UFC 232 post-event facts: Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes sport GOAT-worthy resumes

The UFC closed out its 2018 schedule on Saturday with UFC 232, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Two new champions were crowned atop the card. Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) once again reclaimed UFC light heavyweight gold when he stopped Alexander Gustafsson (18-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) by third-round TKO in their anticipated rematch in the main event, while Amanda Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) scored a stunning 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to claim the UFC women’s featherweight championship in the co-headliner.

It was a historic event for the for the company on several levels, and the numbers back it up. For more, check below for 70 post-event facts to come out of UFC 232.

General

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $318,000.

Nunes, Ryan Hall, Alex Volkanovski and Chad Mendes earned $50,000 UFC 232 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the card.

UFC 232 drew an announced attendance of 15,862 for a live gate of $2,066,604.

Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 23-15 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 1:54:14.

Main card

Jones’ 11 victories in UFC title fights are tied with Anderson Silva for third most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (13) and Demetrious Johnson (12).

Jones’ six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied with Ronda Rousey for third most in company history behind Silva (nine), Matt Hughes (eight) and Johnson (seven).

Jones’ current 15-fight UFC unbeaten streak in light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in the history of the weight class. It’s also the longest UFC unbeaten streak among active fighters.

Jones’ 15-fight unbeaten streak in UFC competition is the second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

Jones’ 17 victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 37 takedowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Corey Anderson (52), Rashad Evans (50) and Ryan Bader (46).

Jones’ total fight time of 4:25:15 in UFC light-heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Gustafsson became the seventh fighter in UFC history to go 0-3 in championship fights. Dan Henderson, Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Pedro Rizzo and Chael Sonnen have also come up short in three title fights.

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By: Mike Bohn

Jon Jones Failed Another Drug Test

Written by Brett Okamoto at ESPN.com

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test ahead of his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month in Anaheim, California, UFC president Dana White said Tuesday.

White denied that the UFC has stripped Jones of the title, as TMZ reported.

In a statement released Tuesday, the UFC said Jones’ failed test stemmed from an in-competition sample that was collected at his weigh-in on July 28, the day before his fight against Cormier.

According to TMZ, which was first to report news of the failed test, Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. White did not comment on the banned substance for which Jones tested positive.

“I always know what to say. I don’t know what to say about this one,” a somber White told reporters Tuesday, calling the news “unbelievable.”

“These things never come at a good time. They’re always bad, especially with somebody like Jon Jones. In my opinion, he’s the best to ever do it. That makes it even more unfortunate.”

Jones’ camp released a statement Tuesday, saying, “We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination.

“Jon is crushed by this news, and we are doing whatever we can as a team to support him.”

This is the second failed drug test of Jones’ tumultuous career. The UFC was forced to pull Jones from a scheduled headliner against Cormier just days before UFC 200 in July 2016, after he tested positive for anti-estrogenic agents. Jones later told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that failed test was the result of an unmarked sexual enhancement pill.

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Jon Jones Heavily Favored Against Lesnar At Least In Vegas

Written by Brandon Wise at CBS Sports.com

Jon Jones is on a roll. After rolling through Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on Saturday night in Anaheim, California, Jones took a page out of Conor McGregor’s book and called out former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar for a superfight.

“Brock Lensar: If you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, get in the Octagon,” Jones yelled before dropping the mic and leaving the cage.

Lesnar responded in kind saying, “Be careful what you wish for, young man.”

Since the two have been publicly discussing squaring off over the last week, Las Vegas has stepped in and put out odds on the two if they do decide to fight.

That’s right, Jones is currently -300 over Lesnar (+250) at the Westgate Superbook. To earn your money, the two must fight before Dec. 31, 2018.

After Jones called out Lesnar, speculation began immediately of the two possibly fighting in New York City at UFC 217 in November. Unfortunately, Lesnar must re-enter the drug testing pool and serve a six-month suspension for failing two drug tests last year at UFC 200.

The more logical route for Jones would be a hotly contested rematch with top-ranked light heavyweight Alexader Gustafsson after the two battled to a unanimous decision for Jones in their first encounter back in 2013. But, if Lesnar does declare soon, we might in fact see Jones-Lesnar at heavyweight before the end of 2017.

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Jon Jones Shows The Haters He’s Still Got It By Beating Daniel Cormier

Written by Marissa Payne and Patrick Wyman at Washington Post.com

It was a fight more than two years in the making and it finally happened Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones finally had their rematch, and once again, it went Jones’s way. After all the addiction issues, legal trouble and doping drama, Jones is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion.

“It feels unbelievable,” the 30-year-old said after the fight. It’s a surreal moment. I know it hasn’t been easy to root for me. I love you guys so much.”

Cormier, meanwhile, broke down in tears in the Octagon after the fight ended abruptly following two solid rounds, one of which definitely appeared to go Cormier’s way. But after holding his own, Jones caught him in the third round with a kick to the head, elbows and knees before the referee stopped the fight.

“I thought the fight was going well,” Cormier said in the cage afterward. “I don’t even know what happened.”

Cormier, who had been looking forward to a trilogy with Jones, appeared to give up on that dream.

“If you win both fights, I guess there isn’t a rivalry,” the 38-year-old said.

Indeed, it does appear that way as Jones put his personal beef with Cormier, who taunted him during the fight, aside to comfort his former foe before looking toward a future that may not involve Cormier. Instead, Jones called out Cormier’s friend and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

“Lesnar, if you want to know what it’s like to get your [butt] kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon,” Jones said, echoing calls he made earlier this week to fight Lesnar at a higher weight class.

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Brock Lesnar and Jon Bones Jones Both Suspended For 1 Year From UFC


Written by Matt Connolly at Forbes.com

The Nevada Athletic Commission had a very busy Thursday morning, ruling on three separate cases involving UFC stars Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones and Nate Diaz.

Lesnar, who tested positive for anti-estrogen agents clomiphene and hydroxy-clomiphene in out-of-competition and in-competition samples, received a one-year suspension retroactive to his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9. Lesnar was also fined $250,000, the equivalent of 10% of his $2.5 million disclosed purse, and had his decision win over Hunt overturned to a no contest.

The quarter million dollars is the most a UFC athlete has been fined in the history of the commission. According to Fox Sports’ Damon Martin, the terms of Lesnar’s punishment were agreed upon prior to Thursday’s hearing.

Jones, who tested positive for anti-estrogen agents hydroxy-clomiphene and letrozale, also received a one-year ban. The NAC elected to treat Jones as a first-time offender despite his history with the commission, effectively taking a lengthier suspension off the table.

The terms of Jones’ punishment, which were first reported last Thursday, are retroactive to July 6 — the date his out-of-competition drug test failure was announced. Jones was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, but was pulled from the card just days before the event. Because he was did not receive any fight pay, Jones was not fined by the commission.

Jones’ NAC suspension aligns with the one-year ban levied by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC’s third-party drug-testing partner, after Jones appealed his case to an arbitration panel. USADA has not weighed in on Lesnar, but the agency is not expected to take action beyond his NAC-imposed sanctions.

The substances Lesnar and Jones tested positive for are commonly used by performance-enhancing drug users coming off a cycle, but Jones was able to pin his test failure on a tainted sexual-enhancement pill. Lesnar’s camp conducted tests on the fighter’s foot and eye medication, but it is unclear whether they found anything worth presenting to the commission.

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Jon Jones Stripped of Title


Written by Damon Martin at FoxSports.com

Jon Jones is no longer a UFC champion.

The embattled light heavyweight has been stripped of his title after he wassuspended for one year earlier this week stemming from a failed drug test ahead of his last scheduled bout at UFC 200 in July.

It’s a rather dubious occasion as Jones now becomes the first fighter in UFC history to be stripped of his title twice after he had his light heavyweight belt taken away following a hit-and-run accident that landed him on indefinite suspension last year.

“Jon Jones has blown it in every way shape and form a guy with that much talent can blow it,” UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday. “Greatest talent ever and the biggest screw-up ever.”

Jones won the interim title in April after current champion Daniel Cormier was forced out of their bout with an injury.

The UFC opted to keep Jones on the card in a fight with Ovince Saint Preux while introducing an interim title in Cormier’s absence. Jones won the fight by unanimous decision before being pulled from UFC 200 due to the failed drug test.

With Jones now suspended until July 2017 after USADA handed down a sanction against him earlier this week, the UFC had no choice but to strip him of the belt again.

“He was the interim champion because he should have been fighting for the title (in April). We gave him this, ‘You were supposed to fight for the title, here it is.’,” White explained.

“It doesn’t make sense with all the stuff that is going on for him to still be the interim champion.”

It’s been a tumultuous 2016 for Jones after he returned to win his fight against Saint-Preux after being out for over a year after he plead guilty to a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico.

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Jon Jones Pulled from UFC 200 for Doping Violation


The main event for UFC 200 has changed. It will now be Brock Lesnar fighting Mark Hunt.  The previous main event was supposed to be a title unification bout between Daniel Cormier versus Jon “Bones” Jones, but Jones has been pulled due to an doping violation. Jones, the interim light heavyweight champion was found to have tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test on June 16th from the USADA, the governing body of UFC substance policy.

UFC president, Dana White, announced the decision in Las Vegas yesterday at a necessary, unexpected, press conference in the MGM Grand. Michael Bisping, the middleweight fighter, has already expressed interest in fighting Cormier at UFC 200, but White has not yet said whether or not this was actually happening.

For Jones, this is just another instance of a long string of controversy throughout his career. From DUI’s to cocaine use and hit-n-runs, this just is another black eye  for the famed fighters career. Yet, he continues to draw eyes on the sport, and his rematch against Cormier, who have had an unsanctioned brawl in the past, was thought to be one of the best rematches in recent years.

As for the UFC, this is a complete and utter disaster. For the promotions 200th PPV, none of their perceived top stars will not fighting. Ronda Rousey has not fought since losing her title to Holly Holm in November 2015. Conor McGregor, who last fought Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March, is not on the card due to a disagreement between McGregor and White over promotional interviews. Now, White will be without Rousey, McGregor and Jones, and will have a main event that features a man who has not fought professionally in 5 years, and spends most of his time doing professional wrestling, instead of legitimate ground and pound. That said, Brock Lesnar could eat me if he wanted, so I’m still all in for this card. Just seems that UFC is leaving a lot of money on the table for an event of such magnitude.

Jon Jones Arrested For Violating Probation


Written by E. Spencer Kyte at The Province.com

Taken independently, Jon Jones getting a bunch of citations for revving his engine at a red light isn’t a big deal. At some time, most of us have been pulled over for one reason or another and though getting a ticket is a pain and takes some money out of your pocket, it’s far from the end of the world.

The problem is that you can’t take Jones’ latest run in with the police as an independent incident. If this were the first time the sublimely talented light heavyweight had crossed paths with the police, you could brush it off as a non-issue, but since Jones has a lengthy history of doing stupid things behind the wheel of a car, the two-day story that started with him getting ticketed and bickering with a member of the Albuquerque Police Department and advanced to Jones being arrested for violating the terms of his probation on Tuesday becomes a big deal.

On the most basic level, this feels completely avoidable.

With his sketchy track record behind the wheel, someone in Jones’ inner circle should have figured out that the 28-year-old fighter shouldn’t be driving himself anywhere at this point. There have to be a dozen people that would be willing to chauffer Jones around “The 505” for a bi-weekly stack of bills and at the absolute worst, his management team could set up a permanent car service for its star client in order to avoid these situations in the future.

But you would have thought someone would have taken this step following last year’s hit-and-run incident that left a pregnant women with a broken arm and prompted Jones being stripped of the light heavyweight title and suspended by the UFC. However, that wasn’t the case, as Jones collected a “driving with a license or proof of insurance” ticket prior to this latest moving violation and not that far removed from being placed on probation where one of the conditions was to stay out of trouble with the police.

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The Rankings: The Light Heavyweights

Written by Jeff Fox at MMA Manifesto

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Light Heavyweight Rankings

Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Geoff Craig, Dave Kelsey, Ricky Leone, Ryan MacDonald, speeds, and Rick Snavely.

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

CLICK ON FIGHTER’S NAME FOR DETAILED SCOUTING REPORT

 

The Light Heavyweight Rankings

 

1) (Previous ranking – NR) Jon Jones – UFC – 80 out of 80 points

          Record: 21-1
          Last Five Fights: 5-0
          Record vs Top 10: 5-0 (W-Cormier, W-Teixeira, W-Gustafsson, W-Evans, W-Bader)
          Next Fight: TBA
The G.O.A.T. is back and aiming to reclaim his gold.

2) (1) Daniel Cormier – UFC Light Heavyweight Champion – 72 points
            Record: 17-1
            Last Five Fights: 4-1
            Record vs Top 10: 2-1 (W-Gustafsson, W-Johnson, L-Jones)
            Next Fight: TBA

They say you aren’t really the champ until you defend your title at least once, so Daniel Cormier is now certified.
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What’s Next for Bones?

Written by John Gordon at MMA Manifesto

Well, that was fast.

After a little over five months, Jon “Bones” Jones has officially been inked back onto the UFC roster.

Jones, who was suspended indefinitely following a felony hit-and-run accident this past April, is one of the most dominant champions the sport has ever seen, defending his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship a record-breaking eight times.

The unusually humble Jones announced via Twitter that he was “grateful for the opportunity to resume my career” and has been performing charity and youth outreach as part of his supervised probation.

The implications of his return to the octagon is immense. Jones, along with Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, is one of the biggest pay-per-view draws the UFC has in its repertoire. Fans crowd their television sets to see if someone has the gall to take down the 28-year-old phenom.

And so far, no one’s really stood a chance.

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