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.
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).
He won't. He doesn't have that ability. He never has. Even when he juiced his way to deadlifting 600lbs he couldn't KO Ovince https://t.co/wEXoAoDtEJ— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 13, 2017
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.
@dc_mma do you really think I took steroids or is that just another thing you tell yourself to sleep better after I made u forever my bitch— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 15, 2017
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.
U hid from usada bruh. Yes u did steroids. You have always done steroids. U tried to cheat me. So shut ur bum ass up. https://t.co/KFfVvd7feA— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 15, 2017
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:
Headbutt right on the chin, but these things happen ♂️ Mendes brought it! https://t.co/QJQDbhWQVo— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 16, 2017
Elliott is an animal.
I'm about to have some "Hawaiian Punch"— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) April 15, 2017
Not a bunny nor a santa will ever bring my kid shit!! I get her things not because a holiday says to, but because I want to!— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) April 16, 2017
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!
Horiguchi stomps Motoya pic.twitter.com/OqUyMXJ4fj— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) April 16, 2017
Classic liver shot ...
Kicks and stomps on the ground ought to be legal.
I don’t understand RIZIN, but I appreciate it.
This girl is like a scrapped Kill Bill character pic.twitter.com/kwTNGHQFw8— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 16, 2017
King Reina submits Jazzy Gabert pic.twitter.com/90OqLG9y7e— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) April 16, 2017
Enjoy your Easter Sunday, Maniacs!