Earlier this week it was announced that current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones had been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier on July 29.

That news sent shockwaves throughout the mixed martial arts community which resulted in many of Jones’ peers taking to social media with their respective reactions.

Jon Jones UFC 214 opponent, former UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, was all class when responding to “Bones” potential drug test failure (read that here).

Jon Jones

Cormier admitted that he was shocked by the news, but also encouraged fans to let the USADA testing process unfold before jumping to conclusions.

Today, “DC’s” statement was echoed by a USADA spokesperson during an interview with MMAFighting:

“We can’t comment on an on-going case, but importantly all athletes under the UFC anti-doping program are innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise,” a USADA spokesperson said in a statement. “As part of this process, Mr. Jones is given the opportunity to be heard, confront and cross examine the evidence and have the ultimate decision of whether he violated the rules or not be decided by independent judges. It’s only fair to let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”

The failed drug test in question was administered the day of the UFC 214 weigh ins (July 28), one day before Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via third-round knockout.

CSAC executive officer Andy Foster confirmed to MMAFighting that Jon Jones had passed all of his out-of-competition drug tests leading into UFC 214. “Bones” was tested on July 6 and July 7 by USADA, the results of those samples came back negative.

UFC President Dana White recently revealed that prior to USADA’s disappointing announcement, the promotion was making plans to have “Bones” square off with current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 218 in Detroit.

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The Year in Sports…


As 2016 comes to a close I could not help but take a look at all the amazing stories of this year…


The greatest story line to me has to be the World Series win for the Chicago Cubs. While they were one of the favorites going in to the season, having not won a title 108 years it is just a moment when you have to be happy for them even if you are not a sports fan. That said while a perennial bad team the majority of the past 108 years somehow they have managed to maintain an incredibly loyal fan base and have been selling out for years. Not only did they win the World Series but it also took one of the most exciting game sevens to make it happen with an 8-7 10-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians who were trying to exercise there own demons having not a Championship since 1948.


Another monumental moment in sports this year was Peyton Manning taking the Broncos back to the Super Bowl and earning his 2nd ring as we all knew retirement was in the wings. Coming back from a mid-season injury and really a shell of his MVP form, he along with Von Miller and the vaunted defense willed another title for Denver.


What truly kept me on the edge of my seats during a usually boring long NBA season was watching the Golden St Warriors go for the best record in NBA history. The Chicago Bulls in 1996 when an absurd 72-10 and established a mark I thought would never be broken. Low and behold Steph Curry your defending MVP came back with another MVP season and players like Clay Thompson and Draymond Green played at All Star levels and the once laughing stock for many years went on to go 73-9. They reached the NBA finals and after a 3-1 lead bowed out to Lebron and the Cavs 4-3. Many will say because they did not close the deal they are not in conversation with greatest teams ever. If anybody’s asking I am taking the 96 Bulls in 5 games if they would have played.


This was also the year of the Summer Olympics and we had some great moments. Carmelo led the US Basketball team to another Gold and we loved that but swimmer Michael Phelps winning his record 23rd medal and retiring from the Olympics was the top story. The most bizarre and controversial moment was when Ryan Lotche, Phelps’ teammate alleged that he was robbed by gunpoint at a gas station with fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen. Brazilian officials found no evidence that the incident occurred and announced in a press conference that the men had vandalized the property.


There were so many great stories in 2016 these are just a few what are your favorites?



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McGregor avenges loss to Diaz in 5-round classic

Last month, the UFC sold for $4 billion in the largest transaction for a single franchise in sports history.

On Saturday, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz offered evidence the sport might in fact be worth every penny.In the first event officially under new WME-IMG ownership, McGregor (20-3) evened his rivalry with Diaz by winning a majority decision in UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. The five-round welterweight fight is an instant front-runner for Fight of the Year.

Judges Derek Cleary and Jeff Mullen scored the rematch 48-47 for McGregor, and judge Glenn Trowbridge had it a draw, 47-47. also had it a 47-47 draw.

“Surprise, surprise, m—–f——,” McGregor said in the ring after the match. “The king is back.”

McGregor, who suffered the first loss of his UFC career to Diaz (19-11) via second-round submission in March, delivered a calm, measured 25-minute performance. He dropped Diaz three times inside the first two rounds but showed patience not rushing in for the quick finish. That was a mistake McGregor made in the first fight.

Diaz survived the early knockdowns and came roaring back in the third round. He expressed doubts about the scorecards after the fight and immediately demanded a trilogy.

“I came to this fight worse off than last time. I didn’t get to train, I had injuries. I’m not making excuses, but you should have finished me off,” he said, directing his remarks at McGregor. “I’m ready for [No. 3]. I gave you [No. 2]”
Still the defending 145-pound featherweight champion, McGregor agreed to a trilogy but said it would not take place at 170 pounds anymore.

“All I know is that it’s 1-1,” McGregor said. “I came up to 170 [pounds] to test the bigger man, face adversity. I want the trilogy, but it’s on my terms. Come back to 155 [pounds]. Let’s do it.”

Diaz, who fights out of Stockton, California, has fought the majority of his career at the 155-pound lightweight limit.

UFC president Dana White told SportsCenter afterward that a potential trilogy fight could be complicated by McGregor’s featherweight title.

“Conor has to defend his title or make a decision to give it up or whatever he wants to do,” White said. “I don’t know. I’ve got to sit down and see what’s next.

“If I was Conor, I’d defend my title.”

McGregor’s game plan was evident early. He caught Diaz repeatedly with leg kicks while looking to set up the left hand. Chants of “USA” were quickly replaced with “Olé” after Diaz was knocked down in the opening round. He went down twice more in the second round. McGregor motioned him to stand back up each time.

Diaz started to go on the offensive after that, pressing into his smaller opponents with volume striking. He slapped McGregor several times in the third, pausing to point and laugh at him after each one. McGregor showed signs of fatigue in the round, jogging away from Diaz at times, which made Diaz taunt him even more.

The fourth round proved to be crucial. McGregor landed a hard kick to the body that finally served to back Diaz off. Diaz’s entire face was swollen and bloodied from the first two rounds, and he started to show fatigue himself. He pushed McGregor into a clinch and tried to use his size advantage, but McGregor broke off and landed shots.

Diaz scored his only takedown of the bout in the fifth, moments before the final bell. He helped McGregor up at the conclusion of the bout, and the two quickly hugged.

Once Diaz picked up his pace, the bout never really slowed down. According to immediate stats by Fightmetric, Diaz landed 271 total strikes compared with 190 for McGregor. Diaz attempted 446 strikes, and McGregor attempted 313.

White told SportsCenter that the fight exceeded his expectations.

“I didn’t see that fight going five rounds, and it did,” he said. “One minute, it looked like Conor was gassed and he got a second wind. Diaz got dropped a couple of times, it looked like he was done, and he came back. It was an absolute epic fight.”

Saturday’s card brought in a gate of $7,692,010, the fifth highest in UFC history. The announced attendance was 15,539.

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Miesha Tate stuns Holly Holm, to defend title vs. Ronda Rousey

LAS VEGAS — Less than four months after her stunning win over Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm’s time as a UFC champion is over.

Miesha Tate (18-5), who late last year admitted she was considering retirement, submitted Holm with a rear-naked choke at 3:30 of the final round of their 135-pound title fight Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 196 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.Presumably down on the scorecards entering the fifth round, Tate latched herself onto Holm’s back during a scramble in the center of the cage. Holm stood, wearing Tate as a backpack. Tate sneaked her right arm under Holm’s chin, and in a final desperate attempt to break free, Holm front flipped to the ground.

Holm (10-1) refused to tap. She went unconscious, still throwing punches into the air in front of her.

“I let my guard down, and it cost me the fight,” Holm said in her postmatch news conference.

UFC president Dana White joined SportsCenter on Saturday night to declare that Tate’s first bantamweight defense will come against Rousey, who has not set a return date.

“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title. That’s what’s going to happen,” White said. “That’s what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title.”

White said he contacted Rousey, who was not watching Saturday’s fight.

“I text Ronda, and she said, ‘What happened?'” White said. “I said, ‘Miesha just choked her unconscious.’ She said, ‘Looks like I gotta get back to work.'”

Rousey’s two previous wins against Tate each came via armbar. Holm said she wanted a rematch against Tate but would take any opportunity UFC provided.

White said Rousey doesn’t plan to fight until the fall, but he will inquire of her interest to fight Tate earlier than that.

“I feel we had a great game plan,” said Tate, a former Strikeforce titleholder. “She’s very dangerous. She’s capable of catching anyone at any moment. She’s a calculated fighter. I thought I had to be like a pit bull with a bone [with the choke]. I knew she wasn’t getting out of that one.”

Until that final sequence, it looked as if it would be a what-if kind of night for Tate. She took Holm down in the second round and eventually took her back with 90 seconds to work. Twice she threatened to finish with a rear-naked choke only to have Holm barely fight her off.Things largely went according to plan for Holm, who fights out of Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She maintained distance against Tate well and stuffed the majority of her takedowns. Holm caught her with a couple left hooks and racked up points on the scorecards with jabs and side kicks. She reddened Tate’s face with punches in the first round.

Holm was motivated to train and reinsert herself into the title mix as soon as possible, even declaring her desire to fight Tate again as soon as she can.

“I want to fight Miesha tomorrow,” Holm said. “… I’m more anxious to get in and train right now than I have been in a long time.”

She rebuffed criticism of her decision to defend her title before she had the chance to face Rousey in a rematch.

“I’m in it to fight. That’s what I’m in it for,” Holm said. “And tonight, I made some mistakes. … I need to fix those mistakes. I’m going to come back stronger.”

According to immediate stats by Fightmetric, Holm outstruck Tate 68 to 65, although that was mostly due to a 29-1 Tate advantage in the second round.

Tate, 29, has now won five fights in a row. She said late last year she wasn’t sure if she would continue her career, after UFC skipped over a promised title shot to book a fight between Holm and Rousey.

At the MGM sportsbook, Holm closed as a 3.5-1 betting favorite.

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