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July, 2013

Pat Healy to Return From Marijuana Suspension Against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 165, Sept. 21 in Toronto


(“The name’s Pat. But my friends call me Bruisey McWeirdnose.” / Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

After catching a 90-day suspension for failing his UFC 159 drug test due to marijuana, UFC lightweight contender Pat Healy has paid his debt to society, and will be returning to action against 20-0 up-and-comer Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson, September 21st at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Healy’s “huge mistake” of toking up a month before his April 27th fight against Jim Miller had severe, far-reaching consequences: His fantastic submission win over Miller was officially changed to a no-contest, he was stripped of $130,000 in Fight Night bonusesBryan Caraway got $65,000 richer by default, and then Nate Diaz was fined and suspended, simply for expressing his heartfelt opinion that Caraway is “the biggest Fag in the world.” All because of a little weed.

Now, you can look at the Healy vs. Nurmagomedov booking in one of two ways: Either the UFC is doing Healy a solid by giving him another upper-echelon opponent so he can solidify his place in the UFC title-mix, or they’re punishing him by setting him up in a lose-lose fight against an indestructible Russian savage whose name casual UFC fans can’t even pronounce. But regardless of what the promotion’s reasoning was, it’s a killer matchup between two consistently-exciting 155-pounders — and another opportunity to see if Nurmagomedov is the real deal.

For the record, Nurmagomedov was actually hoping for match against TJ Grant, now that Grant has been knocked out of his UFC 164 title fight due to a concussion. Ah, that’s our Nurmy. Such an ambitious young man.

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[VIDEO] UFC on FOX 8: Road to The Octagon


(Video via UFC’s YouTube page)

The UFC on Fox 8: Road to the Octagon documentary special premiered tonight. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered above with video of the full episode.

The show takes you on the inside the three top fights from this coming Saturday’s big card.

Bobby Voelker fights Robbie Lawler on short notice and gets a chance to get back on the winning track in a huge way. Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald’s silly intense twitter war culminates in an actual fight between top welterweights.

John Moraga challenges Demetrious Johnson for the 125 pound world title and gets the chance to answer the question, “Who is John Moraga?” Even if you weren’t super pumped for this card before, seeing the lives of these guys and their behind the scenes training should get you at least a little amped up.

Sure, you could do something other than sit on your ass for the next forty five minutes. But, you probably won’t. So, enjoy another fun Road to the Octagon special.

- Elias Cepeda

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[VIDEO] NFL Star Tamba Hali Cross-Trains With the Gracies


(Video via The Gracie Academy’s YouTube page)

It seems like more and more professional ball players of every stripe are taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA training in their off-seasons. Rarely, however, have we gotten much more than general interview references to the training they are doing.

Jiu Jitsu and salesmen extraordinaires (seriously, Rener could probably sell you your own urineRener and Ryron Gracie, sons of UFC founder Rorian Gracie, bring us a pretty great inside look at the fight training that at least one NFL star has been doing this past off-season. On the latest episode of their YouTube series, The Gracie Way, Rener and Ryron train with their student and Kansas City Chief All-Pro outside linebacker, Tamba Hali.

It looks like Hali has really bought in to “The Gracie Way.” The 270 pound giant is focused not on getting bigger and stronger, but on getting leaner and more wholistic in his approach to health, it seems as he reveals that he has lost fifteen pounds so far training with the Gracies.

First, Hali does some hill runs, alternately pulling and pushing Ryron, who is on a skate board, up-hill. We also see Hali eat some of Rener’s sandwiches and acai bowls as well as training in a gi at their Gracie Academy.

Hali not only rolls with the Gracies and other students in the video, but also with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Check all that out, plus Halis reflections on his training and life style over haul and his blue belt ceremony.

Then, get out there and do some training yourself on this Sunday afternoon. Only, you know, leave your computer on CagePotato and come back real quick to check out more later because we’re needy and start missing you quickly.

- Elias Cepeda

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[VIDEO] Anderson Silva Brought to Tears by Fight Fixing Allegations


(Video via TVHDBrazil’s Youtube page)

Some things in life are better left unexamined. A recent Brazilian television interview with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva reminds us of that.

As far as topics that should be left alone, we’re not talking about the ridiculous idea that Silva may have intentionally let himself get brutally knocked out by Chris Weidman a few weeks ago. Silva did indeed get asked about that by the television show host and you can see his emotional response in the video above.

I’m no Portuguese speaker but Silva definitely does mention feeling that when he fights he is representing Brazil and all Brazilians and that he’d never throw a fight. As he discusses this, he gets choked up and sheds a few tears before being embraced by applause from the studio audience and literally by the host.

But, like we said, that’s not the sensitive topic that should be avoided. No, what we’re not sure should ever be spoken of or probed into is – what/who the heck is the anorexic, half naked, full-body painted green and fire red-haired thing over Silva’s shoulder in the video? For that matter, why is their another shirtless dude just standing behind Silva as well?

Even asking the questions makes us uncomfortable so we’ll leave it alone. Unless you, dear readers, would like to theorize what in tarnation is going on with those weirdos on the South American variety show.

Poorly cast Street Fighter character impersonators? Anderson Silva’s new body guards? Some type of esoteric protest of the World Cup and Olympics? Your guess is as good as ours.

- Elias Cepeda

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[VIDEO] Mike Tyson the Boxing Promoter


(Video courtesy of ESPN.com)

Yesterday, Mike Tyson was interviewed on ESPN 2′s Friday Night Fights program and announced that he was joining Acquinity Sports, a two year-old promotional company. Ostensibly, it means that the former boxing champ and the youngest man to ever win the heavyweight crown is now a promoter.

There is no real telling yet how much of a role Tyson will have in the promotion beyond certainly being the face of it, but he said in the interview that he plans to be ‘hands-on.’ Tyson, of course, was allegedly robbed blind and poor by handler and promoter Don King.

‘Iron Mike’ said that he hopes to help young fighters signed to his promotion by making sure that everything is on ‘the up and up.’ We hope he does as no one is really better suited to share cautionary tales with fighters.

“I’d hate to see fighters end up like me…like wow, ‘what happened?’” Tyson said of the pitfalls of “not planning your life,” and “trusting the wrong people.”

Tyson also goes on to talk about his one-man stage show and his foundation to help young people. As with most Tyson interviews, the embattled former champ manages to fit in an incredibly amount of apparent honesty, openness and plain-spoken and painfully-earned wisdom. The interview is worth a watch.

What do you think, nation? Will Tyson have a direct hand in the business of this boxing promotion and thereby be able to truly help make his corner of the boxing world a cleaner and less exploitative one? Or, will Tyson’s name and likeness simply be used by his business partners to make a dime and keep the fight business going as usual?

- Elias Cepeda

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Sports Illustrated Attempts to Defend the Roundtable that Asked if UFC 162 Was Fixed, Fails Miserably


(SPOILER: No apology is made at any point in the video, which is actually worse than you’re assuming it is.)

In yesterday’s link dump, we shared a video of Dana White’s appearance on ESPN2′s “Highly Questionable” on Wednesday, where he had some harsh things to say about Sports Illustrated. To refresh your memory: Following UFC 162, SI.com published a roundtable discussion that implied that the main event may have been fixed. Watching legitimate, informed journalists debate whether or not a fight was fixed simply because the underdog won would have been cringe-worthy enough, but they took things to a whole new extreme by making it painfully obvious that two out of the three participants in the discussion didn’t even watch the fight. Needless to say, Dana White was not amused, and it showed during his segment on “Highly Questionable.”

There was absolutely no way that Sports Illustrated was going to let one of their biggest rivals trash them like that, so they immediately set out to create the perfect rebuttal. What they came up with was a phone conversation between Maggie Gray and Dana White, and words cannot describe how awkward it was to listen to.

You really have to feel bad for Maggie here. She was asked to defend what was arguably the worst piece of mainstream sports journalism this side of “The Patriots should have known Aaron Hernandez would turn out to be a murderer,” despite the fact that she wasn’t even involved in the discussion. It’s not exactly an enviable position to be in, especially when you’re against one of the most outspoken men in sports.

A quick apology and follow-up interview about the rematch between Weidman and Silva would have been a safe play, but don’t worry, that doesn’t even come close to happening. Instead, Maggie uses the most condescending tone possible while discussing the roundtable that was totally just about combat sports in general (it wasn’t), yet somehow managed to offend Dana White (maybe all that fight fixing stuff). Any remaining doubts that the upcoming interview would be a total clusterfuck are erased when Maggie concludes her opening statement with the MMA-ish non-sequitur “After sparring a few rounds – no one tapped out! -we moved on discussing the rematch between Weidman and Silva.”

Yeah, we’ll be offering play-by play for this one after the jump…

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[VIDEO/GIF Party] Holly Holm, Leonard Garcia Win Big at LFC 23


(Video of and commentary on Holly Holm kicking ass via cakeboy38)

Former professional boxer Holly Holm and UFC veteran Leonard Garcia both won with impressive KO’s last night in Houston, TX at LFC 23. Holm remained unbeaten with a first round head kick knockout of Allana Jones.

Garcia took Rey Trujillo out in the third round with a head kick and flurry of punches. The win is the first for Garcia in six bouts and Holm improved her MMA record to 4-0.

But enough of all that – their knockouts were plain mean and nasty. So, check out the video above and gifs (courtesy of Zombie Prophet) below to make your Saturday even better.

Garcia enjoys a win:

Two more angles of Holm getting it done:

- Elias Cepeda

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Friday Link Dump: Hendo Drops TRT, Redneck Technology, Comic-Con Cosplay + More


(MMA Nostradamus Alert: Jeff Curran predicts the future while preparing Felice Herrig for her Bellator 94 bout against Heather Clark. / Video via 1inchBoom)

Dan Henderson Explains Decision to Drop TRT Before UFC 161 (FiveOuncesofPain)

Daniel Cormier Tweets UFC 166 ‘Contract’ to Roy Nelson (BleacherReport)

Dana White Blasts Sports Illustrated for Suggesting Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva Was Fixed (MMAFighting)

Support Shown for MMA Bout Between Disabled Fighters (USAToday)

Matyushenko-M’Pumbu Headline Bellator 99, Freire-Nunes Set for 145 Tourney (MMAJunkie)

Brittney Palmer: Top 10 Sexiest Instagram Pics (FightDay)

The 15 Best Movies Inspired By True Events (Complex)

The Mens Fitness Sex Guide (MensFitness)

Real Life GTA-Style Driving [VIDEO] (DoubleViking)

The 20 Greatest Achievements In Redneck Technology History (WorldWideInterweb)

5 Accessories That Automatically Make You a Douchebag (EgoTV)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Is Already a Fiasco (SportsOnEarth)

Why Women Love Losers (MadeMan)

Hottest Comic-Con Cosplay, Day 1 (Break)

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[VIDEO] MMA in The Wild: Most Technical Street Brawl Ever?


(Props: FOFOMARTINEZ)

Because we are degenerates, we here at CagePotato love street fights. We watch em, rank ‘em and just all-around appreciate them. Especially when they take place in a pool and there’s fucking dolphins involved or when a mom scores the KO shot.

But we never really expect to see beautiful, evenly-matched displays of sustained technique in one of these Youtube messes. That’s why we were pleasantly shocked to find perhaps the most technical street fight ever recorded and published on YouTube yesterday.

Ok, “street fight” may be stretching it, as these two guys did not fight on an actual paved road, but rather on what looked to be a Eurasian dirt patch. But dang, they could fight.

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Caranowatch: Former Gladiator-Turned-Fighter-Turned-Actress to Add “Superhero” to Her Resume


(Regardless of which direction Carano chooses to take this character, SUCCESS.) 

I know, I know, but just shut your mouths and listen for a second.

On the heels of a memorable role in the highly successful Fast and Furiousix and with two other projects currently in development, the newly single Gina Carano is less a budding star and more the next, Angelina Jolie, I guess? For the life of me, I cannot think of one actress I would consider an action star……..(*snap*) Sigourney Weaver! Gina Carano is the next Sigourney Weaver.

Aaaaanyway, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Carano will now be looking to add the title of “superhero” to her ever-growing film resume in the near future. The former MMA star is teaming up with comic book writer Rob Liefeld to bring his Avengelyne character to life on the silver screen, so they report:

Carano and Liefeld will be at Comic-Con on Saturday to meet with fans and sign posters that feature Carano as the character.

Carano and Liefeld are reconceiving and rebuilding the title into a starring vehicle for Carano, and the movie project is intended to be in the vein of Underworld, the popular vampire-vs.-werewolves franchise starring Kate Beckinsale.

A search for a writer or a writer-director to adapt Avengelyne will begin next week.

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