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UFC on FOX 23, Morning After: Jones asks Cormier if he really believes steroid accusations

What you may have missed from last night!

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Yesterday was a a great night to be a combat sports fan. UFC on FOX 24 brought the violence in its many-splendored glory. Demetrious Johnson took yet another flyweight to school to tie the all-time title defense record. Technically a white belt in the gi, he submitted an experienced black belt with an armbar they teach you in your free introductory Jiu Jitsu lesson. Rose Namajunas choked out Michelle Waterson in an eye-pleasing asymmetrical style clash that may have earned her top contendership, and Robert Whittaker made his own case for contendership with a knockout over Jacare that has me questioning who can stop his rise.

Blood Feud

Before the action began, though, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones got nasty online. It started when a fan tweeted at Cormier asking about Jones knocking him out in a rematch. Cormier replied with disdain for Jones’ power, accusing Jones of juicing. Jones was, after all, suspended for banned substances, a ban he had reduced with a pungent defense involving dick pills (which, by the way, he still thinks everyone should try).

Jones talks the best trash to Cormier because he simply lets himself be himself. His response here is a sincere question -- does Cormier really believe that? And the rest of the question, including the assertion that Jones made Cormier forever his bitch, follows naturally. Nothing about it is forced or artificial.

Cormier countered that he wholeheartedly believes that Jones did steroids, and tried to cheat him. He referenced the story Chael Sonnen told, that Jones had hid under a ring to avoid a drug test.

They might not end up in a main event, but let’s get this rematch on as soon as possible. Sorry, Jimi.

What happened before the main card

UFC on FOX 24’s “Prelims” were absolutely stacked for this event. Tim Elliott, Tom Duquesnoy and Aljamain Sterling all brought it last night.

Aljo setting the record straight about a knockdown:

Elliott is an animal.

Also, eccentric.

His fight with Smolka was an obvious “Fight of the Night.”

Duquesnoy won his debut in style. The sky is the limit for the young Frenchman.

Fighting Around the Globe:

I don’t like seeing arms break like this.

I do like seeing Thai sweeps from the clinch, though.

Darron Cruickshank getting slept in RIZIN!

Horiguchi with the win!

Classic liver shot ...

Kicks and stomps on the ground ought to be legal.

I don’t understand RIZIN, but I appreciate it.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday, Maniacs!

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