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July, 2013

“Fight for ALF” Update: Donate Now, Win Signed Gear From GSP and Bas Rutten!


(Click the image to get a closer look at these treasures, and please donate to Laura Nicholson’s fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma if you haven’t already!)

A month ago, we asked you guys to pledge some of your MMA memorabilia to our ongoing “Fight for ALF” fundraising efforts. And while that plea sort of fell on deaf ears — I guess you’re not the obsessed hoarders we thought you were? — two more members of the CP writing staff have stepped up to add some items to the pile. Read on for descriptions of the items, details on what you need to do to get them, and a new update from angrylittlefeet herself.

Nathan “The12ozCurls” Smith writes:

I was going through some boxes I packed a while back and I found this stuff. A framed signed Georges St. Pierre picture, a GSP action figure from UFC 87 and two Mint Topps UFC GSP cards.  One is a “fighter gear relic card” that has a fabric swatch of GSP’s man panties or jock strap or something. The other is a “fight mat relic card” that has a piece of the octagon mat from UFC 100. So long as nobody takes a black light to the photo, all the items are in great shape. Granted, I will play TAPS and cry watching these items go but I already have the life-sized cardboard cut-out of Georges that I shower with and anything I can do to help Laura — I am willing.

Chris Colemon donates this signed pair of Bas Rutten MMA gloves, size XL:

So here’s how this will work…

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Hot Potato: 15 Photos (And Then Some!) Of Tuff-N-Uff Ring Girl Aubrey Evans


(Photo via Playboy.com. Full gallery is after the jump.)

Props to Babes of MMA for introducing us to Aubrey Evans, a 23-year-old swimsuit model, spokesmodel, and actress based in Las Vegas who made her ring girl debut for Tuff-N-Uff last weekend. Previously, Aubrey has held round cards for the WEC and as a Corona boxing girl. Check out some of our favorite Aubrey Evans photos in the gallery below, and visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her official website for much more.

And before ReX complains, yes there is a “page 2″ in this gallery. Click that “next page” link below for some delightfully NSFW samples from Aubrey’s two nude pictorials for Playboy.com. Yesssssss.

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(Sort of) Update: Falcao & Mena Kicked Off Fight Team for Role in Gas Station Brawl, Mena Still Hospitalized


(Rest assured, this woman felt mighty foolish when she realized that Falcao was just trying to swat a deadly scorpion off her shoulder.) 

On Monday, we showed you video example #3401 of rule #1 in Brazil: Always show the proper hespect. Whether it’s to a fellow opponent, an elder, or some chick(a) at a gas station who just shot you down, dishespect is something that will simply not be tolerated and will usually end with a 2×4 being placed upside your head. It applied to Tommy Boy, and therefore it applies to the streets of Brazil.

Unfortunately, former Bellator middleweight title challenger Maiquel Falcao was never taught the aforementioned rule by the pack of feral dogs that raised him from ages 6-17 on account of them not speaking English and all, resulting in the horrific beatdowns that both he (deservedly) and fellow fighter Kaue Mena (not so much) received in their wild gas station brawl over the weekend.

Fortunately for Mena, he appears to be slowly improving after undergoing surgery yesterday, but remains in a coma. Falcao’s wife took to Facebook to detail the situation, stating, “Great news. Our brother Kaue has shown improvements. We are following his recovery. Glory be to God. We will continue praying in earnest.” The bad news, however, is that both Falcao and Mena have been subsequently kicked off Renovacao Fight Team, where the former has trained for the better part of two years. Fight team leader Marcelo Brigadeiro released an official statement via Portal do Vale Tudo yesterday, the entirety of which is after the jump.

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Tito Ortiz Announces Comeback via Bathroom Selfie; Will Bellator Bite?


(At least he didn’t tweet a picture of his dick this time.)

We guess being the best agent in MMA isn’t keeping Tito Ortiz occupied enough. The former long-time UFC light heavyweight champion hasn’t fought for a year now but recently tweeted that he’s considering a comeback.

The semi-retired fighter released a picture of himself and a series of tweets over the weekend that read, “Fighting is starting to sound fun again. ??????#Peopleschamp #comeback #Positive body is almost healed. @Punishment99 @ufc @Viacom @MTV @espn Come backs are always the best test! Live life to the fullest. #Positive.”

Tito is a great athlete and it’s impressive that he hasn’t gotten all fat and stuff since his competitive days, but the only thing that we’re #Positive about is that Tito has won just once over the past seven years in nine fights. Injuries — both real and imagined — and time take their toll on everyone, even formerly great fighters like Ortiz.

Clearly, Tito is trying to get the interest of any organization that will listen, by mentioning the UFC and Viacom, which now owns a majority stake Bellator. If Tito comes back, maybe it should be in Bellator where he at least won’t have to face the best light-heavyweights in the world.

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Anderson Silva Rumored to Want Weidman Rematch During Super Bowl Weekend, Opens as Betting Favorite Once Again


(The courtship continues.)

Anderson Silva insisted immediately after his knockout loss to Chris Weidman last Saturday at UFC 162 that he didn’t want a rematch. Then again, the guy just had his brain scrambled up real good and probably shouldn’t be held accountable for anything he said in the post-fight interview. A recent tweet from Brazilian journalist Guilherme Cruz who himself cites Lauro Jardim of Veja (I know, we’re stretching it here, but we want to believe) says that “sources close to Anderson Silva revealed he wants a rematch with Weidman on Feb. 2014.”

That would probably be the UFC’s big Super Bowl weekend event, if true. Sounds reasonable, right nation?

Silva is currently serving a forty-five day injury suspension and will need more time than that to even begin to recover from his knockout, at least to the extent that one’s brain can ever recover from being knocked out. Silva ate some thudding shots to the dome in the first round while on his back from Weidman before ever getting knocked out and eating more shots on the ground in the second.

Add a couple decades of damage from sparring and training for the 38-year-old and you’ve got an ex-champ who needs a breather. But, an early February bout would at least give “The Spider” a few months off for nothing but rest before he’d have to get back into a training camp. If he’s going to continue to fight and fight in the middleweight division, that’s about as reasonable a schedule as he’ll likely be offered.

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Proudly Presenting: UFC Veteran Drew Fickett Talks His First Year of Sobriety


(Image via Drew Fickett’s Facebook page.)

Via Sobriety Fighter 

For those uninitiated, Sobriety Fighter is my own side-project. I’ve dedicated 2013 to being a year-long experiment where I spend one year as a full-time fighter while also attempting to stay clean and sober. I can’t promise that I’ll be the next Elias Cepeda or that I’ll never relapse, but I can promise that I’ll do my absolute best for everyone. Most of the stuff I post isn’t particularly MMA-related, but this is. Enjoy. - [SethFalvo

(SF) How do you feel that the lifestyle of a professional fighter has enabled your addiction? 

(DF) I started fighting during the first broadcast of the Ultimate Fighter and remember seeing Chris Leben getting drunk and being stupid and then going in and training balls the next day hung over. I glorified that. Being able to fight hard and party hard. Train hard even when drunk and hung over appealed to my vikingesque nature. Pretty soon I developed a name in the sport for being a bad ass drunk who could fight.

I could fight and drink and even though it was very taxing I could pull it off and loved the type of image it gave me. I thought it was so cool. I used to associate airports and flying with drinking and pretty soon I couldn’t fly if I wasn’t tore up from the floor up. I don’t even understand how I would manage to make it from Point A to Point B, but I remember many flights missing my plane and ending up back at the airport pub for another Guinness or shot of Jack.  I can really relate to Josh Hamilton’s story because of our obvious similarities.

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The Dethroning of Anderson Silva: Greek Tragedy, Conspiracy Theories, and Chris Weidman


(Yes, he knows. But will he ever tell us? Pic Props: Esther Lin for MMAFighting)

By Jason Moles

Last week, I had you play a word association game regarding a few UFC’s champions. For Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones, I suggested the first word to pop into your head was “boring” and “spurious” respectively. However, when Anderson Silva‘s name came up, I said the word that would first break into your consciousness was “greatness.” Now that I think about it a little more, “hubris” may have taken its place, especially after Silva’s impetuous performance against Chris Weidman during UFC 162‘s main event. You hear the word hubris and almost immediately conjure the scene of Silva clowning Weidman and subsequently getting throttled for it. A ballet of mockery gone awry.

That sequence of events will forever be etched in the memory of MMA fans around the world and, for fans of Greek Mythology, it calls to mind the story of Icarus. As legend has it, Icarus’ father, Daedalus, constructed wings out of feathers and wax for the two of them in hopes of making a jailbreak. The woefully ignorant Icarus, full of hubris, instantly fell in love with flying (something only the gods were able to do), ignored his father’s warning about getting too close to the sun or flying near the sea, and soared as high as his makeshift wings would take him. Tragically, they would take him close enough to the sun that the wax melted, leaving our youthful protagonist flapping his arms in vain. Next thing you know, the falling Athenian crashes into the sea and drowns.

*****

Here we are a few days removed and no one is really sure what to make of the events that transpired at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. To accurately figure out what happened in Vegas over the holiday weekend we should, perhaps, start by identifying what didn’t.

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Must-See Video: ‘Road to Coenen vs. Cyborg’ Traces the History, Rivalry of Two WMMA Legends


(Props: YouTube.com/InvictaFC)

Rose Namajunas isn’t the only reason to stay home and watch Invicta FC 6 on Saturday night. The 13-fight card features a generous lineup of entertaining scrappers, and will be headlined by the biggest women’s MMA matchup you’ll find outside of the UFC — Cris Cyborg vs. Marloes Coenen, throwing down for Invicta’s inaugural featherweight title.

The ladies have some history, to put it mildly. In January 2010, Cyborg and Coenen faced off for the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title, with Cyborg winning by third-round TKO. Despite getting bombed out for the majority of the fight, Coenen maintains that the match was stopped early; Cyborg credits the Dutchwoman’s “balls” for wanting a rematch, considering all the abuse she took. And of course, both fighters carry the weight of their pasts into the cage, from Coenen’s status as a living legend, to Cyborg’s rise (and temporary fall) as one of the best-known stars in WMMA.

If you need further convincing that this match is worth your time, check out this new “Road to Coenen vs. Cyborg” preview video from Invicta FC, directed and edited by E. Casey Leydon — who you may know as the genius auteur behind that War MMA behind-the-scenes video — and co-produced by AllElbows*, which manages to cram all these themes (along with some very badass training footage) into a highly watchable 13 minutes. Special appearance by Ben Fowlkes!

* AE photographer Esther Lin also gets a music credit at the end. Goodness, this lady can do it all.

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Miesha Tate’s Latest ‘ESPN Body Issue’ Photos Give Us Slightly More Ass, Hand-Bra


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

We’re not sure if these were supposed to be released or what*, but CP reader Travis S. found two more nude photos from Miesha Tate‘s “ESPN Body Issue” shoot buried deep within ESPN’s website, and we just had to share them. (The second one is after the jump.) As you can see, the photo above shows a much-more generous helping of ass-crack than the first “Body Issue” photo of Tate that was released over the weekend, and the one below is of the classic hand-bra style, with those pink wraps mysteriously missing. They’re all shot from the same profile angle, but who knows, maybe there’s a more varied selection out there somewhere. So keep searching, perverts!

* If they weren’t supposed to be released, there’s no need to sue us, ESPN lawyers. A simple cease-and-desist will do just fine.

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Sports Illustrated Asks If UFC 162 Was Fixed, Didn’t Actually Watch UFC 162


(SI debuts its new show, “Internet Commenters: Live!”)

By George Shunick

It was bad enough when conspiracies theories begin to pop up about Chris Weidman’s triumph over Anderson Silva this past weekend at UFC 162. Somehow, some people can’t seem to comprehend that Silva isn’t the reincarnation of some Byzantine deity of violence and as such is susceptible to being knocked out, and they’ll engage in whatever mental gymnastics it takes to absolve their hero of the errors that led to his demise. Still, this is the Internet — a place which was the inspiration for Godwin’s law, which holds that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.” Point being, stupidity is an unfortunate but invariable norm of the Internet.

However, when Sports Illustrated begins parroting these allegations, something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong.

It’s pointless to bother debunking these conspiracy theories. Sane, rational people will be able to conclude that fighters who throw fights don’t allow themselves to be fully knocked unconscious, that fighters who do stoop to such are desperate for cash as a result of not making an exorbitant amount of money quantified by their own name, and that if Silva did intend to throw the fight, he would have just been submitted by the kneebar/heel-hook attempt Weidman attempted in the first round. If that train of thought doesn’t make sense to you, nothing will.

But surprisingly, none of the participants in this discussion for SI felt the need to bring up any of these points. Contestant number one, senior writer Chris Mannix, defended the allegations by asserting that he’s heard rumors of fight-fixing happening in boxing, but “maybe not at the highest level” though. It’s probably worthwhile to point out that it does not appear Mannix has watched the fight in question, or for that matter is familiar with the UFC or MMA in general. Much like a high school student who is asked to offer an analysis of a book he was supposed to read but clearly hasn’t, Mannix grasped for whatever tangential information he can muster in an effort to sound informed and insightful.

He wasn’t successful. His counter-argument to his own non-existent argument was “why would the UFC want Anderson Silva to lose when the potential for a superfight is right around the corner?” That would be solid logic if he’s referring to a fight with Jon Jones or even Georges St. Pierre, but Mannix was actually referring to a bout with Roy Jones Jr. That bout – despite Dana White’s pre-fight bluster – was unlikely to happen in the first place, would not have happened before a real superfight, and probably would not have drawn as much as a real superfight between UFC champions. To his credit, he seems to conclude Silva did not throw the fight. To his lack of credit, he doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about.

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