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February, 2011

Video Exclusive: Georges St-Pierre and David Loiseau Talk ‘The Striking Truth’ and About Their Respective MMA Careers

We sent Cage Potato correspondent Brian D’Souza to the Toronto premiere of the Georges St-Pierre-David Loiseau The Striking Truth documentary on Friday to talk to the film’s two leading men and he walked away with the pair of hard-hitting interviews below.

Brian doesn’t beat around the bush or lob softball questions  when interrogating…er…interviewing the two French-Canadian fighters about a variety of topics. Check out what happens when he puts them on the hot seat.


Dana White Says the UFC Plans to Fine and/or Suspend Bisping for Post-UFC 127 Spitting Incident

(“Wait till you see what I do to his cornermen when I win, Herb. It’s going to be funnier than Benny Hill.”)

UFC president Dana White spoke with today about the allegations made by Jorge Rivera’s camp that Michael Bisping spit on one of Rivera’s trainers following his UFC 127 win in Australia Saturday night. According to White, Bisping could be fined or punished for the classless move and could also face a suspension for the unsportsmanlike conduct he displayed.

White bluntly told Fighters Only, “He’s in trouble!”

Athletes in other sports found guilty of the same infraction have faced stiff fines and moderate suspensions. Bisping should not be treated differently.


Video: Meet the Cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos’

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(Update: The video was stuck on auto-play, so we moved it after the jump…)

Courtesy of Spike TV, here’s the cast unveiling video for TUF 13, which premieres on March 30th. Among the 14 welterweight hopefuls, there are fewer well-known names compared to recent seasons. I know who Shamar Bailey is because of his stint with Strikeforce, while undefeated KOTC standout Myles Jury — 9-0, all wins by stoppage, eight in the first round — has also been on my radar. But other than that, the cast is mostly made up of unknowns, with no obvious ringer in the mix. On the other hand, there also isn’t a lot of crazy hair in this video, which suggests that maybe these guys are more serious about fighting than camera time. That’s a good sign. A complete cast-list is after the jump…


Hot Potato: Strikeforce Ring Girl Contest Winner Corissa Furr

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Corissa Furr is a 26-year-old model from Maryland who now makes Huntington Beach, California her home. On Friday, it was announced that Corissa had won the Strikeforce Knockout Ring Girl Contest that had been running on SF’s Facebook page, and would be making her Strikeforce ring girl debut this Saturday in Columbus for “Feijao vs. Henderson.” With a list of previous credits that range from appearances on Spike TV’s MANswers to modeling assignments for Sassy Assy, we have no doubt that Ms. Furr will have what it takes to hang with Kelli Hutcherson and…y’know…those other chicks. Follow Corissa’s updates at and check out more pics of her after the jump…


Vitor Belfort Ignores Wanderlei Silva’s Call Out, Asks UFC for May Bout With Michael Bisping Next

(We predict Bisping will mysteriously get injured training for this one and will bow out of the fight.)

When Vitor Belfort lost to Anderson Silva at UFC 126, “The Phenom’s” old nemesis Wanderlei Siva jumped on Twitter to call out the former UFC light heavyweight champ.

“Where are you running to? I’d give [Vitor] the number one spot [in the line-up of guys wanting to fight me] easily,” he wrote. “I’m challenging him … I want him. It’s up to you, Dana White and Joe Silva.”

Belfort quickly accepted and it seemed both fighters had their next fight.

“Let’s do it, brother. I accept it. He’s a great athlete, a great champion, and it would be a pleasure to fight him. It’d be a highly anticipated fight, very important for the sport. Whatever Dana says, I’ll do,” Belfort Tweeted. “I never chose opponents and I won’t do it now. But he made the challenge and I’m accepting it. I just don’t wanna wait for the UFC Rio to come back, I wanna fight first.”

Apparently Vitor thinks that beating up Michael Bisping is a much more important than a rematch with “The Axe Murdererer,” whom he knocked out in the UFC’s last show in Brazil back in 2008. Having watched Bisping land an illegal knee on opponent Jorge Rivera prior to winning his UFC 127 bout via TKO before proceeding to spit at “El Conquistador’s” corner, it seems that Vitor wants to teach the cocky Brit some fighting etiquette before fighting Silva again.


Three Reasons Why You Should Always Cheat in an MMA Fight

(“Cheat to win!” / Photo via Getty)

There are a lot of things we’ll never know about the illegal knee Michael Bisping landed on Jorge Rivera midway through the first round of their UFC 127 co-main event. We’ll never know if the knee was truly “intentional” or how badly it actually hurt Rivera or whether or not it directly contributed to Bisping’s second-round TKO victory. What we do know for certain is that (whether he meant to or not) Bisping very obviously broke the rules and – aside from losing an ultimately irrelevant point on the judges’ scorecards – suffered absolutely no consequences for it en route to an important win over a man who’d quickly become his arch rival.

It should be noted that blasting Rivera with the knee wasn’t Bisping’s only infraction during the fight. He also grabbed the cage to avoid getting swept from top position with about 3:40 on the clock in the first. For that instance of clear rule-breakage his only punishment was a couple of stern words from referee Mark Goddard. So in a nutshell, in just under seven total minutes of fighting, Bisping indisputably broke the rules twice, yet the end result was that he got his hand raised, got to spit in the general direction of his opponent’s corner men and almost certainly got rewarded with a hefty win bonus from the UFC. Not too bad, all things considered.

As an isolated incident, the only thing Bisping’s performance against Rivera conclusively proves is that he’s kind of an a-hole. Unfortunately, when viewed as part of the big picture of how fights are officiated under the unified rules, we’re really only left to draw one conclusion: In MMA, it makes more sense to cheat than follow the rules. So long as you can keep yourself from getting bogged down by intangibles like “honor” and “fairness,” here are three reasons why.


Jon Fitch Likely Screwed Himself Out of Another Title Shot

Jon Fitch has gotten used to the fact that he may never get a title shot. He’s been promised one for a while now, but the UFC seems to keep yanking the opportunity away right before Fitch can grab it.

The problem isn’t that the American Kickboxing Academy fighter isn’t winning fights (he’s undefeated since 2009), it’s that he hasn’t finished an opponent in nearly four years, and for the UFC to base a pay-per-view on a main card fight between a round-winner like Fitch and an a decision-centric fighter like UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre who hasn’t stopped a fight since 2009 would be a major gamble.

Both the UFC’s president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have long proclaimed that they don’t care if their contracted fighters win every bout as long as they come to fight and perform their best. Fitch seems more content with doing what he needs to outpoint his opponents and coast to a victory, which doesn’t bode well with the promotion’s brass, the fans or the media as it makes for a boring and formulaic fight. THAT’S why White rescinded a proclamation that the winner of Fitch’s UFC 124 bout with Thiago Alves would get the next crack at St-Pierre after Fitch took the decision and THAT’S why he has now said that neither fighter involved in the main event majority draw Saturday night at UFC 127 will likely be next in line for the winner of April’s GSP vs. Jake Shields bout.


Video: Michael Bisping Spits at (or Near) Jorge Rivera’s Cornermen

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It’s bad enough that Michael Bisping drilled an illegal knee into Jorge Rivera‘s dome in the first round of their UFC 127 co-main event — 100% intentional, if you ask Jorge. He also followed up his TKO victory by stalking over to Rivera’s corner and spitting at his team, who had participated in Rivera’s video insults and had allegedly (according to Bisping) been hurling verbal abuse at the Count after the fight.

As a result, Rivera’s team wants Bisping fined and suspended. Bisping later apologized for his behavior, but told Ariel Helwani that the knee was unintentional and the loogie wasn’t aimed outside the cage:


Daley, Rodriguez Notch Victories at BAMMA 5

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Despite their now-routine struggles with making weight, Paul Daley and Ricco Rodriguez turned in impressive performances at BAMMA 5, Saturday night in Manchester, England. In the main event, Japanese welterweight Yuya Shirai was absolutely no match for Daley, as Semtex rocked him twice with jabs in the first frame before a flurry of power punches put Shirai down for good at the 1:46 mark.

Daley is now expected to face Nick Diaz at Strikeforce’s tentative April 9th event in California, although one rumor suggests that Daley’s participation is far from official and the British striker may be holding out for more money. Which makes sense, since he’ll probably have to forfeit about 20% of his purse to Diaz before the fight.


“UFC 127: Fitch vs Penn” Aftermath: Plans For Number One Contender Go Down The Drain In The Opposite Direction

Michael Bisping Ilegally Knees Jorge Rivera to the Head UFC 127

(It turns out “No Rules, Just Right” is more of a slogan than actual Aussie law)

Strange walkout masks, chest hairrows, random laughter from the audience, a grudge match marred by an illegal knee, and a majority draw in the main event. UFC 127 “Fight for the Convicts 2” provided a night of entertaining bouts and more than its share bizarre moments. While the card might have lacked the star-power and championship fights of some larger events, the UFC loudly trumpeted its significance in deciding future title contenders and challengers alike. In the end little roadway was paved and talks of title runs were shelved for now.

The only thing certain at the top of the welterweight division is uncertainty. Leading up to this event Dana White announced that the winner of Fitch-Penn would advance to challenge the winner of GSP-Shields for the 170lb title. For much of the fight it looked like the same terror that ruled the lightweight division had found his way back to the Octagon. Penn followed up a hefty dose of cross-cage eye-fucking with an immediate shot off the opening bell. While his initial takedown attempt failed, he would out-wrestle the wrestler halfway through the first round and score a takedown. Once it hit the mat we saw shades of the “Old” BJ Penn, who quickly took Fitch’s back and worked for the same rear naked he’s employed in countless fights before. But Fitch proved just as tough to finish as always, and a reversal allowed him to land a little offense of his own on the ground. Round two saw a vintage Fitch try to wear on BJ against the cage. The two exchanged takedowns, with Penn again taking his back and threatening the choke before Fitch escaped to land some punches from the guard. Round 3 more closely resembled the fight many were expecting. Fitch followed up a solid punch with a takedown in the opening seconds of the round. BJ would kick him off shortly, only to be taken down again with just under four minutes left in the round. From BJ’s guard, Fitch was relentless with punches, giving BJ no room to adjust or counter for the remainder of the bout. That last round, scored 10-8 by two judges, would end this fight in a majority draw and add a little disarray to the welterweight picture.