Miesha Tate on Jon Jones’ drug test: ‘You can’t use ignorance as an excuse’

Miesha Tate says with PED’s in his system, Jon Jones can’t use ignorance as an excuse. After testing positive for Turinabol, Jon Jones has recently come out to publicly deny things, saying he would “never do steriods.” At the end of the day, the PED was found in his system, and according to a former champion in Miesha Tate, saying you didn’t know how it got there isn’t a valid excuse.
“You’re either clean or you’re not. There is no gray zone when it comes to full contact sports, period,” Tate told MMA Tonight on Sirius XM. “I don’t care if USADA says, Miesha, don’t eat Cheerios the week of your fight. Guess what, I ain’t eating Cheerios. That’s the rules. They make it so the sport is safe and clean, and we need to follow them.”
According to the retired former UFC and Strikeforce champion, all the information is given to the fighters, and it is very easy to have substances that you take verified by USADA.
“You know the rules directly ahead of time,” Tate explained. “USADA hands out pamphlets, tons of information. They make it very very easy. If you have a question, if there’s anything that a doctor prescribes you, you have phone numbers, you have a website. You can run it through a number of people to verify if this is a safe product or not.
“I utilized this many times myself, just to be precautions,” she said. “I have a slight thyroid disorder. My thyroid runs a little bit slow. I took a natural pig hormone, but I wanted to make sure that it was safe, it was okay. It was cleared, and it was alright, but I went through the process to make sure that what I was putting into my body — I sent all my supplements to USADA to have them cleared, and they’re happy to do that. And that gives me the reassurance because I don’t want to accidentally take something.”
“But if you’re ‘accidentally’ speeding, and a police officer pulls you over, and said, ‘sorry sir, I was going 20 over, I didn’t realize,’ you’re still going 20 over, period. You can’t use ignorance as an excuse, and it needs to be 100% clean, not basically clean.”
Prior to this, Jones tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole, and attributed it to a “dick pill” he took. They claim he wasn’t actually trying to cheat or intentionally ingest the banned substances, but regardless of intention, Jones was still handed the maximum suspension for being reckless.
Will that still be the case this time around? We’ll find out eventually, but Jones is now potentially facing very steep, and possibly career ending punishments.

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Bellator 183 highlights: Paul Daley levels Lorenz Larkin in spectacular fashion

Check out the full fight video highlights of Paul Daley’s brutal knockout of Lorenz Larkin in the Bellator 183 co-main event. The co-main event for Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull saw Paul Daley pick up a major knockout win over Lorenz Larkin in the second round of their welterweight affair. The opening round saw a lot of respect and a little bit of feeling out, as each competitor was testing out what the other man was capable of. Come round 2, Daley shot in for a couple takedowns, shocking everyone, and was able to tie up Larkin in the clinch. Upon a break, Daley swung a spinning backfist that clipped Larkin, behind the ear, and followed up with a bodacious left hook that sent his opponent into a standing daze. Daley proceeded to uncork a 3 piece punching combo that sent Larkin crashing to the mat, and followed up with some academic ground strikes before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Check out Mookie Alexander’s play-by-play of Paul Daley’s 2nd round destruction of Lorenz Larkin:

Round 2 – Front kick by Larkin nearly gets to Daley’s chin. Sloppy right by Daley and Larkin easily ducks under and puts Paul up against the fence. Larkin trying to trip Daley from the body lock, as the ref implores them to do something. Daley muscles Larkin away and lands a good punch. He goes for the takedown on Larkin, but “Da Monsoon” defends it. Knee by Daley to the chest. They both swing and miss and clinch again. This is a weird fight. Good knee to the body by Larkin. Spinning backfist try by Daley. Left hook rocks Larkin! Another left hook puts Larkin down and it is all over! WOW!
Official result: Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin by KO (punches) at 2:40 of round 2

Watch Daley do Larkin dirty:

Left hand #Bellator183 #PaulDaley pic.twitter.com/l9rLXDIttn— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) September 24, 2017

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Bellator 183 fight video highlights

Watch full Bellator 183 fight video highlights from Bellator’s big Saturday night event above, courtesy of Spike.

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Freire took place Sept. 23 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Bellator veteran Patricky Freire took on former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the night’s main event, which aired live on Spike TV. Elsewhere on the card, Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin hooked up in a battle of elite strikers and blue-chip prospect Aaron Pico returned after a debut knockout loss. Catch video highlights from those fights above.

For more on Bellator 183, check out MMA Fighting’s complete event results.

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Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire scorecard

The Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire scorecard revealed how the judges scored the Bellator 183 main event Saturday night in San Jose, Calif.

Judges Wade Vierra and Marcos Rosales had Patricky Pitbull winning 29-28, giving Freire the first and third rounds, while judge Derek Cleary had Henderson winning 29-28. Cleary gave Henderson the second and third rounds.

How did you score the fight?

Check out the scorecard below.


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Pros react to Paul Daley and Aaron Pico KOs, Patricky Freire beating Benson Henderson at Bellator 183

Bellator had one of their most entertaining shows of the year on Saturday night with a main card that featured three memorable finishes and the promotional debut of popular heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson.

While the lightweight main event between Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire failed to live up to the high-octane action that proceeded it, there was more than enough entertaining moments to provide fodder for the pros who tuned in to Bellator 183. Freire won by a disputed split decision.

Whether it was in response to Paul Daley taking out Lorenz Larkin, Aaron Pico redeeming himself with a thudding KO of Justin Linn, or Nelson’s three-round war of attrition against Javy Ayala, fighters were eager to let their thoughts be known on Twitter:





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Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull post-fight results and analysis

Mookie Alexander recaps and analyzes the fights that took place at Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull in San Jose, California. Bellator 183 is in the books, and it was a pretty fun show. Unfortunately, the main event between Patricky Freire and Ben Henderson was not particularly exciting. Fortunately for Patricky, he was able to get the split decision win in a fight that was destined to have scorecards all over the place. I had it 30-27 for Pitbull on account of Henderson just not doing enough to clearly win any rounds. Two judges and Bellator MMA analyst Jimmy Smith (whom I respect greatly) somehow scored round 2 for Henderson, who wasted more than half the round going for a takedown which he never got. I don’t see that as actual good offense, and he ended up eating a flying knee for his troubles and getting briefly taken down in the final seconds. Henderson’s best moments came off of his thudding body kicks, but I felt Pitbull otherwise was getting in the cleaner shots, particularly with his boxing.
Whatever your scores are, I thought Henderson looked sloppy and largely ineffective. Pitbull’s takedown defense was very impressive and he picked his shots well, admittedly not setting a high-pace himself. He’s definitely in the best form of his career, having now beaten both Josh Thomson and Ben Henderson in consecutive fights. The fact that he got a split nod against Henderson is arguably more amazing than knocking Thomson out, if you consider Henderson’s history of favorable judging. Patricky can’t be that far off from another title fight, even though tonight was neither a thriller nor did it feature a spectacular knockout that Patricky is definitely capable of pulling off.
More thoughts on tonight’s card:

It’s been a really long time since Paul Daley managed a truly great win against a top welterweight contender, and he scored the upset KO win over Lorenz Larkin in round 2. I didn’t see it live, but evidently Daley clipped Larkin with a spinning backfist just before his trademark left hook put Larkin on queer street. A couple more punches, including another left hook, put Larkin down and out. That’s a really devastating loss for Larkin, who is now 0-2 after leaving the UFC on such a high-note as a top-10 contender. It’s conversely a massive win for Daley, and I have to think Bellator is going to push hard to make the Michael Page fight happen. That was a vintage “Semtex” knockout fans witnessed tonight.

Roy Nelson’s Bellator debut was a successful one, as he used his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to defeat Javy Ayala in a fairly entertaining bout. Ayala was definitely winning the majority of the striking exchanges, and while Nelson’s chin is always praised for being notoriously sturdy, Ayala showed he could take Nelson’s power punches. What he couldn’t handle were the takedowns, and his ability to get back to his feet went away in round 3, thus costing him the fight. This is the “Big Country” you’re likely to get for the rest of his career. He cannot rely on the right hand to melt opponents anymore, and he’s worse than ever defensively, so at this stage of his career, he’s reminding everyone that he actually comes from a jiu-jitsu background.
The judge who had it 30-26 for Nelson… yeah, I don’t see a 10-8. Not the first time I’ve taken issue with Wade Vierra.

Aaron Pico’s MMA debut may have been disastrous given the hype he received as “the greatest prospect in MMA history,” but his second fight was spectacular. Pico walloped Justin Linn with a crushing left hook to pick up his first career win in outstanding fashion. We saw his elite wrestling on display, as well as his fast hands and boxing abilities, but he was a little wild at times and got caught cleanly by Linn on more than one occasion. All that said, he’s still a 21-year-old with huge potential, so ideally he’s going to keep on learning and we’ll see even more convincing performances along the way.
How will Bellator book Pico from here? Will he be pushed towards higher-end competition at featherweight within these next 12 months? Or will Bellator give him a bit of a slow roll, just so he can build up his highlight reel without taking more of those dangerous Zach Freeman type of matchups? That’ll be fascinating to see, and the matchmaking will go a long way towards determining Pico’s path to the top of the sport.

Goiti Yamauchi is one hell of a grappler to watch. He put AKA prospect Adam Piccolotti away with a vicious rear-naked choke just over three minutes into round 1. The back take that set up the finish was so slick, as is his great ability to chain different submissions together. This was a big win for the Japanese standout, and he shouldn’t be too far away from a lightweight title shot.
Spike’s “tentpole” shows are scheduled for three hours, which made for a painful night in terms of event pacing. The first two fights ended quickly, then we got a prelim, and it was just extended stalling to not end the show early. Maybe 2 1⁄2 hours works better. Three hours just makes the card move like molasses.

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Bellator 183 results: Patricky Freire wins split decision over Benson Henderson, Paul Daley KOs Lorenz Larkin

It may not have been pretty, but Patricky Freire found the revenge he was looking for on Saturday night at Bellator 183. In a grinding affair, Freire defeated former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via split decision, narrowly outpointing the American a little over a year after Henderson defeated Freire’s younger brother, Patricio, inside the Bellator cage.

The fight was an altogether uneventful one, as Freire (18-8) and Henderson (24-8) spent large chunks of each round either trading potshots from range or stuck in a clinch battle against the fence. Freire defended every one of Henderson’s takedowns, and even scored one of his own in the closing moments of the second frame. The final round was Freire’s best work, as the Brazilian briefly dropped Henderson with a short shot inside the pocket and seemed to have Henderson’s timing down better for counters.

In the end, two judges scored the contest 29-28 for Freire, while the lone dissenter gave it to Henderson by the same score, awarding Freire his 11th victory under the Bellator umbrella. Now riding back-to-back wins over UFC veterans, including a controversial second-round knockout over Josh Thomson, Freire took his shot in the post-fight interview and called out Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus.

“I eat former champions for breakfast,” Freire said without the aid of a translator. “I want Brent Primus. You have my gold. You have my belt. Stop running from ‘Pitbull.’ You know you ran two times. Two times! Baby, I’m coming for you.”

Henderson, meanwhile, dropped his record to 1-3 since signing with Bellator in 2016.

In the night’s co-main event, British welterweight Paul Daley (40-15-2) settled the beef between he and Lorenz Larkin (18-7, 1 NC) in vicious fashion, knocking out the ex-UFC contender with a highlight-reel salvo of punches at 2:40 of the second round to score the biggest win of his Bellator career.

The lead-up to Daley vs. Larkin was a fiery one, as both men traded shots with one another for weeks before nearly igniting a melee Friday at Bellator 183’s weigh-ins.

But despite the enmity between the two sides, the fight itself began as a slow and measured contest. Daley eventually tripped while throwing an early head kick, which allowed Larkin to ride out the final few minutes of the opening round in top position. The second frame looked to be more of the same until Daley clipped Larkin with a spinning backfist, then let loose with a wicked left hook that put Larkin on wobbly legs.

Smelling blood, Daley pounced and unloaded a bombardment of punches that forced referee Mike Beltran to intervene.

The spectacular win moved Daley’s record to 5-2 in the Bellator cage, while Larkin dropped to a surprising 0-2 start with his new promotion. Afterward, Daley took aim at another one of his rivals, fellow British welterweight Michael Page.

“Like I said building up to this, the only people that stood with me and got out successfully are Nick Diaz and Douglas Lima. Anybody else in the welterweight division stands with me is getting knocked the f*ck out,” Daley said.

“Now, one of those rematches I get can’t, the other is fighting Rory MacDonald in January. But back home you’ve got a very similar character to me, a little young boy called ‘MVP’ over in the UK that keeps talking on social media. Get that little punk in here with me. He’s getting knocked out as well.”

Elsewhere on the card, the Bellator debut of Roy Nelson (23-14) proved to be a smashing success. The 41-year-old ex-UFC heavyweight, who inked a deal with Bellator in May following the end of his UFC contract, used his rarely-seen grappling acumen to pick up an entertaining unanimous decision win over Javy Ayala (10-5).

Ayala, a heavyweight veteran who upset Sergei Kharitonov with a 16-second knockout this summer, found an advantage in the striking exchanges, but it was Nelson’s overwhelming ground game that was the key to the match. “Big Country” easily and repeatedly took the fight to the mat, scoring double-leg takedowns in all three rounds and suffocating Ayala with a barrage of offense.

Ayala had no answer for Nelson’s top control, being forced to defend short punches and various armlocks as Nelson patiently transitioned from half guard to side control to mount. The final judges’ tallies were 30-26, 29-28, and 29-28, all in favor of Nelson, who pushed his record to 3-2 over his last five fights.

“Viacom and Spike were talking about they needed some film footage, so I had to give it to them,” Nelson joked afterward. “The plan was just to go out there and get the ‘W’ and show the fans what I still have.”

The sophomore outing of Aaron Pico (1-1) was an unforgettable one, to say the least.

Competing just days before his 21st birthday, and having moved down from the lightweight division to 145 pounds, the blue-chip prospect scored a highlight-reel knockout that will be replayed on Bellator highlight packages until the end of time, sleeping Justin Linn (7-4) with a monstrous left hook at 3:45 of the opening round.

Pico is a widely considered to be one of the most talented prospects in the sport, but after suffering a stunning 24-second loss to Zach Freeman in his pro debut, the pressure was on him Saturday to validate his hype — and he did exactly that. The young Californian effortlessly wrestled Linn to the floor twice before brawling against the fence and landing the fight-ending shot, sending Linn crashing to the floor unconscious. Pico showed some holes in his defense, as Linn tagged him a few times with hard punches, but the end was about as resounding as it gets.

“It’s just a proud moment to get my first victory,” Pico said. “It’s something I’ll always remember on my 21st birthday.

“Right now I’m still young, I’m just going to stay in my lane and do what I do, and I will be the world champion. It’s just a matter of time.”

In the opening bout of the televised card, Goiti Yamauchi (22-3) propelled himself high into Bellator lightweight title contention, running a grappling clinic on Adam Piccolotti (9-1) before scoring a sensational rear-naked choke victory over the previously undefeated prospect at 3:19 of the first round.

A 24-year-old submission specialist, Yamauchi dragged Piccolotti into his world early, catching the American in a guillotine attempt off of a flying knee. Piccolotti defended that attempt as well as a slick omoplata, only to have Yamauchi scramble onto his back as soon as the fighters retook their feet. From there, the end was nigh, as Yamauchi locked up the fight-ending choke and secured his third straight first-round submission since moving from featherweight up to 155 pounds.

With the win, Yamauchi etched himself into Bellator history, tying Marcin Held for the most submissions (6) ever finished in the Bellator cage. And afterward, he delivered a message to Bellator lightweight titleholder Primus.

“One thing I have to say to the champion: work hard and good luck in your career, because the monster’s coming, baby.”

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They said what?! Pros react to Patricky Freire’s split decision win over Ben Henderson

Pro fighters reacted on Twitter as Patricky Freire defeated Benson Henderson by split decision at Bellator 183. In an uneventful main event, Patricky Freire defeated Ben Henderson by split decision at Bellator 183. Some pro fighters did not agree with the result, on Twitter.

Let’s go @BensonHenderson #fb— Jocelyn J Lybarger (@mmajocelyn) September 24, 2017

@PatrickyPitbull sick walk out — Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) September 24, 2017

It’s time!! Let’s go @BensonHenderson #theoncefutureking #labelite— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) September 24, 2017

Let’s go @BensonHenderson— Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) September 24, 2017

Pretty sure there was still a minute left in that round. #bellator— John Moraga (@chicanojohn) September 24, 2017

I got Ben winning every round. Call me biased but he should get the W #bellator183 #labelite— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) September 24, 2017

Disagree with that decision!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) September 24, 2017

Ben Henderson won that fight— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) September 24, 2017

Bullshit on that decision. That was Bens W #bellator183 pic.twitter.com/qDOlK6mogX— BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) September 24, 2017

Am I yhe only one that disagrees with that decision and also accidentally watching Coos now?— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) September 24, 2017

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Bellator 183 results: Patricky Pitbull squeaks by Ben Henderson in split decision

Check out the Bellator 183 results and highlights from Ben Henderson vs. Patricky Pitbull in the main event. The marquee matchup for Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull saw Patricky Freire and Benson Henderson go the distance. When the dust settled, it was Pitbull who earned the split decision victory, and called out Bellator’s lightweight champion Brent Primus in his in-cage interview.
Patricky Freire def. Benson Henderson by Split Decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Lightweight
Bendo came out as the bully, just as he did when he fought Patricio Freire, but was quickly backed off by the counter punching Patricky Pitbull. Pitbull started pressuring forward, throwing heavy punches when the moments presented themselves, as Bendo looked to counter with his evasive footwork and kicks.
Just when it looked like the second frame would be another standup round, Bendo shot in and pressed Pitbull up against the fence. Henderson tirelessly worked for the takedown, but Pitbull defended rather well, even launching a jump knee in the process. Pitbull scored with some Travis Browne elbows as Bendo continued to work for the takedown. The lightweights returned to their striking in the third round, with Bendo landing several body kicks, and Pitbull scoring with his left hook. Henderson shot in and again pressed Pitbull up against the fence, but still struggled to get the takedown. Pitbull eventually found open space, and stalked Henderson for the remainder of the round.

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