edwards nor Belal Muhammad has fought in 2024, ‘Remember The Name’ will be returning after an especially long layoff, having last fought at UFC 288 all the way back in May 2023. On that night, Muhammad scored a big win over Gilbert Burns, extending his unbeaten streak to nine straight.

With the UFC choosing to hand Covington another unearned title opportunity in December, Muhammad opted to sit out instead of putting his spot on the line against another top-10 contender. Some might consider that a smart decision, but Usman believes there are benefits to staying active in the fight game.

“The one thing that I don’t like about this is the layoff, the time that these guys are sitting [out],” Usman said. “This is why boxers are fighting every other month, they’re fighting [often] because that’s how you get into your groove, that’s how you elevate yourself to see if all the stuff that you’ve been working on can actually work.

“When you have these long layoffs and you get in there, your timing is a little bit off, you’re a little gun-shy sometimes, and especially if you’re a champion when you have this long layoff – that mountain of defending starts to get heavier, and heavier, and heavier.”

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