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September, 2009

It’s Possible That Forrest Griffin Hasn’t Emotionally Confronted His Loss to Anderson Silva

Give credit to Dave Farra, he is not going to let Forrest Griffin completely avoid talking about the ass-whipping he received from Anderson Silva or the reaction to said ass-whipping (running out of the arena), even though that seems to be what Griffin would like most.  Instead, Farra not only confronts him about it, but does so by making a joke that has at least a 50/50 chance of eliciting a very negative reaction from the emotional Griffin.  Kudos, man.

But on to Griffin.  Anybody else not buying the explanation that he sprinted out of the view of the cameras because he thinks talking is stupid?  Griffin’s on-camera persona has had a little something to do with his fan-favorite status in the UFC.  I mean, he has a book out.  Clearly this is a man who has benefitted from talking.  His general response to this crushing defeat seems to be to act like it’s no big deal.  As a coping mechanism, that might work for a little while.  Sooner or later though, that proves to be a hollow comfort and the only thing left to do is to lash out violently.  Lucky for Farra that Griffin hasn’t yet reached that point and is still willing to tolerate his jokes.

Speaking of Farra, the poor man’s Dave Coulier actually had a fight in Las Vegas this weekend, and it turns out he’s not as horrible on his feet as he is on the ground.  He’s still not, you know, good, but at least he was able to beat up his radio co-host.  Check out the video after the jump.


Brock Lesnar Would Like to Go Ahead and Denigrate Shane Carwin’s Accomplishments If You Don’t Mind

(Maybe Lesnar should not have eaten those brownies that Eddie Bravo gave him before coming to this event.)

The heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at UFC 106 is a little less than two months away now, and we all know what that means: it’s time for Lesnar to rev up his dismissive trash-talk machine, which is what he affectionately calls his brain.  Talking to the Las Vegas Sun, Lesnar advanced the theory that since the only high-profile fighter Carwin has beaten was Gabriel Gonzaga, he’s really only 1-0 in his MMA career, I mean if you think about it, so there’s really nothing to worry about against him.  Then, as if that weren’t dickish enough, he went and said this about old Hulk Hands:

“He’s a tough guy and a wrestler. But he’s a Division II national champion — enough said.”

Well, looks like Lesnar just exposed himself as a Division-ist.  Look, he’s not saying those Division II champs are all bad.  Some of his best friends are Division II wrestlers.  He’s just saying that there are certain things they don’t get to do, like be the UFC heavyweight champ or ride in the front of the bus.


ADCC 2009 Quick Results: Estima, Werdum, Ribeiro, “Jacare” Lead Brazilian Sweep

(Braulio Estima vs. Xande Ribeiro in the men’s absolute finals. For more ADCC videos, check out

The level of Brazilian domination at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship was, as they might say, absolutely hidiculous. Brazilian grapplers swept every single division at the two-day event, which was held Saturday and Sunday at the Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona in Barcelona, Spain. Complete results are below; props to MMA Mania.

Day 1, 9/26/09

Men’s +99kg (+218 lbs.) Opening Round
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) def. Rogent Lloret (Spain) via kimura
Tomasz Janiszewski (Poland) def. Antoine Jaoude (Brazil) via points
Romulo Barral (Brazil) def. Denis Roberts (Australia) via heel hook
Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Kouji Kanechika (Japan) via points
Jeff Monson (USA) def. Karol Bedorf (Poland) via points
Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen (Finland) def. Tom Erikson (USA) via heel hook
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Brazil) def. Tom De Blass (USA) via points
Asa Fuller (USA) def. Mike Matell (Canada) via armbar

Men’s +99kg (+218 lbs.) Quarter-Finals
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) def. Tomasz Janiszewski (Poland) via points
Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Romulo Barral (Brazil) via points
Jeff Monson (USA) def. Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen (Finland) via points
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Brazil) def. Asa Fuller (USA) via points


Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy Could Decide the UFC’s Next Welterweight Title Challenger

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(Images courtesy of Dan Hardy’s Facebook page and Mike Swick’s Twitter feed, via BloodyElbow.)

UFC president Dana White has confirmed to MMA Fanhouse that a welterweight fight between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy is in the works, with the winner potentially getting the next shot at Georges St. Pierre’s belt. Though the bout hasn’t yet been tied to a specific event, UFC 105 (November 14th, Manchester) seems likely, as British fan-favorite Hardy was already rumored to face Dong Hyun Kim on the card, while Swick has expressed a desire to return to action quickly after a concussion suffered in training scrapped his scheduled fight against Martin Kampmann at UFC 103.

Mike Swick (14-2) has been a perfect 4-0 since dropping to the welterweight division, winning decisions over Josh Burkman and Marcus Davis, and impressive stoppage victories over Jonathan Goulet and Ben Saunders. Dan Hardy (22-6, 1 no contest) has also been on a tear since he signed with the UFC last year, earning split-decisions against Akihiro Gono and Marcus Davis, and knocking the daylights out of Rory Markham at UFC 95.

Though Georges St. Pierre is still rehabbing the groin injury he suffered in his decision win against Thiago Alves in July, he expects to be ready for action by early next year.


Video: Alistair Overeem Dominates Peter Aerts at K-1 World GP 2009

At K-1′s "Final 16" event yesterday in Seoul, South Korea, Alistair Overeem once again proved his status as one of the world’s elite heavyweight strikers, easily defeating three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts via unanimous decision. With his win, Overeem advances to the eight-man bracket at the K-1 World Grand Prix Final in Yokohama on December 5th. He’ll face Ewerton Teixeira in the quarterfinals, and could potentially face rematches with Badr Hari and Remy Bonjasky in the same night; Hari knocked out Zabit Samedov at yesterday’s event to qualify for the Final 8, while defending Grand Prix champion Bonjasky scored a unanimous decision over Melvin Manhoef.

Full results of the Final 16, and videos of the Hari/Samedov and Bonjasky/Manhoef scraps are after the jump…


Strikeforce Results: Kennedy, Cormier Notch Stoppage Victories

(He’d get out of that one, but things didn’t get much better after that. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.)

On Saturday night Army Ranger Tim Kennedy once again did what he’s gotten very accustomed to doing, and that’s beating up an outmatched opponent.  Zak Cummings may have been 10-0 before the fight, but that didn’t mean he was ready for Kennedy, who controlled him for most of the fight before ending it with a north-south choke mid-way through the second.  Afterwards Kennedy talked about aspirations to the Strikeforce middleweight crown, but he’ll have to wait and see who’s left standing after Jake Shields and “Mayhem” Miller – who’s beaten him twice – fight for the title in November.

In other action on last night’s card, former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier overwhelmed Gary Frazier with strikes on the mat in the second round to score a victory in his first MMA fight.  Maybe in his second fight he can face someone who actually has some pro experience of his own.

Full results are after the jump.


Friday Link Dump

(Smashing the bicycle is all good fun. But somewhere around the point where Alistair Overeem says everyone is going to die, that’s where I start to feel like he must be stopped, just for the good of humanity.)

– Anderson Silva/Vitor Belfort in the works for UFC 108. (L.A. Times)

– Cung Le is really pleased with his performance in "Pandorum." (MMA Fanhouse)

-  TUF 10 ratings still holding strong. (MMA Payout)

- WEC begins hyping Mike Brown/Jose Aldo. (MMA Mania)

- Is even Kimbo gangsta enough to bring a gun to ATT? (Cage Writer)

- Remy Bonjasky doesn’t want to get knocked out. (Fanhouse)

- Q&A with Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier. (Bleacher Report)

- Cleveland Browns rookie throws ice and punch in locker room fight. (Scores Report)

- Is the world’s longest basketball shot legit? (Asylum)

- Top 10 reasons to stay single. (Ask Men)

- Flowchart to determine if your girlfriend is cheating on you. (Holy Taco)

- 7 classic Ricky Gervais clips. (Screen Junkies)

- Is that a hipster or your mom? (Made Man)

- Wreck of the week: God bless America. (All Left Turns)

- Gang members fight it out, fire shots inside the mall. (Nothing Toxic)


Insomniac Fight Fans Take Note: K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Airs Tonight

(Melvin Manhoef highlights just never get old, do they?)

Those of you who love K-1 kickboxing enough to either wake up in the middle of the night or else just stay up until 3:30 am EST probably already know this, but we thought we’d remind the rest of you that the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 goes down early Saturday morning on HDNet.  That means Melvin Manhoef vs. Remy Bonjasky and Alistair Overeem vs. Peter Aerts, plus a whole bunch of other fights.  So whether you stumble home late enough to catch it, or if you just can’t sleep because of crushing guilt, K-1 will be there for you.  Because K-1 knows you’d do the same for it…wouldn’t you?


Why Roy Nelson Is in Trouble Against Kimbo Slice on Next Week’s ‘Ultimate Fighter’

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(Grabbed from the Spike TV promos. Above, props to "smooshfaceace." Below, props to CagePotato reader Zachary H.)
Roy Nelson vs. Kimbo Slice UFC TUF 10 The Ultimate Fighter

Could it be over this soon for Big Country? We already know that Kimbo will be fighting in the finale. On a scale of 1-10, how much will you freak out if he shocks the world on Wednesday?

Previously: Why Kimbo Slice Is in Trouble Against Roy Nelson on Next Week’s "Ultimate Fighter"


CagePotato Comments of the Week

Bodymore Murdaland The Wire opening

We’re fighting through the last vile hours of the work week, which means it’s time to give away some damn t-shirts. This week’s big winners:

UFC fan on "Just ‘Cause: Natasha Wicks Topless in a Leather Jacket":
Schoonover! damn it man…looking good bro :)

Perdew on "It’s Over: Cro Cop Calls It Quits, Disbands Team, Lingers a Moment in Empty Gym Before Quietly Turning Off the Lights":
does this mean cro cop is gonna try to teach duquan how to box?

Horror Fighter on "Josh Thomson Breaks Leg Again, Hopes for December Return":
Give that blue belt a purple.

If your name has been called, holler at with your name, address, and shirt size, and we’ll send a "Devil Horns" shirt your way.

Unrelated: Our heavyweight and welterweight Power Rankings pages have been updated. Junior Dos Santos enters the heavyweight list at #9, while Dan Hornbuckle slides into the 170-pound list at #10.