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Cormier: Jones’ dirty laundry is not off-limits

Daniel Cormier has a lot of dirt on Jon Jones, and he’s not afraid to sling it.

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champ’s disdain for Jones is no secret, and when the pair shared a stage in Dallas last week to promote their long-awaited upcoming rematch, Cormier brought up just about every much-publicized trial that has plagued Jones outside the Octagon. While some may have condemned the champ’s decision to go after Jones for his past substance abuse issues, he defended his actions in a Tuesday appearance on Sirius XM’s “The Luke Thomas Show.”

Jones was stripped of the title after a 2015 hit-and-run incident, and “DC” won it in a bout with Anthony Johnson. Since his bitter rival’s troubles have affected Cormier’s career and led many to belittle him as a paper champion, he has no qualms about using Jones’ past as ammunition to promote their rematch, scheduled for July 29 at UFC 214.

“These things are so public, these instances are so public, and if he was doing all this stuff to himself and by himself and not affecting people, then I probably wouldn’t say anything,” Cormier said, according to FOX Sports’ Damon Martin. “But his indiscretions and his mess-ups, they’ve greatly influenced my career, too, and the way that I’m perceived. A lot of people would say, ‘Well, you’d never be champion if he didn’t do those things.’ Maybe if he would have beat me again, but we would have fought already to decide that. …

“Not only are they not respecting me as they should, they’re discrediting everything that I have done. It’s not off-limits.”

In addition to the hit-and-run that later allowed Cormier to capture the strap he failed to win off Jones at UFC 182, “Bones” has also tested positive for cocaine and estrogen blockers. The latter substance netted him a one-year ban that put a rematch scheduled for UFC 200 on ice. The way Cormier sees it, Jones has no one to blame but himself for such problems.

“That’s a choice that he made. You are not born with addiction issues. You make the choice to start to mess with that,” Cormier said. “So yes, I’m going to do it and I’m going to tell him anything I want to tell him.”

The reigning champ took his argument one step further, suggesting Jones isn’t averse to indulging in performance-enhancing substances considering he’s already indulged in illegal ones. During last week’s presser, Jones revealed he’d used cocaine shortly before their first fight.

“If you’re willing to do that right before a fight, and that’s something that could be detrimental to you going forward, why wouldn’t you do something that could help you? That’s my philosophy. I could be wrong,” Cormier said.

“I do believe that this dude has been cheating his whole entire life.”

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Watch: Woodley accessorizes to prepare for Maia’s ‘backpack attack’

The fight isn’t official yet, but you better believe Tyron Woodley is ready for Demian Maia.

Woodley’s third defense of the UFC welterweight championship is expected to be against Maia, who is No. 3 in the promotion’s official rankings. The 39-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard has used his grappling to dominate his last seven opponents and he’s become notorious for clinging onto them from behind like a backpack to completely neutralize their attacks.

On Tuesday, Woodley posted a video on Instagram showing that he plans to wear a backpack throughout his training to simulate how it might be to go five rounds with Maia.

These are the lengths one must go to remain the champ.

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Johnson to Rousey: ‘Grow the f— up’

Warning: Story contains coarse language

Demetrious Johnson isn’t pulling any punches on Ronda Rousey.

The longtime flyweight champ currently sits one title defense away from sole ownership of the UFC record, but he recently told Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim that he hasn’t attached too much magnitude to the record – because unlike Rousey, he’s accepted he isn’t invincible.

“You know, people say, ‘I visualize myself at this point.’ I visualize myself losing most of the time just because I’ve seen so many champions lose, and they don’t know how to take it. Their whole world is upside down. ‘Oh, my God, what am I going to do?'” Johnson said.

“You look at Ronda Rousey. You got your ass beat, grow the fuck up. It happens. It’s mixed martial arts. I don’t want to be like that. If I lose, I’ll be like, I lost.”

After cleaning house at 135 pounds in both Strikeforce and the UFC, Rousey’s record-setting run came to a brutal end courtesy of Holly Holm at UFC 193. “Rowdy” largely kept out of the public eye over the ensuing 13 months, only to be obliterated by Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds upon returning at UFC 207. Aside from announcing her engagement to UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, the all-but-retired Rousey has since resumed her reclusive ways, but that didn’t stop Johnson from stressing the importance of learning to accept an L.

“Everybody fucking loses. It’s part of the sport. Grow up,” Johnson said. “Look, Ronda, you lost two fucking fights in a row, and you made more fucking money than the women’s roster. You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.”

– With h/t to Bleacher Report

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Tate not coming back, regardless of weight class or money

Even with a new weight division to potentially explore, Miesha Tate is just fine with staying retired.

After recently dismissing any talk that she’d move up to 145 lbs for a comeback fight, the former women’s bantamweight champion is now brushing off the suggestion that she drop down for the UFC’s upcoming 125-lb division.

Tate retired last November after a loss to Raquel Pennington and she’s not letting any external circumstances change her mind.

“There’s no weight class or amount of money that’s going to make me want to come back to the sport,” Tate told Steven Marrocco of MMAjunkie. “The only thing that would make me want to compete again is my heart, and that’s all I ever listen to.”

Since hanging up the gloves, the 30-year-old Tate has worked as an analyst for FOX Sports and she continues to train in MMA without the pressure of an upcoming fight hanging over her head. It could be a while – if ever – before Tate even thinks about getting back in the Octagon.

“No, I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” Tate said. “I feel like I get all the benefits of training without the grueling pressure of the looming training camp. Those are hard.

“I competed in MMA for 11 years, and then I wrestled for four years before that, so I’m definitely not wanting to just get back in there. I don’t have the itch. I feel like I made the right decision so far.”

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Report: UFC considering Alvarez-Poirier rematch in near future

Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier could get their wish soon.

The UFC is hoping to book a rematch between the lightweight contenders after their fight at UFC 211 this past Saturday ended in a controversial no-contest due to an accidental illegal knee, sources told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.

No date has been discussed, as it’s contingent on Poirier recovering from a concussion he suffered in the fight, according to his manager, Robert Roveta.

“We are taking the concussion symptoms very seriously,” Roveta told Helwani.

In the second round of what was developing into an exciting bout, Alvarez connected with three knees to Poirier’s head, the last of which appeared to land when Poirier was in a grounded position with one knee on the mat. Under MMA rules, it’s forbidden to aim knees at a fighter’s head in that situation.

After much confusion, referee Herb Dean ruled the bout a no-contest. Poirier’s team is planning to appeal to have the result overturned to a disqualification win for their fighter, but in the meantime Poirier and Alvarez have engaged in some verbal back-and-forth over a future clash:

Regardless of how Poirier’s appeal goes, it looks like these two definitely have unfinished business inside the Octagon.

– With h/t to Bloody Elbow

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