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Bellator MMA’s Scott Coker On Signing CM Punk, The Success Of Bellator, & More

January 22, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker appeared on Tuesday’s edition of the MMA Hour and this interview had some gems in it. Down below are highlights from the interview.

When asked if Bellator MMA would ever sign CM Punk, Coker said:

“We had talked about it, honestly, but we never reached out to him or made that call. We were not in dialogue with him by any means. It was just like, ‘He’s never had a fight before. You think he really wants to fight?’ I didn’t even know if he really, really wanted to fight, so let’s see. Let’s see how he does in his debut.”

…and Alberto del Rio:

“I’m not sure. From everything I understand, he’s still pro wrestling and he’s very busy pro wrestling. Even though he’s had some great MMA fights – he fought a couple of big names – at the end of the day, it’s a different sport completely.”

“To me, I know that they’re still in dialogue, but is he going to become a MMA fighter? That I cannot answer.”

Currently, Punk is signed to a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will debut sometime this year.

When asked his thoughts on today’s free agent market in MMA today, Coker said:

“There’s going to be free agent who come up time to time. It’s going to be our job to build these fighters from the ground up that we have, and keep building them and keep building them. What a great platform we have with Spike TV to keep building these new stars.”

“It kinda reminds me of Strikeforce, really. We bought a few free agents. It’s not just us going after them. Believe me, they’re calling us. This is not a one-way street where we’re just going after fighters. We’re going to win some. We’re going to lose some. That’s just how the nature of this beast is going to be.”

“If you’re a free agent out there or you’re going to become a free agent, you’re going to talk to everybody. You’re going to want to use your leverage to get the best deal you can. We’re in a position now with the Viacom ownership group, there’s not going to be any fighter that’s out of the price range.”

“If we feel the deal’s right and the fighter’s right, we’re going to do it.”

Coker recently visited Japan to scout talent and possible deals for Bellator MMA.

“To see K-1 in its heyday, to see PRIDE in its heyday, I think the new fans today are really missing out because it was something special, something spectacular. They just had that ‘wow’ factor.”

“I went to a couple of fights, actually three different events in five days….I met with some of the key players in that industry. You and I talked about Sakakibara and his mounting comeback. I met IGF people. I sat down with Fedor [Emelianenko], just a lot of different fighters. It was a great time and I’m glad I did it because as dominant as Japan was in the past, there’s a place for them in the world of mixed martial arts to make a resurgence and I think that what Sakakibara is working on over there is very special. He’s going to come out with a big bang before the end of the year.”

“I think anyone who can promote a fight on New Year’s Eve and sell tickets and actually have people show up and then throw a fight the night before and then a boxing match the night before and then a kickboxing fight – a new show called Blade – the night before that…I mean, here’s a country that’s, the word I would use is sleeping. They’re waiting for the next resurgence of a Japanese MMA promotion.”

While Coker did wonders for Strikeforce and most likely to do the same with Bellator, the idea of Bellator ever being on or near the same level of the UFC is just not realistic. The UFC has and will be the top promotion in the world when it comes to MMA.

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WWE WrestleMania 32 Is A Big Reason To Re-sign Brock Lesnar

January 21, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The big news today is the impending announcement that the WWE will officially announce its home for WrestleMania 32. The venue is expected to be AT&T Stadium. There probably is nobody more excited for this news in the WWE locker room than Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar is coming up on the end of his WWE deal. Lesnar’s deal expires with his WrestleMania 31 match or appearance. Due to the MMA war between Bellator and the UFC, Lesnar is expected to receive big offers from both companies to fight again. Most predicted that the WWE would be out of the bidding. I say, not so fast.

I was on board with this crowd until this whole WrestleMania 32 scenario hit me. The economics of the WWE and its business have changed. The WWE can no longer justify spending on high-priced free agents like Lesnar without PPV revenue and an under-performing Network. Quite frankly there is just no good reason to justify re-sign Lesnar and thus most expected him to walk. Now they have a reason and that reason is 92,000+ seats.

Vince McMahon and company aren’t looking to get into AT&T Stadium, draw half of a house, and lose their behinds. The WWE is not only looking to draw big, but they are looking to fill the stadium and break its own WrestleMania attendance record. With all due respect to the current roster of WWE talent, there is nobody on that roster that is going to collectively draw 92,000 in 2016 in Texas. It just isn’t going to happen.

The WWE will need some heavy hitters on that show. The company will need some of those high-priced special talents to put the butts in the seats. There are a ton of rumors surrounding Steve Austin coming back for this show. The thought is nice but we have seen this flirtation quite a few times and it never ends with Austin back in the ring. Without Austin what do you got? You need more and one of those guys needed to fill the place will be Brock Lesnar.

The business case has now been made. Locking up Lesnar a year in advance will at least give the company the confidence that it has at least one component needed to fill the place. Lesnar on his own won’t do it, but they have a much better chance with him than without him. It also isn’t as if Lesnar will be hanging around waiting for a call. Once he signs with an MMA group he will be unavailable for at least a year and a half if not two years. He is not nearly as expendable as he was before this location was announced.

I am also convinced that they are moving towards a Rock vs. Triple H match at 32. I thought that the second I saw the SmackDown vignette between the two where they exchanged challenges, specifically mentioning a large stadium. The better move for business would be Rock vs. Brock and it could happen, but I think that as of today the working idea is a Rock vs. Hunter match. While it’s always nice to see Rock back, that won’t do it on its own.

The WWE need Lesnar more today than they did a few weeks ago and for that reason I think he is staying. I don’t think Lesnar wants to fight again and I think he enjoys the short schedule for big money without a training camp. Now that the WWE has a chance to get back into the bidding, I think they lock up their guy before he hits free agency.

There is also ego involved here. The UFC already tried to book Brock in a fight in AT&T Stadium but the fight fell through. Does the WWE really want to take the chance that the UFC books Brock in this same stadium and outdraws WrestleMania? It sounds petty and it is but I don’t think Vince McMahon could ever live with himself if that happened.

I guess we’ll have that question answered on Sunday. If he leaves as champion I’d bet he re-signed or is close. if he doesn’t, I would bet that the WWE thinks he is on borrowed time.

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Matt Brown Talks CM Punk Fighting In The UFC

January 20, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welterweight Matt Brown recently appeared on the MMA Hour and he had a lot to say about the UFC signing former WWE champion CM Punk to a contract without him having any previous fighting experience.

“I thought the sport, the UFC, itself, was beyond that now, Bellator doing this, I could understand. I could see other organizations doing it. The UFC, I just didn’t expect it.

On CM Punk signing with the UFC: “I don’t have a problem with the UFC doing it. What I have a problem with is CM Punk being dumb enough to think he can do it,” Brown continued. “If he wants to come fight a real man I’ll be standing there. I’ll fight Tarec Saffiedine on [Feb. 14] and I’m the main event, everyone will be gone. I’ll fight him right after Tarec if he wants. Hopefully what happens here is that all these keyboard warriors that are like, ‘Oh I could go in there and fight’ see that a legit athlete — CM Punk is an athlete — and they see him go in a get demolished by a prelim fighter or someone that also shouldn’t be in there and they’ll see this shit is a little more than what you think.”

Punk has gotten both positive and negative feedback with this new move.

“On ESPN, they said I called him a ‘dumb athlete’. Well, I didn’t call him a dumb athlete. I said he’s dumb to think that he could compete with UFC-level guys in his first fight.”

Punk left the WWE in 2014 after several medical issues and now he is stepping inside the octagon without any previous fighting ability is a stiff dose of reality for Punk.

“And I would completely stand by that statement. If he were standing right in front of me, I would tell him that. How many people walk into our gym all the time and say, ‘I want to be in the UFC’? I’m like, ‘Well, you’re dumb to think you’re going to be able to do that. I don’t care if you’re freakin’ CrossFit champion or gymnastics champion, whatever. Unless you’re a wrestling champion – not pro wrestling champion, but like a NCAA champion or something – then I would tell you you probably shouldn’t even think about it until a few years of training.”

Brown prides himself on a tough nose fighter, who has some of the best striking in all of MMA.

On Punk’s opponent: “Who is he going to fight? The only person they could bring in would be another person that doesn’t know how to fight. It’s crazy to me.”

On comparisons to Brock Lesnar: “At least Brock Lesnar, he at least knew what he had in store, what it felt like to get in there. The thing that I was getting at when I was talking about CM Punk was, I think he’s going to be in for a big shock. When you step in that UFC cage, when they say it’s as real as it gets, that’s the truth. When you walk in there, those lights shining on you, everybody looking at you and there’s a dude across the cage that wants to rip your head off, it’s a different feeling than anything he’s ever felt before.

Brock Lesnar had an actual wrestling background, Punk does not. That should be the start and end of any comparisons between the two. Bottom line.

“He’s going to have some really deep, dark thoughts,” Brown explained. “We call it the Worm of Doubt. He’s going to have lots of worms in his head causing doubt.”

Matt Brown is scheduled to fight former UFC Welterweight Champion Johnny Hendricks at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas.

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The Rock On Brock Lesnar, Dana White, MMA & More

January 16, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Former WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made it clear in the past that he is a huge MMA fan. Johnson recently did a Q&A with UFC Magazine and here are the highlights.

On if he was a fan of MMA before or after Brock Lesnar entered the sport: I was always a fan of the UFC, dating back to UFC 1 in ’93. But what actually drew me to MMA was when I attended UFC 60, when Matt Hughes faced Royce Gracie in a non-title catchweight fight. I was interested in MMA at that time, so I went to the Staples Center early and sat in the front row to watch every fight that night— including all the prelims. I wanted to absorb as much I could and become somewhat of a student for the night. When the main event was about to start, they sat the Gracie family next to me. Specifically Helio Gracie—his energy and presence was powerful. I’ll never forget shaking his hand. Royce lost, but even in defeat, the grace, pride and poise he and the Gracie family showed that night was inspiring. I went home that night with such a greater respect for the sport and all its fighters.

On his favorite MMA fighters: I always have my eyes on the champions, specifically the heavyweight and light heavyweight champs. Cain Velasquez is an animal with the type of heart and conditioning that makes me want to run through a wall at 3 a.m. and do my cardio and training. My buddy Jon Jones is a very special fighter who bridges fighting and artistry like no one ever before has. They’re both incredibly inspiring champions who are needle movers in the world of MMA. And I bet 2015 will be the year of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson: a bad dude. When he becomes champion, I’m gonna have to claim him as my cousin! [Laughs]

Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 to pursue his NFL dreams, but failed to make the 53 man roster for the Minnesota Vikings. He went back to pro wrestling in late 04 and eventually into MMA a few years later.

On if he gave Lesnar any advice before stepping into the cage: I never spoke to Brock when he decided to compete in MMA. We’ve been good buds for years, and he always knew I supported his decision. To be able to accomplish what he did and become UFC heavyweight champion in that short amount of time was insane—historic.

Johnson asked UFC President Dana White to appear on his all new TNA show, “Wake Up Call”.

On why he reached out to White to appear on his show: On that episode of Wake Up Call, we have an 18-year-old high-school dropout who has one dream: to become a UFC champion. Despite the fact that his mom is in prison and he dropped out of school, he’s a good kid with a big heart and a dream. I told him if he meets me halfway and puts in the hard work, then I’ll provide the tools he needs to achieve his dream. I called Dana to see if he’d come down to Florida and take a look at this kid and see if he had any potential. I knew I could count on Dana to give it to me and the kid straight without any bullshit. Not only did Dana fly all the way to Florida, but he brought Mike Dolce with him. They put that kid through the ringer with training, conditioning and a shot to become part of Coach Libo’s [Ricardo Liborio] American Top Team up the road from where we live. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say that we may see that kid, Terrell Moore, in the Octagon one day. I can’t thank Dana and the UFC enough for their support of Wake Up Call.

You can catch Johnson’s show on Friday nights.

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Conor McGregor Comments On His Upcoming UFC Fight With Dennis Siver

January 14, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

UFC Fight Night 59 goes down Sunday, Jan. 18 at Boston’s TD Garden. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. The main event for this event will be Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver. The co-main event will be Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson.

Conor McGregor was doing the media rounds on Tuesday and appeared on several ESPN shows. In this interview, Conor McGregor appeared Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones that airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

On Siver’s past history with performance enhancing drugs: “I feel he has been on that stuff his whole career and who knows his evolution? “

“He has probably evolved his skills of hiding the substance. So as far as I’m aware, he could be entering this contest on performance-enhancing drugs as it is. I do not respect an individual like that.”

McGregor (16-2) Has 1 decision victories, 14 knockout victory and 1 submission victory. He has won his last 12 fights. In his last five fights, he has finished four by knockouts.

“He has two options,” McGregor said. “He can either retire or he will be cut from the promotion. On the night, on the air, I will cut him myself as I believe I am shaping up to become vice president of the UFC pretty soon. So I will be making cuts myself.”

McGregor knocked out Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 51 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 on Dec / 31 / 2012, then he knocked out Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013 and then he dominated Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen on Aug / 17 / 2013. He knocked out Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night – McGregor vs. Brandao on Jul / 19 / 2014. In his last fight, he knocked out Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 – Johnson vs. Cariaso on Sep / 27 / 2014

On calling Siver a nazi: “I realized people outside of the contest took offense,” McGregor said. “I did not want to offend nobody that is not involved in the contest. But as far as offending Dennis, I do not care about Dennis. I will call him whatever I want and I will do what I please to him on Sunday night.”

McGregor almost out classes Siver in all areas of fighting. I see no issues for McGregor here in this fight. Could McGregor get an early knockout? Sure, but Siver is a tough dude, who will stay in with McGregor for the early rounds. By the fourth round, McGregor finishes him with a TKO finish.

McGregor is a dominant fighter, who has world class skills in all areas of MMA. With the UFC putting UFC Fight Night 59 not only on a Sunday night, but against an AFC Championship NFL game, the promotion had to put a fighter like McGregor front and center to get people interested in this event.

Let’s be honest, the card is decent, but nothing to go out of your way to see. McGregor is a fighter that you do go out of your way to see. From the way he carries himself, talks about himself and opponents then to his exciting fighting style that can see a fight go several minutes or as of recent, seconds.

McGregor is the number one contender in that division and now the UFC will see if their “boy” can beat one of the most dominant fighters not only in that division, but in all of the UFC.

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Jon Jones’ Striking Coach Gives A Great Interview About Jones’ Drug Use & More

January 13, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Jon Jones’ striking coach Brandon Gibson appeared on the MMA Hour Monday to discuss Jones entering rehab for drug use and more. Here are the highlights.

“I was sad. Obviously I care first and foremost for Jon as a friend, as father, fiancé, son, brother. So I was sad to hear that. He called me a couple of hours before the news was released. He didn’t find out until right before himself, and he was very apologetic about the whole situation to the whole coaching staff…I kind of wanted to ride that high a little bit of beating DC. That was a huge accomplishment for him. He put a lot of work in, and obviously this took away from that. But it definitely brought to light a more important issue that we have to face.”

What is Jones’ status as of today?

“As of today, I really don’t know what the exact status of it is.”

When asked how things were going with the champions?

“Some of it’s going to be outpatient follow-up stuff. So, I didn’t get too many details on that, but you know we just talked more about his process through this — and I’m going to support him through it. It’s not my job to diagnose or counsel Jon. All I can ultimately do is be there for him as a friend as he goes through this.”

With such a dominant fighter like Jones, did he see anything different with Jones heading into UFC 182:

“You know, I didn’t see any giant signs or signals through camp. Jon was probably more disciplined than he’s ever been as far as the work leading up to the DC fight. He wasn’t late for a single workout. I’d see him multiple times a day. I was more focused on his performance objectives, and I didn’t really see these signs, but maybe this brings to light some other things he’s going to have to work out.”

Jones failed a drug test prior to the UFC 182 event where he went onto defeat Daniel Cormier to retain his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

Everyone has an opinion, but did the commission do right by Jones?

“Each athletic commission is different. I don’t know. I think in my place it would never be up to me to disclose so much private medical history or background or progress of someone who was even in recovery. I know there’s a silver lining to this. I know that Jon is going to come out of this a better person. He’s going to come out of it more disciplined. So as far as NSAC releasing it, or not releasing it, or even doing it after the fight was over — I don’t know how much bearing that holds. I’m just happy that at least Jon is dealing with it.”

In that fight with Cormier, Jones went to war and won a dominate five round decision over the previously undefeated fighter.

Finally, with all the negative things to say about the situation and Jones, how he is handling those things:

“I’m confident he’ll come out of this stronger than ever. I think he’s really going to make the most of Albuquerque being his home. We’re not going to have to call it a comeback. I think Jon’s next fight we’re going to see an even greater Jon Jones than what we saw with the DC fight. I think he’s going to continue to fight off these temptations and become a stronger man through all this.”

Jones’ next fight is not known at this time, but we wish him a speedy recovery.

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Charles Rosa On His UFC Debut At Fight Night 59, His Goals & More

January 12, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

UFC fighter Charles Rosa recently spoke about his upcoming fight with Sean Soriano for UFC Fight Night 59. Down below are the highlights:

Right off the bat, he was asked what he learned about in his last fight in order to win in his upcoming fight:

“I learned that I can do it in a worst-case scenario. I overcame all of that on short notice and still performed well. I am capable fighting in the UFC. Before that everyone told me I could do it and I felt confident in myself, but you never really know about something until you do it. When I did it, I really found out for sure that there was no doubt I belong there. I don’t like to make excuses, but it’s not like I would have done worse against Siver with a full training camp. I’m only capable of doing better. With ample time to prepare for this one, it’s perfect. My body and my mind are completely healthy and I belong in the UFC.”

When asked about fighting in Boston:

“This really is the ultimate dream come true. Walking to the cage gives you that extra ounce of energy, that extra fire that you need at this level. Fighting in Boston is going to give me all the extra adrenaline to perform at the national level. I plan on going in the cage and feeling the best I’ve ever felt and very strong. It’s a feeling I can’t describe. It’s almost like I have superhuman powers. It starts right when I walk out in the tunnel. Being in Boston, maybe it will give me a little extra of that. I can’t wait to feel it.”

Like many fighters, Rose ultimate goal is to win the UFC title in his weight class:

“My goal since my first professional fight was to become the UFC champion. Top 10 is where I want to be and it’s where I feel I belong. I’m going to prove that when I go out there. With a full training camp I don’t think there’s anyone in the world that can beat me. This is certainly a dream come true being able to fight in my home town of Boston in front of family and friends. I’ll be looking to put him away on Jan. 18.”

UFC Fight Night 59 will be his UFC debut and this is what he said about finally making it to the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

“I always expected my UFC debut to be perfect and for everything to go smooth, but the first one didn’t really feel like what I expected. I thought I’d have a full camp, have all my coaches and sponsors in line, all my clothes ready to go. That’s how I pictured my UFC debut. It didn’t really happen that way. It didn’t go how I thought it would. This is always how I pictured my UFC debut and it’s how it’s going. I have a full camp, I have the home crowd and I have everything in line leading up to the fight. This one really feels right.”

UFC Fight Night 59 goes down Sunday, Jan. 18 at Boston’s TD Garden. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. The main event for this event will be Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver. The co-main event will be Eddie Alvarez vs. Benson Henderson.

Charles Rose will be fighting Sean Soriano on the preliminary side of the event on Fox Sports 1.

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Dana White Speaks About Jon Jones’ Positive Cocaine Test, Reaction & More

January 08, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

UFC President Dana White appeared on Fox Sports 1 America’s Pre Game yesterday to address all of the questions that comes hot off the heels of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones testing positive for Cocaine before his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

Down below are highlights from his interview.

“I was shocked, said White. Obviously, and this is one of those situations where it’s so different than if a guy gets busted for performance-enhancing drugs. You worry about the person first, you know? You forget about the fighting and the work side of it. You worry about the person, Jon Jones as a person. He got checked into rehab, they’re going to evaluate him and then we’ll go from there.”

White was asked why the UFC didn’t postpone or cancel the fight after learning about the test results?

“What happened was, so they do these tests leading up to a fight, these random drug tests, and he tested positive. No, (there was no talk of postponing the fight) because No. 1, he was healthy. No. 2, the reason you would stop a fight and the hammer would drop on a guy would be if he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.”

While gave some interesting news that Jones opponent at UFC 182, Daniel Cormier was not informed that Jones had tested positive before the fight.

“He was not (informed of the failed test) because he didn’t need to be. If he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, everything would have got shut down. The other thing people have to understand about this situation is Jon Jones was contracted to fight. We have a contract with him. Everybody thinks that we can just say, ‘Hey, the fight’s off. The fight’s not happening.’ Damn right he had the right to fight.”

Dana White continued to say that it is not about the UFC, the title or future plans for Jones. It is all about Jones getting help then the promotion worry about the future.

White stated repeatedly that he plans on talking to Jones soon.

“I talked to him yesterday before he went in, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to talk to him tonight. He was in a good place going in there and I’m sure he’s in an even better place today. I look forward to talking to him today.”

White defended the promotion by saying that street drugs (cocaine) does not help a fighter, but hurts them. Thus the reason the fight was not cancelled. However, if Jones tested positive for performance enhancing drugs then the fight would be stopped right away.

“If you look at how shocked everybody was by this, nothing you saw in Jon Jones leading up to that fight would make you think that he used drugs. In a situation like this the last thing you worry about is his image right now. You worry about getting the guy healthy, he’ll come back, and whether you like him or you don’t like him, he’s the baddest dude in the world. He’s the pound-for-pound best guy in the world.

What’s even crazier is you do these tests to look for performance-enhancing drugs, the stuff he was doing, it hurts you. It doesn’t help you in any way, it actually hurts you. So imagine how good this guy’s going to be when he gets straight. Everything happens for a reason. It’s a great thing this happened. It’s a great thing this guy made a mistake. Who would have known? We would never know. We’ll get him the help that he needs.”

While I understand that UFC 182 would do huge business for the promotion, White cannot say that they are only concerned about the health of Jones right now. If so, why did you let him fight? Why not get him help in the first place. If he was already using the drug, wouldn’t have been better if he was clean a month ago. Jones could have overdosed and died. Can you imagine the backlash against a promotion like the UFC? While I enjoyed the fight, and the media coverage that came with it, you can’t argue that the person Jon Jones is more important right now because you already put business before his personal welfare.

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Brian Stann Discusses Jon Jones Testing Positive For Cocaine & More

January 07, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Former middleweight fighter and UFC analyst Brian Stann recently appeared on Fox Sports live to discuss UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine after his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 this past weekend.

“The first priority is that Jon and his family, but specifically Jon, get the help he needs and I know that that is the UFC’s No. 1 priority,” said Stann. “I’m glad to see that he’s already checked into a treatment facility. He’s got three beautiful daughters and a fiancée, Jessie, who I’ve had the privilege to meet, and I’m glad to hear that news immediately following this breaking news that’s so unfortunate.”

Jones won a five round war against Cormier, who was undefeated going into their fight this past Saturday night. When Cormier was asked about how this impacted the fight, Cormier was a man about it and did not use it as an excuse.

When asked if this news damages the victory over Cormier at UFC 182, Stann had this to say:

“In my eyes as an analyst and being that it’s out of competition, no,” said Stann. “I don’t think there’s a whole lot of performance enhancement speaking of cocaine. I mean obviously he didn’t take it right before the fight. I think obviously this is going to hurt his image and a lot of the other things he has going on outside of the Octagon for his brand, but this is an opportunity for him to do what’s best for him and his family right now. That’s the No. 1 priority and knowing Jon personally I don’t think there’s anything this kid can’t overcome.”

Jones has since checked into a rehab facility to get help for his condition. His primary sponsor, Reebok has made a public statement that says that they are going to stay by Jones in this difficult time.

Finally, with Jon Jones being seen as a villain or a bad guy in the past, how does this impact the way fans see him now? Stann answered with this:

“It’s going to be difficult,” said Stann. “It’s certainly going to be negative for his image. After the [Cormier] fight [Jones] did some interviews where I thought a lot of people really came around and saw the real side of Jon Jones. People started talking and saying, ‘Hey, give the guy a break. He doesn’t have to be perfect. He can be a little mean.’ So I think this swings the pendulum a little bit back in the opposite direction. He’s going to get criticized and he’s going to have to take this one on the chest, but first and foremost he’s got to worry about himself and his family. “But look, this is a country where one of the highest paid speakers in the country is [former U.S. president] Bill Clinton and he’s considered a hero in many ways. [Clinton] has certainly overcome much worse than a positive drug test so I think Jon can overcome this.”

Jones is currently getting help, but at this time his status as being the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is unknown. Some think that he will be stripped of the title and some think that he will remain the champion.

The talk of his next fight is not even being considered, but before the news broke, he was rumored to fight UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Obviously, any of those discussions have since been put on hold with Jones in rehab.

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UFC Champ Jon Jones Tests Positive For Cocaine, Enters Rehab

January 07, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

It is never a good thing to see your biggest star get popped for cocaine. That is what happened to the UFC after it was announced that their champion and biggest star Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites and will now enter rehab.

This is a fascinating story on a lot of levels. The story broke on Tuesday, just a couple of days after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in the biggest UFC fight of the last twelve months. According to all reports, Jones failed the test on December 4. The test was administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and considered “out of competition” since it was not the week of the fight. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine.

Jones will face no disciplinary action for his failure. The reason being is that cocaine believe it or not is not a banned substance by the NSAC during out of competition testing. Had Jones tested positive for this the week of the fight, he would have faced disciplinary actions. Yep, you can do as much coke as you want if you are a UFC fighter, just don’t do it the week of the fight.

Jones immediately announced that he will enter a rehab following the breaking news.

“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancee, my children, as well as my mother, father and brothers for a mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important, to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time, my family and I would appreciate privacy.”

The UFC is standing behind their guy.

“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.

I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” said Dana White. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”

The first thing that popped up in my mind was the recently announced Reebok deal with the UFC. Jones along with Ronda Rousey are the two faces of the marketing campaigns. I wondered if there would be ramifications to this coming off of the news. The answer is no. As of today, Reebok is also sticking by Jones and offering full support.

I have questions regarding the UFC. When did they know? Did they inform Daniel Cormier? I also presume that for Jones to enter rehab he must think he has a problem. Did Jones want to enter rehab earlier and if so, did he face any pressure from the UFC to delay it? The UFC were counting on that fight badly and I just want to know if it was promoted at the expense of Jones’ well-being. Let’s face it. It isn’t as if the UFC and Jones exactly have the best relationship.

Is there anything in Jones’ contract with the UFC in regard to using illegal drugs, a morals clause perhaps? Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll ever know the real answer to that as the only ones who would be able to release that would be the UFC and Jones’ camp and I doubt either are opening that can of worms. If not, why isn’t there a clause in the contract prohibiting using illegal drugs?

I hope he gets help because he does have problems. All you have to do is read that Deadspin article on Jones where he is glowing about his family and hitting on waitresses the next minute. It says a lot about the guy’s character and for him to blatantly do it in front of a reporter, allowing it to go on record shows a level of arrogance here that neither you or I can comprehend. I hope for his sake that this rehab stint isn’t merely for public relations because if so, I have a feeling this won’t be the last story we hear about Jones being in some kind of trouble.

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