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Jon Jones openly admitted he won’t move to heavyweight to fight Daniel Cormier because he doesn’t think it is worth the risk. He still considers himself a natural light heavyweight, and a Daniel Cormier who doesn’t cut weight clearly hits harder and, in Jones’ mind, would have a strength advantage.
However, Jones also doesn’t think his greatest rival is ever coming back down to light heavyweight either, despite what Cormier says. Via MMAJunkie.com:
He’s definitely never coming back to light heavyweight,” Jones said. “He says it, but there’s no way he’s coming back to light heavyweight. To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating. It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it, and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he’d put himself through that for a third time.
Jones is right on all counts. There is no reason to make a third fight between the two at light heavyweight. We’ve seen the outcome twice now, and without the additional KO power being at heavyweight affords DC, there is little reason to think it would go differently on another attempt. Cormier has in many ways been able to put the rivalry behind him by knocking out Stipe Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight belt, which he will defend in a rematch with Stipe at UFC 241 in August. Cormier has nothing to gain by making that brutal cut again, and Jones evidently won’t accept the risk of fighting him at heavyweight.
It won’t be, given the nature of fighting and fight talk, but that should be the last we hear about this.
Neil Magny admitted that the reason he withdrew from his fight with Vincente Luque was a drug test failure.
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As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my sceduled bout against Vicente Luque on Saturday, May 18th. I want to apologize to him, as I know how difficult it is to lose an opponent days out from a fight. Throughout my MMA career I have been very transparent. I am not afraid to admit when I am in the wrong. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, I recieved an email from USADA stating that I have failed an "out of competition drug test" due to the banned substance "Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033". I am fully cooperating with USADA to determine how this substance was found in the sample I provided them on May 5, 2019. I have always been an advocate for the strict drug testing in the UFC, even to the extent of opting for my collected samples to be used for research purposes by USADA. I know without a doubt that I have done everything according to the standards set by USADA. I have faith in USADA that this situation will resolved in a timely manner and that I will be cleared of any wrong doing. To all of my fans and supporters, thank you. I assure you that I have not let you down.
Lando Vannata would give GSP a run for his acrobatic money.
Chris Weidman is pretty accurate with his SIG, but he doesn’t want that Tim Kennedy smoke.
This got ugly quick
Here is professional wrestler Jacob Ryan being assaulted in the ring by former “”Zan Panzer” Brad Anderson yesterday at RWA.— Total Engagement with Matt Koon (@MattKoonTE) May 13, 2019
Ryan had no idea it was coming, and Anderson is MUCH bigger and was in there to hurt him.
This is not wrestling. This was assault on an unprepared victim. pic.twitter.com/pROnPzdSpm
Why would you treat a demonstration partner like this?
You know when you just want to see someone succeed so badly?
Squad goals. pic.twitter.com/78h8wr7pFg— BJ Thompson (@bj116) May 14, 2019
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
There is so much skilled, consensual violence happening in the world every week.
When an investment pays off
Sumo counts as a combat sport
Day3 Mongol battle. #sekiwake Ichinojo (L) vs #Tamawashi These two have are perfectly even at six wins each vs one another. #Sumo #natsubasho pic.twitter.com/XEFaWeqMBS— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) May 14, 2019
Sumo is such a unique sport
Day3 #juryo - good bout but mostly I just like these two. Mongol #Arawashi (L) (less easy to confuse with Chiyoshoma now that he is down in juryo) vs #Hidenoumi’s lil bro, #Tobizaru (flying monkey!) #sumo #natsubasho pic.twitter.com/K63WelPl6q— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) May 14, 2019
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