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Jon Jones Just Cannot Stop Being an Idiot Behind the Wheel

Following Jon Jones‘ most recent traffic-related mishap — which saw “Bones” break a pregnant woman’s arm in a 3 car accident, flee the scene, get stripped of his belt, slapped with a 6-month suspension from the UFC and 18 months of probation — it seemed as if the troubled champion maybe, finally, had seen the err of his ways. He spoke with yoots about the dangers of…being a moron, I think, and attempted to explain himself in a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani. He seemed remorseful…honest to God remorseful.

Or at least, that’s how it appeared. Cut to end of last month, when a clean and sober Jones still managed to find himself on the wrong end of the law do to, you guessed it, a vehicle-related offense.

Details after the jump.

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Fight Night 82 Highlights/Results: Thompson Steamrolls Hendricks, Nelson Bests Rosholt, + More

So I guess it’s about time that we start taking Stephen Thompson seriously as a title contender, eh?

Matched up against former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the main of event of Saturday’s Fight Night 82, the general consensus seemed to be that “Wonderboy” would ultimately succumb to the wrestling prowess of “Bigg Rigg” as several more talented grapplers had before him. Of course, you can’t exactly outwrestle your opponent if you can’t touch him, and it appeared as if Stephen Thompson was fighting from the future.

Utilizing his trademark karate stance and a level of accuracy that rivaled Anderson Silva‘s UFC debut, Thompson not only tore through Hendricks, he did so almost effortlessly. He stuffed the former champ’s takedowns, beautifully managed his distance, and mixed up his attacks with almost machine-like precision, cracking one of the game’s most lauded chins in the process. Once you take away a man’s steakhouse, you take away his fire, I always say, and Hendricks looked like a man without fire on Saturday. The guy with a canon of a left hand just isn’t there anymore, it would seem, and a credit is due to “Wonderboy” for the ease with which he was able to nullify Hendricks.

Fight Night 82 also featured Roy Nelson’s return to the win column, a horrifically broken jaw, and an early contender for “Knockout of the Year,” so check out all the highlights and results after the jump.

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Friday Link Dump: Penn Gets Potential Opponent, Thug Rose Gets a Rematch, Short Films to Watch ASAP + More


(Fight Night 82 weigh-ins, kicking off at 7 p.m. EST)

BJ Penn ‘Guarantees’ He’s Fighting at UFC 196; Dennis Siver Leading the Pack
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How Elvis, Family and Beating Up a Girl Helped Forge UFC Star Stephen Thompson (Jonathan Snowden)

Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres Rematch Set for UFC on Fox 19 (BloodyElbow)

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Tim Means Hit With USADA Violation, “Cowboy” vs. “Cowboy” Now Headlines Fight Night 83


(Means puts the stamp on John Howard. via Getty)

Welterweight Tim Means might be best known for once getting KO’d by a sauna, but it turns out that he’s actually a pretty talented fighter in his own right (and boasts one of the best nicknames in the game to boot). Since returning to the UFC in 2014, “The Dirty Bird” has put together a respectable 5-2 record, with wins over TUF 19 finalist Dhiego Lima and George Sullivan among others.

Fresh off a second round starching of John Howard at Fight Night 80 in December, Means was set to welcome Donald Cerrone to the welterweight division at Fight Night 83 later this month in a fight that had “fireworks” written all over it. Unfortunately for us, Means’ recent out-of-competition test happened to have FAILURE written all over it as well, resulting in “The Dirty Bird” being pulled from the card and yet another main event being placed in jeopardy.

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Just What the Hell is Going On With Ronda Rousey’s Trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan?


(“If anyone from the bank shows up looking for a guy named Edward Targaryen, you never heard of him, okay?” via Getty.)

It has been a whirlwind handful of months for the Ronda Rousey camp, to put it lightly. Her loss to Holly Holm aside, it would appear as if Rousey’s support system is crumbling to the ground around her, or at the very least, setting all the charges for an eventual explosion.

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Can Free Agency Finally Level the MMA Playing Field?

By Chris Huntemann and Jared Jones

A few years ago, when it was time for free agency in the NBA, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all decided to each take a little less money and play together for the Miami Heat. How did that turn out? Oh, not too bad. While they failed to live up to the expectations placed upon them, they still managed to win back-to-back championships and made the NBA Finals four years in a row.

What does this have to do with mixed martial arts?

Much like James, Wade and Bosh are considered three of the very best players in the NBA, there are currently three MMA fighters on the free agent market that have the opportunity to introduce a sea change to the sport.

Those three fighters are Benson Henderson (no. 13 welterweight, no. 15 lightweight), Aljamain Sterling (no. 5 bantamweight) and Alistair Overeem (no. 3 heavyweight).

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“Sage Northcutt is a P*ssy” (and Other UFC on FOX 18 Highlights/Results)


(via UFC on FOX)

You might not know this, Potato Nation, but there’s a 19-year old kid who’s been making quite a splash in the UFC over the past few months. He goes by the name of Sage Northcutt, and while we may not have been paying him quite as much lip service around these parts as everywhere else, it’s safe to say that he has all the star-making potential that the UFC could use more of in these post-Rousey times.

Of course, with Northcutt’s incredible rise to popularity has come the inevitable, almost inexplicably-cruel backlash, and boy did Northcutt ever receive that following his hype train-derailing loss to short-notice opponent Bryan Barberena at UFC on FOX 18 last weekend.

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Friday Link Dump: GSP’s Quells Comeback Rumors, Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 + More


(An early contender for KO of the Year, compliments of heavyweight Jeff Hughes at Caged Madness 40)

Paul Daley: Josh Koscheck Pulling Out of Bellator 148 Shows He Had “No Balls to Begin With” (MMAFighting)

Georges St-Pierre and Manager Quell Comeback Reports (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 (MMAJunkie)

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Following Main Event Falling Out, UFC 196 Downgraded to ‘Fight Night 82′


(Ba-dow bum, bum, bum, another one bites the dust…)

The injury-forced withdrawals of both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum from UFC 196 presented the UFC with a peculiar, if not unfamiliar scenario, and left many fans wondering what magic the promotion still had up its sleeve after all these years. Would Dana & Co. book a freakish but totally watchable fight to serve in its place, ala UFC 153? Would they bring Ben Rothwell in to save the day, ala what they should have done with Fight Night 76? Or would they throw their hands in the air and outright cancel the event, ala UFC 176? The options were literally limitless.

As it turns out, however, the UFC went and pulled a rabbit out of its hat that not many of us saw coming, bumping up the co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson to main event status and shifting the card from its previous pay-per-view spot to the totally free (depending on your cable package) Fox Sports 1 network instead.

“A non-Fight Night, numbered UFC event on free TV? What madness is this?!” we cried with a mix of astonishment and jubilation. It was an unprecedented move, to be sure, and one that unfortunately was too good to be true…

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MMA Is Defeated By the NY Court System: Entry #453621


(“Addishunally, I put fawhth dat mouthguards should be replaced wit’ slices of gabagool.” via Chris Weidman’s instagram)

Next to mankind’s eternal battle with death, the UFC’s battle with New York legislatures might be the most one-sided and ultimately futile effort in the history of ever, and I say that with 100 percent sincerity.

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And Now He’s Retired: Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh Hangs ‘Em Up at 43 Years Old

A true pioneer of Australian MMA has called it quits, so send him your love.

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Cain Velasquez Injured Yet Again, Fabricio Werdum Now Faces Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 [UPDATE]

SHOCKING.

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Friday Link Dump: CM Punk Talks “No Joke” UFC Debut, Where is Conor McGregor’s Belt?, The Planet’s Hottest Opera Singer + More

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Senior Citizen Throwdown! Dan Severn Wants Out of Retirement to Face Shamrock-Gracie III Winner

If these grizzled SOB's still have some fight left in them, we say let them fight!

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VIDEO: Check Out the First Staredowns Between McGregor and Dos Anjos, Holm & Tate

And so, the wait begins.

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BJ Penn Officially Ends Retirement, Aims to Make a Run at Featherweight Title

"I'm coming back for honor. I'm coming back to do this, give everything I got."

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Fight Night 81 Highlights/Results: Cruz Tops Dillashaw in Close Decision, Alvarez Outworks Pettis, + More

"Ring rust does not exist." -- Dominick Cruz

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CagePotato PSA: ‘MMA Federation’ Is the Next Great MMA Game (and We’re In It!)

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BJ Penn Calls Out Nik Lentz, Gets Utterly ANNIHILATED By His Response

"You're an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity."

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Yoel Romero Hit with “Potential USADA Violation” + An Update to Our Steroid Bust Timeline

One down, 533 more to go.

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NSAC Settles With Nick Diaz, Reduces Suspension to 18 Months, Fine to 100K

Today, Potato Nation, vindication is spelled S-T-O-C-K-T-O-N M-O-T-H-A-F-U-C-K-A-S.

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Royce Gracie Is Facing Some Serious Financial Charges, You Guys

As the saying goes, "All my heroes are ghosts. That, or tax cheats, sexual predators, domestic abusers, or recently revealed anti-Semites."

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Friday Link Dump: Jacare Calls for Rematch With “Dirty” Yoel Romero, Mir vs. Hunt to Headline Fight Night Brisbane + More

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Report: McGregor vs. Dos Anjos, Holm vs. Tate Set For UFC 197

It's getting harder and harder to be a cynical, biased, UFC h8ing MMA blog these days.

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Has CM Punk’s Debut Opponent Finally Been Revealed?

Or is this just another shameless plug by the UFC for Dana White's new web series? Details at 11.

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Ronda Rousey Books Body-Painted ‘SI: Swimsuit’ Issue, SNL Hosting Gig

An immediate Holm rematch is seeming like less and less of a priority for the former champ.

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CagePotato.com Presents: The 2015 Potato Awards

Our year-end countdown of all the best (and worst) that MMA had to offer in 2015.

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UFC 195 Results/Highlights: Lawler Bests Condit In Questionable Decision, Miocic Earns His Title Shot, + More

Debate the decision all you want, but there's no denying was Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit was the latest in a series of amazing welterweight title fights.

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Kazushi Sakuraba Was Damn Near Beaten to Death at Rizin FF This Morning [VIDEO]

Warning: This footage will make you incredibly, unbearably sad.

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Tim Sylvia Has a Hunting Show Now, And the Trailer is Glorious

Is Tim Sylvia a good hunter? Does Tim Sylvia shit in the woods?

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