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Serious Question: Will the UFC Exist in 50 Years?

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Croatian Boxer Knocks Out Referee, Is Dragged Out of the Ring by His Feet


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Things got a little out of hand yesterday at the European Youth Boxing Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, when a disgruntled Croat boxer named Vido Loncar went superheel and punched out a referee following his match against Algirdas Baniulis of Lithuania. (See also: Yvel, Gilbert.) After dropping the ref with a savage right straight, Loncor continued to fire down shots from above. Meanwhile, Baniulis scampers out of the ring like a frightened cat. Eventually, about a dozen guys bum-rush the ring, and Loncor is dragged out by his heels. The ending of Nightmare on Elm Street comes to mind. Crazy.

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Report: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Rashad Evans Likely for January UFC Event in Stockholm


(“So Alex, how do you plan to face the unique strategic challenges that Rashad will pres…uh…dude, don’t freak, but there’s a big-ass ebola virus like 30 feet behind you.” / Photo via Getty
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As first reported by MMAMania, the UFC is working on a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Rashad Evans, that would headline a FOX event in in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 24th, 2015. Mania credited the info to “a source with knowledge of the situation,” and the bout has not been officially confirmed yet.

Following his TKO of Jimi Manuwa in March, Gustafsson claimed that he wouldn’t take another fight until he got a rematch with Jon Jones, who had outpointed “The Mauler” during their title bout last September. A self-imposed hiatus is a high-risk strategy in the UFC, and we’re kind of glad to see him reconsider. As for Evans, the one-time UFC light-heavyweight champion is coming off back-to-back wins against Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, but hasn’t competed at all in 2014 due to the knee injury he sustained in February.

Essentially, it’s a fight that would clinch another title shot for Gustafsson if he wins, but wouldn’t necessarily do the same thing for Evans. Your predictions, please.

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Read War Machine’s Suicide Note, Left at Jail Cell Hanging Attempt


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As you may have heard, the MMA fighter known as War Machine attempted suicide last Tuesday night at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, where he is being held on dozens of charges related to assaults on ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. According to TMZ’s initial report, War Machine was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell with a piece of linen tied around his neck, and is currently on suicide watch. A suicide note was recovered from the cell, and somehow, TMZ got its hands on that, too.

You can see the scanned three-page letter right here, or read our transcription below. Short version: War Machine quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, professes his undying love for Christy Mack, says goodbye to his family and friends, and laments that he just wasn’t made for these times.

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“To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” -Nietzsche-

If you are reading this then it must be a rap. I refuse to live a parasitic life, relying on taxes and the generosity of friends for food and shelter, while never being able to give back. I always used to say, “You gotta know when the gig is up.” I had a good run. I experienced more in my short life than 5 avg. men combined.

To: Christy, my one: I truly love you and planned on being with you forever. I know that I had many flaws and that I wasn’t the best BF at times. [Ed. note: Dude.] When I left you in May it didn’t take me long to realize my mistake. I loved you more than freedom.

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Falling Tree Knockout of the Day: Damacio Page Annihilates Brian Hall at Legacy FC 36


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Friday night at Legacy FC 36, bantamweight veteran Damacio Page knocked out Brian Hall about as ferociously as one person can knock out another person. Less than two minutes into the bout, Page landed a sledgehammer overhand right that put Hall into falling tree mode. It was one of those super creepy knockouts where Hall was totally unconscious, but his eyes remained open (aka, “The Living Death”). Page is now 4-0 under the Legacy banner, with all four wins by stoppage.

Expect to see this knockout on some end-of-year lists, although this is still the 2014 KOTY frontrunner in my book.

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Serious Question: Will the UFC Exist in 50 Years?


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By Mike Fagan

A few weeks ago, I posed a question to Twitter: “What are the odds the UFC doesn’t exist in 50 years?” I figured most people would call me crazy for even asking the question, since human beings underestimate the likelihood of unlikely events. Yet, the responses I got — responses from people whose opinions I respect — swung hard the other way:

“Really really high.”

“Absolutely gone within 50 years.”

“50 years? 99 percent.”

“[W]ould guess better than 50% chance it doesn’t exist in 50 years.”

“I’d say zero chance in 50 years.”

Of the ten or so people to respond, none gave the UFC better than a 50/50 shot of existing in 50 years. Now, that seems low to me, but it speaks to the nonzero probability that the UFC may cease to exist between now and 2064.

The UFC seems to be in total control. They’ve bested all their serious competitors. Their TV deal with Fox/Fox Sports has cemented them in the mainstream, albeit a NASCAR-esque niche of that mainstream. They have a virtual monopoly on the top fighters in the sport. So what could bring them down? Let’s speculate!

THE IMPENDING APOCALYPSE! This one’s cheating, but let’s just use it as a catch-all for natural disasters, acts of God(s), and mutually assured destruction. We also shouldn’t discount the possibility of aliens returning for Georges St-Pierre. In short, there may not be a place for MMA because there may not be a place for human beings on this planet.

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! Ted Turner bought Jim Crockett Promotions in November 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling. Within six years, Monday Nitro, WCW’s flagship TV show, began drawing better ratings than the then-named World Wrestling Federation’s Monday Night Raw. WCW ultimately failed in its attempt to usurp the WWF, and Turner was forced to sell the promotion in 2001.

It’s not a perfect analogy — the WWF of 1990 did not have the same sort of stranglehold on talent as current-day UFC (or WWE for that matter). The perfect time to enter the market would have been in the vacuum of Pride’s absence, and the UFC has already weathered storms that Affliction and Strikeforce posed.

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And Now He’s “Semi-Retired”: Martin Kampmann’s Indecisive Retirement Speech

Remember Martin Kampmann, Potato Chips (that’s what we call our fans now).

Seeing as he hasn’t fought in over a year, we kind of almost forgot he existed.

If you’re struggling to remember, Kampmann hasn’t fought since a 2013 TKO loss to Carlos Condit. Before that, he was knocked out by Johny Hendricks at UFC 154 in 2012.

Despite the inactivity and two-fight losing streak, Kampmann isn’t done (yet). He told MMA Fighting the following…

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Cringe-worthy Interview of the Day: CBS Interviews Arianny Celeste

Have you ever felt you were destined to be far more than just a model? More than just a pretty face gracing the covers of magazines?

Well Arianny Celeste did!

That’s why a local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas interviewed the ring card girl (which is like 20,000 steps above “model” on the hierarchy). Perhaps the worst/best part of the interview is the first 30-40 seconds where the host gives Arianny the most laughable, over-the-top introduction of all time. Here’s a transcript:

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The ‘Pogo Stick of Doom’ Is The Only Bellator 129 GIF Worth Watching


(“The Pogo Stick of DOOM” / via Zombie Prophet)

Bellator 129 was really terrible — easily the worst event they’ve put on in a long time. We kind of knew it’d be atrocious when we saw there were more catchweight bouts than non catchweight bouts.

So, in true CagePotato fashion, we cut out the bullshit and are telling you only what you need to know.

What happened at the event?

A whole lot of nothing, really. If you’re interested, get the complete results after the jump.

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Friday Links: GSP Cleared to Train Again, Medieval Knight MMA, Brandon Vera Books First Post-UFC Fight + More


(The exact moment when Kenny Florian met the love of his life, Clark Gilmer. Crazy. Props to Karyn Bryant/MMA HEAT)

Georges St-Pierre Medically Cleared to Resume Training (UFC.com)

Report: Fabricio Werdum Nearly Poisoned to Death in Mexico During UFC 180 Training Camp (MMAMania)

Today’s Lesson From M-1: Always Bring a Knight to an MMA Fight (MiddleEasy)

Miesha Tate Has A Few Words Of Advice For You — So Pay Attention (AskMen)

Justin Bieber Is Now Being Trained to Box by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (BleacherReport)

Brandon Vera Makes One FC Debut Against Igor Subora at ‘Warrior’s Way’ on Dec. 5 (Sherdog)

Must-See GIF: Giant Swing, Leg Lock, Flair Flop Celebration (gfycat)

Gallery: Star Wars Episode VII Leaked Concept Art (ScreenJunkies)

Smoke On This: Afroman Remixes “Because I Got High” For Marijuana Reform (PopHangover)

The 50 Worst Photos Ever Taken by Professional Photographers (WorldwideInterweb)

Manly Man Impaled by Frozen Paintball, Doesn’t Flinch (EveryJoe)

NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery – Day 4 (Gamefront)

Who You Are…According to Your Fridge (Radass)

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Why Georges St-Pierre Should Stay Retired — For Everyone’s Sake


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By Trent Reinsmith

Earlier this week, a report surfaced out of Montreal that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was spotted in a restaurant with UFC president Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. At this point, no one is saying what the meeting was about. Maybe it was just one rich dude and two wealthy dudes sitting down for a lunch of Venison Haunch and Saucisson or Suckling Pig Rack and Flank (offered on the restaurant’s lunch menu at $36 and $42 respectively), or maybe it was a meeting to gauge St-Pierre’s interest in a return to the Octagon.

My sincere hope, for both the UFC and St-Pierre is that it was the former, not the latter. However, if the conversation was about a St-Pierre return to the UFC, I would advise both sides to stop right now because it will not help either in the long run.

Let’s start with why St-Pierre — in the immortal words of Burgess Meredith as Mickey in Rocky — should, “Down, down, stay down.”

When St-Pierre decided to step away from the UFC after defeating Johny Hendricks in November 2013 he was one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. Well, at least until the moment that he told Joe Rogan he was stepping away from the sport for a bit. Once UFC president Dana White heard those words, White went into full meltdown mode.

In the post-fight press conference, White said of St-Pierre, “You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company, and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again, unless you’re gonna retire…There’s no ‘Hey listen I’m gonna go on a cruise and be gone for two years.’”

It was an impassioned speech; too bad none of it happened to be true. St-Pierre, a man that made the UFC millions of dollars didn’t (and doesn’t) owe anyone anything. White’s public reaction to his cash cow walking away was ugly, nasty and served as a reminder of how quickly he is willing to throw a fighter under the bus, even if that fighter is recognized as one of the greatest combatants ever to set foot in the Octagon.

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And Now He’s Fired: TUF 14 Alum Steven Siler Given the Boot Following Three-Fight Skid

"I wanna thank the @UFC @danawhite @seanshelby for everything, I will be back in the UFC I'm not done yet."

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MMA GIFs of the Day: Two Brutal Soccer Kick Knockouts From ONE FC 21

There's only one good reason to watch ONE FC events — the chance to see a knockout that would be totally illegal on this side of the Pacific.

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Bellator 129 Weigh-Ins Were a Friggin’ Disaster; Event Will Now Feature a 168-Pound Women’s Bout

You know you're dealing with a high-level MMA event when seven of the 11 bouts on the card are catchweights.

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Chris Weidman Saves 92-Year Old Neighbor’s Life, Seems Pretty Chill About It [UPDATED]

Move over Good Guy Dos Santos, there's a newer, *gooder* samaritan in town.

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War Machine Now Looking to Make a Plea Deal to Avoid Life in Prison [UPDATED]

Despite War Machine's insistence that he was defending himself against an ambush and Christy Mack and Corey Thomas "got what they deserved," the UFC/Bellator veteran is now hoping to make a plea deal to avoid being buried by the 30+ charges he faces stemming from the alleged savage beating of his girlfriend in August and previous incidents of domestic violence.

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UFC 169: Barao v Faber

Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera, Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon Booked for December UFC Cards

I'm not exactly sure how Faber vs. Rivera makes sense, but the opportunity to watch Faber strangle somebody is the kind of gift that you don't question.

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Hot Potato: 22 Photos of MMA Ring Girl Brittany Rhea

Brittany Rhea is a 20-year-old model and ring girl from Mississippi who has held round cards for Bellator and Attitude MMA, among many other gigs.

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You Knew This Was Coming: Mike Goldberg’s NFL Lowlight Reel [VIDEO]

Hey, at least Goldie didn't call anyone "Watt Miman."

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Highlight Reel of the Day: Worst Fouls in MMA, Part 2

Featuring: Jon Jones poking everybody in the eye, Wanderlei Silva giving and receiving nut-shots, Michael Bisping being a dick as usual, Mike Kyle fighting really dirty, Bob Schrijber's execution-style axe-kick to the back of Daijiro Matsui's head, and Bobby Green's history of violence against groin-protectors.

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Mike Goldberg, NFL Announcer: One and Done

Aaaand it is allll overrr!!!!

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VIDEO: Anderson Silva Discusses His UFC Comeback at Press Conference in Brazil

The UFC hosted a press conference earlier today in Rio de Janeiro, in which former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his coaches answered questions about the Spider's return to fighting.

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Christy Mack Posts Surgery Update Photos, Is Predictably Slut-Shamed By the UG

MMARoasted would be so proud.

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UFC Fight Night: Lauzon v Chiesa

Why Eliminating Fight Night Bonuses Could Benefit All UFC Fighters

These bonuses are a nice little perk that the UFC hands out. However, much like that fuzzy block of cheese in the back of the refrigerator, they may have reached their expiration date.

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Chan Sung Jung Enters Mandatory Military Service, Will Not Return to Action for Two Years

The Walking Dead premieres, The Korean Zombie disappears. Coincidence? PROBABLY.

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Blatant Troll Job of the Day: Floyd Mayweather “Looks Forward” to Putting on His First MMA Show

You hear that, broke fighters and MMA agents? Floyd Mayweather will treat you fairly, because Floyd Mayweather is a kind, compassionate human being (exceptions: former employees, security guards, the mother of his children).

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The Top Ten Times Dana White Buried His Own Fighters

So, the champion of your premiere division is selfish, disgusting, might not be a “real” champion, and most of the fanbase doesn't like him, nor should they in your view, and you expect people to watch him why?

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SportsPotato: Ben Flower Scores Savage KO Via Punches During Rugby League Match, Is Ejected

I don't pretend to understand the rules of rugby league, but I do know this — you are generally not allowed to punch an unconscious opponent in the face.

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Falling Tree Head Kick Knockout of the Day: Female Fighter Gets Starched at ‘Say Uncle Fight Night 2′

Clearly, Audin was expecting a body kick, as her hands were nowhere near her face when she ate Macedo's foot.

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Here’s What a UFC Magic the Gathering Set Looks Like

You didn't hear about Dana White's latest announcement: An MMA-related Magic the Gathering set?

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WSOF 14 Results and GIF Highlights: Shields Submits Ford, Rama Blasts Mehmen

WSOF 14: "Shields vs. Ford" took place this past Saturday night from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and we've got the full results complete with GIF highlights for your Sunday morning MMA fix. Check it out after the jump.

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