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June, 2013

Visa Issues Kill Sonnen vs. Rua at UFC 161, Bout Being Considered for ‘UFC on FOX Sports 1:1′


(You fuck wit ChurchBoyz Wrestling and you best know you’re gonna get teased gently for it | ‘Shogun’ Rua’s Instagram)

A reported last-minute replacement bout between Chael Sonnen and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua for June 15th’s UFC 161 has been postponed due to visa issues on Sonnen’s behalf. As a result, Rua has been removed from the card entirely, lending a lot of credence to CagePotato reader Mr. Misanthropy’s theory that UFC 161 is UFC 149: Part II.

Only days ago, Rua’s originally scheduled opponent, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, was forced to pull out of the fight with an injury. Shortly thereafter, Sonnen expressed an interest in filling in for the “Brazilian Chicken” and it appeared as if he would step in against Rua.

In fact, Rua and his team were watching tape on “The American Gangster” at the very moment they received the news that Sonnen would not be able to make the trip to Canada. Our friends at Globo and Google Translate have the story for us after the jump.

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Irony of All Ironies: Rampage Jackson Reportedly Signs With Bellator/TNA, Debut Tentatively Set for Fall


(Shoe of the future or electric razor of the future? You decide.  Photo via Fighterxfashion.com)

Rampage Jackson. Rampage. Jaaacksson.

I keep repeating the name out loud, hoping to dredge up some semblance of the physical being who once inhabited that moniker, of the powerbombing, ref-pranking, good time-having brawler who was feared the world over, but all I’m left with are the memories of a bitter, perpetually lamenting transexual rapist and peddler of millipede-shaped death shoes. Tis a cruel mistress, this thing we call time.

Although we’ve had our fun mocking Page’s downward spiral from the sidelines over the years, we truly (and somewhat secretly) have been holding onto the hope that we would one day see the Rampage of old — the aforementioned jive-talking world-beater — back in action whenever he finally found a promotion that “appreciates him.”

Well good news, Potato Nation, as it appears that Rampage has finally found said promotion…in Bellator.

Ariel Helwani has the details:

According to those same sources, Jackson’s new deal will be similar to the one Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal signed with the promotion last year, which gave him the opportunity to appear on TNA Impact Wrestling programming on Spike TV. Jackson has flirted with the idea of pursuing a pro wrestling career in the past, and it seems as though he will soon get a chance to showcase himself as a sports entertainer.

Jackson’s Bellator debut has yet to be finalized, but a fall date appears to be a possibility. Bellator would not confirm the new contract when contacted by MMAFighting.com.

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Whatever the Opposite of ‘Barnburer Alert’ Is: Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis Booked for UFC 163


(“You’ll love it, son, it’s called a ur-pee.”) 

Yesterday, we informed you that a sure-to-be-slugfest in Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit II had been booked for the UFC’s second FOX Sports 1 card. There was much rejoicing. Today, however, we bring you word of a matchup slightly lower on The Chris Lytle Barnburner Scale: Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis, which has recently been given the greenlight for UFC 163: Aldo vs. Pettis in August. Looks like “The Dragon” won’t be getting that title shot he was promisedagain.

To be fair, Lyoto was offered a short notice shot against Jon Jones at UFC 152 after beating down Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4, but turned it down citing not enough time to prepare (meanwhile, Chael Sonnen just offered to fight Cain “El Pollo Grande” Velasquez – his words, not ours — in a Taco Bell parking lot tomorrow). Although Machida was again promised a title shot with a win over Dan Henderson at UFC 157, his somewhat uninspiring performance, coupled with Jon Jones’ toe injury, threw a wrench into those plans. Machida has been relegated to turning down a fight with Alexander Gustafsson, then begging for a fight with Alexander Gustafsson ever since. Sad.

Davis is also on the heels of a less-than-spectacular (fine, let’s call it what it was, abysmal) performance — albeit in victory — over Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159. Suffice it to say, if the thought of seeing Rashad Evans try to score 50 takedowns against Hendo at UFC 161 really gets your engine revving, then you are going to need a Valium or six to make it through the spectacle that will be Davis sauntering after Machida for three rounds attempting to do the same.

-J. Jones

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Barnburner Alert: Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann II to Headline ‘UFC on Fox Sports 1:2′ in Indianapolis


(“Take it easy, Martin! You are with people that love you and just want to see you clean and sober again. There you go…there you go…” Photo via Getty Images.)

We’d hate to accuse the dickish reality show producer currently finding work as a UFC matchmaker of getting ahead of himself, but it seems a little odd that he has yet to declare a main event for the UFC’s highly-anticipated debut on the FOX Sports 1 channel while simultaneously announcing over the weekend that a rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann will headline the promotion’s second event on the FS1 channel, which goes down less than a fortnight after the first. Still, that’s what’s happening.

Then again, as I was informed by a Vietnamese prostitute in a ritual dubbed “seven knots to heaven” during a study abroad semester in 2009, “The thrill comes from the anticipation, not the climax,” so perhaps the UFC is just stringing us along until they surprise us with Jones vs. Silva* (or in a perfect world, Martinez vs. Zimmer II) come August 17th and cause a fangasm visible from outer space is all I’m saying.

In any case, the announcement of Kampmann vs. Condit 2 was made to none other than FOXSports.com, and Kampmann seemed more than excited for the opportunity to put Condit away this time around:

He’s going to have his rematch. It’s going to be a different fight. I’m a different fighter. He’s a different fighter. We had a good scrap last time, and this time it’ll be five rounds. That’ll give me plenty of time to get the finish.

It’s somewhat shocking how much of that quote could be attributed to Bich Nguyen, the Vietnamese prostitute of which I speak, but I digress.

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Get Lifted: UFC Raises Marijuana Threshold for International Events, Nick Diaz’s Unretirement Surely Imminent

Man…Bryan Caraway is gonna be piiiiiiissssseeddd when he gets word of this little development.

You might not have heard about this, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel was held in Las Vegas over the weekend, and among the primary issues discussed was that of the acceptable threshold for marijuana metabolites in a given fighter’s system that the UFC currently allows, specifically on an international level. You see, since the UFC usually acts as its own regulatory body in foreign countries, an issue has recently emerged regarding the discrepancy between their acceptable level for metabolites  – 50 ng/mL — and the newly-deemed acceptable level of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) — 150 ng/mL.

Fortunately, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner revealed during the panel that the promotion’s threshold will now be raised to meet the level of WADA’s. He spoke with MMAJunkie, then presumably passed one to the left hand side:

“When we self-regulate around the world, we are going to go the WADA standard of 150. So we’re starting that immediately.”

Ratner also told MMAjunkie.com the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – or Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) – which regulates UFC events in Brazil, has also agreed to the same standard and will make the change at next week’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 event in Fortaleza. Brazilian commission officials later confirmed their decision.

You may be asking yourself, “What exactly does this threshold change mean for UFC fighters moving forward?”

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[*UPDATED*] Following Lil Nog’s Withdrawal, Chael Sonnen Wants in Against ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 161


(Coming Soon: The Pooricio “No Guns” Rua Chicken Sliders.)

Well, well, well. Guess who’s lobbying to replace an injured fighter on short notice again?

Yesterday, we informed you that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira had to pull out of his UFC 161 bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua less than two weeks before they were scheduled for their much-anticipated rematch. The UFC insists that “Shogun” is staying on the card, but the former champ needs an opponent and who in their right mind wants to fight someone as good as Rua on such short notice?

You guessed it, Frank Stallone Chael “P-Money” Sonnen:

BOOM! ROASTED.

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Knockout of the Morning: In Malaysia, Glove-Tapping is a Sign of Disrespect Punishable by Death


(Props to the UG for the find. Skip to the 1 minute mark for the start of the action.) 

Over the years, we’ve seen all kinds of reactions to the somewhat customary yet completely optional touch of gloves at the beginning of an MMA fight. Manny Gamburyan used the opportunity to kick Jeff Cox in the chest at Fight Night 13 back in 2008, and although he won that fight, “The Anvil” was punished by the karma gods with two straight losses and a pink slip shortly thereafter. Convicted heroin smuggler Paul Kelly attempted a similarly dirty move against Donald Cerrone at UFC 126, then tried acting like he didn’t mean to after he was choked out some seven minutes later. And don’t even get us started on JR Fuller, the patron saint of fake glove-tappers.

Then there are guys like Firuz Karomatov, a Malaysian fighter who, according to his Sherdog profile, stands at 0’0″ and fights at N/Aweight. Karomatov made his professional MMA debut at MFC 6 a couple weeks back, and as is often the case with severely undersized people, he clearly had a chip on his shoulder heading into the fight. And when his opponent, Muhammad Hakim biz Azmi, held his glove out to perform the classic “At Arm’s Length” prank? You better believe that Firuz responded by kicking his bully opponent in the head and blitzkrieging the disrespectful bastard until he lay unconscious on the mat some 15 seconds later.

To be fair, you could make the argument that biz Azmi was not taunting Firuz and was simply trying to be a good sport, but what fun is that? JUSTICE: SERVED.

-J. Jones

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UFC 161 Loses Another Fighter, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Injured & Out of Fight with ‘Shogun’ Rua


(Rogerio offered to still fight at UFC 161, if the bout were changed to tag-team rules)

GloboEsporte and MMAJunkie are both reporting that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced to pull out of his UFC 161 rematch bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. GloboEsporte reports the Brazilian’s injury as a herniated disc.

With UFC 161 less than two weeks away, it is unknown if a replacement is being sought by the UFC or will be found to fight Rua. Nogueira and Rua first fought in 2005 in the Pride Middleweight Tournament.

Rua earned a decision win after scoring a knockdown late in the fight. The bout is still regarded as one of the best in MMA history.

Rua would go on to win the tournament and, later, the UFC light heavyweight title. Nogueira has won his last two fights, over former champions Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. It is still unknown how long his injury will keep him sidelined.

UFC 161 already lost its first main event, when interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao was injured and pulled out of his title defense against Eddie Wineland. Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson have since been matched up with one another as a replacement main event for the Winnipeg, Canada pay per view card.

- Elias Cepeda

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Chuck Liddell Admits That Retirement Was The Right Choice For Him


(Liddell’s decision to retire involved sober discussions with those closest to him)

Our favorite corporate Zuffa desk jockey, Chuck Liddell, recently fielded questions in Brazil from fans and discussed his decision to retire in 2010. At that time, the former light heavyweight champion had lost three straight, all by TKO or KO, and five out of his last six fights.

UFC President, and Liddell’s one-time manager, Dana White publicly said that the legend should retire and since that time, it has been widely assumed and reported that White coerced or talked The Iceman into hanging up his gloves. However, Liddell told fans that when he met with White in the fall of 2010, he’d already decided on his own to quit.

“I talked to my family, my coaches, and then I went to Dana,” Liddell recounted for fans. “I talked to Dana. Dana and I actually went to dinner, and he thought I was going to ask him to fight again. I came to dinner, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ He was relieved.”

“I asked him to just hold off for about three months and give me some time to get adjusted to it before I have to talk to people about it because it was a hard decision for me,” Liddell went on.

While the decision to stop competing professionally was a tough one for the fighter, he says that he realizes that leaving when he did and not sustaining more damage was the right thing to do. ”I love fighting, and I didn’t want to stop, but it was the right decision at the time between my coaches and my family,” Chuck said.

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Ronda Rousey’s Mother Criticizes Last-Minute Announcement of Tate Replacing Zingano on TUF & in UFC Title Bout


(Somehow, she’s still scary in this photo)

So, remember when the UFC announced that Cat Zingano had to pull out of coaching The Ultimate Fighter opposite bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey as well as out of her title match with “Rowdy” and would be replaced by Meisha Tate. Everyone, except for Meisha Tatewas probably pretty bummed about Zingano’s injury but no one really seemed to care about how or when the UFC let the world, and Rousey know.

Well, according to Ronda’s mother Dr. Ana Maria Rousey DeMars, a former international Judo competitor, the UFC pulled a Urijah/Cruz/Barao-type announcement with Ronda being Faber in this instance, Meisha being Barao and finding out before Rousey that she would replace Zingano (the “Cruz” in this scenario) as coach and opponent. Alright, that messy analogy aside, Dr. Rousey DeMars used her blog to take issue with her daughter getting surprised and finding out later than Meisha that the two would fight one another again for the sake of providing a dramatic television moment for The Ultimate Fighter.

“When I heard about the last-minute switch in coaches for the show Ronda is on, my first thought was, ‘That’s a pretty dick move,’ Ana Maria wrote.

“Not so much replacing Cat, who was injured (ouch!) but keeping it from Ronda until the last minute. If you’re going to have an athletic competition, then it should be fair. Among other things, that means you don’t give one competitor information that the other doesn’t have. You don’t let one player know something weeks in advance of the other player.”

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