Donald Cerrone replaces Eddie Alvarez, meets Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 59
Donald Cerrone (26-6 MMA, 13-3 UFC) wanted to fight again as quickly as possible after his win over Myles Jury at UFC 182. Two weeks seems pretty quick.
UFC President Dana White announced on Instagram that Cerrone has agreed to step in for an injured Eddie Alvarez (25-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and will now meet Benson Henderson (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at next week’s UFC Fight Night 59 event, which takes place on Jan. 18, 2015 at Boston’s TD Garden. The evening’s four-fight main card airs on FOX Sports 1 (10 p.m. ET) following six preliminary bouts on the same channel (7 p.m. ET) and two that stream on UFC Fight Pass (6 p.m. ET).
Jones: I hope he's somewhere crying
One of the signature things about combat sports is the fighters always hug genuinely at the end. By contrast, when the final bell rang at UFC 182, light heavyweight Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier swung at each, and, inadvertently, referee Herb Dean.
Immediately post fight Jones was in a fury.
"if you bought a Break Bones shirt, take it back," he said. "You wasted your money," "I'm sorry to be classless like this. I do not like Daniel Cormier and that's why I'm being this way."
At the post-fight press conference, Jones was initially respectful.
Cormier: This isn't going to ruin me
Daniel Cormier definitely came to fight at UFC 182, giving Jon Jones a solid test in the championship bout. Ultimately Jones persevered, winning four of the five rounds on all three judges score cards and retained his title. In pre-fight interviews, Cormier had said he thought this was his last chance at the UFC title, but after the fight expressed that he believed the loss wouldn't ruin him, holding back tears as he spoke:
Twitter reacts to Jones/Cormier war
At UFC 182 Jon Jones faced a hard test in Daniel Cormier who definitely came to fight. Cormier hung in through five tough rounds and came at Jones hard in second round, taking that round on all the judges score cards. Jones recovered and won the rest of the fight to retain his light heavyweight title. The fight was great though and as with all great fights and moments, fighters, media, and fans reacted on Twitter:
Tim Sylvia retires
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maineiac" Sylvia was scheduled to fight tonight at Reality Fighting 53, but was not medically cleared to fight. While the reason was not provided, Sylvia announced at the event that there was an issue with his MRI, and he was retiring.