'Ultimate F*****G Cheaters': Fighters queue up to criticize UFC over Jon Jones’ case
The move comes after Jon Jones submitted a drug test that produced an abnormal result, leading to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's refusal to sanction his December 29 light-heavyweight title bout with Alexander Gustafsson at the T-Mobile Arena.
But rather than pulling the Jones-Gustafsson fight from the card, UFC officials have decided to keep the card intact by moving the entire event from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.Also on rt.com UFC 232 switched from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after Jon Jones submits abnormal drug test
It means fans with flight and hotel reservations will have to cancel or change their bookings, with many set to lose their money due to nonrefundable bookings.
And for the fighters and their camps, it means unwanted upheaval and stress during a time when they are beginning to think about cutting weight and making their final preparations for their respective bouts.
Jones' opponent for his December 29 rematch, Swedish contender Alexander Gustafsson, slammed his opponent after the news broke, saying he now knew why the American did not submit to voluntary drug testing, despite being recommended to do so.
Unsurprisingly, Jones' big rival and current two-division world champion Daniel Cormier, posted to Twitter when the news broke, calling the situation "a joke."
He tested positive again!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 23, 2018
Cormier's training partner at American Kickboxing Academy, fellow Olympic wrestler-turned-UFC athlete Arjan Singh Bhullar, posted to tell his friend not to bother with Jones any more.
Unbelievable n totally not unbelievable. It's not hard to be a clean athlete. A fun week of media ahead for sure. Don't waste ur time with this guy champ champ @dc_mma. Cash out with the other juicer n enjoy the good life. The cleanest n most dominant team in history #AKA@akajavpic.twitter.com/QAdkfNAN1D— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) December 24, 2018
Former UFC heavyweight, MMA legend and vocal opposer of drugs in combat sport Mark Hunt delivered both barrels to the UFC across two Instagram posts where he slammed Jones as a "cheater" and called the UFC "Ultimate F*****g Cheaters."
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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 hey everyone let’s move the whole Ufc show in a week for a cheater 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 promoting and condoning steroids isn’t ok @Ufc @jeffnovitzkyufc @danawhite and @jonnybones your a worthless cheating lil rat 🐀 @alexthemauler don’t bother this loser isn’t on your level this peice of shit company has always promoted cheaters and now they moving the show in one week from Vegas to California for money 💴 they certainly have taken away my love for fighting fucken scummy theives I hope everyone sues the ass out of u fuckers fucken trash Oh and merry Christmas 🎄 to all u fuckers dahahahahaha and a happy new fucken steroid year 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀
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UFC ultimate fucken cheaters why don’t u jus cut jones pay gustuvsen and leave the show in Vegas all the fans and families who have already paid don’t miss out oh u only care about the PPV merry Christmas 🎄 to everyone who has already paid to go there I hope no one buys your ppv motherfuckers the least u could do is pay for everyone’s flights to California and accommodation 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂tickets food and everything else u have screwed those there from oh and u can stick my crooked finger in your bum hole for Christmas u poxy lil bitch @danawhite
UFC women's featherweight contender Megan Anderson who is set to face Cat Zingano at UFC 232, tweeted her dismay at the situation with an appropriately-chosen GIF.
UFC light-heavyweight Corey Anderson, is also set for action at UFC 232 as he prepares to face Swedish contender Ilir Latifi, and "Overtime" laid out his complaint, focusing on the travel turmoil he and his family are experiencing as a result of the last-minute change of plans.
And bantamweight Brian Kelleher, who is due to kick off the event in the first fight of the night at The Forum, says he wants to see some of Jones' fight purse go to him to help reimburse him for the additional travel costs incurred for the event.
Can I have some of Jon Jones purse though as reimbursement to the family that I have flying down to Vegas and the hotels booked ? @ufc— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) December 24, 2018
Long-serving UFC welterweight veteran Matt "The Immortal" Brown said his view of the UFC had been damaged by their handling of the situation, saying he was "really not proud to be a part of this organization today".
I’ve always been very defensive of the criticisms against ufc but I’m really not proud to be a part of this organization today.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) December 24, 2018
Bellator middleweight Mike "Biggie" Rhodes focused his ire at the UFC for their mistreatment of the fans who look set to lose out financially through lost travel plans as a result of the venue change.
Fuck all the people who booked hotel and flights to Vegas huh? https://t.co/teu5BKsSqm— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) December 23, 2018
And former UFC fighter David Michaud tweeted to suggest that any trips involving a Jon Jones fight should always include contingency plans.
Let's be real, if you're going to a Jon Jones fight in 2018 and you dont get trip insurance you aren't smart— David Michaud (@bulldawgUFC) December 24, 2018
Former world heavyweight champion Frank Mir saw his UFC career ended by a hotly-disputed anti-doping case with USADA, and he sees parallels with Jones' situation, but very different approaches by the anti-doping administrators.
And another former UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, took to Twitter to clarify to the world that he's a 100% clean athlete... except for the occasional cold drink, courtesy of the UFC's official beer.
I’m always clean. I train and drink Modelo. https://t.co/V9e2YMeYeB— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) December 24, 2018
Conor McGregor's training partner and Bellator fighter Dillon Danis, who was infamously involved in the recent UFC 229 brawl in Las Vegas, labelled Jones "A juice head".
once a juice head always a juice head— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) December 23, 2018
And, of course, UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov had something to say about the situation, especially given his own situation following UFC 229.
His tongue-in-cheek response: "Transfer my court to Russia."
It's clear that fighters across the MMA sphere are less than impressed with Jones, with the UFC and with the upheaval their fellow fighters are being forced to endure ahead of the final event of the year.Also on rt.com The $how goes on: Moving UFC 232 and Jon Jones to LA is all about the money