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Hot Potato: Photos of Arius/Gallus FC Ring Girl Jess Mao

Big ups to our buddies over at Questionable Stoppage for turning us on (no pun intended) to Jess Mao, a 28 year-old model/ring girl for several Bay area promotions including Arius and Gallus FC. Mao recently sat down for an exclusive interview and photoshoot with QS, where she briefly touched upon her hectic childhood, her current training regimen at American Kickboxing Academy, and what led her to get involved in MMA in the first place.

Check out Jess’ interview/pictorial over at Questionable Stoppage, then head after the jump to check out our favorite photos of Mrs. Mao in various stages of undress. And while you’re at it, give her a follow on Instagram.

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Gilbert Melendez Tests Positive for Testosterone Metabolites, Suspended One Year


(Eddie wasn’t angry the moment he found out Gil was juicing, just dissapointed. via Getty)

Every time I hear a UFC fighter claiming that 90% of the roster is on one kind of PED or another, I go into something of an emergency rationalization mode. Suddenly and almost subconsciously, I find myself running around my apartment like a beagle after a bath, hands clasped over my ears and screaming “It can’t be that high! Surely it’s something closer to 75%!!” Then I nuke up a Hot Pocket and take a Forget Me Now to keep my sanity intact.

Unfortunately for delusionally optimistic MMA fans like us here at CagePotato (lol!), the results that these new UFC drug-testing policies have garnered seem to align with the increasingly popular opinion that everyone in the sport is on PED’s and it’s simply a matter of time until they slip up. Case in point: Gilbert Melendez (aka Giblert aka “Le Nino”), the last guy you’d expect to test positive for anything, who conversely just tested positive for something.

Statements from Gilbert and the UFC are after the jump.  

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VIDEOS: McGregor vs. Mendes & Lawler vs. MacDonald ‘Countdown to UFC 189′ Specials

It may not be the fight we (or the UFC) wanted, but dammit, it’s the one we’re going to get this weekend.

Now that Jose Aldo has gone down with a rib injury, Conor McGregor will face Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 189, and as such, the UFC has scrambled to release their traditional Countdown episodes to hype up the match. It’s about time if you ask me, because I had barely heard of the chatty Irishman with the fancy suits and funky tattoos prior to this.

Check out the full McGregor vs. Mendes Countdown special above, then head after the jump to see what welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald have planned for their second go-around in Saturday’s co-main event.

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Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson Delayed Due to Injury Because Of Course It Is

Not too long ago, Dana White took American Top Team to task for their “stone age” ways of doing things, which he blamed for then-heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez‘s series of ongoing injuries suffered during training. And despite the fact that AKA actually ranked rather low on the list of injury rates among major fight camps, there was no denying that their historically brutal sparring sessions were playing a major role in their fighters frequent injuries.

Enter newly-crowned light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, or should I say, exit Daniel Cormier. From his title fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 191. Because he’s injured. Daniel Cormier trains at AKA.

That was a long walk, but I regret nothing.

Details after the jump

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VIDEO: That INSANE Comeback From Last Night’s ‘TUF 21′


(I guess I’ll go with “The side that watches a South Park rerun instead.”)

I’m going to make an assumption right out of the gate here and assume that next to none of you have been following this season of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians. I know I haven’t. That said, I’ll give the UFC credit for coming up with a pretty novel concept to inject some life into this season, even if it’s a perfect example of “too little too late.”

My grievances with the show aside, last night’s episode of TUF 21 featured a must-see battle between American Top Team’s Michael Graves and the Blackzilians’ Jason Jackson. Between the unpenalized nut shots, back of the head shots, and the absolutely incredible come-from-behind victory that topped it off, we may have just seen our round of the year — like Hughes vs. Trigg 2, only crazier.

As luck would have it, we’ve managed to find a video of the fight in its entirety and have thrown it after the jump. You’re welcome.

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AAAAAAARGHHH: Jose Aldo Out, Mendes vs. McGregor Now Headlines UFC 189


(Official prediction based on this video: McGregor via triangle choke, round 1.)

Well, this has been a real roller coaster of a week, eh Nation? First Aldo was out, then he wasn’t, then Chad Mendes was being flown into Vegas/paid his show money just in case Aldo did decide to pull out, and now, this.

Jose Aldo is out of UFC 189. For realsies this time. Conor McGregor will now face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 on 11 days notice. The news was delivered by Dana White on Sportscenter last night, the video of which you can check out after the jump.

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The Top 10 WTF?! Moments From Today’s #UFCFightKit Unveiling Ceremony

If you’re a big follower of MMA personalities on the social medias, you might’ve gotten wind of something called #UFCFightKit earlier today, which rang in the official unveiling of the Reebok’s UFC fighter uniforms (or “kits”). The ceremony — which kicked off in NYC just 20 minutes past its 10 am-scheduled time — was of what we’ve come to expect from the UFC’s “style over substance”-themed press events: A hysterically inept series of flubs that managed to both hyperstimulate and underwhelm at every conceivable turn.

Truthfully, the only enjoyment anyone has been able to scrape out of the whole ordeal has come via the brutal mocking the event has received on said social medias, so join after the jump to check out all the highlights (if you can call them that) from this morning’s ceremony. In keeping with the UFC’s way of doing things, this list will neither be 10 items long nor adhere to any numerical system.

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Fight Night 70 Highlights/Results: Romero Obliterates Machida, Larkin, Santos, and Sims Score Big KO’s


(via UFC on FOX)

Lyoto Machida may have been the slight favorite heading into Saturday’s fight against Yoel Romero, but “The Soldier of God” nearly sent him to Jesus with a series of (as Thomas Myers best described them) “murderous” elbows in the third round of their Fight Night 70 headliner.

Video highlights and a complete list of results are after the jump.

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MMA Bill Fails in New York. Sky Is Blue. Water Wet.


(Wait, you brought Koscheck? NO WONDER NO ONE LIKES YOU. via Getty.)

Should I even bother dressing this article up with fancy words and intro paragraphs? It would just be reiterating that same sh*t New York-born/based MMA fans have been dealing with for as long as I can remember, with the lone exception being the arrest of Sheldon Silver — one of the biggest opponents of the MMA in NY bill — being arrested on corruption charges in January. Nah, I think I’ll just cut to the chase.

The bill to legalize professional MMA in NY has died once again before it reached the legislature. In other news: The sky is blue. Water is wet. Arrested Development was cancelled way too soon.

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UPDATE: Jose Aldo’s Rib *Not* Broken, McGregor Fight Still On For UFC 189


(And he couldn’t be more thrilled, Joe!)

Today is a good day, Nation. The best, even.

After initial reports Tuesday claimed that Jose Aldo had fractured a rib in training and would most likely be removed from “the most anticipated featherweight fight of all time” at UFC 189, the UFC released a statement earlier today rebuffing those claims and offering a beacon of hope in the dreary, dystopic landscape that MMA fans have long grown accustomed to (no hyperbole).

That statement is after the jump.

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Alexander Shlemenko Suspended Three Years by CSAC After INSANE T/E Ratio Revealed

So the saying goes: If you can't do the time, don't inject yourself with enough testosterone to give a rhinoceros cardiac arrest.

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BREAKING: Jose Aldo Fractures Rib. UFC 189 Headliner in Jeopardy. God is Dead.

This sport is the worst. THE WORST, YOU GUYS.

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“The Last Hemperor” Caption Contest: And The Winner Is…

"A stoner and a metrosexual walk into a bar. It was an armbar."

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CagePotato Poll: Was Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice a Work?

The short answer: No The Internet's answer: PHOTOSHOPPEDLOOSECHANGE2/10WOULDNOTBANG.

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Fight Night 69 Highlights/Results: Jedrzejczyk Batters Penne, Kawajiri Smothers Siver, “Mr. Finland” Shines Again + More

It appears that the female Chuck Liddell is here to stay, you guys.

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Friday Link Dump: Coming to Terms With Kimbo vs. Shamrock, A New Twist in the Silva Drug Test Fiasco, America’s Tastiest Wing Joints + More

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Dude Wipes, Spray Tans, and Unnecessary Side Burns: A Bellator 138 Weigh-Ins Exclusive

CP Contributors Chad Blessinger and Zach Heim give us an exclusive behind the scenes look of yesterday's Bellator 138 weigh-ins.

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Caption Contest: Win a Random DVD From Danga’s Vault!!


(The Greatest and The Realest, seen here discussing Russian trade policies and how to properly roll a blunt. via [...]

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SportsPotato: Watch (Or Don’t Watch) This BRUTAL, Achilles-Rupturing Heel Hook From a Welsh Rugby Match

Thankfully, the perpetrator of this despicable act has been sentenced to 2 minutes on the mat with Rousimar Palhares.

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VIDEO: Spike TV’s “Finally: Kimbo vs. Shamrock” Documentary

“Finally: Kimbo vs. Shamrock” debuts tonight on Spike TV at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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UFC 188 Aftermath: Another G.O.A.T Bites the Dust…

For how often we like to claim that so and so is "the best eva," we rarely seem to actually pause and look at the evidence to support such an audacious claim.

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UFC 188: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

CP Contributor Nasir Jabbar gives a head-to-toe breakdown of all the odd ends and x-factors heading into the UFC's return to Mexico.

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Mike Richman’s Response to Failed Bellator 137 Drug Test Is…Surprisingly Endearing, Actually

"I am a cheat, plan and simple and there is no excuse or reason that is valid enough to dispute the reasons why I cheated the sport and myself by using it."

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Supercut of the Day: RONDA THROWS PEOPLE!

A note to all MMA reporters: Unless you want a broken rib, forgo the harai goshi demonstrations and stick to asking Rousey questions about her sex policy on fight week.

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XFS Owner Gregg Sharp Tries to Defend “Soccer Mom” Booking, Fails Miserably

"I am not naive in the fact that sooner or later a hater or two would jump on to our YouTube account and make something of nothing."

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Fight Night 68 Highlights/Results: Hendo Starches Boetsch, Rothwell Submits Mitrione, Everyone Finishes Everyone, Basically

Lesson #1: Never, EVER come at Dan Henderson with your hands down and chin up.

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Friday Link Dump: Experts Explain a Potential Fighter Union, KenFlo to Host Battlebots Reboot, The Best and Worst of Donuts + More

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Everything You Need to Know About the UFC’s New Drug-Testing Policy

"Two years just for weed? DAMN!!" -- Nick Diaz

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GIF of the Day: Soccer Mom Gets Faceplant KO’d Twice In Hysterically Brutal Fashion [UPDATED]

If you thought Sensei Segal's recent demonstration was a masterful display of martial arts ineptitude, just wait until you see this.

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Martial Arts Fail of the Week: Steven Seagal’s Russian “Masterclass” Is a Gift From Above

This video is where "Slap-Jitsu" levels of hilarity, with Kiai master levels of delusion meet.

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