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USADA hasn’t had much of anything to say about the Jon Jones case, which seems to have dragged on with no end in sight. But recently they did feel compelled to say that they didn’t take any bribes to resolve it.
In a written statement, USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich told MMAjunkie, “In relation to some media and social media comments we have observed, USADA wishes to clarify that under no circumstances do we receive payments as part of the resolution of cases.”
Colby Covington claimed a few months ago that it was ‘probably’ the case that Jones’ management team was looking to pay off USADA, possibly with involvement from the UFC.
“You never know the UFC’s side, they want to do business and make money so if he’s available, and USADA clears him, then they’re gonna want to do business and put him back out there to fight and make that company money,” he said. “They’ve got a $4 billion installment on that loan to pay back, so they’re gonna do whatever it takes to make money and pay back that loan.”
Jones has been fairly active on social media recently, posting videos of frequent training that have sparked rumors of an imminent comeback. However, other than denying any reports of bribery, USADA had no comments on any decision regarding his suspension.
Wow. Great analogy, Kelvin Gastelum.
Some A+ corner work from @KelvinGastelum tonight. #TUF28 pic.twitter.com/Fd7HC053KP— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) September 13, 2018
Suga Sean O’Malley can hit
Make way, @SugaSeanMMA is climbing the punching bag ranks . pic.twitter.com/SKU1jnltOZ— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 13, 2018
Why does Ryan Hall look like he’s both very stoned and just drove all night?
OFFICIAL: @BJPennDotCom returns to the Octagon to face @RyanHall5050— UFC (@ufc) September 13, 2018
at #UFC232! pic.twitter.com/rlzl3Y7p6D
Why is Vitor Belfort going to Harvard Business School?
Kyrie Irving is a student of the game… and at Harvard Business Schoolhttps://t.co/BbfuncZfOH— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) September 11, 2018
Cris Cyborg working in preparation for Amanda Nunes
Training hard @CSAgym for #ufc232 with Coach K who has successfully coached 2 of the 4 girls who have defeated Nunes in mma! Lots of attention to details and patterns! #KeepBrazilCreonteFree #CyborgVsNunes pic.twitter.com/rZb2EAtPYY— CyborgVNunes #UFC232 (@criscyborg) September 12, 2018
Bellator’s Michael Chandler trading medicine balls with a training partner
Do what they say can’t be done.... pic.twitter.com/i68gVPPC4v— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) September 11, 2018
What are the odds McGregor gasses again?
The fight king. pic.twitter.com/HPQcaSiFZc— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 12, 2018
Lyoto Machida is making his Bellator debut
Also, the @lyotomachidafw will make his @Bellatormma debut in Hawaii— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 12, 2018
Corey Anderson probably won’t get that title fight but props to him for trying
If this is how @dc_mma really feels, hopefully he sticks around long enough to get this "easy work". Champ or contender... talk is talk theres only one way to settle all the talking. SQUARE UP! #ufc #MMA #champ #justwaitonit #stickaround https://t.co/9Jv1Zw01NM— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) September 12, 2018
Kamaru Usman vs. Rafael Dos Anjos could be fun
Rafael Dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) vs. Kamaru Usman (@USMAN84kg) in the works for TUF 28 Finale headliner (per @raphamarinho) #UFC pic.twitter.com/uFVAB2aekl— Nolan King (@mma_kings) September 12, 2018
Hisae Watanabe was an extraordinary KO artist
October 21, 2016
Even Pluckers are not here for the Paul brothers
no. pic.twitter.com/b9nWXI2ahD— Pluckers (@Pluckers) September 12, 2018
Erick Silva vs. Lorenz Larkin looks like a lot of fun at Bellator 207
It's official. Lorenz Larkin (@da_MONSOON) will take on Erick Silva in a premier welterweight matchup at Bellator 207 on October 12th in Uncasville, Connecticut. ️ ️ ️ #Bellator207 #GP pic.twitter.com/iGdIpVUHqu— Paradigm Sports Management (@ParadigmSM) September 12, 2018
Zabit Magomedsharipov pulled of the second of these extraordinary submissions on the night.
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Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Brandon Davis. UFC 228 . Жми два раза на экран ❤️ Не забудь подписаться на нас ✅ ⚜️ Video by @draxsusmma ⚜️ ➡️Спонсор: @draxsus ⬅️ ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• @zabit_magomedsharipov #zabit #zabitmagomedsharipov #magomedsharipov #магомедшарипов #забит #забитмагомедшарипов
Yair Rodriguez still wants the Zabit fight and it’s still a good fight to rebook
Miss the feeling of being able to train, should be cleared soon. congratulations @zabit_mma on an amazing performance. Hopefully your business with @chadmendes can wait so we can settle ours. pic.twitter.com/aT8nQEyFfo— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) September 12, 2018
This is a big press conference
I know there have been a lot of questions about this, so here's a big update ...— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 12, 2018
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will both attend a UFC press conference next Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
People are so funny. Constantly putting me down. Every time I win it’s because I’m way bigger than every1 in my division. It has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve wrestled since I was 3yrs old or the fact that I work my ass off every day to be successful at my craft.— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) September 12, 2018
This is, as they say, a jam.
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