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Morning Report: Jon Jones tells Alexander Gustafsson he's had enough of 'media stunts' and is focusing on Daniel Cormier, his next 'victim'

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones can't seem to get away from Alexander Gustafsson. After Gustafsson was forced to withdraw from their rematch at UFC 178 due to a torn meniscus the Swede isn't letting Jones move on just yet.

Gustafsson reached out to Jones Thursday, wryly apologizing for leaving his mark on the champ's face. Jones re-opened that same cut above his right eye last week during a training accident.

@jonnybones, really sorry for the deep cut I gave you in our last fight. At least you will have a memory from me every time someone opens it up for you. To not make your other eye jealous for not having a cut, I promise to leave a memory on that one as well next time we fight. Now, take care

Appearing a bit perturbed, Jones responded to Gustafsson Sunday by asking him to put a stop to what he called 'media stunts.'

Jones defends his light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 178 Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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TWEETS

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Gearing up.

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Not impressed.

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Get well soon.

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Boats and bikes.

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Get at him.

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Alright.

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Nice.

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Announced this weekend (Aug. 1-3 2014)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via tranypanda.

A brief chronological history of "MMA" before the UFC

2nd Millennium (3015-4013 years before 2014)

Speculation of people practicing Pankration
648 BC (2662 years before 2014)

Pankration officially recorded at the 33rd Ancient Olympic games
393 AD (1621 years before 2014)

"Roman Emperor Theodosius I" likely abolishes Ancient Olympic games, including Pankration
1887 (1494 years after the abolishing of Pankration)

John L. Sullivan (Boxing Champion) fought William Muldoon (Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion).
Sullivan retired with a 39 wins (33 KOs) and only 1 loss. He was undefeated at the time of this 'MMA' fight with Muldoon.
Muldoon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-participant, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1997 and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.
According to "Say Uncle!: Catch-As-Catch Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling & Modern Grappling" by Jake Shannon, the fight was over when Sullivan was "slammed to the mat and incapacitated."

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