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The Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament: And the Winner Is…

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Hermes Franca Deported to Brazil After Serving Sentence for Sexual Abuse

Back in May 2011, UFC veteran Hermes Franca was arrested and charged with seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree, after allegedly molesting one of his own jiu-jitsu students, who was under the age of 14. After posting a vague letter on the UG in which he claimed that his party lifestyle had led him to “failing as a husband, a father, a dreamer,” Franca pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse, and was sentenced to 42 months in prison in January 2012.

After serving a little over two years of his sentence in Oregon, Franca was released from prison last month and immediately handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Though Franca had been a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. since 2007, an immigration judge ruled on March 19th that Franca should be removed from the country. On Tuesday, Franca was escorted back to Brazil on a commercial flight, accompanied by a federal official.

Franca’s original sentence included four-and-a-half years of post-prison supervision, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. Being expelled from America gets him off the hook for that stuff, but the good news is, his career is over, he’ll be treated as a social pariah for the rest of his life, and we’ll never have to look at his stupid goddamned hair again.

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MMA in the Wild: Josh McRoberts TKO’s LeBron James via Flying Elbow


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Near the end of last night’s NBA playoff game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Josh McRoberts hit LeBron James with a beautiful jumping elbow, sending James crashing to the court in apparent agony. In the NBA, that’s worthy of a flagrant foul. In the UFC, McRoberts would be pocketing $50,000 for Performance of the Night. The Heat hung on to victory, and are up 2-0 in their series against Charlotte.

Previously on SportsPotato…
- Power Play: Five MMA Techniques That Hockey Players Should Learn
- MMA/Wrestling Body Slams in Football Are So Hot Right Now
- Wild Badminton Brawl at the Canada Open
- Pedro Martinez vs. Don Zimmer, Obviously

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Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier Officially Booked as UFC 173 Co-Main Event in May


(Cormier opens a can of whoop ass on Phil Cumens…er…Paul Cummings…let’s just call him “Pete” at UFC 170. Photo via Getty.)

Although the fight was originally being targeted for UFC 175 on 4th of July weekend, Dana White broke the news on Sportscenter earlier today that the light heavyweight #1ish contender match between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson has officially been booked as the co-main event of UFC 173: Weidman vs. Belfort vs. Machida Barao vs. Dillashaw, which transpires on May 24th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight will serve as a quick turnaround for Henderson, who was getting his ass handed to him by Mauricio Rua at Fight Night 38 in March before scoring a miracle comeback KO via H-Bomb in the third round of their hotly-anticipated rematch. Cormier, on the other hand, barely broke a sweat in his last fight: a 79-second TKO over Pete Cumpins…Pat Culmings (damn it, so close!) at UFC 170.

Recovery advantage: Cormier. Age, speed, size, and strength advantage: Also Cormier. “You darn kids quit skateboarding on the sidewalks!” advantage: Hendo. Call me crazy, but I’m liking Hendo here.

The full UFC 173 lineup is after the jump.

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Old Man Liddell Thinks He Could Have KO’d Jon Jones in His Prime, And Doesn’t Like the Way Chael Sonnen Sells Fights


(“These damn kids with their sagging pants and exposed mid-riffs. Good luck getting a job, you punk!”)

Because this weekend’s UFC 172 title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira isn’t quite interesting enough to discuss, FOX Sports’s Marc Raimondi decided to ask Teixeira’s longtime training partner Chuck Liddell how he would have done against Jones, back when he was in his prime. Chuck’s answer is both eye-rollingly delusional and totally unsurprising:

Liddell loves Jones’ overall game, but is not at all impressed with his punching power. He thinks if the two would have fought in his prime, he would have knocked Jones out.

I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him,” Liddell told FOX Sports. “I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn’t have caught me with anything…I would have found a way to hit him,” Liddell said, “and I hit too hard.

The “walked through his punches” part is my favorite; it’s just so Leben-esque. There’s a lot more I can say here, but our own Matt Saccaro beat me to it:

Those are the only correct responses. If you believe otherwise, you’re stuck in a fanboy time-warp. And Chuck? Please don’t turn into Royce Gracie. We’re begging you.

Speaking of the Iceman crapping on current UFC stars, Liddell also took some time to diss Chael Sonnen’s self-promotion routine:

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Classic Fight: Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson Put On a Fight of the Year at UFC 165

Ahead of what could very well be his seventh title defense against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 this weekend, we still can’t seem to stop talking about Jon Jonessixth title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. It’s not without merit; the fight was an all-out war that earned Fight of the Year honors in 2013 and is sure to be listed among the greatest light heavyweight fights (not to mention title fights) of all time when the robots inevitably enslave humanity. While Jones’ grittiness and determination lead him to victory that night in September, it was Gustafsson’s dynamic performance that surprised and captivated most of us, especially considering how we had all but written him off in the weeks prior.

The fight remains the toughest test of Jones’ almost untouchable MMA career, and now, a Rocky montage-version of the fight has been made available on the UFC’s Youtube channel. Not only that, the promotion has introduced the fight as part of its Flashback! series, which includes “never-before-seen footage from state-of-the-art, specialty cameras, and exclusive new sound captured from all corners.”

Relive the epic fight above, then let us know how much you enjoyed watching “The Mauler” put them hot hands all over Jones’ forehead in the comments section.

-J. Jones

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Wednesday Links: MMA GIF of the Year Candidate, Gerald Harris Calls It Quits, Controversial Movie Posters + More


(GIF of the Year? GIF of the Year. Props: @MasatoToys)

Some must-see content from our bros around the blogosphere. Thanks for your support!

UFC/WSOF Veteran Gerald Harris Announces His Retirement (Facebook)

Wanderlei Silva Calls Chael Sonnen a ‘Racist,’ Says He ‘Doesn’t Deserve Our Respect’ (BloodyElbow)

After Recent Losses, Michael Bisping and Brad Tavares Campaign for UFC Fight (MMAJunkie)

UFC on Fox 11 Ratings Adjusted up to 2.5 Million Viewers (MMAPayout)

Jake Shields Responds to UFC Release, Dana White’s Criticism: ‘I Guess You Have to Justify It Somehow’ (MMAFighting)

UFC on FOX 11 Slo-Mo Phantom Cam Highlights (YouTube)

Which Action Star Would You Want to Back You in a Fight? (Ranker)

Classic Crush: 27 Photos of Nancy Cameron, ’70s Playboy Playmate (HolyTaco)

The 10 Most Controversial Movie Posters of All Time (DoubleViking)

Not My Best Day: Coachella Aftermath (PopHangover)

The 12 Coolest Subways in the World (HiConsumption)

Why Dragon Age 2 is Great and What Inquisition Can Learn From It (GameFront)

8 Surprising Facts About ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (Teen)

These 14 Celebrities Have Astonishing Historical Lookalikes (EveryJoe)

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The Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament: And the Winner Is…

Was there ever any doubt?

After four ferocious rounds of voting, we are pleased to announce that Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (PRIDE 21, 6/23/02) has earned the title of Greatest Fight in MMA History! Frye vs. Takayama whipped Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1 in the tournament finals, taking a full 68% of the vote. Along the way, the classic brawl beat out Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie 1, and Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 1 — not an easy path through the bracket, but Frye/Takayama made it look easy.

In honor of this momentous occasion, check out the Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama fight video above and the Don Frye quote-reel below. Thanks to everybody who voted, and if you have any ideas for future bracket features on CagePotato, let us know in the comments section!

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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

We haven't heard a trolling like that since the St. Pierre vs. Diaz conference call.

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

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.

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

If the UFC still exists in 15 years, watch out for this kid.

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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.

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

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.

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

Finally, some *actual* motivation to beat the champion of the only women's division in the UFC!

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

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.

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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]

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