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VIDEO: Randy Couture’s Seductive Foxtrot on ‘Dancing With the Stars’


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UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture made his ballroom debut last night on Dancing With the Stars Season 19, and completely BEASTED it. Couture’s foxtrot with Karina Smirnoff was good enough to earn a score of 31 from the judges, placing him at a very respectable sixth place out of the 13 contestants. Obviously, Alfonso Ribeiro landed in first place with a score of 36. On the other hand, Julianne Hough said Randy was “making [her] randy,” which is more valuable than any number on a scorecard.

Watch Randy Couture’s complete dance performance above, and if you have any good captions for the photo below, shoot ‘em to us in the comments or on twitter.

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Video: Comedian Russell Peters Says the UFC ‘Will Play Itself Out’ Due to Oversaturation


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Standup comedy superstar and Last Comic Standing judge Russell Peters went on SiriusXM’s Todd Shapiro Show last week, and spent a minute discussing his love of boxing and MMA. As Peters sees it, boxing is about to enjoy a resurgence, but the UFC brand is struggling due to oversaturation. I mean, we’ve been saying the same thing about UFC oversaturation since 2012, but we’re just a bunch of keyboard warriors and haters, right? Russell Peters is a guy who’s actually done something with his life. Here’s what he had to say:

I always said the UFC will play itself out, they’ll oversaturate the market and they’ll lose their event status. And that’s what’s happening lately. They’ve got a lot of cards on, but you don’t know what you’re watching. Am I watching an old fight, a rerun? Is this UFC, is this TUF, is this Fight Night? I don’t know, they’ve changed it all, they’ve given it all these different titles, so you don’t know what you’re watching anymore…[it's on] every night, and you don’t if it’s old, new, live, taped. You don’t know anymore.

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Xyience Sold to Big Red, Will No Longer Be an Official UFC Sponsor


(“This is Xyience 101″…holy crap, that is still hilarious to me.)

Xyience — the sports nutrition and energy drink company that has been a prominent sponsor of the UFC since 2006 — has been sold to beverage company Big Red Ltd., according to MMAPayout. Though Big Red will continue to seek out the sports demographic for advertising Xyience and its energy drink brand Xenergy, the company has decided to end Xyience’s sponsorship of the UFC.

In an interview with BevNet, Big Red CEO Gary Smith explained that the decision was made as part of a new strategy that will see Xyience target a broader range of health-conscious consumers, like Crossfitters and marathoners. “I’m just gonna soften it up a little bit,” Smith said. “Make it a little less hardcore than the image that it’s got today.”

I’m no marketing genius, but let me explain something, Gary: This guy buys energy drinks; this guy does not. These guys buy energy drinks; these women do not. I’m tellin’ you bro, throw all your advertising dollars at meatheads and gay club kids.

According to BevNet, Xyience is by far the largest brand that Big Red has acquired, with approximately $45 million in annual sales, not incuding “vendors like gymnasiums and GNC- and Vitamin Shoppe-type stores, where it has claimed robust growth.”

The brand also carries some unfortunate baggage…

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TUF 20 Debut Pulls In 536k Viewers For Worst Premiere Ratings in Show’s History


(“Beauty might be skin deep, but so are our viewers.”) 

If you were overcome with a sudden feeling of deja vu while reading that headline, you’re not alone. We’ve written some variation of it at least three times now — once for the TUF 16 premiere, again for the TUF 18 premiere, and probably once for TUF 19, but we don’t care enough to look it up — with the only variant between them being the perpetually-descending number of viewers tuning in each season. But yes, the numbers are in, and with 536,000 viewers, TUF 20: Easy on the Eyes, Hard on the Face has shattered the record for the lowest viewed season premiere in the show’s history. I guess we should have seen this coming.

I don’t mean to make some overarching statement about the state of WMMA here, but this can’t be a good sign for the popularity of the women’s strawweight division. Between the social media campaign, the PR tour, the red carpet premiere, and the blatantly sexualized marketing campaign that was put together for this show, it was safe to say that the UFC had a lot riding on TUF 20. Expectations were high, and the season premiere bombed. Hard. Like, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line hard.

The craziest thing about all this? The TUF 20 premiere was actually good. The brackets, the attention to the fighters backstories, the massive upset that was Torres vs. Marcos — it was a top notch episode from production to pacing. While the dwindling quality of seasons past has been rightfully reflected by its viewership (or flat out discussed on the show itself), TUF 20 is the first season in the show’s history to crown a champion at its conclusion. It had stakes, dynamic participants, all of the stuff that reminds us what a compelling show TUF can be. Yet no one fucking watched it.

I’m not sure what there is to take away from TUF 20‘s abysmal numbers, really, other than the fact that FS1 will likely never be a comparable platform for delivering MMA content to Spike TV. But be honest, how many of you actually tuned in for last week’s premiere?

-J. Jones

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Broken Limbs Were So Hot This Weekend [GIFs]


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Following in the footsteps of Anderson Silva, Marcos Souza, and Magomed Malikov, a New Mexico-based bantamweight named Adrian “Killa” Cruz shattered his leg during a fight at RFA 18 on Friday night. As usual, it happened while Cruz was throwing a leg kick, which was checked by his opponent Justin Mitchell Linn. And while Cruz’s fracture ranks relatively low on the gnarliness scale, it’s kind of insane that this is at least the fourth time this has happened in the last nine months. Drink your milk, people.

After the jump: Sidemar Honorio kicks Matt Lozano’s arm in half at World Series of Fighting 13 on Saturday.

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Oscar Bait: ‘Brokeback Mounch’, Starring Renato Laranja and Josh Barnett [VIDEO]


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After doing a surprisingly solid Robert De Niro impression in his Heat parody with Kenny Florian, 27-time Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Renato Laranja further flexes his dramatic chops in “Brokeback Mounch,” which kicks off the latest episode of the Renato Laranja Show. Laranja’s co-star this time is Josh Barnett, aka the heavyweight Heath Ledger. The sexual tension is unbearable. Start your week off the right way and give it a look. (There’s also a long interview with Chris Leben afterwards, if you’re interested. Laranja starts the segment by congratulating Leben for being an inspiration to cripples everywhere. I LOL’d.)

Related: The Renato Laranja Rocky III parody — “Hocky III,” obviously — with Cris Cyborg as Adrian. Yeah, like you’re not gonna click on that.

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The UFC Is Making the Same Mistakes The NFL Has Made Regarding Domestic Violence

By Seth Falvo

Watching Dana White’s recent appearance on “Fox Sports Live” paints a very clear picture: Dana White does not want you to compare him to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I can tell you this, I wouldn’t want to be Roger Goodell,” White says, after being asked about his reaction to the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out then-fiancee Janay Palmer. No surprises there, given that the NFL is in the middle of a domestic violence crisis built on the foundation of years of denial and reframing the issue. What is surprising is that he follows up his statement by resorting to the same strategies that the NFL employed to downplay Ray Rice’s assault in order to justify the UFC’s decision to resign Thiago Silva.

You don’t even have to wait for the parallels between how the UFC is choosing to handle Thiago Silva and how the NFL has attempted to cover up domestic violence to become apparent, they’re observable in the very first sentence White speaks once Silva’s name comes up:

“If you believe in the legal process, they came, they arrested him, and he wasn’t brought up on any charges.”

Let’s take a look at the actual documents detailing why the prosecutors decided to drop the charges against Thiago Silva

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Christy Mack Discusses Her Condition and Posts Photos of Her Healing Face


(Mack at a gala supporting victims of domestic abuse. / Photo via Getty)

There’s rarely any “good” news when discussing domestic violence. There’s only varying shades of terrible.

Today, we have a story that’s the least horrible thing we’ve had to write about the War Machine/Christy Mack saga. Mack posted an update on her Twitter account, explaining that she’s still in as rough shape as anyone could expect after being nearly killed, but is in much higher spirits and is starting to feel like herself again.

Get the full text of her update after the jump.

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VIDEO: Andrei Arlovski Knocks Out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 51


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Here’s the absolutely savage finish of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 51 main event, in which Andrei Arlovski floored Antonio Silva with a right hand, dropped some of the nastiest hammerfists in MMA history on Bigfoot’s poor noggin, then did a little shimmy-shake to celebrate.

The performance was a hell of a step up from Arlovski’s snoozer against Brendan Schaub at UFC 174 in June. Do we need to start taking the Pitbull seriously as a UFC heavyweight contender again? And who would you like to see him fight next?

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UFC Fight Night 51 Results: Andrei Arlovski KOs Bigfoot Silva


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You might not have noticed since all the other MMA sites were reporting about Floyd Mayweather Jr. tonight, but the UFC had an event on Fight Pass, UFC Fight Night 51.

Efrain Escudero made his (unsuccessful) return to the UFC against Leonardo Santos. Santos controlled the first round of the encounter. However, Escudero managed to drop Santos in the second with a right hand. It appeared to change the complexion of the fight as Santos became deflated and tired. In the third, Escudero was light on his feet and it looked like he’d pull away with the decision. This wasn’t meant to be. Santos found some source of inner strength (or Escudero stopped paying attention; who knows) and landed a huge takedown. From the takedown, he managed to take Escudero’s back and held the position until the round ended. This was enough to give Santos the unanimous decision victory.

Get the recaps for the other fights after the jump.

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Bellator 124 GIFs: Emanuel Newton’s Spinning Backfist, Liam McGeary’s Inverted Triangle

This is the second spinning backfist KO that Newton has scored in Bellator; he caught King Mo with the same strike last February.

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Video: Amir Kahn, MMA Fighter With Tourette’s Syndrome, Scores TKO Win in Pro Debut at ONE FC 20

What's interesting to me is how Khan doesn't display his tic whenever he's storming on Chee with strikes.

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Bellator 124 Results: Newton KOs Beltran with Insane Spinning Backfist, McGeary Submits Anundson with Even Crazier Submission

Bellator 124 is here, and while it's not quite Bellator 123 in term of star power, it's still certainly worth watching.

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Nick Diaz Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Driving With a Suspended License, Destruction of Evidence [UPDATED, AGAIN]

UPDATE: This was actually the second DUI charge that Diaz has picked up over the past ten months. New details inside.

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BJ Penn Has Some Harsh Words For Mike Dolce and His $20,000 “Charity” Diet

“There was no food in the apartment, and he never told me what to eat."

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Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway Likely For Fight Night Brazil Card in December

Can Dollaway continue his rise to top contender status or is Machida simply too much for him? (We can't tell you, because the fight hasn't been booked yet.)

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Friday Links: The Other ‘War Machine’, Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Retire Next Year, Disturbing Stock Photos + More

Some must-see content from our bros around the blogosphere.

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The UFC’s Support of Thiago Silva Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Its Domestic Violence Policy

Silva is painting himself as a man victimized by a crazy, lying, gold-digging woman set on personal vengeance. Dana White may not be dumb or sexist enough to believe that, but by allowing Silva back in the UFC, he's co-signing that narrative.

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VIDEO: Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping Get All Up In Each Other’s Grills Following Fight Night 55 Press Conference

Michael Bisping trash talking? NOW WE'VE SEEN EVERYTHING.

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The 7 Biggest UFC Busts of All Time: 2014 Edition

It's been quite a while since we first penned our list of the 7 Biggest UFC Busts of All Time, and a lot has changed since then.

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The TUF 20 Checklist, Episode 1: A Loaded Bracket, An Early Upset, And the Coin That REFUSED TO DIE

"It's the most important season we've ever done...One of these girls is literally gonna become one of the biggest stars in the world." Oh, Dana.

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Hot Potato: 22 Photos of Jessica Storie, Warrior Nation Ring Girl and Playboy “Miss Social”

Check out our favorite photos of Jessica in our super-sweet gallery, then make sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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‘The Ultimate Fighter 20: A Champion Will Be Crowned’ Premieres Tonight on FOX Sports 1

Yes, that's the official title of the season, but feel free to keep calling it TUF 20, or TUF: Strawweights, or TUF: Easy on the Eyes, Hard on the Face, or TUF: A Buncha Catty Broads Complaining About That One Bitch at Work.

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Pro Wrestling Star and MMA Fighter Sean O’Haire Dead at 43 [UPDATED]

"According to local police, O'Haire committed suicide. He was found in his bedroom beside his bed, with a red rope tied around his neck and connected to the bedpost. His body was discovered by his father, who then called 911."

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Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub Added to UFC 181 in December

I just went on Schaub's twitter page to grab a recent photo of him. What I found...changed everything

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16 Semi-Related Thoughts About Race and Combat Sports

Claiming that Jon Jones would be more popular if he were white is an oversimplification. But claiming that race has no effect on how stars are made in MMA is laughable.

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Following Fight Night 50 Barnburner, Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa Trade Barbs Online

"Accept the loss like a man, or the @UFC can send me your FoTN check and we do it again." - Joe "My 13 bonus checks aren't enough anymore" Lauzon.

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Thiago Silva on Assault Charges and UFC Return: “People Will Forget. They Always Do.”

"I'm just glad the truth came out. [The UFC] trust me, they knew I didn't do nothing, so they gave me my job back. So I'm very glad for this."

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Stephan Bonnar, Justin McCully Admit to Pre-Planning Atrocious Bellator 123 “Brawl” [SHOCKED FACE]

HOW COULD ANYONE POSSIBLY HAVE SEEN THIS COMING.

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VIDEO: Ben Askren ‘Inside MMA’ Interview Ends Abruptly After UFC Criticism Upsets Kenny Rice

Friday's edition of Inside MMA on AXS TV featured a tense interview segment with ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren, and has generated controversy not because of Askren's words, but for host Kenny Rice's reaction to them.

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