betty brosmer photos
Classic Crush: 31 Photos of Betty Brosmer, Legendary Pin-Up Girl

April, 2013

‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale’ Aftermath – A Season Worth Watching


Photo Courtesy of Getty Images.

Every UFC main event has to be about something, and when there aren’t any titles on the line, things tend to get pretty creative. Leading up to the main event of the TUF 17 Finale, the talk surrounding the bout focused on the friendship between competitors Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen and how it may affect the bout. Whether the two were actually the close friends that the media made them out to be was completely irrelevant; which is good, because Jorgensen revealed during fight week that they weren’t.

What we were left with was a bout between the number two and number seven ranked bantamweights that played out as expected. This isn’t to say that the fight wasn’t entertaining (it was), but Jorgensen was outgunned early and often by Faber before “The California Kid” sank in the fight ending rear-naked choke in the fourth round. It was closer than the gambling odds indicated it would be, but not exactly a close fight, and though Jorgensen managed to mount some offense of his own, he never appeared to be any real threat to Faber.

The bantamweight division is very top-heavy, which perhaps more than anything explains why Urijah Faber is seemingly always one fight away from a title shot. The gap between the top five guys and the rest of the division is wider than most fans would care to acknowledge, and it showed last night. Still, I’d rather watch Urijah Faber fight Michael McDonald than watch him get crammed into yet another title fight. I doubt I’m in the minority here – at least among hardcore fans.

Read More DIGG THIS

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale — Live Results and Commentary


(“Nice hair, douchebag.” — Both of them. / Image via MMAFighting.com)

Is Uriah Hall really the next big thing at middleweight, or will the constantly-overlooked Kelvin Gastelum pull off another upset? Which rock-solid female bantamweight is going to earn a reality-TV coaching gig (and future title shot) against Ronda Rousey? How much tread is left on The California Kid‘s tires? How exactly does one drink a Gatorade from a reclining position, in the traditional Brazilian style? These questions — and many others — will be answered tonight, folks. Prepare yourselves.

Handling play-by-play duties for our TUF 17 Finale liveblog is Alex Giardini, who will stack up results from the FX main card broadcast after the jump beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and please share your own thoughts in the comments section.

Read More DIGG THIS

[VIDEO] Boxer Andre Berto Wants to Compete in the UFC, Even Seems to Know What MMA Is


Berto (left) on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Luis Collazo

I can’t help but feel like I’ve seen this scenario play out before.

Earlier in the week, ES Boxing News caught up with two-time welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto, and spoke to the former champ about the possibility of seeing him fight MMA. The question isn’t exactly posed to Andre without merit – current Bellator fighter James Edson Berto is his brother and his sister, Revelina Berto, is trying out for the co-ed season of The Ultimate Fighter – even though it quickly becomes obvious that Berto is only a (very) casual fan of the sport. As in, he admits that he doesn’t know anything about MMA weight classes and possibly has Jon Jones confused with Anderson Silva (A Jon Jones/GSP super fight?).

Despite this, Berto claims to have spoken to Dana White about competing in the UFC – an idea that White was in support of. According to Berto, White was very complimentary of his boxing career, saying that he is “one of the only guys in boxing that keeps it alive” when they spoke.

Read More DIGG THIS

[VIDEO] TUF 17 Finale Weigh Ins

This post is ostensibly about the fighters who weighed in yesterday for tonight’s big TUF 17 Finale event. We will not, however, judge you if you skip right to the twenty five minute mark to watch Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano, who for some reason, both decided to weigh in wearing bikinis (do you, ladies. No complaints here at the CP office.).

If you didn’t get enough Zingano from her open media workout which was ostensibly about giving a taste of her workouts but was really about stretching… Oh, the stretching….anyway, she’s in this video along with Meisha and some other guys who we guess are fighting, too. I don’t know.

We heard something about a couple guys named Urijah (what are the chances of that, huh?) fighting, a Brazilian Sasquatch with a black belt on a come-back tear and a do-or-die featherweight match up on facebook between some straight bangers named Cole and Bart. Who knows?

If you watch the above video, you’ll probably end up learning more than we know. So, go for it.

- Elias Cepeda

Read More DIGG THIS

Barnburner Alert: John Makdessi vs. Edson Barboza Joins Stacked UFC 162 Card


(“I don’t mean to freak you out, Terry, but there’s a bee on your nose. Now if you just hold still…I’m gonna try something here.”) 

As if UFC 162 wasn’t already stacked enough, word broke earlier today that a lightweight matchup between John Makdessi and Edson Barboza has been booked for the event as well. Set to transpire on Fourth of July weekend, UFC 162 not only feature the much-anticipated middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, but a trio of ridiculously awesome featherweight fights and yes, the return of Dave Herman.

After suffering his only career defeat in one of the greatest upsets of 2012 (via TKO to Jamie Varner), Barboza recently rebounded with a first round TKO of Lucas “Why me, God, WHY?!” Martins at UFC on FX 7. Currently 3-2 in the octagon, Makdessi has been able to right the course in his past two fights, bouncing back from a two fight skid with UD victories over Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank.

We don’t mean to overhype it, but this fight has all the ingredients for a end of the night bonus at the minimum and a FOTY nomination at best. And what’s the only way to make a great fight even better? That’s right, a drinking game. Here are the rules we will be playing by during Makdessi/Barboza:

1. For every attempted spinning backfist/kick, take a drink.
2. For every landed spinning whatchamacallit, take two drinks.
3. If Mike Goldberg mentions “the slapping sound” made by a leg kick, finish your beer.
4. If Rogan informs Goldberg (for the billionth time) shortly thereafter that the best leg kicks are the ones that make no sound, shout out your favorite Goldbergism and take a shot.
5. If it ends in a knockout/TKO, finish your beer.
6. If Joe Rogan completely loses his sh*t during the fight (ala Boetsch/Okami), take a bong rip, finish your beer, and Ezekiel choke the person closest to you.

Check out the crazy lineup for UFC 162 after the jump. 

Read More DIGG THIS

Friday Link Dump: MMA Staredowns That Got Physical, Chris Weidman’s Bold Statement, WSOF’s New TV Show + More


(This “20 Staredowns That Got Physical” video conveniently cuts off before Ricardo Mayorga flash-KO’s Din Thomas with a karate chop to the neck. Props: MMADigest)

War Machine on Fallon Fox: ‘Any Show That Signs Her Is a Piece of S*** Show’ (BleacherReport)

Georges St-Pierre Says He Weighed 170.4 Pounds at UFC 158 Weigh-Ins (MMAFighting)

Nick Diaz Weigh-In Video Returns to Youtube After Copyright Claim Is Reversed (BloodyElbow)

Chris Weidman Says Anderson Silva Is the Best Fighter of all Time, But He’s Just a Little Better (MiddleEasy)

TUF 17 Finale: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know (FightDay)

TUF 17 Finale: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano Video Preview (YouTube.com/UFC)

Jon Jones Looks Really Out of Place Next to Those Two Gangsters (Facebook.com/CagePotato)

World Series of Fighting: Future Champs Series Furthers WSOF and NBC Sports Partnership (MMAWeekly)

Refined Sugar: Paying for Love in 2013 (MadeMan)

10 of the Most Hilarious Conspiracy Theories (Break.com)

Her Most Secret Desires: 15 Things She Wants You to Do for Her in Bed (MensFitness)

The 20 Most Beautiful Female Celebrities Without Makeup (WorldwideInterweb)

Top 3 Weird and Awesome TV Remote Controls for Men (DoubleViking)

How to Avoid Being “That Guy” at the Party (EgoTV)

The Oral History of Freaknik (Complex)

Read More DIGG THIS

Kickers, Rejoice! Melvin Manhoef vs. Mirko Cro Cop in the Works for Road FC 12


(Oh yeah, they’ll be a lot of this sort of thing.) 

We don’t want to jump the gun here, Nation, but according to ROAD FC CEO Moon Jung Hong, the promotion is “very close” to booking an MMA match between Mirko Cro Cop and Melvin Manhoef at Road FC 12.

I do not want to reveal too much, but the next card will eclipse the Road FC 11 card. We are very close to getting Melvin Manhoef vs Mirko Cro Cop done for the next event.

If that statement does not make your heart skip a beat, then you are dead inside.

Sure, many of you will look at this as one of those “__ Years Too Late” fights, but we all said the same thing about Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell, and how amazing was that fight? Despite the fact that he’s coming off a loss to Brock Larson at One FC 8, Manhoef has actually reeled off three wins in his past four contests and has proven that he can still kick with the best of them (and oft through them). As for the size difference? I refer you to this.

Read More DIGG THIS

Classic Fight of the Day: Bubba McDaniel vs. Alexander Shlemenko Ends in Buzzer-Beater Flying Knee, Confused Referee


(The shark vs. the fishing net. Brilliant analogy, you guys.)

Reddit_MMA user alphahouse44 dug up this old clip of Alexander Shlemenko and Robert “Bubba” McDaniel‘s fight at ShoXC 9 back in October 2008, and it’s a must-see for fans of flying knees to the body and barely-competant regional referees. At the time, Shlemenko was already a well-traveled 28-5 veteran who was making his U.S. debut that night, and McDaniel was an 11-4 prospect coming off a quick win over Kale Hose four months prior.

Bubba takes control of the fight early, dragging Shlemenko to the mat and smashing him with body shots from the top. He’s tenacious in his efforts to stay body-to-body with the Russian striker, and secures back mount on multiple occasions in the second half of the first round. With about 20 seconds left, Shlemenko escapes to his feet, whiffs on a spinning backfist, but finds his mark with a jumping knee to McDaniel’s chest. Bubba crumples to the mat in agony, and the bell sounds for the end of the round.

Since Bubba can’t continue, it should clearly be ruled a TKO, right? Unfortunately, the ref is legally blind, and thought the knee landed to McDaniel’s groin. (Skip to the 7:04 mark for a replay of the strike in question.) Bubba’s own cornermen clear up what really happened, and the referee wanders around aimlessly for a moment before finally calling the fight off.

Shlemenko would go on to become the middleweight champion of Bellator, while McDaniel would go on to make tons of new fans on TUF 17. Ah, we kid with Bubba because we love him.

Read More DIGG THIS

The 12 Best Photos From Arianny and Brittney’s FHM ‘Cheerleaders’ Pictorial


(EHRMAGERD, URPSKERTS.)

As we mentioned last week, UFC ring girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer scored the cover and a fantastic cheerleader-themed pictorial in the May 2013 issue of British FHM. We just discovered a bunch of the photos online via FHM’s Facebook page and HawtCelebs.com, and we’ve posted our favorites below. Click all images for full-size versions, and visit FHM.com for a lovely video from Arianny and Brittney’s photoshoot.

Read More DIGG THIS

Booking Roundup: Trio of Fights Added to UFC’s July Events Including Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine


(Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.) 

In one of the greater upsets of 2013 thus far, Robbie Lawler returned to the UFC last February and successfully smashed former top contender Josh Koscheck in the opening round of their UFC 157 main card scrap. Although the fight was not without its share of controversy (because it is physically impossible to fully knockout a Fraggle), the UFC quickly took notice nonetheless and has now booked “Ruthless” against the final Strikeforce welterweight champion, Tarec Saffiedine, at UFC on FOX 8. 

On the heels of the aforementioned Strikeforce welterweight championship-earning performance over Nate Marquardt at the final Strikeforce event, Saffiedine was originally tapped to face Carlos Condit at UFC 158 following Rory MacDonald’s withdrawal. Saffiedine declined the matchup, however, and has now been given what many fans would consider a much easier fight as punishment. The UFC rewards system at work, ladies and gentlemen.

Also booked for UFC on FOX 8, is a battle of exciting lightweights…

Read More DIGG THIS
CagePotatoMMA