Jon Jones’ Toe Doc: “Everybody plays Monday morning quarterback”

Fightland talks to: The doctor who set Jon Jones' toe

The treatment for a compound fracture is to clean up the wound, have it set, and then use antibiotics to make sure there’s no infection. I saw that somebody had said it was sutured and he was allowed to just walk on it. It wasn’t the case. It wasn’t sutured in the arena. Jones wasn’t walking on an open wound. That sounds like a silly quote from someone who doesn’t work many fights. Many fighters get cuts and wounds during their bouts and they’re cleaned up and covered or sutured and allowed to go about their day. The wound was cleaned, it was dressed; there were no sutures placed at the event. The injury was splinted and closed and covered with a dressing, and arrangements were made to have him taken to the emergency room.

As for the criticism that Jones shouldn’t have been allowed to go to the post-fight press conference before going to the hospital, everybody that practices medicine knows that a patient has a right to autonomy and to make their own decisions. You can’t force them to do anything. If he wanted to talk at the press conference, he had every right to, as does any other patient. You can’t force them to go to the emergency room that second. If they’re awake, alert, and oriented, and they can make a reasonable decision, they can decide when to go. It wasn’t a life-threatening issue, contrary to the nonsense I’ve seen on the Internet. It’s very funny when you’re there looking at something and then you see what propagates and how things get twisted and distorted. But it happens from time to time. Everybody plays Monday morning quarterback.

Obviously I'm not a doctor, and while far be it for me to question any sort of procedure, I can agree with the general feeling that at the very least, Jones and his team should have been a little bit more careful in terms of handling his toe in order to prevent infection.  I get it.  You would think the chances of obtaining an infection from a dirty arena floor are slim.  And in all likelihood, they probably are.  But that's what you say until it happens, right?

Either way, good for the doc to set the record straight and let us know that the wound was cleaned inside of the cage instead of the thought that Jones walked all the way to the dressing room before anything went down.

A Jose Aldo move up to lightweight may result in a Renan Barao jump to featherweight

If UFC champ Jose Aldo moves up in weight, teammate Renan Barao could follow

If UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo does indeed make a move to lightweight, current interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) could also move up a division.

“I feel very good in this weight division, but I feel in two or three years, if Aldo decides to move up a weight division, I might do that, too,” Barao recently told


“I used to fight at 66 kilos (145 pounds), but when we closed the deal with the WEC, our trainer decided that I needed to fight at bantamweight because I would never be champion since Aldo had been there forever,” Barao said. “He wanted another champion on the team.”

No one may be more happier to hear this news than Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, who would no longer have to deal with an absolute killer in their divsion. Still, Aldo and Barao have to get past Anthony Pettis and Michael McDonald respectively before we can even consider this historic weight shift of champions to be closing in.

Video: UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche episode one

The UFC really out did themselves this time. 

Above, check out the first episode of UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche, which premiered last night. In my opinion, probably the best episode that the UFC has ever put out. It's a must watch.

Alexander Shlemenko KOs Maiquel Falcao to claim Bellator middleweight belt

Alexander Shlemenko. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Alexander Shlemenko used a mix of punishing shots to the head and body to finish off Maiquel Falcao and claim the Bellator middleweight title in the featured attraction at Bellator 88 on Thursday night.

The event, which emanated from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, also saw the completion of the quarterfinals of Bellator's season eight featherweight tournament. Marlon Sandro, Mike Richman, Alexandre Bezerra and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev all moved on to the semifinals with victories.

Complete results from the event are after the jump.

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What are the real questions we should be asking about Vitor Belfort and TRT?

The questions not being asked about UFC’s backing of Vitor Belfort’s testosterone usage

Question 1. Who is the doctor?

UFC won’t give names. Is it Tim Trainor, Keith Kizer’s friendly doctor for the Nevada State Athletic Commission (who isn’t an endocrinologist)? Is it Dr. Jeff Davidson, the emergency room doctor that UFC leans on heavily for overseas events? If not either one of those doctors, then who is it? And why hasn’t the name been released?

Question 2. Did Belfort pay for the doctor to give the hall pass or has the doctor being paid/reimbursed for services by the UFC?

Remember when Rampage Jackson claimed that his doctor billed the UFC last year? He would later claim that a “Russian doctor” who hooked him up with testosterone was paid with money out of his own pocket…

Zach Arnold brings up some great points here about the kind of things we should be wondering after the revelation that Belfort is yet another fighter with a medical clearance to use TRT.

I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only one doing a double take when the UFC included the information about Belfort in their press release announcing Thiago Tavares' suspension on Wednesday.

Watch the Bellator 88 preliminary bouts at 8:00 PM ET on MMA on Tap

Be sure to check back here at 8 PM ET to watch the live preliminary bouts for tonight's Bellator 88 event. The undercard is headlined by a featherweight tournament quarterfinal bout between Alexandre Bezerra and Genair da Silva. The show's main card will air on Spike starting at 10 PM ET.

Predictions are here. Three things to watch for here.

Four bouts added to UFC on FOX 7; Two matchups official for UFC on Fuel TV 9

Jorge Masvidal. Photo by Esther Lin/

The UFC continues to finalize fights in preparation for their April shows.

A quartet of fights has been added to the list of UFC on FOX 7 preliminary bouts, all in the lightweight division. Recent Strikeforce signees Jorge Masvidal and Roger Bowling will make their UFC debuts against Tim Means and Anthony Njokuani respectively. TUF Smashes lightweight winner Norman Parke will face Jon Tuck in his first real UFC test. Undefeated prospect Myles Jury will also meet Ramsey Nijem.

In addition, a pivotal featherweight matchup between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton has been signed as well as a 145 pound meeting between Marcus Brimage, who remains undefeated in the UFC, and newcomer Conor McGregor, who currently holds titles in the featherweight and lightweight division in the Cage Warriors promotion.

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Bellator 88 predictions

Mike Richman. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Bellator will crown a new middleweight champion and kick off the start of its season eight featherweight tournament during Bellator 88 this evening from Duluth, Georgia.

Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao meet for the vacant Bellator 185 pound title and Marlon Sandro and Mike Richman will headline an eight-man field vying for a shot at the belt at 145 pounds. The show's main card will air live on Spike starting at 10 PM. You can also catch the preliminary bouts right here on MMA on Tap starting at 8 PM ET.

My predictions are after the jump.

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TUF 17 averages 1.1 million viewers for Uriah Hall’s highlight-reel KO on episode three

The Ultimate Fighter's ratings drop slightly despite top knockout

Tuesday night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter reality show delivered a 0.92 rating and 1,191,000 viewers, a six percent drop from the prior week.

The season remains the highest rated of the three seasons on FX, but with the move to Tuesday and higher profile coaches in Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, that should have been the case. It’s slightly behind the pace of the lowest rated seasons on Spike.

The most significant sports competition was a college basketball game on ESPN that did 2.42 million viewers. The show improved slightly on its movie lead-in that did 1.09 million viewers.

Ratings are still higher than usual, but the traditonal decline from the start of the season has begun. It's nothing bad to write home about. It's going to happen regardless. And to be honest, I think this mark is where this season is going to hover for the remainder of it. 

Shlemenko, Falcao on weight for Bellator middleweight title fight

Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

All 18 fighters made weight for tomorrow night's Bellator 88 event, which takes place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.

Maiquel Falcao and Alexander Shlemenko, the last two fighters to win a middleweight tournament, will clash for the vacant Bellator middleweight title, left behind by Hector Lombard after signing with the UFC. In addition, Marlon Sandro and Mike Richman will headline an eight-man field vying for a shot at the belt at 145 pounds.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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