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An article saying UFC commentator Joe Rogan failed a drug test and was suspended by the UFC is fake.
The hoax article was published on Empire Sports, a self-described “satire” news website.
It reads: “Stand up comedian and UFC fight commentator, Joe Rogan, has been suspended by the UFC for failing a company mandated drug test. The UFC has long tested the fighters, but just recently started the testing process for all employees and sub contractors. Rogan has been a part of the UFC since 1997 & has received much acclaim for the broadcast work he has done for UFC fights. Rogan has been suspended indefinitely and his temporary replacement will be Chael Sonnen.”
According to a disclaimer, Empire Sports is satire.
“Empire Sports is a satirical and entertainment website,” it says. “Empire Sports uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
AP update: UFC: Jones defends light heavyweight title
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jon Jones had the Baltimore crowd roaring when he broke out the “squirrel” dance made famous by Ray Lewis.
It was just the opening act of a dazzling performance.
“I hope I got the dance right,” Jones said.
He nailed it — then went out and punished Glover Teixeira.
Jones flawlessly mixed jabs and elbows in one of the greatest fights of his career, winning a unanimous decision over Teixeira on Saturday night at UFC 172, successfully defending his light heavyweight championship for the seventh straight time.
Jones (20-1) won 50-45 on all three scorecards and rolled to his 11th straight victory, the longest streak among active UFC fighters.
“I think it was the best peformance of his career,” UFC President Dana White said. “I thought he never looked better than he did tonight.”
He opened his pre-fight walk with the dance Lewis made his signature move. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker had a cageside seat and stood several times to root on Jones. Chandler Jones and Arthur Jones, his NFL-playing brothers, also attended and sat near Lewis. Arthur Jones, who plays for the Colts, was a Super Bowl champion with Lewis and the Ravens.
Often booed, the fighter nicknamed “Bones” turned Baltimore into a home-cage advantage and showed Lewis that perhaps imitation was the sincerest form of battery.
“It was great to have the crowd on my side again,” he said. “I practiced that dance all day today. Ray was happy.”
Teixeira (22-3) ended a 20-bout winning streak that dates nine years.
“To beat a guy who hasn’t lost in 20 fights, I can’t complain about that peformance,” Jones said.
Jones was warned twice about eye pokes in the first two rounds and was threatened to have a point deducted if he did it again. No need.
He battered and bloodied the challenger, opening a cut over Teixeira’s right eye, and sending his mouthpiece flying with a hard right. Jones took down Teixeira in the final seconds of the fourth and pounded away on his face before the horn sounded.
He was in complete control in his latest dominant performance, something he vowed to do after he took a pounding the last time out against Alexander Gustafsson. Jones, one of UFC’s biggest active pay-per-view draws, pinned Teixeira against the cage several times and wore him down with body shots.
White said Gustafsson and Jones will have a rematch next.
“I had to answer a lot of questions after my last fight,” Jones said. “Had I lost my mojo? I answered those tonight.”
Just blocks away from Camden Yards, the real heavy hitters were inside Baltimore Arena for UFC’sdebut in the city.
In the co-main event, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson cruised to a unanimous decision victory over former Penn State wrestler Phil Davis. Johnson fought for UFC for the first time in more than two years after he was cut once before for repeatedly failing to make weight. White welcomed Johnson back with one caveat, he would never return if he failed to make weight for the Davis bout.
Johnson made weight for the 205-pound bout — and made Davis pay. He busted open Davis near his left eye with a flurry of strikes early in the first, stopped all eight takedown attempts over three rounds and won 30-27 on all three cards.
Looking at White, Johnson expressed gratitude for his second chance.
“Mr. Dana White, thank you for what you did,” he said. “He’s the man who changed me. He’s the man who turned me into a beast!”