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Jon Jones’ “B” Sample Comes Back Positive

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It’s the news most MMA fans were dreading, Jon Jones’ “B” sample was tested and the results are the same as the “A” sample, positive for the steroid Turinabol. The news was first reported by ESPN.

Jon Jones had failed his original test back in July, one day before his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. He would go on to fight at UFC 214, where he defeated Cormier by third round TKO to reclaim the light-heavyweight title he had lost due to a hit-and-run back in April 2015. Jones and his camp denied any wrong doing and although it was a long shot, Jones and his team had the “B” sample tested in case it had been tainted.

Jon Jones following his knockout victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. Credit – Matthew Wells

So, what is this “B” sample and why is it a long shot? Well, when a fighter gives his urine sample to USADA, the sample is taken in split into two, the “A” sample and the “B” sample. The “A” sample is tested and if it comes back positive for PED’s the fighter is then given the option to test the “B” sample in case the “A” sample may have been tainted somehow.

Unfortunately for Jones, this was not the first time he had failed a drug test for a banned substance. He had originally failed a test prior to UFC 200 which resulted in him being pulled from the main event against Daniel Cormier and having his interim light-heavy weight championship belt stripped from him.

Multiple reports had announced that Jones had passed a blood test leading up to UFC 214, although many had been hopeful that this meant he would be cleared of any wrong doing, it later came to light that the blood test would not be able to detect Turinabol and thus, meant Jones was still in trouble.

The UFC has not announced whether or not Jones would be stripped of the light-heavyweight belt. The California State Athletic Commission also has yet to announce whether the bout would become a No-Contest. USADA and the CSAC are expected to announce potential suspension lengths in the coming days.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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