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UFC 187 Aftermath: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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Bethe Correia Makes Suicide Joke About Ronda Rousey, Ironically Signing Her Own Death Warrant in the Process [UPDATED]


(via Fox Sports.)

When women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was just eight years old, she lost her father, Ron, to suicide. Ron had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder sometime earlier, and was given the grim prospect of spending what few remaining years he had left paralyzed and in constant need of assistance. Not wanting to become both an emotional and financial burden to his family, he chose to end his life with his memory intact.

Ron’s decision was one of the only forms of suicide that to even the most close-minded of us can empathize with, perhaps because of how selfless an act it is in cases like his. While discussing her father on Howard Stern, even Rousey herself stated that she completely understood his reasons for what he did and that, were the same circumstances were to befall her, she would arguably do the same thing.

But despite ultimately agreeing with her father’s decision, Rousey obviously remains sensitive to the subject of suicide to this day, which is what makes bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia‘s recent comments about her all the more unforgivable.

Details after the jump.

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TIL That Chris Weidman Almost Sh*t Himself Before His UFC 187 Title Fight


(“No, Floyd, I said *shitter*, not *hit her*. What were we even talking about, again?” via Weidman’s instagram)

If you’ve ever heard the story about how Chris Weidman wooed his wife, chances are that you took two things away from it: The middleweight champion is an incredibly honest and upfront person, almost to a fault, and he sometimes has to poo when he gets nervous.

Although he may not have appeared so heading into his title fight with Vitor Belfort last weekend (or while eating a hailstorm of Belfort’s punches), it turns out that UFC 187 was one such time that Weidman came down with a case of the butterflies. He was so nervous, in fact, that just moments before he was set to walkout, he came to the realization that he might become the first UFC fighter to sh*t himself in the octagon (well, second). Had Burt Watson been backstage doing his classic “We rollin!” pump-up routine, we can almost guarantee that the pressure would have gotten to him.

As Wediman told Ariel helwani on yesterday’s edition of The MMA Hour:

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UFC 187 Aftermath: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same


(Jeez, Cormier can barely hold his belt before every dude-bro in the club tries to get a piece of him. Photo via Getty.)

It’s damn near impossible to look back at the flat-out fantastic card that was UFC 187 without first examining the bizarre series of events that shaped it. A seemingly invincible champion inside the cage was undone by his own actions outside of it. A seemingly broken former title challenger was suddenly thrust back into the title picture. An injury-plagued champion shrouded in doubt was finally set to face a morally (and chemically) dubious challenger in a fight some two years in the making. UFC 187 was a card surrounded by so many questions and disappointments (NURMY!!!) going in that its results could have easily left fans as unsatisfied as they would have been had the it been cancelled outright.

Thankfully, UFC 187 quickly and distinctly answered all our questions in a night of brilliant violence.

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Gambling Addiction Enabler: ‘UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier’ Edition


(The UFC 187 open workout highlights, where Chris Weidman once again proves to be the most likeable human being ever. via MMAJunkie.)

By Dan George

This Saturday night, the UFC will be looking to rebound from a lackluster UFC 186 outing that was decimated  by a shocking drug testing failure, a judge changing his mind at the eleventh hour and an injury which forced the cancellation of the original main event. Thankfully, the UFC was able to roll it’s drugs, courts and cancellation issues into one fighter this time around, which allowed the stacked card to remain relatively intact.

Will Vitor Belfort roundhouse kick his way to becoming the new UFC middleweight champion? Will the winner of Johnson vs. Cormier be considered the true light heavyweight champion? How soon after the main event winner is announced will we see the predictable “I got next” tweet from Jon Jones that is immediately deleted?

The short answers to those questions: No, no, and 30 seconds. But join us anyway as we examine the UFC 187 betting lines (courtesy of 5dimes) and try to steer clear of the land mines known as the undercard while swinging for the fences on the main card.

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UFC 187: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(This seems like a good a time as any to remind you that this is a thing that exists.)

By Nasir Jabbar 

Nation, UFC 187 is approaching us, and what was once being touted as one of the greatest cards in Zuffa history is now simply “a very good one.” The card took some bumps and bruises — quite literally when original UFC 187 headliner Jon Jones broke a pregnant lady’s arm during his now infamous hit-and-run (too soon?) — but nonetheless, there’s still two title fights and a few important match-ups to determine the next line of challengers to look forward too.

So you know the drill, instead of the same ol’ recycled text recapping each fighter’s recent matches and predicting how they will win this weekend, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 187. Join me?

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[VIDEO] Wanderlei Silva Reacts to Judge Reversing Lifetime MMA Ban

It’s been awhile since Wanderlei Silva gave us a career update via a dimly-lit video recorded in a rape dungeon, and while many fans have all but completely forgotten about his existence in that time, the former PRIDE and UFC star has kept busy attempting to valiantly restore some credibility to his name. And today, it appears he may have actually made a little headway in that quest.

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Alexander Emelianenko Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault


(Looks like someone’s got their next tattoo appointment booked!) 

Perhaps it’s appropriate that last weekend’s Game of Thrones episode stirred up such a controversy for its disturbing ending, because today, MMA’s answer to Ramsay Bolton (discounting Joe Son, Hermes Franca, War Machine, etc.) has finally been brought to justice.

I’m talking about Alexander Emelianenko, of course, the beastly, abhorrent brother of Fedor who has been terrorizing Russia over the past few years with crimes including assault on a senior citizen, assault on a group of hecklers, theft, assault, hooliganism, assault, and also theft. Most recently, Emelianenko found himself facing sexual assault charges after allegedly drugging a 27-year old woman and “extorting her for sexual favors.” If convicted, Emelianenko was looking at a maximum of 6 years behind Russian bars, which is equivalent to approximately 28,000 years American.

According to RapsiNews, Emelianenko was convicted of sexual assault by a jury of his peers earlier this morning, and will now face 4 and a half years in prison.

Details after the jump. 

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VIDEOS: Kickstart Your Week With the Full ‘UFC 187 Countdown’ Special

Although it might not be the card it once was, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about the lineup of this weekend’s UFC 187 card. You’ve got Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier for the “undisputed but actually still quite disputable” light heavyweight title in the night’s main event, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort in an “Oh Thank God, they’re both finally healthy” middleweight title fight, and names like Cerrone, Arlovski, Dodson, and Thug Rose punctuating the rest of the card. I mean, it’s no Fight Night: Broomfield, but it’s still really something.

So in order to get us hyped up for this week’s action, the UFC has generously made their Countdown series for the event available online via their Youtube channel. You can check out a full preview of Cormier vs. Johnson above, then head after the jump to hear Belfort talk about the power of Jesus while Weidman challenges Matt Serra to a hoagie-off and fails miserably.

(Fair warning: I can not confirm with 100% certainty that either of those things happen in the Weidman-Belfort Countdown, but am simply taking an educated guess.)

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Friday Link Dump: NAC Overhauls Drug Program, TUF Vet Corey Hill Passes Away, Machida vs. Romero Booked (!!) + More


(The Fight Night Manila weigh-ins, via the UFC’s Youtube channel.)

Brandon Halsey Missed Weight, Stripped of Title, Fight With Grove Remains On (The UG)

Federal Trade Commission Re-Opens UFC Investigation, Contacting Promoters, Fighters and Managers (BloodyElbow)

Nevada Athletic Commission Massively Overhauls Drug Program, Topped by Lifetime Bans (MMAFighting)

UFC Veteran Corey Hill Dead at 36, Reports Manager (MMAJunkie)

New UFC Strawweight Michelle Waterson is Very, Very Flexible (Fox Sports)

Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero Set as Main Event for TUF: Brazil 4 Finale (Bleacher Report)

Honest Trailers – Pitch Perfect (Screen Junkies)

Video: Another Crazy Brawl Inside a Brooklyn McDonald’s (EveryJoe)

Padma Lakshmi is Hotter Than Hell’s Kitchen (40 Photos) (Radass)

The 22 Funniest Real Estate Agent Names Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

Mad Max: Fury Road – What a Lovely Day It Is (The Escapist)

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Fight Night Manila Is Tomorrow, So Let’s All Gawk at This Awesome New ‘UFC 189′ Trailer

While we all wait on bated breath for this weekend’s superfight-ish battle between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, the UFC would kindly like to remind us of another, even more hyped showdown on the horizon: That of Conor McGregor and Jose Also. It’s been awhile since the pair’s antics during the UFC World Media Tour captured our attention, and as such, the UFC released a brand spanking new trailer for UFC 198 earlier today — as if to say, “Hey, neither of these guys have gotten injured yet! And they still hate each other!!”

Like the True Detective teasers before it, each trailer for UFC 198 seems to be better than the last one, so check out the promo above and remember: If this fight gets cancelled, we riot.

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Hot Potato: Photos of the UFC’s New, Filipina Ring Girl, Red Dela Cruz

Let's hope that this Cruz is able to make it through a fight card without seriously injuring herself. HI-OH!

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

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

Despite its many, many failings, UFC 186 wasn't a half-bad display of mixed martial arts...for Bellator, or WSOF, of even a Fight Pass show.

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

A truly unbelievable turn of events for perhaps the greatest athlete to ever step foot in the octagon.

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"Bones" was arrested for "felony leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries" and was booked at 7:11 p.m Monday evening.

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

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

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

Demetrious Johnson remains the most flawless fighter in the UFC, yet somehow the most poorly marketed.

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Jon Jones Being Sought By Albuquerque Police for Role In Alleged Hit and Run [UPDATED]

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