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Daniel Cormier opened up on FS1’s “UFC Tonight” program on the future of his rival, Jon Jones. With their UFC 214 bout now officially a no contest, Cormier is champion once more. But what is Jones looking at, and does he deserve the benefit of any doubt at this point? Cormier really doesn’t think so (via press release):
“USADA is being very straight line, saying ‘due process.’ But the reality is you can’t fail a drug test,” Cormier said. “You can pass a hundred tests; you cannot fail one. And they’re saying we have to wait for the due process, but what are we waiting for? … You cannot test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. It’s unfair. I’m very upset about it.”
Cormier has a right to be upset. He faced a juiced up Jon Jones, and will likely never get to test his own legacy and ability against a clean rival. For most fans, Jones is the “real champion”, albiet now with a cloud of doubt surrounding him. Cormier doesn’t get the full benefit “undisputed” champs are supposed to have, and with a possible four-year ban for Jones, he may never get that chance. In Cormier’s mind, Jon has committed career suicide.
“He has to fight this. This is a death sentence. If this does what it says it can be, it’s a death sentence.”
He also doesn’t buy any excuses Jones may try to employ. In Cormier’s mind, if Jones didn’t want the consequences, he shouldn’t have failed a drug test... twice.
“This is a very expensive drug, something that could not be easily found in a supplement,” Cormier said. “I’ve been in the USADA program for 12 years. I’ve never had these issues. If it was a mistake the first time, you’ve got to be more careful. Especially with all the scrutiny that was on him coming back from a suspension, you’ve got to be cautious and careful. To expect people to understand anymore is just ridiculous.”
This is an amazing fight. Poirier and Pettis will make beautiful fireworks together.
Mike Perry faces a replacement fight on short notice, Alex Reyes.
Respect to my new opponent steppin up on 3 days notice. Let's see what you got Alex Reyes— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) September 13, 2017
Cathal Pendred has built a solid career for himself as an actor, and I’m happy he no longer needs to get punched in the head to make a good living.
How not to “UFC” in a street fight.
In a discussion on how rarely towels are thrown in during MMA fights, Jackson-Winklejohn striking coach Brandon Gibson weighed in with a burn of Diego Brandao.
I could see myself leaping into the cage to stop a fight. I call that move the Counter Diego Brandao. pic.twitter.com/RGtqgJsyV3— Brandon Gibson (@SixGunGibson) September 13, 2017
Of course Jon Jones’ manager thinks this.
Do we not see that Usada is a joke? At what point do we not scrap it and start over? https://t.co/A06sUrKZ3C— malki kawa (@malkikawa) January 26, 2017
I’m surprised too. I hope Ray Borg can cut it this time...
I'm sure making Ray Borg try to cut weight again, 30 days after illness, won't completely blow up in the UFC's face. Nope. Not at all.— Derek (@ricketyoldshack) September 13, 2017
I love this.
McGregor enjoying the boat life
That was a mad scene. I only posted "race to the next yacht" two days ago and then this one pulls up right out my back garden. The biggest one of all. This is an eye opening level of opulence to witness first hand. To me, it is truly motivating. I'm starting to think I don't have a wealth belly just yet. I'm more just rich fat now. I must keep eating. I wonder if my lunch is ready. Happy Tuesday
Rousey is proud of her friend despite the WWE loss
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Watch until the end. This is a fantastic finish
Singdam vs Kazbek Kabulov (full fight) pic.twitter.com/E74JTKKh0d— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) September 12, 2017
How to start a fight
Mohammed Jaraya vs Nordin Ben Moh pic.twitter.com/5fgOtvfMAp— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) September 14, 2017
Anyone else excited for GGG-Canelo yet?
If you haven't watched the Urabe bros 2nd fight, you're missing out on an incredible moment in combat sports history https://t.co/JLXNSU02IA— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) September 14, 2017
I had never seen this.
Michael Moorer & Bert Cooper go to WAR, creating one of the greatest 1st rounds in heavyweight boxing history. pic.twitter.com/kDy95GOXu8— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) April 20, 2017
Podcasts and Video
The Golovkin-Canelo press conference
The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
GSP on his comeback and Luke Rockhold for some reason
This was a great fight up until that awful spinning kick Weidman threw.
Remember that scene in Parks and Rec where Tom cries and asks if a work of art is supposed to make him feel things? Well, I didn’t do that over this painting, but I do like it. Maybe I just miss autumn.
The Avenue - Claude Monet, 1878. pic.twitter.com/U055npj1MK— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) September 13, 2017
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