News: Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson plans to return to MMA at heavyweight – on one condition

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson may not be done with fighting after all.

The popular 34-year-old left the sport following a failed title challenge against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in April 2017.

Johnson (22-6-0) has confirmed he intends to come out of retirement and return to MMA, this time at heavyweight, provided one sizable condition is met by the UFC.

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Breaking: Jones vs. Gustafsson II will headline UFC 232 in Vegas

A little over five years after their epic fight of the year performance in Toronto, Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson are set for a rematch.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the pair will headline UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas and will fight for the UFC light heavyweight title currently held by Daniel Cormier. Cormier is the only current dual-weight champion, also holding the prestigious UFC heavyweight title, and it has been rumoured he will be stripped of one of his straps shortly – this will come to fruition by the looks of it.

Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013 with “Bones” retaining his lightweight title via very close unanimous decision in what many consider to be one of the best fights in UFC history.

His return marks Jones’ return to the Octagon following a third suspension. Currently 21-1 in his pro career, he tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid after his third-round knockout victory over Cormier for the light heavyweight title at UFC 214 in July 2017. He was subsequently suspended for 15 months by USADA, but is eligible to officially return on October 28th. The UFC 214 result was overturned and Cormier retained his title by default Cormier.

The 31-year-old Gustafsson (18-4, 10-4 UFC) last fought in May at a UFC Fight Night when he defeated Glover Teixeira by fifth-round knockout. This will be Gustafsson’s third shot at the light heavyweight title, having also lost to Cormier at UFC 192 in October of 2015 by a split decision.

Report: Dana White confirms that Jon Jones will not be headlining UFC 230

Despite Jon Jones’ USADA ban being lifted next month, Dana White has claimed that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will not be headlining UFC 230 in his home state of New York City, despite rampant speculation that he would.

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Report: Fighters react to news of Jon Jones USADA outcome

In the wake of the shocking news (for the purpose of this introduction lets all just pretend to be shocked) that former UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones will be free and clear to resume his career next month after being handed a 15 month suspension by USADA, his fellow ‘independent contractors’ have been taking to social media to share their thoughts on the subject.

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Report: Jon Jones handed 15 month suspension by USADA – eligible to return in October

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has received a 15 month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The suspension is pre-dated to begin immediately after he tested positive for Turinabol, meaning Jones is nearing the end of his suspension with “time already served”.

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Report: USADA responds to Jon Jones pay off rumours

In the wake of USADA’s relatively swift response in dealing with Fabricio Werdum‘s failed drugs test in April, speculation has been rife as to why UFC’s anti-doping partner are taking so long to reach the conclusion of their case against Jon Jones.

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News: Jon Jones – ‘I want to break Cormier’s will. I want to break the idea of him thinking he can beat me.’

In life there are a number of things which are unquestionably linked together. Salt and Pepper. Pen and Paper. Night and Day. Despite everyone’s best efforts to move on, you can add Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones to that list. No matter what Cormier does, no matter how much he achieves, it feels like he’ll never be more than a few words away from Jon Jones.

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Report: Sonnen – “It appears that Jon Jones believes he will be cleared to fight at UFC 230”

Jon Jones has by all means managed to keep himself relevant, even during his current, indefinite suspension. Adding all of the latest tit-bits of media from the Jon Jones world, one wouldn’t blame people for getting reservedly excited. Continue reading “Report: Sonnen – “It appears that Jon Jones believes he will be cleared to fight at UFC 230””

Report: Jon Jones tested by USADA for the first time this year fuelling rumours of a possible return

UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones has been tested by USADA for the first time in 2018. Following his suspension from the California Athletic State Commission, Jones has largely stayed silent from the public, Twitter notwithstanding, until popping up on USADA’s testing database last week. Continue reading “Report: Jon Jones tested by USADA for the first time this year fuelling rumours of a possible return”

Opinion: Breaking down the options for the UFC 230 main event

Despite the UFC being all set to make their third appearance at Madison Square Garden, New York City in ten weeks time, there has still been no announcement from the promotion regarding the main event.

We know the co-main event will see Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz throw down in something of a lightweight title eliminator. While there can be no denying that it’ll be a fun fight, as a co main event it’ is something of a step down from previous PPV’s held at MSG.

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