UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been criticized for his use of social media in the past, but he appears to have found the right balance.
Jones will meet Daniel Cormier at UFC 178 after a knee injury knocked Alexander Gustafsson out of the September fight in Las Vegas.
Jones and Cormier have had their fair-share of verbal tirades and exchanges of messages, and that only continued as soon as the bout was announced.
Cormier did his fair share, appearing on “UFC Tonight” to discuss the bout. He also has a specially-made sure ready to wear the night of the contest.
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For UFC president Dana White, 2014 has been a year of impact performances so far.
White was recently asked during his weekly UFC Download interview what fighter has impressed him the most to date. And while the boss was unable to pinpoint on just one person, he explained that’s a good thing.
“It’s hard to pick one because there have been so many,” he said. “I’m totally blown away by Robbie Lawler. Not just on how he’s fought, but how many times he’s fought back-to-back.”
Lawler will face Matt Brown this Saturday night for a shot at the UFC welterweight title. Earlier this year, Lawler lost to Johny Hendricks in a bout to crown a new champion after Georges St-Pierre vacated the title.
“Coming off that Johny Hendricks fight, that five-round (expletive) dog fight war,” White said.
He continued, stating, “I’m very impressed with Ronda Rousey. She continues to get better and better. I’m impressed with Matt Brown and the win streak he’s on.”
White also noted Conor McGregor, T.J. Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone as having runs in 2014.
A knee injury has opened the door for Daniel Cormier to step in and challenge Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Officials announced on Wednesday that Alexander Gustafsson had suffered an injury to his knee in training and will not make a planned UFC 178 main event title fight with Jones.
Cormier (15-0) moved down to light heavyweight after defeating the likes of Frank Mir and Roy Nelson at heavyweight. The former U.S. Olympic wrestler defeated Dan Henderson earlier this year, and was scheduled for knee surgery himself. That will be put on hold for his shot at “Bones.”
Cormier posted a picture of a direct message that Jones sent him on Twitter that read, “I hope you’re ready to come to daddy.” Cormier responded with, “I am. I’m gonna (expletive) you up,” but added that he couldn’t send his back.
Jones (20-1) initially pushed for Cormier to be his next opponent after defeating Glover Teixeira. Last year, Jones earned a decision victory over Gustafsson. He holds wins over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and others.
Vitor Belfort will get his chance at becoming the UFC middleweight champion this December – if he abides by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
UFC officials announced following a hearing by the NAC that Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman for the belt on December 6 at UFC 181. The bout will main event the card from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Belfort (24-10) appeared before the NAC on Wednesday to address his previous failed drug test and use of TRT. The NAC agreed to grant “The Phenom” his fight license on a conditional basis, as he must pass several upcoming tests.
Weidman (12-0) earned his second successful title defense earlier this year when he defeated Lyoto Machida via decision. He won the belt last year by topping Anderson Silva.
The card is also rumored to be the sight for Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title. No official word on that fight has been made by the UFC.
Johny Hendricks doesn’t want to give Robbie Lawler or Matt Brown any added ammunition to use against him down the road.
The UFC welterweight champion will find out his first challenger this Saturday night when Lawler and Brown collide in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 from San Jose.
Holding a previous win over Lawler, Hendricks knows exactly what “Ruthless” can do. But, he’s all seen “The Immortal” become a top contender in the division thanks to his current run.
“Realistically I don’t really care (who wins),” said Hendricks, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “There’s a part of me that would like to face Robbie again being healthy. But then again, there’s a part of me that wants somebody new.”
Hendricks earned the title via decision over Lawler earlier this year. He entered the fight banged up, and left it with a torn bicep that shelved him since.
“I’m torn on this fight,” he added. “Also, I don’t like to pick the welterweight class because if I sit here and (say), ‘Robbie is going to smash Matt Brown,’ and all of a sudden Matt beats him, did I give him fuel to fight me? And vice-versa.
“I’d like to see how it plays out because I think they both have a chance to win.”