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August, 2011

Better Know A Fighter: Rousimar Palhares

Don’t ever tell this guy you want to “hang out and twist one up” — it doesn’t translate well. VidProps: UFC/YouTube

Rousimar Palhares is the root cause of 35% of all cases of Restless Leg Syndrome on the planet. If you have fully-functioning knees, you have never rolled with Toquinho. If your initials are “ACL“, chances are you have woken up screaming in the middle of the night due to a nightmare you can barely remember, but you were strangely compelled to check under your bed for Palhares. In 1903, Hurricane Rousimar barreled through Puerto Rico and the northern coast of South America. No one was killed, but thousands were unable to walk normally for the rest of their lives. Chuck Norris is the reason giraffes have long necks (roundhouse kick), but Rousimar Palhares is the reason they have those gnarly knees (hoof hook).

Some of that stuff may possibly have been made up and/or hyperbolized, but we all know that, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Rousimar P. ain’t nothing to fuck with. With his UFC Rio bout with Dan Miller almost upon us, let’s all take a few moments to get to know Paul Harris a bit better. When he’s not ruining your mobility for life, he actually seems like a humble, friendly kind of guy. Just don’t make him angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Leave your own boasts of Palhares’ crazy awesomeness in the comments, if you think you can do better.



Bellator 48 Exclusive: Seth Petruzelli Explains His Bald Head and Karate Background

Here’s what happens when you give an eccentric amateur MMA fighter a Bellator 48 press credential and tell him to “just have fun out there.” Our man Jeff “KarmaAteMyCat” Watts was representing CagePotato in Uncasville, Connecticut this weekend, and came back with a ton of interviews with the show’s stars and supporting players. We’ll kick things off with his chat with the victorious Seth Petruzelli. Instead of going the predictable route and asking the Silverback what it felt like to ruin Ricco Rodriguez’s 12-fight win streak, Karma uncovers Petruzelli’s feelings about fedoras and traditional martial arts — as well as his most beep-worthy photo with Tom Lawlor. Lots more to come…


Brendan Schaub: “I’ll Knock Nogueira Out In Round Two”

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By Anton Gurevich

Brendan Schaub currently holds a professional MMA record of 8-1, with five consecutive victories inside the Octagon. “The Hybrid” was knocked out by Roy Nelson at the TUF 10 Finale, but bounced back with convincing performances against Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer. Schaub then moved up the ladder, adding prestigious victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop to his record.

On August 27th, The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finalist will look to solidify his place in the heavyweight title mix with a victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight will be a part of the UFC’s stacked UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami fight card, and will mark Nogueira’s MMA debut in his homeland.

Speaking exclusively to, Brendan Schaub shared his thoughts about the fight with Big Nog, competing in Brazil, and a shot at Cain Velasquez’s UFC Heavyweight title. You can follow Schaub on Twitter @BrendanSchaub.

You have a big fight coming up next weekend against Minotauro Nogueira. Is this the biggest fight of your career so far?
Yeah, without a doubt. I think it’s a toughest test for me, and you know, Nogueira is one of the best Heavyweights of all time. It’s a monumental fight of my career. He never fought in Brazil, so it would be a great thing to say after August 27th “Hey, I beat Nogueira in Brazil.”



Josh Koscheck Returning at UFC 139 in San Jose — Possibly as a Middleweight

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(I know what you’re wondering, and no, Fitch wasn’t able to finish that thing. Photo via VegasNews)

Out of action for most of 2011 due to the beating that Georges St. Pierre put on him last December, UFC welterweight contender Josh Koscheck is finally slated to return to the Octagon at UFC 139 (November 19th, San Jose). Koscheck announced the news himself via Twitter, adding that there’s a “good chance” he’ll be fighting at 185, a weight he hasn’t competed at since he dusted Chris Sanford at the TUF 1 Finale in April 2005.

Koscheck has spent the past year calling out larger fighters like Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz, so the jump to middleweight isn’t much of a surprise. His opponent will be announced shortly. Unfortunately, Chris Leben is already scheduled to headline UFC 138 against Mark Munoz. (Probably meaningless observation: Somebody updated Koscheck’s Wikipedia page this morning with “Ed Herman” as his UFC 139 opponent, which makes as much sense as anybody else.)

The only question is, will Koscheck be booed in his own hometown? UFC 139 will be headlined by Koscheck’s AKA teammate Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight belt against Junior Dos Santos, and will also feature Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles and Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story.


Tim Sylvia and Sean McCorkle Impressively Defeat Unimpressive Opponents This Weekend

Fight Tour’s answer to the UFC’s Harley bonus. (Pic:

Two former UFC vets trying to climb their way back into the big leagues stepped up one minor, insignificant rung this weekend. What both fighters really need right now is a string of victories, so the names of the men they faced aren’t as relevant as the wins themselves, which is fortunate because you’ve never heard the names of the men they defeated.

Former UFC champion Tim Sylvia took a break from bustin’ perps to climb back into the cage at last night’s “Fight Tour” card. Momentarily standing across the cage from him was Patrick Barrentine, a 9-6 submission specialist. Barrentine took the fight on three weeks notice after a two year hiatus from competition, so he may not have come into the fight as sharp as he would have liked. gave a quick recap of the fight, which saw “The Maine-iac” dump Barrentine to the canvas and end the fight via ground and pound in just under three minutes. This was Sylvia’s first fight back since his quick loss to Abe Wagner at Titan FC.

Sean McCorkle made it to the UFC with a big win streak and an even bigger mouth. Though his trash talking abilities do little good when no one’s listening, he did put his experience to good use as he dispatched Alex Rozman on Friday night at “Legends of Fighting 48: Mega”. I’m not certain how much notice Rozman had for the fight, but with a 1-13 record he could have been notified at birth and still not have stood much of a chance in this fight. Just 1:29 into the bout, Rozman tapped out to strikes for the second bout in a row (and third time in his last four fights). This marks McCorkle’s second straight victory since being cut from the UFC following his guillotine loss to Christian Morecraft.


Videos: Curran and Petruzelli Deliver Highlight Reel KOs at Bellator 48

(Props: BellatorMMA)

So while we’re waiting on KarmaAteMyCat to deliver some videos from last night’s Bellator 48, let’s talk about the action, shall we? With all of the excitement from last night’s event, it only makes sense to start with Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello. Yes, they fought. Yes, Cole Konrad won in unspectacular fashion. Yes, we can now stop talking about this fight.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was Pat Curran’s dramatic head kick knockout of former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro. Despite being in trouble early on, Pat Curran kept his composure and unleashed a brutal roundhouse kick. With his victory, Pat Curran becomes the first fighter to win a Bellator tournament in two different weight classes. I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to more: Pat Curran’s inevitable clash with Joe Warren, or the confused look on his banker’s face when he tries to cash that oversized check.


‘Bellator 48: Sandro vs. Curran’ Open Thread, Starring KarmaAteMyCat

(Pat Curran’s Peruvian necktie submission of Luis Palomino at Bellator 46, 6/25/11.)

Bellator 48 goes down tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, featuring the finals of Bellator’s Summer Series Featherweight Tournament — former Sengoku standout Marlon Sandro vs. former lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran — as well as the promotional debuts of Ricco Rodriguez, Seth Petruzelli, and Paul Buentello. The main card will be broadcast live on MTV2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Honorary CagePotato Fight Team captain Jefferey “KarmaAteMyCat” Watts has snagged a press credential to the event, and will be representing us on press row this evening, hopefully wearing some killer tights. Assuming the Mohegan Sun has a solid Internet connection, Jeff will be sharing his observations during the show, after the jump. It’s not a “liveblog,” so much as a casual chat among friends. So follow along if you’re watching the fights, let us know your thoughts, and remember to refresh the page once in a while. Thanks for being here.


Maybe Someone Should Tell Michael Bisping it’s Not Okay to Tweet Stuff is “Gay”

Pay attention, now. This will come up again.

I’ll be honest: I tried not to cover this. I figured that this was something that would go away on its own, and it’s best not to draw attention to something that may hurt the sport. Plus, after reading reactions to “cunty-gate”, I realized that the majority of our readers simply do not care about issues like this. But after two straight days of Michael Bisping calling things “gay” on Twitter, I feel that the issue needs to be addressed before it gets blown out of proportion.

It started off as a response to a response to a tweet by Chael Sonnen, who himself is not a big fan of Michael Bisping. In a rare miss, Sonnen said that his fight with Brian Stann will be “Iron Man vs. Captain America”, and promised not to wear the suit if Stann didn’t bring the shield. Bisping seized the opportunity to mock Chael Sonnen with the following tweet:

Check after the jump for Michael Bisping’s tweets


Matt Serra on PED’s in MMA: “Me and BJ Penn Are in That Small Percentage That Don’t Do Sh*t.”

Matt Serra, and his bucket of rigatoni, make their way to the cage.

Earlier this week UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski made the bold statement that the vast majority of MMA fighters—somewhere between 85-96%–are getting some sort of illegal chemical boost in the training room. Yesterday a bigger, more easily-spelled name in the sport spoke out in support of those allegations. In an interview with MMA Weekly, Matt Serra weighed in on what he considers to be a serious problem in the fight game.

“It’s wrong man, it’s really wrong. Let me tell you something. I got to the title without doing anything. I didn’t use anything,” Serra commented. “Me and BJ Penn are in that small percentage that don’t do (expletive). There’s a lot of guys that are considered legends, and they’re doing the GH and doing this and that, and it’s obvious, it’s freaking obvious.”


Fight Now! TV Acquires Exclusive Rights to Ring of Fire MMA

Life Lesson: If you’re getting tattoos to look cool, but can only come up with “barbed wire + tribals + first name in graffiti”, you’ll look so much cooler without tattoos. Props:

You know how you felt when your friend found out that he got accepted into Princeton, and then you found out that you got accepted into the local D3 university? How you realized that your announcement was nowhere near as big as his, but hey, you still felt pretty good? Well, this is something like that: MMA Weekly reports that yesterday, Fight Now TV obtained the exclusive rights to Colorado based promotion Ring of Fire MMA.

Don’t sleep on Ring of Fire MMA just because it may be the first time you’ve heard of it. Ring of Fire is the former stomping grounds of current UFC fighters Shane Carwin, Brendan Schaub, Donald Cerrone, Diego Sanchez and Duane Ludwig. The promotion is currently home to UFC/WEC veteran Tyler Toner, Serbian MMA fighter Bojan Velickovic, who won his contract with the promotion on Europe’s answer to The Ultimate Fighter, Put Ka Venronom Ringu (English: The Road to Ring of Fire),as well as Anthony Njokuani’s unfortunately nicknamed younger brother, Chidi “Chidi Bang Bang” Njokuani.