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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal...

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An Interview With Ken Shamrock — Part 2

By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger

In part one of our exclusive interview with Ken Shamrock, we caught up with “The World’s Dangerous Man” and previewed his upcoming bout with Kimbo Slice. In part two, we delve into some of Shamrock’s recent business ventures, as well as preview his upcoming bare-knuckle match against Knuckle star James Quinn McDonagh.

CagePotato: It seems that you are busier this year than you’ve ever been. Self-defense and fitness (ProFit101), with the energy drink, and your ministry to name a few endeavors. Have you always been this busy or are you consciously keeping yourself really busy at this point?

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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal Protection, and His Ministry — Part 1

By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger 

Ken Shamrock is a busy man these days. 2015 finds the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” involved in a Bellator main event against Kimbo Slice, a professional bare knuckle fight, a ministry for God, stock trading, and at least four other business and professional ventures. He is busier than ever building a future for himself off of 30 years of hard work, and lucky for us, we managed to get a few minutes with Shamrock to discuss a variety of topics.

CagePotato: You were supposed to fight Kimbo Slice a long time back until a last-minute cut over your eye forced you to bow out. Tell us about that experience.

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On Its 30th Anniversary, Relive Hagler vs. Hearns — The Greatest Three Round Fight *Ever*

April 15th has never been known to be a forgiving or even modestly pleasant occasion, historically speaking. It marked the death of Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Mississippi Flood, the Boston Marathon bombing, and perhaps worst of all, it’s tax day. Tax day, you guys. Tax day. It also happens to be the day of my birth.

But it’s not all bad. General Electric was formed on April 15th, 1892. Jackie Robinson made his major league debut on April 15th, 1947. And just earlier today, Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder. But arguably greater than GE or Jackie or the fact that McDonalds opened it’s first restaurant on this most historic of dates, was the fight that occurred between between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns.

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Parallel Universe: What if Some of MMA’s Biggest Training Camps Were Wrestling Stables?


(“When you need me, I’ll be there, ’cause we’re BEST FRIENNNNNNDS….” Photo via WWE)

By Chris Huntemann, Columnist

Comparing mixed martial arts to professional wrestling tends to draw the ire of many am MMA fan. While former WWE and UFC world champion Brock Lesnar eventually earned the respect of UFC fans by putting on dominant performances, he was originally greeted with a less than warm reception. Fellow former WWE world champion CM Punk signed with UFC to less than open arms and is expected to compete in his first MMA bout later this year (or early 2016). Pro wrestling and MMA also crossed paths once again last month, when UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a special appearance at Wrestlemania to help Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run off Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.

All of this interplay between pro wrestling and MMA lately got me thinking; How do some of MMA’s top teams compare to great pro wrestling stables of the past and present? MMA fans are well aware of Rousey’s “Four Horsewomen,” which consists of Rousey and her teammates Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and recent Invicta FC signee Marina Shafir. The group is big pro wrestling fans and while I’m personally not a fan of the name, they’ve wasted no time promoting themselves.

So which pro wrestling stables would I compare to current MMA teams? Here are a few of my suggestions…

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Fight Night Krakow Aftermath: The One In Poland…


(And in that moment, a million “Because PRIDE!!” chants were heard. Via Getty)

By Cody Severtson

UFC Fight Night: Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga II. — one look at the headliner of last Saturday’s mid-afternoon card could only think of one thing…or maybe one other thing. It was an event that featured many debuts, a few upsets, a tonne of terribly boring decisions, a completely uninterested crowd, and surprisingly, a pretty sweet finale. So let’s break it down, shall we?

“It wasn’t a COMPLETELY terrible card” is probably the highest praise you could give Fight Night 64. There were some spots of brilliance; Cro Cop’s vengeance, Maryna Moroz’s massive upset, and Aleksandra Albu successfully debuting, which will give CagePotato at least 6 more Hot Potato articles to “write” in the next year. There was, however, a good hour and a half stretch in the middle of the main card (and pretty much the entirety of the undercard) where absolutely nothing worthwhile happened. Fight Night 64 was a card that had us asking ourselves a question that we’ve been asking more and more these days:

Is this really what qualifies as the highest level of MMA?

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The Week in Review: Rampage Forced Off UFC 186 (UH-DOI!), The Return of Mike Swick, + A Big Step Forward in UFC Drug Testing


(Yup, that pretty much sums it up.)

Greetings, Nation. If you haven’t noticed by the all but complete lack of posts this week, I’ve been away from the office (and in fact out of the state) to deal with some legal issues pertaining to a…gambling snafu. Yeah, let’s go with that.

My recent absence aside, the cutbacks across the board here at Castle CP have forced us to severely limit the amount of posts we can put up per day. So I, in my infinite wisdom, figured a John Oliver-esque recap of the week’s events in a single post would be the best way to keep you in the know moving forward, should CP happen to be your lone source of MMA news. Which if it is…

But let us begin with perhaps the biggest story of the week…

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TIL That Chris Weidman Sh*t in a Trash Can On His First Date With His Wife


(An incredibly classy artist’s rendition of Chris’ story.)

Chris Weidman has always struck me as a straightforward, down-to-earth, and perhaps most importantly, genuine guy. A little bro-ish maybe, but not unlike any Long Islander I’ve ever met in that regard, and besides, he saved his 92-year-old neighbor’s life once, so stop putting him on trial, will ya, Nation? Because that’s what you’re always doing and that’s what you’re doing now! Like you’re so f*cking perfect, with your ironic derby hats and your market fresh wifi and your premature arthritis-causing porn addiction that you told the doctor was actually from working at a steel mill all these years. You’re 23 years old and have never even been to a steel mill, dammit, and you’ve got the city hands to prove it!! Get a job, drink Budweiser heavies, and leave Chris Weidman alone!!

I guess what I’m saying is, Chris Weidman is the kind of guy who has put in the long hours at said fictional steel mill. That’s how you become the best, through hard work and hard work alone. Just ask Fred Ettish, or Omarosa. Weidman’s a man’s man (his name states as much!), a kingslayer, and an honest Abe — a solid dude all around. He’s the kind of guy who, when you ask him about what he did on his first date with his lovely wife, proceeds to tell you a story that begins as a classic tale of a man wooing his best friend/wrestling buddy’s sister and ends like a scene out of an underwhelming but financially successful Ben Stiller movie. Because what’s he gonna do, lie and say they they met on Tinder? Because Tinder was even around then, dum-dum? Honestly, it’s way too early for you guys to be this drunk.

I won’t spoil Weidman’s tale of true love for you — you know, besides what I wrote in the headline — but suffice it to say (*in field reporter voice*), “Sometimes love can get a little…shitty. Back to you in the studio, Chris and Diane!”

Video after the dump*. 

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VIDEO: Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler Threaten to Kill Each Other on the ‘Late O’Clock News’


(Things turn a real left turn after Robbie delivered his “golf ball through a garden hose” diss.)

I have no idea what the Late O’Clock News is, but I think it’s safe to say that host Paul Lemieux has already surpassed every credentialed member of the MMA media in terms of pure charisma and interviewing prowess with this video alone. Of course, the bar has been set pretty low by guys like this, but I’ll take Lemieux’s Onion-esque style of questioning over “How did your training camp go?” 10 times out of 10.

Ahead of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 189, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler stopped by the Late O’Clock News to talk some (pre-written) trash about one another while Lemieux cheered them on from the sidelines. It was essentially every Ariel Helwani interview ever, but with corny jokes about dandelions and heart-eating being used to fuel the fire instead of blatant/cringeworthy call-outs.

Video after the jump. 

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Interview: Top Prospect Austin Springer and Veteran Fighter Pat Healy Share a Similar Goal

By David Golden

Reaching the highest levels of success in a sport as physically demanding as mixed martial arts can leave an athlete battered and bruised. Often fighters make it to the UFC only to leave defeated both physically and mentally. Many of these fighters disappear into obscurity never to be heard from again, serving as little more than ill warnings to young prospects of the sport.

But every so often a fighter who has been cut from the UFC shows great determination and drive as they work their way back onto the active roster. A return trip to the UFC is something usually reserved for those fighters who have great potential or those who have built up impressive win streaks in smaller promotions showcasing their skills. These are the fighters who often serve as the best examples for young upstarts. Determined and driven fighters like these can make excellent teammates and mentors to fighters who are trying to break through and find their way to the big show.

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What Really Happened at the UFC 189 Toronto Press Tour

By Brian J. D’Souza

The last article on MMA that I published in 2014 was Shill ‘Em All, Part 5: Goodnight and Good Luck. It was a series about the constraints of the MMA media due to both carrots and sticks offered by promoters that won BloodyElbow.com’s “Best MMA Writing Award” in 2013. Last Friday, at the UFC’s media tour stop in Toronto, I found myself encountering the vitriolic stick used by the UFC that often keeps important questions from being asked.

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Portland, Oregon’s Dave “The Fugitive” Jansen to Fight for Lightweight Title at Bellator 136

CP reader David Golden sits down with Bellator lightweight Dave Jansen ahead of his upcoming (and long-delayed) title fight at Bellator 136 next weekend.

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VIDEO: Conor McGregor Steals Jose Aldo’s Belch at UFC Dublin Press Conference, Chaos Erupts

"You're looking at the king! You're not the king of Dublin, you're nothing!!"

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Hot Potato: 14 Photos of Full Contact Contender Ring Girl Jessica Adele

Check out our favorite photos of this UK beauty, and make sure to follow her on the various social medias.

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Must-Watch Video: Justin Gaethje’s Barnburner With Luis Palomino at WSOF 19

If you thought it would be damn near impossible to see a better fight than Hideo Tokoro vs. LC Davis last weekend, think again.

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Friday Link Dump: Cyborg Signs With the UFC?!! (Sort of), Ronda Rousey Re-Ups, The Sylvester Stallone Kill Count Supercut + More

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[VIDEO] Oh, This? Just Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo Talking Smack on Fox Sports Live

"Aldo's fear is a beautiful aroma that arouses me." Conor McGregor, everyone.

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UFC 186 Loses TJ Dillashaw, And Therefore All Fan Interest, to Rib Injury

Winning a UFC title nowadays is akin to moving into the Amityville house, it seems.

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Dethroned: The Top 5 Championship Upsets in UFC History

From Serra vs. GSP to Tanner vs. Terrell, join us as we look back at some of the most shocking title fights of them all.

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Fight Night 62 Aftermath/Results: Maia Dominates LaFlare, Koscheck & Baszler Edge Closer to Retirement in Night of Thrilling Finishes

Fight Night 62 was one of those cards that, while appearing just abysmal on paper, actually turned out to be a rather entertaining affair.

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Friday Link Dump: Can One-Dimensional Fighters Thrive in the UFC?, The UFC 189 Press Conference, Ultimate NCAA Buzzer Beaters + More

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Six Things More Likely to Occur Than Ronda Rousey Losing To Bethe Correia

Rousey is currently being listed as a kajillion-to-one favorite over her Brazilian opponent by Vegas bookies, so let's take a look at a few things actually worth betting on.

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The Only Video Worth Seeing Today: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Arrives in Poland to Raucous Reception

It wasn't the full fledged mariachi band treatment that Junior Dos Santos received, but still.

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Alexander Shlemenko Pops for Elevated Testosterone And This Sh*t Isn’t Even Funny Anymore

What did the Alexander Shlemenko say to the dirty syringe? "I must take you."

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Cole Presley Finds Balance in Inaugural ‘Shogun Fights’ Title Chase

“My family hates the fact that I fight, but unfortunately for them it is my passion.”

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UFC 185 Aftermath/Results: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

With UFC 185, we are once again reminded that no one in the UFC is unbeatable (except for Jon Jones) (and Ronda Rousey).

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Friday Link Dump: Live UFC 185 Weigh-Ins, How to Pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Crafting a Burger the Heming-way + More

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Gambling Addiction Enabler — ‘UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos’ Edition

Looking to make a quick buck off UFC 185 and donate to our Patreon (or spend on blackjack and hookers)? Look no further.

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At Long Last, It’s Finally “Showtime” for Anthony Pettis

Perhaps the most fitting word to describe Pettis is the nickname that is emblazoned across his shoulder blades – “Showtime”.

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World Series of Fighting Signs MMA/”Crime” Fighter Phoenix Jones

Let's hope his debut opponent is Afro Ninja.

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Ronda Rousey: The Cleaner

It’s a good time to remember that are there three guarantees in life: death, taxes and Ronda Rousey once again showing why she is the best female fighter on the planet

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