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Video: Melvin Manhoef DESTROYS Doug Marshall at Bellator 125


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Melvin Manhoef‘s Bellator debut did not disappoint. The hard-swinging Dutchman flattened Doug Marshall in less than two minutes, knocking “The Rhino” ice-cold with a haymaker to the top of his dome. Watch the video of the nasty finish above, and get full Bellator 125 results right here.

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Thiago Silva Released From UFC Contract (Again) After Disturbing Videos Surface


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When it rains, it pours. The UFC has reconsidered its position on Thiago Silva, releasing the light-heavyweight from his contract following new videos released by his ex-wife Thaysa. Here’s the official statement from UFC.com:

Thiago Silva was released from his UFC contract on Feb. 7 due to his arrest by police in South Florida. The charges against Silva were dropped by the Broward County District Attorney’s office and Silva was re-signed to the UFC earlier this month. Based on new information received today in the form of video and audio evidence, Silva has been terminated from his UFC contract.

And yes, that’s the entire statement. So once again, we’ll fill in the blanks. Earlier today, Globo.com published a video provided by Thiago Silva’s ex-wife, which shows an agitated Silva carrying a gun and making paranoid accusations about Thaysa “hiding a guy up there.” BloodyElbow has a translation of the exchange, as well as another video that allegedly shows Silva under the influence of cocaine.

In other words: Embarrassing video evidence needed to go public before the UFC decided to do the right thing. Huh. Why does that sound familiar?

Thaysa also explained to Globo why she moved to Brazil and stopped cooperating with the aggravated assault/battery case against her ex-husband:

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UFC Suspends Anthony Johnson Following New Allegations of Domestic Abuse and Intimidation


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UFC light-heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson has been placed on an indefinite suspension, following new abuse allegations from the mother of his children. Here’s the vague, detail-free official statement via UFC.com:

We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary.

As with Nick Diaz’s DUI arrests, the UFC wants you to know that it’s aware of the situation, but the promotion no interest in informing fans what that situation is. BloodyElbow has the entire rundown on the new allegations against Johnson, but here’s the short version:

— Two years ago, Anthony Johnson allegedly punched the mother of two of his children in the face, knocking out two of her teeth. The incident took place at the victim’s place of employment, a supplement store. The victim claims she has security footage of the incident in her possession.

— The victim says that Johnson talked her out of pressing charges at the time. Since then, the victim has regularly received threatening calls and text messages, which she believes have been coming from Johnson’s friends.

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Bellator 125 Results: Manhoef Faceplants Marshall, Carvalho Upsets Rogers

Bellator 125 can be summed up in two words: MELVIN. MANHOEF.

The feared Dutch striker/laughable Dutch grappler made his return to the American MMA scene tonight in the main event of Bellator 125. He faced off against Bellator mainstay and respected striker Doug Marshall.

Other cool things about Bellator 125: Brian Rogers fought Rafael Carvalho. Touted (though slightly derailed) prospect Goiti Yamauchi was up against Martin Stapleton. There was also Javy Ayala fighting Raphael Butler in a heavyweight bout.

Check out the recaps:

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Friday Links: Todd Duffee Returns to the UFC, The Five Best Saitama Super Arena Fights, Filthy Tinder Pickup Lines + More


(Jon Jones vs. Les Grossman. Language verrrrrry NSFW.)

Todd Duffee to Return at UFC 181 (ESPN)

The Five Best MMA Fights at Saitama Super Arena in Japan (MMAJunkie)

Lee Mein Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Battery Charge (MMAFighting)

Nevada Athletic Commission to Address Daniel Cormier-Jon Jones Brawl at Sept. 23 Hearing (Sherdog)

Gratuitous Rose Namajunas Booty Shot From TUF 20 (gfycat)

A Lesson in Street MMA: Watch Out for the Bouncer With Jose Aldo Leg Kicks (MiddleEasy)

The 9 Filthiest Tinder Pick Up Lines Ever (PopHangover)

Cast Art So Amazing It Was Worth the Broken Bones (Radass)

Former SS Guard Charged With 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder (EveryJoe)

How Much is $2.5 Billion in Minecraft Terms? (EscapistMagazine)

MateFit Picks – A Fight, A Song, A Model (VFD Marketing)

Deadpool To Actually Become a Movie, Gets February 2016 Release Date (ScreenJunkies)

Everything You Need to Know About the Iggy Azalea Sex Tape (AskMen)

The 25 Best Thrillers and Suspense Movies of All Time (HiConsumption)

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On This Day in MMA History: The New Old Vitor Belfort TKO’s Rich Franklin at UFC 103

If not for the PED controversies that have plagued him since 2006, Vitor Belfort would be one of the most inspirational figures in MMA history. We’re talking about a fighter who picked himself up after each high-profile defeat and kept clawing his way forward, who started his career as a young destroyer at heavyweight, then reinvented himself as a light-heavyweight when that didn’t work out, then reinvented himself as a middleweight when that didn’t work out, then floated anywhere between 185 and 205 pounds depending on what the moment called for.

This December, after more than 18 years in the sport (!), the 37-year-old Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman in a middleweight title fight at UFC 181. The fight represents yet another career peak for Belfort, and will define his third stint in the UFC, which began five years ago today — September 19th, 2009 — when Belfort TKO’d Rich Franklin at UFC 103.

Heading into the fight, Belfort was enjoying the kind of momentum that had been rare in his career. Following his decision loss to Dan Henderson (and positive steroid test) at PRIDE 32, Belfort won a pair of fights under the Cage Rage banner — becoming the promotion’s light-heavyweight champion in the process — then dropped to middleweight and brutally KO’d Terry Martin and Matt Lindland in Affliction. Shortly after Affliction’s ugly demise, the UFC re-signed Belfort and booked him for a 195-pound catchweight fight against former middleweight champ Rich Franklin, who had gone back up to compete at light-heavyweight and 195 lbs. (aka “Franklinweight”) since his second loss to Anderson Silva. Fun fact from the UFC 103 wiki page:

It was announced on July 20, 2009 that Rich Franklin would headline UFC 103 against Dan Henderson. It was then announced on July 31, 2009 that fans were not happy with the announced headliner of Henderson-Franklin 2 so they changed the main event to feature Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort. “Fans didn’t like it, so we changed it,” White said.

I only vaguely remember this moment in UFC history where fan sentiment could actually influence which fights get made. Now, we pretty much have to eat what they give us.

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‘UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson’ Weigh-In Results and Videos — Hunt Makes Weight!


(Tate vs. Nakai and Hunt vs. Nelson — the only weigh-ins you really care about. Complete UFC Fight Night 52 weigh-in video is after the jump.)

Mark Hunt had us nervous yesterday, but he — and everyone else — successfully made weight earlier today for UFC Fight Night 52 in Saitama, Japan. Hunt hit the scales at 264 pounds, which means he cut a full twenty pounds in the 24 hours prior to weigh-ins. (Our sources tell us that he’s already rehydrated up to 385.)

Also, Rin Nakai walked to the scale in some sort of samurai-hooker costume, then stripped it off to reveal an American flag/Superman bikini top. I was hoping for something tentacle-related, but whaddya gonna do. Full “Hunt vs. Nelson” weigh-in results are below…

Main Card (Fight Pass, 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT)
Mark Hunt (264) vs. Roy Nelson (260)
Myles Jury (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (170) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
Miesha Tate (135) vs. Rin Nakai (135)
Kiichi Kunimoto (171) vs. Richard Walsh (171)
Kyoji Horiguchi (125) vs. Jon delos Reyes (125)

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass, 12:30 a.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. PT)
Alex Caceres (135) vs. Masanori Kanehara (135)
Katsunori Kikuno (146) vs. Sam Sicilia (145)
Hyun Gyu Lim (171) vs. Takenori Sato (169)
Michinori Tanaka (135) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (136)
Kazuki Tokudome (155) vs. Johnny Case (156)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Daniel Hooker (145)

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Report: Mark Hunt Still Has to Cut 19 Pounds Before Tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 52 Weigh-Ins


(“They said I was too fat to fight Roy Nelson. That’s when I knew I had a problem.” / Photo via Getty)

I don’t mean to alarm you, but we might have another “Renan Barao hitting his head while getting out of the tub“-type situation on our hands. An unnamed UFC source told Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole that UFC Fight Night 52 headliner Mark Hunt weighed 284 pounds today — a full 19 pounds above the heavyweight limit of 265. Weigh-ins are tomorrow at 4 p.m. Tokyo time. Holy crap.

Iole also mentions that Hunt “began his training camp at an astounding 340 pounds,” although that part of the Yahoo! article is linked to a dead page, so who even knows. Maybe Mark Hunt is trolling us. Maybe Kevin Iole is trolling us, which wouldn’t be the first time.

During his stint in the UFC, Hunt’s weight has floated between 261 pounds (before his UFC 135 decision win against Ben Rothwell in 2011) and 266 pounds (before his UFC on FUEL 8 TKO of Stefan Struve in 2013). Usually, being a heavyweight MMA fighter means you can only eat double-cheeseburgers on the day before weigh-ins, rather than your normal triple-cheeseburgers. A lot of cheat days on the schedule, is what I’m saying. But if Hunt was really coming down from 340, my God, that’s even worse than McCorkle. What happened, dude?

We’ll update you as we know more.

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TUF 20 Episode 2 Video Highlights: Calderwood vs. Kagan, Felice Herrig’s Blurred-Out Crotch + More

I decided not to do a “TUF Checklist” post for TUF 20 episode 2, because there were no absurd Dana White exaggerations, none of the women said “I’m not here to make friends” or made any scary proclamations, there were no misleading teases for future episodes, and honestly, the ladies didn’t really “bring it” during the fight. (#2-ranked Joanne Calderwood looked hesitant and flat in the first round, and still managed to beat #15-seed Emily Kagan in a two-round majority decision.) The updated TUF 20 bracket is here, if you’re interested.

Luckily, the Ultimate Fighter YouTube channel has posted clips of the relevant moments from last night’s episode, as well as some unaired footage. Notably absent: The scene where some of the Team Pettis fighters tell their coaches that they’re not happy with the stop-and-go vibe of the training. According to Randa Markos, that confrontation may have compelled Duke Roufus to leave the show.

The clips continue after the jump. If you have any thoughts on the episode — other than the obvious — please share ‘em.

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UFC Booking Alert: Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve, Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway Added to December Cards


(“Whoooo…whoooo…whoooo wrecked another one of my goddamned parlays?” / Photo via instagram.com/alistairovereem)

With three knockout losses in his last four fights, Alistair Overeem has become almost the biggest bust in UFC history. But he’ll get at least one more chance to salvage his career later this year, when he faces fellow Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13 (December 13th, Phoenix). UFC officials confirmed the booking yesterday.

Overeem was most recently spotted enjoying a private performance of Ben Rothwell’s celebratory jig, earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 50. Struve hasn’t competed since his jaw-breakin’ TKO loss to Mark Hunt back in March 2013. Since then, “Skyscraper” has been sidelined due to a heart condition. Struve was slated to face Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in July, but fainted backstage before his fight and was not allowed to compete.

UFC on FOX 13 will also feature a win-or-get-fired lightweight bout between Jamie Varner and Drew Dober, and will “more than likely” host a heavyweight match between ex-champion Junior Dos Santos and highly regarded contender Stipe Miocic; we’ll let you know when that one is finalized.

In other UFC booking news…

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UFC Berlin: Mousasi v Munoz - Match 9: C.B. Dollaway v Francis Carmont

And Now He’s Fired: Francis “Frankie Cars” Carmont Axed Following Three Straight Losses

The three strike rule doesn't apply to knockout artists, Frankie, so start training dem hands and we'll see you soon!

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After Being TKO’d by Fallon Fox, Tamikka Brents Says Transgender Fighters in MMA ‘Just Isn’t Fair’

"I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life...I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch."

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14 GIFs of Melvin Manhoef Being Awesome and/or Terrifying

In honor of Manhoef's Bellator debut this Friday, it's time to bear witness to one of the most ferocious fight-finishers and dancers in all of combat sports.

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And Now He’s Retired: Jorge Gurgel Calls It Quits After Horrific Accident Claims His Mother’s Life

“Everywhere we went (she said), ‘This is my son. The fighter I talked about. This is the fighter.’ She was just so proud."

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[VIDEO] Dana White Shows Off His Money Gun Filled With Heroin Bullets, Or Whatever, For Jetset Magazine

Today's lesson: If you are a rich white man, you can possess cocaine and heroin as long as it's "art."

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The 10 Greatest Finishing Moves in MMA: 2014 Edition

It’s been quite a while since we first penned our list of "The Ten Greatest Finishing Moves in MMA" and a lot has changed in the time since.

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Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai UFC Promo: ‘Fighting Queens’

"In order to make MMA really take off in Japan, I think a Japanese fighter needs to win. I think it's important that Rin Nakai wins."

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“Double-KO to the Nuts in a Christian Fight” Delivers Exactly What It Promises

Short version: The guy in red trunks knees the balls of the guy in black trunks, who lands an uppercut (!) to the junk of the guy in red trunks at the same time, and then they pray about it.

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VIDEO: Randy Couture’s Seductive Foxtrot on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture made his ballroom debut last night on Dancing With the Stars Season 19, and completely BEASTED it.

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Video: Comedian Russell Peters Says the UFC ‘Will Play Itself Out’ Due to Oversaturation

"They've got a lot of cards on, but you don't know what you're watching. Am I watching an old fight, a rerun? Is this UFC, is this TUF, is this Fight Night?"

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Xyience Sold to Big Red, Will No Longer Be an Official UFC Sponsor

Short version: Criminal launches energy-drink brand, UFC brass wrenches it away from him through nefarious means and eventually sells it to a soft drink company.

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TUF 20 Debut Pulls In 536k Viewers For Worst Premiere Ratings in Show’s History

But...this one was actually GOOD!

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Broken Limbs Were So Hot This Weekend [GIFs]

Cruz's leg-break is at least the fourth time this has happened in the last nine months. Drink your milk, people.

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Oscar Bait: ‘Brokeback Mounch’, Starring Renato Laranja and Josh Barnett [VIDEO]

The sexual tension is unbearable.

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The UFC Is Making the Same Mistakes The NFL Has Made Regarding Domestic Violence

A culture of denial in regard to athletes and domestic violence is exactly what created the scandal that the NFL is currently facing, and it's hardly unreasonable to worry that the UFC's similar approach will lead to an equally tragic result.

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Christy Mack Discusses Her Condition and Posts Photos of Her Healing Face

There's rarely any "good" news when discussing domestic violence. There's only varying shades of terrible.

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VIDEO: Andrei Arlovski Knocks Out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 51

Andrei Arlovski floored Antonio Silva with a right hand, dropped some of the nastiest hammerfists in MMA history on Bigfoot's poor noggin, then did a little shimmy-shake.

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UFC Fight Night 51 Results: Andrei Arlovski KOs Bigfoot Silva

You might not have noticed since all the other MMA sites were reporting about Floyd Mayweather Jr. tonight, but the UFC had an event on Fight Pass...

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Bellator 124 GIFs: Emanuel Newton’s Spinning Backfist, Liam McGeary’s Inverted Triangle

This is the second spinning backfist KO that Newton has scored in Bellator; he caught King Mo with the same strike last February.

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Video: Amir Kahn, MMA Fighter With Tourette’s Syndrome, Scores TKO Win in Pro Debut at ONE FC 20

What's interesting to me is how Khan doesn't display his tic whenever he's storming on Chee with strikes.

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