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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Officially Retires From MMA, Accepts UFC Position as “Athlete Relations Ambassador”


(No, Antonio, we salute YOU. via Getty.)

Following a heartbreaking two-year stretch that saw him submitted by Fabricio Werdum, KO’d by Roy Nelson, and outpointed by Stefan Struve, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira has finally decided to end to his legendary 17 year career.

Said the man himself (via MMAFighting):

I have mixed feelings. I’m sad for leaving but happy with this new job in the UFC. I remember when I met [Junior dos Santos], he was brave in training, and before his UFC debut against the current champion Fabricio Werdum, I told Dana White to watch for his uppercut. And that’s how he beat him. I have good eyes for new talent, and I will look for new talents in this new generation.

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CagePotato Presents: The Top 10 Fights to Watch For the Rest of 2015


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By Chris Huntemann

Summer is winding down, which means we’re in the latter stages of 2015. It also means football season is finally here. But do you know what else it means? There’s still a whole slew of mixed martial arts fights that we have to look forward to, so with that in mind, here are the top 10 fights that you, Potato Nation, should check out or – at the very least – set your DVR to as we wind down the year:

10. Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir (UFC 191 – Sept. 5)

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Friday Link Dump: Ronda Rousey’s “Carl’s Jr.” Commercial, Jordan Mein Hangs ‘Em Up, Things Every Man Cave Should Have + More


(Eh, I think I’d rather be armbarred than eat that monstrosity.)

-UFC Welterweight Jordan Mein Retires at age 25 (BloodyElbow)

-UFC on FOX 17′s Michael Johnson: I’m Going to Take Nate Diaz’s Dignity (Ed note: Nate Diaz? Dignity?! LOLOLOLOL) (MMAJunkie)

-Viral KO Video Spurs State Investigation Into Unsanctioned MMA Events in California (MMAFighting)

-Fame, Cocaine and Ego: Bellator Star Melvin Guillard Looks to Bounce Back (Bleacher Report)

-Matt Mitrione Looking to Test Free Agency Market (TheMMACorner)

-How Zelda: Ocarina of Time Can Change Your View of Games (TheEscapist)

-Honest Trailers – Mad Max: Fury Road (ScreenJunkies)

-Each State’s Most Embarrassing Google Searches (Radass)

-Natural Selection Is a Good Thing (25 Pictures) (WorldWideInterweb)

-The Top 10 Costliest Prostitutes on the Planet (EveryJoe)

-Things Every Man Cave Should Have (Storage)

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The First SFW Trailer for Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded and Pounded Has Arrived

Having just finished watching the first trailer for Burning Angel’s much talked-about Ronda Rousey porn parody, Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded and Pounded, I am irate, Nation. Not because it contains absolutely zero nudity, and not because of any personal bias I have against star Kleio Valentien since she slapped that restraining order on me, but because my long and detailed list of spot-on casting suggestions for the project was completely, inexplicably ignored.

It’s as if ArouseMe director Joanna Angel didn’t appreciate or even take notice of the countless hours I clearly spent researching and drafting up that list, requiring no less than three recuperative naps in the process. Did they think I was only after a few extra clicks on a once mid-tier MMA blog, and not auditioning for a position in the multi-billion dollar industry that is porn casting? This was supposed to be *my* moment, god dammit! This was my chance to be a somebody!! (*kicks can*)

All that said, I’m sure there are a handful of you who’d still like to see the trailer for Ronda ArouseMe regardless of the fact that it took a steaming dump on my dreams, so check it out after the jump.

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Edgar vs Mendes (!), Dos Santos vs. Overeem (!!) Locked In For TUF 22 Finale, UFC on FOX 17


(What could’ve been, now finally is. via Sherdog)

It may have taken two extra years, a failed drug test, and a series of tough, tough losses on both sides of the equation, but it looks like we will finally be seeing Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem throw down after all.

The announcement came via the UFC last night:

It’s the most heated rivalry in the heavyweight division today, and on Saturday, Dec. 19, Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem settle the score in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

In the FOX-televised card’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone challenges for a UFC title for the first time when he battles lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in a highly-anticipated rematch.

That’s right, not only are we getting Ubereem vs. JDS, but we’re getting it on a card that is already ridiculously stacked, and FO FREE. Get hype, Nation.

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Nate Diaz Returns, Faces Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 (and Other UFC on FOX 17 Fight Bookings)


(Oh gee, you think, Wikipedia?!)

On the heels of a technical draw with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s crew in the WSOF lobby, it appears that Nate Diaz is once again ready to do some fighting *inside* the octagon. You know, for money this time, because apparently the royalty checks he’s collecting for being the first guy to use the middle finger as a taunt aren’t quite cutting it.

A little over a year removed from his last actual in-ring confrontation (a one-sided decision loss to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13), Diaz will return to the octagon at UFC on FOX 17 in December, facing rising contender turned recent robbery victim Michael Johnson.

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Fight Night 74 Highlights/Results: Oliveira Tears His Esophagus, Perez Retires, Cote & Burkman Go to War + More

Fight Night 74 was a night full of surprises, and that’s not just referring to the fact that seven underdogs came out victorious on Sunday night, or the fact that the highly-anticipated main event ended before it ever got started. No, the biggest shock of the night came in the form of 26-year old Frankie Perez, who followed up an impressive (if not necessarily surprising) KO of Sam Stout by retiring in the ring. Check out the video above.

“I train with the best team on the planet” said Perez, “I have the utmost confidence to beat anybody in this division. (But) me being 26, this is my first win in the UFC and my last. I’m done after this. I’ve brought my dreams to come true and I’m on to the next chapter in my life. I’m done putting my family and my body through all this.”

It was an incredibly honorable moment for Perez, which could only mean that one of the UFC’s analysts for the evening, Michael Bisping, could only lob insults aimed Perez’s “cajones” when discussing it with Dominick Cruz in the studio afterward. Thankfully, Cruz set the record straight by both lauding Perez’s discipline and shitting on Bisping’s gatekeeper status/lack of two functional eyes.

Check out the complete list of Fight Night 74 results (with highlights) after the jump. 

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Ronda Rousey Announces on Good Morning America That She Will Be Fighting Holly Holm Next at UFC 195

For a while there, it seemed as if we were all but destined to see Ronda Rousey take on her arch-rival not named Cyborg for a third time following their respective wins over Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye, but today brings word of a fight many of us probably didn’t see coming.

During an appearance on Good Morning America earlier today, Rousey herself made the announcement that her next title defense won’t be against Miesha Tate, nor will it be against Cyborg, but against former pro boxer/kickboxer turned undefeated MMA fighter Holly Holm, at UFC 195. Or to put it another way: The lamb has passed through the gate. It has come to the killing floor. Its blind eyes see nothing of the horrors to come.

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Quote of the Day: Frank Mir “Is Not Happy” About Potentially “Derailing” Andrei Arlovski at UFC 191


(Derailing the hype train of a youngster once and for all, on the other hand…via Getty)

Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski have a lot in common. They’re both over six feet tall, they were both born in 1979, and they both recently used Antonio “Bifgoot” Silva as a stepping stone for their careers. (Ed note: Click here to celebrate that sweet burn with me.)

Less than a year ago, it looked like Mir all but destined to wind up alongside his former rival in the “forced retirement” line, and now, he’s looking at a potential title shot if he is victorious over Arlovski, whom himself just defeated a heavily-favored top 5 opponent in his last contest. The two veteran heavyweights will do battle at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 in just a couple weeks in a fight that has damn near everyone foaming at the mouth in anticipation. Everyone except Frank Mir, that is.

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Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory Is Back in the UFC and We Can Barely Contain Our Excitement


(McCrory channels Mark Hunt with a walk-off knockout of Brennan Ward at Bellator 123. Bonus points go to whoever decided on Jumanji drums as the background music.)

Following a six year absence from the octagon, Tamdan McCrory has returned, babayyy!!! All hail #TeamBarnCat!!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with McCrory’s story, it’s perhaps one of the best in recent memory. McCrory first entered the UFC back in 2007, where his unusual, “nerdy” look and 6′ 4″ frame immediately singled him out as a unique fighter in the promotion’s welterweight division. Of course, putting away a veteran of the game like Pete Spratt via triangle choke in his promotional debut was also a surefire way to get noticed.

McCrory would pick up wins over Luke Cummo and Ryan Madigan during his two-year UFC tenure, but losses to Akihiro Gono, Dustin Hazelett, and finally John Howard would see him released from the promotion in August of 2009. McCrory would not be seen nor heard from again for the next five years, which, according to his recent interview with MMAFighting, was never really a part of his plan:

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UFC Fight Night: Lawler v Brown

An Open Letter to Mixed Martial Artists About to Post Something Stupid on Social Media

DOOOOOOOOOOOOON'T. DOOOOOOOOOO. ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

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Yoel Romero vs. Jacare Souza Joins Already Stacked UFC 194 Card in December

Predictions, please.

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Strawweight Kinberly Novaes Reveals She Recently Won a Title While (Unknowingly) 12 Weeks Pregnant

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "a straight shot to the babymaker," doesn't it?

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Knockouts of the Day: Check Out This Pair of Off-the-Cage Superman Punches

As life often imitates art, it appears that fighters are actually starting to land the most popular punch in MMA movie history.

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Anderson Silva Suspended For One Year & Fined $380,000 Following the Greatest NSAC Hearing Ever

Clashing stories, Thai black market sex drugs, and Salt-n-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex" all highlighted an event so glorious that it actually made us regret not purchasing Fight Pass.

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And Now, In Actually “Earned” Title Shots: Donald Cerrone Faces Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 17

The UFC has rematch fever, babayyy!!

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Cain Velasquez Receives Immediate Rematch Against Fabricio Werdum, Because UFC Title Shots, Amiright?

One can only hope that this completely-necessary rematch takes place at 10 feet above sea-level or less

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CagePotato Ban: Any Further Discussion of Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather, At All

Our continued fascination over Rousey vs. Mayweather is short-sighted misogyny at its absolute worst, and it needs to stop once and for all.

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VIDEOS: Check Out the First Promos for ‘TUF 20-Something: Team Faber vs. Team McGregor’

Soooo.....how many of you are looking forward to watching the first 2 or 3 episodes of this season, then just kind of waning off?

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Here We Go Again: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor Set for December 12th in Las Vegas

Get hype, Tater Nation.

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Fight Night 73 Highlights/Results: Teixeira Submits OSP, Nunes Batters McMann, MMA Judges Screw Up Another One + More

A former title challenger finds himself back in the title picture...and he's already got his trash-talking game ON POINT.

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Gambler’s Gambit: ‘Fight Night 73: Teixeira vs. St. Preux’

TUF 9 alum Santino DeFranco gives us a rundown of where to place your money on this weekend's Fight Night 73 card.

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Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC 190

CP contributor Sam Stilson takes a look at what might be next for UFC 190's main card competitors.

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Dream-Casting the Upcoming Ronda Rousey Porn Parody, ‘Ronda ArouseMe’

Because the line between pornography and MMA has always been a thin one, we've decided to go ahead and play casting agent for this surefire AVN awards sweeper.

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UFC 189: Lawler v MacDonald

Lawler vs. Condit Official for UFC 193, Hendricks vs. Woodley a Go for UFC 192

VIOLENCE, WOO!!!!

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WTF?! Quote of the Day: Cat Zingano “Didn’t Expect” That Ronda Rousey Would “Go for Her Arm” at UFC 184

That's like fighting Cody McKenzie and not expecting the guillotine and/or getting a paper cut from the tags still hanging off his basketball shorts.

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Rousimar Palhares: Noted Asshole, Stripped of WSOF Welterweight Title & Suspended Indefinitely

Good riddance.

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Here Are Those Videos of Khabib Nurmagomedov and the Diaz Bros Brawling at WSOF 22

A shocking, shocking departure from the professionalism we've come to expect from the Diaz brothers.

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Rousimar Palhares: Still an Asshole (WSOF 22 Results)

"He's the world's biggest asshole-eyo-eyo-eyo-eyo..."

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The Internet’s Best Parodies of Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia (UFC 190 Results)

Ronda Rousey destroyed Bethe Correia at UFC 190. DESTROYED. And now, we react.

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