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Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort, Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano Confirmed for UFC 184 on Feb. 28th


(Surprisingly decent photoshop job via the MMAJunkie forums)

As confirmed earlier today by UFC president Dana White, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort will indeed headline UFC 184, February 28th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The date and location for the middleweight title fight has been rumored since last week, and Belfort let the cat out of the bag this afternoon.

White also announced that Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano will now serve as the co-main event for UFC 184. The bantamweight title bout was originally slated as the co-main event for UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier on January 3rd, but has been bumped back nearly two months for undisclosed reasons. Instead, the lightweight scrap between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury has been confirmed as the UFC 182 co-main event.

UFC 184 will be the third time that a Ronda Rousey fight has supported a Chris Weidman main event on pay-per-view — following UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 in December 2013 and UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida in July. It’s been a winning strategy so far, and we don’t expect that to change in February.

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Report: Paulo Filho Shot During a House Party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

It appears that continuously-depressing saga of Paulo Filho has taken yet another turn for the worse. Filho, who most recently made headlines after withdrawing from his Fatality Arena 7 main event due to a seizure that he later revealed to be a last minute anxiety attack resulting from antidepressant withdrawal, has been shot in the leg during a “confusion” while at a house party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil over the weekend. Psicoticos has the scoop (translated via Google):

The former Pride champion, Paulo Filho was shot after confusion in a party of electronic music in Joah neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro. In the account given by one of the security guards of the event who asked not to be identified, [FIlho], after causing confusion in the event and being restrained by security guards, assaulted a girl who was at the party and was shot by her father [in the] leg. [Filho] had broken his femur and was rescued and taken to hospital in the region, according to reports.

There does seem to be a little confusion stemming from whether it was a man or woman that Filho assaulted before being shot, but we will update you on this story as information is made available. In the meantime, here’s a photo of a baby having his mind blown by a giant pizza, because I simply refuse to end this day on such a sour note.

-J. Jones

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Power-Ranking Michael Bisping’s Grudge Matches, By Level of Anger

For Michael Bisping, every match is a grudge match. The TUF 3 winner never met a fellow fighter he couldn’t take the piss out of in his 21-fight (!) UFC career, and to be totally honest, I’m kind of starting to love the dude for it.

Truly the silver-tongued, tea-sipping Diaz brother is his highness Count Bisping, who has found himself in yet another war of words with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold heading into their Fight Night 55 headliner on November 7th. Ben Fowlkes attempted to get to the bottom of Bisping’s seemingly endless dickishness in an interview published on MMAJunkie yesterday, and according to the Brit, pre-fight trash simply serves as his way of keeping the constant eat-train-sleep schedule from growing stale. According to Rockhold, however, Bisping is just “a prick that most people don’t like.” A regular Felix Unger and Oscar Madison these two are, I tells ya!

But as heated as Bisping vs. Rockhold has been thus far (see their “Counterpunch” segment above, their rooftop staredown, etc.), it doesn’t hold a candle to Bisping’s verbal sparring matches with Hollywood Henderson and that Bully Beatdown host guy whose life he destroyed. So it is through rage-filled, bloodshot eyes that we take a look back at Bisping’s most heated rivalries and rank them on a scale of Berk to Arselicking Plonker.

#9 — Charles McCarthy 

So the saying goes, “Opinions are like assholes, and Michael Bisping is one opinionated asshole.” He’s also a guy who was never shy on confidence, which Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy took issue with heading into their fight back at UFC 83. Oddly enough, it was actually McCarthy who attacked Bisping first through the media, telling CBS Sports:

(He’s) real arrogant, and, you know — not much else, really. He’s gonna get choked out April 19.

I have very little regard for that guy. I can’t wait to go in there and get my arm around his neck. It’s going to be a cool experience. I hope to put him to sleep before he decides to tap.

Bisping was quick to respond via his blog, The Countdown, with the following shot at McCarthy’s self-hyped BJJ credentials:

Next week’s Countdown will be filed after I’ve come face-to-face with the reigning BJJ uber-master of the galaxy. If anyone wants me to ask him for an autograph for you, please e-mail me, but keep your requests down to six per person.

Whaddya think of that one, Kelso?

When it came time to put words aside, Bisping was simply too much for his fellow TUF alum, overwhelming McCarthy with a barrage of knees (that in fact broke McCarthy’s arm) and forcing a stoppage inside of the first round. It was Bisping’s first true grudge match in the UFC, and one that would set the precedent for years to come.

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Fitness for the CagePotato: Nate Moore’s Five Tips for Getting Into Fighting Shape


(Photo via CombatCircuit.com)

If you’re like us, you spend each morning staring at your lovehandles in the mirror and crying. But life doesn’t have to be this way. We recently got in touch with Nate Moore — the Strikeforce veteran and founder of the Combat Circuit conditioning system — and begged him for some fitness advice. Nate gave us a fantastic overview of his MMA-inspired fitness philosophy, which you can read below. Follow Nate on Twitter and YouTube, learn more about Combat Circuit program here, and stay tuned for more good advice from Nate in the near future…

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1. Start slow for safety, good technique, and maximum results.

Here’s what you think: I’ll never be Cain Velasquez if I don’t train my nuts off every day, twice a day, balls to the wall, punching through pain and gaining mental toughness and grit. Cain never takes a day off, and he never once threw a punch at half intensity. I have a lot of catching up to do, so I need to be at full intensity, all the time.

Here’s reality: You’ll never be Cain, but if you go balls to the wall right off the bat, you’ll learn bad technique, develop imbalances, and your overworked areas will eventually experience burnout and injury. It’s easy to mess up your body and your MMA technique when you go too fast and too hard. The biggest mistake people make when learning a new technique is that they try to do it as fast as they can before they learn how the movement is performed and before they know how it should feel. They continue to practice crappy technique, thinking they need to do it harder and faster to make it work.

What to do: Try to be calm and relaxed when you train, especially when you begin a new movement. Start every exercise, new technique, workout, and training camp slowly. Gradually ramp up your intensity and effort, until you find a good balance between relaxation and activation. Try to enjoy the slower, less intense pace, without trying too hard or flexing too hard or losing control, so you can learn what correct technique feels like.

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For the Ladies: Sexyama Gets Naked for ‘Super Akiyama’


(The full photo violates our “no bare asses on the homepage” policy. Check out the whole thing after the jump.)

Let’s get one thing straight: Posting Yoshihiro Akiyama nude photos is absolutely a ploy to generate search traffic. But even hetero dudes can’t resist the allure of the MMA fighter/model/singer known worldwide as SEXYAMA.

We found this tasteful nude photo of Akiyama on reddit/MMA, and after some research, we learned that it came from the book Super Akiyama by Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee, which was published way back in 2011. Check out the photo below, along with one more shot from the book with Akiyama’s junk censored out. It will be your new desktop wallpaper image, probably.

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Freak Show Alert: Gabi Garcia to Make MMA Debut Against Bantamweight Megumi Yabushita


(Okay, so here’s my movie idea: A washed-up UFC heavyweight tries to make his way back into the big leagues by posing as a woman. Everything goes according to plan until he falls in love with a tough-talking ring girl played by Jennifer Lawrence. Working title: ‘Holy Crap, Gabi Garcia Is Enormous.’)

In what might be the first legitimate David vs. Goliath match in women’s MMA history*, nine-time jiu-jitsu world champion Gabi Garcia will make her MMA debut in an open-weight bout against bantamweight journeywoman Megumi Yabushita. The fight will take place at Real 1 (December 23rd at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum), which will be put on by Chinese promotion Real Fight Championship.

Garcia, who walks around well above 200 pounds, told Tatame that she plans to show up to the fight around 205. No matter what number she hits on the scale, she will dwarf Yabushita, a veteran Japanese jobber with a 19-22 record, who has lost to the likes of Rin Nakai, Sarah Kaufman, Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa, and Marloes Coenen. Yabushita is on a six-fight losing streak, hasn’t competed in 18 months, and hasn’t won a fight since April 2010. Basically, Gabi Garcia vs. Megumi Yabushita is the female equivalent of Bob Sapp vs Bobby Ologun.

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Knockout of the Day: Fake Glove-Tapper Is Immediately Gut-Shot KO’d [VIDEO]


(Props: Trevor Fuller via reddit/MMA)

This fight happened back in March, at a “Norway vs. England” East Coast Fight Factory event in Norfolk, but we’ve never seen it until today. English bantamweight Jay Webb (white trunks) comes out with his arm extended like he wants to tap gloves, but decides to pull a real C.S.F.P.A. move and throw a leg kick instead. The ruse is not appreciated by his Norwegian opponent Christoffer Darre, who immediately responds by nailing Webb with a right cross to the body. Webb crumples to the mat and Darre slugs him until the ref jumps in. The whole thing lasts just four seconds, but man is it sweet.

Previously:
- Knockout of the Week: Justice Is Served for Glove-Tap Faker
- Knockout of the Day: Justice is Served to Another Fake Glove-Tapper

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Highlight Reel of the Day: Duane “Bang” Ludwig Is Here to Throw Down, Y’all

While Duane “Bang” Ludwig experienced something of a career revival during his stint as Team Alpha Male’s striking coach, he is a name that never really left the tongues of MMA fans with a true appreciation for the striking elements of the sport. Consistently and rightfully praised by Joe Rogan as being one of the most elite strikers to ever enter the UFC, Ludwig holds both the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history and the honor of being the only K-1 World MAX champion to compete under the Zuffa banner.

Although Ludwig has since departed from Alpha Male to start his own gym in Colorado, his impact could be seen in not only TJ Dillashaw‘s improbable and plain brilliant upset of Renan Barao at UFC 173, but in Chad Mendes‘ gritty performance against Jose Aldo last weekend. Ludwig is a tactician, a Bas Rutten disciple, and an absolute dynamo when it comes to the art of exploiting an opponent’s weaknesses — look no further than his wins over Jens Pulver, Genki Sudo, and more recently, Amir Sadollah for proof of how incredible Ludwig could look when he was in the zone.

So to honor Ludwig’s illustrious career (and because there’s not much else going on out there today), I present you with this stupid awesome Duane “Bang” Ludwig highlight reel, which I randomly stumbled upon last night. It’s cool, you can thank me later.

-J. Jones

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Six Scientific Reasons Why MMA Events Are a Great Place to Pick Up Women


(“Oh my God, did that guy with the neckbeard just yell ‘Kick his ass, Sea Bass?’ TAKE US NOW, STUD.” / Photo via InsideFitness)

By Dr. SexyTime

Attending a live Mixed Martial Arts event can be a total sausage-fest, both inside and outside the cage. Demographic analysis of the UFC’s fan base is overwhelmingly male, so attending a live MMA event will probably have a worse gender ratio than the engineering department at a tech college. But trends over the last decade indicate female viewership of combat sports is increasing, and with the new addition of women’s divisions in the UFC, there is still plenty of room and reason for growth in the female audience. Still, finding a group of single women on fight night can be hard, as these aren’t exactly the types of events that attract bachelorette parties. But let’s say you do…what then? Here are a few reasons why you might actually have a chance, and what you should do about it.

1. Unnatural Selection

First, if you do happen to meet some single ladies, or at least a group that includes them, you’ve already won a small victory. It takes a pretty cool girl to decide to brave an MMA event, knowing full well she’ll see drunken, out of shape idiots wearing shirts that are way too tight (or worse, no shirt at all and body paint) who act they should be cornering the fighters. But when you hit the hotel bar the weekend of the event, you’ve already got something in common with everyone else there. “Wait, you’re attending the UFC fights tomorrow? So are we! Where are you seated?” By the time you arrive at your seats, if you’re lucky enough to be neighbors with women, you already have a ton in common. And these women are a cut above the rest if they are choosing to spend a valuable Saturday watching cage fights. Their risk-aversion isn’t quite as strong as all the women out there who didn’t consider coming for one second. The UFC has filtered a select group from the larger population, and these few, these gutsy few, are exactly the kind of women you can talk to out of the blue and maybe actually hit it off with.

2. The Biologically Confusing Thrill of Victory

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Great Job, Nevada!: Robert Drysdale Finally Handed Down Suspension For Failed Drug Test at TUF 19 Finale


(“You have brought great shame upon your chest hair on this day, Mr. Drysdale.” — Brian Ebersole. Photo via MMAJunkie)

When we last checked in with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s crack team of regulators, we learned that they had yet to drug test middleweight contender/former TRT user/former steroid cheat Vitor Belfort since relicensing him on July 23rd. That NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell had promised to test Belfort “until the day he retired” before immediately shirking the responsibility to the California State Athletic Commission probably should have come as a big surprise to us. Yet it did not.

And for our second installment of “Great Job, Nevada!”, we return to July, which was apparently a pretty busy month for the NSAC. Aside from the whole Vitor Belfort re-licensing issue, they had to deal with Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale, who tested positive for drostanolone and elevated testosterone, respectively, at UFC 175 and the TUF 19 Finale (respectfully). While Casey was hit with a $5,600 fine and a year-long suspension almost immediately, Drysdale’s case was pushed back for whatever reason, despite the the fact that it had been his second-such failed test in less than two fights under the UFC banner.

In any case, the word has been handed down and it looks like Drysdale is destined to become one of those “what could’ve been”-type fighters…

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Hot Potato: 16 Photos (And Then Some) of XFC X-Girl Alessandra Batista

Alessandra Batista is a Brazilian model and dancer who performs ring girl duties as an XFC X-Girl. Check out some of the best Alessandra Batista photos right here.

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Poll: Who Should Jose Aldo Fight Next — Cub Swanson or Conor McGregor?

It's times like these when the voice of *true* reason needs to be heard: that of the comments section of an uncredentialed MMA blog run by UFC-h8rs.

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UFC 179 Videos: Aldo vs. Mendes Highlights, Conor McGregor and Anderson Silva Are Called Out + More

In case you missed the action on Saturday night, check out this video recap of the five-round war between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in Rio.

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The UFC Needs to Massively Scale Down The Amount of PPVs Each Year

The UFC's pay-per-view strategy is in need of some serious fine tuning.

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Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 179 Edition

UFC 179: “Aldo vs. Mendes 2” proved to be exactly what we expected it to be, and that was a one-fight boxing card with a scintillating main event for the ages.

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UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 — Main Card Results & Commentary

Live round-by-round results from the main card will be right here starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

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Martial Arts Fail of the Week: Obese Russian Jedi Knight Teaches You How to Fight

It's just some fat dude living out his fantasy of being a super awesome Jedi and flinging padawans around with the force like it's nobody's god damn business.

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Bellator 130 Fail-GIF: Bobby Lashley’s Opponent Flops to Mat, Loses

We don't go out looking for ways to embarrass America's #2 MMA promotion — this stuff just has a way of finding us.

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Friday Links: UFC 179 Weigh-In Results, War Machine’s Latest Jail Letter, Cung Le Demands an Apology + More

Some must-see-highlights from our bros around the blogosphere.

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Conor McGregor vs. The Haters: UFC Fan Q&A in Brazil Turns Hostile [VIDEO]

"I speak TROOT. I don't speak trash, I speak TROOT."

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CagePotato Roundtable #34: What is the Single Worst Tattoo in MMA?

Don't let the "A" in MMA fool you, mixed martial arts fighters are *not* artists. Look no further than their hilariously atrocious artwork for proof of this.

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Great Job, Nevada!: Vitor Belfort Has Been Drug Tested Exactly Zero Times Since Being Re-Licensed by NSAC

The Nevada commission left Belfort unsupervised for three full months after his re-licensing hearing, and is now washing its hands of the entire matter because California will probably deal with it.

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MMA’s Last Taboo: Sexual Abuse and the Sport’s Silent Victims

MMA fighters have been conspicuously quiet on the topic of sexual abuse. But avoiding the subject can do more harm than good.

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Yep, Now Diego Sanchez Is Injured and Out of UFC 180

Is it too late to move this damn card north to San Diego or something? Because at the moment, the biggest Mexican star on the lineup is Kelvin Gastelum, for God's sake.

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Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver Booked for January UFC Event on FOX Sports 1 [UPDATED]

Crazy fact: The UFC now has Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Conor McGregor all scheduled to fight in January.

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Why Nick Diaz Has Everything to Lose Against Anderson Silva at UFC 183

Nick Diaz taking a super fight against Anderson Silva is a great idea, in theory. But in reality, it's a no-win situation.

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Full Fight Video: Felice Herrig Out Points Heather Clark (Again) on TUF 20

Bonus video: The Ultimate Fighter's version of Talking Dead. It is twice as horrifying.

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Late Replacement Main Events: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Mark Hunt vs. Fabricio Werdum might not be the title fight fans were asking for, but it sure blows away some of the godawful event headliners to be booked at the last second in recent years.

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Joe Lauzon Out of UFC 180 With Injury, Diego Sanchez Currently Without Opponent

UFC 182 has gone from a showcase of Mexican talent to a Samoan fighting a Brazilian and a bunch of local TUF-guys with funny nicknames. Dios mio.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano Confirmed for ‘UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier’ on Jan. 3

The UFC's 2015 will get off to a blazing start with its two most high-profile champions (Jones and Rousey) fighting on the same card, followed by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz in the same damn month at UFC 183. That's the plan at least. We'll see what the injury bug has to say about it...

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