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Jon Jones

Brian Stann was once a teammate of Jon Jones at Jackson-Winkeljohn in New Mexico.

Stann, a member of the FOX Sports announce team, appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to provide insight into the mind of the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

“I’d love to say I was shocked, but I was not,” Stann said. “On a scale from one-to-10, probably a four of a five.

“I was shocked at the details surrounding it and how it went down.”

Previously, Jones was found to have cocaine metabolites in his system during a random drug test late in 2014 prior to facing Daniel Cormier. Also, he had a driving under the influence charge previously in his UFC career.

Despite that, Stann doesn’t think Jones is a “bad guy.”

“I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t witness him act with kindness and caring and be a person with character,” he said. “In his loss to Matt Hamill, which was a simple rule break, he handled it with class and care. When he first came into that gym, people knew there was something unique about him. He had a lot more to lose than everyone around him, and the leaches came out who wanted to take something from him early on and he dealt with a lot of temptation.

“He’s very lucky. This is the second time he’s been in an automobile accident and somebody could have died. That’s an unfixable mistake.”

The UFC stripped him of his title and suspended him until all of the legal actions play out, leaving Jones away from the sport he has dominated for several years. Many wondered what the promotion would do, but they quickly made the move to distance themselves from “Bones.”

“I was surprised how quickly it happened. If you care about Jon, and saw this coming at some point, you are happy with it,” he said. “This is the only way for him to realize there’s a problem. This is a massive embarrassment and a huge loss of money. And he’s lost his right to work. If you care about him, you wanted something to happen that would make him reevaluate how he lives his life and make the appropriate changes.”

jose aldo

With the news that Jon Jones had been suspended and stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title, the official pound-for-pound rankings feature a No. 1 fighter.

Jose Aldo, the reigning featherweight champion, moved into that top spot, followed by champions Demetrious Johnson, Chris Weidman, Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey, T.J. Dillashaw, Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler.

Jones, who is involved in an alleged hit-and-run, has been taken off the rankings completely. The light heavyweight division will crown a new champion at UFC 187 when Anthony Johnson faces off against Daniel Cormier.

Several other changes were made to the rankings, as Max Holloway moved ahead of Cub Swanson and into fifth at featherweight. Darren Elkins and Hacran Dias each climbed two spots, as well, at 145 pounds.

Josh Thomson and Eddie Alvarez flipped for ninth at lightweight, while Michael Bisping and Thales Leites did the same at middleweight and Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway at bantamweight.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made his return recently, and did the same in the rankings, debuting back at No. 10.

Maryna Moroz, Felice Herrig and Jessica Eye each moved up a spot in the women’s rankings.

tim kennedy

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)

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