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Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson: Legit Full-Fight Video Highlights

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Hot Potato: 17 Photos of Total Full Contact Ring Girl Kayla Lou

Kayla Lou is a 23 year-old British beauty who has been carrying the cards at muay Thai, K1 kickboxing, and boxing events over at Total Full Contact for a few years now (one can only imagine how many times the name of that promotion has been used as a pun to hit on her). A model since 2009, Kayla has scored promotional gigs for WWE America, Sunday Sports and Monster Energy, and is also a Playboy Miss Social contestant. When she’s not strutting her stuff in the octagon, this mother of one has actually been setting up a promotion called G-Man Promotions, which will hold its first MMA and K1 Kickboxing mixed event in March.

Check out our favorite photos of Ms. Lou in the gallery after the jump, and make sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Props to Babes of MMA for the tip. 

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Kid Yamamoto Returns to the Octagon, Will Face Roman Salazar at UFC 184


(Once more, for old time’s sake…)

After three years away from MMA competition, Japanese legend Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto will be returning to action at UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort (February 28th, Los Angeles) against fellow bantamweight Roman Salazar. The UFC announced the booking last night.

Yamamoto has gone 0-3 under the UFC banner — good enough for an honorable mention in our biggest UFC busts list — including decision losses to Demetrious Johnson and Darren Uyenoyama back in 2011, and a first-round armbar loss to Vaughan Lee at UFC 144 in February 2012. Kid was supposed to come back last September against Ivan Menjivar, but withdrew for undisclosed reasons. The 37-year-old has only won a single fight since December 2007.

Salazar is the 9-3 cable guy who was submitted by Mitch Gagnon during his Octagon debut last month at UFC Fight Night 54. He’s a rebound opponent for Yamamoto, plain and simple. Then again, we thought the same thing about Vaughan Lee, so who knows. As Reed Kuhn recently pointed out, even one year of time away from the cage can have a drastically negative effect on a fighter’s win percentage. And you expect Kid Yamamoto to be effective after three years of inactivity, when he wasn’t doing that well in the first place? Let’s keep our expectations reasonable, here.

Side note: One of the unexpected benefits of the UFC’s over-saturated schedule is that veteran fighters seem to have more job security, because they’re needed to fill out main cards. Frank Mir has lost four in a row and was recently booked to fight Antonio Silva. Yves Edwards just ate his fifth consecutive defeat when he was submitted by Akbarh Arreola at UFC Fight Night 57 (although his loss against Yancy Medeiros last November was changed to a no-contest). Josh Koscheck has lost his last three, and he’ll be fighting at UFC 184 as well. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that Yamamoto has been given another shot. Even if he loses to Salazar, the UFC might still need him for its next Fight Pass card in Japan.

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John Lineker vs. Ian McCall Rescheduled for UFC 183 in January


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When John Lineker failed to make weight for the 1,500th time prior to his Fight Night 56 co-main event scrap against Ian McCall, “Uncle Creepy” responded with quite possibly the most epic weigh-in trolljob this side of Roy Nelson’s fat suit. Less than 24 hours later, however, it was McCall who found himself physically unable to compete due to a last-minute illness, and the fight was scrapped.

Thankfully, UFC.com announced earlier this evening that the battle of top flyweight contenders is back on. McCall and Lineker has been rescheduled for the main card of UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz on January 31st in Las Vegas.

“Looks like fat boy finally said yes,” McCall posted to Sqor just hours ago, which seems like a real dick thing to say about a guy who already forgave you for being a loud-mouthed pecker that pulled out just moments before you were supposed to bang. God, that’s gotta be some kind of record for sex puns in a single sentence. Weiner.

One thing’s for sure, there’s no way that McCall vs. Lineker ever lives up to likes of Martinez vs. Zimmer, which set the gold standard for fat guy vs. obnoxious a-hole fights.

-J. Jones

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Hi-larious Knockout of the Day: Amateur Fighter Sprints Across Cage, Destroys Opponent With “Usain Bolt” Punch


(Props to the UG.)

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, Tommy. There was literally no way you could have seen that punch coming.”

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Prospect Watch: UFC Signs Undefeated Alpha Male Product Cody Garbrandt, Will Face Marcus Brimage at UFC 182


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“The Next Jon Jones” he may not be, but undefeated bantamweight Cody “No Love” Garbrandt is one of the more promising prospects to be scooped up by the UFC in recent years. On Saturday, it was announced that the Team Alpha Male standout had signed with promotion and would face Marcus Brimage at UFC 182 in January, which is not exactly a cakewalk for any up-an-comer (not named Conor McGregor).

Despite holding a professional record of just 5-0, Garbrandt will bring a ton of experience into his UFC debut. A boxer since the age of 14 with a 32-1 record, Garbrandt also made waves on the mat while in high school, eventually earning an invite to wrestle at the University of Michigan. After transitioning to MMA in 2009, “No Love” racked up a 4-2 amateur record before turning pro just two years ago and has stopped all five of his opponents with strikes in the time since (four of those in the first round).

BloodyElbow’s Zane Simon has done a great little writeup on Garbrandt that we’d highly recommend you check out, but in the meantime, join us after the jump to see his most recent fight against Charles Stanford.

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie: Full Video From Metamoris 5


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The Metamoris 5 main event between Kazushi Sakuraba and Renzo Gracie ended in a draw on Saturday night, after the 20-minute submission grappling match went the distance. The bout took place over 14 years after the two men first battled at PRIDE 10, where Sakuraba famously won by snapping Renzo’s arm with a kimura.

The complete Renzo Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Metamoris 5 video is above. Honestly, it was a little boring, but it’s good to see these two old-timers in action again. Full results from the event are after the jump…

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Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson: Legit Full-Fight Video Highlights

Did you not feel like staying up until 1 a.m. to watch Frankie Edgar fight Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 57?

There’s good news for you: There exists legitimate (and, most importantly, LEGAL) footage of the fight’s best parts.

Edgar beat Swanson to the punch throughout their five-round affair last night. He also beat him to the takedown, too, dragging Swanson to the mat and smashing him with ground and pound (as much as a 145-pound man can smash someone, at least). In the fifth round, Edgar managed to submit Swanson via rear naked choke with only four seconds remaining. This was arguably Edgar’s finest performance to date — a fight so one-sided the word “fight” really isn’t appropriate. Use “ass-kicking” or, if you’re a language-sensitive baby, “shellacking” instead.

Get the card’s full results after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson — Main Card Results & Commentary

The UFC is live in Austin, Texas, tonight with a lineup of crowd-pleasing fighters and a featherweight main event that could maybe produce the next title challenger, particularly if Conor McGregor isn’t available. On tonight’s menu: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson in the headliner spot, with a side order of Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza, and a light dusting of Joseph Benavidez, Brad Pickett, and Jared Rosholt. Should be pretty okay.

The UFC Fight Night 57 main card kicks off on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, and our old friend Matt Kaplan will be stickin’ round-by-round results after the jump. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and shoot us your own thoughts in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma. Thanks for being here.

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Josh Koscheck Returns To The Octagon At UFC 184 Against Neil Magny


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Josh Koscheck will look to avoid being a stepping-stone for the rising Neil Magny when both welterweights collide at UFC 184, according to MMA Junkie.

The Fresno-based fighter, who began a stint as an analyst on FOX Sports 1 and gave our children nightmares on the first day of the job, will be returning from a year of inactivity and mumblings of retirement based on remarks made by Dana White after the former welterweight title challenger was knocked out by Tyron Woodley at UFC 167. It was his second back-to-back knockout loss, falling at the hands of Robbie Lawler before that at UFC 157 back in February 2013. “Kos” is in dire need of a win if he wants to resume fighting, riding a three-fight losing streak. If he topples his opponent in Los Angeles, Calif., it would be his first victory in two years.

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MMA is Horrible: Jon Jones Defends Disgraced Bill Cosby

This week on MMA is Horrible, we have UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones defending Bill Cosby — a man 13 women have accused of rape.

TMZ found Jon Jones in Los Angeles and asked for his thoughts on the matter:

What’d he do? He raped somebody, right? Nah. I don’t think Bill Cosby would do that. I’ve never met him but from what I’ve seen, he seems to be a class act. I kinda grew up admiring him as a black actor and I really hope that’s not true. I mean, he’s Bill Cosby, he shouldn’t have to take it. They should be [does a gesture insinuating women should throw themselves at him].

Umm…yeah. Not exactly the most graceful or appropriate response from Jones.

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VIDEO: Confused Female Kickboxer Punches Opponent Before Fight Starts [#WOMEN #AMIRITE]

GO BACK TO YOUR CORNER, FOR GOD'S SAKE.

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Friday Link Dump: Vinny Magalhaes Gets a Bounty on His Head, Bobby Green Uncut, The Best Holiday Movies of All Time + More

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Vitor Belfort Passed His Random Drug Test! Good Job, Vitor!

Belfort came up negative for all banned substances, and his blood serum testosterone levels were also within normal range.

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War Machine Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges Related to Beating of Christy Mack, Will Face Trial in February

Koppenhaver entered his pleas at Nevada’s Clark County District Court, and will remain incarcerated until his trial begins in February.

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Zuffa Earnings Down 40 Percent in 2014 Due to Fighter Injury, Reports S&P

Or as Dana White will likely spin it, "MOVE ALONG. NOTHING TO SEE HERE."

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Ashlee Evans-Smith Replaces Holly Holm at UFC 181 Against Raquel Pennington

Evans-Smith is best known as the woman responsible for giving transgendered fighter Fallon Fox her only loss, via third-round TKO last October. Evans-Smith also got destroyed by Veronica Rothenhausler in five seconds during an amateur bout in July 2012.

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TUF 20 Video Highlights: Felice Herrig vs. Randa Markos Ends in First-Round Submission

Also on the episode, Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez squared off in the Coaches' Challenge, which was a non-physical competition for the first time ever, on account of Pettis's gimpy knee.

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Kill a Half Hour Watching Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler’s First Fight at UFC 171

The third round is an incredible testament to both fighters' ability to give and receive damage.

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Hey, Who Wants to See Another Exploding Ear in an MMA Fight? [VIDEO]

That was a rhetorical question, of course, because everybody wants to see another exploding ear in an MMA fight. Exploding ears are in our DNA, bro.

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Quote of the Day: Bobby Green Thinks This Weekend “Might Be My Last Fight” [NOOOOOOO]

Let's hope this isn't true.

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Rampage Jackson Begins to Regret Torrid Love Affair With Bellator

The infatuation phase wears off, as it always does, and the person you thought you were sleeping with looks a lot different in the light of day.

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Kelvin Gastelum Gets Quick Turnaround, Faces Tyron Woodley in UFC 183 Co-Main Event

Can Gastelum handle a(nother) big step up in competition?

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Bellator 131 Draws a Reported 2 Million Viewers (!!), Setting a Promotional Viewership Record

"At the end of the day, the person who laughs last, laughs loudest and hardest. And that’s me." -- Jacob Christopher Ortiz

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Regrettable Tweet of the Day: Conor McGregor Calls Dennis Siver a Nazi

Though Siver is of German descent, he was actually born and raised in Russia, giving him a unique mix of Axis and Allied heritage. (I'm sure he's very conflicted about his place in history.)

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Duke Roufus Responds to Team Members’ Abuse Allegations: “Things Have Changed”

"Back then...we were trying to spar ourselves into shape. My philosophy now, four short years later, is completely opposite of that."

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UFC “The Time Is Now” Press Conference Highlights NEVERMIND. MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

#TheTimeIsNow to go f*ck yourselves, is what the UFC appears to be saying.

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Knockout of the Day: Joseph Duffy Wrecks Julien Boussuge With a Knee to the Dome at Cage Warriors 74

Boussage went down like a dead man, Manhoef-style.

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“The Next Jon Jones”: Bellator Signs 18-Year-Old Prospect Aaron Pico to Long-Term Contract

The next Jon Jones? Or the next Henry Cejudo?

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Ultimate Poker Closes Down Amid Claims of Mismanagement [UPDATED]

“There was a lot of leadership through fear and authority and ‘this is how it’s going to be.’ … In the end there was very little dissent.”

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Rose Namajunas Speaks Out Against Roufusport’s Abusive Coaching Methods Following the Death of Kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr.

"Crazy that I finally speak out against the people that are responsible for this tragedy...it's sad it takes someone's life to bring awareness."

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