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Jon Jones is the specter that haunts the light heavyweight division. He has only fought twice in the past three years, one win and one no-contest. The no-contest ruined what had been a tremendous fight and victory over his biggest rival, Daniel Cormier.

Now, Cormier is moving on, to face Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight superfight this summer. If “DC” wins, it will shift his legacy, putting Jones in the rearview mirror, at least for the moment. The move to heavyweight was one Jones had been hinting at his entire career.

Good better best.

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Does his caption, “Good better best” refer to Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier... and himself? It’s entirely speculation, but Jones still believes his best days are ahead of him. Much hangs on the length of Jones’ suspension, but is that the fight he will look for when he does return from exile? Jones’ striking coach Brandon Gibson certainly thinks so.


Who is heavyweight champion by the end of 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Daniel Cormier
    (454 votes)
  • 50%
    Stipe Miocic
    (1206 votes)
  • 26%
    Jon Jones
    (626 votes)
  • 4%
    (98 votes)
2384 votes total Vote Now


Good to see Robert Whittaker feeling better. Let’s hope Sir Bobby Knuckles returns to rule middleweight quickly.

I like this sweep from Derrick Lewis. Machida hit it in his very early career; it’s got that combination of effortless and effective.

Working on a lot of new stuff #ufcaustin

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I don’t like this from Lewis though:

Promotions are promoting their fighters, and former fighters, which means you get to watch highlight clips:

Valentina Shevchenko is getting the most tune-up fight of tune-up fights this weekend, but watching her style could be fun.

Boxing has both changed so much and remained the same since these halcyon days:

Perfect translator. Sorry, Ben Askren.

This might be true. Serious times for Anderson Silva. His offence is far clearer in nature and intent than Jon Jones’ is.

He will never get the chance to surpass CM Punk:

Was this cake... was it... what was it??? At first I thought the Ws might represent her UFC wins, but I guess it probably means the “wrestling” in the letters “WWE”?

Accurate depiction of what Floyd’s first day in MMA training would look like:

Be careful @floydmayweather MMA is different .

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