FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/4: Jon Jones backs up Smith fight rumors, Nunes dismisses Cyborg’s power, more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Dec 29, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Jon Jones (red gloves) exits the octogon after his victory over Alexander Gustafsson (not pictured) during UFC 232 at The Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jones prepping for Smith

After yesterday’s report that a Jon Jones-Anthony Smith fight was in the works, Jones seems to have backed up these claims. In an Instagram post, Jones shared a photo of a YouTube clip on an Anthony Smith fight with the search query “Anthony Smith Full Fight” (really Jon, you can’t use Fight Pass?). In the caption, Jones wrote, “So much to study, this is going to be fun.”

Smith had told TMZ recently that UFC was working on putting the fight together. Jones has claimed he plans to fight three times in 2019, so a fight between the two for the first quarter of 2019 seems to make sense. The March 2, UFC 235 card still needs a main event, so Jones-Smith may just fit that bill for the Las Vegas pay-per-view.

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Nunes says Cyborg had ‘no power’

Amanda Nunes wiped the mat with Cris Cyborg at UFC 232, to put it lightly. She took Cyborg’s best shots, walked through them and finished the fight inside the first minute. Speaking to the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week, Nunes said that Cyborg’s striking wasn’t all that powerful.

“When she connected the first time I saw that there was no power at all and I put my hands down, [and said] ‘I’m gonna go for it’,” Nunes told the podcast (transcribed by MMAFighting). “I don’t know if you see when I put my head down when she started punching me but I was more scared of the talk that she punches hard than exactly that she punched hard. You hear a lot that ‘She punches hard, she’s strong, she has knockout power!’ but when she landed, I moved my head because I was more scared of being hit than because the punch was strong.”

Nunes also said that Cyborg is going to have to wait if she wants a rematch.

“Cyborg doesn’t want to fight me if it takes more than a year to prepare, and right now, I don’t think she’s gonna want it because I’m gonna ask for two years to be ready for her again,” Nunes said. “She said I wanted one year to be ready for her and she didn’t want to wait that much, she don’t wanna stay without fighting but right now I’m asking for two years for the rematch.”

Friday Notebook

-The UFC 232 prelims averaged 1.15 million viewers. It was the second highest PPV prelim viewership of the year which may indicate a strong pay-per-view number.

-Eduardo Dantas will fight Manny Vazquez at Bellator 215 on Feb. 15.

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