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Tim Kennedy believes a fight with Lyoto Machida makes sense for both men.

Kennedy (18-5) had his four-fight win streak snapped by Yoel Romero this past September and has remained on the sidelines since. Machida, meanwhile, is coming off a loss to Luke Rockhold.

Appearing on a recent edition of Submission Radio, Kennedy clarified what he meant by asking for a “loser-leaves-town” bout with Machida.

“I was just making fun of him, talking crap,” he said. “I think as I said, man we’re both crusty old farts. You know we’ve both been fighting for so long that at this point of this career I think if both of us had another loss, is there any realistic chance that we’d be fighting for a title? If I don’t have hopes of fighting for a title, then what’s the point of me fighting? I’m not going to be that guy that’s just holding on for another fight for another pay check.

“I want to be fighting the best guys in the world, and you know Lyoto’s still one of those guys.”

Kennedy scored wins over Michael Bisping, Rafael Natal, Roger Gracie and Trevor Smith between 2013-14 before falling to Romero. He’s fought for the Strikeforce title twice, losing a decision to Rockhold in 2012 and a decision to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in 2010.

In Machida, he would be facing his second former or current UFC champion, as Kennedy bested welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler back in 2011.

I have so many advantages over him that I’m not sure I can even list them,” he said of Machida. “First and foremost, I don’t ingest urine. You know I think my ability to consume other fluids is first and foremost paramount in the match up. So the toxins that are going to be leaving my penis, I’m not going to put back down my throat. So that’s major.

“And second is, I think Karate’s dead. So he may be good at a whole bunch of things and Karate is also one of them, but karate is not what made him successful. He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, he has fantastic wrestling, he has great kickboxing, but he can still walk out with his Karate gi, he can try to front kick me – that’d be cool – what else? I’m trying to think of other things. I have better hair. “

Jon Jones

UFC officials have stripped Jon Jones of his light heavyweight championship and suspended him indefinitely.

News of the decision was made on “FOX Sports Live” Tuesday night.

Jones was expected to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 for the title in Las Vegas.

The event will now feature Daniel Cormier taking on Johnson for the title. Earlier this year, Jones successfully defended the belt via decision over Cormier.

On Sunday, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. He faces a felony charge over the incident and met with UFC officials in New Mexico on Tuesday.

“Obviously, he’s very disappointed,” UFC president Dana White said. “He wanted to go down as one of the greatest ever, but it is what it is. The show must go on.”

As for Jones’ fighting future with the UFC, White said “I don’t know what’s going to happen. He needs to focus on his legal matters.”

Jones admitted in January that he used cocaine prior to his fight with Cormier. He entered into a drug rehab facility, but stayed just one day. Jones also had an arrest for driving under the influence in 2012 when he crashed his Bentley in New York.

In 2011, Jones became the youngest UFC champion in history when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He successfully defended the belt vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira.

Cormier was scheduled to meet Ryan Bader in Louisiana on June 6, but UFC official Dave Sholler said a new main event will be announced in the coming days.

Here is the official and complete statement from the UFC:

UFC announced that it has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of the light heavyweight title as a result of violations of the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct Policy. Jones was recently arrested in Albuquerque, N.M. on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury. As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters.

UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.

With this decision, UFC has determined that No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson will now fight No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

ufc 186

The Octagon touched down in Montreal, Quebec, Canada once again Saturday night for UFC 186.

Despite the card being hit hard by the injury bug, several top performers emerged. Originally, T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight title was to be the headliner, along with a No. 1 contender contest in the welterweight division between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard.

Demetrious Johnson once again dominated another flyweight, retaining his UFC title with a submission win over Kyoji Horiguchi. In complete control, Johnson switched from ground-and-pound to an armbar, getting the tap with just a second left and earning the latest stoppage win in history.

For Johnson (22-2-1), the title defense was the sixth of his career, as he remained unbeaten at 125 pounds. His last loss came to Dominick Cruz, who was then the UFC bantamweight champion before the promotion opened up the flyweight division.

Horiguchi (15-2) suffered his first loss with the UFC and had his nine-fight win streak snapped.

Competing for the first time in over two years inside the Octagon, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson showed off his new skills in scoring a decision over Fabio Maldonado. The former UFC light heavyweight champion wanted a stand-up war, and he got it with the Brazilian, as they spent much of the 15 minutes engaging in a striking battle.

Jackson earned his fourth straight win, with the three previous victories coming under the Bellator MMA banner. That promotion tried to keep him from fighting again for the UFC, but a judge ruled in favor of Jackson.

Both Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway were coming off losses, but it was “The Count” who made it count. Bisping scored a decision victory, out-striking Dollaway and defending eight of the 10 takedowns the former Arizona State University wrestler attempted.

For John Makdessi, his fight with Shane Campbell was all about taking a punch to land a bigger one. “The Bull” did just that, eating several nasty leg kicks and dropping the UFC newcomer three times before scoring a first round TKO.

Thomas Almeida kicked off the pay-per-view main card in impressive fashion, improving to 19-0 with a first round finish of Yves Jabouin. Almeida connected with a left hook and followed up to the body, leaving Jabouin out on his feet and earning his 14th career knockout victory.

One-time UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote got the louded ovation on the prelims, as “The Predator” completed the early action with a decision win over Joe Riggs. Cote controlled the first and third rounds, as the two veterans exchanged plenty of near-submissions.

It took three times, but Alexis Davis finally bested Sarah Kaufman. Coming off a loss to Ronda Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title, Davis locked in an armbar and forced Kaufman to tap, avenging a pair of losses to the ex-Strikeforce champion from earlier in her career.

Finalist from The Ultimate Fighter: The Nations, Chad Laprise and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, each picked up victories. Laprise improved to 11-0 with a decision win over Bryan Barberena, while Aubin-Mercier scored a third round submission win vs. David Michaud.

In the early Fight Pass prelims, Nordine Taleb, Valerie Letourneau and Randa Markos all picked up decision victories.

Johnson, Almeida, Laprise and Barberena were each awarded $50,000 in bonuses, as Laprise and Barberena shared “Fight of the Night,” while Johnson and Almeida were given “Performance of the Night” honors.

The attendance inside the Bell Centre was announced at 10,154.

Complete results can be found below:

Demetrious Johnson def. Kyoji Horiguchi via submission (armbar) at 4:59 of Round 5 to retain the UFC flyweight championship

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Michael Bisping def. C.B. Dollaway via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

John Makdessi def. Shane Campbell via TKO (strikes) at 4:53 of Round 1

Thomas Almeida def. Yves Jabouin via TKO (strikes) at 4:18 of Round 1

Patrick Cote def. Joe Riggs via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexis Davis def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) at 1:52 of Round 2

Chad Laprise def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. David Michaud via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:24 of Round 3

Nordine Taleb def. Chris Clements via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Valerie Letourneau def. Jessica Rakoczy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Randa Markos def. Aisling Daly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc 186

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The prelims air on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1, while the main card is set for pay-per-view.

In the main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Kyoji Horiguchi. “Mighty Mouse” is the only person to hold the 125-pound title inside the Octagon, while Horiguchi is unbeaten with the UFC.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson makes his Octagon return against Fabio Maldonado, while Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway collide in a key middleweight affair. The rest of the PPV card features John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell and Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida.

The card originally featured such matches as T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao, Hector Lombard vs. Rory MacDonald and the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Now, let’s get started! Live play-by-play and results can be found below:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos

We begin the night with our first of three female bouts, as Ultimate Fighter 20 alums Aisling Daly (15-5) and Randa Markos (4-2) square off in a strawweight contest.

Round 1: Markos is on-point right from the start with her striking, catching Daly with a pair of rights. Daly is ready to engage, gaining the clinch and landing a couple of knees. Markos, though, comes firing back with huge shots, damaging the face less than a minute in. Takedown off a trip, and Markos gains top position. She flattens her out and takes the back, working a body triangle with two minutes left. She switches top and has a potential arm-triangle, though she is in half-guard. Less than a minute left, she gets out of the guard and squeezes. Daly, though, survives and flips free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markos

Round 2: Daly, who ended the round on top, comes out and lands a solid kick. She’s more aggressive to get going this round, pushing Markos against the fence. She wants to turn this into a grinder. Markos with a takedown and has Daly stuck, hammering away with shots to the face. She’s not doing a lot of damage, but enough to keep from getting a stand-up. Daly works free and to her free. Daly scores a takedown off the clinch, avoids a possible leg-choke and postures up. She’s getting in some good shots and has busted open the eye of Markos. North-South position for Daly with a minute left and she needs to finish this round strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Daly

Round 3: Huge cut was from an elbow by Daly to Markos, and the cut is not going to seal anytime soon. Daly marching forward, coming right after her. Daly tries for a trip takedown, but gets reversed by Markos, who has now gained the clinch. Like early in the second, perfectly-executed trip-takedown for Markos, who is attempting to pin the arm this time. She’s peppering her face with shots as we go under the three-minute mark. Daly works to her feet and pulls guard, winding up mounted and eating more punches. Markos with an armbar as we go under a minute. Daly’s fighting hard to survive, breaks the armbar and avoids a leg-choke as the fight ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markos

Randa Markos def. Aisling Daly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau

We stick in the 115-pound division for our next contest, as Jessica Rakoczy (2-4) takes on Valerie Letourneau (6-3). Rakoczy was a TUF finalist at bantamweight, as both will be debuting at strawweight for this contest.

Round 1: Rakoczy rocking her Ultimate Fighter gear, working off several rights to gain the clinch. She’s looking for a takedown, but Letourneau avoids it and they separate. Takedown for Rakoczy, but it’s Letourneau who locks up a triangle. She tried to slam her way out of it and that only locked the submission tighter. Letourneau switches and transitions to an armbar, while also locked in a triangle. Somehow, she slips her way out and free, taking the back of Letourneau in the process. Takedown for Letourneau now, who gains full mount but loses the position after trying for an armbar. Rakoczy hammering away with big-time shots.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rakoczy

Round 2: Letourneau using her reach advantage, as Rakoczy has swelling around her eye. Rakoczy shoots in for a takedown, as she wants nothing to do with the stand-up game. Grinding in the clinch against the fence, and Letourneau fires back with stiff knees. Rakoczy still has control, but she’s eating these knees. Rakoczy throwing some of her best strikes late in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Round 3: Rakoczy told her corner she can’t see out of the right eye and she’s trying her best to protect it. Good exchange and Letourneau fights off a takedown attempt. Letourneay backs her against the fence and tees off, connecting with heavy lefts and rights as we head under the two-minute mark. Letourneau looks very calm and cool, picking her spots. Smooth takedown and some ground-and-pound to finish for Letourneau.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Letourneau

Valerie Letourneau def. Jessica Rakoczy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27

ufc 186

Fighter weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 186 card went down earlier today, and you can see complete results below.

The event takes place from the Bell Centre in Montreal, with Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title vs. Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event.

Johnson (21-2-1) is unbeaten since entering the UFC’s 125-pound division, winning the title with a decision victory over Joseph Benavidez in 2012. “Mighty Mouse” has posted consecutive successful title defenses vs. John Dodson, John Moraga, Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov and Chris Cariaso since, finishing three of his last four.

Horiguchi (15-1) sports a nine-fight win streak that includes four victories inside the Octagon. He has finished two of those four, including a first round TKO over Jon Delos Reyes last year.

For the first time since 2013, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be competing in the UFC, as the former light heavyweight champion returns after scoring three consecutive wins in Bellator. Jackson (35-11) was nearly kept off the card due to a legal battle with Bellator, but he has been cleared to face Fabio Maldonado (22-) in a catchweight contest.

The rest of the main card features Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway, John Makdessi taking on Shane Campbell and Yves Jabouin battling Thomas Almeida.

All 24 fighters, including Johnson (124.5 pounds) and Horiguchi (124.5) successfully made weight. Two of the main card bouts are catchweight contests.

Below are the weigh-in results, along with a video replay:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (124.5 lbs.) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (124.5)

Fabio Maldonado (215) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (216)

Michael Bisping (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (185.5)

John Makdessi (160) vs. Shane Campbell (161)

Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Thomas Almeida (135)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Patrick Cote (171) vs. Joe Riggs (171)

Sarah Kaufman (136) vs. Alexis Davis (135)

Chad Laprise (156) vs. Bryan Barberena (156)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. David Michaud (156)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Nordine Taleb (170) vs. Chris Clements (170)

Jessica Rakoczy (115) vs. Valerie Letourneau (116)

Aisling Daly (116) vs. Randa Markos (116)

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