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Dana White has a backup plan for Daniel Cormier if Jon Jones is not ready to fight at UFC 214

Dana White has a backup plan for Daniel Cormier if Jon Jones is not ready to fight at UFC 214

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Earlier tonight UFC president Dana White went on Sports Center where he announced that if Jon Jones is ready, the promotion is willing to give him an immediate title shot against current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.

Jon Jones (22-1 MMA) and Daniel Cormier first met at UFC 182 in January of 2015, with “Bones” emerging victorious via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier

“Bones” and “DC” were originally slated to rematch at UFC 197 in April of 2016, but Cormier was forced to pullout of the fight after suffering a knee injury.

The bitter rivals were then booked to fight at this past July’s UFC 200 event in Las Vegas. However, unfortunately for fight fans Jones was removed from the card just days before the event after testing positive for banned substances.

“Bones” is currently serving a one-year suspension that was handed down for his aforementioned failed drug test. The suspension comes to an end the first week of July.

If Jon Jones decides that he will not be ready to fight Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, or if “Bones” opts to take a tune-up fight instead, Dana White told ESPN that the promotion already has a backup plan set for “DC”.

“Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that timeframe doesn’t work for Jon Jones,” White said. “Cormier already told me he’s willing to fight either Jones or Manuwa.”

The UFC president continued.

“If Jon Jones is ready to fight [by UFC 214] on July 29, we’ll see the Jones versus Cormier rematch, finally.”

Dana White is not sure how this whole situation will play out, but the ball is in Jones’ court.

Jimi Manuwa Daniel Cormier

If Jones does turn down the fight offer for UFC 214 in Anaheim, “The Poster Boy” told Dana White that he would be more than happy to test Cormier’s chin this July.

“Jimi wants Cormier,” White said. “They got into it at UFC 210 [earlier this month] and Jimi told me he’s never been talked to like that before. We’ll see how this plays out.”

Who would you rather see Daniel Cormier fight next, Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa?

Anthony Johnson will now fight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191

Anthony Johnson will now fight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Anthony Johnson vs. Jan Blachowicz is no longer happening.

The good news for fight fans is that “Rumble” will still be fighting at September’s UFC 191 event in Las Vegas and against fellow knockout artist Jimi Manuwa.

UFC officials announced the news today adding that Manuwa was recently cleared to resume training so they opted to book him against Johnson instead of Blachowicz.

A new opponent for Jan Blachowicz is expected to be sought out for the event.

Anthony Johnson (19-5 MMA) will return to the cage for the first time since his title loss to Daniel Cormier at May’s UFC 187 event. Prior to the loss, “Rumble” had put together an impressive nine-fight win streak, which included UFC wins over Phil Davis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson.

Meanwhile, Jimi Manuwa (15-1 MMA) returns to action for the first time since defeating the aforementioned Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision at April’s UFC Fight Night 64 event. “The Poster Boy” has gone 4-1 thus far in his UFC career, with his lone loss coming to Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC 191 takes place September 5 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event is headlined by a flyweight title fight rematch featuring champion Demetrious Johnson taking on challenger John Dodson.

Who do you have winning this key light heavyweight bout?

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your major UFC News!

Gustafsson vs. Rumble headlines UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden

Gustafsson vs. Rumble headlines UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

History will be made when Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on Saturday, January 24 in Stockholm, Sweden to determine the next UFC light heavyweight title challenger.

The bout will take place in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, marking just the second major stadium event in UFC history and the first in Europe. The previous stadium event was the record-breaking UFC 129 event held at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, as more than 55,000 fans watched Georges St-Pierre defeat Jake Shields.

Gustafsson narrowly lost his title bid to reigning champion Jon “Bones” Jones in the greatest light heavyweight title fight of all time in September of 2013. Now, the rejuvenated 27-year-old will look to draw off the support of a massive hometown crowd when he meets Johnson, a winner of eight straight, including a devastating knockout win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his last bout.

“This is going to be an epic event,” Gustafsson, who defeated Jimi Manuwa in his last bout in March, said. “I want more than 30,000 fans to come and witness me win on January 24. Then I’m going to go and get the title! My journey back to the top starts now. ”

“This fight might be on his home turf, but I’m ready to go over to Sweden and prove that I’m the next in the line for the UFC light heavyweight title,” Johnson said. “I’m not intimidated by fighting in front of Alex’s hometown fans. I’m going to go in there and look for the knockout like I do in all of my fights. I can’t wait for this!”

UFC on FOX 14 takes places January 24 live form at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The evenings co-main event featured a middleweight battle between Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter Gegard Mousasi and former PRIDE champion Dan Henderson.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your UFC News and be sure to come watch the UFC on FOX 14 event live this January at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Manuwa injured, OSP now meets Shogun at UFC Fight Night 56

Manuwa injured, OSP now meets Shogun at UFC Fight Night 56

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Jimi Manuwa has suffered a broken foot in training and thus will not be able to compete against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at November’s UFC Fight Night 56 event in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Stepping in for the injured Manuwa on just a couple of weeks notice will be Ovince St. Preux.

UFC president Dana White announced the change earlier today.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio Rua, has gone 3-4 since losing his title to Jon Jones in March of 2011. In his most recent performance, “Shogun” was having his way with former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson, this until the bouts third-round, when Dan landed his infamous “H-Bomb” and promptly put Rua to sleep. Prior to the defeat, Rua had scored a knockout win over James Te Huna in December of 2013.

Meanwhile, former Strikeforce standout Ovince St. Preux (16-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is coming off a unanimous decision loss which he suffered to Ryan Bader at August’s UFC Fight Night event in Maine. Prior to the setback, OSP had strung together 5 straight victories.

UFC Fight Night 56 takes place November 8 live from the Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The event airs live on FOX Sports 1 following the prelims which show on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Be sure to catch this event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!