Who is Jon Jones? In wake of events which transpired Sunday, the mixed martial arts star ran a red light and collided with a proceeding vehicle, then fled the scene on foot, the former UFC pound-for-pound king, and former UFC light heavyweight champion is a stranger to anything affiliated with the organization.
Yes, that was read correctly, “Former”. Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight title yesterday after Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak with their champion. In wake of these transpiring events, Reebok, the UFC’s official sponsor, and personal sponsor of Jon Jones, has cut ties with the fighter. Just learned as well, Jones has been removed from the UFC rankings board.
Reebok removing Jones from their list of sponsored athletes assuredly shows their stance on personal conduct as they have deemed this to be too reprehensible of an offense to ignore. This is interesting however, as Reebok, and their uniform deal with the UFC will be in place since it takes effect in July at UFC 189. being the official sponsor of the UFC, when Jones ultimately returns to action, which likely will happen at some point, he will be donning the attire the next time he steps into the Octagon, thus still representing the company. Money will be taken out of the pocket of Jones with the list sponsorship, though his affiliation with the athletic apparel giant will be present. Going forward for Jones, once things are back on track for the 27 year old, he may possibly find it hard to secure any form of sponsorship deal with his unfortunate past transgressions.
In addition to the sponsorship removal, every trace of Jon Jones was removed from the UFC official rankings. The UFC recently announced that a fighter out longer than a full year will not be eligible to be ranked. Under speculation, the amount of time Jones will be away from the sport, this movement is likely indication that Jones will be out longer than a full calendar year.
Jon Jones clearly has not made the best judgement calls as of recent. His failed drug test in December, and this hit and run incident this past weekend are indicative of a man who needs to step away from whatever it is steering him down this path of mistakes. The responses of the UFC and Reebok have been swift. Going back to the question “Who is Jon Jones?”, only he knows, and one can only hope that the greatest talent the sport of mixed martial arts has seen can figure things out for himself, for Jon Jones. Because that is what matters, and that is the first step to redemption.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
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”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
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.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
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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