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July, 2013

All UFC 162 Drug Tests Come Back Negative (Yes, Even Chris Leben’s)


(“Hey man, I got these cheeseburg-OOF!”. Photo via Getty.)

Bad news, Anderson Silva conspiracy theorists; the drug test results for UFC 162 came in earlier today, and no, Silva did not test positive for a combination of ecstasy, Ambien and Zytiga as speculated. Nor, for that matter, did newly-crowned middleweight champion Chris Weidman get popped with enough steroids coursing through his urine to give a gorilla glaucoma. Looks like “Nike did it” is now your only option left.

In fact, every single fighter who competed at UFC 162 managed to come out clean on the other side, even Chris Leben, who received a Suboxone TUE (a first for the UFC. Can someone say TRAILBLAZER?) before suffering a unanimous decision loss to Andrew Craig on the evening’s FX portion of the prelims.

This is normally where I’d try to end the article on some whimsical note to take you into the weekend, but I’ve got nothing. Here’s the rec room scene from Tremors instead. Good evening.

-J. Jones

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Friday Link Dump: Looking Back at UFC 100, More Details on ‘TUF China’, Best Sports GIFs of 2013 + More


(Another killer Invicta FC 6 preview video shot by @ekc. Enjoy.)

UFC 100: A Look Back at One of the Biggest Events in UFC History (BloodyElbow)

‘TUF: China’ debuts in November, UFC plans return to Macau, debut in Singapore (MMAJunkie)

Ronda Rousey on Breasts in MMA: Gina Carano Had a ‘Fantastic Rack’ (BleacherReport)

Siyar Bahadurzada Out of UFC on FOX 8 Fight With Robbie Lawler; Bobby Voelker In (MMAFighting)

Arianny Celeste: Top 10 Sexiest Intagram Photos (FightDay)

The Best Sports GIFs of 2013…So Far (Complex)

Functional Fitness: How to Ace an Adventure Race (MensFitness)

5 Coolest Lego Creations (DoubleViking)

Honest Trailers: ‘Grown Ups’ (ScreenJunkies)

The 50 Dirtiest Internet Headlines Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

How Freaking High Is This Guy? [VIDEO] (EgoTV)

Review: Pacific Rim Broke My Heart (FilmDrunk)

12 Really Hot, Really Tall Women (MadeMan)

Daft Punk vs. Sesame Street (Break)

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CagePotato Roundtable #24: What Was the Most Memorable Publicity Stunt By an MMA Fighter?


(Photo by Ben Watts for ESPN The Magazine. Click image for full-size version)

With the newest issue of the “ESPN Body Issue” set to hit shelves today – featuring none other than UFC contender (by convenience) Miesha Tate – we decided to take look back at memorable publicity stunts from other MMA fighters. Some were one-time incidents, some were entire careers, and one actually managed to be both. Read on for our picks, and please continue to send your ideas for future Roundtable topics to tips@cagepotato.com.

Ben Goldstein

There was a time when Kimbo Slice was the most popular MMA fighter in the world. That’s not hyperbole. There are actual numbers to back this up.

After Kevin Ferguson — Kimbo’s real name, in case you’ve forgotten — became an Internet legend fighting in backyards, boatyards, and basements, the bare-knuckle brawler decided to go legit and fight in steel cages instead. Kimbo’s first MMA exhibition in June 2007 was a classic freak show against boxer Ray Mercer, which Slice won by guillotine choke in just over a minute. After that, it was a career-defining 12 months in Gary Shaw’s utterly shameless EliteXC outfit, where Kimbo picked up three consecutive wins against Bo Cantrell (who put up no resistance whatsoever), Tank Abbott (a old-school relic just there to pay off his bar tabs), and James Thompson (who was slapped with a standing-TKO loss only because his ear was about to fall off).

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Josh Koscheck Injured, Out of UFC 163 Match Against Demain Maia


(Let me guess…motorboating accident? / Photo via Getty)

Has the UFC injury bug emerged from its slumber to tear some more upcoming events to shreds? The latest fighter to be struck down is welterweight veteran Josh Koscheck, who has been forced to withdraw from his meeting with Demian Maia at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie (August 3rd; HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro) due to an undisclosed injury.

When this fight was originally booked, we thought it might be the UFC’s way of getting rid of Kos. (Maia is on a three-fight win streak at 170 pounds, Koscheck has lost his last two, and the fight is in Brazil, for God’s sake.) So maybe this injury was a blessing in disguise — unless the UFC just re-books Koscheck vs. Maia for their next Brazilian event.

UFC 163 will proceed with 12 scheduled bouts instead of 13. The current lineup is after the jump…

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Georges St. Pierre Takes a Page From the BJ Penn Pre-Fight Handbook, Invites Johny Hendricks to Do VADA Testing With Him


(Skip to 2:25 for the start of the VADA conversation..)

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been accused of steroid use more times than any other fighter who’s never failed a drug test. BJ Penn first painted him as a cheater in 2009, saying that St. Pierre “doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to steroids and growth hormones and that stuff,” and pointed to his physique as proof. (“He looks like that every day…The rest of us, we get fat, then we train and get skinny and the cycle goes over and over again. He looks the same way all the time. Come on.”)

The following year, Josh Koscheck passed along some “hearsay information” supporting the GSP/steroid rumors, calling for Olympic style drug testing for his upcoming fight against St. Pierre. And earlier this year, we saw noted conspiracy theorist Nick Diaz implying that not only was GSP on steroids, but the UFC knows about it and is cool with it.

So for once, St. Pierre is going to beat these jackasses to the punch. In a new interview with Sportsnet’s Joe Ferraro, St. Pierre invited his UFC 167 opponent Johny Hendricks to subscribe to pre-fight drug-testing with him through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), which would provide random, unannounced testing during the eight weeks before their fight. Here’s what St. Pierre had to say:

I believe the sport has a problem now. When I first started fighting in mixed martial arts, it didn’t have any money. So, now more money got involved, more ways are there to be cheating to take a shortcut and I believe VADA testing I’m up for it and I invite my opponent to do the VADA testing for the championship fight.

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CagePotato Q+A: Rose Namajunas Discusses Twerking, Ronda Rousey, And Getting That Invicta Belt


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Before she returns to the cage at Invicta FC 6 on Saturday night, our favorite strawweight Rose Namajunas — a.k.a., The Honey Badger — took some time to answer a few questions submitted by the Potato Nation. (The role of CP’s comment section was played by Pat Barry. Well done, Pat.) Follow Rose on twitter @RoseNamajunas, and be sure to tune into Invicta FC 6 on Saturday!

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[VIDEO] An Inside Look at Anderson Silva Before and After His UFC 162 Defeat


(Props: AndersonSilva9ine)

We can’t remember Anderson Silva ever releasing a video blog around a fight but thank goodness he decided to do so for UFC 162. This past Saturday, of course, Silva was upset by Chris Weidman in dramatic fashion.

The above video blog released today by the Silva camp offers a glimpse at some intimate, painful, and sometimes touching moments with the former champion. Then, there’s Anderson getting a sit-down speech from Usher after the fight, in which the pop-star — and Silva’s Black House training partner?? — offers his own criticism of the Spider’s performance. That part is just surreal and hilarious.

Other highlights include: Anderson acting anything but aloof with fans as he exits the arena in Las Vegas after losing his title to Weidman, and a composed Silva giving credit to Weidman at the post-event press conference, then breaking down and crying in a hotel room afterwards only to then lead an inspiring cheer-circle with his friends, family and teammates. It’s a level of access we’ve rarely seen before with Silva, so check it out.

- Elias Cepeda

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[VIDEO] Chael Sonnen Tries Out Some New Material, To Mixed Reactions


(Smallwood’s “question” begins around the 2:00 mark.)

Maybe it’s the newlywed bliss, maybe its the fact that he is coming off two of the more embarrassing losses of his career*, but in recent months it appears as if a new, more humble Chael Sonnen has emerged. Aside from calling Lil Nog a “chicken” — which is perhaps the finest compliment he has ever paid to a Nogueira — Sonnen has been flying relatively under the radar in regards to his upcoming fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC on Fox Sports 1:1. It’s almost as if he fears, nay, RESPECTS the Brazilian! (*record scratch*)

But just as the scorpion must sting the frog, Chael Sonnen must taunt the troll.

You peons can’t possibly understand what it is like, having so many awesome insults to use and so little time to use them. And worse, having so. many. jabronis to use them on — it’s exhausting. It’s also why the former middleweight title challenger, the current FOX commentator and UFC Tonight Host, the dancing destroyer, the king of sting…decided to test out a bunch of new burns on a fan (2-3 fighter Bill Smallwood) who dared question his place in the UFC during a Q&A in Las Vegas over the weekend, resulting in a rant that ended with Sonnen using what some would consider a racial slur and threatening to whip said fans ass. As you would expect, the attending audience loved it.

As you would also expect, some people — like Deadspin’s Tim Marchman — are losing their shit over this.

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Matt Mitrione Out of UFC on Fox 8 With Injury, Buddy-Fight Against Brendan Schaub Cancelled


(Clearly, Matt Mitrione saw Brendan Schaub’s last match and is worried he can’t handle his riddum.)

Good buddies Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione were scheduled to fight one another at July 27th’s UFC on Fox 8 card, but a training injury suffered by Mitrione has, at least temporarily, halted the bout. MMA Fighting first passed along the bad news, citing sources close to the fight.

“The UFC was leaning towards re-booking the fight on a later card, and as a result, they decided to pull Schaub from the event in Seattle altogether,” MMAFighting reported.

Mitrione had previously said that he’d hate to knock out his friend Schaub, although the two heavyweights were at least pretending to dislike each other on twitter for a while. No official word yet on the specific nature of Mitrione’s injury or how long he will be out because of it. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops. Now that Schaub has his schedule cleared up, maybe it’s time to pursue that rematch with Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu? [Ed. note: Please, no, for the love of God.]

UFC on Fox 8 is headlined by a fly weight title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Moraga.

- Elias Cepeda

Semi-related: Max Holloway Steps up Against Conor McGregor After Injury Forces Andy Ogle Out

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BREAKING: Brian Stann Retires From MMA, Cites Potential Health Risks and New Daughter Among Reasons for Departure


(*Another* new castmember? This show has officially jumped the shark.) 

Wow.

When it was announced earlier today that Ariel Helwani would be hosting a special edition of The MMA Hour in which “a former champion, and one of the most popular names in the sport, will make a special announcement,” speculation began to light up the interwebs like it was a Simi Valley fireworks show. Was Brock Lesnar announcing his return to the sport? Was Bellator dumb enough to actually buy into Tito Ortiz’s “almost healthy” bait-n-switch? WAS ANDERSON SILVA ABOUT TO RETIRE?!

Simply put; no (thank God), not yet, and are you fucking kidding me? It turns out that the “former champion” is question was actually former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann, who shockingly announced his retirement from the sport following his second round KO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC on FUEL 8 last March. Citing a new daughter on the way (his third) as well as a concern for long term injuries related to not only his MMA career but his military career and previous football experience among his reasons for calling it quits, Stann was typically composed and grateful, ensuring Helwani that “I leave fighting having taken more from mixed martial arts than I ever gave.”

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