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The best finishes of the week from "Inside MMA" courtesy of Pinnacle FC, Driller Promotions, and International MMA Federation.
Daniel Cormier Calls Out Jon Jones
Following his thrashing of Dan Henderson at UFC 173, undefeated light heavyweight Daniel Cormier called out champion Jon Jones.
Brian Stann talks Sonnen, Belfort at NSAC hearings: 'Consistency is extremely important'
“I think it’s achievable in that you got to understand: if you’re the ones trying to regulate and catch people, you got to talk to the guys on the inside,” Stann said. “It’s kind of like when investigators hire ex-criminals to help them solve a crime. To understand the ins-and-the-outs and what’s causing guys to go that route. ‘Chael, what made you want to take those substances? What made you feel like you had to take those substances? How do we stop guys from getting to that point? How do we deter them from getting to that point? If we’re handing out two-year suspensions to guys who have been caught before, would you have risked it?’ Maybe he says, ‘No, I wouldn’t have.’”
ABC committee to propose anti-doping fund to benefit member commissions
Athletic commissions strapped for funds to drug test athletes could receive help from the Association of Boxing Commissions, according to a new proposal drafted for the Association of Boxing Commission’s 2014 conference.
Stipe Miocic still wants to fight Junior dos Santos
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Rory MacDonald-Tarec Saffiedine in the works for Halifax; Jessica Eye wants Holly Holm
C.B. Dollaway, who is now ranked No. 9 among UFC middleweight contenders, is hoping to fight the winner of UFC 178's bout between Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero, per Helwani. Dollaway wants that fight in December on FOX, which is rumored to be taking place near where Dollaway trains in Phoenix. … Helwani reported that the UFC is close to signing top flyweight prospect Henry Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist. Cejudo is undefeated (6-0) in MMA, but has struggled to make the flyweight maximum of 125 pounds. He recently pulled out of next month's Legacy main event.
One month after release, Bruce Lee, Jon Jones are the most used fighters in EA Sports UFC
It's been a little over a month since EA Sports UFC was first released to the public, and a few days ago EA Sports put out a very interesting Infographic detailing some facts and figures based on how users are playing the game. One of the standout stats is Bruce Lee, who is the game's special unlockable character, is the most popular fighter chosen among gamers. Here's the complete top 10 after more than 65 million bouts:
Report: Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo Negotiating Contract with UFC
Henry Cejudo could soon be moving to the Octagon. | Robert
One day after withdrawing from the main event of
Legacy FC 34 , Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry
Cejudo is reportedly in contract negotiations with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship .
Fox Sports reported the news during Wednesday’s episode of “UFC
Tonight.” Although he was unable to give specifics,
Legacy Fighting Championship promoter Mick Maynard on Tuesday
told Sherdog.com that Cejudo pulled out of his Aug. 29 bout for “a
Cejudo is 6-0 since beginning his MMA career in March 2013,
including decision wins against Ryan Hollis
Garcia under the Legacy banner. However, the Arizonan failed to
make the flyweight limit for both Legacy appearances, and it is
likely a move to the UFC would draw even more scrutiny for his
prior weight issues.
Jon Jones 'ninja' message to Daniel Cormier: 'I hope you're ready to come to daddy'
"Let me tell you a little something on Jon Jones," Cormier said. "He's a ninja on a number of levels. I don't follow Jon Jones on Twitter, but somehow he was able to send me a direct message ... The direct message said ‘I hope you're ready to come to daddy.'"
Gina Carano's talks with UFC 'getting close'
If signed, Carano would be expected to go right into a title fight against the undefeated Rousey late in the year. This potential move has divided the MMA community between those who point out that Carano would leapfrog ranked contenders despite being five years removed from her most recent fight, and those who believe such concerns are overridden by the fact the bout would likely do major business.
UFC talks with Gina Carano progressing, but there's a scheduling issue
Rousey is coming off a 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5. She has her own movie commitments, starting with premieres of "The Expendables 3" next month. There are precious few contenders left for the former judo Olympic bronze medalist, which is one of the reasons the UFC is so interested in signing Carano, who was a star for Strikeforce before making the transition over to movies full-time.
Alexander Gustafsson Injures Knee; Jon Jones Now Faces Daniel Cormier at UFC 178
Daniel Cormier is ready for his shot at UFC gold. | Dave
The highly anticipated Jon
Jones - Alexander
Gustafsson rematch will have to wait.
Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Wednesday that
Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury and is out of the UFC
178 headliner. Jones will instead defend his light heavyweight
belt against Daniel
Cormier in the evening’s main event.
UFC 178 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept.
27 and also includes a featherweight tilt pitting Dustin
Poirier against Conor
McGregor . The card also features the return of former
bantamweight champ Dominick
Cruz , as he takes on 135-pound contender Takeya
Cormier, a two-time Olympian, is unbeaten in his MMA career and
owns victories over Dan
Henderson , Patrick
Cummins , Roy Nelson
Mir in the Octagon. The American Kickboxing Academy stalwart
was expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn LCL and partially
damaged ACL in his right knee, but apparently those plans have been
put on hold.