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August, 2013

Gambling Addiction Enabler: ‘UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis II’ Edition


(The UFC 164 marketing strategy summed up in less than 30 seconds.)

By Dan “Get Off Me” George

This Saturday night, Zuffa brings us perhaps the most anticipated title rematch in lightweight history when Benson Henderson attempts to remove a stain from his soul against the man responsible for leaving said stain, new/interim #1 contender Anthony Pettis. The preliminary portion of the card may not boast many recognizable names (which is a nice way of saying it’s garbage-ass) but the PPV lineup is a veritable potpourri of grizzled veterans and surging prospects, with a little bit of something for everyone both new and old to MMA.

So come along as we head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and highlight the undercard bout you stand the best chance of banking on as well as all of the main card bouts for UFC 164: Henderson vs Pettis II. All lines courtesy of BestFightOdds, per usual.

Undercard bout:

Soa Palelei (+175) vs. Nikita Krylov (-210)

The heavy-handed Australian comes in as the +180ish underdog against Ukrainian (is game to you?) submission specialist and -200 favorite Nikita Krylov. Palelei has a chance to payout early in this fight if he is able to use his striking effectively, but the 16 year age gap between the fighters may prove the difference if Krylov’s is able to sustain the early onslaught from Soa. With this in mind, Palelei has been submitted once in his career and 7 out of his last 8 wins (Well, 6 out of 8. Bob Sapp no longer counts.) have come in the first round. +180 for Palelei is an underdog worth taking.

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Miguel Torres Arrested for Marijuana Possession


(“Hey Mike, do you ever think that we could all just be, like, figments of some retarded kid’s imagination?” *Pwaaaaahhh* Photo via Getty.)

It seems that former WEC bantamweight kingpin Miguel Torres is the latest fighter to strap on his goofy boots, eat the Devil’s lettuce and store it in his Prince Albert in the left-handed can. Those are euphemisms for marijuana, which the UFC and WSOF veteran didn’t test positive for during a pre or post-fight exam but rather was allegedly caught with in his home state of Indiana over the weekend. Sherdog reports:

Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion and UFC veteran Miguel Torreswas arrested in his home state of Indiana this past weekend for alleged possession of marijuana.

Torres’ mugshot was recently posted on the Facebook page of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department as part of the Marshall County Jail bookings from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25. Torres’ exact time of arrest was not revealed in the report. However, it was indicated that the fighter posted a $1,500 bond.

The thirty two year-old is perhaps the most accomplished bantamweight in MMA history but has unfortunately lost three out of his last four bouts. After the UFC absorbed the WEC, Torres fought in the organization, compiling a record of 2-2 before being released in 2012. Torres’ last fight was a November 2012 decision loss to Marlon Moraes in the World Series of Fighting’s first event.

We’ll keep you posted on updates in this case.

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‘Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann II’ Aftermath: Wednesday, Bloody Wednesday

Despite the fact that he was defeated via a close split decision in the pair’s first meeting, former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit was the odds-on favorite heading into his rematch with Martin Kampmann at Fight Night 27 last night. It wasn’t hard to see why — Condit had dropped his past two contests, sure, but they were close decision losses to the the division’s long-standing champion and its current number one contender. Kampmann was also coming off a loss to said contender, but let’s just say that his loss was a little more…demoralizing.

In the early going, it looked as if Kampmann would attempt to mirror the strategy that led him to victory in the pair’s first meeting. Understandably hoping to avoid being shot out of a cannon by another left hand, “The Hitman” constantly pressured his lengthier foe and mixed up a few takedowns to keep Condit off balance. It’s a credit to Condit’s otherworldly cardio that he seemed to only grow fresher as the fight progressed, especially considering the amount of energy he expended defending Kampmann’s grappling-based attack in the first.

But there Condit was in the second and third, utilizing his reach to slowly pick Kampmann — who I’m convinced is only so pasty because he loses roughly 2 pints of blood per fight — apart before finishing him with a brutal series of knees and punches in the fourth. Even in defeat, the Dane once again proved that unless you have a fist made of granite, you are not putting him away easily.

With the victory, Condit claimed not only redemption but a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. With four FOTN and two KOTN awards in his last seven bouts, it’s safe to say that Condit is not only one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, but a perennial contender for the welterweight title. The ridiculous myth that the former WEC welterweight champ is a “Natural Born Runner” has been officially debunked — just don’t tell that to the hardcore Nick Diaz fans still struggling to cope with his loss to Condit at UFC 143. Unbridled ignorance is truly the hamster that keeps their wheels spinning, if ever so slowly.

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Benson Henderson Says He’ll Break Anderson Silva’s Title Defense Record by 2016


(Sounds like a good plan, but wait until you’re married for a year, and your wife’s all like, “Bensonnnn why do you spend all your time defending your title, what about meeeeeeeee, we never go anywhere anymorrrrrrre.” Ugh. Am I right? Back me up here, married guys. / Photo via MMAFighting)

It seems like one of MMA’s most untouchable records, but Benson Henderson is convinced that he will beat former middleweight champion Anderson Silva‘s consecutive title defense streak of ten.

“I’m going to break it in 2016,” the ever-confident UFC lightweight champion told MMA Fighting.

I should be able to break it by 2015, but because I’m getting married I’m going to take some time off for my honeymoon. That’s going to set me back by about three to four months. But I have it down exactly. I know when I’m going to break it. It’s going to be early 2016. I know what number I need to get. I know the amount of hard work it’s going to take for me to get there. I know how much I’ve got to get beat up, I know how much I’ve got to practice. I’m aware of it. I know it. Now my goal is to go out there and go do it.

Well, alright. We can’t hate on Henderson. The kid has earned what he has, to say the least, and by all accounts works crazy hard. He’s also just a flat-out incredible fighter and looks better each time out.

That said, considering that he has just three consecutive successful title-defenses right now, with an attempt at a fourth coming Saturday at UFC 164, and that two of those bouts were incredibly close — against Frankie Edgar and his last against Gilbert Melendez — predicting ten straight seems a bit outlandish.

It’s not that Henderson isn’t capable of winning seven more straight, it’s just that he’ll probably continue to fight to close decisions a lot considering the parity of the lightweight division. One of these days, the judges might not see things his way; you’re rolling the dice every time you let the scorecards decide the fight, and you can’t always expect the judges to behave rationally.

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Pat Barry and Rose Namajunas — Video Postcard From Lithuania


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Pat Barry and Rose Namajunas are currently vacationing in Rose’s ancestral homeland of Lithuania, and because they’re awesome, they sent us this video postcard featuring some lake-frolicing. (Nice gator-crawl, Rose!) As usual, there is a cameo appearance by a bunch of potatoes. To see more of their adventures, be sure to follow them on twitter @HYPEORDIE and @RoseNamajunas.

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UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 — Live Results & Commentary


(Photo via MMAJunkie. Joe Silva’s amazing ‘Conan the Barbarian’-themed t-shirt via purplecactusdesign/etsy)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a free UFC event on a damn Wednesday — and tonight’s a good one. Headlined by the welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, UFC Fight Night 27 will also feature the always-game Donald Cerrone in a lightweight battle against the streaking Rafael Dos Anjos, as well as two TUF winners (Kelvin Gastelum and Court McGee) in separate fights, and the return of bantamweight threshing machine Erik Perez. Oh yeah, and Bubba.

Handling the play-by-play for the FOX Sports 1 main card is George Shunick, who will be providing live results after the jump beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and toss your own thoughts into our comments section. Thanks for coming.

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“Court McGee Overdosed on Heroin Once” Reports Every MMA Outlet With Nothing New to Say

Court McGee UFC photos morgue
(Woah, that dead body is, like, a metaphor. *brain asplodes*)

Did you guys know that Court McGee overdosed on heroin once? Because Court McGee totally overdosed on heroin once.

Those of you who just started following MMA last month should know that Court McGee, the TUF 11 winner and six fight UFC veteran fighting on tonight’s ‘Condit vs. Kampmann’ main card, used to do heroin. Like, a lot of it. And for some reason, whenever he’s scheduled to fight, we, the mighty MMA media, feel obligated to remind you of this fact.

I shit you not, every. single. time. McGee fights, some dude holding a clipboard and wearing a headpiece knocks on each of our doors and tells us to run the McGee-heroin story again. We don’t know who he is, but he looks like he doesn’t have time for our backsass, so we put our heads down and run with a story that has been regurgitated verbatim since at least 2010. McGee’s wife was recently quoted as saying that her husband, “Understands how miserable these people are that are stuck in this cycle of addiction.” We know the feeling; it’s like we’ve been stuck in a time loop for three years now.

Just so you know, McGee hasn’t hadn’t a drop of alcohol since 2006, or four years before we first began running with this story. He hasn’t applied rubbing alcohol to a cut, he hasn’t pumped his own gas, he hasn’t even had a scoop of his beloved Rum Raisin. The man is more sober than you could ever dream of being.

He has a couple of kids now, though, kids who will soon wonder whether their father was ever really a professional fighter like he claims or a motivational speaker. Based on the content of 90% of the articles they find via a simple Google search, they will assume the latter.

To summarize: Court McGee used to do a lot of heroin, but isn’t doing nearly as much any anymore. He also fights fellow TUF winner Robert Whittaker on the FOX Sports 1 main card tonight. Oh, you didn’t know he was a professional fighter? Well he is, and not only that, he’s a professional fighter who once overdosed on heroin!

Oh God…the loop is starting again…QUICK, SOMEONE POWER DOWN THE SOURCE CODE!!

-J. Jones

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Cheick Kongo Becomes the Latest UFC Castoff to Be Signed by Bellator


(“And stay outta mah goddamn onion patch!” / Photo via MMAFighting.com)

Bellator announced in a press release today that it has signed heavyweight striker Cheick Kongo, who will make his debut for the promotion this fall, and will be featured in its Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament. Kongo was released by the UFC earlier this year following a knockout loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159. Since then, the 38-year-old has been keeping busy with his high-end clothing boutique in Los Angeles (seriously), but the lure of the cage was too great to ignore. As he explained:

After my contract was up in the UFC, I really wanted to take some time and reflect on everything. After talking to the people around me, especially someone like my longtime friend in Rampage, he told me how well Bellator has been treating him and what we can do with Bellator, and after getting to know Bjorn Rebney, it just seemed like the right fit for me. I know I have plenty of fight left in me, and my fight in October is the first step to getting that Bellator Heavyweight Title.”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney added: “If you’re an MMA fan, you’re a Kongo fan. No matter who he fights he’s always going to bring the fight and put on a great show, and he’s one of the best guys you’ll have the pleasure of dealing with in MMA.”

Holy crap, let me stop you right there…

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Rafael Dos Anjos Now Capable of Literally Hitting Donald Cerrone’s Fists With His Face


(Dos Anjos’ updated profile picture via UFC.com)

Currently riding a four-fight win streak over such notable names as Evan Dunham and Mark Bocek among others, you could argue that Rafael Dos Anjos would be in line for a title shot should he get past Donald Cerrone tonight. Not that he’s favored to, but considering the last two people to beat “Cowboy” received title shots thereafter, a win for Dos Anjos would easily place him on the shortlist of contenders to say the least. Unfortunately for Cerrone, Dos Anjos will be bringing a secret weapon with him into the octagon tonight. No, not TRT, we’re talking about HIS TERMINATOR JAW.

It turns out that after Clay Guida broke the Brazilian’s jaw back at UFC 117 in 2010, Dos Anjos underwent a surgery to ensure that he would never suffer the same injury again ever. “Nowadays, I have 20 screws and four titanium plates. Since then I broke two hands with my chin: Tibau’s and (Anthony) Njokuani’s,” Dos Anjos tells MMAJunkie, bringing to question why someone would be allowed to compete in a combat sport with metal-reinforced body parts.

While it was long believed that Kimbo’s beard was the strongest substance legally allowed to be attached to a UFC fighter, Dos Anjos’ shocking revelation has opened the floodgates for MMA fighters with prosthetic appendages to rally for their rightful place in the UFC. Join us after the jump to see what we mean.

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UFC 164 Interview: After First Octagon Defeat, Ryan Couture Looks to Prove That He Belongs


(Photo via Getty)

By Elias Cepeda

Ryan Couture was on a roll. The lightweight had won four straight fights against progressively stiff competition in Strikeforce, earning a shot inside the UFC.

His first test inside the Octagon would be a tough one – Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson last April. Many speculated that the son of MMA legend Randy Couture would be in over his head but the younger Couture actually came out and fought effectively against Pearson.

For one round, that is. Couture managed to stay safe, close the distance and take away Pearson’s striking weapons with a conservative but winning clinch strategy in the opening stanza, but in the second round the Brit connected with a big shot and stopped Ryan.

“We started out well,” Couture tells CagePotato.

“We had a good game plan and it worked in the first round but then he caught me in the second. He did what he needed to do.”

Couture says that cornering his father in past UFC fights helped him get his bearing a little bit but that fighting in the world’s top MMA promotion himself definitely felt different. “Totally different,” he admits.

“I was lucky to have my dad bring me into his corners a couple times so that I got sort of used to the scenery and environment but it’s a different thing when you’re the one whose hands are getting wrapped, when you’re the one in the co-main event. It’s hard to explain. Plus, I had a different corner than usual. My grappling coach wasn’t able to be there and he’s a big part of my process and success.”

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