NAC Monitoring Hit-and-Run Incident, Says Jon Jones Passed Multiple Drug Tests

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is closely monitoring the ongoing hit-and-run investigation involving UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

It was announced on Monday afternoon by the Albuquerque Police Department that an arrest warrant had been issued for the 27-year-old MMA star for allegedly hitting another vehicle and fleeing from the scene of the accident.

The passenger of the other vehicle was an unidentified 20-year-old pregnant woman.

It was initially believed Jones only faced misdemeanor charges, but those charges have since been elevated to felony level, after MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported the woman had suffered a broken arm.

NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett confirmed to MMAFighting.com on Monday that the commission would be keeping a close eye on Jones’ legal situation. Depending on the facts in the case, there is a chance Jones wouldn’t be licensed to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in his upcoming UFC 187 title bout in Las Vegas.

“It would all depend on the facts of the case,” said Bennett. “We’d be keeping a close eye on any unarmed combatant alleged to be in an incident such as this.”

Bennett claimed Jones had passed all of his random, out-of-competition drug tests leading up to his fight with Johnson thus far, but he also admitted those tests wouldn‘t determine whether Jones had used any recreational drugs. 

According to the police report, per Marc Raimondi, Jones allegedly ran a red light, resulting in a three-car accident on Sunday. Witnesses claim he grabbed a handful of cash before fleeing on foot and jumping a fence.

A marijuana pipe with marijuana inside and paperwork with the name “Jonathan Jones” were found inside the vehicle Jones was allegedly driving. An off-duty police officer also identified him as the suspect.

UFC President Dana White has yet to comment on the incident. When appearing on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole claimed to have received a text from White, echoing comments made in the UFC’s official statement, which was released on Sunday.

According to White, for now, Jones is still scheduled to defend the UFC title against Johnson on May 23.

 

Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He also is the MMA writer for FanRag Sports and co-founder of The MMA Bros.

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CB Dollaway: 3 Potential Fights for Him After UFC 186 Loss

Saturday night, the UFC made its return to Montreal with a card that ended up being one of the most exciting in recent memory. UFC 186 marked the return to pay-per-view and was put on the back of UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, as he defended his belt against top Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi.

Also on that card was a middleweight scrap, which saw long-time UFC vets Michael Bisping and CB Dollaway meet up in a Fight of the Night performance. It was a back-and-forth fight in which both men saw their moments, but Bisping ended up taking a unanimous decision after a couple sticky situations.

It was a big fight for both men, as both needed to get back into the win column. For Bisping, he got that win, while Dollaway now has to go back to the drawing board and search again for a victory in his next affair.

So where does Dollaway go from this loss? Let’s take a look at three matchups he could see in the near future.

 

Gegard Mousasi-Costa Philippou loser 

The Philippines is set to have its first-ever UFC show in the month of May. On that stacked main card is an intriguing middleweight bout, as power boxer Costa Philippou looks to thwart the rapid assent of former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi.

The matchup between the two promises to be fireworks, as both are proficient on the feet. A win for either man pushes them into title talks, while the loser finds himself on the outside looking in, in need of a dance partner to get them back on track.

That’s where Dollaway comes in. Seeing as Mousasi, Philippou and Dollaway are all top-20, if not top-15, middleweights in the UFC, the losers could find value in fighting one another.

My preference is Dollaway vs. Philippou, though if Mousasi were to lose his bout in the Philippines, he would certainly be a fun matchup for “The Doberman” as well. 

 

Kelvin Gastelum-Nate Marquardt loser

Speaking of international UFC fights on the horizon, UFC 188 in Mexico City plays host to a pivotal middleweight bout of its own. Star of the future Kelvin Gastelum makes his return to 185 pounds after weight troubles at 170 to take on long-time vet Nate Marquardt on the main card.

Marquardt, a former King of Pancrase and Strikeforce champ, has had his ups and downs since returning to the UFC but has seemingly righted the ship since moving back to 185. Gastelum, at just 23 years old, has already become a contender, despite his young age and seeming inexperience. 

The winner moves closer to the title picture. The other could possibly be booked with fellow top middleweight Dollaway, whose style coincides perfectly with either man.

It’s an intriguing option, to say the least.

 

Ed Herman

Ed Herman is coming off a loss to Derek Brunson. Dollaway is coming off a loss to the aforementioned Bisping.

Might these two men find common ground that could lead to a pivotal bout at 185?

Both men are TUF runner-ups who have had long careers in the UFC thus far. They have similar credentials, though one could argue that Dollaway has been more of a success to this point.

Dollaway is a boxing wrestler. Herman is a boxing jiu-jitsu artist. 

Styles make fights, and these two have the type of styles that could lead to a fun, strategic chess match.

 

 

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Fired UFC Fighter’s Wife Unleashes Verbal Tirade on UFC’s Handling of Jon Jones

Hell hath no fury like a Riddle scorned.

Matthew Riddle has plenty to smile about right now, hence his nickname “Chipper.” He is currently living out his dream as a professional wrestler and preparing for a tryout with WWE.

Sean Waltman, widely known as X-Pac, told MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer that Riddle had the “potential to be Kurt Angle caliber.”

It seems like a lifetime ago that Riddle also had the potential to be a UFC star.

After appearing on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Riddle excelled in the Octagon with a 9-3 record before a couple of failed drug tests for marijuana led to his contract being terminated. He was on a four-fight win streak when the UFC handed him his walking papers.

During an interview with BJPenn.com Radio, Riddle explained his use of the recreational drug as therapeutic and prescribed by a doctor. The explanation still wasn’t enough to save his job, and he eventually retired from fighting.

More than two years have passed since Riddle’s release from the UFC. Now, the MMA world is witnessing the ongoing turmoil in the life of current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who was recently revealed as a suspect by the Albuquerque Police Department in a hit-and-run car accident.

Jones tested positive for cocaine several months ago, leading up to his UFC title fight against Daniel Cormier. However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission couldn’t punish him, since the failed test occurred in an out-of-competition drug test. The UFC hit him with a $25,000 fine and sent him on his way.

Riddle’s wife, Lisa, recently spoke out for the first time about the alleged Jones incident and her husband’s untimely UFC release:

In a statement, the UFC said it was currently gathering facts before taking any action. Jones is slated to defend his light heavyweight title May 23 against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

As of now, the fight is still on.

 

Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He also is the MMA writer for FanRag Sports and co-founder of The MMA Bros.

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UFC 186: Results and Comments from Johnson vs. Horiguchi Fight Card

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson shined again on Saturday at UFC 186. He set a promotional record with the latest submission win in history when he forced Kyoji Horiguchi to tap out to an armbar with just one second remaining in the fight.

It was an example of what a supremely talented, skilled and superbly conditioned mixed martial artist can accomplish.

Fox Sports UFC confirmed the record-setting performance and Johnson’s well-deserved piece of the fight night bonuses:

Here’s a look at the other winners from the evening’s bouts:  

 

Rampage Rules

In his return to the UFC, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson proved he could still stand and trade with the best of them. He won a unanimous decision over the rugged Fabio Maldonado.

Jackson added in some much-needed diversity to his striking game and more active ground defense. He employed kicks and head movement and showed off more fluidity than we’re used to seeing from him.

Maldonado did shoot for the uncharacteristic takedown—which he landed—but he ate some surprising elbows from Rampage once the legend’s back hit the canvas. In previous bouts, Rampage would be very inactive off his back and unable to improve his position.

Maldonado isn’t exactly the most skilled fighter from top control, but Rampage has still shown some willingness to expand his game. At 36 years old, he might be too old for it to have a significant impact on his career, but it’s still something.

At the post-fight press conference, Jackson gave respect to Maldonado for his toughness: 

Jackson did land some shots that would have normally hurt previous opponents, but the Brazilian took them all without much issue.

 

Bisping Outlasts Dollaway

Cardio was king in the Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway match. After nearly knocking Bisping out in the first round with a left hand, Dollaway couldn’t keep up the pace against the Englishman in the second and third rounds.

Bisping showed a return to his stellar takedown defense and forced Dollaway to lumber around on his feet for most of the fight. Bisping exposed Dollaway‘s less-than-smooth striking and simply outworked his opponent to earn the victory.

Despite alternating wins and losses over his last eight fights, Bisping remained confident in his place among the top fighters in the world in the post-fight press conference:

 

Almeida Is a Future Star

At just 23 years old, the best is yet to come for Thomas Almeida. If you’re a bantamweight in the UFC, that’s got to be a scary concept. The Brazilian vanquished veteran Yves Jabouin in the first round via TKO to earn the other POTN bonus.

The win moved him to 19-0 overall in his career with 18 of the wins coming by stoppage. 

The way Almeida changes levels on his strikes and gets power behind most of the attacks is impressive. UFC fans haven’t gotten an opportunity to see his grappling skills, but he’s got the basis for a solid jiu-jitsu game as well.

Jabouin did take him down impressively at one point, but Almeida was able to work his way back to his feet. If he continues to work on his jiu-jitsu and takedown defense, he’ll be a title contender in the next two to three years.


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UFC 186 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

While Kyoji Horiguchi was nearly able to go the distance with him at UFC 186, Demetrious Johnson picked up his second straight submission win and defended his 125-pound championship.

Mighty Mouse now has six consecutive title defenses as the flyweight king. Only four individuals have recorded more consecutive title defenses in UFC history. Jon Jones and Jose Aldo are the only current UFC champions with longer title reigns than Johnson.

A huge underdog heading into UFC 186, Horiguchi should be able to use this as a learning experience moving forward in his promising career. At 24 years old, Horiguchi very well could make another run at the 125-pound belt.

With another UFC event in the books, here is a look at the bouts that should be next for Johnson, Horiguchi and the rest of the UFC 186 competitors.

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