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NAC hands suspensions, fines to Jon Jones, Nate Diaz, Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar Suspension

The Nevada Athletic Commission discussed the fates of Jon Jones, Nate Diaz, and Brock Lesnar on Thursday.

Let’s just say, all received punishments.

As Diaz was fined $50,000 for his role in the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, Jones was handed a one-year suspension and Lesnar received a one-year suspension, in addition to a $250,000 fine.

Aside from social media jabs, Diaz, who was defeated via majority decision by Conor McGregor in August, has been silent in the world of combat sports. The 31-year old has stayed true to his promise of not competing unless the opponent was his Irish rival for the third time.

Speaking of McGregor, Diaz’s punishment was equivalent to the lightweight champion’s. The pride of Stockton was fined 2.5 percent of his $2 million purse and is required to serve 50 hours of community service. Both conditions were reached by a settlement between Diaz and the NAC.

Since Diaz is not suspended, he is allowed to fight outside the state of Nevada before paying his fine. However, his fine must become history before competing on any Nevada-based card.

Jones, who was recently in competition and defeated retired UFC middleweight Dan Henderson at Submission Underground 2, will be unable to return to the octagon until July. The NAC passed the former light heavyweight champion’s agreed upon suspension, which is retroactive to July 6 (the day his positive drug test was discovered).

Fortunately for “Bones,” the NAC sanction has the same conditions as his USADA punishment.

The New York native last fought April 23, at UFC 197, defeating Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. Jones is currently the most coveted man in the world of grappling. He challenged Chael Sonnen to a showdown at Submission Underground 3 on January 29; though, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has expressed interest in a match for the same date.

Brock Lesnar has been in four WWE shows since his UFC 200 victory over Mark Hunt. His two failed drug tests will likely keep him in the world of professional wrestling until July 2017.

The former UFC heavyweight champion, similar to Jones, received a one-year suspension, along with a hefty $250,000 fine.

Lesnar earned a then-UFC record $2.5 million purse for his fight with Hunt. Thus, the NAC inflicted a 10 percent punishment because of positive tests for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-oestrogenic substance.

Diaz, Jones, and Lesnar have not set foot in the octagon since August.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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