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Chuck Liddell was skeptical of Jon Jones’ recent polygraph test results, to say the least. I spoke to him today about a new YouTube Red show he was a part of, Ultimate Expedition. Halfway through the interview, I asked him if he had seen the news about Jon Jones taking a polygraph test to prove he didn’t take steroids intentionally.
Liddell: I didn’t see it, but ... is a polygraph really gonna prove anything? Is this the “someone slipped something into my drink” defense? And who paid for the polygraph?
The test was conducted by PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was not requested by the UFC or USADA. Liddell further elaborated with a little speculation:
The “someone put it in my drink more than once”, defense? Like... first go round, its a little different.
What was the first one, tainted Cialis? Listen, how tainted was the Cialis, for that to register in a high enough amount that it would pop you on the test? I don’t know about tests. Maybe you just need a little bit to pop you, but to be at a level that would show up on the test, it seems like you would have to have taken a LOT of tainted Cialis. Or, just a little bit in the Cialis, if it wasn’t that, instead of Cialis, in whatever it was. I don’t know.
Jones has been very unapologetic about taking Cialis, which he described as “awesome”; however, his defense was that they were contaminated, resulting in his first drug test failure. Failing a second test, though, certainly has called his alibi into question. Some, including UFC executive Jeff Novitsky, seem to be convinced it was accidental; others, not so much.
EXCLUSIVE : Via sources my contacts have Obtained transcript of polygraph interview taken by Jon Jone pic.twitter.com/guN3VsFpjv— superCalo (@superCalo) January 17, 2018
Chuck also dished on seeing his friend Matt Hughes recover, the current state of the Light Heavyweight division, whether he still gets the urge to compete, advice to young fighters as a fan of the sport, and what it was like to come off the couch to climb a mountain for the first time where base camp was at 14,000 feet. He also explained why he shaved his face:
Are we buying Jones’ polygraph test?
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This is funny trolling, because the shoulder roll is Floyd’s move, but Mayweather-McGregor was so... 2017. Maybe if McGregor gets back into competition sooner than later, he will have something relevant to post about.
I am as excited about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson as anyone; more than likely it will happen, but it’s not a completely done deal just yet.
Despite multiple reports of Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov for *undisputed* lightweight title on 4/7, Khabib's manager @AliAbdelaziz00 tells me it's not done, details still being worked out. Possibility of McGregor being stripped is real, but not done as of now.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 16, 2018
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou is this weekend and yes, we are all stoked.
I’ve been missing out on this quality content by not following Phil Baroni, apparently.
This is the reverse of “don’t try this at home”, because someone already did, so Raymond Daniels, the professional, does it right.
“I fear not the man who practices 10,000 kicks 1 time, but I fear the man that practices 1 kick 10,000 times.” -Bruce Lee - This has been a great inspirational quote to me in my training over the years. But, I might have to disagree with the great legend that is #brucelee on this occasion. After seeing that video , I think I would be a little scared to let him kick a bottle of my head..Lol... My Brave coach @tyler_wombles and a this other guys not so smart girlfriend that’s been convinced that her boyfriend is the next coming of #brucelee P.S. I wouldn’t use your girlfriend for this challenge fellas. Just a word of advice. . . . . #challenge #lifestyle #fitness #motivation #selfie #goals #winter #dutch #outside #myself #soldes #belgium #belgique #almagne #alonenotlonely #sauna #aachen #dutshland #lifeday #my #happybirday #luik #selfconscious #spaday #the morocco #plui #germany #marakeche
Maryna Moroz is (justifiably) proud of her abs.
Obligatory reminder that UFC fighters are not paid as well as other athletes. Just work on becoming a star, Belal Muhammad.
I'm so broke right now if anybody robbed me they'd just be practicing— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) January 15, 2018
Valentina Shevchenko has a hidden talent, and it’s not shooting or traditional dance. (She can do those too) It’s painting.
Paintings Created by UFC Athlete Valentina Shevchenko https://t.co/QQVoa3ls1j— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) January 16, 2018
Don’t be the human who sends Jessica-Rose Clark nasty messages concerning her fight with Paige VanZant.
Paige has some crazy fans pic.twitter.com/lvnEbzVVMs— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) January 15, 2018
This weekend’s fighting schedule:
Live Combat Sport Schedule: 1/17 - 1/21— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 16, 2018
Link: https://t.co/PRqb8NUcpR pic.twitter.com/sNVEXvfiPN
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
A reminder that Rory Macdonald brings the violence (so does Douglas Lima) so this weekend has goodness on both Bellator and UFC cards.
The Red King #Bellator192 pic.twitter.com/iqOBcuq9Hv— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) January 16, 2018
This is the scariest choke/crank I’ve ever seen. It looks as though Saadulaez is about to snap his neck.
Yusup Saadulaev #ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/wNaqZYGPze— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 17, 2018
I’m not sure how this doesn’t get you signed to the UFC, but enjoy this guy while you can, LFA.
Thanh Le (7-1) scored a head kick KO on the Tues Night Contender Series but didn't receive a contract. He fights for the interim featherweight title at #LFA31 pic.twitter.com/zurBF4dS8A— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 17, 2018
Always love a good submission
Technical submission in the fight Timur Nagibin vs. @ivanbuchinger at M-1 Challenge 80 makes it to the list of the best 2017 submissions. pic.twitter.com/WTzEr318mj— M-1 Global (@M1GlobalNews) January 16, 2018
I love simple technical pointers like this:
Here’s Joe Louis simultaneously slipping outside the jab and landing his own jab. #boxing pic.twitter.com/2EdQNfCJ3q— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) January 15, 2018
What Angelo Dundee called a “slip jab” can also be used during orthodox vs southpaw. Only you counter the jab with a cross instead. This was one of Manny Pacquiao’s go-to techniques. #boxing pic.twitter.com/zwiArGrmiP— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) January 16, 2018
Here are some fights you may have missed this weekend:
knees in the clinch— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) January 14, 2018
Langchon Khuanjaisikhot KOs Kongfan Petchjinda (MAX) pic.twitter.com/4KceWwBeu8
this kick was brilliant— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) January 14, 2018
Fahmai Por.Yuttapoom drops Mohamad El-Mir (MAX) pic.twitter.com/ofr2FhRFmf
Podcasts and Video
UFC 220 Beer Pairing with Flyin Brian J! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube
UFC 220 Embedded, Episode 2:
Stone Cold Stipe is fired up
The Co-Main Event podcast
On this episode of the CME podcast we get jacked for UFC 220 and I outline a strategy for beating Francis Ngannou. (Hint: it involves attacking while he sleeps.) https://t.co/pE81Vr3Y7O— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) January 16, 2018
This will make your night better.
We interrupt this timeline of depressing shit to bring you this... a baby lion learning to roar pic.twitter.com/urv10TQXjm— BabyAnimal (@TheBabyAnimal) January 12, 2018
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