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Jon Jones to return April 23

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Jon Jones’ latest Instagram is a very intriguing submission to say the least. It is a shirtless side-by-side comparison of his off-season 2013 body next to his current, 2015 off-season body, which is significantly more jacked. According to those closest to Jon, his level of focus is at an all-time high, even more so than when he cleaned out the entire light heavyweight division.  If the dedication to powerlifting and intense strength training is any indication (it is, just look at the photos and videos), Jones is ready to compete and officially reclaim what was stripped of him back in April, the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt.

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Once you get over the change in physique, a change so drastic that almost makes you wonder if it’s the same person in both photos, Jon may have let the cat out of the bag a little early on when he will be returning to action as he stated in the comments:

Off season 2013 vs off season 2015. Five more months to prepare for this win. I’ll be sure to be at my best April 23rd#NewLevels 

April 23, 2016, is the date the UFC has reserved at Madison Square Garden in New York City for what would be UFC 198, however, MMA is still currently (for ridiculous reasons) banned in New York. If regulations change, and mixed martial arts become allowed in New York, Jon Jones will be returning to fight at home, something he has wanted to do for a very long time.

While nothing has been confirmed by the UFC at this time, including the date and opponent for Jones, it’s safe to assume that Jones will be returning to face current champion, Daniel Cormier. Jon defeated Cormier rather handily en route to a unanimous decision victory in their contest back in January at UFC 182. The rematch in New York would be the last thing Cormier wants, as he was adamantly opposed to fighting Jon Jones in New York after his recent title defense against Alexander Gustafsson.

“Why should I allow this guy to go and fight where he’s comfortable? No, he has to go somewhere where he has to look at people in the eyes and hear the anger they have toward him for the actions that he did,” Cormier stated at the UFC 192 post-fight press conference. 

Assuming Jon Jones will be returning to get an immediate title shot, it seems Daniel Cormier will not get his wish on the location of the rematch.

“But I’m not gonna fight him in New York, so, you guys can write that.” – Daniel Cormier

 

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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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