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UFC on FOX 12 Results: Lawler Decisions Brown, Johnson Blasts Lil Nog ...

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And Now They’re Fired: Pat Healy, TUF 16 Winner Colton Smith, + More


(You just keep your surfer boy hand gestures away from my daughter, pothead! Photo via Getty.)

Ever since being screwed out of his UFC 159 win over Jim Miller (and the $130,000 in bonuses that came with it) due to a positive marijuana test (a.k.a some old bullshit), Pat Healy has seen some rough times. He’s dropped his past four contests to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Bobby Green, Jorge Masvidal, and Gleison Tibau, and while none of those were exactly gimme fights, Healy’s stock in the lightweight division has plummeted nonetheless. Unfortunately, today brings news that “Bam Bam” has been released from the UFC in light of his four-fight skid.

The losing streak seems all the more surprising given Healy’s previous run under the Strikeforce banner, which saw him score five straight wins and earn a title shot against Gil Melendez (that was eventually cancelled when the latter went down with an injury). Tough luck, kid. Here’s hoping Healy can rebound in a big way when the WSOF inevitably scoops him up.

In somewhat less surprising pink slip news, TUF 16 winner Colton Smith has been fired following his lightning quick submission loss to the Wikipedia-less Carlos Diego Ferreira at Fight Night 44 last month. Since defeating Mike Ricci to win the TUF 16 trophy back in December of 2012, Smith has dropped three straight to Robert Whittaker, Michael Chiesa, and Ferreira, all by stoppage. His most recent loss dropped his professional record to 3-4, or 6-4 if you’re the promotion attempting to make their reality show winners look like above-average fighters.

In other firing news…

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Feel-Good Video of the Day: MMA Fighter/Gas Station Clerk Destroys Robbers With Soccer Kicks


Badass Store Clerk Who Saved His Coworker Is Actually A Champion MMA Fighter

Videos of would-be robbers getting their asses kicked by MMA fighters at gas stations are nothing new around here. But of all the “mma fighter foils robbery” videos in the “gas station” sub-category, this new one from Houston might be our favorite, and it’s for one simple reason: PRIDE rules.

When a truck full of marauders sets upon a Fuel Depot employee returning from a bank run, the victim’s co-worker — Sri Lankan MMA champ Mayura Dissanayake — springs into action, and scores two immediate knockdowns with a brutal head kick and a barrage of punches. Momentum has shifted, and things only get worse for the robbers from there.

As the bad guys scramble to get back into the getaway SUV, Dissanayake lands a hook on a hapless crook named Odell Mathis, who falls to the concrete. As Mathis’s ride pulls away, Dissanayake lands four clean soccer-kicks to his dome, starts to walk off, then changes his mind and kicks Mathis in the face two more times. Street justice has been served, homey.

“I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor,” Dissanayake said. “Until he stopped moving, ’cause I wasn’t sure if he had a knife or a gun, so I wanted him to stop moving.”

Serious question: Is this just a viral ad for the long-delayed season of TUF India? Because you have to assume that Mayura Dissanayake would be the front-runner at this point.

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Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 Re-Booked for UFC 179, October 25th in Rio


(“Damn it, Chad. I told you the dress code was business casual.” / Photo via Getty)

Nearly three years after their first meeting, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes will get another chance to settle the age-old debate: “Who’s the real pussy?” UFC president Dana White confirmed Saturday night that their “postponed” featherweight title fight has been re-scheduled to headline UFC 179, October 25th in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

If you’ll recall, Aldo and Mendes were set for a rematch at UFC 176 in Los Angeles this coming weekend, but Aldo suffered a cervical spine injury in training, which led to the euthanization of that event. Now, Mendes has to face Aldo in Rio again — the same town where Aldo KO’d him in front of a very supportive crowd at UFC 142 back in January 2012. Kind of a bummer for Mendes.

No other fights for UFC 179 have been confirmed yet. The pay-per-view event will be held at the 12,000+ capacity Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, not the larger HSBC Arena, where the UFC’s four previous Rio PPVs were held. It’s unclear whether the Kings of Leon had anything to do with the venue change, although it should be mentioned that Aldo vs. Mendes 1 reportedly had the smallest paid attendance for an HSBC show (10,605).

We’ll keep you posted as the card fills up.

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Dana White on Gina Carano: “It’s Complicated”


(Gina Carano prepares for a showdown with Ronda Rousey by developing the Rouseybuster Armor MK II. / Photo via Getty)

And no, Dana White is not talking about a Facebook relationship status. He’s referring to Zuffa’s current contract negotiations with Gina Carano, the former “Face of Women’s MMA.”

Not too long ago, White triumphantly announced that the UFC would sign Carano and book her in a fight against UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. As the old saying goes, be wary of Dana White bearing promises. This boast, like almost every other thing Dana White has ever said since this fateful interview, turned out to be bullshit.

It turns out signing the fighter-turned-actress is harder than Uncle Dana anticipated.

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Robbie Lawler Earns $210,000 for Beating Matt Brown as UFC on FOX 12 Payroll Nears $1 Million


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Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown put on a show at UFC on FOX 12. It wasn’t the 5-star epic poem many were expecting, but it was still a fun, entertaining fight that made spending a night in front of the TV worth it.

But was it worth it for the fighters?

Heading into the card, media pundits discussed the potential paydays for the card’s fighters. They noted four fighters could earn six figures. Friend of CagePotato Trent Reinsmith summed up our thoughts on the issue:

Three fighters earned six figures. And only five fighters made fewer than $10,000 (this excludes “of the night” bonuses and the mythical locker room bonuses as well).

Lawler earned $210,000, the highest pay of the night. Matt Brown received $46,000.

Anthony Johnson made the easiest $106,000 of his life in a 44-second drubbing of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who took home $114,000 to act as a human punching bag–not bad!

Jorge Masvidal, too, made a pretty penny. He received $84,000 in his victory over Daron Cruickshank.

Here are the figures for the entire card (all via MMAJunkie):

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UFC on FOX 12 Results: Lawler Decisions Brown, Johnson Blasts Lil Nog (Hopefully Into Retirement)


(So you mean to tell me that Matt Brown missed weight, Anthony Johnson made weight, and Lil’ Nog actually showed up? No. Impossible. / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting)

The UFC is in San Jose tonight with a free fight card that can only be described as “legit man [expletive].” UFC on FOX 12 kicks off at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and BG will be sticking round-by-round results after the jump; refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest.

On the lineup: A welterweight demolition derby between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown that will likely produce the next welterweight title challenger, the continuing saga of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at light-heavyweight, Clay Guida bouncing around the cage against fellow featherweight Dennis Bermudez, and this frickin’ guy.

Shoot your own thoughts in the comments section, or fling them at us on twitter. And as always, thanks for coming.

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Bellator 122 Results: Koreshkov Batters McDonough, Halsey Submits Cooper, Parisyan Obliterates Baroni

Bellator’s first event under Scott Coker’s reign is over. Andrey Koreshkov blasted Adam McDonough en  route to a unanimous decision victory and Brandon Halsey dominated Brett Cooper with a first round submission win.

The event was one of Bellator’s better ones. We’ve recapped the entire card for you (and threw in some GIFs–which are all courtesy of Zombie Prophet/Fansided):

The Bellator 122 prelims were packed with action. Saad Awad pulled off one of the best TKOs from the bottom in recent memory against Joe Duarte. After getting blasted with a right hand, Awad crumbled to the mat. However, Duarte got over aggressive and Awad snagged him in a triangle. The ref called the fight about a billion elbows to Duarte’s temple later. Check out the GIF.

Other significant prelim happenings: The unheralded Fernando Gonzalez upset Bellator mainstay Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision. Gonzalez was simply quicker and better conditioned. One has to wonder about Amoussou’s future in Bellator.

Bellator put a light heavyweight tournament semifinal on the prelims. Kelly Anundson took on Luiz Philipe Lins, but the fight didn’t last long. Lins collapsed to the canvas a few minutes into the first round with a knee injury. Anundson was therefore awarded with a TKO victory.

More prelim action: Wrestling standout Bubba Jenkins steamrolled over Poppies Martinez, taking him down and scoring a TKO via ground and pound (GIF) in the first frame.

Get the rundown of the main card–plus the precious GIFs–after the jump.

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UFC on FOX 12 Weigh-In Results: Matt Brown Misses Weight, Avoids Punishment Because of ‘Miscommunication’


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UFC on FOX 12 weigh-ins went down earlier today in San Jose, and no, they did not proceed without incident. Most notably, Matt Brown came in way heavy on his first attempt, tipping the scales at 172.5 pounds for his welterweight headliner against Robbie Lawler. Usually, a fighter in his position would grit his teeth and go back to the sauna for an hour. But due to a weird miscommunication, that didn’t happen. FOX Sports’s Marc Raimondi has the report:

[After missing weight], Brown was advised by a commission doctor that he should not continue to cut weight. By rule, a fighter has another hour to try to make weight. Brown thought the doctor was telling him he would not be allowed to weigh in again, according to CSAC executive officer Andy Foster.

“There’s a difference between advisement from a doctor and a directive by a doctor,” Foster told FOX Sports.

When a fighter misses weight in California, he or she must forfeit 20 percent of his or her purse, 10 percent to the commission and 10 percent to the opponent. After a discussion between the UFC and commission officials, the CSAC decided not to fine Brown.

“We were just looking after his health and safety, but I was going to let him on [the scale again],” Foster said. “I was going to give him his time. Chalk it up to miscommunication.”

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Henry Cejudo Signs With the UFC, Will Meet Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177


(Henry Cejudo wrestles a crazed MMA fan. / Photo via Getty)

Well, Potato Nation, it appears we may have been…wrong.

Emphasis on may have been.

A few months ago, we called Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo the biggest bust in MMA history. At the time, there was plenty of evidence to support it–specifically his apparent lack of focus (and sanity) as far as MMA was concerned. Then there was his involvement with a cult of weird, new age, self-help loons.

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Before You Leave the Office Today, Watch Matt Brown Knock Out Mike Pyle in 29 Seconds [VIDEO]


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Related: Matt Brown and Erick Silva brawl til’ they fall, and Robbie Lawler kicks Bobby Voelker’s damn head off

The fights are tomorrow, dudes. Come back to CagePotato.com at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT for our liveblog of the UFC on FOX 12 main card. Have a great weekend!

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Friday Links: Matt Brown Drops an R-Bomb (?), Vitor Belfort Goes Hard on Instagram, The Rock Smacks Down Bullies + More

Some must-see highlights from our bros around the blogosphere.

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Jeff ‘Karmaatemycat’ Watts Scored a First-Round Submission at Cage Titans 19, And We Finally Have a Video to Show You

The fight itself starts at the 5:57 mark, and Jeff comes out in three-point troll stance, daring Barrett to enter his world. Barrett gets so flustered that he slips to the mat trying to uppercut Jeff in the face.

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Video: This One-Punch Walk-Off Slow-Motion Falling-Tree Street-Fight Easy-Listening Knockout Is FAAAAABULOUS!!

Yeah, that's a lot of adjectives for a fight that lasts two seconds. But hey, watch the video yourself and see if we're lying to you.

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Nick Diaz Re-Signs With UFC (!), Anderson Silva Fight Possible for February 2015 (!!!)

"I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff," Diaz said Thursday afternoon. "It's been a good experience having this much time off."

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Paulo Thiago vs. Joe Riggs Booked for UFC Fight Night 51 — Yes, *That* Joe Riggs. Seriously.

Maybe they signed Joe Riggs to bring Nick Diaz out of retirement?

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#ThrowbackThursday: 25 Rare and Classic UFC Photos From the ’90s

When men were men, knuckles were bare, and wearing a singlet in the cage was totally acceptable.

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Watch This ‘Black Fedor’ Daniel Cormier Highlight Video and Get Excited

With Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier now booked as the UFC 178 main event, one question remains: Are you ready to come to daddy?

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Alexander Gustafsson Suffers Knee Injury, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Set for New UFC 178 Main Event

The UFC confirmed the bad news this evening, but luckily the promotion has a replacement already loaded up — and it's the fight that Jones wanted all along.

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Chael Sonnen: Future NSAC Advisor, and Other Lowlights From Today’s NSAC Hearing

Sweet justice!!!

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Vitor Belfort Breezes Through NSAC Licensing Hearing, Will Face Chris Weidman at UFC 181 in Las Vegas

In retrospect, we should have known better to expect the Nevada State Athletic Commission to crack down on Vitor Belfort. Too much money was on the line.

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BTW, The Guy With the Coolest Nickname in MMA is Returning to Competition at Bellator 123

BARN CAT! BARN CAT! BARN CAT!

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Today in Trolling: Josh Thomson Says Larger Fighters Are ‘One Dimensional’, ‘Not Mixed Martial Artists’

"They're not as good as the 55-pounders and below. They're just not. To me that's just a fact."

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Barnburner Alert: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier a Go for UFC 178

Will Poirier be able to halt the rise of Conor McGregor, or is he destined for the Irishman's highlight reel?

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Fitness Motivation: 21 Photos of Sexy Women Holding Dumbbells

This week's batch of fitness motivation photos focuses on the humble dumbbell — the training equipment of choice for sexy ladies staring pensively off into the distance.

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Update: Khabib Nurmagomedov Out Until January 2015 With Torn Meniscus

We wanted to pass along a quick update on Khabib Nurmagomedov, who made history on Friday by pulling out of a fight against Donald Cerrone just 20 minutes after he agreed to it. (Beat that, Lil' Nog!)

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Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez *Tentatively* Booked for UFC 181 on December 6th (Tentatively.)

Let us have just this one, TUF coaches curse...

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Video: Leonard Garcia Drops Legacy FC Title in Submission Loss to Damon Jackson; ‘Bad Boy Era’ Comes to an Abrupt End

Jackson increases his undefeated record to 9-0, with all wins via stoppage within the first two rounds. So maybe we should keep an eye on this guy.

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Help Wanted: What Was Your Worst Experience at an MMA Gym?

Were you suckered into training poison-hand techniques at a McDojo? Did you catch a gnarly staph infection from unwashed mats? Did a friendly sparring session with Hector Lombard leave you with a debilitating injury? Were you slapped around for selling steroids out of the locker room? (Hey, it happens.)

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Our Prediction…Pain: Bellator Signs Melvin Manhoef (!) and Re-Signs Paul Daley

I pray for the poor locals who get matched up against these guys for their big debuts.

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Quote of the Day: Tim Kennedy Goes Nuclear on Vitor Belfort’s (Alleged) Drug Use, Says Belfort Won’t Be Able to Compete Clean

"I don't care if he's like, drinking Jesus' blood like he says he is or whatever, it doesn't work that way. Like, he's been using steroids for like 15 or 20 years, and he still is using them."

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