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June, 2013

Hot Potato: 10 Photos of WCFC Ring Girl Lauren Monday, a.k.a “ALL CAPS GIRL”

Now *this* is what we love about having a website that is seen by thousands of people on a daily basis. Just yesterday, Danga took note of a particularly stunning ring girl who popped up during the resin-filled nightmare that was the WAR MMA behind-the-scenes footage, eloquently noting “MY GOD DAT GIRL ON THE RIGHT.” Truly a wordsmith, dat Danga.

Anyway, less than 24 hours later, we received a tweet from QuestionableStoppage identifying “all caps girl” as West Coast Fighting Championship ring girl Lauren Monday, a 21 year-old, Sacramento based model who hopes to one day grace the pages of Sports Illustrated and possibly Victoria’s Secret according to her ModelMayhem page. Reach for the stars, Lauren. Reach for the stars.

Check out our favorite photos of Ms. London in the gallery after the jump, then swing by her Facebook page and/or follow her on Twitter for more videos and pictures, then make sure to visit QuestionableStoppage for all your ring girl and local fight needs.

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[VIDEO] UFC 162 Extended Preview: Silva Fights “Like a Hero in a Movie”

We’re nearing one of the UFC’s biggest events of the year – UFC 162 – and so it’s the perfect time to get a little extra amped up for Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman and another of the night’s bouts. Weidman continues to talk himself up as the guy to dethrone middleweight champion Silva, and he’s joined by a number of other prominent MMA fighters who say he’s the perfect guy to beat Anderson.

Also, We get a sneak peak at Frankie Edgar’s training camp as he prepares to lose a controversially-close decision to Charles Oliveira. Oh yeah, there’s some apt Kanye West music at the end as well.

Do you think Weidman has a chance, nation? And, what other fight are you most looking forward to at UFC 162?

- Elias Cepeda

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Like a Boss: Reliving Eight of the Greatest Walk-Off Submissions in MMA History


(“All right, boys, break it up.” Photo via Sherdog.) 

Josh Burkman’s incredible and somewhat controversial (MAZZAGATTI!!) walk-off submission of the nearly-unsubmittable Jon Fitch at WSOF 3 (video here) may be old news by this point, but it’s been keeping us up nights here at CagePotato ever since. Not because of how shocking or unpredictable it was, but because we couldn’t honestly recall the last time we saw a fighter act as judge, jury, executioner and medieval corpse disposer during his own fight.

The walk-off knockout, while equally entertaining and respectable, is a lot easier to come by based on its definition alone. The walk-off submission, however, is an entirely different beast, so let’s take a look back at eight classic examples of this phenomenon (in no particular order) to honor those who were actually able to pull it off. Enjoy.

Royce Gracie vs. Art Jimmerson – UFC 1

Ah yes, the very first walk-off submission in UFC History. In every sense of the word.

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Edith Labelle’s Latest ‘MMA Candy’ Video Features a Level of Boob-Grabbing That You Just Don’t Find in Other Jiu-Jitsu Instructionals


(Oh yes. Yes I can. / Props: MMACandy’s YouTube channel via MMAMania)

When it comes to jiu-jitsu instructional videos, former UFC ring girl Edith Labelle is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down. Earlier this year we gawked at her sexy kimura transitions for MMA Candy, and now the curvy Canuck is back with a new set of clips that straddle the line between grappling and groping. (“Groppling”?)

In the clip above, Edith demonstrates the half-guard shoulder roll, while her glorious breasts are rudely woman-handled by her training partner Angela. (0:55, 1:04, 1:45, and 1:53, you guys. See, I did the research for you.) By the way, that shoulder-roll thing is the most hilariously impractical transition I’ve seen outside of a Redneck Jiu Jitsu video…and yet I could watch this stuff all day.

After the jump: More from Edith’s latest shoot with MMA Candy, including a heel-hook from mount that looks like it was taken straight out of a Lexxi Tyler movie.

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Eddie Alvarez’s Legal Nightmare Continues: Fighter Won’t Meet Bellator in Court Until September…Of 2014


(Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail. Images via Bellator.com)

Eddie Alvarez‘s attempt to pursue better opportunities in the UFC is having a disastrous effect on the former Bellator lightweight champion career. To recap: After Alvarez’s contract with Bellator expired, the UFC sent him a juicy offer that included a $250,000 signing bonus, a percentage of pay-per-view revenue, and the potential to be promoted on a future FOX card. Bellator “matched” it by simply copying the exact terms of the deal — which Alvarez didn’t appreciate, considering that Bellator doesn’t run pay-per-shows or broadcast their fights on network television.

The two sides have been engaged in a knotty legal battle since January over whether Alvarez is obligated to accept that deal. Unfortunately, time continues to tick away on Alvarez’s prime competitive years — the 29-year-old hasn’t competed since his first-round KO of Patricky Freire last October — and the case might not be settled for a long, long time. As MMAJunkie reports:

According to documents filed Monday in U.S. district court, the two parties aren’t required to see each other in court until after Sept. 15, 2014, when a pre-trial conference may take place.

That means it could be near the end of 2014 before a jury gets involved, unless a settlement takes place…

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[EXCLUSIVE] Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Clears the Air on Motivation, Fighting Injured, Pro Wrestling, and Mike Dolce’s Criticism


(“I’ve always considered myself a human being first and a fighter second. Sometimes that isn’t the best thing for my career.” Photo via Getty)

By Elias Cepeda

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got into a car in New York City one afternoon this week, headed to Connecticut. Shortly after he sat down I asked where, specifically, he was headed to in Connecticut and why.

“I’m going to a little place called, ‘None of your damned business.’”

A standard tongue-in-cheek answer from Jackson, really. He was headed to Connecticut to visit a doctor of his.

The former UFC champion is currently on the mend from a number of injuries. He’s also at the start of what he is optimistic will be a flourishing new career with Bellator and Viacom.

After walking out on the UFC earlier this year, Jackson announced in early June that he had signed with the Viacom-owned Bellator Fighting Championships. He will fight there, wrestle on the TNA pro wrestling circuit, appear in a reality show airing on Spike and, he hopes, star in Paramount Pictures films, also owned by Viacom.

Despite this windfall of opportunity, I was a bit concerned for Jackson as an outside observer. Increasingly, he’s sounded less like the terrorizing, hungry fighter that became a world champion and more like an aging veteran content to show up, take lumps and collect a pay check.

“My main job is to entertain the fans,” he told us a few weeks ago.

“I know that realistically I probably won’t win all my fights in Bellator. But I’ll be damned if I won’t entertain people. I’m going to come over and put on the most exciting fights.”

That sentiment sounded generous, surely, but also a bit unsafe. In response, I wrote that “When a fighter who used to once be driven to be the best now simply hopes to titillate spectators by hitting and being hit, however, it can be a bad sign of damage to come.”

My concern was unfounded, though, Jackson says. Either I wasn’t listening or I didn’t get what he was saying.

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[VIDEO] The Behind-the-Scenes Footage of WAR MMA Is Exactly the Resin-Filled Clusterfuck You Would Expect it to Be


(Just another day at Stockton HQ. That guy to the right? CEO of Finances and Anti-Bullshit.)

Following in the footsteps of his former promotion, Nick Diaz’s WAR MMA recently released a “Danavlog”-style video detailing the ins and outs of an upstart promotion in the days leading up to their first event, which went down last weekend to mixed results. Why anyone involved allowed MMAFighting’s E. Casey Leydon to do this, or release the specific footage that he did, defies the most basic entrepreneurial logic imaginable, but such is Nick Diaz.

The footage, which depicts Diaz’s crew of cohorts smoking weed (specifically resin, because what? You can’t smoke Cali Kush on a UFC salary), breaking into cars, and failing to even get their promoter to show up to the weigh-ins as promised (classic Diaz, amiright?), is damning evidence on almost every level. And yet, they allowed it to be released. Willingly. Like if the NSA had chosen to hand Edward Snowden the PRISM metadata, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a first class ticket to Moscow on live television.

How an organization so haphazardly assembled even managed to pull off an event the size of WAR MMA without anyone dying is simply shocking when viewed through the hindsight goggles of this video, so join us after the jump as we marvel in the ridiculousness that is a Nick Diaz business venture.

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Knockout of the Day: Behold, The First Accidental Slam KO Since Hughes vs. Newton

Major props to our buddies at KnockoutFootage (via MiddleEasy) for passing along this video of a local fight that ended in a finish even more rarely seen in the MMA world than the double KO: The accidental slam KO.

It’s a finish we haven’t been privy to since Matt Hughes fell asleep on top of Carlos Newton and woke up a UFC champion at UFC 34. Unfortunately, thanks to some lighting straight out of Buffalo Bill’s basement, the glory of this local show KO is somewhat lost on the audience.

Rest assured, the dude who nose-dived when he clearly should have done a barrel roll was up and walking by the time the final announcements were made, thanks in no small part to a timely intervention on the ref’s part. Had Cecil Peoples or Steve Mazzagatti been the third man in the ring for this scrap, well, this footage would have never made it online for legal purposes. The small victories, Nation.

-J. Jones

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Possible Trolling of the Day: Will GQ Magazine Feature A ‘Huge Spread’ on Fallon Fox?


(Seems legit, right?  Photo via mixedmartialarts.com)

By Nathan Smith

Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, print media has slowly walked The Green Mile towards obscurity. Major publications have gone belly up and my kids will probably miss out on cracking open the Sports page while drinking a nice cup of coffee in the morning because newspapers are fading quick. Many magazines have had to resort to gimmicky publicity stunts to keep their heads above water, sling a few more issues, and make payroll for the next month.  Whether it is the first photo of some garbage-ass (yeah, I’m bringing it back) reality star’s child or coaxing a pseudo-celebrity with a possible substance abuse problem to get naked, print publications are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel. [Ed. note: Good thing we're above stuff like that.]

Potentially proving this point is the picture above which surfaced on The UG yesterday showing a photo-shoot of everyone’s favorite transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox with the caption:

GQ Magazine photoshoot today with a true Pioneer of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts.. Fallon Fox – Future UFC and Invicta FC Champion

Look for huge spread feature story in GQ Mag, October 2013!!
Jen Wenk comes on board now Nike backing, GQ magazine.

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The UFC Heavyweight Division Has Entered a Dark Age…Again


(See? It’s not as easy as it looks. / Photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

Ask yourself this question: Within the next two years, will the UFC heavyweight title be held by anyone whose last name isn’t Dos Santos or Velasquez?

That’s the scenario the UFC heavyweight division currently faces. The division is like the grim days of old, when Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia traded the belt back and forth, stomping “top contenders” like Justin Eilers, Paul Buentello, and Tra Telligman along the way.

The only difference is that now, instead of a hairy Belorussian feuding with an overweight hunting enthusiast, we have a personality-challenged Mexican feuding against a Brazilian with a badly receding hairline.

This isn’t to disparage Cain Velasquez or Junior Dos Santos as fighters, though. Both men are insanely talented. But that’s the problem — they’re both so talented that the rest of the fighters in the division aren’t a match for them. The only challenge to Velasquez is Dos Santos. The only challenge to Dos Santos is Velasquez.

Before you run to the comments screaming about Alistair Overeem and other heavyweight fighters, hear me out.

The UFC heavyweight top ten isn’t what it used to be…well actually; it’s exactly what it used to be: A list of overrated fighters who people think are top-notch because of the UFC label, as well as a division with the UFC’s least athletically gifted fighters.

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