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.
UFC 182 bonuses: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier bank an extra $50,000 each
The dust has barely settled on UFC 182: "Jones vs. Cormier" from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which means it's time to honor those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights last night (Jan. 3, 2015).
Performance of the Night -- Paul Felder
Performance of the Night -- Shawn Jordan
Fight of the Night -- Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
UFC Fight Pass adds libraries from HOOKnSHOOT, Pancrase, KOTC, TKO, more
LAS VEGAS – UFC Fight Pass will soon feature more than 13,000 MMA fights for on-demand viewing. The UFC’s digital streaming service has obtained the rights to the fight libraries of Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC, Pancrase, TKO, UCMMA and XFO.
UFC officials today announced the acquisition of the libraries, which will be available on UFC Fight Pass servers throughout 2015.
“When we launched UFC Fight Pass one year ago, we said that it would keep getting better and better and would offer fight fans unrivaled value for their money,” UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik stated. “We believe we’ve delivered on that promise yet again with this exciting announcement that these major fight libraries will be coming to Fight Pass.”
The additional libraries will provide content from around the globe. They include British-based promotions Cage Rage and UCMMA, Canada’s TKO, Japan’s Pancrase and U.S. promotions Extreme Challenge, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC and XFO.
Tim Sylvia Denied Medical Clearance To Compete At Reality Fighting Event
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia was supposed to headline tonight’s Reality Fighting card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
However, Sylvia has been denied medical clearance by the Mohegan Athletic Unit, and as a result, his bout against Juliano Coutinho will not take place as scheduled.
“Tim Sylvia’s fight tonight (Saturday) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut has been canceled,” Monte Cox, Sylvia’s manager, wrote on Facebook. “The Mohegan Commission did not give him medical clearance to compete.”