Wrestling fans, it’s time to step outside the ropes and into the world-famous Octagon for the latest MMA News Roundup.
In a new weekly feature debuting today, we have you covered with the top stories coming out of the MMA world, powered by our affiliate website, MMANews.com, the best place for news, results and interviews from the world of mixed martial arts.
With that said, it’s time to jump into the top stories from the MMA world:
JON JONES HAS CSAC HEARING
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones had his scheduled hearing before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Tuesday afternoon in Anaheim. The former UFC champion, who tested positive in his last Octagon appearance against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July of 2017, met with the California commission today to determine his future.
At the CSAC hearing, Jones spoke about taking a tainted supplement that resulted in his positive test with USADA for the aforementioned fight against Cormier last year. The CSAC ended up revoking Jones’ license and fining him $205,000 (40 percent of his purse). What this means essentially is that they chose to revoke his license instead of suspending him, which would have likely been more than a one year offense. Now, Jones will await the results of his USADA hearing and re-appear before the CSAC to get his license back.
The CSAC predicted that USADA will give Jones a 18-24 month suspension based on the case Jones presented before them today. Jones could face up to a four year suspension from USADA based on him being a multiple-time offender.
BROCK LESNAR MEETS WITH DANA WHITE, UPDATE ON HIS USADA STATUS
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar met with UFC President Dana White this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada regarding his future in the sport. Lesnar’s WWE contract is set to expire after WrestleMania 34 in April, so “The Beast Incarnate” is beginning his negotiations.
It’s worth noting that White mentioned in a recent interview that if he were forced to place a bet, he would predict that Lesnar will fight again inside the Octagon at some point in the 2018 calendar year. Lesnar last fought at UFC 200 in July of 2016, defeating Mark Hunt via decision before having the fight outcome changed to a “No Contest” ruling after he tested positive in multiple pre-fight drug tests.
Lesnar still has several months remaining on his suspension from USADA, stemming from the aforementioned Hunt fight at UFC 200. As a result, he would need to re-enter the USADA testing pool in order to become eligible to fight again. If everything goes well, realistically, the earliest fans should expect Lesnar back inside the Octagon would be in the fall.
CONOR MCGREGOR OFFERS TO FIGHT FRANKIE EDGAR FOR NEW UFC TITLE
Although Conor McGregor hasn’t fought since his 2017 boxing showdown with all-time pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr., it’s starting to look like “The Notorious” one is getting the itch to get back in the Octagon.
According to reports, McGregor offered to fight at UFC 222 on short-notice this coming weekend against Frankie Edgar. Edgar was originally scheduled to challenge Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Championship at the event, but the fight fell apart when Holloway went down with an injury.
So, why did the fight not materialize? Edgar claimed he never heard anything about such a fight, while the UFC is claiming that they didn’t have enough time to generate the amount of money and interest in McGregor’s return. It’s also worth noting that McGregor was reportedly only willing to take the fight if the UFC created a new 165-pound division and made the fight for the vacant title belt.
UFC 222: CYBORG VS. KUNITSKAYA PREVIEW
So, if the Edgar-Holloway fight fell through and the Edgar-McGregor fight didn’t materialize, what will be the headline bout at UFC 222?
The main event of this Saturday’s pay-per-view will see Cris “Cyborg” defend her UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship against Yana Kunitskaya. Edgar will still be on the card as well, as promising up-and-coming UFC Featherweight contender Brian Ortega stepped in on short notice to fight the former UFC Lightweight Champion. Also on the card this weekend is a fight between UFC Heavyweight legends Andrei Arlovski and Stefan Struve.
That will do it for this installment of the MMA News Roundup. Make sure to visit our affiliate website, MMANews.com this Saturday evening for live play-by-play results coverage of the UFC 222 pay-per-view.