MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Jon Jones agrees to plea deal, Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling official for UFC Fight Night 88

DA recommends curfew, courses for former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones Following his five traffic citations last week, Jon Jones now requires permission from probation officer to use a motor vehicle. However the most important news for MMA fans, Jones will still compete at UFC 197 against Daniel Cormier, which takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jones (21-1) agreed to a plea deal Thursday that requires him to compete a driver-improvement course, take an anger-management course and complete 60 additional hours of community service.   Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling scheduled for UFC Fight Night 88 UFC officials announced Thursday that bantamweights Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway will clash in Las Vegas on May 29th. Sterling (12-0) recently re-signed with the UFC and is coming off a submission victory over Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80. Caraway (20-7)  is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Eddie Wineland at UFC on FOX 16. He’s currently 3-1 in his last four fights. UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  Here’s an updated look at the card. Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead   Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña targeted for UFC 200  Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting announced on Observer Radio that former woman’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zinagno will face TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena at UFC 200. Zingano (9-1) has been in the octagon since a 14-second loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 184 in March 2015. Prior to that, the Colorado native was undefeated in her career at 9-0. Peña (7-2)  heads into this matchup off a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye at UFC 192.   Sage Northcutt faces Enrique Marin at UFC 200 GQ Magazine reported Thursday that Sage Northcutt returns to action at UFC 200 and will take on Enrique Marin in a lightweight affair. Northcutt (7-1) is coming off the first loss of his career to Bryan Barberena, where he was submitted at UFC on FOX 18 in January. Marin (8-3) competed on TUF Latin America 2 and lost via split decision to Erick Montano in his UFC debut back in November. UFC 200 event takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title bout Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin   Dana White says Women’s title fight could take place at UFC 200 Wednesday night on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” UFC President Dana White had some interesting news regarding a potential fight at UFC 200 in July “There will be a couple of women’s fights at UFC 200. Actually, two or three, maybe. Could be (a title fight).” If a women’s title fight does take place it would have to be women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (18-5)  defending her title. Women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0) defends her title in a rematch against Claudia Gadelha (13-1) in the TUF 23 Finale the night before on July 8. It was assumed that after Tate captured the 135lb title from Holly Holm at UFC 196 that she would take on Ronda Rousey in a trilogy match. However Rousey isn’t likely to be ready until later this year.  Keep your eyes peeled to MMAOddsbreaker for updates as they happen.  

Written by James Lynch

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