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UFC 180: Werdum v Hunt - Press Conference

Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 180 Edition

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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]


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First time jitters? Or does the woman in the red gloves seriously not understand how these things work? GO BACK TO YOUR CORNER, FOR GOD’S SAKE. Ah well, at least everybody had a good laugh about it.

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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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Vinny Magalhaes Discusses $10K ‘bounty’ Metamoris Put Out on Him & The Resurgence of Extreme Couture (BloodyElbow)

Portrait: Kailin Curran (MMAFighting)

UFC Fight Night 57′s Bobby Green, Uncut, on Walking Away from MMA (MMAJunkie)

UFC Standout Michael McDonald Shoots for Spring 2015 Return (Bleacher Report)

Could Prodigy Aaron Pico’s Contract Revolutionize MMA Recruitment as we Know It? (AidanOConnor)

Uriah Hall Goes For a Ride Along With the LAPD Through the Streets of South Los Angeles (MiddleEasy)

The 10 Best Holiday Movies of All Time (Screen Junkies)

Buffalo Has Had Enough (32 Pics) (Radass)

14 People Who Are Going To Suck Way Harder At Thanksgiving Than You (PopHangover)

The Most Difficult Sports Around: Are You Man Enough? (DoubleViking)

8 Live-Action Disney Films That Are Better Than Their Animated Fare (TheEscapist)

The Ultimate Deep-Fried Turkey Fails Compilation (WorldWideInterweb)

Here’s The Story Of Kamala Pulling A Gun On Andre The Giant After A Match (WithSpandex)

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


(Would you expect anything less from the UFC’s most trusted Values Enforcer?)

Earlier this month, the Nevada State Athletic Commission finally got off its collective ass and subjected UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort to a random drug test — his first since being granted a conditional license in July. Well, the results are back, and in the case of 37-year-old Vitor…he is NOT currently using performance enhancing drugs!

ESPN reported yesterday that Belfort passed the blood and urine test that he submitted at the request of the NSAC on November 1st, coming up negative for all banned substances. Belfort’s blood serum testosterone levels were also within normal range. According to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett, the UFC paid for the cost of Belfort’s test.

Vitor Belfort is currently scheduled to challenge Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title in the main event of UFC 184, February 28th in Los Angeles. “The Phenom” is expected to undergo further random drug-testing by the California State Athletic Commission prior to the match.

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


(War Machine is scolded for snickering in court during Christy Mack’s testimony last Friday.)

Former MMA fighter Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver — better known to his fans as War Machine — plead not guilty yesterday to the 34 felony counts he is facing related to the August 8th beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas, as well as previous attacks on Mack dating back to May 2013. Koppenhaver entered his pleas at Nevada’s Clark County District Court, and will remain incarcerated until his trial begins in February.

Last month, Koppenhaver’s lawyer was looking to make a plea deal to avoid a life sentence. Then, Koppenhaver tried to kill himself in jail, and his defense strategy apparently changed. The charges that Koppenhaver currently faces include felony battery causing substantial bodily harm, sexual assault, burglary, strangulation, attempted sexual assault, and preventing or dissuading a witness or victim from reporting a crime.

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

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(Looks like it’s time to start calling some old boyfriends, boys!)

In August of 2011, the UFC inked a multi-year deal with FOX, in what remains the biggest broadcasting deal in MMA history. As per the deal, the UFC increased their amount of events per year from 27 in 2011 to 32 in 2012. What followed was the now infamous year of the “injury curse”, wherein over 105 fights were cancelled due to injury.

It’s been much of the same for the UFC ever since, with most of the promotion’s champions being forced to the sidelines with long-term injuries or other affliction’s in the past two years. Fun fact: There have been just 11 title fights in 2014, with six of those fights belonging to Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey, and Demetrious Johnson. Fan complaints of oversaturation have reached a fever pitch, and in July, the UFC was forced to cancel UFC 176 in the wake of Aldo’s injury.

But you already know this. Any MMA fan who has been paying at least half-attention to the sport in recent years has seen the negative effects the UFC’s increased schedule has had on their product. What you might not know, however, is just how bad the injury bug of 2012-2014 is affecting Zuffa’s earnings, and Standard and Poor’s recent assessment of Zuffa (via MMAJunkie) paints a pretty ugly picture…

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


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With bantamweight rising star Holly Holm out of her UFC debut next month due to a neck injury, the UFC has signed Ashlee Evans-Smith to fill in for Holm at UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II (December 6th, Las Vegas) against Raquel Pennington. UFC officials announced the news yesterday.

If Evans-Smith’s name sounds vaguely familiar, there’s a reason for that. Carrying a 3-0 professional record, 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.

From a competitive standpoint, Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Raquel Pennington is actually a more compelling fight than Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington, which seemed like an obvious mismatch designed to put Holm over. I don’t know…I’m just trying to find a silver lining here. UFC.com currently lists Evans-Smith vs. Pennington as a part of the UFC 181 prelims broadcast on FOX Sports 1. A heavyweight bout between Todd Duffee and Anthony Hamilton has been moved up to the main card in the wake of Holly Holm’s withdrawal.

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


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TUF 20 got its first semi-finalist on last night’s episode, when #14-ranked Randa Markos tapped out #6 seed Felice Herrig in the first round with a brilliant modified armbar. Now carrying wins over Herrig and Tecia Torres, Markos has become the season’s Cinderella story — but keep in mind that her next fight will be a true buzzsaw against the winner of Rose Namajunas vs. Joanne Calderwood.

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. So if you feel like watching a semi-awkward UFC trivia competition hosted by Bruce Buffer, that’s after the jump.

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


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In advance of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 181 (December 6th, Las Vegas), the UFC has released the full video of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 1 — the Fight of the Year candidate that took place at UFC 171 in March. Hendricks won the bout by unanimous decision (48-47 across the board) following a wild brawl that we stopped trying to score after the second round. In particular, the third round, which starts at the video’s 15:18 mark, is an incredible testament to both fighters’ ability to give and receive damage. It’s a true classic, and not a bad way to spend a half hour if you’re bored at the office today.

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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 175 & The Ultimate Fighter Finale - On-Sale Press Conference

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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Tito Ortiz Fined $2,500 for Acting Like a Jackass After Bellator 131 Win Against Stephan Bonnar

Ortiz threw double middle fingers behind Bonnar's back after the fight, then sprayed water at Bonnar's prone body when the decision was read.

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UFC 180: Werdum v Hunt - Press Conference

Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 180 Edition

For a highly anticipated fight card marred by injuries to its premiere fighters and an ongoing crisis in Mexico, UFC 180: “Werdum vs. Hunt” turned out to be quite the showcase.

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WSOF 15 Results: Branch Shocks Okami With TKO Win, Gaethje Decisions Guillard

With UFC 180 and Bellator 131 taking the majority of the spotlight this past Saturday night, MMA enthusiasts sort of forgot to pay attention to the stacked WSOF 15, which took place at USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla.

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UFC 155 Weigh-In

And Now He’s Retired: Leonard Garcia Retires After Legacy FC 37 Loss

Remember Leonard Garcia? Turns out he got submitted this weekend in under two minutes by Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 37 and retired.

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UFC 148: Griffin v Ortiz

Bellator 131 Results and GIFs: Ortiz Decisions Bonnar, Brooks Weirdly KOs Chandler, Manhoef Gets KTFO

Bellator 131 was awesome. Look at the lovely GIFs.

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UFC 180 Ultimate Media Day

UFC 180 Results: Fabricio Werdum TKO’s Mark Hunt for Interim Heavyweight Title

Mark Hunt's Cinderella story loses its happy ending. Plus: Ricardo Lamas and Kelvin Gastelum score quick submission victories.

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See the Ruptured Cauliflower Ear at UFC 180 That Was More Disgusting Than James Thompson’s

The grossest ruptured cauliflower ear just happened at UFC 180.

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Street Fight of the Day: Russian* Dude Knocks Two Fools Cold With Just Two Punches

The first victim gets falling tree'd with a left hook. The second one eats an off-balance haymaker and drops to the ground, temporarily dead.

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