Reason #1001 Not to Rob *Anyone* in Brazil: If they aren’t ready to lay you out with a 2×4, chances are they know Jiu-Jitsu.
It seems like fairly obvious advice, but it’s something I bet Wesley Sousa de Araujo (aka the desperate sumbitch in the video above) wish had known before he and a friend attempted to steal strawweight fighter Monique Bastos‘ phone on her way to Jiu-Jitsu class Tuesday night.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
(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.
Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira, UFC Fight Night 74
August 23rd, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson, UFC 191
September 5th, in Las Vegas, Nevada Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir, UFC 191
September 5th, in Las Vegas, Nevada Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa, UFC 191
September 5th, in Las Vegas, Nevada Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz, Bellator 142
September 19th, in San Jose, California Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett, UFC Fight Night 75
September 27th, in Saitama, Japan Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 192
October 3rd, in Houston, Texas Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader, UFC 192
October 3rd, in Houston, Texas Johnny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley, UFC 192
October 3rd, in Houston, Texas Joseph Benavidez vs. Ali Bagautinov, UFC 192
October 3rd, in Houston, Texas Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier, UFC Fight Night 76
October 24th, in Dublin, Ireland Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell, UFC Fight Night 76
October 24th, in Dublin, Ireland Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson, UFC Fight Night 77
November 7th, in São Paulo, Brazil Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit, UFC 193
November 15th, in Melbourne, Australia Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum, UFC Fight Night 78
November 21st, in Monterrey, Mexico Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga, UFC Fight Night 78
November 21st, in Monterrey, Mexico Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez, UFC Fight Night 78
November 21st, in Monterrey, Mexico Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, UFC 194
December 12th, in Las Vegas, Nevada Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold, UFC 194
December 12th, in Las Vegas, Nevada Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC on FOX 17
December 19th, in Orlando, Florida