Morning Report: Bas Rutten calls Jon Jones a dirty fighter

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Who better to judge questionable technique than Bas Rutten?

After taking heat for fouling his opponents with accidental eye pokes, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has now drawn the ire of the former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase. In Jones' recent title defense to Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 Jones was twice warned by referee Dan Miragliotta about errant fingers, but received no deduction of points.

Weighing in, Rutten isn't giving Jones the benefit of the doubt.

"He's a very calm, relaxed, methodical fighter and because he is that, I have to say yes," Rutten told Inside MMA. "That is a dirty fighter."

Given Jones' athleticism and physical control, Rutten isn't quick to dismiss the fouls as accidental.

"He knows exactly what he's doing at any given time and [Jones'] fingers were definitely in [Teixeira's] face, for a long time. He was constantly rubbing them in the face. Yea, I'm sorry. I have to say yes."

From his reported run-in with Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher, infamous self defense tapes and alleged stories of allegedly choking a man unconscious before allegedly heel hooking his legs, Rutten is the end all, be all judge of foul play.

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

Disrespected. Travis Browne didn't appreciate Fabricio Werdum's antics inside the Octagon. 'Watching the fight back, it's motivating. I saw some things (from Werdum) that I'm not okay with.'

Mayhem. Quinton Jackson says Jason Miller is poised to return to MMA after he helped mimic King Mo in training. 'Mayhem saw me make a comeback, and that has motivated him to make a comeback. So he has decided to make a comeback in MMA. He finally got his knee fixed.'

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas talks Bellator's pay-per-view problems, Matt Brown's standout performance and answers your questions in this week's live chat.

Hope springs. The process of legalizing MMA in New York takes another step forward as the bill passes through the State Senate on to the Assembly.

Company man. After calling Bellator's interim lightweight title a 'sh**ty belt' that 'means nothing,' Eddie Alvarez changes his tune.

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

Free Fight: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland.

Star-divide

Promo for Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko.

Star-divide

James Haskell tries Judo.

Star-divide

TTTHS.

Star-divide

Michigan State wrestler Troy Lamson is 16-0 as an amateur.

Star-divide

See if you can guess what disturbed me most about this video.

Star-divide

TWEETS

Star-divide

Well wishes.

Star-divide

Good luck.

Star-divide

Get well soon.

Star-divide

Pretty good.

Star-divide

Interested?

Star-divide

Thought that was 196 at first.

Star-divide

Hobbit talk.

Star-divide

Rate the game.

Star-divide

Scary.

Star-divide

Faber vs. Bruce Leeroy?

Star-divide

Not around banks.

Star-divide

Oh, Pat.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (May 13 2014)

Marcin Held vs. Nate Jolly at Bellator 120

Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt

Anthony Perosh out, Sean O'Connell vs. Gian Villante at at UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via steelbreeze.

UFC bout placement: all you need to know.

Hardcore MMA fans, with their incessant need to manufacture controversy, have recently been complaining about the order of fights on UFC cards. Recent examples include Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11 and Nik Lentz v. Manny Gamburyan at this weekend's UFC Fight Night 40. In an effort to quell this "debate," I will discuss the two dominant considerations that go into UFC's bout placement.*

UFC has to deliver on each platform.

With the exception of the international Fight Pass cards, each UFC event is broadcast across two to three different platforms. The iterations include PPV/FS1/FP, FOX/FS1(2)/FP, FS1/FS2/FP, and FS2/FP. While there is some logic to the idea that the best fights should be on the best platforms, the fact is that for each event, UFC must deliver independently satisfactory ratings on every platform. UFC cannot "rob Peter to pay Paul," as the saying goes. In other words, UFC cannot put all the best fights on one platform at the expense of other platforms.

Of course, that is not to say that each platform should perform equally. It is understood that title fights are almost always going to be on PPV, for example. Further, a FOX Sports 1 undercard is not expected to deliver the same ratings as a main card on FOX. However, each platform has specific performance expectations, and the UFC has to place bouts on cards in a way to maximize the potential to meet or exceed expectations for each platform. A FOX main card that draws 5 million viewers would be a huge success for FOX, but if UFC ignored the undercard for that event and pulled in only 100,000 viewers for the FOX Sports 1 undercard, it has failed.

...

Check out the rest of the post here.

Star-divide

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker