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Cung Le and Michael Bisping to Undergo Enhanced Drug Testing; Le Defends His Suspiciously Jacked Physique


(Cung Le in November 2011, and Cung Le in August 2014. The only thing that hasn’t changed is his underwear.)

Over the weekend, UFC middleweight Cung Le posted a photo of himself flexing after an intense workout — and immediately raised the suspicions of armchair endocrinologists around the globe. Despite his athletic gifts, Le hasn’t always been the leanest or most muscular fighter out there; in fact, he’s looked rather soft at times, relatively speaking. But now, at the age of 42, he’s showing up looking this jacked? In a sport where aging veterans are getting popped for PEDs left and right, MMA fans were understandably dubious.

In an apparent response to the accusations being flung at Le, the UFC has announced that Cung Le and his opponent Michael Bisping will undergo enhanced drug testing for their UFC Fight Night 48 headlining bout this Saturday in Macau. The testing will be performed at the UFC’s expense, and will include blood-testing, which would theoretically identify non-steroid PEDs like human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).

Of course, we probably won’t get the results of these tests until weeks after the fact, which does absolutely nothing to prevent potential cheaters from competing. (I kind of agree with Mark Bocek here; if all these drug tests are timed so that big fights still get to proceed as scheduled, it doesn’t reflect well on the UFC’s priorities, or how serious they are about eradicating the PED epidemic.)

But it might be a moot point in this case, because Cung Le doesn’t plan on failing a drug test anytime soon…

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UFC 178 Lineup Finalized, Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki Gets Shafted to Prelims


(He’s been sulking like that all day. / Photo via Sherdog)

The bout-order of the bottom-heavy UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso PPV card (September 27th, Las Vegas) has been released, and as has become a recent tradition, one of the better fights has been dumped onto the FOX Sports 1 prelims in order to pump up the cable ratings. This time, it’s former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz‘s match against top contender Takeya Mizugaki. Not exactly a hero’s welcome for The Dominator, who has been out of action for nearly three years.

Cruz vs. Mizugaki will serve as the “Prelims Main Event” [*Sweet Dee gagging sound*], while Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes kicks off the PPV, and Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier sits pretty in the #3 spot (aka, “The Co-Co-Main Event,” or, “The Main Event of the First Three Fights on the Card“). Meanwhile, Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso is still the actual main event, and has to directly follow Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone, as weary fans file out to beat traffic.

All in all, the card is certainly worth your money, although it might be hard convincing casual fans of that. (“Wait…Anthony Johnson is fighting *who*? Does this Chris Carano guy trane with the Gracies?”) The full UFC 178 lineup is below…

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Hot Potato: 21 Photos of Sexy Tattooed M-1 Global Ring Girl Anzhelika Anderson

All praises be to the UG for uncovering these photos of Anzhelika Anderson, a Russian “tattoo model” who occasionally carries cards for M-1 Global. I know next to nothing about Ms. Anderson’s interests, hobbies, or turn-ons and have been able to dig up even less, but if I were to take a guess, I’d say: tattoos, getting tattoos, and men with tattoos. I hope you are all ok with my blatant stereotyping.

Check out 20 more of our favorite photos of Anzhelika in the gallery after the jump, then head over to her Instagram page for many, many more.

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And Now He’s Fired: Bellator Cuts Phil Baroni for Coming to War Machine’s Defense


(Surely a “Wistful Waistcoat Wednesday” is on the horizon. via Baroni’s instagram.)

Scott Coker is not fucking around, folks. Just a few weeks into his position as the new President of Bellator MMA, the former Strikeforce CEO has already shifted the promotion’s schedule from weekly to monthly eventsgranted Eddie Alvarez the unconditional release he’s been requesting for years now, and severed all ties with War Machine. As a matter of fact, Coker doesn’t want his new promotion to be associated with anyone even within Koppenhaver’s social circle, it seems, as longtime supporter/friend Phil Baroni found out the hard way yesterday.

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Bellator Grants Eddie Alvarez Unconditional Release, Alvarez vs. Cerrone Booked for UFC 178 [UPDATED]


(Photo via Ryan Loco)

Eddie Alvarez is a free man. According to a press release sent out by Bellator this afternoon, the promotion has granted the lightweight star his unconditional release, after a rocky history of contract disputes, lawsuits and reconciliations dating back to late 2012. In the end, Bellator president Scott Coker didn’t want to keep Eddie around if he didn’t want to be there. Check out the official statement below:

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 19, 2014)Bellator President Scott Coker has released a statement regarding Eddie Alvarez:

“We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release. Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights, and we wish him the best in the future. We sat down with Eddie and his team a few times, and it became pretty clear early on that he just wasn’t interested in fighting for Bellator in the future. We want guys in this organization that want to be here, and after the history Eddie and the former regime had here at Bellator, we decided to move on. We wish Eddie the absolute best of luck with whatever is next for him. It’s a new chapter for everyone involved.”

Eddie Alvarez has also released a statement:

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Uh, Guys, You Might Want to Check Out What Hector Lombard’s New Nickname Is


(I can’t wait for the day when Bruce Buffer misreads this as Hector “Shower There” Lombard.)

I like to consider myself something of an expert when it comes to MMA nicknames (I know, hold your applause). I’ve written on the worst of the worst, the best of the best, the most ironic, and everything in between. I even once received an email from Justin McCully demanding a full retraction and apology for my ceaseless trashing of the insult to the English language he called a nickname. I never responded to him, but if you will, allow me to use this time to do just that in a language he might understand.

JuZ10 McCul-E aka “THE NSane1″ IZ Not AC2ALlY IlliteR8, U GIYZ. SOrrY.

Speaking of fighters I’ll probably be getting a vitriol-filled email from in the near future, check out Hector Lombard’s incomprehensible new nickname (via a recent Facebook post):

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Hector “Lightning” Lombard and the brand has undergone a significant transformation. I wanted my new identity to satisfy my growth and perseverance as a professional competitive athlete.

From this moment on, I will be known as Hector “Showeather” Lombard. Through any ups and downs, through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and has continue to show love and support. I’m feeling better and starting to train again, I can’t wait till the next match!

“Through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.”

Related: Hector Lombard Injured, Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked for UFC Macau

-J. Jones

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Let’s Celebrate Matt Serra’s Upcoming FOX Analyst Gig By Looking Back at Some of His Most Quotable Moments

Gentlemen, rejoice, because everyone’s favorite ball-bustin’, cold cut connoisseur just landed himself a FOX analyst gig! HeeYEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

During last night’s edition of UFC on FOX, it was announced that none other than Long Island’s own Matt Serra (and also Jake Ellenberger) will be serving as a guest analyst for this Saturday’s Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos card. Finally, the era of awkward on-camera fighters stuttering out base-level advice between fights will be over, as the former welterweight champion and TUF 4 alum has become somewhat infamous for his jabberjaw skills. We can only hope now that FOX doesn’t force him to pull in the reigns (or pull out his teeth).

To celebrate what will surely be the funniest night in UFC on FOX history, join us after the jump as we look back at some of “The Terra’s” finest moments.

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Update: Paige VanZant Recovering From Spine Injury, October UFC Debut in Jeopardy


(Paige models the new UFC women’s walkout uniform, presented by Under Armour. / Photo via Instagram.com/paige_vanzant)

Last week, we passed along word that UFC strawweight prospect Paige VanZant had disappeared from Team Alpha Male under somewhat hazy circumstances. “12 Gauge” has finally broken her silence about her whereabouts, and it’s not good news. As she wrote on her Facebook page last night:

WHERE IS PAIGE VANZANT?
Dear fans I know quite a few of you are wondering why I am not in my training camp. I left Sacramento to come back to my home state and have been in intense physical therapy from a spine injury. I do not have insurance coverage in California and I have not been giving the okay to train at this time. I am working hard to get better. Prayers up for a good recovery. Thank you so much for all your kind words it is such a blessing to have such an amazing team behind me.

Though VanZant didn’t say that her UFC Fight Night 54 bout against Kailin Curran was officially off, it seems unlikely that she’ll be able to make the October 4th date, considering that she isn’t currently cleared to train. We’ll keep you posted.

These days, Paige is paying the bills as a model and dancer for Karen Burns Productions, a Reno-based outfit that provides costumed entertainers for special events. A brief sampling of some of her recent work is below…

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Following Third Straight TKO Loss, Gray Maynard Still Isn’t Being “Chased Out of the Game” Just Yet


(Hey Ross, why do you gotta be so, like, aggressive? Just take a hit of this and chillllllllll. Photo via Getty.)

Given what we recently found out about Krzysztof Soszynski’s struggles with memory loss following his 39-fight career, it’s almost inevitable that we’d be asking the same questions about Gray Maynard following his second round TKO loss to Ross Pearson at Fight Night 47 last weekend. It was the third straight loss to come in such fashion for the TUF 5 alum and former title challenger, who was previously blitzkrieged by Nate Diaz and TJ Grant in previous appearances, and perhaps the hardest to swallow amid concerns pertaining to his chin in recent months.

While the ceaseless career of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has taught us that the UFC will rarely force a fighter they consider a “draw” into retirement, one has to imagine that Dana White will at least discuss the possibility with Maynard in the near future, right? Well at the Fight Night 47 post-fight press conference, White addressed such concerns:

He came here, he fought. He’s been cleared medically to fight. I think the kid is healthy.

But, you know, it’s probably a discussion we might have. I’m not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I’ll talk to him though. These guys go through extensive medical testing and we know getting knocked out isn’t good for you. But we’ll see. He’s a young guy, he’s talented. We’ll see what he wants to do.

Right, because I’m sure that Gray will say anything other than “I just got caught/give me another shot/I had a bad camp.” Have we not yet learned that a fighter’s willingness and his abilities are two different entities? DO NONE OF US EVEN *REMEMBER* BIG NOG VS. NELSON?!!!

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Gross Video of the Day: Bas Rutten Sews Own Leg Up After Non-Alcoholic Beer Mishap


(Props: OfficialBasRutten)

Bas Rutten has been in a reflective mood lately. In addition to posting a bunch of his old Pancrase fights to his YouTube channel, Rutten also re-uploaded a classic home surgery video that all strong-stomached El Guapo fans need to see.

In 2008 (or so), Rutten accidentally broke a six-pack of non-alcoholic beer, which somehow blasted a shard of glass through his jeans and into his leg. With his wife traveling in Holland, there was nobody around to demand that he go to the hospital, so he stitched up his own gaping wound with an ordinary sewing needle and some household thread.

“I think you should just get it professionally done, dad,” his daughter says, “because you never know, like, what if something bad happens?” Her advice falls on deaf ears; Rutten saw this done in a Rambo movie, and that’s good enough for him. Eventually, Bas’s daughters get bored of the totally insane thing that is happening in front of them and start playing with the dog.

Anyway, good God this is nasty — and apparently performed with no other anesthetic than a belly full of O’Doul’s. Incredible.

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Jon Jones Hung Out With Brock Lesnar and Mike Tyson This Weekend, WHAT DID YOU DO??

Careful Mike, the man just had surgery!

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Krzysztof Soszynski Retires Claiming Memory Loss, Like That Time He Retired in 2011 and Forgot About It

Look at it this way: At least Krysztof gets a chance to meet new people every day! (We are so sorry)

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Three Myths Busted by the War Machine/Christy Mack Police Report

To this point, everything we "know" about War Machine's alleged assault of Christy Mack comes from Mack's gruesome public statement, along with conjecture from War Machine apologists who weren't there.

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‘Big Knockout Boxing’ — The Latest Evolution in Pit-Fighting, Or Something [VIDEOS]

Is boxing better in a bowl? Is "Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but with humans" a positive development in combat sports or not?

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WAG Alert: 20 Photos (And Then Some) of Mindy Robinson, Actress/Reality TV Star/Randy Couture’s Girlfriend

We first noticed Mindy on Friday when she appeared in Couture's ice-bucket challenge video, and we were like, holy crap, who is that? Well, now we know.

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Martial Arts Fail of the Week: A Kung Fu Instructor With a Chuck Liddell-Level Beer Gut

Today we don't have anything quite as scandalous as instructors telling you to shit yourself or claiming that defeating a wrestler is as easy as sidestepping a takedown. Instead, we have an example of the kind of shoddy martial arts techniques being taught in dojos across the country.

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UFC Fight Night: Weigh-ins

UFC Fight Night 47 Results: Bader Decisions OSP in Snooze Fest, Pearson TKOs Maynard

Ryan Bader defeated Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 47. In the night's co-main event, Ross Pearson knocked out Gray Maynard.

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Update: Witnesses to War Machine Arrest Claim Fighter Had a Gun, Was Tasered, And May Have Roughed Up a Woman at His Hotel

Hotel guest Mary Casamento said she called police to the hotel after seeing a “big dude” yelling at and pushing a petite woman who was trying to calm him down. He grabbed her by the hair, Casamento said.

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BREAKING: War Machine Captured Alive by U.S. Marshals in Simi Valley, CA

In the end, Jon Koppenhaver hadn't fled to Canada or Mexico — he simply jumped the Nevada/California border and holed up in a budget hotel with some pizza.

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Friday Links: Jon Jones Out of Surgery, Chael Sonnen Fesses Up, Brutally Honest Liquor Bottles + More

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

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Cage Warriors to Implement $2,000 “Bounties” For 10 Highlight Reel Finishes

Is the idea of "bounties" a wickedly clever one, or does it make a sport where people already get paid to beat the ever-loving shit out of each other seem...barbaric?

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Video: ‘Arena Combat 1′ Highlight Reel Proves That 2-on-2 Obstacle Course Fighting Is Taking America by Storm

Just like American Ninja Warrior is the latest evolution of jogging, so is Arena Combat the latest evolution of fighting.

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UFC Fight Night 24 Weigh-in

Dana White Wants to See Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson — But Gus Says He’ll Wait

You have to admit, that's a badass fight, although it's certainly a dangerous one if Gustafsson hopes to keep his spot in line.

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Donald Cerrone vs. Bobby Green Booked for UFC 178 Co-Main Event

In an attempt to add a little more sizzle to the deflated UFC 178 lineup, a lightweight match between perennial crowd-pleaser Donald Cerrone and streaking contender Bobby Green has been booked as the new co-main event for the September 27th "Johnson vs. Cariaso" pay-per-view.

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Throwback Thursday: Five of Bas Rutten’s Greatest Pancrase Fights From the 90′s

Bask in the greatness of "El Guapo."

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Bellator Re-Launches Women’s Division, Announces Signing of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd

The rumors of Bellator signing Gina Carano may have been premature — or totally invented — but the promotion will indeed begin holding women's fights again, as part of a brand-new featherweight division.

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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Won’t Be Punished for Press Conference Brawl Any Time Soon

Such a shame. Did our #JusticeForSholler hashtag accomplish *nothing*?

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“Every Marriage Has Its Problems”: Despite Horrific Assault, Kaitlyn Grispi Is Standing by Her Man

“I love him,” she said. “I do love him. I can get past that if he can get the help. I know it can get better, because I know who he is.”

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UFC Middleweight Mike King Tests Positive for Steroids, Released From Promotion [UPDATED]

King becomes the second UFC fighter to test positive for steroids this year, following Kevin Casey, who also pissed hot in July.

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Second Victim in War Machine Assault Identified as Reality Show Contestant Corey Thomas

In 2009, Thomas briefly appeared on the VH1 reality series Megan Wants a Millionaire, in which a group of wealthy single men vied for the love of former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman.

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