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Jon Jones Post-USADA Press Conference

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Thursday morning in Studios A & B at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jon Jones and Dana White met with the media for an early morning press conference to discuss Jones’ potential USADA anti-doping violation, resulting in his removal from UFC 200’s main event.

News of Jones’ removal from the card broke late yesterday evening as Jeff Novitsky announced the Interim Light Heavyweight champion was notified of the potential USADA violation during a press conference with Dana White. The announcement sent shockwaves through the MMA community as the headliner of the biggest fight card potentially in the history of the UFC was scrapped less than 72 hours away from the event.

This morning at 8:30 AM PST, a distraught Jon Jones took the podium to share his thoughts in the wake of his removal from UFC 200.


“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely. I’m really sorry about this happening,” said Jones who was very emotional as he took the microphone to address the situation before taking questions from the media.

Malki Kawa, Jones’ manager sat to his left to field questions that Jones was not sure how he should answer, so not to disclose any confidential information. Kawa said the B sample of the test from June is being tested today, starting off the appeal process of the potential violation.


Jones was notified of the situation yesterday evening while going through final preparations to hit the scales before his fight with Daniel Cormier. “I was in my room getting ready to cut weight, getting ready to workout,” lamented Jones.

When asked about a message for Daniel Cormier, Jones responded while fighting back tears, “I just want to tell him I’m sorry. I know this fight meant a lot to him.” At the time of the press conference, Jones had not yet spoken with Dana White. Jones said he spoke with Lorenzo Fertitta and apologized to him about the situation. Jones said he would like to speak with Dana White as soon as he gets the opportunity to discuss the situation and apologize.

Midway through the press conference, Jones removed himself from the stage because emotions began to take over. He was fighting back tears and initially didn’t want to let it show. He returned to the stage shortly after to field more questions, yet as the press conference continued, tears began to flow freely.


Jones was trying to be optimistic about the removal from UFC 200 as he stated, “I believe something good will come from this, but right now it’s hard to see it. I just have to keep going.” He continued,

“Adversity is not something that defeats me. I’m hard to be broken. I’m upset today but I’ll be okay.”

The former champion was adamant that he was unaware what caused the potential violation, as he explained there was nothing new he took in this camp that could have enhanced his performance. ” He explained he took the same supplements he’s taken his entire career, however, he did state, “There are a few things that have nothing to do with performance that I’ve tried.” Jones continued,

“I would never take anything that would enhance my game. I would never cheat.”

If Jones’ B sample does indeed come back positive, the former Champion would be facing a minimum suspension of two years, per the USADA guidelines. A two-year suspension would be devastating during the prime years of his athletic career, yet Jones is ready to face that head on if it indeed comes to pass. “If I do have to sit out for two years, I’ll definitely be back. I’m already thinking of the good that could happen in that time,” said Jones as he continued to fight back tears.

Having gone through his fair share of transgressions over the past couple of years, Jones stated “I’m at a point in my life where really shitty situations, I deal with them really well. It’s kind of therapeutic being up here.”

According to Jones’ camp, there is not any correlation to Jones’ probation that stems from his prior legal issues.


Jones said he would return home after the press conference to be with his family while the appeal process plays out.

“I’m upset, but I’m thanking God in advance. Something good has to come from this.”

UFC 200 will proceed with Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt filling the main event slot on July 9.  Stay tuned to MMA Latest for further developments surrounding the appeal process from Jones.

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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219



Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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Holloway vs Edgar set to headline UFC 218



UFC 218 is set to take place on Saturday, December 2nd, in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will be available on pay-per-view.

The event is now set to be headlined by Max Holloway’s first featherweight title defense since he won the belt at UFC 212 against the legendary Jose Aldo. In his first title defense, he will take in another MMA legend in New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar.

UFC 218 will mark Frankie Edgar’s third attempt at winning the featherweight crown, with his first two attempts coming against Jose Aldo at UFC 156 and UFC 200. Edgar will be looking to become a two-weight world champion, having previously been the UFC lightweight champion. He will once again attempt to join an elite group which includes Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture as the only fighters to have been champions in two weight divisions.

Edgar is a worthy contender but you have to feel that if Aldo had won at UFC 212 then Edgar may have waited a lot longer for his return to fight for a championship. But with a new champ and McGregor firmly out the picture, the featherweight division can thrive with some new match ups.

And what a matchup this is, as we get to see two incredible fighters with two different styles take each other on, in what could turn out to be one of the fights of the year.

The UFC 218 card is now shaping up nicely as the main event joins Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem on the card. As well as several other bouts such as Alvarez vs Gaethje, Cejudo vs Pettis and Herrig vs Casey.

Will Holloway extend his unbeaten run to 12 fights or will Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar cement his legacy with his second UFC world title? The world will find out on December 2nd.

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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219




Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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