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CP After Dark: One-Time UFC Vet Homer Moore Arrested For Role in 1999 Drug-Related Murder


(Moore’s mugshot via the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

So this is pretty f*cked up.

If you happen to be a hardcore MMA fan with a near-perfect memory dating back roughly a dozen years, you might remember Homer “Rock” Moore from his lone appearance at UFC 34: High Voltage, which resulted in a second round loss via armbar to Evan Tanner. No? Well, perhaps you might remember Moore from his notable scraps with such UFC veterans as Chael Sonnen, Dan Severn, Jeremy Horn, and Joe Riggs among others. Ringing any bells?

If you still are coming up short in regards to Mr. Moore, fret not, for you’ll surely remember his name after you read this. Earlier today, Moore was arrested in connection with a particularly brutal murder of a 19-year-old man in Tempe, Arizona that took place back in 1999. According to AZ Central, Moore was allegedly one of several men who helped lure Karam Hussein Jabbar into a townhouse as part of a drug deal, only to suffocate Jabbar and stuff him into the trunk of a car that they then abandoned in a grocery store parking lot. Some fifteen years later, police were finally able to gather enough evidence to arrest him:

The case began in August 1999 when Jabbar, a 19-year-old retail salesman from Scottsdale, was found in the trunk of a vehicle with his hands and feet bound and a bag over his head in the parking lot of a grocery store in Mesa.

According to police, Jabbar was set up by Moore.

Moore and Jabbar met through a mutual acquaintance, and Jabbar was going to take marijuana to Moore and a group of others. But Moore and the others planned to rob Jabbar, he said. The group took Jabbar to a townhouse in Tempe, where the murder took place.

Police found the body after complaints of a smell coming from the abandoned vehicle were reported.

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Ranking All Nine Fights on the Bellator PPV Card, By My Interest Level

By Seth Falvo

To surprisingly little reaction this weekend, Bellator announced that the lineup for Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler 3 — also known as the promotion’s first pay-per-view event — has been set. (Bellator 120 goes down Saturday, May 17th, at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.) Don’t worry, Bellator has clearly learned from their whole “plan a pay-per-view around two old guys and some fading UFC castoffs” phase. But are there enough intriguing, quality fights on this lineup to justify paying for a Bellator event? Let’s look over the fight card and determine for ourselves.

All nine of the fights for Bellator 120 — four Spike preliminaries, five main card contests — have been ranked solely by my interest in watching them. If you disagree, feel free to write some terrible things about me in the comments section. I look forward to ignoring them.

(Main Card) Lightweight Championship Bout: Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Michael Chandler

I don’t think either fighter is even capable of a boring match, much less a boring match against each other. I could type paragraph after paragraph on how their first two encounters resulted in two of the greatest fights in our sport’s history, and how…oh why am I even trying to pretend that I’m not going to insert an Al Bundy GIF and move along to the next fight:

(Preliminary Card) Lightweight Tournament Final: Marcin Held vs. Patricky Pitbull

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Must-See: ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans Discusses His Top 5 Fight Scenes Ever


(Props: David Chen via FilmDrunk)

Gareth Evans is the badass Welsh writer/director behind The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, two of the most insane, over-the-top, and entertaining action flicks released in the last decade. In this clip, Evans discusses his five favorite movie fight scenes, which have all influenced his work in one way or another. Short version: Evans loves him some Jackie Chan, and the mall battle from Police Story (skip to 7:05-10:53 in the video) might be Jackie’s masterpiece. Plus, the Roddy Piper vs. Keith David alley-fight scene from They Live makes an appearance, because how could it not?

Even if you haven’t seen The Raid movies, it’s fascinating to hear Evans break down these scenes from a filmmaker’s perspective. Check it out.

Previously: The 10 Greatest Fight Movies of All Time

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Phil Davis Trolled the Sh*t Out of Jon Jones During Yesterday’s UFC 172 Conference Call


(Via MMA H.E.A.T.)

We don’t normally listen to pre-event conference calls for a multitude of reasons, the most obvious being that we are only allowed to participate in them when using a fake name/publication (mine being Chip Chessworth of FistFighter.com). That these calls are typically chock-full of the same softball “sports journalism” questions and answers we’ve heard a thousand times over (and sound as if they were recorded on a potato) only solidifies our stance, but yesterday’s UFC 172 conference call proved to be a rare exception to the rule we established earlier in this sentence.

Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis, and Anthony Johnson were on hand to answer questions ahead of their respective showdowns this weekend. Roughly five minutes into the call, the conversation shifted to the possibility of Jones moving up to heavyweight for a fight with Cain Velasquez as he had previously hinted at. When Jones stated that he was no longer interested in the fight because he had plenty of challenges left in his actual weight class, Davis used the opportunity to needle the shit out of the champion to hilarious effect.

We’ve cued you up to the first exchange above, but join us after the jump for the full transcription (via Bleacher Report) because like we said, shit was recorded on a potato.

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Hot Potato: 12 Photos of Whitney Conner, Fitness Model and MMA Ring Girl


(DAT SMILE. Full gallery is after the jump.)

Props to QuestionableStoppage.com for introducing us to Whitney Conner, an NPC Bikini competitor and fitness model who made her ring girl debut at Titans Cage 7 earlier this month. Whitney has been featured in Fitness Gurls Magazine and Glam Fit Magazine, she’s modeled for HSN and Telemundo, and she’s as strong as she is foxy. Check out a few of our favorite Whitney Conner photos in the gallery below, and get to know her better on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Meet Ramadan Ondash, The Five-Year-Old Muay Thai Juggernaut Who Could Whip Your Ass

This morning, I saw a video clip of a nasty 40-pounder doing padwork with an intensity I can only dream of, and I had to find out who that little beast was. Turns out, he’s a five-year-old from Lebanon named Ramadan Ondash, who was trained by his older brother Ahmad Ondash, a Muay Thai coach. And that’s pretty much all I could find out. But if the UFC still exists in 15 years, watch out for this kid.

After the jump: Two more videos of Ramadan Ondash in action from last year — when he was four — including some gnarly ground-and-pound in the second clip.

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On This Day in MMA History: Gabriel Gonzaga Cro-Cops Mirko Cro Cop at ‘UFC 70: Nations Collide’


(To this day, we still cannot watch this knockout without mourning what could have been.)

Heading into his UFC debut against Eddie Sanchez at UFC 67, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was already considered by many to be the far and away best striker in the UFC’s heavyweight division, if not in all of MMA. His left high kick had become the thing of legend thanks to his devastating wins over Aleksander Emelianenko, Igor Vovchanchyn and Wanderlei Silva in PRIDE, to the point that it kinda-sorta became our slogan. And after he defeated Sanchez via a first round TKO set into motion by that very same kick, we figured it was only a matter of time before we saw “Mirko Cro Cop: UFC Heavyweight Champion” pasted on every UFC poster imaginable.

But as they so often do, the MMA Gods threw a wrench into our (and Mirko’s) plans at UFC 70: Nations Collide on April 21st, 2007 — seven years ago today. In a heavyweight title eliminator match that served as the evening’s main event, the Croatian special forces officer was paired against Gabriel Gonzaga, a Cro magnon-looking Brazilian who had scored three consecutive finishes (two TKO, one sub) in his first three UFC contests. Cro Cop was listed as over a 5-to-1 favorite across the board.

Any notion that the fight would be an easy win for Mirko was erased in the first round, however, as Gonzaga managed to take Filipovic down on multiple occasions and batter him with vicious elbows from on top for the majority of five minutes.

And then, it happened.

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Must-See: This Female Slugfest From KCFA 10 Is So Bad It’s Good


(Props: KCFightingAlliance via MiddleEasy)

I don’t know if this is a sexist statement to make or whatever, but the great thing about amateur women’s MMA is that the fighters never, ever block punches. Sometimes, that can be really sad. But when the fighters are both awful evenly matched, it can be magical.

On Saturday night, amateur MMA fighter Jade Chun (the girl in the pink top) competed at Kansas City Fighting Alliance 10 against Taeler Jackson, and what Jade lacked in basic understanding of the striking arts, she made up for in heart, determination, and straight-up balls. For the first 20 seconds, the fight just looks like any other slugfest between two rookies with nothing to lose. Then, Jade’s like, “Screw it, I’m just going to throw standing hammerfists for the rest of the fight and see what happens.” She also starts using what I can only describe as “the imaginary shield defense.” It is glorious.

Eventually, Chun gets her lip split wide open by the marginally more competent punches coming from Jackson. Chun spits her own blood — angry, like Bruce Lee — and applies more and more pressure, and fires uglier and uglier punch-like-thingys, until Jackson is KO’d in a heap against the fence. The fight is a true underdog story, played out in less than five minutes. It’s probably the worst thing you’ll see today, but in a weird way, it might be the most inspiring. We are all Jade Chun, just plugging away, trying our best to succeed despite our total lack of ability. Sometimes tough is enough.

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Ronda Rousey Calls Cris Cyborg an “It,” Receives $5,000 Bounty on Her Head


(“Come at me, brahs.” Photo via Getty.)

With a fight lined up against savvy veteran Alexis Davis in May and a seemingly inevitable showdown with Gina Carano on the horizon, one would think that Ronda Rousey has plenty on her plate to keep her distracted from her never-ending war of words with Cris Cyborg. Then again, if we’ve learned one thing about Ms. Rousey over the years, it’s that the only thing she loves more than breaking people’s arms is talking shit about people whose arms she has yet to break (ex. Kardashian, K. and Caraway, B.). Women be talkin’, amiright fellas?

So perhaps it makes sense that, during an interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, Rousey only briefly touched on the fights she actually has lined up before once again unleashing a barrage of insults at the former Strikeforce featherweight champion like the classy, grown-up professional that she is:

I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision. But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.

While an “it” isn’t exactly the worst burn Rousey has ever thrown Cyborg’s way, the insult was enough to earn the ire of MMA apparel brand Americana, who threw down the following gauntlet on Twitter last night…

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UFC on FOX 11 Fight Video Highlights: Werdum vs. Browne, Cerrone vs. Barboza + More


(Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne highlights. All vids via YouTube.com/FOXSports)


(Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza highlights)

In case you missed it on Saturday night, here are some video highlights from the UFC on FOX 11 main card, featuring Fabricio Werdum’s unexpected standup-thrashing of Travis Browne, and Donald Cerrone’s comeback submission victory over Edson Barboza. A couple of important notes…

- Cerrone picked up a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his win over Barboza; Cowboy has now bonus’d in three consecutive fights. All the other UFC on FOX 11 bonuses went to prelim fighters. Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski won Fight of the Night for their three-rounder which Alves won by unanimous decision, and Performance of the Night #2 went to UFC newcomer Alex White — who was previously involved in the ugliest late-stoppage in MMA history — for his first-round TKO of Estevan Payan.

- At the post-event press conference, Dana White mentioned that Travis Browne suffered a broken hand and possibly broken rib during his fight against Werdum, and Browne’s wrestling coach Ricky Lundell released an x-ray of Hapa’s broken hand after the fight. For some reason, the official UFC on FOX 11 medical suspensions list mentions a broken nose for Browne but not a broken hand. Whatever. The point is, he got pretty messed up.

After the jump: Highlights from Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche and Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares. Plus, Dana White (mostly) praises Werdum’s performance in the main event while burying Browne for gassing out early, and Shaquille O’Neal eats a napkin for some reason.

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Is It Time to Admit MMA Will Never Become a Mainstream Success?

MMA needs stars to rekindle the world's interest, but those at the top are only content to provide three letters—U, F, and C.

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UFC on FOX 11: Werdum Batters Browne, Will Meet Velasquez in Mexico

Live results from the FOX card will be right here starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Come on in.

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Random News Alert: Rich Franklin In Talks to Become ONE FC Vice President

Here's the latest in headlines you'd never expect: Former UFC champ Rich Franklin is apparently in talks with ONE FC to become its vice president.

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Martial Arts Fail of the Week: This Makes Point Fighting Look Like Frye-Takayama

Remember last week's Martial Arts Fail--the one with the worst karate demo known to man? This week, we have a follow-up to that video in the form of a sparring match between two black belts from what appears to be the same school.

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Bellator 117 Results: Lima Batters Hawn’s Leg to Become Bellator Welterweight Champion

Bellator crowned a new welterweight champion at Bellator 117, and also determined who'd fight in the finals of the season 10 lightweight tournament. In case you missed the fisticuffs, here's our recap.

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Friday Link Dump: Fighters Who Hung On Too Long, The Haters’ Guide to UFC on FOX 11, Embarrassing Ankle-Breaker Gifs + More

(Today’s UFC on FOX 11: Browne vs. Werdum weigh-ins via the UFC’s Youtube channel)

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[VIDEO] Marlon Wayans Fantasizes About Ronda Rousey on Conan, Continues to Be Unfunny

It featured the kind of jokes you'd expect from the guy who honestly thought "White Chicks" was a funny enough premise to run with for 90 minutes.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Confirms That He Was the Kid in That Russian Bear-Wrestling Video

"Yes, I was. It was a secret video and I do not know how that got on the internet."

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MMA’s Catch-22 Drug Trap: Why So Many Fighters Fall Into Addiction

A retired pro fighter shares his own theories on the connection between MMA competition and drug abuse — and they're pretty depressing.

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The Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament: Vote Now in the Finals!

Which fight deserves to call itself the All-Time Greatest — Henderson vs. Rua 1 or Frye vs. Takayama? Vote now, and come back on Wednesday when we reveal the winner!

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Jake Shields Signs With World Series of Fi-Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The WSOF isn't just taking the UFC's leftovers — they're constructing a bizarre alternate reality in which we've all warped back to the year 2007 or something.

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Rousey vs. Mayweather: The MMA vs. Boxing Debate Finally Hits Rock-Bottom

We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

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So Here’s That Absolutely Brutal KO From Last Night’s TUF 19 Premiere [VIDEO]

This season of The Ultimate Fighter is off to a promising start. Maybe get excited for it?

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Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Was Postponed Because of Silva’s Injuries During ‘TUF Brazil’ Brawl

“He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured. He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f—ing coaching a show."

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VIDEO: Highlights From Tim Kennedy’s Win Over Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale

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The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy — Liveblogging the Fights You Actually Care About

Round-by-round results for the fights you're actually interested in: Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani, Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke, and Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping.

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21 Times the UFC Proved They Cared More About Entertainment Than Sport

The UFC is not a sports organization. They're an entertainment company that dabbles in athletic competition. Here's the proof...

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Hot Potato: 13 More Photos of Kyra Gracie, Smokin’ Hot Grappling Champ and Future MMA Fighter

Not much has changed since we last saw Kyra Gracie; she's still training, she's still insanely attractive, and most importantly, she's still taking off her clothes for any lucky bastard with a camera and a dream.

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Either Jon Jones’s Phone Was Stolen, Or He Went Full Homophobe on Instagram Last Night

Jones went through Javid's photos and left comments such as "Fag shit," Fag boys," and "Homosexuality is a sin." Jones then posted a selfie as if nothing out-of-the-ordinary had happened.

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And Now He’s Retiredish: Former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown Says He “Won’t Fight Again”

Thanks for the memories, Mike.

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