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Jon Jones Stripped of Title & Suspended Indefinitely, Johnson vs....

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The New Reebok Fighter Payout Structure Has Been Revealed and Boy Is It Something


(To put the Reebok deal in terms Jon Jones might understand, he just went from being able to total a Lexus per fight to only a pre-owned Acura per fight.)

Late last year, it was announced that the UFC had inked a 6 year/$70 million exclusive sponsorship deal with Reebok that would not only change how its fighters presented themselves, but how they could obtain sponsors moving forward as well. Gone were the days wherein a fighter/manager could secure as many (pre-approved) sponsors as possible per fight, and in its place was a tiered system dependent solely on the opinions of a group of “experts” who quite literally could not be less informed.

As has become the case with most of the UFC’s newly-instigated policies, it took a couple tries before the world’s premiere fight organization was able to get it (mostly) right. So the rankings-based payout system was scrapped in favor of a structure that “rewarded” fighters with bigger cuts of the action based on the number of fights they had while competing under the Zuffa-owned Strikeforce, WEC, and UFC.

Earlier today, UFC fighter Cody Gibson tweeted an image of the new payout system which goes into effect on July 6th. And boy is it something.

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Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch Now Headlines Fight Night NOLA, With Ryan Bader Scratched Altogether


(Fun fact: This is the second most re-used photo of Henderson in CagePotato history, next to…well, you know.)

The fallout from Jon Jones’ game of real-life GTA has been well documented at this point. A champion lost his title. A(nother) UFC card lost its original main event. Dana White lost what final strands of hair he could possibly grow. But really, the guy who’s been most screwed over by Jones’ antics is none other than one of his former opponents: Ryan Bader.

You see, Ryan Bader was all set to face Daniel Cormier in the main event of Fight Night 68 (aka Fight Night NOLA) in June. It was a fight that “Darth” would have not only won without breaking a sweat, but one that would have made him the light heavyweight division’s clear #1 contender and set up a rematch with Jones, which again, is a fight he would have come out from practically unscathed. LALALALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!!

But now thanks to Bones’ inability to call an Uber, Bader’s originally scheduled opponent for Fight Night 68 has been scooped up to face Anthony Johnson for the now vacant title at UFC 187. Bader, on the other hand, has been scratched from Fight Night 68 altogether. I can think of no greater injustice in recent memory that even compares to the situation poor, poor Ryan Bader has put in. Other than, you know, the pregnant woman whose vehicle was struck by a famous mixed martial artist…who then proceeded to flee with no regard for her well-being.

In any case, Bader is out, and the new Fight Night NOLA headliner is…

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The Week in Review: “Oh, F*ck My Life” Edition


(The Johnson vs. Cormier promo for UFC 187. We haven’t watched it yet, but drink if the word “monster” is used at any point.)

Afternoon, Nation. It’s been a hell of a week for our fine little sport, amiright? Some bad things happened, some other bad things happened, and depending on how you feel about Jon Jones, some either earth-shatteringly terrible or world-affirmingly wonderful things happened as well. So join us after the jump as we recap the week that was while trying not to cry into our whiskey drink. What? IT’S FRIDAY AND WE NEED THIS, NATION.

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Has Everyone Already Seen This Video of Clint Hester’s Superman Elbow Knockout?

So I’m trolling my way through r/MMA this morning because I am a legitimate MMA journalist and that is how I start the morning hunt for news, when I come across this mini-gallery of standing elbows in MMA. While it’s missing most of the classics (Silva-Fryklund and Mein-Cyborg come to mind), it does include a gif of one of my personal favorites: Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde from the TUF 17 Finale. Just an absolutely beautiful bit of violence, there.

Being unable to remember the last time I saw Hester in the octagon, I start Googling “Headbussa” (eesh) to find out what he’s been up to. The answer is an all too familiar one for fighters these days: Dealing with an injury. Specifically, Hester has been recuperating a broken foot that forced him out of his Fight Night 63 scrap with Luke Barnatt just last month. Funny how you forget who’s been out for how long when you’re reading/writing about injuries every day (looking at you, Khabib, Gusty, Cain, Dominic…).

Anyways, while catching up on the whereabouts of Hester, I happen to stumble across a video from his (apparent) muay Thai days back in 2010. In it, Hester finishes his opponent with a SUPERMAN ELBOW that looks like something straight out of a comic book. My question is: Has everyone already seen this video? And if so, why does it not receive more praise for being the technical brilliance it displays?

You guys should probably give this video a look, is what I’m saying.

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Michelle Waterson Signs With the UFC, Faces Angela Magana at ‘TUF 21′ Finale in July


(Oh, were you expecting some glamorous bikini shot? A gratuitous gif, maybe? Well SHAME ON YOU, Nation. *This* is the face of women’s MMA, so look at it, ya bunch of misogynists! via Invicta)

In the wake of all this bombshell Jon Jones news being dropped, it would be easy to overlook the fact that the UFC made another, more positive announcement earlier this week: the signing of former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson to their 115-pound division. The news of Waterson’s was made by the UFC on Tuesday, and last night, Waterson’s debut opponent has been announced.

Suffice it to say, if you think “The Karate Hottie” is being handed a gimme fight to launch her up the rankings, well, you’re right.

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Here Comes a New Challenger: Matches to Make — UFC 186


(We’re really, really, *really* missing that Xbox sponsorship right now. via Getty.)

By Sam Stilson

Aside from escaping a fire, it’s never a good thing when the audience starts leaving halfway through the main event of a card. It’s an even worse thing when you’ve already had to close off half the arena just to fill the building. No, UFC  186 was not a successful PPV for the world’s premier MMA organization, but despite its many, many failings, it wasn’t a half-bad display of mixed martial arts…for Bellator, or WSOF, of even a Fight Pass show.

Still the fights went on, winners were crowned and with this trainwreck behind us, we must now wonder where do they go from here?

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Jon Jones Stripped of Title & Suspended Indefinitely, Johnson vs. Cormier Title Fight Now Headlines UFC 187


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. FORMER UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

It’s a phrase I did not expect to type in my tenure at CP, but here we are. Just two days after the troubled champion was involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the injury of a pregnant woman, Jones has been stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by the UFC. Ho. Lee. Shit.

The UFC’s official statement on Jones (via their website) is after the jump.

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VIDEO: Jon Jones Runs From Reporters After Bailing Himself Out of Jail


(Jones’ mugshot, via the Albuquerque PD)

It may have taken him close to 24 hours to do so, but Jon Jones has finally turned himself in to Albuquerque police following his hit-and-run accident over the weekend. Now, he faces a completely different backlash, with fans, fighters, and media members alike calling for him to be pulled from UFC 187 and stripped of his title.

Details after the jump. 

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BREAKING: Albuquerque PD Issue Felony Warrant for Jon Jones’ Arrest


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Holy crap, you guys. The Jon Jones hit-and-run saga has just taken a turn from bad to much, much worse.

Jones, who is (or should we say, was) scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in May, was involved in a three car accident in Albuquerque on Saturday morning before fleeing the scene. Marijuana, paraphernalia, and “paperwork belonging to a Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it from the state of Nevada” were all found in his rental car, and witnesses on the scene (including an off-duty cop) identified the light heavyweight champion as the man fleeing the scene.

The only person listed as injured in the accident was a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was taken to the hospital for what were at first considered minor injuries after she told police that she “was going to pass out.” Recently, however, it was revealed that the woman’s injuries were a bit more serious than originally reported, and as a result, Albuquerque police are now seeking to bring Jones in on felony charges.

Details after the jump.

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UFC 186 Highlights/Results: Johnson Subs Horiguchi at the Bell, Rampage Underwhelms in Return, + More


(All clips via UFC on FOX.)

Not that you care right now, what with Jon Jones’ hit-and-run currently capturing your attention, but there was a UFC event over the weekend that on paper looked pretty crappy but in reality turned out to be pretty fun affair (and not just because I went 10-2 on my fight picks for the second time in the past three events).

UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi, it was called, and true to form, it was a card absolutely ravaged by injuries. Dillashaw, Barao, Rory Mac, Lombard, Trujillo — all were expected to fight on Saturday, but the MMA Gods had other plans. Instead, we were treated to the (underwhelming) return of Rampage Jackson thanks to a last-minute appeal of the injunction that originally forced him off the card, the arrival of Thomas Almeida, and the continued dominance of Mighty Mouse.

In the main event of the evening, Demetrious Johnson had his way with #7 ranked (and +1000 underdog) Kyoji Horiguchi for five straight rounds. It was very much a typical Johnson performance in many regards, in that it was damn near flawless, capped off by a late submission (the latest ever, actually), and all but ignored by the fans in the Belle Center. Little guys just don’t get no respect, nawmsayin?

Check out the highlights from the entire UFC 186 main card and a full list of results after the jump. 

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