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Jones, Teixeira set for UFC 172 title fight Saturday night in Baltimore

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

Jon Jones went from pound-for-pound the best fighter inside the octagon to just plain pounded.

Jones took a beating, the worst one of his record reign, in a bout against Alexander Gustafsson that knocked the light heavyweight champion on the canvas for the first time in his career and put his belt in jeopardy.

Looking as human and humbled as ever, Jones wouldn’t let his hard-earned championship slip away easily and gutted out another title defense — a UFC record sixth straight — that set up him up to find another challenger of the month.

Enter Glover Teixeira. Teixeira boasts a whopping 20-bout winning streak that dates nine years and is coming off a first-round TKO of Ryan Bader.

Jones (19-1) and Teixeira (22-2) fight in the main event of UFC 172 Saturday night when the promotion makes its debut in Baltimore.

Phil Davis fights Anthony Johnson in the other headline bout.

Jones, one of UFC’s biggest active pay-per-view draws, won a unanimous decision against Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. Gustafsson cut the champion at the right eye midway through the first round. And with a minute left, he took Jones down for the first time in the champion’s UFC career.

Jones said he knew he was as close as ever to dropping the belt.

“I realized I needed to switch up my strategy and begin improvising a little bit more, and that’s what I did,” he said. “I think with Gus I was trying to fight like a technical kick boxing match and I think I was losing at that. I just had to switch my style up and start flowing a little better and start winging things, making up, creating, and finding new openings.”

He found enough of them to escape and put his name in the record book.

With the win, Jones passed UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz’s light heavyweight mark of five straight successful title defenses. After beating Shogun Rua on March 20, 2011 to win the belt, Jones went on to defeat Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Gustafsson..

He beat all but Evans and Gustafsson during the streak via TKO or submission, and three times earned UFC fight of the night honors. Known as “Bones,” Jones said it’s time to return to his dominant form to keep the streak going.

“I’m totally prepared to fight for five rounds, but my goal in this fight is to dominate the fight in a way that no one seen possible,” he said. Domination is in my psychology. It’s the way I train. It’s the way I eat. It’s the way I visualize. It’s the way I believe.

“If I don’t dominate the fight, I’ll still be happy with the victory. But domination is what I’m planning on.”

Teixeira, the No. 2 title contender, is 5-0 since jumping to UFC but a 5-1 underdog in the fight of his life.

“My strategy against Jon Jones is simple, go out there and be myself and knock this guy out,” he said. “I’ve been training my whole life for this.”

Jones, a former college wrestler and the brother of two NFL players, nearly suffered a broken arm in his win over Belfort and broke a toe against Sonnen. Winning while hurt, then turning around the Gustafsson bout in the final two rounds, proved to Jones he can win under any circumstances.

“After that Gustafsson fight, I’m even more confident in my will,” he said. “I know I have a lot of will. I know that I’m armed with that going into this battle on Saturday night.

Jones has two brothers in the NFL, including Arthur, a Super Bowl champion with the Ravens who now plays for the Colts. Arthur Jones will be at Baltimore Arena with some of his former teammates rooting on his brother for the feel of a hometown advantage.

“They supported our family while he was here and that’s why I wanted to fight here,” Jon Jones said. “I hope his leaving doesn’t change anything because I still love the fans and the support they have given to me and our family.”

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

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Reports of Cormier being added to Baltimore UFC card inaccurate

Posted on 13 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and “The Ultimate Fighter” winner “Sugar” Rashad Evans is out of his scheduled fight against former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier with a leg injury.

The fight was scheduled for next Saturday’s UFC 170 Pay-Per-View event and slated to be Cormier’s first as a light heavyweight.

Cormier’s reported preference was to fight next Saturday, with some pundits suggesting popular fighter/TV personality Chael Sonnen could take Evans’ place on the card. Sonnen however is already scheduled to face Wanderlai Silva in May in Brazil.

Respected Canadian Mixed Martial Arts journalist “Showdown” Joe Ferraro (SportsNet) had reported that the fight would be moved to Baltimore, but that won’t end up being the case.

Cormier will instead end up fighting UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 next weekend, as announced by the promotion Thursday. A UFC source had previously told WNST.net there was “nothing to” the rumors Evans/Cormier would move to 172.

There has been nothing announced regarding Evans’ next fight, but it appears unlikely it would happen in Baltimore as UFC President Dana White said Thursday the former champ would “need surgery” for his injury.

The UFC 172 card slated for April 26th at the Baltimore Arena remains a loaded card. Light Heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones headlines in a title defense against undefeated Glover Teixeira, while well known fighters like Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson, Jake Ellenberger, Luke Rockhold, Tim Boetsch and more are all scheduled to fight on the first ever UFC card in Charm City.

Tickets are still available for UFC 172 but are expected to sell out in the coming days. The UFC source also told WNST.net the promotion was pleased with how “great” sales have been thus far.

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While I recover from a vicious leg kick, you should get your UFC 172 tickets

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While I recover from a vicious leg kick, you should get your UFC 172 tickets

Posted on 05 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Well, it happened again.

If you’ll recall-UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones stopped by the WNST studios last fall to help us raise canned goods during our annual drive to benefit an area charity-this time SARC in Harford County.

When he came in, he decided that in order to raise some more canned goods-it would be appropriate to punch me in the stomach. Because I’ve never been accused of being particularly intelligent, I obliged.

Flash forward to Wednesday. JBJ returned to the studio after we had seen him last Friday in New York ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII. When we saw him, Jones requested that we raise more canned goods (and boy did WNST listeners come through in a very quick turnaround) and later asked that I participate in another stunt.

(If you missed Wednesday’s segment Jon did with Thyrl & I on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” on WNST, check it out here in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net.)

Jones requested that this time I take a kick to the leg.

For some inexplicable reason (or mostly because I remain touched and humbled by the kindness shown to the WNST community by the pound for pound greatest fighter in the world and “The Baddest Man on the Face of the Planet”), I acquiesced.

And now I can say I have been punched AND kicked by the champ.

If in your sick and twisted mind you’re thinking to yourself “man, I’d really like to see a more direct look at you being taken out at the thigh, Glenn”; you’re in luck!

Yeah, he didn’t miss.

So I’ll be spending Thursday morning icing down my thigh and hobbling back into Towson to prepare for the next show. I’ve got a much better idea for how you should spend your Thursday morning.

Jones was in town promoting UFC 172, which goes down April 26 at the Baltimore Arena. He’ll be defending the belt against rising fighter Glover Teixeira (and don’t we just love booing Teixeira in Baltimore?) as the main event on a stacked card for the first ever UFC event in Baltimore.

Tickets for the event go on-sale to the general public Friday morning and will almost certainly be gone QUICKLY. But you can grab yours up Thursday thanks to a partnership between WNST, the Baltimore Arena and UFC.

Head to this Ticketmaster link Thursday morning at 10am (or until 9am Friday) to purchase your tickets using the special password “UFCRADIO”. (All caps.)

If you’d like, you can even tell your friends via social media, text, etc.

This is one of the more significant sporting events to have come to our city in some time and we’re giving you the chance to guarantee you’ll be a part of it. You don’t even have to take a nasty leg kick from Jon Jones in order to take advantage of the opportunity.

Don’t be the guy who wonders what it would have been like to be a part of the event after it happens. Be the guy bragging about what an awesome time you had at one of the coolest events you’ll ever have the chance to take in here in Baltimore. Get your tickets FIRST THING Thursday morning.

And thanks again to those who brought canned goods. And to Jon Jones for his charming hospitality and continuous participation in our charitable endeavors.

But no more punches or kicks the next time. I beg you.

-G

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Jon “Bones” Jones headlines UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena

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Jon “Bones” Jones headlines UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be making a first ever stop in Charm City this Spring with perhaps the biggest fighter in the world on top of the card.

UFC 172 will be held Saturday, April 26th at Baltimore Arena-the promotion announced Friday.

The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight championship fight with Jon “Bones” Jones defending against Brazilian fighter Glover Teixeira-who has won his last 20 fights. Jones has won 10 straight fights, including six defenses of the title he won in March 2011 by defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Jones is the younger brother of NFL Defensive Lineman Arthur Jones-who has played his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens including being a part of the Super Bowl XLVII Championship team last year. Jones is a free agent at the end of the season and many analysts believe he will end up signing elsewhere.

Jon Jones will be defending the title for the first time since a somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory over Alexander Gustafson at UFC 165 in September. He is currently the UFC’s #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world and is viewed as the company’s top star currently after two consecutive losses and a gruesome injury suffered by Anderson Silva as well as the recent retirement of respected champion Georges St. Pierre.

The event will be the first UFC has held in Baltimore, although the company has held successful events just to the north (Philadelphia) and south (Washington). The Baltimore Arena has hosted nine “Shogun Fights” Mixed Martial Arts Promotions and is a regular stop for pro wrestling company WWE, who held a “Monday Night Raw” event there just this past week and will be returning for a similar televised event April 21. The Arena has also recently hosted preseason events for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards and will host the CAA Basketball Tournament this March.

Shogun Fights-promoted by local former fighter John Rallo-had originally had their 10th event scheduled for April 26th at the Arena. Rallo-who lead the charge for Mixed Martial Arts to be regulated in the state of Maryland in the late 2000′s-announced Friday his promotion would move their event to June 21st and will remain at the Baltimore Arena.

Jon Jones has been a regular fixture in Baltimore since his brother was drafted by the Ravens, appearing regularly at practices and games during the four years. Jones recently did a full media tour of Charm City, stopping at WNST where he punched “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Automotive” host Glenn Clark in the stomach for charity.

You can listen to Jones’ entire interview with Clark and “The Mobtown Sports Beat” host Thyrl Nelson here.

No other fights have been announced yet for the UFC 172 card, which will air live on Pay-Per-View. The promotion has already created a website for the event where they will announce future details.

Tickets for the event will go on sale February 7th, no details on ticket prices have been announced yet.

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