25 Jul 2014 13:36:54 PM
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"I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff," Diaz said Thursday afternoon. "It's been a good experience having this much time off."Read More
25 Jul 2014 13:36:54 PM
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25 Jul 2014 11:36:21 AM
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25 Jul 2014 08:40:27 AM
(“From parts unknown.” Gotta love this dude.)
After a long injury-related hiatus, our dear friend Jeff Watts — aka Karmaatemycat — was back in the cage last month at Cage Titans FC 19 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he submitted Max Barrett with a triangle-armbar, midway through the first round of their amateur bantamweight fight.
At the video’s 1:53 mark, you will see
the face of pure evil? Jeff giving CagePotato a subtle plug with a devil’s horns gesture. The fight itself starts at the 5:57 mark, and Jeff starts out in three-point troll stance, daring Barrett to enter his world. Barrett gets so flustered that he slips to the mat trying to uppercut Jeff in the face.
Though we’ve always been impressed by Karma’s rock-solid grappling game, he’s gotten even better since his last outing. Once Jeff scores a takedown and starts working his jiu-jitsu, Barrett is on borrowed time. Skip to the 7:17 mark to see Jeff yank Barrett’s left arm off of his head, and immediately transition to an armbar attempt. For a moment (around 8:26), it looks like Barrett succeeds in escaping the armbar, but Jeff only tightens the noose, and now Barrett is caught in a choke as well. Checkmate.
It’s awesome to see a friend succeed — especially a big-hearted guy like Jeff who is loyal to every single person who’s helped him. Congratulations, buddy. You deserve this victory, and we can’t wait for the next one.Read More DIGG THIS
25 Jul 2014 06:27:49 AM
Yeah, that’s a lot of adjectives for a fight that lasts two seconds. But hey, watch the video yourself and see if we’re lying to you. A guy gets dummied up with a single punch then remains on his feet for an impressive length of time before going full sequoia, after which the non-combatant in the striped t-shirt falls out like he’s judging a drag show. The instant replay is soundtracked by Enya. If you don’t enjoy this sort of thing, fighting’s just not in your DNA, honey.Read More DIGG THIS
24 Jul 2014 17:10:41 PM
The bad boy is back, baby. The UFC announced this evening that welterweight star Nick Diaz has signed a three-fight contract extension, and will tentatively return to action in early 2015, against an opponent to be named later. (Probably not Joe Riggs.)
Diaz has been “retired” since his decision loss to Georges St. Pierre in their title fight at UFC 158 in March 2013. Since then, the Mayor of Stockton™ has popped up here and there to threaten folks with an ass-whoopin’, but refused to return to the UFC unless it was for a title fight. Luckily, a 16-month vacation has changed his opinion. Sort of. Here’s what Diaz said to UFC.com about his current goals and what he’s been up to lately:
“I’ve been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” Diaz said Thursday afternoon at UFC headquarters. “I’ve been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It’s been a good experience having this much time off.”
The target for Diaz and the UFC is to get him back in the cage early next year, but the confident 30-year-old fighter said he’d be ready to fight tomorrow.
“Next year I guess, whatever though. I can fight tomorrow; tonight,” he said. “You have to do what you have to do. … [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo [Fertitta].Read More DIGG THIS
24 Jul 2014 11:46:38 AM
(Photo via Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com)
Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago was slated to face Mike “Biggie” Rhodes in a “win or get fired” fight at UFC Fight Night 51: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski (September 13th; Brasilia, Brazil), but Rhodes has withdrawn from the fight due to injury. Coming in to replace Rhodes against Thiago is…Joe Riggs? Really?
UFC officials confirmed the unexpected booking after an initial report from Combate. Riggs is on a six-fight win streak, most recently out-pointing Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator 106 in November to win the first (and last) season of Fight Master. Riggs hasn’t competed in the Octagon since a 4-4 UFC stint way back in 2004-2006, which ended with a quick ‘n’ gnarly knockout loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 7.
(This is the only theory that makes sense.)
24 Jul 2014 10:02:29 AM
As thrilling as the UFC can be in the 21st century — with its well-rounded, well-conditioned fighters and deep talent pools — there’s something special about the Wild West days of the 1990s. Back then, the UFC featured a motley crew of martial artists of varying skill levels, some of whom didn’t really look like professional athletes. This was the era of single-night tournaments, non-existent weight classes, and burping into microphones. It’s hard not to miss those days.
Today we pay tribute to the old-school with some of our favorite rare and classic UFC photos from the ’90s. Check ‘em out in the gallery after the jump, and if we’ve left out any of your favorites, let us know in the comments section or on twitter.Read More DIGG THIS
24 Jul 2014 07:16:30 AM
(We would have also accepted “Bro Cop.”)
With Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier now booked as the UFC 178 main event, one question remains: Are you ready to come to daddy? (If that quote isn’t on the official poster, it’ll be a missed opportunity, marketing-wise.)
We just saw this highlight reel from the very talented video-maker Muzone, and we felt obligated to share it. By the way, Jones has opened as a modest -170 betting favorite against Cormier, who’s currently at +145. Where’s your money going?Read More DIGG THIS
23 Jul 2014 19:12:44 PM
(And here we have Daniel Cormier tossing around a grown man like a child.)
Due to a meniscus tear suffered in training this week, UFC light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has pulled out of his title rematch with Jon Jones, which was scheduled to headline UFC 178 (September 27th, Las Vegas). The UFC confirmed the bad news this evening, but luckily the promotion has a replacement already loaded up — and it’s the fight that Jones wanted all along.
Coming in to replace Gustafsson will be undefeated ex-heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who most recently choked out Dan Henderson in May during his second appearance at 205 pounds, then took the mic and executed one of the greatest call-outs since Luther clinked his bottles together in The Warriors. I mean, really, it was badass. Just watch it:
Cormier was slated to undergo knee surgery this month to repair an LCL injury that he suffered in the Henderson fight, but he’s decided to delay it, and claims that he’s “good to go.” As for Jones, he’s coming off his dominant decision win against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in April, and has been hard at work perfecting his new heel persona.Read More DIGG THIS
23 Jul 2014 14:38:01 PM
(“I’d like to present the commission with exhibit A, and remind them that they are standing in the presence of greatness.” Photo via Getty.)
At this point, I’m convinced that Chael Sonnen could literally crawl through a river of shit and come out clean on the other side. His ability to put on a fancy suit and speak in slightly nuanced platitudes without the necessity of a translator has apparently cast a spell over MMA fans, fighters, promoters, and commissioners, from which they will never wake up.
Case in point, at today’s NSAC hearing — you know, the one where Vitor Belfort was granted a fight license because whatevs — Sonnen was handed down his punishment for failing two random drug tests in a row prior to UFC 175. After thankfully opting against a defense (outside of whatever this was) for his drug test failures, Sonnen was raked over the coals by the commission for “trying to flat out cheat the system.”
“You don’t get to stop one prohibited drug and start using five prohibited drugs,” said the Assistant AG of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, “You’ve gotten to be kidding me that you’re sticking a needle in you with EPO and HGH and didn’t know it was prohibited.”
Surely, a swift punishment was just moments away.
LOL NOPE. Despite facing a potential lifetime ban from MMA and fines totaling upwards of $250,000, the NSAC opted to slap Sonnen with a (completely meaningless now that he’s retired) two year suspension and a fine totaling 0.00 dollars. Then they offered him a f*cking job. Ahh, sweet justice!Read More DIGG THIS
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