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    Jon Jones stripped of UFC title, suspended


    Jon Jones has been stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely following his arrest in New Mexico on a hit-and-run that police say left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.

    The UFC announced the extraordinary penalties Tuesday night for violations of its athlete code of conduct policy following Jones’ latest arrest in a string of misbehavior.

    ‘‘Got a lot of soul searching to do,’’ Jones posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday. ‘‘Sorry to everyone I've let down.’’

    UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta apparently met with Jones in Albuquerque before making their decision, which deprives the promotion of a major star. Jones is widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist.

    ‘‘He’s very disappointed. He’s upset,’’ White told Fox Sports, the UFC’s official broadcast partner. ‘‘He wanted to go down as one of the greats, or the greatest ever. He’s disappointed, but it is what it is. It was the decision we had to make.’’

    Jones, the brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, was scheduled to face No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on May 23, headlining one of the promotion’s biggest shows of the year.

    Instead, No. 3 contender Daniel Cormier will face Johnson for the title. Cormier lost to Jones in January, several weeks after Jones tested positive for cocaine use.

    Cormier was scheduled to fight on a card in New Orleans on June 6, but agreed to take his second straight title shot on 3 1/2 weeks’ notice.

    ‘‘For us to have to go in and strip him of his title and suspend [Jones], you know, it’s not fun,’’ White said. ‘‘But the show goes on. Anthony Johnson is ready for this fight, and Daniel Cormier was beyond pumped to get this opportunity.’’

    Jones’s talent and personality have made him one of the sport’s most prominent figures and a staple of the UFC’s major pay-per-view shows. He became the youngest champion in UFC history in March 2011, and he defended the 205-pound belt eight times.

    Earlier Tuesday in Albuquerque, the 27-year-old Jones made his first court appearance with his lawyer, but left without speaking to reporters. He faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries.

    Jones was released Monday on a $2,500 bond. A judge did not impose travel restrictions on Jones.

    According to police, witnesses said that Jones ran from a crash Sunday that hospitalized the pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab ‘‘a large handful of cash’’ from the car. Authorities say the accident occurred in southeastern Albuquerque when the driver of a rented SUV ran a red light.

    Officers found a pipe with marijuana in the SUV as well as MMA and rental car documents in Jones’ name, according to the police report.

    Although Jones (21-1) reigns atop the sport after his lengthy run of dominant fighting, he has endured legal problems and questionable behavior during most of his championship reign.

    Jones was arrested in 2012 after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. He had his driver’s license suspended after being charged with DWI, but did no jail time.

    Last August, Jones and Cormier were involved in a brawl in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino while appearing at a promotional event. Jones was fined $50,000 and ordered to do community service by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

    In early December, Jones tested positive for metabolites of cocaine while training. Jones was allowed to compete because the test was conducted out of competition, and he beat Cormier at UFC 182.

    When the failed drug test became public, Jones publicly apologized for a ‘‘mistake,’’ but spent just one day in a drug rehabilitation center before checking himself out.

    Jones is a native of upstate New York, but lives in New Mexico and works under prominent local trainer Greg Jackson. Jones has two brothers who play in the NFL.

    Albuquerque is a hub for MMA fighters who train at Jackson’s gym and use the city’s high altitude to prepare for bouts.

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    Ever since GSP's retirement (maybe not officially, but still), this 'sport' has been in decline. More & more controversies have come about, and i find most of the matches a colossal bore. Brock Lesnar was one i enjoyed watching fight, but he also left the sport & went back to pro wrestling.

    Why people still bother paying money to watch it is way beyond me.

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    Maybe it's to see rowdy Rhonda Rousey, she's hot! Good on the UFC in suspending Jones, he deserved it. I Also think the sport is on the decline.

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    The problem is that there aren't enough good fighters out there, who can stay healthy, to keep up with the pace of having at least 4 events per months, and between 10-12 fights per card.

    While there has been some positives in how the UFC has attempted to address this (like creating the wowen's divisions), they've also diluted the product quite a bit by signing fighters that really shouldn't be there.

    The problem also is that they were using the under card to pump up people's interest in paying for the PPV, but the under cards now being so underwhelming, who cares?

    And there aren't really anymore big clashes like GSP vs Koscheck, Lesnar vs Mir, etc. More often than not, the main events have to be changed at the last minute because of injuries. Like at UFC 186, the Jackson vs Maldonado fight. Seriously? Who would pay $60 for that? There was only the fight with Demetrious Johnson which was worthwhile.

    Too many of the fights reach the limit - the fighters try to play it safe and fight for points on the score card, rather than to commit and end it.

    Also, the UFC has gotten greedy with its TV contracts and seems to have forgotten that the growth in appeal for the sport came from the wider exposure in mass media. They used to have lots of events carried on channels which are part of the typical, normal cable coverage - like Spike TV. Now, the events are mostly carried by specialty channels, which not all cable companies carry.

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    Other than the GSP & Brock Lesner cards, i must admit that i've totally lost interest in UFC/MMA is because i find it very boring. There's not much action going on and they spend way too much time on the floor and in doggystyle position. Plus, when seeing it live, it's very hard to see the action because they're in a cage (the octogon). I went to see it live once and never again!

    And, Dana White has way too much power for the sport to survive. He's a dictator and has a near-monopoly on the sport.

    I also was disappointed at a couple of big matches that i saw which involved controversial decisions. Even though i'm a big GSP fan, there is no way in hell that he won his last match! I realized that corruption also exists in UFC/MMA, just like in boxing, which is why i had tuned out boxing a few years ago. Too many "Don King" controversial decisions.....Foreman, DeLahoya, etc. I just got fed up!

    But now, boxing is making a comeback and i owe a lot of it to the UFC's slow decline. The fighting market is coming back to boxing, and Montreal/Quebec City are slowly becoming major boxing markets along with Atlantic City and Vegas. Expect Toronto to rival Montreal and QC within a year or two.

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