Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones teasing return to 205 is ‘pretty much admitting’ he didn’t want to fight Dominick Reyes

Earlier this year, Jon Jones shocked the MMA world by vacating his light heavyweight title to move up to the heavyweight ranks. As a result, the UFC set up a fight between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz for the vacant belt, and this past weekend, at UFC 253, Blachowicz knocked out Reyes to become the new 205-pound champion. But almost immediately after Blachowicz won the title, Jones teased a possible return to the light heavyweight division, and longtime Jones rival Daniel Cormier has a theory. Speaking on ESPN recently, Cormier responded to Jones’ reaction to Blachowicz’ win, saying that by teasing a potential return to 205 after vacating the title only a month after vacating it, Jones was basically admitting he was avoiding Dominick Reyes. “That’s so whack,” Cormier said. “Have you ever met a guy that’s so out of touch? He’s out of touch. It’s like, OK, Jon, then why not just go, ‘I was afraid of Dominick Reyes. Now I want to go back to 205 and fight Jan Blachowicz because he beat Dom.’ That’s crazy. Why would he do that? I mean, who does that? Who does that? “He could have fought Reyes. This could have been him and Reyes. This was supposed to be him and Reyes. Instead, he gave up the belt. He gave up the belt and said, ‘I want to fight at heavyweight.’ Now, ‘Maybe, I’ll go back?’ How could you be so out of touch? I don’t get it. . . That’s your boy over there kicking people while they’re down and pretty much admitting, ‘I didn’t want to fight Dominick Reyes but I’ll fight Jan Blachowicz.’ That’s crazy.” In February, Jones and Reyes fought at UFC 247 in a close bout that a majority observers thought Reyes won. Those observers were not the three judges at cageside though, and Jones was awarded a unanimous decision victory, retaining his belt. In the aftermath, UFC President Dana White said that he too believed Reyes won and felt that a rematch was the next logical step. Jones, however, did not agree, preferring to finally make his move up to heavyweight. And to Cormier, this all makes sense. Until Saturday, Jan Blachowicz had been almost an afterthought in the light heavyweight division, having lost five times over the course of his six-year UFC career. Now that Blachowicz is the the guy with the belt, that’s a much more appealing opponent than the young, athletic, 205er who arguably beat Jones the first time around. Especially since the attribute that has powered Blachowicz’s late-career title run, his Legendary Polish Power, is something Cormier thinks Jones is well-prepared for. “If I’m Jones, I’m doing it,” Cormier said. “I’m doing it if I’m Jones. . . Jones beats Blachowicz. (He’s) is too slow to beat (Jones). The thing about Jones that people don’t realize he’s got a good chin. You can hit him. I hit him. A lot of us hit him. He can take punches, man. If Jan Blachowicz is out there and he’s too slow, Jones will pick him apart. God, I can’t believe it. “Look, if I was still fighting at 205 or if I was still fighting today and you said, ‘D.C., you can fight Jan Blachowicz,’ I’d probably fight Jan Blachowicz. No disrespect, just because I think… it’s surprising, right? When you have the footage of people getting old victories over him, you think you can do it, too. Any fighter does. And if you’re a guy like myself or Jones, then, of course, you think you can beat him. That’s why Jones will go fight him.” Whether Jones will actually return to light heavyweight is yet to be seen but for the time being, Jan Blachowicz is the king of the mountain, and despite everything Cormier said having an air of disrespect towards the Legendary Polish Power, he’s happy for the new champion. “I don’t want to fight Blachowicz,” Cormier concluded. “I’m talking hypotheticals. You’re the man, (Jan) and you deserve it. The Polish Powerhouse.” MUST-READ STORIES Charity. Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier negotiate charity MMA match in Ireland, ‘zero to do with the UFC’. Big mad. Paulo Costa blasts ‘human trash’ Israel Adesanya for post-fight behavior, Adesanya responds. Big man. Jon Jones to Israel Adesanya: ‘Right around now, I would literally tear one of your arms off’. Advice. Israel Adesanya reveals brilliant advice from his father that led to him getting rid of his pink hair. Rules. Conor McGregor laments following the rules in Floyd Mayweather fight, sends a message to Disney CEO Bob Chapek. VIDEO STEW PFL put up a pair of Justin Gaethje fights. You should watch them. Free UFC fights. Martin Nguyen’s best performances in ONE. LISTEN UP On to the Next One. Matchmaking after UFC 253. The Co-Main Event. Discussing UFC 253 and Israel Adesanya. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Keep flexing on him. “bRo tHe fiGhT is Ova, LeAVe HiM aLOnE!”Spend your time in the gym wiselyIf you planned more for the fight than this skit, maybe you might actually have...nah you still wouldn’t have had a chance @borrachinhamma pic.twitter.com/UbNkKrnfDz— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) September 29, 2020 The cool kid’s club. I will be

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones teasing return to 205 is  ‘pretty much admitting’ he didn’t want to fight Dominick Reyes

Earlier this year, Jon Jones shocked the MMA world by vacating his light heavyweight title to move up to the heavyweight ranks. As a result, the UFC set up a fight between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz for the vacant belt, and this past weekend, at UFC 253, Blachowicz knocked out Reyes to become the new 205-pound champion. But almost immediately after Blachowicz won the title, Jones teased a possible return to the light heavyweight division, and longtime Jones rival Daniel Cormier has a theory.

Speaking on ESPN recently, Cormier responded to Jones’ reaction to Blachowicz’ win, saying that by teasing a potential return to 205 after vacating the title only a month after vacating it, Jones was basically admitting he was avoiding Dominick Reyes.

“That’s so whack,” Cormier said. “Have you ever met a guy that’s so out of touch? He’s out of touch. It’s like, OK, Jon, then why not just go, ‘I was afraid of Dominick Reyes. Now I want to go back to 205 and fight Jan Blachowicz because he beat Dom.’ That’s crazy. Why would he do that? I mean, who does that? Who does that?

“He could have fought Reyes. This could have been him and Reyes. This was supposed to be him and Reyes. Instead, he gave up the belt. He gave up the belt and said, ‘I want to fight at heavyweight.’ Now, ‘Maybe, I’ll go back?’ How could you be so out of touch? I don’t get it. . . That’s your boy over there kicking people while they’re down and pretty much admitting, ‘I didn’t want to fight Dominick Reyes but I’ll fight Jan Blachowicz.’ That’s crazy.”

In February, Jones and Reyes fought at UFC 247 in a close bout that a majority observers thought Reyes won. Those observers were not the three judges at cageside though, and Jones was awarded a unanimous decision victory, retaining his belt. In the aftermath, UFC President Dana White said that he too believed Reyes won and felt that a rematch was the next logical step. Jones, however, did not agree, preferring to finally make his move up to heavyweight.

And to Cormier, this all makes sense. Until Saturday, Jan Blachowicz had been almost an afterthought in the light heavyweight division, having lost five times over the course of his six-year UFC career. Now that Blachowicz is the the guy with the belt, that’s a much more appealing opponent than the young, athletic, 205er who arguably beat Jones the first time around. Especially since the attribute that has powered Blachowicz’s late-career title run, his Legendary Polish Power, is something Cormier thinks Jones is well-prepared for.

“If I’m Jones, I’m doing it,” Cormier said. “I’m doing it if I’m Jones. . . Jones beats Blachowicz. (He’s) is too slow to beat (Jones). The thing about Jones that people don’t realize he’s got a good chin. You can hit him. I hit him. A lot of us hit him. He can take punches, man. If Jan Blachowicz is out there and he’s too slow, Jones will pick him apart. God, I can’t believe it.

“Look, if I was still fighting at 205 or if I was still fighting today and you said, ‘D.C., you can fight Jan Blachowicz,’ I’d probably fight Jan Blachowicz. No disrespect, just because I think… it’s surprising, right? When you have the footage of people getting old victories over him, you think you can do it, too. Any fighter does. And if you’re a guy like myself or Jones, then, of course, you think you can beat him. That’s why Jones will go fight him.”

Whether Jones will actually return to light heavyweight is yet to be seen but for the time being, Jan Blachowicz is the king of the mountain, and despite everything Cormier said having an air of disrespect towards the Legendary Polish Power, he’s happy for the new champion.

“I don’t want to fight Blachowicz,” Cormier concluded. “I’m talking hypotheticals. You’re the man, (Jan) and you deserve it. The Polish Powerhouse.”


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Charity. Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier negotiate charity MMA match in Ireland, ‘zero to do with the UFC’.

Big mad. Paulo Costa blasts ‘human trash’ Israel Adesanya for post-fight behavior, Adesanya responds.

Big man. Jon Jones to Israel Adesanya: ‘Right around now, I would literally tear one of your arms off’.

Advice. Israel Adesanya reveals brilliant advice from his father that led to him getting rid of his pink hair.

Rules. Conor McGregor laments following the rules in Floyd Mayweather fight, sends a message to Disney CEO Bob Chapek.


VIDEO STEW

PFL put up a pair of Justin Gaethje fights. You should watch them.

Free UFC fights.

Martin Nguyen’s best performances in ONE.


LISTEN UP

On to the Next One. Matchmaking after UFC 253.

The Co-Main Event. Discussing UFC 253 and Israel Adesanya.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Keep flexing on him.

The cool kid’s club.

Philosopher.

Hero’s welcome for the new champion.

Hell of a guy.

Cejudo with advice to Borrachinha.

He’s not wrong.

Ngannou working with Teddy Atlas.

Picking a fight.

Would watch.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

(10-1) vs. (9-1); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 31.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I don’t think Jon Jones is afraid of Dominick Reyes, but seriously, how else do you interpret him saying he wants to get his belt back? And then he keeps trying to pick a fight with a middleweight. MMA is great because Jon should’ve had a publicist to corral his image a decade ago and instead he still keeps running out optic disasters like this.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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Leon Edwards relishes chance to silence ‘racist’ Colby Covington, claims Jorge Masvidal turned down fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Leon Edwards is looking for a fight. The top-five ranked welterweight contender has anxiously awaited a UFC booking ever since his main event showdown against former champion Tyron Woodley fell apart due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the weeks and months following the cancellation of UFC London, Edwards hoped to get booked against an opponent that would finally earn him a title shot after eight straight wins. According to Edwards, the UFC proposed a fight with Jorge Masvidal, who was fresh off a loss to reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in July. The bad blood between Edwards and Masvidal has been well documented after the fighters got into a physical altercation backstage at a UFC event in England in 2019. Ever since, Edwards has called for a showdown, but he said the first time the UFC actually offered the matchup, the ‘BMF’ champion turned him down. “I want the fight,” Edwards told MMA Fighting about the proposed fight with Masvidal. “The UFC wanted the fight. They offered it to him and he turned it down. He said he’d rather fight Nate Diaz. I don’t understand it. He claims he wants to get back to the title shot and fight for a world championship. I don’t understand what fighting a person like Nate Diaz will get you? I don’t know. “I don’t know where his head’s at. I don’t know what the f**k he’s doing but I’m here, I’m ready. I’m willing to go.” If Masvidal isn’t interested, Edwards would also be more than happy to face off with former interim champion Colby Covington, who’s coming off a lopsided win over Woodley in his most recent outing. After his fight with Woodley ended, Covington made more than a few controversial statements, calling the former welterweight champion a “terrorist” for aligning himself with the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving a call from President Donald Trump after his win, Covington also took aim at Usman. In the midst of a heated back-and-forth, he told the champ, who originally hails from Nigeria, “who did you get a call from? Did you get a call from, freaking, your little tribe? Did they give you some smoke signals for you?” Edwards blasted Covington for his comments toward Woodley and Usman. “Your tribe and smoke signals and blah, blah, blah, and he’s calling Woodley a terrorist because of Black Lives Matter,” Edwards said. “All these statements he’s making is racist. There’s no other way to go around it. “I understand he’s creating a character, but race that’s not a character. That’s just hate and he’s spreading hate. I never liked the guy and after that, I 100 percent don’t like the guy.” Putting his personal feelings aside, Edwards still can’t say he was all that impressed by Covington’s performance against Woodley, who’s now lost three fights in a row including past defeats to Usman and Gilbert Burns. “It was all right, but Woodley is a shadow of himself, so it’s hard to judge Colby’s performance,” Edwards said. “I don’t know what’s going on with [Woodley]. His last three performances have been terrible. It was a good performance. He did what he needed to do to win. “Like I said, Woodley is a shadow of himself of the old Woodley, so it’s hard to judge him but it is what it is.” If he’s granted the opportunity to face Covington with a title shot on the line, Edwards promises to give him a much different fight. In fact, he believes Covington’s greatest weapon isn’t a particular skill set based on striking or grappling. “Every fight he does the same thing,” Edwards said about Covington. “He falls into his shots. If he didn’t have cardio he’d be a sh*t fighter. If he didn’t have his pace because everything he does is pretty standard, pretty straight forward with what he does and when he competes. “That would be a great matchup for me as well. Anyone in the top five, I believe I’ll be victorious. I’ll f**k him up. I’m ready to go. It’s up to him and the UFC.” More than anything, Edwards just wants a fight that will put him in title contention, and after eight wins in a row, it’s awfully hard to argue against it. “Logically, it has to be title shot No. 1, Colby or Masvidal,” Edwards said. “I think those are the fights that make sense. I’ve done all the other fights. I’m on an eight-fight win streak now. I’ve done all the RDA’s [Rafael dos Anjos] and ‘Cowboy’s [Donald Cerrone]. I truly believe now I deserve a big name. “I deserve a No. 1 contender shot if not the title shot right now. Those are the only fights to me that make sense for one of these guys stepping up and fighting. Anyone out of that order wouldn’t do nothing for my career or propel me forward.”

Leon Edwards relishes chance to silence ‘racist’ Colby Covington, claims Jorge Masvidal turned down fight
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Leon Edwards is looking for a fight.

The top-five ranked welterweight contender has anxiously awaited a UFC booking ever since his main event showdown against former champion Tyron Woodley fell apart due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the weeks and months following the cancellation of UFC London, Edwards hoped to get booked against an opponent that would finally earn him a title shot after eight straight wins.

According to Edwards, the UFC proposed a fight with Jorge Masvidal, who was fresh off a loss to reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in July.

The bad blood between Edwards and Masvidal has been well documented after the fighters got into a physical altercation backstage at a UFC event in England in 2019. Ever since, Edwards has called for a showdown, but he said the first time the UFC actually offered the matchup, the ‘BMF’ champion turned him down.

“I want the fight,” Edwards told MMA Fighting about the proposed fight with Masvidal. “The UFC wanted the fight. They offered it to him and he turned it down. He said he’d rather fight Nate Diaz. I don’t understand it. He claims he wants to get back to the title shot and fight for a world championship. I don’t understand what fighting a person like Nate Diaz will get you? I don’t know.

“I don’t know where his head’s at. I don’t know what the f**k he’s doing but I’m here, I’m ready. I’m willing to go.”

If Masvidal isn’t interested, Edwards would also be more than happy to face off with former interim champion Colby Covington, who’s coming off a lopsided win over Woodley in his most recent outing.

After his fight with Woodley ended, Covington made more than a few controversial statements, calling the former welterweight champion a “terrorist” for aligning himself with the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving a call from President Donald Trump after his win, Covington also took aim at Usman. In the midst of a heated back-and-forth, he told the champ, who originally hails from Nigeria, “who did you get a call from? Did you get a call from, freaking, your little tribe? Did they give you some smoke signals for you?”

Edwards blasted Covington for his comments toward Woodley and Usman.

“Your tribe and smoke signals and blah, blah, blah, and he’s calling Woodley a terrorist because of Black Lives Matter,” Edwards said. “All these statements he’s making is racist. There’s no other way to go around it.

“I understand he’s creating a character, but race that’s not a character. That’s just hate and he’s spreading hate. I never liked the guy and after that, I 100 percent don’t like the guy.”

Putting his personal feelings aside, Edwards still can’t say he was all that impressed by Covington’s performance against Woodley, who’s now lost three fights in a row including past defeats to Usman and Gilbert Burns.

“It was all right, but Woodley is a shadow of himself, so it’s hard to judge Colby’s performance,” Edwards said. “I don’t know what’s going on with [Woodley]. His last three performances have been terrible. It was a good performance. He did what he needed to do to win.

“Like I said, Woodley is a shadow of himself of the old Woodley, so it’s hard to judge him but it is what it is.”

If he’s granted the opportunity to face Covington with a title shot on the line, Edwards promises to give him a much different fight. In fact, he believes Covington’s greatest weapon isn’t a particular skill set based on striking or grappling.

“Every fight he does the same thing,” Edwards said about Covington. “He falls into his shots. If he didn’t have cardio he’d be a sh*t fighter. If he didn’t have his pace because everything he does is pretty standard, pretty straight forward with what he does and when he competes.

“That would be a great matchup for me as well. Anyone in the top five, I believe I’ll be victorious. I’ll f**k him up. I’m ready to go. It’s up to him and the UFC.”

More than anything, Edwards just wants a fight that will put him in title contention, and after eight wins in a row, it’s awfully hard to argue against it.

“Logically, it has to be title shot No. 1, Colby or Masvidal,” Edwards said. “I think those are the fights that make sense. I’ve done all the other fights. I’m on an eight-fight win streak now. I’ve done all the RDA’s [Rafael dos Anjos] and ‘Cowboy’s [Donald Cerrone]. I truly believe now I deserve a big name.

“I deserve a No. 1 contender shot if not the title shot right now. Those are the only fights to me that make sense for one of these guys stepping up and fighting. Anyone out of that order wouldn’t do nothing for my career or propel me forward.”

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