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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Dana White takes aim at business reporter Darren Rovell

Dana White

Dana White took aim at sports business reporter Darren Rovell during his post-UFC 232 press conference on Saturday night.

One of the major results from the fight card headlined by Jon Jones was Amanda Nunes beating Cyborg to win the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. Nunes has now won eight straight fights, is the bantamweight and featherweight champion, and has beaten the likes of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, in addition to Cyborg.

Despite all that, Rovell sent a ruin-the-moment kind of tweet about how Nunes killed the UFC’s most valuable women because she’s not marketable.

White hated that line of thinking and blasted Rovell in his press conference after the card. Beware that if you watch, White drops multiple curse words:

This sort of thing is common for Rovell, who receives backlash for sharing uninformed authoritative takes.

Jon Jones refuses to answer questions about drug testing

Jon Jones

Jon Jones and Dana White antagonized a reporter who tried to press them about the decision to let the former champ fight at UFC 232 on Saturday despite his positive drug test.

The UFC held a press conference on Thursday, two days ahead of the big fight card that was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. One reporter asked why Jones was being allowed to fight despite the trace amounts of a banned substance being found in a pre-fight drug test. Jones refused to answer the question and had the backing of White, who also wouldn’t answer it.

As far as the UFC is concerned, they’ve already issued a statement on the matter and explained why Jones has been cleared to fight. They will be taking no further questions and entertaining no further scrutiny about their choice, regardless of how inconsistent it’s proven to be. This is unprofessional behavior on their parts.

Dana White: UFC 232 move to Inglewood will cost $6 million

Dana White

The UFC’s decision to move UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Inglewood, Calif. will be costly.

Dana White said at a press conference on Thursday that the move will cost the company about $6 million.

There are so many costs created by the move in locations and venues. Not only might the UFC have to pay fees to T-Mobile Arena and The Forum, but everyone needs to move and switch accommodations, while the fighters need to get new medical checks for California rather than Nevada.

The UFC on Sunday announced the decision to move the entire card, six days before it would be taking place. The move was made to allow Jon Jones to continue headlining the card after a pre-fight drug test of his was flagged for the same substance that led to his 15-month suspension by Nevada.

Although the costs are lofty, the UFC must have done calculations and determined the move would work out financially to their benefit.

Ex-champion crushes UFC for allowing Jon Jones to fight

Jon Jones

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir ripped the UFC for allowing Jon Jones to fight at UFC 232 on Saturday despite his suspicious drug test.

Jones’ pre-fight drug test earlier this month was flagged by USADA for having a trace amount of turinabol. Turinabol is the same the banned substance for which Jones tested positive in 2017, leading to a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Because of the test findings, Nevada was not going to clear Jones to fight as early as Saturday. Rather than pull Jones off the card and replace him as the headliner until the situation got sorted out, the UFC made more extreme changes.

The UFC moved the entire fight card to The Forum in the Los Angeles area rather than have it take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as originally planned. The California commission was going to clear Jones to fight, so the move would allow them to keep the same fight schedule.

Mir thinks the way things were handled was garbage. He wrote a Facebook post ripping the UFC for the decision, saying either the promotion is making special rules to allow Jones to fight, or they’ve changed their stance on what constitutes a failed drug test. Mir tested positive for a trace amount of the same substance in 2016, and the drug testing organization allowed him no wiggle room whatsoever, unlike with Jones.

The sort of inconsistency from the UFC that Mir points out will result in more people questioning the legitimacy and practices of the organization. It’s like Mir says: either the UFC has changed their stance on the science or they’re making special circumstances for Jones. Either way, that doesn’t help Mir much, who is now fighting for Bellator.

UFC fighters learned of UFC 232 move to Los Angeles via social media

Jon Jones

The UFC made a major move this weekend, changing the location of Saturday’s UFC 232 card from Las Vegas to Los Angeles a week ahead of the event. The announcement was a shocker to most, including the fighters participating on the card.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that he talked with multiple fighters on the card who all said they found out about the change via social media.

Michael Chiesa, who is facing Carlos Condit on the main card, said he found out that way. So did Megan Anderson.

The UFC decided to move the entire Dec. 29 card from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. because of what happened with Jon Jones. The card headliner was set to make his UFC return after a suspension for testing positive for turinabol last year. A pre-fight drug test revealed a trace amount of turinabol in his system, which the Nevada State Athletic Commission wanted to investigate. In the meantime, Jones decided to withdraw his license application in Nevada and instead apply to fight in California, where the state made an exception to allow him to fight despite the finding.

The UFC attributed the trace amount to remnants from Jones’ positive drug test in July 2017.

The UFC could have kept the fight card in Las Vegas as planned but without Jones participating, or they could have done what they did, which was change venues/cities to keep the fight and entire card alive. This is an unfortunate break for all those who made travel plans to be in Las Vegas for the event.

Dana White shares his one problem with Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Dana White is a huge Conor McGregor fan, that much is for sure. McGregor is the most popular fighter in the UFC and a huge draw for the company. He’s helped grow their fan base, and he generates more pay-per-view buys when he fights than anyone else in the promotion. But if there is one thing about McGregor that White wishes he could change, it would be the fighter’s lateness.

White was a guest on Barstool Sports’ KFC Radio and talked about McGregor.

“Is Conor hard to deal with here and there? Yeah, but he’s worth it,” White told KFC Radio. “If people ask me what’s the biggest problem you have with Conor? It’s not showing up on time.

“Other than that, Conor’s incredible. Conor’s a fun guy to be around, he’s hilarious, he’s a great fighter, he’s fun to watch. If the guy showed up on time, he’d literally be perfect. He’d be perfect.”

McGregor is notorious for being late. He was late to the press conference ahead of his huge fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which wasn’t the first time that happened.

“We’re a global sport so when we do these press conferences, we’re on television networks all over the world that are taking this press conference. So they’re live and they’re ready to go and if Conor doesn’t show up for another 30 minutes, it’s a problem,” White continued.

“We’ve got to fill the time and not only fill the time but keep people interested and get them willing to stick around which is tough to do these days.”

If that’s the worst problem White has with McGregor, that’s not bad at all. The guy has headlined four of the six best-selling UFC pay-per-view fights. And you notice how White didn’t even mention the bus attack? That’s more proof of how little White cared about the damage from that attack.

Look: UFC fighter Juan Adams ate a ridiculous amount of sweets after making weight

Juan Adams

Cutting weight to make the limit ahead of a fight is no joke. Fighters often have to cut out food, limit their liquid intake, and do hours of cardio in order to shed the pounds to make a weight limit. It’s not easy to do, and it’s difficult on one’s body. The good news is there is a pot of gold on the other side of the rainbow once you make it through that grueling period.

UFC fighter Juan Adams showed everybody how he refuels after making weight. According to the UFC Milwaukee broadcast, Adams ate everything pictured here after making weight for his fight against Chris De La Rocha.

However unconventional that kind of meal may seem, it all worked out. Adams beat De La Rocha to improve to 5-0 in his career. Still, that is a ton of sweets. Guy loves his Oreos. He’s like the Michael Phelps diet but for sweets.

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