Morning Report: Jon Jones shoots down talk of Stipe Miocic fight next: ‘I’m willing to wait’

This week, UFC President Dana White revealed that the UFC was moving on from the proposed Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones superfight, at least for now, and apparently that’s quite alright with Jon Jones. On Monday, White told TSN that with negotiations at a standstill with Jones, heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou would make his first title defense against former for Derrick Lewis this summer, but that there were still “some big fights that can be made” with Jones and that the UFC was interested in doing so. That, of course, led to speculation that perhaps Jones would make his heavyweight debut against former champion and current UFC heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic. However, in a series of since-deleted Tweets, Jones shot down that notion and made it clear his sights are set on Ngannou and he’s content to wait the UFC out. View this post on Instagram A post shared by MMAFighting.com (@mmafightingdotcom) “Don’t get excited people, I’m not fighting Stipe. “I’m not here to fight Stipe but I will defend my belt against him no problem. I’m looking for the biggest draw and I’m willing to wait. 33 years old in (sic) a better athlete right now than I’ve ever been before. I’m just going to keep training my ass off. “I’m sick of hearing the same s***, you’re not a big enough star, you don’t bring in enough paper view (sic). I’m ready to fight fights that will bring in pay-per-view. The world wants to see some black on black crime right now and I’m ready to give it to them lol.” Jones has had a contentious relationship with the UFC for some time now. Last year, Jones butted heads with the UFC over his planned next light heavyweight title defense, with White pushing for a rematch with Dominick Reyes and Jones not interested. Instead, Jones ultimately decided to vacate his title with the intent of moving to heavyweight, where a superfight with Ngannou was bandied about. This was before Ngannou won the heavyweight title and still the UFC and Jones could not come to terms over compensation. But this time fans had hopes that things would be better as in the lead up to UFC 260, White repeatedly said that Jones would face the winner of the Miocic-Ngannou title fight. That changed almost immediately after Ngannou won though when Jones Tweeted out “Show me the money” and White questioned whether Jones actually wanted the fight. Since then, Jones and White have been squabbling in the media with seemingly little headway being made in the actual negotiation process. But though things seem to be going poorly in that regard, Jones did follow-up on his deleted Tweets by revealing he is set to meet with some sports agents next week. The good news is I have two really big meetings with some awesome attorneys and sports agents next week. Feel like my professionalism is about to go up a notch https://t.co/nWOFSQ9zvG— BONY (@JonnyBones) May 12, 2021 Jones has reportedly handled most of his fight negotiations in recent years, but with Jones and the UFC seemingly at an impasse, perhaps the inclusion of specialists can finally get both parties to come to agreeable terms. TOP STORIES Arrested. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson arrested and charged with identity theft following debut win in Bellator MMA. Broken. Dana White on Kayla Harrison: ‘I don’t know if she’s ready’ for the UFC. Record. Dana White unsure of Nick Diaz comeback: ‘I just question how bad he really wants to fight’. Decision. Former matchmaker Rich Chou explains his decision to leave Bellator MMA and join Wimp-2-Warrior. Perseverance. How Charles Oliveira beat the odds to fight for UFC title: ‘He may never walk again’. VIDEO STEW What the Heck. Embedded. Fighter Timeline: Charles Oliveira. Top arm triangle finishes in Bellator. LISTEN UP The Man and the MITH. Breaking down the events of UFC Vegas 26 and Bellator 258. UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Katlyn Chookagian and Gina Mazany. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Marijuana. Clearing the air on why myself and @yanezmma are not fighting this weekend at #UFC262....NOT Adrian’s fault at all whatsoever. We’re still set to fight July 24th... and I’m still 1000000% down to fight sooner if the opportunity presents itself... in a state other than Texas pic.twitter.com/ojvkYO4mim— Randy Costa (@RandyCosta135) May 11, 2021 To clarify: we were never set or signed to fight May 15th. We are set and signed to fight July 24th. I’m addressing this because we’ve been campaigning to get moved. Nobody pulled out of anything. The hypothetical move to May 15th just never happened and can’t happen.— Randy Costa (@RandyCosta135) May 11, 2021 Beef. Two years anniversary. The baby is already walking and saying his first words. Daddy is happy for you @MikeChandlerMMA https://t.co/Mx0G2aX6uK— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) May 11, 2021 New opportunities. ‍☠️ pic.twitter.com/eVF8KJ7wHe— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) May 11, 2021 If Uncle Dana doesn’t think @nickdiaz209 actually wants to fight,

Morning Report: Jon Jones shoots down talk of Stipe Miocic fight next: ‘I’m willing to wait’

This week, UFC President Dana White revealed that the UFC was moving on from the proposed Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones superfight, at least for now, and apparently that’s quite alright with Jon Jones.

On Monday, White told TSN that with negotiations at a standstill with Jones, heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou would make his first title defense against former for Derrick Lewis this summer, but that there were still “some big fights that can be made” with Jones and that the UFC was interested in doing so. That, of course, led to speculation that perhaps Jones would make his heavyweight debut against former champion and current UFC heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic. However, in a series of since-deleted Tweets, Jones shot down that notion and made it clear his sights are set on Ngannou and he’s content to wait the UFC out.

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“Don’t get excited people, I’m not fighting Stipe.

“I’m not here to fight Stipe but I will defend my belt against him no problem. I’m looking for the biggest draw and I’m willing to wait. 33 years old in (sic) a better athlete right now than I’ve ever been before. I’m just going to keep training my ass off.

“I’m sick of hearing the same s***, you’re not a big enough star, you don’t bring in enough paper view (sic). I’m ready to fight fights that will bring in pay-per-view. The world wants to see some black on black crime right now and I’m ready to give it to them lol.”

Jones has had a contentious relationship with the UFC for some time now. Last year, Jones butted heads with the UFC over his planned next light heavyweight title defense, with White pushing for a rematch with Dominick Reyes and Jones not interested. Instead, Jones ultimately decided to vacate his title with the intent of moving to heavyweight, where a superfight with Ngannou was bandied about. This was before Ngannou won the heavyweight title and still the UFC and Jones could not come to terms over compensation.

But this time fans had hopes that things would be better as in the lead up to UFC 260, White repeatedly said that Jones would face the winner of the Miocic-Ngannou title fight. That changed almost immediately after Ngannou won though when Jones Tweeted out “Show me the money” and White questioned whether Jones actually wanted the fight. Since then, Jones and White have been squabbling in the media with seemingly little headway being made in the actual negotiation process. But though things seem to be going poorly in that regard, Jones did follow-up on his deleted Tweets by revealing he is set to meet with some sports agents next week.

Jones has reportedly handled most of his fight negotiations in recent years, but with Jones and the UFC seemingly at an impasse, perhaps the inclusion of specialists can finally get both parties to come to agreeable terms.


TOP STORIES

Arrested. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson arrested and charged with identity theft following debut win in Bellator MMA.

Broken. Dana White on Kayla Harrison: ‘I don’t know if she’s ready’ for the UFC.

Record. Dana White unsure of Nick Diaz comeback: ‘I just question how bad he really wants to fight’.

Decision. Former matchmaker Rich Chou explains his decision to leave Bellator MMA and join Wimp-2-Warrior.

Perseverance. How Charles Oliveira beat the odds to fight for UFC title: ‘He may never walk again’.


VIDEO STEW

What the Heck.

Embedded.

Fighter Timeline: Charles Oliveira.

Top arm triangle finishes in Bellator.


LISTEN UP

The Man and the MITH. Breaking down the events of UFC Vegas 26 and Bellator 258.

UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Katlyn Chookagian and Gina Mazany.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Marijuana.

Beef.

New opportunities.

Let go.

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Some large claims being made here.

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Good poster.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

(12-5, 1 NC) vs. (12-6, 2 NC); UFC 263, June 12.

(14-5) vs. (20-10); UFC 263, June 12.

(23-5) vs. (12-5); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 21.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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Beneil Dariush ready to get bloody if that’s what it takes to beat Tony Ferguson but still doesn’t expect win to earn him a title shot

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCAfter building a six-fight win streak in arguably the UFC’s toughest division, Beneil Dariush just wanted a chance to prove himself by facing a top-ranked opponent. He’ll finally get that opportunity on Saturday night when facing Tony Ferguson in the UFC 262 co-main event, and after waiting so long to earn a fight like this, the last thing Dariush wants to do is squander it. That’s why he’s enjoying the moment and preparing himself to go up against one of the most savage lightweights in the history of the sport rather than letting anything else distract him. “This is my mindset right now — I get to fight one of the scariest, one of the greatest lightweights of all time and I’m genuinely happy about it,” Dariush told MMA Fighting. “I can’t wait. Just thinking about the fight makes me smile. I’m going to go in there and it’s gonna be a war. I know it’s going to be. I think we’re going to see the best Tony. I’m super stoked on this fight. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about what’s after, people are like ‘do you think you’ll get a title shot?’ I’m like no, to be honest with you. I don’t think so. I think it’s going to take a while. “I want to step in there and look at Tony and pretend this is my last day as a fighter. How will I finish my last day as a fighter. That’s the way I want to step in there.” Now it might sound odd that Dariush is essentially conceding a possible title shot before its even offered but he’s a realist when it comes to the lay of the land in the lightweight division. While Ferguson’s last opponent, Charles Oliveira, is fighting for the vacant title in the UFC 262 main event, Dariush is honest enough with himself to know where he sits in the hierarchy of the division. Looking at his fight with Ferguson but also knowing that Dustin Poirier will battle Conor McGregor in July with a lurking monster like Justin Gaethje still occupying a spot near the top of the rankings, Dariush knows he’ll still have more work to do after Saturday night. “I don’t think this makes me No. 1 contender,” Dariush said. “I know it’s weird to say just because you have a seven-fight win streak but I just don’t think it’s going to make me No. 1 contender. I think Dustin will be ahead of me still. I think even if Conor wants it, even if he loses, he’ll be ahead of me. So if Dustin wins, I think he gets the title shot. If Conor wins, I think he gets the title shot. Justin Gaethje is still there. “I’m not in a rush. I watched Max Holloway get 10 [wins] in a row before a title shot, so if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes.” Rather than get lost in the hunt for a title shot that may not come after UFC 262, Dariush prefers to just live in the moment with a fight he’s been pursuing ever since his win streak started. He’s long considered Ferguson one of the two best lightweights in the sport alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired as UFC champion this past October. Now Dariush gets a chance to clash with an opponent in Ferguson, who seemingly enjoys leaving his fights covered in the blood of the person he just vanquished. It requires a different kind of mentality to face someone like Ferguson, which is why Dariush is readying himself to leave the octagon looking like he just wrestled a barbed-wire fence for 15 minutes if that’s what it takes to earn the victory. “Let me put it this way, the earliest memory I have of my dad, I think I got beat up by some kids and he looked at me and said, ‘hey, you get in a fight, you win. I don’t care if you have to pick up a rock or a stick, you win,” Dariush recalled. “That’s my earliest memory of my dad. Obviously terrible advice as a parent, I’m telling all the fathers right now, don’t say that to your kid. But the worst part about that is, I thought my dad was a genius at that time, I looked at my dad and said ‘oh my god, you’re right, I should have just done that, it would have solved all my problems!’ “There’s that part of me. I’m not so worried about the blood. I’m not so much worried about the cuts. I’m genuinely excited to step in there and just look to take his head off. Whatever it takes, wins. That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t care how my face looks after. I don’t care how my body looks after. I just care that I step in there and I get this done.” During Ferguson’s rise to the top of the lightweight division, he had a few close calls after getting wobbled by Anthony Pettis during a wild exchange in their fight and nearly being finished in a late notice scrap with Lando Vannatta once upon a time as well. On both occasions, Ferguson found a way to weather the storm and then return fire with Pettis unable to continue past the second round and Vanatta getting choked out just minutes after he nearly pulled off the upset. Dariush knows that Ferguson feasts on mistakes made by his opponents just when it looks like they’ve got him hurt but he also can’t ignore his own finishing instincts when that moment comes. “If I want to

Beneil Dariush ready to get bloody if that’s what it takes to beat Tony Ferguson but still doesn’t expect win to earn him a title shot
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

After building a six-fight win streak in arguably the UFC’s toughest division, Beneil Dariush just wanted a chance to prove himself by facing a top-ranked opponent.

He’ll finally get that opportunity on Saturday night when facing Tony Ferguson in the UFC 262 co-main event, and after waiting so long to earn a fight like this, the last thing Dariush wants to do is squander it.

That’s why he’s enjoying the moment and preparing himself to go up against one of the most savage lightweights in the history of the sport rather than letting anything else distract him.

“This is my mindset right now — I get to fight one of the scariest, one of the greatest lightweights of all time and I’m genuinely happy about it,” Dariush told MMA Fighting. “I can’t wait. Just thinking about the fight makes me smile. I’m going to go in there and it’s gonna be a war. I know it’s going to be. I think we’re going to see the best Tony. I’m super stoked on this fight. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about what’s after, people are like ‘do you think you’ll get a title shot?’ I’m like no, to be honest with you. I don’t think so. I think it’s going to take a while.

“I want to step in there and look at Tony and pretend this is my last day as a fighter. How will I finish my last day as a fighter. That’s the way I want to step in there.”

Now it might sound odd that Dariush is essentially conceding a possible title shot before its even offered but he’s a realist when it comes to the lay of the land in the lightweight division.

While Ferguson’s last opponent, Charles Oliveira, is fighting for the vacant title in the UFC 262 main event, Dariush is honest enough with himself to know where he sits in the hierarchy of the division. Looking at his fight with Ferguson but also knowing that Dustin Poirier will battle Conor McGregor in July with a lurking monster like Justin Gaethje still occupying a spot near the top of the rankings, Dariush knows he’ll still have more work to do after Saturday night.

“I don’t think this makes me No. 1 contender,” Dariush said. “I know it’s weird to say just because you have a seven-fight win streak but I just don’t think it’s going to make me No. 1 contender. I think Dustin will be ahead of me still. I think even if Conor wants it, even if he loses, he’ll be ahead of me. So if Dustin wins, I think he gets the title shot. If Conor wins, I think he gets the title shot. Justin Gaethje is still there.

“I’m not in a rush. I watched Max Holloway get 10 [wins] in a row before a title shot, so if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes.”

Rather than get lost in the hunt for a title shot that may not come after UFC 262, Dariush prefers to just live in the moment with a fight he’s been pursuing ever since his win streak started.

He’s long considered Ferguson one of the two best lightweights in the sport alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired as UFC champion this past October. Now Dariush gets a chance to clash with an opponent in Ferguson, who seemingly enjoys leaving his fights covered in the blood of the person he just vanquished.

It requires a different kind of mentality to face someone like Ferguson, which is why Dariush is readying himself to leave the octagon looking like he just wrestled a barbed-wire fence for 15 minutes if that’s what it takes to earn the victory.

“Let me put it this way, the earliest memory I have of my dad, I think I got beat up by some kids and he looked at me and said, ‘hey, you get in a fight, you win. I don’t care if you have to pick up a rock or a stick, you win,” Dariush recalled. “That’s my earliest memory of my dad. Obviously terrible advice as a parent, I’m telling all the fathers right now, don’t say that to your kid. But the worst part about that is, I thought my dad was a genius at that time, I looked at my dad and said ‘oh my god, you’re right, I should have just done that, it would have solved all my problems!’

“There’s that part of me. I’m not so worried about the blood. I’m not so much worried about the cuts. I’m genuinely excited to step in there and just look to take his head off. Whatever it takes, wins. That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t care how my face looks after. I don’t care how my body looks after. I just care that I step in there and I get this done.”

During Ferguson’s rise to the top of the lightweight division, he had a few close calls after getting wobbled by Anthony Pettis during a wild exchange in their fight and nearly being finished in a late notice scrap with Lando Vannatta once upon a time as well. On both occasions, Ferguson found a way to weather the storm and then return fire with Pettis unable to continue past the second round and Vanatta getting choked out just minutes after he nearly pulled off the upset.

Dariush knows that Ferguson feasts on mistakes made by his opponents just when it looks like they’ve got him hurt but he also can’t ignore his own finishing instincts when that moment comes.

“If I want to finish this guy, when I smell blood, I have to be willing to risk everything and go after him,” Dariush said. “Because it seems to me whenever someone hurts him, he just turns into a better version of the wild man he already is.”

Never big on predictions, Dariush isn’t going to try to call his shot or make some crazy statement in order to get a few extra headlines during fight week.

Instead, he just wants to put on the performance of the lifetime and if that means Ferguson doesn’t survive to the final horn, then so be it.

“I’m not big on what my career will be or what my legacy will be,” Dariush explained. “I’m more hyped on the idea of it. Just being able to finish a guy like that, being able to put him away. He’s literally a zombie. You can’t get him out of there. With the exception of Justin, and I think if you let Tony he would have finished the fifth round no problem but with the exception of Justin, no one’s really done it.

“I’d like to be that guy. I’d like to be the guy that does it and I know it’s going to take something special.”

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